Tuesday, July 22, 2014

happy national hammock day...

Happy National Hammock Day!
We loved our hammock, and the tradition of getting it out every year was a sure signal
of summer. Sadly, the squirrels had a field day with it, (and two before that) so we gave up
on having one and have found ourselves hammock-less on National Hammock Day! :( 
This photo from a couple years ago has me wishing for another one.

Wishing you a little lounging in honor of the day! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

new client - fireplace update suggestions

I'm working with a new client and know they aren't the only ones with a
 fireplace that gets lost on a two story wall. They were kind enough to let me share
their fireplace and the ideas I'm suggesting. They're avid collectors of art and have
 beautiful pieces that would make a stunning statement against a white wall with
 trim detail. These are my ideas for them to consider.   

Add interest and texture to the wall surrounding the fireplace with molding in a grid
 pattern. A piece of their art would be beautiful hung on this wall treatment.  


Here is their fireplace, which could benefit from being beefed up by simply adding a larger
 board on top creating a deeper mantle and extending the sides to create the illusion of a
more substantial piece. I always find it helpful to take a photo of anything you're working

Simple trim detail around fireplace.


Beef up the existing molding, building out closer to the edge of the wall. 


Decorative detail around the fireplace and cleaner lines above. 


A mirror above the fireplace is one of my favorite looks, theirs would reflect pretty
 arched windows and the yard.

Add a deeper mantel, corbels, build out to edge of wall. 

Oversize mirror, similar to Ikea Songe, again add trim work to increase the size.   

Build out to edge of wall and add oversize mirror with framing detail


I'm anxious to see what they think, do you have a favorite?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

craigslist...one for me, one for you

Ack!! You guys I was beside myself excited when this pair of Chippendale chairs popped
 up on Craigslist, a total bargain, I scored them both for $40! I LOVE them, they're a great
 size, big and wide, and in perfect condition. I've had them for a couple of weeks now and
 decided to paint them, but I'm still not sure of color or where to put them. Minor details.
 Some of the inspiration pics I'm loving are making me want to completely rearrange my living
 room, more details to follow on that.

 Since I have a slew of chairs in our house and my family is beginning to comment about
 them closing in on us I'm on a chair buying freeze. :(
But they keep popping up so I'm sharing my finds with you in hopes someone out there
 will go get these! I've even included some inspiration ideas for you. 

Beautiful pair of Ethan Allen chairs for $150, green velvet cushions here.

A pair of chairs are so versatile arranged in a living room grouping like this. 
They would work perfectly in a smaller living space in an intimate seating arrangement.
A similar arrangement in a larger room.
Tucked in a corner next to a table they'd make a cozy reading nook.

This pair of wing backs are a steal at $45 each here. I love the oversized bold pattern,
 but changing out the pillows to a modern geometric would give them new life!
I'd choose something like one of the Caitlin Wilson prints below. 


They would be beautiful in a guest room with navy accents. 
Centsational Girl

Upholstered wing backs at the head of a dining table are a favorite. 

Perfect in front of a fireplace with a small x-bench between.
I love the symmetry here, you can barely see the pair of swing arm floor lamps.
House Beautiful

I could easily talk myself into needing all of these!

It's clear I have a problem love for interesting chairs, if you'd like to follow
my Pinterest Board 'Chairs' you'll find lots of fun inspiration.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

simple solution for styling

If you're like me you tend to get stuck in decorating ruts, going for the same go-to
 items to style your tables and shelves - a tray, books, vase of flowers, sound familiar?
Here's an idea for you that looks unique and sophisticated and is super easy.
 If you think you can't style anything you're in for a surprise, anyone can do it with
 success, I promise!

A collection of solid color vases - while you're checking out the pretty styling
 keep in mind how easily it would be to amass a collection by thrifting.

The Doctor's Closet
Country Living


e-mag deco

This is mine from a two years ago with a similar idea. It includes a lot of
Goodwill vases that have been painted.  

The key to thrifting for pieces is to keep an open mind, just look at the
shape and texture. Disregard any weird color and pattern because you
can paint right over it!

Have fun and if you try it let me know, I'd love to see it!  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

ikea salong white vase...

Thanks for stopping by to check out my Ikea favorite for the month!
This gem is the perfect little inexpensive pick me up, or simple gift, fitting for
 a hostess, teacher, or friend. Add a single floral stem, or use it alone and the beautiful
 shape works as a piece of art. 
I've had my Ikea Salong White Vase for a few years and love using it when styling my
coffee table, on the bathroom or kitchen counters, or as part of a centerpiece when I'm
entertaining. When I showed my summer spiff up earlier in the week someone asked about
 it, and I knew you'd love one as much as I do. The price is crazy good for the nice quality,
and for such a hard working, versatile accessory!  

Ikea Salong White Vase 12" - $9.99

Ikea Salong White Vase 7 3/4" - $7.99

(The tallest vase in the center is no longer available)

Check out the pretty ways it's been styled...

 Pinterest via Elli Boland

And, mine...

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