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Friday
Oct172014

tangled up in tartan.......

 

this week's germ-spi-ration came as i was surfing thru some of my fave bloggers (i.e. my "blog friends,"... though we have never met!) and happened across this gorgeousness...........

 

orange & charcoal-- feminine & masculine love in a bedroom (not easy to deftly blend all these design elements w/out looking like halloween!)

............a tartan trend is in the air!

BUT with a twist........

MIX IT UP... 

#1-- with stripes........

i've had this pinned for over a year,.. follow me on pinterest

 

no need to commit when it's only pillows and plates, right? (btw: plates are one of my fave ways to add art & dimension to a wall)

...& polka dots & florals-- yet it all works!

#2-- with feminine touches,........

 

 

#3-- with unusual color pairings.........

 

...keep your eye on royal purple~

...just THAT CHAIR is all~

#4-- with black (of course, my fav-or-ite!).........

...those legs~

...that lamp, that dog~

 

...that tub~

...i'd happily sip a cab & nibble on 'za here~

...love a floor-to-ceiling mirror propped up~

...traditional, old-school RL~

yes, i'm infatuated w/black walls~

#5-- with a wrap............

...it's that black (leggings/leg),... once again

...as a table-topper~

...draped on chairs-- effortlessly chic~

...stair-side at the ready~

~cozy-up to tartan in any way you see fit~

...it's that old black magic (gearing-up for halloween in a few weeks)~ 

 

Friday
Oct102014

easy, simple fall decorating,..........

how lucky are we new englanders? there is perhaps no more beautiful season in new england than fall........ nor a more fun, no fuss home decorating season-- quick, affordable, and simple: my five rules of thumb for autumn decorating...........

#1-- bring out the welcome mat....

 

so simple to do-- a neat & clean coir matt to herald your guests. i do like to change ours out with the seasons. its an affordable "do"-- throw some pumpkins in the mix, a seasonal wreath and your good to go all the way thru thanksgiving (i spy "copper").

target has a large selection (click on image for info).........

 

...i have a sweet-spot for thewise-old OWL!

 

if you are not finding one you like,..... & are up for a quick and really inexpensive diy (here) try-- 


 

the possibilities are endless.................

...sorry, couldn't resist-- kinda funny!

 

#2-- open the door, welcome in autumn's hues via nature's bounty,.... this is one of my favorite things to do all year 'round! and doesn't cost a cent = bonus,...........

 ~bittersweet grows wild, snip a few branches and viola!

... feel free to add more seasonal touches-- quite a beautiful aged butcher block, and that throw (spying: copper)!

`~wheat grass in an earthy vase~

style note: change out your clear &/or milk glass vessels to hearty earthenware

~perhaps my favorite fall flower is the hydrangea, snip & place in your vessel of choice (no water needed)~

 

...i love how they age in color, they're fluffiness, & large-scale size (fall's lilac)~

...prefer not to place neatly in a vessel-- hang them! what a pretty tableau: aged denim, straw hat~

#3--  pillows and throws: purchase pillows with removable covers, keep the inserts (down, if you are not allergy-prone as they squish up nicely & are more comfy), rotate seasonally. throws-- think nubby knits, soft & warm cashmere, chunky chenille...........

...orange is the perf autumn color imbuing insta-warmth~

...or a goblet of pinot noir could also do the insta-warmth thing!

...an orange hermes throw, if you are so fortunate,... an investment item for sure!

...more orange (note: bittersweet, earthenware vessels!)~

...not an orange fan? these hand-knitted throws in warm neutrals give off the same cozy vibe. you can find these here (a fave!) 

#4-- add props that you have kicking around, like.............

well-worn fryes~

or such,...... like--
 

...those wellies, & the straw hat, & the beat-up denim, & the straw market tote!

  

...the key is use what you have,...autumn perfection!

#5-- smells of the season, perhaps the most satisfying part of fall,......

freshly picked macs~

...just so damn tart, crisp, & pretty!

ohhhh, the cooking that follows,... nesting aromas wafting throughout the house~

...a fam fave, for sure! .. the aroma of rich gooey caramel on the stove~

...they present well, also!

caramel apple spice mug cake, yummmmm,... a new one i'm going to try!

...recipe here

and,....... the quintessential apple pie~

...absolutely no one, & i mean no one's apple pie is better than my mom's (sorry, folks!)

hurry, they're fallin'-- get out, harvest, gather & enjoy our breathtaking fall season~

Friday
Oct032014

everything's coming up,.........

copper!

this week's topic was meant-to-be, ...IT had been mulling around in my head for an amount of time (per usual) then-- i motored behind this beauty on my trek home post-school drop off,...........

 

btw: it's called "brilliant copper"! (copper cooper, cooper copper, coper cooper,...yikes!)

AND brilliant it was--  morn autumn sun dazzling, copper leaves whizzing in its wake,................

thus,  this week's topic: copper in interiors--

i love metallics (silver, brass,...) in homes-- they add sparkle, a je nais sais quoi, an icing to a room, AND they are a neutral. i am a huge fan of mixing metals,... yet-- i have NOT dabbled in the copper realm,... as YET!

what's not to love:  the color is vibrant, rich and warm--appropriately autumnal--with tons of depth!

...not only for kitchens, although that is where it traditionally shines in options--- the obvious,...........

