Today is the first day of Spring and that usually means a lot of our thoughts will turn to warmer days and brighter colors. A quick and easy way to get a fresh jolt of color this time of year is to change out the pillows in our living rooms and bedroom, change out the deep, rich colors of Fall and Winter for bright and lighter colors of Spring and Summer. I recently received the latest Pottery Barn catalog and PB has a ton of new and beautiful pillows, when I was putting this post together I noticed myself continually drawn to the embroidered pillows and those done in crewel stitch. I always love these kinds of pillows because all of the handwork done on them gives another dimension to the pillow as well as fun patterns and colors. Join me today for a peek at some of the beautiful pillows from Pottery Barn and get inspired for Spring, Enjoy!!!
March 20, 2017
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)
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!!!
November 21, 2016
I have to make a confession, I like brass. For years we all carried on that brass was outdated and old fashioned but now with new looks and finishes brass is hot again and I’m completely on board. I like nothing better than an all white kitchen with brass hardware and I’m leaning towards more contemporary hardware with longer and sleeker handles on drawers and maybe a square knob on cabinet doors. I also like brass on gray cabinetry, it looks very chic as well as brass light fixtures. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about big brass chandeliers or anything but more like brass sconces with a darker finish or brass pendant lights over an island or sink. Join me today for a look at brass accents and how they can both perk up and warm up your home. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
August 31, 2016
Pantone says their third color, Sharkskin, is “pair-able with almost any fall color bright or muted”. As we all know and have discussed a lot here on the blog gray is being looked at more and more as a neutral color, a color that can be paired or grouped with other colors and still shine through on its own strength. I LOVE gray so much and Sharkskin may very well be the perfect gray. Sharkskin is a great complimentary color, a gray that depending what you put it with it goes a little lighter or a little darker. I think gray is a great color to use in the home and I’m looking at it more and more as a base color for floor color, trim color, rugs, and wood stain color and of course gray is a beautiful fashion color with more and more designers creating beautiful statement pieces in gray like leather jackets and shoes. Today we have a small sampling of what’s available in Sharkskin, hopefully, this gives you some inspiration, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
July 25, 2016
Made In Melbourne isn’t a phrase you hear that often, but in the case of Groupwork I’m glad I did hear about it. Project 003 is the third in a series of project that has been taken up by Groupwork, in this case, they were trying to create an innovative set of bathroom fixtures and accessories, and the certainly succeeded. The fixtures are beautiful with the metal finished in brass and other components are done in Oak which makes for a beautiful combination. There’s also a note on their website that says the metal is also available in a matte finish black Chrome. The fixtures are made to be installed easily and to be able to move them as you move from different homes or apartments. I think they are very smart looking and would love to use them as the base of a bathroom design, imagine all the wonderful tile and lights you could mix with these beauties from Groupwork. Here’s a few pics, Enjoy!!!
July 13, 2016
There are always two things we all want in our homes, more storage and better organization and sometimes that means getting things up. We need to get things up off the floor, up off our desks and up off the furniture, I’m really bad about out of sight out of mind so I recently went on a hunt to find attractive ways to display or store our stuff and came upon some great and good looking shelves at Ballard Designs to help us with the job. They have all kinds of choices at Ballard, whether you’re looking for rustic or refined, chances are you’ll find it at Ballard. Here are a few of the great choices I found, let me know what you think. Enjoy!!!
June 20, 2016
Today it’s official, we are now in the season of Summer, the time of hot days, warm nights, water and sand. Truthfully, Summer is not my favorite time of the year, I’m not into hot AT ALL. In celebration of Summer, I thought we would take the term “white hot” as inspiration and look at all things white for inspiration. We haven’t done a color inspiration post in a while but I thought some of these images were so beautiful I had to share them. What are your plans this Summer? We have vacations planned that I’ll share with you later, work as usual and hopefully a couple of house projects. In the mean time enjoy these White Hot images, get inspired and soak in the first day of Summer, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
June 13, 2016
For a long time, I’ve had this idea that I want a walk-in shower and a bathtub in the same space, not just in the same bathroom but occupying the same area. It started out with the idea of having a walk-in shower, one where you can just walk in and not have to step over the edge of a bathtub to shower, one of the things you think of as you and your family get older. But then you hear “experts,” say you need a bathtub in a house for resale value, not that we’re planning on selling, we’re very much planning on working with what we’ve got and making it better. Down the road we hope to be able to build onto the back of our house with a master bathroom being a part of the plan and I think a walk-in shower with a tub would be a great addition, I don’t sit in the tub often but a nice hot soak is very appealing occasionally. I went on a hunt to see if this concept had been done much and the answer is yes and it’s glorious, so today I want to share what I found, surprisingly this concept can, of course, be done in a big way or a relatively small way, I’ll show you both. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
June 9, 2016
I was unfamiliar with John Robshaw Textiles until I saw his website mentioned in a recent magazine article, the article was talking about a product that had nothing to do with textiles but definitely piqued my interest. John Robshaw has traveled throughout Asia trying to learn all he can about creating the wonderful textiles that we know from countries like India, China, and Indonesia, learning the ancient art of block printing and creating his own painting technique that creates a more artistic look. In his own words, Robshaw says, “when you look at my textiles its like you’ve been on the world tour with me.” On the John Robshaw website, he offers beautiful bedding, pillows, towels & shower curtains, home decor and fabric by the yard. Join me for a trip around the world with John Robshaw via shopping, Enjoy!!!