Posts from the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Halloween and Stuff…

I visit what seems like a gazillion design blogs and online shelter mags everyday.  I get email updates from Etsy and I waste countless hours perusing Pinterest. That being said, I’ve found some really wonderful and unique Halloween decor ideas as well as other autumn-ready inspiration for my home.  I know its been officially Fall for a month now, but in Florida it really just started to feel like it this week–a forcasted high of 67 here in Jacksonville on Wednesday!  I know if you live in Michigan, you are probably laughing at me right now.  Anyhoo…let’s get started with some fabulous pumpkin ideas:


Black and white pumpkins…part creepy, part chic! I like it!


and speaking of chic… about a sequin pumpkin?


 Mod pumpkins.  Looks like  tape and paint.  Easy peasey.



 Monogram pumpkins.  I did this last year…its a really simple technique that I plan to post about next week.


I’ve been coveting these yarn pumpkins for a while now.  I’m not really sure what I’m waiting for either…I’ve got yarn.  I’ve got styrofoam balls.  I’ve got natural fiber rope.  I think I’ll filnally have to make these this year.


I love spray paint just as much as the next right-brained artsy-crafty type…and these golden pumpkins and gourds would totally satisfy the need!   Chevron and checkerboard pattern…awesome.


And speaking of golden, how beautiful is this golden monogram and wreath from etsy?  I think the wreath has been sold, but you could achieve this look rather easily with baby’s breath, for example.


Felt is huge this year, it seams, and there are an endless number of crafts using the stuff….I am in love with this felt day of the dead skull garland.  Who knew skeletons could be so dang cute!


 And how about some felt ball garland…in an assortment of autumn colors?  Apartment Therapy just had a recent post on some unique fall colors….including navy and salmon….which would work well in this project.


And speaking of felt balls….how about these adorable acorns!  This would make for an interesting bowl/vase filler.


and felt leaves too.


I love this idea…a thankful tree!  Each day leading up to Thanksgiving, each family member writes down what they are thankful for on “leaf” paper and hangs it on the tree.  On Thanksgiving, all of the leaves can be read aloud.  LOVE IT!

from laclassedellamaestravalentina.

The Qtip painting project above was a winner at my house this weekend.  My daughter got creative with hers by adding a sky and grass, with a few random dots of an unexpected color.  These masterpieces were definitely fridge-worthy!  And even I got a little carried away with my own picture just trying to show Elle how this technique works.


This project was originally meant for a wedding idea (guests pressed their painted finger onto the tree.)  But I think this is a wonderful fall art project for kids and a beautiful keepsake.  It would even make a great placemat if laminated or done on fabric.  The picture actually links to the tree template.  Just print and you’re ready to go!

I wish I had time to attempt all of these projects, but since I’m making my daughter’s Halloween costume this year, my time is fairly consumed with that up until the 31st.  I will definitely post on the progress of her costume soon! So stay tuned! If any of you are planning on making decorations for fall, Halloween, etc….please share!


On the Subject of Canopies

I just thought I would share some of the beautiful canopy ideas I found on Pinterest over the last few months.  So without further ado….a little eye candy for your Tuesday afternoon:

I love this beautiful iron daybed with attached canopy from here (its slide 30). I imagine you could achieve this look rather easily with three small curtain rods attached to the ceiling with string/ribbon/chains, etc… and a sheer white fabric draped over them.  This picture actually served as the inspiration for my daughter’s current bedroom design.

This bed, from here, looks similar to the Italian campaign bed from Anthropologie.  But if you don’t happen to have an extra two grand hanging around, you could probably get this same look with the quilting ring and sheer fabric panel idea I posted on Sunday.

I just love this one, from here. Its like a really girly tent!

Or this canopy/tent/reading nook (from here.)

I also love this one (from here) with the floral trim.  (Would save you $140 if you diy’d it!)

I’m also loving this cornice idea, with the fabric panels attached to the inside (from here.)

And last, but not least, this adorable canopy made from floral sheers (from here.)

