You know how sometimes you’ll be looking at interior design images online and something in one of those images will just reach out and grab you, make you amazed, and leave you star struck? That happened to me just the other day when I suddenly became aware I was seeing all sorts of terrific images of rooms with skylights. And these weren’t just any old skylights; these were something very special. So, of course, I thought I’d share them with you.
Kitchens have progressively become more and more stylish. Kitchens are the heart of the home, so why wouldn’t we take the time to create a beautiful space that we don’t mind spending hours in. Personally I don’t cook much, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t find myself lingering in the kitchen making snacks for my kids or creating the perfect cup of Jo.
One decor detail that can really make your kitchen go to the next level is unique lighting. Whether you have an island or a long counter space, you can display pendants, track lights, recessed lights and even over the top chandeliers.
Now and then, when I’m daydreaming about having a very (VERY) large budget for a new home, I turn to the unreal-to-me lives of celebrities and their abodes for inspiration. There are plenty that I wouldn’t touch with a proverbial 10-foot pole (money does not equal taste, in case you haven’t heard), but then there are those that are very appealing. Here are a few that I particularly like:
Sometimes you just need a dose of happiness in your space, right? A fun and low-commitment way to achieve that is by painting some chairs yellow. It’s instant brightness without breaking the bank. Here are some of my favorite environments to place yellow chairs and why they work so well.
When dreaming about remodeling a kitchen, most people imagine that everything would be new. We might picture a gorgeous new counter on top of brand new cabinets, a faucet as beautiful as it is functional, and gleaming state-of-the-art appliances. Some though, dream of something a little different: a vintage stove. Whether incorporated into an existing kitchen or worked into a newly designed space, vintage stoves bring added character!
One of my favorite interior design elements is lighting. Lighting can make a big difference in the way one feels and interacts in a space. I think it’s one of the most underused and underutilized elements when designing a room because it can be tricky to set up and know what the best configurations are. However, if lighting was more fun looking and accessorized the space well, I think we would be more apt to focus on it. One of my favorite ways to do this is through a hanging light source. Hanging lamps draw focus to a space and add another accessory that can play with the rest of the room. There are many ways to display a hanging lamp so that it feels fun and thoughtful, here are some of my favorites:
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!