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)
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 For years we all carried on that brass was outdated and old fashioned but now with new looks and finishes brass is hot again and I’m completely on board.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 3, 2016
I ran into the local Anthropologie one day last week to see what was new and what if anything good was on the sale tables. Anytime I’m in Anthropologie I find myself drawn to the brightly colored plates and accessories, I decided then and there to do a little research and find out who the creative mind is behind these eye catchers. I was happy to find out they are the creation of a lovely French lady named Nathalie Lété.
July 19, 2016
This time of year when the heat is on and the temps are reaching 100 degrees it’s hard to even think about turning on the cooktop or the oven so we eat a lot of salads in the Summer. After a while, of course, salad can get a little boring but it doesn’t have to be especially with the colorful bowls and salad serving utensils from French Bull. French Bull has some wonderfully bright and colorful patterns to choose from to brighten up any table or patio this Summer, the products are made from high-grade melamine that’s scratch and shatter resistant as well as BPA free and heat resistant up to 356 degrees. Join me for a look around the French Bull website and all the fun ways to brighten up your Summer meals. 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!!!
May 25, 2016
I was recently in a culinary store here in Oklahoma City and as is often the case I was looking for one thing and found something completely different, the “Crumpled” collection from Revol. In the store they were showing the coffee and tea cups, I went on the Revol website and found a few more items as well as more uses for their cute cups besides hot beverages. Revol is a family owned porcelain company that’s been making beautiful and fun creations since 1768. I think I definitely need a few of the Crumpled Cups, I love the idea of individual desserts in them, Enjoy!!!
May 20, 2016
I was very excited this week when I ran across the new collection of brass kitchen utensils from Food52 and Sir Madam. Sir Madam finds antique kitchen utensils and brings them into the 21st century with up to date materials such as the hot look of brass. The look of brass has made a major comeback over the last couple of years and shows no signs of going anywhere, so embrace it. There are times I like the warm look of brass and I think these utensils are awesome, I definitely want to start adding these to our utensil collection. There are some things I would have never thought of like the Egg Spoon (seen above), a large spoon with a hole in the bottom, allowing you to fish the egg out of the hot water while cradling the egg and draining the water all at the same time. Here’s a look at some of the utensils, visit Food52 here for a look at these items and several more. Enjoy!!!
May 3, 2016
Fruit is a great inspiration as far as decorating your kitchen, I’ve known some people who have decorated their whole kitchen around one theme so why not strawberries. The color of strawberries lends itself to a great color scheme with bright red and green and the white and yellow of the strawberry blossoms. If you’re looking to get a retro feel or look to your kitchen then a theme like strawberries makes that easy, there are lots of new items available to help you decorate your kitchen with a strawberry theme but my favorite strawberry themed items I’ve seen are antique or vintage. Today I want to share some things I found, both old and new, with a strawberry theme that you can use in your kitchen. Remember, you don’t have to go all in, just add one or two things this summer to brighten up your kitchen space, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
March 29, 2016
I shared with you a couple weeks ago some of the wonderful experiences I had at the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta, one of the things we did was a lunchtime visit to the Pirch Design Center. Pirch is an amazing showroom, it has anything and everything you could possibly want for your home. If you’re building a new home this is a place to check out, if you’re remodeling your kitchen or bathroom they have all the latest appliances, cabinets and fixtures you would want to look at as well as all the latest in finishes. If you’re not looking for big ticket items but that little something special you can find it here, from beautiful scented candles and design books to home accessories and bar equipment. Join me for photographic visit through the Pirch Showroom and Enjoy!!!
March 23, 2016
Michael S. Smith is a designer known for combining worlds, he loves to mix the classicism of the old world into modern settings and that mindset definitely shows up in his tile designs for Ann Sacks. Smith is known for the redecoration of America’s Executive Mansion, the White House, after the Obama’s moved in, here you can see how he likes to combine time periods, styles, and colors in ways that the average mortal might not come up with, combining the worlds of Old Europe with Modern America. Smith says that a lot of drive to design comes from not being able to find certain things, so he creates them. I’m loving what I’m seeing in the way he combines traditionally shaped tiles and bright metallic finishes or the use of traditional shapes like the Greek Key into a modern looking border. Join me for a tour of Smith’s designs at Ann Sacks and prepare to be inspired, Enjoy!!!