We’re about to the point at our house where we need a new sofa, we’ve had the current one for over 10 years, (yikes!!!!) and I’m trying to decide whether to recover our current sofa or buy a new one. Our current sofa doesn’t have any problems other than it’s outdated as far as fabric and needing the cushions plumped up, but the sofa is very traditional in shape and we find ourselves leaning towards a more contemporary look. With that in mind, I’ve been looking when I have time in stores and online as to what’s available and I know what I do like and what I don’t like. I thought on this Friday I would share a few choices I like from West Elm and in the days to come, I’ll share other choices from other suppliers. Let me know what you think and Enjoy!!!
February 17, 2017
February 16, 2017
If I had a large home it would be full of chairs, chairs and lamps seem to be the things I “have a thing” for. There’s nothing more beautiful than a well-made chair covered in beautiful fabric and I was thrilled when I recently found the furniture and home goods from Julian Chichester in Elle Decor magazine. I visited the Julian Chichester website and was happy to see how many beautiful things for our homes they offer. Today we’re going to take a look at 7 different chairs from Chichester, some of them are contemporary and some are traditional with a twist. I hope you find these chairs as beautiful as I do and we’ll definitely be back to see what other beautiful pieces Chichester offers, Enjoy!!!
February 14, 2017
Happy Valentines Day!!!! There’s nothing for me that says Valentines more than vintage Valentine cards, and the more puns the better. I love the artwork of vintage cards and the sayings they came up with, the fact that kids are usually used as well as all the inanimate objects and animals that suddenly have voices. I thought today in celebration of Valentines Day we would take a look at some vintage cards and their messages. I hope you all have a wonderful Valentines Day, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
February 13, 2017
Tomorrow is Valentines Day and I’m busy today working on flowers and gifts clients have ordered for their wives and kids. One item that is always popular for Valentines is roses, the flower that seems to be associated with the holiday of love more than anything else, so I thought today we would take a look at roses used in decorating and home decor. I love roses, I love their scent, all the colors and their look made up of layer upon layer of petals. There are so many different kinds of roses, from the always beautiful garden rose, tea roses, wild roses and the manicured fresh cut rose we are all used to seeing in fresh bouquets. Join me today for a look at roses out of a vase of water and I’ll see you tomorrow for Valentines. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
February 10, 2017
Michiel Folkers is a Dutch artist who got his start in the 90’s experimenting with graffiti art in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. Today, art from the streets still plays a major role in what he creates as he uses hand torn pieces of street posters to create works of art on canvas. Folkers uses icons of pop art, both past, and present to create the amazing collage art he’s quickly becoming known for. One thing I find interesting about Folkers technique is that he uses materials that would often be discarded by other artists, such as old brushes and blunt knives Folkers says it makes his work more surprising and exciting. Join me for a look at a few of the works by Michiel Folkers and visit his website here to see all his works and what’s available for purchase, Enjoy!!! (above ~And There Is Nothing I Can Do)
February 8, 2017
Many of you will be too young to remember this and some of you will remember it and smile, remember on the Brady Bunch when Greg Brady moved out of the room he shared with his two little brothers and turned the attic into his own room? I wanted to do that so bad, I’m not sure why, I’m an only child and always had my own room, I think it was just the idea of living in the very top of your house and having a large space to make all yours. As you know I love the idea of converting buildings or spaces meant for one purpose into a space to live in, we’ve looked at old schools converted to homes and barns and today we are going to look at Attic Conversions. We never lived in a house with an attic really tall enough to do anything with but there’s just something fun and romantic about the whole notion, so join me today as we move up to the attic and see what can be done over our heads. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
February 7, 2017
As you know by now I love all things British, including their magazines. I’m always excited every month when the newest edition of House & Garden arrives and I can see what’s new on the decorating scene across the pond. On our trips to the UK over the last several years, we’ve been fortunate to stay not only in hotels but also rent flats a couple of times, if you have a chance to do this I strongly encourage it. Living for several days in a flat or home in Britain really helps you become immersed in the culture. For the most part, I love how British designers decorate, their use of color, antiques, natural materials, books, and the mixing of old and new. Today I want to share with you several different Living Rooms that have been featured in House & Garden magazine and tell you why the appeal to me and hopefully you as well. Enjoy!!!
February 3, 2017
I recently saw prints for sale online of the artwork of Fred Birchal and I was captivated, I had to find out more about this person and his work. I immediately found Birchal’s website where you are able to see all his works that are available. His work is wonderful, from the use of the bright colors and his drawing technique to of course the Pop Culture subject matters he’s chosen, he focuses mainly on film and music for inspiration. Birchal is Brazilian and finished his Graphic Arts degree in 2011, so in 6 years he’s become well known in the art world and amassed a wonderful collection of works. Among inspirational artists for Birchal are Warhol, Keith Haring, and Norman Rockwell. Join me today for a look at a recent series Fred Birchal did on cars and visit his website here for a look at his other collections, I know I will. Enjoy!!!
February 1, 2017
I honestly can’t believe today is February 1st, we are living in a crazy, crazy world right now and the days are flying by. Of course, when February arrives we all begin to think about Valentine’s day and one of the most fun and bright color combinations is used around this holiday, Red and Pink. If you’ve read the blog for long you know red is one of my favorite colors, it’s just a fun, bright color and can be used with so many other colors to create great looks. I also like pink and while I don’t really have a lot of pink in my own home I do like wearing a nice pink shirt, most everyone seems to look good in pink. I have done some decorating with pink for clients over the years, mostly having to do with little girls, but pink is a color that can be very sophisticated when used in the right way and amounts and that’s what we’re going to look at today. Red and Pink combine for a very sophisticated and at the same time fun look, you get the drama of red and cheeriness of pink, that’s enough talk about it let’s take a look. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
January 31, 2017
For the month of January, one of the challenges we had to choose from At Home was taking care of a decorating project we had been putting off so I decided to give our bathroom a decorative punch. We had the bathroom tiled several years ago, probably about 10, at the time we could get this tan tile cheap so we did it. Today I would like to redo the bathroom but there are other things that need to be redone first. I started out knowing I would like to streamline things somewhat and lighten the colors without having to paint or anything. The room is a neutral tan color that works with anything so I kept that and headed off to At Home to see what I could find and put together. I’ll share the pictures of the room with you and go more in-depth on why I chose what I did. Enjoy!!!