Feeling inspired yet? 🙂

My Style

For as long as I’ve enjoyed decorating I have tried to single-out a specific style that defines my own…flea market chic….yard sale ecclectic…the list goes on.  I certainly can appreciate any style, but I just can’t escape the one that gets my heart racing and gives me the itch to scour my local thrift store for “diamonds in the ruff.”  Its funny, because if you visit my house, I’m 99.9% sure “vintage modern” is not the first term that would come to the mind.  There is a vast and deep valley between what I would like my house to look like and what my house actually looks like.  But I’ve done (what I think atleast) the best with what I have to work with (which is mainly a bunch of hand-me-downs and the occasional garage-sale find.)  I love giving old furniture or accessories a new lease on life.  Maybe its the recycling, tree-hugger in me or maybe its the hoarder, either way, I get a little thrill when I repurpose something. 

So where do you find this old stuff?  Your grandma’s attic? Perhaps.  But in this cyber-age…you can hit the motherload just by visiting Craigslist.  Yes…I so jumped on that bandwagon a few years too late.  It kills me to think of all the great furniture I’ve missed out on during that time, too.  But I’m trying to catch up on lost time I guess–I’ve visited the site almost everyday since “discovering” it a few months ago.  There really is some great stuff (and a lot of hideous stuff) for sale. For instance, today I found this awesome armoire (for $45, I might add!)….


Which reminded me a lot of this beautiful redo on younghouselove a few months back….

Think of the possibilities!  Its nothing a bucket of white paint and some wallpaper can’t handle.

Or, how about this cabinet for just $40….

Which would look great as a storage cabinet for bathroom towels and toiletries or for storing linens and fine china (as in the picture below)…

Again, just a little bit of paint and some crown moulding will do it.  And…how about this cabinet and hutch set (only $50)…

Which I think would fit perfectly into this dining room (after a little refinishing in a honey/walnut shade, of course)….

So if you happen to live near Jacksonville….there are some serious deals out there today (if you are willing to add a little elbow grease!)

Our problem is that, from the start, we have just accumulated random furniture items, with no real design plan in place.  I always knew what I kinda-sorta-wanted (which has definitely changed as the years go on,)  but I  have always felt obligated to use what we had to try to get there.  There is a part of me that says, “let’s just sell it all and start again from scratch.”  But, as much as that would be such a liberating experience, I’m pretty sure my husband won’t live without a tv-watchin’ couch until we find one that fits my dream living room picture that I’ve conjured up in my head.  So, for now, I will stick to my magazine cut-outs and emails-to-myself-of-pictures-of-rooms-I-love-that-I -come-across-on-the-internet (my inbox is full of them) for inspiration.  But I will no longer be afraid to ditch the overstuffed, tan couch for something more sleek, possibly tufted, or maybe leather, and of course, somewhat inexpensive, that I may find on Craigslist.  Because sometimes you just can’t force style on a piece of furniture….its got to be born made with it.

Beautiful Black

This is a follow-up post to the one announcing the winning paint color for our bedroom walls.  I know that the other contestant (Benjamin Moore Gray) may not have been the fan favorite, and I think the reason for that may be because such a dark color (on the blog it appeared black) is a little intimidating for some folks.  So here are a few examples of black walls in almost every room setting.  With just the right amount of contrasting white (or other bright color) in these rooms, the black walls look sophisticated and elegant (as opposed to dreary and cave-like)….

The large white couch and panel help to break up the black walls in this living room

The white backsplash and pendant lights do the same thing for this kitchen

Black also works well in dining rooms…


and even bathrooms.

My favorite thing about black walls is how they seem to make even the most mundane, framed,white, matted print look dramatic and important.  I also love that by adding the tiniest hint of color, it catches your eye instantly (like the green flowers in the living room picture or the red border in the bedding in the bedroom pic above.)

So, have I had any affect on you, anti-dark-paint voters, out there??  Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it…(you know what they always say!!)