Every day on my way to work I pass Ethan Allen, and this beautiful mirrored table stares back at me in the window. The modern glamour veronica chest would make a really sexy bedside table. Anyone looking to glam up their bedroom?
Pinterest pulls through again with great design inspiration - this time in the form of wallpaper. Why not head into the long Labor Day weekend with some design fun on the brain - who knows what creative ideas you may come up with on your extra day off!
Featured here is the whimsical wallpaper by Julia Rothman, an extremely talented Brooklyn artist and designer. It makes me want to design outside of the box!
I pinned the above photo on Pinterest awhile ago and since then I’ve been seeing so many cool storage options for under your staircase. So we’ll hit on those here, but first - can I get a swoon over these stair bookcases?!
The bookcases below are nice if you don’t have the option of creating a built in bookcase. Just hang up some shelves and you’re set!
Now take one of those books from your bookshelf and cozy on up here under your staircase on this bed. Seriously, how great is this. It’s such a nice little nook, and a very functional use of space.
Not everyone has the luxury of having a fully functional and spacious entry way where they can keep coats, boots, bags, all that jazz. So what about using the space under your stairs as storage space? Talk about using your space wisely. I love this idea.
And finally, I can’t help but have a little longing for my dear Harry Potter and his under the stairs room when looking at this photo - although this is a bathroom, and not a bedroom, but you get the idea. A whole room under your staircase?! Genius.
Let’s face it, bathrooms can get cluttered and messy very quickly. It usually takes an army of products and supplies to get us out of the bathroom, but what do you do with all of that stuff so that it looks somewhat presentable? Check out some of these pictures that I found in my research, hopefully you can get some fun ideas to make your bathroom look just as pretty. Trays, wicker baskets, and even ladders - have fun with it!
Last week’s episode of HGTV’s Design Star featured a kitchen challenge. And out of everything in the challenge, I found myself drooling over lights that Mark and Leslie used. The lights picture above and below were found and used by Mark, and they looked very cool in the kitchen. However, I’m not exactly sure why he left the price tags on. I hope it’s because he wanted to show off a great deal!
Next up is the large rectangle hanging capiz pendant light used by Leslie.
My mom is currently in New York City for the gift show and saw the light there. She asked the sales person and he told her that they’re from West Elm. Who knew?!
So pretty. This color gives the room such a light, airy feel. Do you guys watch Design Star? Any favorites?
This weekend I was back home in Pennsylvania for my dear friend Lauren’s wedding! She and her husband Christian had their ceremony and reception at Friedman Farms in Dallas, PA. The ceremony and reception were inside the barn - and it looked absolutely amazing. Just look at the picture above! My breath was taken away. I wish them both the best of luck in their future together. I know that they love each other very much, and I’m truly honored that I was able to be standing next to Lauren as a bridesmaid on her big day.
I first saw the above picture on Pinterest (shocking, right? haha) and was immediately drawn to the “This is the Life” sign sitting on the mantle. I knew that I had to find it, and after some digging I discovered the Etsy shop that sold this wonder - and so many other great signs like it.
It turns out that Lee and Laurie Dayvault began making these rustic signs in 2005 for fun, and while attending their first craft show the demand for other signs was so large that they started producing more. Now we are graced with Go Jump In the Lake, and their website, The Maple Drive Workshop.
Lee and Laurie hand make each sign with 19/32 inch plywood and water resistant paints-latex house paint and acrylic art paint. And because these are handmade, each is completely unique.
Not everyone has a fully functioning fireplace, and even if they do, not everyone uses it. So why not use that extra space and do something fun with it?
Now we all know that fire wood belongs in a fireplace, but how cool does it look when you stack it up without any plans of burning it? I love this look, it keeps the true feel of the fireplace while giving it a different twist.
Better Homes and Gardens featured this fireplace idea and I have to admit that I wondered why I don’t see this more often in homes. What a great way to add some more shelves for storage, not to mention that this fireplace now has a completely different look. Very fun for the homeowner looking to do something a little different.
How about using your fireplace as a different kind of bookshelf, as shown in the next two photos. The first photo is from the Kate Spade Pop-up shop in London. And even with so much going on around the fireplace, the books are definitely a focal point.
I saw this fireplace in Country Living and loved that the books were stacked to the tippy top. The use of color is great too.
So what do you think? How about using that fireplace from now on!
I’ve been seeing a lot of the ombre trend lately, but it wasn’t until I saw this staircase featured on Martha Stewart.com that I knew I wanted to feature it here on the blog. Then I remember that I actually have featured another ombre design here before - do you remember the Anthropologie Flamenco shower curtain? If not, check it out here.
Turns out, Anthropologie seems to have a thing for ombre. Below is their Windsor Love Seat. A very fun piece, although it comes with a hefty price tag (not exactly sure I have $1,500 sitting around to buy this, but if you do, by all means go for it!) I do think that this is a great inspiration piece to make into a DIY. Someone has already probably done it, and if I come across it I will definitely share with you all.
Also in Anthropolgie’s ombre closet - or should I say, on their windows, is the Wavering Ombre Curtain. It comes in four different colors, so you can match these dip-dyed draperies with the color scheme in your room.
I’m so excited for this weekend - I have absolutely nothing planned for the first time in about two months! And as you know from the past two weeks’ weekend inspirations (Friendly Inspiration and Lake House Inspiration) I’m pretty much bachelorette party roadkill by now, so I’m going to take this plan-free weekend and make the most of it - by relaxing!
