Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I Heart Color!

Color is one of the things I could not live without! The bolder, funkier, brighter the better! Here are a few doses of color that might wake you up! Enjoy!

Design Files: Ultra Glam Formal Living Room

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Inspiring Bedrooms

I just thought I would take a moment to post some pics of some of my favorite bedrooms I have run across recently. In the picture above, I absolutely love the upholstered, tufted headboard. Keeping it neutral allows for you to let your imagination run wild! I see myself switching out the pillows and other accessories in the room on a regular basis in order to keep things fresh, alive, and exciting!

I am in love with the idea of painting a headboard! Think I might try this at home!

The picture above is one of my all time favorite bedrooms. By keeping the furniture, window coverings, bedding, etc. neutral (white, my favorite!) it allows you to add pops of color with pillows and accessories. And I must say, the mirrored chest is gorgeous! I am in love with this room!

I'm not sure why I am drawn to this bedroom. Maybe it's the large scale light fixture or the cool shaped headboard. I'm not sure, but it looks awesome!

I love this little, quaint bedroom that looks like it's tucked away in an attic somewhere. What a great idea to use fabric and two curtain rods to create a headboard/canopy! I love it!

Purple, black, and a splash of yellow go a long way!

I love this Arabian inspired upholstered headboard! Also, the colors and textures in this bedroom are amazing! So fun!

I love that most of the furniture and accessories in this room are white, but the walls speak to you! It's very dramatic but very welcoming at the same time. Purple is one of my favorite colors but I am always hesitant to use it in interiors. . . Maybe some day I'll have a purple painted room with white furniture and accessories that pop. Oh, and can't forget the arrangement of lavender and pink hydrangeas and the beautiful crystal chandelier! Love it!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Master Bedroom Update

Here are some updated pics of my master bedroom. Getting closer, but still a lot to do!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

New Project!

Photo courtesy of Etsy.com

I have always been fascinated by mosaics. When I was younger (in high school) I used to spend hours in my bedroom with the door closed, sitting on the floor cracking tiles between towels with a hammer in hopes that mom wouldn't hear and come in and tell me to "go do that in the garage" or "let me get you some newspaper to put down" (that's always her answer to everything potentially messy. Gotta love her.) Anyhow, I made a few random trivets and flower pots as well as a couple christmas ornaments (that happened to be too heavy to hang from any normal christmas tree branch.)

I have an uncle who is a tile layer (he is actually still laying tile at the ripe age of 80-something, can you believe that?!) so I had a plethera of left over tile from the 50's-90's to search through in hopes to find something more colorful than "builder beige." Occasionally I would stumble upon a few pieces of left over tile that had some fantastic patterns, colors, and shapes to them. All in all, this was a hobby (like most of the things I get interested in) that was short lived. I tend to get overly excited about something new, only to end up with tons of leftover projects, unorganized supplies, and half finished pieces of art.

Well, here I am again, wanting to give the art of making mosaics another whirl. I feel I am at a point in my life now where I am more artistic, creative and organized to start a project and finish not only one or two but several. All it takes is time, energy, an organized space to work, and patience. I am in the process of creating a "studio" on our covered back patio. I am looking for some old cabinets that i can turn into a work bench and other handmedown pieces of furniture I can utilize in my new workspace. (bookshelves, chair, etc.) Once I have this space created for myself, I can see the creative juices starting to flow.

There is nothing I love more than art that is functional. And there is nothing better than functional furniture that is art. That is what has inspired me to create a mosaic table for my front patio (the-soon-to-be coolest place in the neighborhood where friends hang out, sip on cold beverages, smoke cigars, and watch the kids play.) (My parents did it, sitting in old park bench that my mom painted, smoking cigarettes, gossiping with the neighbors and keeping a careful eye on us as we ran a muck in the neighborhood streets.) Well, what do you know, here I am doing the same thing my parents did. I am starting to feel old (but that is another post all in it's own that we'll save for another day!)

So here are a few inspirational pics I found from flickr and etsy that are are serving as motivation for me to get off my ass, create a functional organized workspace and bust out my creative side.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Master Bedroom Update

My master bedroom is getting closer to being completed! My amazing mom bought me my two lamps from Pier One for my b-day and the boyfriend bought me an amazingly beautiful orchid (that is exactly the right color!) that will go in the bedroom as well. It's getting closer to being completed. Next item on the wish list - white bedspread. . . I can't wait to complete the room and go crazy posting it all over (RMS, Decorpad, etc.!)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

My Asian/Zen Inspired Master Bedroom Makeover

Here is the cherry blossom mural I am paining in our Master Bedroom. It's a work in progress! Below are the items I need to purchase in order to complete the room!

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