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- Meet the Mid-Century Modern Credenza
- Everyone needs a little Ikat in their life
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- ▼ April (21)
Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
(slightly creepy and funny at the same time)
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I LOVE maps. LOVE them. It coincides with my love for traveling......I want to see the world.....the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, all 7 continents, you name it - I want to see it. The best gift to me is always to see or experience something new with my man Red. I have a running list in my mind.......is this normal? Anyways- Im convinced that's where I get my love for maps. Here are some of my favorites.
Another etsy find, I wrote about this shop in an earlier post. I love how she makes her maps into a beautiful piece of art. These two maps are both ikea and I love them for different reasons. The lower one is great because it's stretched canvas and you can mark where you've been with pins. The top one is so fun and urban.
I love this last one from urban outfitters. My brother gave it to me for Christmas this past year, and I was more than anxious to get it on the wall asap. It's also a scratch-off map, so you can mark where you've been that way. I still can't decide if I want to do ay scratching though, it's so pretty the way it is.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Ikat and Suzani. What are your thoughts? So over it? Or do you think they are timeless? A lot of people in the designer world would say they are overused trends, but I'm not there yet (though I am "over" certain anthropologie Suzani fabrics). What do you think??
Take a good look. Two shelving units, two very different prices. When I spied the left ($1295) bookshelf at Serena & Lily, I knew it looked familiar. Thank you Home Decorators for supplying us a $399 version- I even like it better.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Hope you will be celebrating this Easter with family and remembering the significance of the Easter holiday. I know I will- see you next week!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
"Kilim, a word of Turkish origin, denotes a pileless textile of many uses produced by one of several flatweaving techniques that have a common or closely related heritage and are practiced in the geographical area that includes parts of Turkey (Anatolia and Thrace), North Africa, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia and China."via
Gotta love a beautiful Moroccan Kilim. I know I do. Anthropologie isn't the only store that's bought into this trend, Pottery Barn is now selling beautiful vintage kilims. If you're looking for an affordable one though, ebay is the way to go in my opinion.
Coming from a not-so-crafty girl (I'm definitely more of a big project person), this was fun & easy. I simply used a pre-framed cork board (50% off Hobby Lobby, yay) and stretched some fabric over it using fabric glue. Then I finished the look with trim/piping. Super easy.
Monday, April 18, 2011
When I stumbled upon Olive Leaf Stencils , I couldn't believe I was looking at stencils and not gorgeous wallpaper. Ingenious! I can't even pick a favorite. There are endless possibilities. Just think of all the color combinations.......not to mention you could use them on fabric for say....curtains. Oh, and you military wives out there- you could just do a small wall area without painting an entire room, and it's more cost effective/easier than wallpaper. Win-win......WIN.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
the beauty that is this :
Friday, April 15, 2011
In a lot of ways, interior design is the antithesis of the military life. The designer world is immersed in expensive textiles and luxuries of all kinds. On the other hand, military families face hardship on a variety of levels. In the middle of a deployment, when you haven't heard from your loved one in two weeks or your friend's husband was injured, colors and fabrics are the furthest thing from your mind(as should be). It feels pointless and shallow in the face of war. Military families oftentimes have a different outlook on life. I know mine is different as a result of being a military wife & even more after a deployment. I now don't view it as a "given" or a "personal right" that I will grow old with my husband, but rather a tremendous life blessing. There's a new sense of urgency to live everyday to it's fullest and to hold your loved ones close.
With all that said, I think we military families need a creative outlet when appropriate. There needs to be an area of life that is "light and fluffy" (I'm pretty sure that's a smoothie flavor). It's good to take joy in art and every now and then to escape the seriousness of our lifestyle. I believe design is one way to provide some much needed balance.
In other news don't forget to tune in Saturday to Emily Henderson's new show on HGTV, Secrets From A Stylist. You may recognize Emily as the winner of Design Star. Anyways, she's fun & quirky and adds a fresh point of view on design.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
My favorite season is here, and I'm decorating my home with fresh flowers & eating fruit ice cream from my juicer. Happy Spring.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
When I saw this credenza a while back, I knew the reason I had waited to replace our cheap "first year of marriage" t.v. stand (does plywood backing ring a bell?). I don't understand why there isn't a knock-off of the real deal (the above being the "real deal" and ranging from$1500-4k). I have been searching craigslist for a vintage piece like a madwoman, and have decided that I will simply have to wait until we move. Ends up, Craigslist is just not as good in the prairies of Oklahoma as it is in Seattle & DC. I absolutely love the one below, it's the perfect combination of vintage meets modern.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
So, I'm trying my best to keep this blog strictly interior design/decorating, but every now and then I think I'm allowed to veer off the path. Right? You can disregard this post if you disagree. This weekend I was able to hit up Madewell with a girlfriend of mine. I think Madewell might be the first store in which I like everything. I was very excited to find out that Alexa Chung (British model who happens to have amazing style & the contributing editor for British Vogue) is working on the fall collection for a second time. Check out the boyfriend blazer I scored for $40 instead of the original $170.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
I'm sure you know that wallpaper has made a comeback. I would even argue it's a non-trend and here to stay. But did you know that you can make removable wallpaper out of fabric, starch, and water? When I first heard about it I thought it was a solution to my always moving problems. At a second glance though, I think it's better for someone that doesn't want the permanency of wallpaper, but are planning on staying in the same house for a decent amount of time (i.e. more than my six months in Oklahoma).
Interested? Check this out to learn how. The best part? You just have to add water to remove it!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
It works because the room has tons of natural light streaming in. The long curtains bring your eye upward, making the room seem larger. The pop of color in the furniture and accessories complete the expensive look. All of these factors make the room cozy rather than dark and gloomy, thank you Miles Redd.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Because then, I could make beautiful paintings like this one. This is the first piece of art in my home because I have resisted the urge to go out to World Market and buy a random painting. I prefer to have a story behind it.......something I bought from one of my travels, something I created, or in this case something a friend created. When my gifted art-student friend Eleni offered to paint me something I jumped on it. Im sure you can see why- isn't it beautiful?
Monday, April 4, 2011
If you've been a military wife for long, you've probably seen the "Home is where the army sends us" signs. Typically they list all of the places you have lived during your husband's military career. These signs are everywhere. While I love the concept, most of the signs have a more country traditional look. Then I stumbled upon this shop on etsy. Karen does city maps as well as home addresses. Very cool.
Friday, April 1, 2011
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