Obviously, while the past two weekends were pretty exhausting, they were packed with a lot of fun activities - such as the above picture. That’s me, enjoying a great day at the lake on the “Relaxation Station.” You really can’t lose with a raft named the Relaxation Station.
So we’re going to use the Relaxation Station as our weekend inspiration - otherwise known as “Loungefest 2011” to me. All of the following photos are exactly where I dream to be this weekend as I catch up on some much needed relaxing. First stop - relaxing in the sun.
Next up - reading a book inside. I need this chair in every room in my house as far as I’m concerned.
And to wrap things up - taking a nap in the hammock.
Have any fun plans for this weekend? Or are you going to be on the relaxation boat with me?
A few weeks ago I shared with you all how I use my jewelry as decoration in my bedroom. If you missed it,check it out - I’m somewhat obsessed with statement necklaces, as you’ll see below. I also featured Stylist Rachel Zoe’s jewelry closet, which had me wondering how other people keep their jewelry - which brings us to today’s post. Some very impressive ladies, with some very amazing jewelry collections.
As always, I’m a sucker for Me Oh My's Nicole Davis' design aesthetic. Her jewelry collection, seen below, was featured on MadeByGirl and I’m obviously drooling over it. It looks so sophisticated and posh. Jealous.
And finally, you can’t go wrong with some tips from Martha Stewart. She pulled together these teacups to keep jewelry in. It looks so great in this drawer! I love the different sizes and patterns. After all, none of your jewelry is the same so why does what you store them in have to be?
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling inspired to find new ways to display my jewelry. How about you?
I have a thing for zebra print. I think it exudes a sophisticated, funky elegance. And because it is obviously neutral in color, you can pair it with fun colors and really make a room pop, like the above photo. There’s that orange crush again.
If I could find the zebra rug in the photo below I would be one happy girl. It looks so great in this office, but could also work under a coffee table in a living room, under a bed, or under a dining room table. See, zebra rugs are so versatile!
Now while you can pair zebra print with color to make a room really standout, you can also keep things neutral and have a very sophisticated look like the room below. The dark brown and white colors are used throughout the room, and the zebra ottoman is the standout piece.
How fun is this zebra wallpaper? This is definitely for the more whimsical home owner, but if you’re not as crazy as you think, a bathroom is a great place to experiment with an edgier wallpaper.
This zebra rug is on the smaller scale then the one shown above but it still makes a powerful statement. The little pops of color keep this rug the statement piece in the room and I think that it looks amazing.
And if you love the zebra print but are a little weary of working with it on a larger scale you can always have fun with zebra print pillows, like these from West Elm.
Ready to get wild? Have some fun with zebra print - you might be surprised at how much fun you have with it.
I saw the photo above recently and was enamored by these bookshelves. I’m an avid reader and my bookshelves are one of my favorite elements in my bedroom. That’s why I will never own a Kindle (sorry Amazon), I just can’t bear to part from my beloved book collection.
What caught my eye even more about these shelves are their placement in the corner. To me, they just POP. Not to mention how they capitalize on saving space.
The photo below uses the corner shelves in the kitchen, another great place to save some room. I love the thicker shelf, it makes a statement against the white tiles.
Check out these corner shelves in this living room/office. The lighting underneath each shelf is great! It really puts the shelves, and what is stored on them, on display.
Corner shelves are also great for displaying photos and artwork in tighter, funky spaces. Pottery Barn can obviously do no wrong showing you a fun way to display photographs and art.
Are you using corner shelves to save space in your home? Let us know!
I’ve been seeing so many pictures of striped walls recently and I honestly can’t get enough of them. I’ve never actually seen a striped wall in a home, so all of these pictures have opened my eyes to a very new (well to me) way to spice things up a bit. Do you remember this photo that I posted a few weeks ago? Now that is a great striped wall.
I have to admit that I’m more partial to the lighter colors for the stripes (as you’ll see in these pictures) but if you’re going for a more dramatic look don’t be afraid to go bolder with your colored stripes.
As you’ll see, there are so many different ways to play with the striped wall concept. The above photo features a wider stripe used in a hallway, while the photo below shows a more narrow stripe used in a dining room. Just for the record, I love both.
Now this obviously requires a bit more work, but how amazing are the striped tiles in this bathroom? I’m in love.
While I was searching for photos to share with you I stumbled upon this fantastic DIY for painting stripes from Emily A. Clark. Below is the wall that she painted in her home, which looks so great! Check out her tutorial here, and let me know if you try it out!
Are you loving the striped wall as much as I am? Or are they too much for you?
Another weekend, another bachelorette party. This weekend I’m heading home to Pennsylvania as a bridesmaid to celebrate my friend Lauren’s bachelorette party. We’re spending the weekend at our friend’s lake house, which inspired me to look at lake house decor.
You may recognize the next concept from a previous blog post that I wrote about sliding bar doors. The doors below are the perfect addition to a room in a lake house. Swoon.
You can’t do lake house without some Americana inspiration. Check out this distressed American flag wooden piece. I first saw it on the cover of the July 2011 Ethan Allen catalog. Hello, I need you in my life.
While I did get a little sticker shock with this piece ($899!) it’s so classic. I love how it looks over this couch.
How funky is this oar headboard featured on Bees Knees Bungalow? Perfect for a guest room in a lake house.
And finally, you can’t have a lake house without some adirondak chairs on your dock. Now that’s what I call relaxation…
Hope that everyone has a wonderful summer weekend! I’ll be spending mine on the dock at Lake Harvey!