Sticks are a cute and fun way to create a modern screen - fit for both indoor and outdoor spaces. They have a sleek design but at the same time are very natural with an old-fashioned feel.
Recently we attended a little party at friends house, and I just loved the way the hostess had used coffee sacks as accents in the garden. Such a simple and easy to realize idea, where the outcome is really great!
A recent top designer tip was to give your kitchen personality. A lovely idea and well done here with the stars, red accents, and geometric patterns. If only I can come up with a similar theme that does well the kitchen of my rental house with medium brown units, dark green marble-effect countertops, yellow walls, and light bamboo floors. I love this retro look in the picture, but it clearly won't work in my happier rainbow kitchen. Anyone out there with great ideas for my color scheme?
When we bought the house of Anaïs, it really was because of the lovely garden and the image we had of what the house could become — despite the purple-painted ceilings, silver Chinese writings on the wall, mint-green and peach toilets, all the excessive color contrasts and mismatches, and the dampish smell in the house. But it certainly took us some time to get to the lovely end result!
The upstairs loft area had two tiny bedrooms (one with a sink) and this mint-green toilet corner. We opened the space up into one spacious room, insulated it well, and added a new bathroom with a walk-in shower. I don't normally go for carpets since we have asthma in the family, but here I chose natural seagrass covering for the whole bedroom.
Read more to see the beautifully renovated loft!
What do you think about this transformation of a Swedish house? From drab to fab, I would say!
This house was before a mustard-colored box with no defined floors in its façade and tiny windows. The after state gives a promise of country romance with its larger paned windows and that grand entrance with double doors and mansion-like columns. There are also those lovely side additions of covered porches on both sides. I would declare this transformation as a total success!
SHH, a London-based architectural practice and design consultancy decorated this amazing six-floor Kensington House in London with the lead of René Dekker, their head of residential interiors. What an interior — I can spot moonlights, Moooi Raimond lamp-styled starlights, transparent furniture, and a gold-and-white-themed pool. The main areas seem to reflect more white and neutral tones, whereas the bedrooms have plenty of colorful splashes using what looks likes Pantone's colors of the year for 2010 and 2011 (turquoise and honeysuckle) and very Missoni-looking rugs and cushions.
Looking for ideas on how to decorate your small apartment? Get inspired by some of the most luxurious hotels. Hotel suites are a great resource for apartment/condo inspiration.
Though they're small in size, they're built to be both functional and comfortable for the guests they accommodate. Much like your small space, you want to get the most functional layout, while maximizing style and comfort.
Here are a few hotel rooms and ideas to get your creativity flowing.
What did manage to grow was quite impressive. However, I was afraid to eat it because I wasn't sure if it was safe (me = beginner). I have since learned that I live in Zone 5 and that I planted an "organic garden." I'd love to do it again so I'm on top of it early this year.
I've already found an awesome website. I'll be sure to share any future good ideas, advice, sources, etc. that I collect along my journey. Thanks for stopping by!
Keep earrings organized and create a work of art. A window screen earring holder is the perfect accent for a wall or dresser. Keeping the jewelry box clean is another added bonus. Makes a great gift!
- Picture frame
- Window screen
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Scissors or wire cutters
*Supplies can be found at your Home Depot, Michael's Craft Store, or Hobby Lobby
I'm not a huge fan of wood as a home accessory unless it's Scandinavian furniture from the Fifties, but this vase is so beautiful, it's hard to resist. It's made by designer Seth Rolland, a wood worker. He offers a couple of examples of vases but this is by far my favorite. He also makes linear looking chairs and tables with glass tops. His woods of choice seems to be North American hardwoods, such as naturally harvested ash lumber or dead wood found on a friend's farm. This guy really likes working with timber!
So here's my new room. Yes, I am claiming it for myself. I'm selfish. The kids want to use it as a playroom but they are getting one of those as the renovation progresses. So it's all mine, I tell you!
