Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My Five Favorites - Decorative Accessories


Welcome to February's Five Favorites, this month I'm sharing my top
 five Decorative Accessories along with my talented friends and our special guest. 


We're thrilled to have Emily @ Emily A. Clark joining us as our guest host this month. 
She's as sweet as they come, a beyond fabulous design guru and blogger who needs no
 introduction, so I'll just move on. :) 
This stunning vignette she created is perfection in my book  ~ I'm sure you'll agree she's 
got a way with accessories. I'm dying to check out her faves! 

 Emily A. Clark - Caroline Lima Photography 

You guys, this was eye-opening - I didn't realize I use my Five Favorites in every room I do.
It's a wonder they don't all look exactly alike!

#1
Black Lamp Shades
They say every room needs a touch of black, my favorite way to infuse 
some is with black lamp shades. A little detail with big impact.  
Black lamp shades ~ Furry texture ~ Greenery  

Black lamp shades ~ Abstract artwork ~ Furry texture ~ White bowl ~ Greenery

Black lamp shades ~ Abstract artwork ~ Furry texture ~ White vase ~ Greenery

#2
Abstract Artwork
I love the modern vibe abstract art adds to a room, and the contrast of using traditional
 frames, which are perfect to add to your thrifting or garage sale list. 
Abstract artwork ~ White vase ~ Greenery

Abstract artwork ~ Black & white vases ~ Greenery 

Abstract artwork ~ Furry texture ~ White vase ~ Greenery

#3
Black & White Vases
I have several of these hardworking basics in all shapes and sizes, they move all over my
 house, and easily mix with everything. Look for pretty shapes when you're thrifting.
(I loved the black one below, I found it thrifting years ago, and just broke it last week.) :(    
 Black & white vases ~ Greenery 

Black lamp shades ~ Black vases ~ Furry texture ~ Greenery

#4
Furry Texture
There's nothing like cozy texture. The end.
Furry texture ~ Black lamp shades ~ White vases ~ Greenery

 Furry Texture ~ Black lamp shade ~ Black & white vase/bowl ~ Greenery

#5
 Greenery
An essential for every room ~ it brings life, texture and color. It couldn't be
easier, just head outside and clip from a tree or shrub in your yard.
Greenery ~ Black lamp shade ~ Abstract artwork ~ Black vase ~ Furry texture 

Greenery ~ Black shade ~ White vase


Be sure to stop by and check out the favorites of my pals!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I Spy a Craigslist Buy (8)


Hi friends, I've got some fun Craigslist finds for you today. 
I was playing a little game ~ if I could choose only one item to purchase which would it be?
It's at the end of the post, and if you're up for my game I'd love to know what you'd pick,
if you'd change it, or how you'd use it.
  
These listings are currently available on Denver's Craigslist and I've paired them
with inspiration pics to give you some ideas how the pieces could be used.
(Just click the link below the heading)

 Ralph Lauren

Dark cherry wood Deco table removable tray top ornate Nice! $65 

https://denver.craigslist.org/fuo/5390542958.html



Pretty and functional, I love the one of a kind ornate detail on the tray.

Very Nice, barely used, like new. Large dresser Buffet w cool woodwork - $125 
http://denver.craigslist.org/fuo/5414204095.html
A great price for this unique shaped piece, I'd be temped to paint it a high gloss bold color.
 Joss & Main
Hooker Furniture Co
Decor Pad - Style at Home

Two Antique Wing Chairs - $300 
https://denver.craigslist.org/fuo/5417071034.html

The flared arms certainly give these chairs a dose of flair! :) The pale blue
color is a popular one this season, one of Pantone's Colors of the Year.  
(I did notice the pattern isn't aligned the same on both of them,
 a throw could be folded over the back of one, as in the photo below, to disguise it.)  


Southern Charm
quadrillefabrics.com

 Oriental Style Shelves - $60 (can deliver)


https://denver.craigslist.org/fuo/5409421548.html

 
I could picture either of these Asian inspired shelving units in the corner
of a bathroom with fluffy white towels, even a pretty spot for extra rolls of TP.

Bamboo Shelves - $20 (Denver, CO)

https://denver.craigslist.org/fuo/5420372785.html



Lonny Magazine - Michelle Smith 

Decorative End Table/Tray - $40 (Lone Tree)

https://denver.craigslist.org/fuo/5416717897.html
 

This is a DIYer's dream just waiting for a makeover, or just as pretty as is! 

 Cox & Cox
 Honestly YUM
Eleven Gables

I chose the buffet.
I'd go for a statement piece with big impact ~ a high gloss paint treatment in a fun color.
What did you choose?

Apartment Therapy

Hope you're inspired to check your local Craigslist,
and if you score one of these I'd love to know!  




Friday, January 15, 2016

Steal These Designer's Ideas for Displaying Artwork


Happy Friday friends!
I've been working on an artwork project for a client, we've finally come up with
 a creative solution to a common problem that I can't wait to share with you...coming soon!
 Of course I had to do my research on Pinterest, and in doing so I came across
 several unique ideas I loved and thought you would too.    


