canine design: dog in an Eames chair

Well, my long-awaited Eames chair (from Cailifornia Modern Classics) finally arrived last week and I managed to put it together myself and even got it to the point where it was sturdy enough for my dog to hang out on it.  Here’s Skip giving his best mid-century modern doggy pose…

Skip posing for the camera

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design inspiration: spring fever

With spring finally upon us I went out and enjoyed the balmy weather this past weekend by eating alfresco, partaking in some mini-golf, swimming in the (still freezing) ocean and allowing the blossoming flowers and bright colors all around me to give me some interior design inspiration.  My iPhone snaps’ vivid colors and springtime themes give me the urge to outfit my home in some bright new colorful accessories just in time to brighten up and lighten up for the new season.

My photos:

Outdoor lanterns and turquoise water

Pink toes (and matching ball and putter) on the greens

Bright pink flowers

Spring flowers

Spring flowers

Springtime accessories I’m now craving:

La Murrina turquoise chandelier

This bright turquoise chandelier from La Murrina might be considered too “out-there” for some, but I can just imagine it saving my bathroom ceiling from dreariness by replacing a boring white fan and injecting the space with a little bit of oomph and sparkle.  Don’t you agree?  The aqua color reminds me of the bright blue water in my picture above…

Fuchsia Moroccan Leather Pouf

For a pink item to match my fuchsia toes, this awesome Moroccan leather pouf (available here) will do the trick.  I can see it now: lounging in my living room, cold (spiked) lemonade in my hand, and my pink toes resting upon my new pink pouf.  Pure pink perfection.

Yellow bowl

Bright canary bowl

Nothing screams spring like some bright yellow sunshine added to your decor.  This bowl (get it here) could be used for anything from corralling fruit to serving as a catchall for your bangles.  No matter what purpose it serves, it is sure to bring some springtime life into any room.

weekend inspiration: old + new

The weekend is finally upon us after a (very) long week.  My plans include some vintage and thrift store shopping/antique hunting, and creating a new piece of art for my walls.

As far as “old” goes, here is a picture of a few of my favorite vintage jewelry items, nestled on an antique silver tray:

Vintage display

Vintage display in my bedroom

And for “new” I plan to re-create my own version of this adorable Jack Russell made by artist Denise Fiedler.

Jack Russell "paste" by Denise Fiedler

before + after: make an entrance

The entrance to a home is one of the first things you (and guests) notice.  At the same time, it is also the most often overlooked spot when it comes to decorating.  You really want to set the tone with your entryway.  Do you want to come home every day and walk in to a boring and uninspired space?  Or do you want to open the front door to an aura of calm, clean inspiration?  I’ll take the latter please.  When I moved into my house a year ago the front hallway was painted a jarring shade of red.  I took matters into my own hands and painted it a calming shade of light blue.  Blue evokes feelings of serenity and relaxation and those are definitely qualities that I like to come home to after a long day at work.

Front entryway

Front entryway

Above you can see what my newly painted blue entryway looked like before I added any decorative touches.  For me, the key to making a space personal is adding layers until you’re satisfied- be it artwork, furniture, rugs, or something else that suits you. 

Decorated entryway

Decorated entryway, part 1

For stage 1 of my decorating process I added a white table to contrast against the blue walls while also coordinating with the baseboards.  Then I hung up a colorful painting, threw in a patterned rug (in a neutral pattern to be sure it wasn’t too much color), and topped off the white table with a vintage birdcage that I made the home of an iron pig (don’t ask why, I just thought it looked interesting- conversation starter?).   A vintage owl mirror above the table finished this layer.

Decorated entryway
Decorated entryway, part 2

For stage 2 of the process I hung up another painting- a black and white acrylic of flowers that I did myself, and a framed and matted photograph I took in college- also in black/white and flanked by a black frame and white mat.  The black and white from the photograph plays off of the painting and goes well in an otherwise pretty colorful room, thanks to the blue on the walls.

Now, when I enter my home I am greeted by a space distinctive of my style and filled with personal touches.  It also sets the tone for the rest of my house and the style that lies beyond the front entryway.