Saturday, March 17, 2012

Touches of Candlelight

Thank God I married a firefighter, 
because I love my candles.

After the kids are in bed, it is nice to sit and unwind with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, and a bit of candlelight. 

I light them for fragrance and ambiance.

I love how the candlelight 
effects the other items.  
I love how the detail in the 
old glass bottle, ridges on the 
appetizer plates, 
and the scales on the 
metal fish are 
highlighted by the light.    

 `This is my cocktail table.   
I love how this makes the stone look, and creates a pretty feature in the 
center of the room.

 Although this is  a dark photo, I wanted to show you how a pattern reflects on the vase next to it.  This little candle holder 
changes the light. 

 As you use candlelight, play with your accessories to see how things can feel enhanced by the soft light.   

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Beautiful items for sale....

Browse for inspiration and shop at my friend, Jennifer Rizzo's, new spring line.     

We have been doing business together for over the past 10 years working on design projects and I have been following her blog for years.    

She is a very talented artist!

I have posted the link for you...enjoy!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Front Porch...extension of the interior

Utilizing the front porch of a home is a great way to extend your living space and give some personality and style to your exterior space.

With this unusually mild Chicago winter, I was motivated to sweep and clean my porch area earlier than I normally do. 

Even if you don't have a covered porch, a chair, bench, plants, and door decorations are a way to enhance your entry area.

Since my porch is covered, I have more flexibility to add items normally used for the interior of your home.

I used the same principles with how I decorate the inside of my home.  

I have an indoor/outdoor area rug, wall hangings, furniture, lighting and accessories.     

 I hung this wrought iron piece on the brick.
My brick is my color inspiration for the space.

I painted the door in 2 colors 
I pulled from the brick colors.  
 I added table lines, but tacked them on the underside and weighted it down with the lantern so they did not blow away.
 I added this small buffet piece which stores sidewalk chalk, salt for icy days, and the Scrabble game which we like to play 
when it is warmer outside.
 The wicker chairs are intended for the outdoors but the throw pillows make them feel like more of an interior piece. 
 The area rug warms up the cement and pulls the colors from the brick and 
the accessories together. 
 We do have an overhead light but I prefer the lamp.   It adds a cozy feel to the porch especially in the evening as shown below.

 When guests are coming over or I am planning on spending time outside, I light the candle in the lantern.

I am ready to spend more time out here....
hurry up spring!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dresser turned TV Stand/Bookshelf

Found this cute dresser and had my boys help carry in each drawer down to my work area.   Then they proceeded 
to wrestle and 
flattened a drawer.  

It is these situations that force my creative side to come out.
Needless to say, I was not happy, but sat there staring to figure out what to do next 
...and here is my solution.

I decided to move all the drawers down to the lower slots and keep the 
top area open as a shelf.

 I used the bottom of the flattened drawer as the base/floor for the shelf and secured it 
with finishing nails. 
It covered the uneven surface 
as you can see below. 

 Then I added a fresh coat of paint and distressed edges.

 This niche is perfect for books, baskets, or for storage or tv electronics.