It's all about doing something unexpected.

Weight your art at the bottom of the frame instead of the top, which is typical.
Use an oversized mat...really oversized mat.   

Andrew Brown - Veranda

Choose an unpredictable placement on the wall. 

Krista Ewart/Ruthie Sommers 
Photography - Douglas Friedman for House Beautiful

Display eclectic pieces from floor to ceiling, include an unusual shape frame.

Design & Photograpy Peter Fehrentz

Frame and paint a section of wall as a background for artwork. 


Albert Hadley

Use a collection of small frames for interest. 

 turquoisetulipsandbliss.blogspot.com

Display around furniture in an uncommon, asymmetrical arrangement. 

Lauren Liess

Hope you all have a wonderful three day weekend!



Monday, January 11, 2016

IKEA - My Favorite Non-Decor Items (1)


Today when I made a trip to IKEA it dawned on me that I've been holding out on
 you guys by only sharing my favorite furnishings and accessories. 
I know it can be a little overwhelming, and there are so many little gems throughout
the store that are easy to miss, so here are a few of my favorites and how I use them.  

#1
$2.49
6" x 4"

I LOVE to use their tins as a fun container for gifts.
 They're all awesome for food gifts, but think beyond that, anything that you'd put in a
 bag or box would work. Even small potted plants or herbs would be great in the
rectangular shape, just tuck the lid in behind the plant.    
$8.99
Tins stack inside each other for easy storage
6" x 4" x 5"
8" x 5" x 7" 
9" x 7" x 8"

I didn't see these on their website, but they were at my IKEA today.
They always have special seasonal patterns in this 3 piece set (size is approx.)
$5.99
3" x 5"
4" x 7"
5" x 8" 


#2
$1.99
Set of 32 assorted sizes
Can be used with Hemsmak tins
#3
$2.99
Clear Glass - 11"

This inexpensive glass bowl is the perfect 'basket' for a collection of kitchen items, an
Italian basket, breakfast basket, or a nice hostess gift with fresh fruit or veggies from
a farmers market with salad tongs. The possibilities are endless.  
#4
.79 each
100% Cotton - 26" x 20"

I have about 20 of these, and use them daily around the kitchen. They're lightweight
and dry in no time. Wrap some goodies in one and tuck them in a tin. :)
 
Great for use as a placemat or napkin, too.
#5
Duck Feather Filling
20" x 20" - $5.99
16" x 26" - $6.99
26" x 26" - $9.99 

Hands down the BEST bang for the buck! 
These are the only pillow forms I use for myself and my clients.  
#6
Solids - 50 - $1.99 
Pattern - 30 - $1.99
3 ply - 6.5" x 6.5" 

Their napkins are great quality, and they change up the colors and patterns often.
Watch for clearance sales - the blue floral and orange cheetah were both .49
 for a package of 30 today.  

#7
.99 each
Adjustable clips
Since 1938 bedrooms are small we hang up all of our clothing instead of using
bulky dressers in our bedrooms, here they're used to hang Detail Boy's shorts. I
 originally tried a more expensive brand and these are much sturdier and better quality. 

#8
$2.49
Thin, crisp mild ginger cookies - delish!

I'll choose these light, crisp ginger cookies over Swedish meatballs any day! 

Well, that was fun to share some of the not so common gems I've found, 
do you have any favorites we should know about?   


If you're an Ikea fan you can find more of my favorites here,

Thursday, January 7, 2016

DIY Lamp Shade with Leopard Print Lining


I was reading my friend's blog the other day and loved her goal of finishing
projects she'd already started instead of 'gravitating toward shiny new ones.'
Hmmm....that certainly resonated!
I'm sure I could win a BIG prize for my collection of unfinished projects.
Almost a year ago I was checking out an awesome Master Bedroom Reveal at
Cassie's @ Hi Sugarplum - do you remember the reveal right before she moved to her
new home? I spied some stylish lamp shades with leopard print lining, she
had purchased them like that, but I knew it would be a simple DIY using patterned paper.
Of course the the 'shiny new project' was calling and I started asap, but ran out of paper
 after completing one and never finished!
I hoped you wouldn't notice them in my dining room on my Christmas Tour. :)

Drum roll please...10 months later I finished the project!




Seeing the peek of leopard print while sitting at our
dining table makes my detail loving personality happy.
 

It was a super easy DIY, I used wrapping paper to line the shade. My shade has a slight
 taper, you can follow this tutorial How to Cover a Tapered Lamp Shade to get a perfect fit
 when you cut your paper. (You don't need to leave the extra allowance on top and bottom
 as if you were covering the outside of the shade with fabric.)


When you have your paper cut roll it up and place on the shade then begin to
unroll it as you work your way around the shade. My paper easily stayed in place, I used
my fingernail to press the paper into the edge of the shade.


I used a sharp utility knife to trim the excess at the edge where needed.


I didn't want to permanently attach the paper since chances are high I'll want to change it
 out some day. :) I overlapped the paper and secured at the top and bottom using scotch tape.
That's it!

 


Do tell, are you working on any unfinished projects or
moving on to a fun shiny new project?



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