This room used to be the darkest room in the house. In order to maximize the limited light, we painted the room white from top to bottom. Then we sprinted down to Ikea and snapped up the bookcases, desk and drawers. To spice things up a bit we also picked up this zesty orange sofa and colorful rug.
I'm so loving this room. It's bright and cheerful and everything is in order. Just as I like it.
I got a dresser from Grandma at her estate sale. I don't have a lot of time since I had Cooper, but have spray paint, will paint!
First, I cleaned all the surfaces and took off the hardware. Then I sprayed the dresser white and the drawers black!
I found some hardware at World Market and voilà! Continue reading to see the final product!
These happy whimsical illustrations are by Janice Jong, who seems to have a fascination with cities. Illustrations are hand drawn, scanned, then colored in digitally. I love collecting art, especially illustrations so this is right up my alley.
For a second illustration, read more
Tall and tan and long and lovely the Ipanema chair takes its name from Brazil's most famous beach known for social frolicking, relaxing, and lounging. Sitting in this chair is meant to give you the same feeling of comfort and relaxation. The sloped back is angled to promote relaxing while the reclaimed Brazilian Peroba planks fit beautifully in a mahogany frame for sturdy support.
The seat can be taken out easily if you wish to reupholster to suit your décor so the sky's the limit. My family likes to eat then stay at the table talking and laughing for hours so these chairs will fit in beautifully with our lifestyle. These chairs can be found at Environment Furniture.
Do you remember when SATC2 arrived in Abu Dhabi? All I kept thinking was I really want to spend a few months in that exact resort, in that exact suite or something very similar. Little did we all know it was actually filmed in Morocco (I knew that market looked familiar), a world class playground since Frank Sinatra sang "I did it my way."
And now, it looks like I can have it my way courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Tamuda Bay resort on the Mediterranean Ocean. This work in progress resort will include 80 marina apartments, a golf course, a beach club, and of course, a world class spa to pamper, relax, and soothe away any stress you might have brought with you. The architectural firm WATG known for their contemporary style won the bid to build the exterior as well as furnish the interior.
The project also includes preserving a wetland for migratory birds and an eco park to invite and preserve wildlife where guests can get closer to nature. Tangiers will be a 45 minute ride away courtesy of a new highway, for shopping, and more shopping, and of course exploring. This could be a relaxing destination coupled with incredible shopping for fashion and home decor. I can hear the decadence calling.
It's easy to forget how strong paper is. Only until you see it being used as furniture are you reminded that it was once a tree. In the past I have been faced with the dilemma of what to do with old magazines that I don't want to throw away, but maybe these unique furniture pieces will make me think twice about my future discards. Designed by Yesmin Sethi a graduate from Central Saint Martins, the coffee table and boyfriend chair are both made from old magazines and newspapers and they are built to last. She designed these pieces in 2005, and yet they still look quite relevant today.
For further information and how to purchase please contact the designer. I imagine she's open to working together on custom pieces. Saving my old magazines now seems like an exciting design idea for the future.
Last year I moved into a really great apartment with a rooftop patio but I didn't really do anything with my outdoor space until I had a chance to do a lot of research and plan the space accordingly. First thing I decided on were Tillandsia or Air Plants because they're really interesting to look at, easy to grow, and can grow in almost anything, whether they are indoors or outdoors.
They can grow with or without soil. However since they're going outside, my first attempt will be in soil in these rather beautiful sustainable pots from France by a company called Art Terre. They're made out of 100% Pévétex.
They come in a variety of colors and sizes for both indoor and outdoor use and they're sold through a company called Bouf based in the UK. They're reasonably priced even with the exchange and shipping and I think they're fairly comparable in price to some of the pots I've seen.
Here's a book that should get your imagination going if you're stumped on how to change your home furnishings without spending a lot of money. Recycled Home, written by two English designers, gives you heaps of ideas that won't break the budget — remember the bad economy that's slowly improving.
The book has some quirky ideas on how to preserve found treasures. If you don't like the eclectic you can always modify some of the ideas to suit, but all in all it's made me think twice about getting a new desk and just reinventing the one I have now.