Archive | August, 2010

Everybody needs this!

26 Aug

OMGosh, I have been wishing for such a site and here it is.  Yipee!

Warning – reading further may lead to increased time on the computer!

As a designer I’m always telling my clients that they should be assembling an idea book, inspiration board or wishlist folder.  Especially couples need to be tearing out pages of magazines, printing pictures off the web or whatever it takes to collect those images that speak to them.  It really helps to get everyone on the same page especially during an extensive, expensive renovation or build.

Put away those scissors and glue!  Those fine people at have done all the heavy-lifting for us and have designed the perfect website for those of us who love the inspiration board concept and find them useful.  It’s free to join and super easy.

There are thousands of images (some big brand names too) to choose from and all you do is drag and drop your images onto your canvas.  Listen, if computer inept, little ol’ me can do it – anyone can!

This is my first attempt – please send me yours!


Simple Changes or Complete Transformations – thoughtful design simply works.


Pink for girls, blue for boys?

18 Aug

I have always been a girly-girl.  I want to wear frilly clothes, adorn my pillows with tassels and sew lace on my towels.   Now that I’m a big girl my tastes have changed –  I really want a Royal Purple bedroom!   My husband however doesn’t share my passion for all things grape so I’m content in my soft blue bedroom oasis (for now 🙂  wink, wink)

I am totally inspired by the following pictures and would love  to have a little pint-sized client who loves color as much as I do!

If you don’t want to do a totally pink room for your little girl who can’t be a princess without pink – what about pink and orange? Check out the cool lamp in the background.


What about pink and lime green? This Parisian themed bedroom will have any little girl feeling like royalty with  eyelash fabric draped over a canopy bed.  Note the mini-chandelier, mirrored side table and painted ceiling.  Trés chic.

By Robin Callan

What about pink and grey? I love the artwork and doesn’t that pendant remind you of one we’ve seen at IKEA?

By Nicole Sassaman

A neat idea when needing to divide up the room between two.  The mirrored piece provides great storage and acts as bedside tables for both beds.  I love the contrast between the wide stripes of the drapes with the formality of the chandelier and mirrored chest.

From House and Home magazine

Yellow and purple continues to be a favorite complementary color combination for many rooms.  Here I love the use of wallpaper to add interest in the room.

From Style at Home Magazine

Why not try the unexpected?  Trish’s use of plaid in this traditional boy’s nursery gives a vintage feel to the space.  I really like this room and it’s easy to visualize the transition that’s made when the crib is moved out and a big boys bed is moved in.

By Trish Beaudet

Blue with red in this cosy bedroom with the added feature of a headboard.  Not often seen in children’s bedrooms but why not?  It adds a little something, don’t you think?

By Kenneth Brown

A cottage inspired little girl’s room using a combination of green, yellow and blue.  So soft and inviting with years of comfort ahead!

By Trish Beaudet

If it weren’t for the crib you wouldn’t know it was a nursery!  A twist on the safari theme to be sure!  Even the ceiling has a treatment.

By Baylor Anne Bone

Traditional blue boy’s room.  Nothing ho-hum here.  Adorable right down to the storybook phrases on the ceiling.

By Leslie Saul

Traditional pink girl’s room.  Notice the stunning effect that wrapping the color up and over the ceiling has on the overall feel of the room.  So cosy.  A white ceiling just wouldn’t have delivered the same ambience.  And every princess bed needs a canopy!

By Trish Beaudet

Sorry for the small photo but I had to include this in the mix because I just love the use of the patio lanterns.   This definitely has a relaxed, restful feel.  Very cool.

From flickr by aydeeyai

Simple Changes or Complete Transformations – thoughtful design simply works.

Sex and the City Movie Set Design

11 Aug

Oh so interesting article at talking about the movie set design on Sex and the City 2.  I haven’t seen the flick yet but it’s on my must-see list if only to see what the girls are wearing!  I loved Carrie’s repainted apartment in the last movie and here you get a sneak peek at the decor in the sequel.

Sex and the City Movie Set Design – Movie Set Design.

Included are snaps of Charlotte’s kitchen, Miranda’s Brooklyn pad (note the awesome red brick), Samantha’s new chic office and of course Carrie and Big’s new stylish apartment.

ElleDecor answers readers questions like where to get Carrie’s foyer wallpaper!

Very fun!

Simple changes or complete transformations – design simply works.

Ugly Lamp Contest

6 Aug

Well, if you think you’ve seen the ugliest lamp (or maybe you think you own it) head on over to the BetterAfter blog.   They are running a poll right now in an attempt to chose the ugliest lamp from a set of pictures sent in by their readers.  It’s truly rib-tickling!

via Ugly Lamp Contest.

BetterAfter blog is devoted to celebrating the transformations of “thrift store treasures or overlooked items”.   A great spot to drop by if you’re looking for inspiration.

Simple Changes or Complete Transformations – design simply works.

Color Controversy?

5 Aug

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been surfing the blog world trying to get a handle on how to do ‘blogging’.  I already have many favorites that I’ve arranged to have pop up on my Google homepage.  Love technology (when it works).

One of my favorites is a fellow lover of design and she is one stylish, creative gal.   Recently she featured an all white home and asked the question “Stark White or Not?”  via MadeByGirl: August 2010.   For me it was way too much white, feeling cold and sterile.  It was amazing how many follow-up comments were in favor and thought the home looked awesome!  There were a couple of people who couldn’t live there but liked the idea.

Oh no, I hate being the odd man out.  But today I’ve perked up because while visiting the ElleDecor website I ran across the following article.

What the Pros Know: Tips on Decorating with Color and Using Paint Colors.

Too timely for words seeing as how I’ve just finished writing an article for my local newspaper encouraging everyone to consider painting their ceilings something other than white!

Whew! I’m not alone.  Color me happy!

Simple Changes or Complete Transformations – design simply works.

Now that’s refreshing!

4 Aug

As anyone who’s renovated, reinvented, reused or reupholstered can attest to, it is both re-energizing and  refreshing to make over any item that has been begging for a face-lift.  Often I see many great examples of furniture make-overs and marvel at the transformations.  My favorite ones are the drastic ones.  That sad, tattered club chair that was found by the side of the road that “magically” reappears looking like a boutique store find.  LOVE IT.

Sorry to say, a riveting transformation is not what we have here.  My very sturdy chairs (from IKEA) that I use in my shop had only one major flaw.  The color of the chair seat!  The light cream had to go to add some punch and coordinate better with the gold carpet, cream walls and purple accent wall.

I’m so pleased with the results!  If you’ve never done anything like this (where have you been?) grab a screwdriver, staple gun and some fabric.  Easy-peasy!

Reupholstered Ikea Chairs

Simple Changes or Complete Transformations – design simply works.