Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Today I'm At Michaela Noelle Designs

Today I'm at Michaela's blog, participating in her series:

'She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not'

Here's one of my current 'loves': green. I simply can't get enough of it, in interiors, clothing and jewelry!

Stop on over to Michaela's blog to read more.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Continuing The Theme Of Working With What I Have

Okay, not much DIY'ing has been going on around here for awhile, I find it's fallen to the bottom rung in terms of priorities. But, as I mentioned in an earlier post, if there is any design work to be done this year in my house it will focus on working with what I have and getting to those little tweaks here and there that have been calling out to me!

I'm still loving the DIY Bamboo Light Fixture above our kitchen nook table...

...but what I'm not liking is the look of the table these days. Serves me right for purchasing a table with a veneer top. Never again I tell you! I've been tossing around a couple solutions. One that was under consideration was to sand it down and give it a natural finish... the table in our bonus room I refinished with Briwax Liming Wax. However, who knows how the veneer would behave when sanded and what types of wood the table is made of. Perhaps a mix of woods, tones and grains, so that idea got nixed. My second solution is to paint. Using SW Adhesion Primer, their ProClassics Paint designed to use on furniture and a protective coating, I think it will be a great solution.

And to lighten up the space, I'm pretty sure I'll be painting the table SW Gray Area, the same color that was used when the kitchen island got a makeover. But, of course all this is up for discussion...things have a way of evolving once a project is begun!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Live.Like.You: A Creative Approach To Online Shopping

I'm quite taken with the work of Jill Sorensen, of Live.Like.You
and until March first enjoy 15% off with the House of Fifty code LIVESPLENDID15!

At her shop you can browse by "Personality." Click on the door that fits your personality, select which room you'd like to shop and find a delightful illustration and all the items needed to create the look yourself. 

At 'Happy Home,' below, I choose to see the entry:

An illustration and several items seen in the room below.

And afterwards I visited 'The Hamptons' to see what that entry would like like.

A red Parsons table would make a great first impression!

It's a fun way to shop, which allows you to be inspired while visualizing how an item would look in a space.

Jill has also recently launched her own line, Jill Sorensen, 
and one of my favorites is her Key Bedding line which comes in great colors.

To see more illustrated designs and a wide array of finds, make sure to visit Live.Like.You!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Just A Few Days Left...

There are just a few days left to take advantage of 15% off at Splendid Willow Avenue, a shop that just keeps getting better and better with its wonderful selection of items with that Swedish touch.

A personal favorite, the Gunnel Blanket.

And I've never seen anything quite like this, the Fancy Swedish Bicycle Basket!

Monika has also recently added a wonderful collection of clothing by Jarbo.

The Isle Jacobson Boots are the item with which she launched this boutique.
A great item for anyone living in rainy weather, available in a wide array of fun colors!
And finally, sweet items for the little ones.

Visit Splendid Willow Avenue to see more, and use LIVESPLENDID15 at checkout.

Friday, February 24, 2012

These Designs Were Made For Each Other...Apparently

As I was scanning through my pins to find some floral arrangement I recall pinning, there sat these two pins hanging out side by side. Well, what do you know, they were made for one another! As long as one didn't wear the outfit while sipping a lovely drink on the would simply blend into the decor. I'd take either, but if I had to choose, the outfit would win. Just my style.

Have a fantastic weekend, what do you have planned? 
I actually hope to at least begin to think about my next DIY project. It's been awhile...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Great Alternative...

After writing a recent post (Safety Over Beauty in Design, read here) with concerns of hanging heavy objects around sleeping areas, Urbanwalls came to mind. Their fun wall decals certainly offer a stylish alternative!

(And a big thanks to Urbanwalls for being a sponsor of the latest issue of House of Fifty!)

Night Owls

Mirror Mirror

Cutesy Tree in the Wind

I Dream of Paris


The Moustache vs. The Mustache


It was hard to narrow down which designs to show in this post, visit the Urbanwalls site to see more!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Peek Into The Lives Of Legends Through Their Thank You Notes

Loose Caboose by Henry Mancini is simply a fabulous tune, played during the cocktail party scene in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'. I decided it just had to be the opening song for the party mix in the latest issue of House of Fifty. How fun to have just stumbled across an article showing a thank you Audrey Hepburn wrote to Henry after viewing the movie with music for the first time:

Dear Henry,

I have just seen our picture – BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S – this time with your score.

A movie without music is a little bit like an aeroplane without fuel. However beautifully the job is done, we are still on the ground and in a world of reality. Your music has lifted us all up and sent us soaring. Everything we cannot say with words or show with action you have expressed for us. You have done this with so much imagination, fun and beauty.

You are the hippest of cats – and the most sensitive of composers!

Thank you, dear Hank.

Lots of love

What fun to read, giving an insight into people we now know as legends and an event in their life.
To see more amazing thank you notes by famous people click here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Train Ride To Vancouver, BC

We've just arrived back home from a trip up to Vancouver, BC via an eight hour train ride. Each way. I have to say the train time was great. There is something to be said about being together as a family in close proximity for a period of time - with no one rushing off to this or that activity - that is really nice! (Even with the presence of several electronics...)

Scenes speeding by until reaching the city.

Great views from the hotel...

...and delicious bagels for breakfast!

The weather wasn't great, but we got out and explored as much of the city as we could during our short stay.

A gorgeous craftsman structure in Stanley Park.


...and science.

I had fun seeing this, I'm a big Dyson fan!

All via public transportation of course. Would love such a convenient system near our home!

We've decided a return trip is a must, but next time during the summer months.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Safety Over Beauty In Design

I had second thoughts about posting this, but what good is my blog if I don't speak my mind! So here goes. I see a lot of bedroom and nursery designs in which objects hung above beds and cribs cause me to pause and think about safety. Did the person hanging the heavy mirror, frames with glass or ledges filled with items know what they were doing?

And I'm not saying I haven't done it myself. In the first bedroom below, the last item brought in to finish the design was a fairly heavy round mirror from Pottery Barn. I went all out, way beyond requirements, using 80 lb toggle bolts on which to slip the triangular hooks secured to the back of the mirror over. Still, wanting to be 100% safe I actually added a second hanging system, wall hooks designed to hold nearly an equal amount of weight, hanging the mirror on these with heavy duty hanging wire.  

But even that wasn't enough. After attempting to sleep with that mirror looming above my head, knowing it could easily cause serious harm if it fell, I got up in the middle of the night and took it down! The lesson of safety over beauty was reinforced and now when I see similar items hanging over sleeping areas I cringe with concern.

All gorgeous rooms, absolutely, but I hope the mirrors were hung properly!

And when designing rooms for children, safety just has to be the top priority. Any frames with glass are to be avoided over cribs. In addition to the risk of falling due to a number of factors, as the child grows they will certainly be reaching up, grabbing at anything within proximity of their curious hands.

And while these rooms are beautifully and creativity decorated, ledges with items placed on them and heavy mirrors should be hung on another wall rather than the one where a crib is placed.

And finally, regarding tall bookcases and dressers, whether children live in a house or not, it's always best to secure them to the wall. Even if there is not a little one around who might be tempted to use them as structures to climb up, they can easily tip over during a tremor or earthquake. 

So, my little reminder on a Monday morning...
when decorating don't forget the importance of considering safety issues when making design choices.