Monday, September 29, 2008

channeling the shelter mags



I am such a visual person. Even if something isn't my look, I find inspiration in the beauty.

I love this pic from Domino Magazine. It's not my speed, but there is a lot to learn from the design. There are a lot of neutrals and the punch of the two colorful items - the pillows and the prints - adds a pop of color, but not too much. I also like the "British invasion" theme. Again, not so theme-y to the point of being a room full of geese or fake flowers, but still a subtle theme, nonetheless.

If it's your look, check out the pillows on eBay.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

antique booths




As you know, I'm crazy about shopping at antique malls. I love the idea of all those booths, each filled by different people. I find that you can pretty quickly size up the look of a booth based on a few items. Once you develop your eye, shopping is very efficient.

I adore the Old Paris teapot and the set of handpainted plates above. They are both from the same booth. The last picture is a vignette from that same booth. I love it and it offers me a lot of inspiration. I imagine an aging New Orleans dowager's Garden District home. I think because I share the same eye the booth owner has, I feel at home with her things. When I visit that antique mall, I pretty quickly move past most of the booths and settle in to shop in and find inspiration from ones like the one above.

Develop your eye and find sellers who share your aesthetic. It will help you quickly find what you love and will help you find inspiration for decorating your home.

Friday, September 12, 2008

botanicals





OK. If you follow my blog, you know how crazy I am over organic design. I love anything that references nature... faux bois, coral, starfish, fur. I love it all.

I have also taken to pressing flowers and flora from my travels. I bought an old, small flower press at a thrift store for $1 a few years ago and am considering upgrading to the beauty above. What a great way to remember your travels!

I am also nuts for Becky Davis Botanicals. I would love to invest in about 9 of these... framed and hung 3 over 3. Does the wall above not make you swoon? The picture is a little small, but I lust for it! And all the ferns!! And lily pads! Maybe I can get the big flower press and make my own!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

new furniture





I'm in the process of finalizing the plans for my kitchen remodel and it's caused me to reexamine my breakfast room furnishings.

I found the pieces above at area antique malls. The first is an English piece, but I'm seriously considering the Jacobean server or the Welsh dresser. And while I'm at it, why don't I update the chairs with the barley twist ones above?

What do you think?

Friday, September 5, 2008

Florence Broadhurst - wallpaper and fabric genius





I am absolutely in love with Florence Broadhurst wallpapers. The Australian designer's work was very chic and still has appeal despite the fact that there is definitely a 70's vibe to a lot of her work. Her colorways were totally mindblowing and are so fresh. I am considering investing in wallpaper for my closet. It's not a large space, but it has a window and would look great wallpapered. What do you think?

My style definitely tends to run a bit more toward the tradish, but the closet is an area where you can do something different. It's a private space and you can branch out and do something that makes you happy.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

more lighting


I think I'm about to remodel my kitchen, so I've been scouring the Internet for inspiration. Restoration Hardware is a great source for fresh yet traditional basics. I really love these pendant lights and might use a couple of them over my peninsula (I'm keeping the original floor plan, although I would love an island... I just don't think it would work right for my small space).

If the hubby OKs my plan, I'll start posting updates as I progress. Hopefully, he'll be good with my budget and I can start in the next few weeks!