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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Marvelous Masters

Let’s just talk about how amazing these master bedrooms are! I am 100% in LOVE with these pretty blues. And of course the tufted headboards are TO-DIE-FOR!
All of these rooms below give off a luxurious hotel vibe, which can easily be recreated in your own home.

Blues create a very calming environment; use them in the bedding, pillows, artwork and even the furniture.
White, cream and beige all work well with blues and help create a crisp, clean space.
Tall upholstered headboards, matching end tables and lamps help anchor your bedroom.
If you have a large room, or an odd shaped room treat it like there are two separate spaces.
Define the space where you bed is and then create a seating arrangement in the other space.
If you have the room, putting a bench at the end of your bed is a lovely addition.
 Spice up your space by adding a chandelier above your bed, or above the seating area to help define either space.
*When choosing a chandelier always keep in mind the size and scale of your room. You don’t want to pick something too small or way too big for your space.

Living in an open loft can be a challenge to space plan. Check out this photo to see what these people have done to define their bedroom.
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thrifty Thursday: Mirrored Bedside Tables

Something that I am on the hunt for is mirrored bedside tables; I know they will be the perfect addition to my bedroom. But all of the ones I have seen so far are either too expensive or not the right size.
Of course Horchow has an amazing one. But for $899 dollars, I DON’T THINK SO!
"Bridget" Mirrored Side Table

I found a cheaper one at Pier 1 Imports. It's a little smaller width wise, but I think it would do. And it's only $229.95 dollars! They also offer designer discounts, which would make it even cheaper!

Hayworth Nightstand

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

DIY: Making a Pillow

I would like to start off by telling you that I do not really know how to sew.
But that didn’t stop me from making a pillow.

I will explain step by step how I did it.

Materials needed:

Fabric (enough for the back and front of course)
Iron-on ultra hold 5/8” tape
Poly-fil stuffing (one 12 oz. bag will be enough)
Needle and thread

Time: Since this was my first time, it took about 3 hours to finish this project.

Step one:

Iron fabric to get any of the wrinkles out

Step two:

Place fabric pattern side up
Lay tape across the top of fabric, paper side up and iron over tape according to instructions.

Step three:
Peel off the paper

Step four:
Place second fabric (patterned side down) on top of first fabric.
Step five:
Iron over, until secured together.

Repeat steps three and four to all sides, leaving a small opening to stuff.
Step six: (optional)
To reinforce hold, I hand stitched all the sides. (Remember not to sew over the opening.)

Step seven:
Reverse fabric to patterned side out.
Stuff with poly-fil
Then sew the opening closed
And VOILA! You have a pillow!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Let’s Clean Up!

Since it’s the weekend, I think we should do a little bit of clean up and reorganize our space.
I personally like everything to have its very own special place… Which just so happens to be tucked nicely away from my view.

Declutter your space by using:

Book shelves
        * Built-ins are always great, but if your home doesn’t have any and you aren’t the buildin’ type, no worries. Create the storage yourself, by using separate pieces.

Furniture with doors (credenzas, and console tables work perfectly)

Trunks & ottomans with storage inside


Tables with open shelving

Or you can make your own, by using fabric to hide all your goodies.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thrifty Thursday: Art

Now I can’t say I know a lot about art and how much an original piece normally costs. But … I can tell you when something is a great deal!
I recently discovered this website called UGallery.com. It has an endless amount to choose from; large scale watercolor done on a stretch canvas to amazing black and white photography, all for reasonable prices.
They even offer a “Daily Deal” every weekday.
Today you can get over $80 off this painting

Here are a few of my favorites:
Chelsea Fisher
Sighs, 2005

Maria Dimanshtein
Lake Shore Drive Ends 2, 2010

Veronica V.R. Reeves
Fescennine Fervidity, 2011

As you can see I am drawn to architecture..

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Trending Now: Floral & Botanical Prints

Flowers are in full bloom this season.
Here's how you can add these lovely prints to your space.

Just the pillows

In the artwork

In the bedding

Just the sofa

Every inch

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thrifty Thursday!

While we are on the topic of Herman Miller, let’s talk about where we can get those furniture pieces that we love. Of course there’s Herman Miller, and their many vendors.
There’s InteriorAddict.com!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What inspires you?

Over the weekend I went to the Austin Museum of Art to see an exhibit about the company Herman Miller. It was called Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller. 
It was amazing! It was so neat to see the actual iconic furniture pieces that we learned about in school and are so mesmerized by.
It was an inspiring experience for me. These people, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Sarrinen, George Nelson, Alexander Girard and many others pioneered and paved the way for all of us.
I wanted to come right home and start designing something brilliant. These are the people I look up to.
“Design is a noun, a verb, and a problem solving process. It is art with a purpose.”- John Berry

Sunday, July 3, 2011

White, Done My Way.

This is how I would do a modern, white dining room.

I chose to incorporate a mix of high gloss white, black and some gray.

Details about the space

Floor: Wood floors, painted a high gloss white, with a zebra rug for some added whimsy.
Wall:  Main wall, wallpapered with geometric squares in a gray and the two remaining walls painted white.
Furniture: The buffet and dining table in a high gloss white and the seating in high gloss black.
Accessories: Metallic silver and high gloss white

Not everything in the room has to be white or from the same time period.  Just choose items that go well together, and your room will come together perfectly.