.........although, how pretty!

 

#1-- kitchen walls & backsplash........

what's to say except sensuous,... no?

 

what a brilliant use of copper as a racing stripe across this small breakfast nook wall~

i absolutely love its irregularities,... all the bumps & grooves~

this kitch is as stunning as it's owner-- cameron diaz~

#2-- expose those expensive copper pipes (scrap prices are at an all-time high!)...

 

genius use of,....... & who doesn't gravitate toward copper, old brick and WINE?

simple & minimalist, ...not to mention, a practical use of~

...copper taps, wow!

... so sensible for shelving~

...a perfect work table, a rustic dining table, an office plateau-- can someone fabriciate one for me please????

 

...definitely copper pipes as the main attraction here-- an uber cool barber shop in amsterdam (check out the featured cuts on their blackboard! i'll take "the morrison")~

#3-- shining-on in lighting,..........

a tom dixon fixture-- whoa!

IKEA pendants~

not sure of the lighting source here, yet i do know that i'd love to hang here (look at that island pieced together w/mouldings!)~

rejuventation pendants-- pretty little jewels~

 

... this is a newcomer to affordable high-end design market, hem, (much like ikea) w/its LEVEL lamp)~

 

...pierced teardrop pendants from terrain-- so moody & boho~

 

#4-- pennies are copper, right? ......saving them for a rainy day; think again..........

 

penny copper flooring-- supposedly an easy diy,...!!!!

... all pretty spectacular & statement-making, esp if you DID-IT-YOURSELF (here)!

 

#5-- for the meak-of-heart: copper home accessories,....

from prop-er copper,....

 

 

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

bringing fundo fondue back!

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--to hum-ble copper

...such a simple diy~ 

...i so love the oxidation of copper; bring it indoors~

wondering: do any of you have a touch of copper in your home? 

i working on it, here........

this was our fam's unassuming piece of copper, back in the day

a constant & warm fixture on our cooktop~

SO,.........guess where i'm starting?

a happy copper weekend, esp here in nh where it is in full regalia!

 

Friday
Sep262014

FALL----ing for...............,

 

ok,...... juuus-t kiddin'!

seriously, though--  FALL---ing are the leaves, the temps & it's time for,........... for pumpkins-- 'tis the season!

 

i always look forward to choosing just THE right ONE,... or 2,... or 3,... or------- it's a new england tradition, right?

how do you DO pumpkins?

#1-- guild it.....

 

#2-- personalize it,...........

#3-- paint it..........

 

#4-- put a flower in it.......

#5-- OR au naturalle it..................

 

can't wait to get our "fall on" and trek out to the pumpkin patch (or the local farmer's stand,... more like) pick up our pumpkins AND create our own pumpkin decor~

happy 1st weekend in fall, how are you celebrating?


(except where noted images from: pinterest, southern living, google, martha stewart living, bh&gardens)

Friday
Sep122014

guest room inspiration........

how 1 stray dogs chandelier inspired an entire guest room,............ &&&& then some!

so this is how i roll-- pick a turquoise any turquoise!

 #1-- my client's guest room pre-redo. they wanted to keep the black sleigh bed & night stands...

#2-- the guest room en-suite bath-- the cabs, granite, hot tub, & flooring stayed put. to do-- have the cabs painted & glazed, new wall color, window treatments, new lighting (AB-SO-LUTE-LY), new mirrors, new faucetry....... where to start???

 

#3-- right here, is where: a stunning wallpaper by schumacher called chenonceau in charcoal (one of my fave colors). instead of over-kill by papering all 4 walls, i decided to paper a focal wall only...

i love all the stylized flora & fauna,...

wall color on the other 3 walls is a lighter charcoal by benjamin moore paints called revere pewter ( a warm gray).....

last but not least, the 5th wall: a beauty of a tray ceiling! on the tray itself i pulled out the turquoise in the chande's glass ball using BM spectra blue (a dreamy turquoise) and below the tray, i had the molding bordered out in BM pale avocado (a yummy yellow green) inspired from the palm fringe on the lite fixture....

note: the ceiling was glazed-out with a warm white creating an impressionistic, subtle cloud-like effect (painted by the talented, lisa teague)...

#4-- and tah dah,........ the reveal!

throw in some fun pillows, a silver tray carrying goodies & a simple flower (peony season),.......

note: check out the table lamp base... i couldn't have planned that one-! double peacocks mirroring the wallpaper birds (well, i think they are peacocks?)! at first thought: hmmm,... too matchy-matchy & hokey.... no! find black drum lamp shades, trim them out in turquoise grosgrain ribbon... & true LOVE!

#5-- the guest bath followed suit...

note: cabs painted by lisa teague in a cremey white w/a walnut glazed, new hardware from anthroplogie (turquoise melon knobs), new bronze faucetry, large homegoods aged silver-framed mirrors (all 3 mirrors were a diff style, yet all silver-framed), funky black shaded wall sconces, & my fave- a custom valance (3 diff fabrics & black beaded trim) then-- wall art that reflects a personal touch (yup, they are horse lovers, riders,.... anything equestrian).

#5--  who wouldn't want to stay for a night, or two, or three or.........?

design moral: every space has an inspiration starting point, the theme as well as supporting roles-- you just gotta look! and,... that's the end of this design story!

~thnxxxxx for reading,

until next week, deb~