Friday
Nov062015

i'm blushing over,.........

BLUSH!

or,...... champagne, petal, pale pink. it's super trending right now. watch, you'll notice it creeping up everywhere, down-right staring you in the face via fashion (clothing, handbags, shoes, accessories) and home decor (RH, west elm, cb2,... to name a few),... trust me!

i hesitate to call this subltle pink sweet, yet it is, not in the conventional sense (all sugary & girly); yet sweet as in cool & happening, it's sophisticated and as of presently-- on trend,... trust me!


it is also warm, timeless and suits any room in the house,... looks beautiful with dark antiquey-wood furniture as well as crisp whites,... softens modern angles,.. try mixing it up with it's metalllic sister- copper, or silver, bronze, black, brass........ you'll never tire of it! trust me..

 

ben moore's old country, one my personal favorites

or ben moore's puppy paws (who can resist a puppy paw hug?)

f&b's pink ground

bedrooms: the obvious choice,...... (i have paired it in my own master with dark browns, golds, ivory and brass &, after 5 years, i still love!)

 

classic in feel with dark woods, brass nailheads,.....

i'm obsessed, paired with brass,.......

in a romantic wallpaper: classic & traditional,........

the color completely enhances the amazing ceiling architecture,...

it also swings contemporary,.....

living rooms and family rooms: fun, cozy and happy--

love the pops of blush in the accessories & soft treatments: eclectic,.....

in a clean-lined sofa: mid-century mod,........

in the pillows (monogolian fur: soft, fluffy, statement-making) & flowers: tailored and crisp,...

i would over-stay my welcome here for sure!... relaxed & comfy!

the entry: embracing, as an entry should be--

warm & rich, paired with navy and dark woods,.....

riveting in a large-scaled piece of contemporary art,.....

the kitchen and dining areas---

hip, fun blush painted windsor chairs: i'd love to saddle up to this table,....

in a contemporary kitchen via the chandelier and cabinets: unique & stylish, again with navy,...

although the walls are swathed in blush and the statement copper globe fixtures(blush-ish) & the dining chair, it is NOT blush-overload, just warm & inviting; wouldn't you like to take a seat?

a homey shabby-chicness, a-la rachel ashwell,.....

the bath: warm, soothing and so flattering!

love the idea of an oriental rug in the bath:red paired with pinks,.....

stunning: the blush walls enhance the architecture of this drop-dead bath,......

another beautiful bath: the ceiling heights and architecture again emphased by the pale pink,...

the office:

ok, so this is feminine! the reflective elements in this office space only enhance the warmth,...

 shy about committing to entire walls? a few accent pieces is all it takes,....

in this case: blush cups & plates act as a foil amongst all the white dinnerware and chippy white hutch,...

 

 a blush painted windsor chair (side chairs are so versatile) & a touch of blue,.....

perfect for the upcoming holiday season! be the hostess with the mostest!

fabulous paired with brass/gold-toned cutlery (obsessed with this pairing!). love the simple sprigs of greens (eucalyptus as runner--brilliant) & the pink himalayan pink sea salt set out-- a creative detail!

a sampling of blush, from a few of my favorite design catalogues:

west elm:

the martini side table-- this is one of my favorite side tables for any room; i spec to almost every client: versatile/mobile, functional, chic, affordable and now in BLUSH & antique brass top (ohhh, that combo)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

anthropologie:


give blush a try,... maybe you already have a few decorative pieces in storage or an old side chair that needs an update,... you always need new kitchen wash towels, right? or,...how about a half-dozen or so pink macaroons set out on a white vintage platter? it is that easy to be on-trend!

............can you see why i'm blushing over BLUSH?

 

 

Friday
Jul172015

summertime back-porchin'...........

  at our house~

 

...nothing fancy here at chez mcbride, just what we have on hand & a little help from Pier 1, Homegoods & my frequent honey-holes!

becuz i was asked to do a post on porches: the how-to, what-to-do-with, i'm-lost-on,...

the concept is just about the same as outfitting your interior spaces, right? it's simply an extension of your indoor living space-- just make sure that the pieces are weather-resistant........ we were cloistered for too long with NH's long, cold, snowy winter; let's-get-to-it, the warm july weather is awaiting!

~the essentials:

#1-- a back porch (yah),.....

"is a construction external to the walls of the main building proper, but may be enclosed by latticework, broad windows, screen, or other light frame walls extending from the main structure." thnx, wikipedia

if you do have one of these defined spaces, you could always make-shift, right? with a little imagination and muscle, you can create your own spot, like...... 

#2-- furniture,...

 

a cushy place to sit, rock, eat, relax, commune...

~outdoor cushions: Pier 1, furniture: my own, poodle: my own boston~

#3-- lighting, for those quiet warm evenings,........

i keep it real simple, once again: entry: electrified (vintage) chande, over table: candlelite hanging lantern  (my own), on column: vintage kerosene hurricanes, candles in hurricanes-- all contribute as layered lighting options, yet really only use the lanterns for ambient low light!

#4-- reads,..........


magazine-a-holic I AM; yet planning on reading this hyped-up novel asap!

#5-- wall "art", something pretty to look at,...........

a large, framed oil painting on canvas -again, vintage- that spoke to me (love a floral still-life) long ago at a neighborhood yard sale that set me back $5.00!

a large vintage mirror that i have painted too many times-- i love the black lacquer, this time around! you all know that decorating with mirrors is a big-one in my design arsenal......

fun printed paper flowers from Pier 1 in an old wine basket (lovingly gifted to me by an old friend) on our door...

