Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Who Says.....

Art and mirrors can only be hung on plain ole walls????

I love the unexpected look of mirrors and art hung on windows, mirrored walls, ceilings!!!, and even placed on stands. Just another way to add interest and start conversation. Hope everyone's week is off to a great start!

Images: Landon Collis, Elle Decor, Chicago Home Magazine, Suzanne Kasler, Atlanta Homes Mag, Windsor Smith, Jennifer Dyer, Rue Magazine

Friday, June 17, 2011

Weekend Wishes 6.17.2011

This has been a busy week. I am starting to get the hang of things at the new job and feel like my days are full. I say started cause I still have a long way to go to learn the ropes. This week went by really fast and I am looking forward to the weekend!

We will be homebodies this weekend. Mainly we have plans to get more things put together around the house and organize. Boring I know, but necessary. The biggest project will be to get the living room bookshelves built and put up. That will most likely wipe me out. Other than that I would like to see if I can't find a piece of art or a mirror for the entry. It's just so sad, and it needs something ASAP. And while I'm at Ikea picking up the bookshelves I'd like to look at the wall shelves as well.

Other than that it will be the usual.....sleeping in, farmers market, and some cleaning.
How about you....have anything exciting going on this weekend????

Image: What Katie Ate

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Our House: Living Room

This coming weekend we will finally start making a move on designing the living room. It's been too long and I can't take the lifelessness any longer.

We have no built-in shelving in this house like we did in the other. So for now all our books etc. are either still in boxes or all scattered about. To remedy this I have decided to add bookshelves behind our sofa in the living room, and also get some for the office (another day).

Where better to go than Ikea.

We have our eye on the Hemnes in white. I like these better than Billy because they already have a trimmed out look. Sorry, I'm too lazy to spiff up the Billy like I have seen so many people do. And since we are on a budget the price is great too. Not as great as the some of the others...but like I said these are already trimmed out and a little more built-in looking.

The plan is to not only give us some storage but also give a great architectural feature to the room (I like to call it fauxchitecture). I love the look of bookshelves behind a sofa and this is the perfect space to do it.

Sorry, I know I've posted this image a million times....but its great!

So many great examples. Either right up against or slightly behind bookshelves always make a great backdrop to a sofa. Finally some progress and I can't wait to show you guys the result.....after we put them together......and after I get some stuff on them.

Images: Elle Decor, Windsor Smith, Johanna Ekmark, Elle Decor, Redmond Aldrich Design, Timothy Whealon, House and Home

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Designing For Two and The Art of Compromise

Design in general is all about personal opinion. Some may love a certain look while others hate everything about it. No time is this more apparent then when designing for a couple. When designing for a couple there is usually always some disagreement on what will be. This could be in the look, the budget, or even the overall necessity. Unless one party "could care less" this is the norm.

I am somewhat even in this boat myself. My husband mostly does care about what goes on in our home...especially if he hates it! I always check with him before going ahead with anything decor related......most of the time. I will usually just divulge the idea and that's all he really needs. But sometimes I really take into account his taste and what he wants from the room.

Same goes for when I'm working with a couple on their home. I like to get information from both people (or all members of the family) in order to make sure everyone will be pleased with the result. Sometimes it's just as simple as asking someone how they will use the space. If the husband says he wants to be able to watch the game in the room.....then I make sure he can and will be comfortable doing so. If they like to do a lot of entertaining then the room should be ready for that as well.

Things get tricky when people have entirely different views on what the space should be used for and what type of look should be achieved. That's really where an interior designer comes in handy. A designer can take everyone's wish list and work around it. That doesn't mean all wishes will be granted, but for the most part a designer is able to mesh all of these things together into a cohesive look and functionality.

I also like to do a mix on styles when both parties are set on what they like. In the case of my home I make sure there are pieces of furniture, art, etc. that I know my husband likes and that I don't mind as well. It may not have been my first choice but I can certainly live with it. It's his house too after all, and he should be comfortable in it. On the opposite end, there are pieces he might not love either but he's not throwing a fit about them. Designing for two people with different styles is all about the give and take. He gets his big chair, but in a fabric you both love.....she gets her favorite piece of art, but in a more simple frame. Compromise goes a long way in making a space comfortable for both people.

How about you, have you mastered the art of compromise in your own home? Still fighting the fight?

Image: Di Overton via Design Sponge

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bigger Is Better

When it comes to art that is. I love the look of huge pieces that offer maximum impact.

