Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bookshelves

I posted a couple weeks ago how I liked artwork (or mirrors) hanging on front of bookshelves. It's a nice way to bring in depth and interest to a shelf. Here is the original picture I posted. This way of styling is fairly new to me. It's just been in the last few years that I've seen it more and more. I found some other images that I'm keeping in my inspiration folder for down the road when I'm ready.










Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tuesday's Organzing Tip

Here are some great organizing ideas from Pinterest.
This is a genius solution for sports balls. I love how everything else has it's own place too.



This is one of those "duh why didn't I think of that".



I so aspire to have a space like this one day. Everything is right where you need it. Easily labeled, and ready to go. Even the wallpaper is great.



And lastly, this amazingly organized freezer. I love how the soups were frozen flat, and everything is in bins.


(All these images are linked to their original sources.)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Stripes

My obsession lately has been with stripes, anywhere and on anything. Here are a few striped spaces I've liked.

Love this bed set. I like how big the stripes are, and the color is great.



The stripes are pretty subtle in this nursery, but still add a lot to the room.



Love the contrast of the stripes in this foyer.



This is a lot bolder than how I normally see stripes done. I really like the different sizes as it creates a lot of interest, especially done in multiple colors.



And lastly, the standby of striped curtains. I don't think I will ever get tired of this look. I have some plain white curtains from Ikea that need to be painted, and I'm tossing between stripes or chevron, this picture pushes me more to stripes.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Salt Lake Parade of Homes (Part-2)

I love stripes on walls, curtains, table cloths, pillows, pretty much anywhere to be honest. I thought this was a cute way of doing stripes. Instead of switching between two colors, they did a gradual color change.


I loved this light fixture. It hung over a large round dining table, and there were a few handwritten notes from grandchildren, along with some professional artwork.


Back to the stripes, this time created by different colors of tile.


I thought the colors were very calming in this room. And the headboard, now that's a statement piece!




I really like the detail on this dresser, and it could be an easy DIY with any dresser you have. The yellow against the grey was perfect.




And lastly, this fun feminine rustic bed. The curves in this wood bed are so pretty, especially with the pillows.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Guest Post: Oversized Mirrors

I’m Susi and I write as a guest blogger for DesignShuffle.com, a fabulous social media site that promotes interior designers and their work from around the world. My writing focuses on things I'm passionate about: interior design, decorating ideas, home furnishings, gardening, travel and art. I get to look at gorgeous things all day and write about them. I'm a very lucky girl!

I loved Jen's post on Oversized Mirrors and was inspired to find more fabulous over scale mirrors. We have a six foot vertical mirror leaning against the wall in our living room. And our (very handsome) dog likes to look at himself in it. Hope you enjoy more oversize mirrors. Thanks for letting me visit!


The Residences Chicago via

Overscale mirrors do not always have to be hung vertically. This oversized mirror, hung horizontally, expands the room.


Random Harvest Home via

An oversized mirror hung above a piece of case furniture can draw the eye upward to highlight a high ceiling as well as make the space feel bigger.


Pinterest via

Oversized mirrors with shaped frames can become architectural elements in the room. The size of this mirror makes it feel like another window.


Estilo Home via

A dark, moody bedroom design benefits from the reflective light of an oversized mirror. Love the warm, rich wood of the mirror frame against the charcoal walls.


Pinterest via

Love the mix of the French antique white painted mirror and Saarinen tulip table. The ornament of the mirror is nicely balanced against the sleek table by the chairs.



Pinterest via

Love the mirrored frame of this oversized mirror. It makes the entire mirror blend into the room. Love the sparkle against the dark wood walls.


Pinterest via

This pair of architectural wood mirrors is amazing. I'd be happy with just one.


Under Spanish Moss via

This huge mirror behind a floating vanity is one of those super brilliant bathroom design ideas for a small bath or powder room. Love how it is framed in black wood to feel more like a wall mirror than a mirrored wall.

Thanks to Susi for some really great inspiration pictures!!


(This post comes courtesy of Design Shuffle, where you can find top tier interior designs from around the world – from New York interior designers, Los Angeles interior designers, and more, check out the latest at Design Shuffle.)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wallpaper's Many Functions

Wallpaper can really add a lot of style and design to a room, but can also be on the pricey side. I found some unique uses for wallpaper that really "make" the space while not breaking the bank.

Here Sarah Richardson uses wallpaper on the top half of the wall. She added an architectural detail to the bottom half. This creates a break so that it doesn't feel overwhelming in the space, but still looks elegant.



 I like this idea of backing a bookshelf with wallpaper. It's very cost effective, you only have to do a small portion, and it gives a custom look to an off the rack piece of furniture.



This use of wallpaper is more of an art piece than wall application. By framing wallpaper it gives you that original art look for less money than purchasing original art.




Covering the inlaid part of doors is one of my favorite applications for wallpaper!



And lastly the ceiling. There's not much to cover here so the price point should be pretty low.


Friday, August 5, 2011

Outdoor Curtains

I had to snap a picture of this back deck at the Parade of Homes this week. I just thought it was so clever to use the curtains in this particular space. It adds a lot of privacy, as the homes were kind of close to each other.



I found some other outdoor spaces that used curtains as well. This one below is more for the look and not so much the function, but either way sign me up to have a space like this!





This last picture really creates an outdoor living space that looks indoors.






Monday, August 1, 2011

Salt Lake Parade of Homes (Part 1)

This past weekend I went to the Salt Lake Parade of Homes. This is one of my absolute favorite things to do every year. I made it to 21 homes on Saturday, but have more to go to this week. In general, of the homes I've seen so far, I haven't been overly impressed with the interior design like I was last year. I love to see what the designers and home builders come up with that I can expand on. 

This was a wow kitchen. I love the statement the light fixtures make, and the back splash is so pretty against the dark counter tops.


Home designed by Candlelight Homes

This was a collage of chair silhouettes that I thought were cute. I would love to have this set in my home.


I thought the colors worked well with each other in this room, and I love the upholstered headboard.


I snapped this picture because I like the the way the pictures were hung on the actual shelf. I think it's easy to get stuck in a rut of displaying things the same way, and this is taking it out of the box a little more.


The ceilings in this home were huge, like 20 feet, so I think it was pretty necessary to have something on top of the shelves. I liked this styling, because again it's a little out of the ordinary. Usually there are pots, statues, and plants. Here it's more architectural items, and even a mirror.


And lastly, I really like the color scheme of this room.

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