#6-- potted plants, flowers, cut greens-- bring them on,............

 

last, but def-not-least-- refreshing drinks, apps,........

here's a fruity, cool summer sangria-- give it a try-- it's super simple (a key back-porch theme):

1 lime, cut into wedges

1 lemon, cut into wedges

1 orange, cut into wedges

1 granny smith apple, cored & cut into wedges

1 bottle of dry red wine

1 12 oz can of lemon-lime carbonated beverage

garnishes: orange wedges, lime slices, sprig of mint or basil

fill pitcher with lime & lemon wedges; press fruit w/back of spoon to release juice. add apple wedges & wine. chill until ready to serve. just before serving, stir in lemon-lime beverage. pour into festive ice-filled glasses & garnish


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~CHEERS,...... drinks are tastier sipped outdoors!

 

 

Tuesday
Jun302015

our fireplace redux, part 2...............

 

styling!

my cache (some of, i have lots more where these came from),...............

lots of stuff, right? nothing here is "valuable"...... yet, I LOVE all these pieces!

one of the secrets to styling: compile all the things/stuff you love and go-to-town-- get creative, stand back, take a look, then edit, edit, edit!

...what pieces would you choose?

remember my starting point-- somewhat a blank slate except for the key background elements:

  • string lites-- an illuminated element (should have a white string vs the green as the mantle is white & it would blend in better, later,....)
  • a white-washed wood sunburst mirror-- a reflective element (i utilize mirrors a lot ) 
  • an old branch of birch that fell during a bad ice storm-- a natural, organic element....

 

try #1..........

items that made the cut:

  • foraged greens (fresh-is-the-best) from our property placed in a galvanized flower bucket (love the patina and rusty copper) 
  • art-work (well, it may not qualify as "real" being my own) 
  • a black "element"  an old weathered garden urn holding a sprig or two of greens....

 

try #2...............

~the greens MUST stay~

items that made the cut, round 2:

  • flower-sculpted tea light holders in ivory white, a 3-dimensional element as well as an illuminated feature when lit
  • art-work, yet a different seascape this time (i just lean the painting rather than nail to the wall as i will change it out come fall),... no worries that it is partially hiding the mirror (layer it up!)

  • a whimsical element-- my rusty poodle sculpture (a nod to my furry bff) & the finish/color picks up the rusty banding on the flower bucket

...so then, i added my two white ceramic poodles to stand guard!!! (maybe i should've edited, edited, edited?)

all images

.......because I REALLY REALLY LOVE THEM!

and THAT is my #1 guiding principal when styling,...

if you LOVE it, buy it, keep it, display it-- you can't go wrong~

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday
Jun122015

hi there, remember me?

i've been MIA for too long! here and back-at-it! have to: my mind is always churning design to the point of imploding,.....

i have,................

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and because,..........

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let just say, it-is, what-it-is,.........

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sooooo,.... i'm giving it away-- "it" being whatever design-related topic i'm throwing around in my head!.........

"fab-5" morphs straight to "the blog" -- going simple (ok, not a very creative moniker,... i'll save the creativity for my blog entries)!

enjoy my first entry under the blog...

~a personal design project~

an easy DIY, yet one that takes courage because there's no turning back once you start it,... whitewashing our fireplace ugly brick in the living room (i had already done the same in our keeping room & love it, sooo why was i dragging my feet on this one????).........

before: nothing special, right?

after: whitewashed & done........

the how-to is simple: 

  • i first cleaned the brick by vacumming, then sponged it down with warm water until clean
  • next came the fun stuff: i liquified Ben Moore's simply white in an eggshell finish (a light warm white i use a lot) to a stain-like consistency
  • i applied the watery, white paint directly onto the brick with a wide paint brush using left to right swaths--  making sure to get into the crevices
  • let it dry overnight
  • next day: i took a rough sanding block to the white brick here-there-and-anywhere, eyeballing to create what looks like old, weather-worn brick (see last image below)
  • cleaned the residue off the brick by vacumming & then sponging down with warm water
  • last, i wanted to seal the brick so that soot can be washed off after winter fires: i used a bm latex clear glaze and simply painted it on
  • that's it!!!!

because i like to repurpose perfectly good pieces, i also spruced-up our fireplace screen (original, circa 1928) by:

  • using our outdoor hose, i sprayed off all the dust & dirt
  •  i removed all the hardware
  • in a well ventilated area (my garage) i spray painted the old screen in flat black using Rust-Oleum (it took several coats)
  • while the paint was drying, i polished-up the original brass handles and monogram (yes, it is an "M",...a very cool coincidence-- "omen", wouldn't you say?) using Bar Keepers Friend (my go-to for a lot of household cleaning)

.................how a little TLC goes a loooong way! 

   this was my aim, my inspiration brick-- how do i compare?

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~stay tuned for my next blog entry as i style our mantle (do you like the above mantle styling? simple is good, yet i am a bit more eclectic with my own)-- one of my favorite pastimes! 

~happy weekend~

 

Friday
Apr172015

rethinking,.............

fab fridays and the blog!

please enjoy old posts while i rework my site and in the meantime, feel free to shadow me on my daily design travels via,................

pinterest

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and instagram (my favorite

thnx for all your support,

deb xoxo