It's the perfect way to add a focal point or even a scheme to a room. Find a piece you love and build from there. Many options are available and the possibilities are endless. You could DIY a painting or even wrap fabric around a frame or canvas...instant large scale art.

At a time when gallery walls seem to be taking over (not that I have a problem with that), it's nice to see a single piece stealing the show.

So, could you give a single piece of art it's shining moment?

Images: Courtney Giles, Jamie Drake, Unknown, Massuco Warner Miller, AB Chao, Elle Decor, Elle Decor, Unknown, Paul Costello

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Our Home: Come On In

I have an entry challenge in our new place. We have been blessed with an extremely small entry foyer that will need to serve many purposes. It is the only entrance into our home so it will need to not only be inviting to guests, but also serve as the main point of access for my husband and I to come and go…..with all our stuff.

The entry of your home is the “first impression” that people get about you and your overall home design. This includes the front door, foyer, or the 1st room someone enters when they arrive. Some people neglect this area (me included at the moment) because they feel it’s a transient space that doesn’t need as much attention as say….a living room. Though I don’t feel this way at all. My entry needs help ASAP!

Because of my small space challenge I won’t be able to do much in our actual entry foyer. We will actually have two areas instead. The entry foyer at the front door/bottom of the stairs, and the small shelving at the top of the stairs. I have some ideas in my head about how I’m going to get us in and out of the house quickly, and without making a mess. The images in this post are inspiration for the lower entry portion. I am thinking a wall hung shelf and keeping everything else somewhat minimal. Past that I don't know.

Anyone else have a small entry that they have successfully designed to be both inviting and functional? I would love to post them! Hopefully I can get this done in the next week or so (it is a small space after all) and then I can post the results.

Images: Better Homes & Gardens, Lindsey Bond, Unknown

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

My Summer Survival Kit

I know I can't speak for everyone here, but its a scorcher outside. Here in Atlanta spring seemed to be around for a brief two weeks. We had amazing weather, and the bam....the heat wave hit. It's been in the mid to upper 90's for a couple of weeks now and I have been in my car a couple of times where the thermometer read 100 degrees! Looks like Summer is here.

In order to stay cool all summer long here are some of my standby must haves for beating the heat.

1. Cold Drinks
Nothing beats the heat like an ice cold drink. Sangria, Wine Spritzers, Mojitos, Sweet        Tea, and Margaritas are some of my favorites.

2. Breezy Dresses
I hate to sweat in pants when it's too hot out. A nice breezy dress definitely keeps me cooler.

3. Fans
On me at all times...especially when I sleep.

4. Shade Trees
It's always a good idea to step out of the sun for a bit. I constantly seek one out when I'm overheated.

5. Evian Spray
I go through so many cans of this during the summer....I'm addicted to spritzing my face.

6. Taking a Dip
There is no better way to beat the heat than to take a dip. In a pool, lake, the ocean....or if your really desperate, your tub :)

7. Ponytails
My long hair sometimes gets in the way...pulling it up cools me off almost immediately when it's hot.

8. Ice Pops/Sorbet
Mmmmmm. Nuff Said.

9. Water
Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to stay cool. I always drink tons more water during the summer.

10. A Cute Suit and Sunscreen (of course)
Get a bit of Vitamin D and look great while doing it.....then slap on tons of sunscreen (I get my tan from a bottle anyway).

What about you, have any must have ways to cool off?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Not So Mellow Yellow

I've got the color yellow on my mind. The bright citron that just adds the right amount of punch.

I have been looking around for some inspiring ways to add this color to our home without going overboard. Anyone have this color in their home? How do you use it? Sparingly, or have you gone all out?

Images: House Beautiful, Graham Moss, Jannifer Brouwer, Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart, Elle Decor

Friday, June 3, 2011

Weekend Wishes 6.3.11

Okay, So I just dipped my feet in this week. Getting back into writing is tough when you can't think of anything to write about. May take me a bit to get back into the groove.

This weekend will be spent in the unknown. I have no plans, and no projects designated for the next couple of days. I have tons of projects to complete......but no plans to actually do any. For all I know, this is exactly what I need to actually get some of these projects started.

I take that back. I need black pants so I may shop for those. But I am okay not having anything slated for this weekend. I think it will be nice to just do what comes up and take my time.

Have a great one!

Images: House Beautiful, Aline Caron via Decor8
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