I have a new obsession, which means you get to learn all about it. Lucky you. No, really—I mean, lucky both of us actually. I get to learn about stuff and then write about it so you can decide if it’s of use to you. I’m sure this will be interesting and useful because who doesn’t need to partition off a space from time to time? And who couldn’t use a few new ideas about attractive ways to do that?
I love a bright and cheery home! It’s welcoming as a guest and delightful to live in. One of my favorite ways to achieve a colorful home is the color blocking technique where you work with bright patches of color. This can be achieved in a number of ways, but here are some of my favorite ways to do it.
You know that old saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention”? I decided earlier this week that that had to have been said first by a frustrated resident of a house with insufficient storage. I had this stroke of genius while I was rooting around in a vast lower corner kitchen cabinet—my problem is not a lack of space, it’s a general unfamiliarity with anything that happens in my kitchen, other than where to find the wine—trying to find a specific pan. After succeeding in my quest for the cooking implement, I began to wonder if there isn’t a more convenient place to store my husband’s seemingly exhaustive collection of pots, pans and lids. Not that he asked for my help, mind you—I’m just a giver in that way. And, as with all things I wonder about, I started searching online for a solution. (By the way, Plato, the ancient Greek philosopher—who may or may not have been a frustrated resident of an ancient Greek house—originated that old saying.)
I love the look of reclaimed wood. It has a rough, rustic look that creates a homey yet raw feel in a space. The best part about reclaimed wood though is that it’s…reclaimed! Any time you can re-use materials rather than send them to the dump, you’re doing a massive favor to the earth. But even then, I would use it whether it was good for the earth or not—I love it that much! There are a variety of ways to use it. Let’s take a look!
Who says bedrooms can’t be colorful and fun?! I certainly don’t! I know many people that are attracted to color but that are scared to introduce it into their bedrooms. Whatever makes you happy and inspired should be exactly what you wake up to. And color has a way of waking our senses up, even when we don’t want our senses awakened.
One easy way to add color into your bedroom is through throw pillows. They’re easy to change out, easy to clean and easy to reposition. You can find colorful pillows in almost any home store that you visit. And if you want to save a little money, sew your own using a fabulous colorful fabric.
There’s a chill in the air and depending on where you live, autumn leaves are displaying fantastic golds, reds, and oranges. Fall is here and in full effect! Why not celebrate the season with a few changes to the inside of your home to reflect the changing outside? The vases above would complement autumn’s colors perfectly, as would any of the items below.
I watch a lot of television and I seem to always be able to find something on the tube that inspires me. Recently, a new Batman-inspired series premiered; it’s called “Gotham” and it has plenty of rich visual textures that translate surprisingly well to interior design options for those of us on this side of the screen.
I love the challenge of interior design. If there’s something that makes the room less than optimal, I like to take that and run with it. I’d much prefer an obstacle in my way versus a large square box. I think it makes it more interesting. A-frame homes are much the same way—challenging. They can be gorgeous and charming, but also hard to design for and make efficient use of space. Here are some of my tricks for designing for a-frame interiors.
When we moved into our house nine years ago, we bought nightstands—two, just alike—that are perfectly fine. They have a top, a drawer, and a large open area below the drawer. They’re by Thomas O’Brien (woo-hoo!) for Target (okay…) and there’s not a thing wrong with them. Where is this going, you ask? Well, since then I’ve had a lot of time to rethink almost every decision that was made back then and second guess myself. When I was renovating our bedroom, I’d get different nightstands for each side of the bed, and I’d make each one reflective of our individual styles. Which leads me to the question: what’s my nightstand style? More importantly, for the purposes of this post: what’s your nightstand style?
Artistic Collaborations from Design Out Loud
On Wednesday, September 17, Caesarstone hosted their first-ever “Design Out Loud” event at the Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom at the Philadelphia Naval Yard. The event brought teams of designers, architects and fabricators together to create one-of-a-kind quartz sculptures and wall art made of Caesarstone.