Archive | September, 2010

Clutter, Treasures or Good Decor?

30 Sep

“Minimalist rooms can be so beautiful, but I can’t live in one; I love objects too much.”—Interior designer Bunny Williams, December 03

What about you?  Need “stuff” around you to make your space feel home-y ?  Would you feel comfortable in any or all of these rooms?

via Elle Decor

I’m afraid I would feel like I lived in a hospital waiting room.

via Elle Decor

This one has a few more knick-knacks but it’s still a little sterile for me.  Would a wall color help?  What’s with the yellow painted canvas?  How about adding a few stripes?

Vicente Wolf via House&Home

What great windows!  Mr. Wolf is known for his minimalist designs but he makes it home-y.  I could definitely live here.  Would like to see some art though.

Rose Cameron via Elle Decor

What do you think?  Enough furniture?  Again, where’s the art?

via Elle Decor

I honestly wasn’t looking for all white pictures!  This space is broken up with that cool fireplace dividing up the large open area.  Shots of color all over are well thought out.  Very cool Arne Jacobsen Egg chair.

Well, no disrespect intended to the many, many people who think less is more when it comes to decor, but I’ll stick to the treasure-filled, bookcase stuffed, often cluttered look of the Traditional style of design.  I’m with you Bunny, I love objects too much too! 🙂

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Gift Certificates – Friday’s Smile

24 Sep

Here is a brilliant idea from Monica Ewing over at Craftynest.

via Craftynest.com

A set of gift certificates with titles like;  “Top 10 Reasons I Love You”,  “Top 10 Favorite Things About You” and “Top 10 Gifts I’d Buy You If I Had a Million Dollars”.  Monica has designed them herself and offers a free download here.

Monica suggests you “print on legal size paper, fill out, tie with a ribbon, and give to a loved one for Christmas”.

Big Smiles all Around!

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Book Pages Wreath

23 Sep

I seem to be seeing these everywhere on the net lately.  Not sure if this is a new craft project or an old one that has been resurrected.  Regardless I think the really bushy examples were the best and  the idea of using old sheet music is brilliant.  What better way to justify all those hours spent in front of the t.v.! 🙂

via Altar'd

via Apartment Therapy

via Living with Lindsay

Tutorial here courtesy of blogger “Living with Lindsay”.

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IKEA voluntary blind recall.

19 Sep

Love, love, love walking through an IKEA store.  If I haven’t been within a year (I don’t live close to one) I plan a 2-3 hour browse-fest.  Their storage ideas, pictures frames and all those accessories just make me giddy.  Not a fan of the entire furniture line but hey, there is enough stuff there to keep me plenty busy and my cart full!

via Flickr from 'MR38'

Just opened up their website to find some workstation ideas for a client’s home office and I see they have a voluntary recall on all roller, roll-up and roman blinds without a pre-fitted tension device. IKEA  states on their website, “There have been no reported incidents in Canada. This is a proactive and precautionary measure IKEA Canada is taking”.   Read all the details here.

via IKEA.ca

Don’t worry IKEA, I still love you!

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Barbie Art – Friday’s Smile

17 Sep

Just because we’ve grown out of playing with our Barbies, that’s no reason to not pay tribute to all those cute clothes while keeping those warm memories alive!     Cute idea, makes me smile.

Barbie Clothes

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Is it a blank slate above your bed?

15 Sep

Whether you have a headboard or not, that space on the wall over your bed often gets forgotten.  While a single picture is usually the traditional solution (as long as it’s big enough), don’t be limited by thinking that this is the standard for over the bed decor.

Step it up a notch by getting creative and trying different things.  I hope the following images will provide some inspiration.

via Flickr

Picture rails overhead are just wide enough to hold leaning pictures securely.   Notice how nice and wide each rail is – almost as wide as the headboard.

via House & Home

Loving this wall color!! It’s actually a Pratt & Lambert grey.   The four prints grouped as one big piece really grounds that bed unit to the wall.  Provides much more impact than one print hanging all alone.

Check out those built in bedside tables.  No legs equals no visual clutter.  Clever design.

Erin Feasby via House & Home

OoLaLa.  I look at a lot of images in a single week but this one stopped me in my tracks.  Gasping, staring, drooling.  Is there anything to dislike here?  Truly stunning bedroom.  While it would still be beautiful without it, I think that the wall mural really makes this space sing.

Megan Mullally via Elle Decor

Actress Megan Mullally (Karen on ‘Will & Grace’) reportedly had a major role in decorating her home in California.  See more of Karen’s Megan’s home here.  The tall headboard juxtaposed with the long row of narrow photographs is unexpected but pleasing especially with the color of her tables showing up in some of photos.

Rebecca Cole via Elle Decor

There’s a lot to look at here but focus behind the bed.  Yes, it’s a set of windows with a simple brown matchstick blind.  The stenciled damask design on the walls was also applied to the blind on the window making a great back-drop to the bed.  Hey, even I could do that!

Anne Hepfer via House & Home

Another show-stopper.  I would never get out of bed!  The ceiling attached valance and wall of fabric creates a dreamy, regal look.  Honestly, the room would be great too without the valance and drapery treatment.  The patterned, curvy headboard with coordinating bed-skirt  could stand on their own.

via Style at Home

Take your favorite wallpaper, apply to wall and frame with some primed and painted trim pieces.  Voíla! instant headboard.  The style of the wallpaper will determine what dramatic effect the headboard will have on the whole room.  Notice the great drum shade on the pendant?  No jumping on the bed!

Stephanie Odegard

I really like the use of plaster wall art because it’s so three dimensional and looks substantial wherever it’s used.  Here the design could be played up if hung a bit lower to look like an extension of the headboard.  These pieces are easier to find that you’d think, just don’t buy too small.

I have used a plaster piece in a show home’s bathroom above the bathtub – when I locate the picture I promise to post it.

Sarah Richardson

Can’t do anything regarding bedrooms without showing one of Canadian Sarah Richardson’s designs.  The applied panel moulding, patterned window treatments, custom headboard and bench.  What’s not to love!  This is a good example of not needing anything over the bed.  Homerun Sarah (as usual).

Hmmm, going to run home and take a look at my bedroom!

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Friday’s Smile

10 Sep

I like the whimsical, the unique, the unusual.

This picture makes me smile.    Spot the books?

 

Designed By Barb Purdy & Gordon Runge

 

 

What a really clever way to style an empty fireplace box!

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