Saturday, December 14, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Sharing some simple holiday touches.....

fresh evergreen in a vase....

 vintage white tree under cloche.......

 Moss and candlelight.....

 evergreens and ornaments......

 snowflakes on branches and vintage milk glass and candlelight.....

  Hope you and your families have a wonderful holiday season!  

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fall Decorating Touches

When it comes to decorating for any season or holiday, 
I prefer to add simple touches to my home.

I don't like for things to feel thematic or "literal"
if that is the right way to phrase it.

I added this vintage burlap lamp shade 
with fall color tones in the embroidery.  
Good year round, but when I started to 
added more fall colors, 
the embroidery stood out even more.

 By adding a toss pillows with deep 
jewel tones and a hint of orange,
 it feels more autumn decor.
 I placed a some corn and a few Halloween 
items in the mix....
love the school art project.
The best part is after the fall holidays,
it takes minimal effort to change things up
to get ready for the next holiday.

Keep it simple...less is more.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Industrial Touch

Selling things at 
Jackson Square Antique Mall in Lagrange, IL
is a lot of fun.  
Every time I go in to bring in new treasures to sell, 
I have to venture around to see what everyone else is selling....
my favorite place to shop.

Some of the merchandising done by the dealers 
is so creative and it keeps me inspired 
and up on the latest trends.  
Now there are a lot of industrial items that are 
popular and I wanted in on the look.  

I love these rusty wheels I found that 
I hung with a nail on my wall in my living room.  

I love how they feel whimsical, modern 
and rustic all at once.  My personal style is very eclectic 
and if yours is too...or if you want it to be....

consider adding a touch of industrial to your home. 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

My Son's Room

This is a tour of my son's room.  
He is now in a new room since our renovation and thought I should show the old room first!

At the time....he was really 
into animals.
A painting by his great grandmother
was a special touch above his desk. 

I found a large branch in the yard and used twine and small clothespins to attach little fabric remnants I cut from a discontinued fabric book.  I laid the branch on the drapery brackets and zip tied it.  

 I added this rug for pattern and color....I have a loose color scheme...with an emphasis on yellow, green, turquoise, and orange.

 Added a vintage chair with Target pillow.

Got this desk from a garage sale and painted it kelly green...added a vintage desk lamp.

Layered his bedding with a duvet and quilt and pillow from anthroplogie...mixing stripes with polka dots...sorry for blurry photo.

This is a gallery wall featuring his artwork and some scrapbook paper and fabric. Frames are from IKEA.

Added a handpainted initial..."E" and spray painted the circles green.

The nightstand is a red spray painted office cart with a vintage lamp and embroidered cloth...
The headboard is decoupaged with maps...garbage pick.

and storage beneath night stand 
for treasures and books.

 This wall mural was painted by my talented friend Jennifer Rizzo.  Added vintage lamps with new shades.

Loved mixing in all the patterns and colors to make this a cheerful space.  
Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fun with Vintage Dishes

I love vintage dishes...
I count them as art pieces.
I love how they add dimension 
and a feeling of variety.
I decided to do a random 
floating wall hanging 
in my daughter's room...
it felt less serious and more
whimsical for a little
girl's room.

 To arrange them,I played on the floor first and then started with hammering and stepping back.  I was inspired with lily pads to guide the look I wanted to achieve.
If you are looking to add some variety and one of a kind interest to any room...try this!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bathroom Tour...Attic Renovation

Here is a tour of what I call a miracle bathroom.  
Renovating in an old home presents many obstacles.  

If you have an endless budget,
 anything could be done, 
but we were trying to work 
around the old house/attic obstacles in a 
natural way to keep cost down.  

One obvious challenge is the 
slanted attic ceiling.  
I had to do smaller double doors to 
get in just so we would not hit the ceiling.  

Then we had to "rehearse" standing at the 
toilet for head clearance.

We were also limited on toilet placement to keep it close
to the house plumbing stack.

In this case, we also had to order a special toilet that
is wall mounted rather than the floor.  
We had to have a cavity behind
the toilet to hide the plumbing. 

We did this because my 
contractor did not want to drill
into the floor joists, making the 
floor structure not as solid, so the plumbing 
sits on top of the floor behind the wall.

From a design standpoint, I added the 
granite ledge to make 
this feature feel like it was on purpose
...a feature and not hiding something. 

 Good lighting is so important and added this 
sconce that had a 
glass shade originally to the toilet side of the bathroom.  
I changed to a regular lamp shade...
also was this from a 
lighting store tent sale for $30
 and the shade was $18.

 Next we wrap around to a built in bench...
was thinking it could be storage, 
but set it up this way and 
have kept it like this.  
I still have a preschooler 
so having a place to 
sit rather than the 
toilet is nice to have.

I added a bench cushion
...wrapped the foam with fabric 
like a present
using safety pins on 
the back side
(I can't sew) and some 
accent pillows.
You can use duct tape to cover 
safety pins if you are 
worried they will open 
or scratch the surface
Want to replace with a 
longer/thicker cushion, 
but had this one so using it for now.

 Then I had this little cubbie area for storage. added some shelving.
I want to add a little 
piece of trim
to the front to hide the little ledge. 

 Added  a cute towel hook from World Market....

 For the tub area, I wanted to do a classic feature found in 
bungalows, so did a simple white subway tile
accented by little marble subway tiles.

I had the tiler space the tile so the grout lines would really show up and 
then used a darker grout 
color found in marble.

(I washed the tub before this photo was taken,
 so some of the grout 
looking darker in some spots 
where the grout is still wet.)
 Added a little shampoo niche...

 Another obstacle...had to order this jointed shower rod that is 
paintable hardware from Germany. 
Only thing that would work for a 
shower rod with going 
into a slanted ceiling.
Less expensive than custom glass shower door which I was thinking I would have to do.  
The piece was $12.

Added some sconces on either side of mirror....

 Carved mirror from Home Goods....from India

The vanity was from Home Depot
...came in a dark finish
but I painted it white.  
Could not find a white finish I liked in my price range.

I always tell my clients to look past the finish if the 
size and style is right, 
because it is the easiest thing to alter.

Also added different hardware.

Had a custom one priced like this for $900
...paid $325 for this one.

 Tried to be subtle but repeated the rectangle
 shape in sink, tile, and the 
wall sconce near toilet.

.....Big splurge ....and so worth it was.... 
this skylight.

 You can see how it reflects natural light in the mirror here. 

 This shows you how I had to use the 
double doors to clear the ceiling.
My husband added the stop hinge that 
keeps the door from hitting the vanity.

 Added this area rug for color and comfort...
 Had the tiler put the tiles on a 
running bond/brick pattern on floor.
Love this marble!
Found it at The Tile Shop

 The walls are a linen color...with all the 
in and out of walls and ceiling 
being slanted I wanted to 
blanket the walls and 
ceiling with the same color to keep it simple.

I pulled the color from the tile by 
using my paint fan on top of it.

 Fell in love with this granite
...a remnant from a fabricator.

Loved how it complimented the tile.

Besides the lighting near mirror and toilet, 
I also added a can light to shower area.

 Another obstacle was the bath/shower plumbing
...we added a drop in tub
 because.... once again..... we have the 
plumbing on top of the floor. 

Makes the tub a little higher to 
get into but still comfortable.

I thought this was a better way to do it rather 
than putting the tub on a little platform.

I hope you enjoyed the tour!