One current trend in decorating both inside and outside the doors of our homes is using galvanized metal, which is metal that has been treated with a zinc coating to prevent it from rusting. During my life and growing up among farmers and ranchers, galvanized metal was mainly used for buckets and large horse tanks to hold water for livestock, and chicken feeders, there were many summers we got in the horse tank to cool off in lieu of a swimming pool. Today you can find galvanized metal being used for all manner of home decor and even lighting. Over the next few weeks, we are going to take a look at galvanized metal and just how it’s being used. Today we are going to get an overview of its use and see what great craftsmen and designers are coming up with for this metal that’s usually been deemed usable for “lowly” purposes. 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!!!
September 13, 2016
I love yellow, I love spice and I love mustard so Pantone’s tenth color called Spicy Mustard is a big YES for me. Pantone hails this color as a spicier and zestier yellow than from previous seasons and is an elegant color to work with any of the other colors in the Pantone Fall 2016 forecast. I love yellow with so many colors, it looks elegant and sophisticated when paired with gray or black, it’s bright and fun with blue and red and is strong enough to stand on its own in a bold piece of clothing or furniture. Let’s take a look at Spicy Mustard as an accent color or standing alone as a statement, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
August 22, 2016
I had a meeting with a client the other day and she was showing me how she had changed out the industrial looking pendants lights over her kitchen island to Mercury Glass pendants and they look amazing, we both discovered that we have a mutual admiration for Mercury Glass and want to bring in more of the sparkly glass in the way of accessories in her living room/kitchen area. I was out a little while shopping over the weekend and found several wonderful pieces of Mercury Glass in vases of varying sizes as well as a few lamps, so I thought today we would take a look at Mercury Glass and how to use it all year long, not just around the holidays. The look of Mercury Glass is achieved by having glass that is blown double walled then adding a liquid silvering solution between the layers of glass that set up and create the look of silver, today you can find Mercury Glass used in Christmas decorations and ornaments, vases, lamps, and panels on some furniture. I love how it adds some sparkle to a room and often has an antique look to it, here’s a look at Mercury Glass and hopefully some inspiration for using it in your homes. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
August 10, 2016
As you’ve guessed by now I’m a confirmed Anglophile, I love any and all things having to do with England and its history, so while I share highlights with you of our recent trip there I thought I would also share some design elements and home decor having to do with the British Isles. Today we are going to take a look at all things English from a very appropriate website, One Kings Lane. There are both new pieces and antique pieces available as well as books, prints, and even lamp finials. Join me for a peek at the “veddy British” inventory at OKL, Enjoy!!!
July 5, 2016
Don’t you love stumbling onto a new website or catalog that is full of fun and interesting finds? That’s how I felt recently about Kaufmann Mercantile, I was looking for a chair I saw advertised in a magazine and found the treasure trove that’s Kaufmann Mercantile. KM sells beautiful and simply elegant handmade furniture that comes in black walnut and white oak, there’s also a selection of beautiful dishes and their signature candle line made up simply of three scents, and their premium line of leather travel goods. Kaufmann Mercantile also features a wide array of merchandise from other artisans and manufacturers, including items for camping, the office, the kitchen, and grooming. Today I’m going to share a few of the interesting finds I made, check them out yourself and see all the wonderful made in America merchandise at Kaufmann Mercantile, 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)
April 25, 2016
The juxtaposition of elements is one of my favorite things in design, the official definition of Juxtaposition is “the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect”. For me, personally, Juxtaposition allows me to mix things together that wouldn’t normally go together and allows me to use more of the things I’ve collected over the years. Juxtaposition can be very easily accomplished, simply by hanging a piece of modern art in a room of traditional furniture and accessories, or the complete opposite by hanging a traditional painting in a room full of contemporary furnishings.
The art of juxtaposition is very much about the tension created by mixing things up, now don’t get me wrong because I loathe tension between people but I celebrate it in decorating. One easy way to create Juxtaposition is to use one or more antique pieces in an otherwise very modern room, or as seen in the above photo this very modern orange chair and ottoman and gray pouf in a room that’s very traditional in feel, especially with the very traditional fireplace mantel. The room has also been painted a more contemporary color and a modern rug on the floor. I love the idea of painting a room a very contemporary neutral color or all white but then injecting an antique sofa or a pair of chairs or an antique light fixture to create that tension in a room. Today we’re going to begin a few days looking at Juxtaposition and using it as a basis for decorating a room, then later this week we’ll look at mixing modern art and antiques as well as mixing different furniture and fabric styles, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
March 31, 2016
So, we’ve talked about gold furniture and gold lighting and maybe that’s all too much for you, maybe you prefer your sparkle in smaller amounts and what better way to get that than through gold accessories in your home. Gold catches the light and tends to warm up spaces where it’s used, so you could add gold bookends to your bookcases and liven them up, frame photos and art in gold frames to add a punch to your walls, use gold table lamps on end tables and buffets to liven up those surfaces. Today I want to give you a few ideas on using gold accessories in your home and then show you some smart looking gold items, everything I’m sharing today is available at One Kings Lane. Just remember that metallics, whether they’re gold, silver, copper or any of the other metals always add some spark and sparkle to a room, something to catch the eye. Have fun with gold and Enjoy!!! (above image via )
February 22, 2016
The latest MacKenzie-Childs catalog came in the mail last week and I really like what I’m seeing, not only for everyday use but especially for Spring and Easter.
Easter this year is March 27th so it’s not too early to start thinking about it and MacKenzie-Childs has some beautiful merchandise to help get you in the mood and to brighten up your home. There’s a new rabbit done in their world famous Courtly Check as well as well as a beaded table runner and placemats and some beautiful painted ceramic pieces. Let’s take a peek inside their Spring 2016 catalog and see what we can’t do without, Enjoy!!!
(remember to click on any words in orange and that will link you to the websites to find the company or specific merchandise)