October 2nd, 2012

Painted Chair Ideas

Mismatched Chairs

I am so in love with the fabric choice on these beauties as viewed at Design Sponge! The houndstooth print marries the curves and ornate details of each of these chairs and makes them look like a set. An unconventional set, yes, but a set. I am seriously going to hit Kijiji after this because I want to create my own version of a dining table with painted chairs.

 

Red Legged Chairs

Image via Indulgy

I mean, really, aren’t these kinds of chairs a dime a dozen? Standard wooden chairs can be made uber-elegant with this dipped leg look. So many possibilities for colour. You could also change the look with cushions and change them with the season or when the mood strikes.

 

Aqua Dining Room Chairs

Image via Apartment Therapy

While I understand the need for division, isn’t unification so much better? These chairs are really nothing alike, misfits in fact, but, paint them the same colour and Voila! I like the addition of the stool here and would even take it a step further and put a small table or another stool in a corner with a plant on it. Painted chair ideas come in many shades, but I am drawn to the aqua variations as per usual!

 

Red Chairs Aqua Table

Image via House of Turquoise

Adorable! This table showcases two sets of chairs all painted red. The striped fabric is a cute choice but for me, polka dots or chevrons would be optimal. The contrast between the table and chairs is a lovely bright balance.

 

Aqua Dining Room Chairs

Image via Pinterest

 

This just goes to show you that you can choose a chair with a fabulous silhouette like these guys or a plain Jane set of old wooden chairs and achieve noteworthy results! I am torn between which ones I love best! What do you think?

 

September 25th, 2012

A Pop of Turquoise

Turquoise Masculine Bedroom

Image via Decorology

This masculine bedroom showcases proper pops of turquoise in all the right places! I love it for so many reasons I will count them out to you!

1. The geometric pattern of the curtain is repeated in a smaller dose on the bed with a single pillow.

2. The throw at the end of the bed and two of the other pillows are mixed with crisp white bedding with an elegant edging detail.

3. The wall behind the divinely tufted headboard is papered in a non-evasive print.

4. The wall opposite is painted a neutral shade lifted from the wallpaper (or was it vice versa?)

5. The oatmeal wall is home to a lively painting that ties separate pops of turquoise together, as one.

6. The lovely grouping of mini vases include turquoise and introduce green into the mix.

 

While this room showcases a pop of turquoise you can introduce any bright hue into your bedroom by hiding a little peek of it here and there without making any permanent changes to a neutral backdrop. Turquoise is a fun fresh colour I just can’t get enough of.

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September 18th, 2012

Eclectic Gallery Wall Ideas

Kirsten Buckingham Interior Design

Kirsten Buckingham Interior Design

Silly me, somehow I thought September would be less insanely busy than August! Ha ha. Time is scuttling along like a roller coaster, and with so many exciting things happening it has been a challenge to sit still and write. Perhaps October will bring solace and discipline? Let’s hope. In the meantime let us look at these eclectic  gallery walls so I can get some fresh ideas for my stair well.

 

Fabulous K

Fabulous K 

 

One way to do an eclectic gallery wall is put together mismatched frames in different shapes and sizes. While it is not strictly necessary to unify the images with a colour or theme, you can experiment to develop a plan that will work for you. I love the way the first collection pictured above is built of all different types of art and image yet it has relevance because the rest of the space has enough colour and pattern to support it.

 

Melanie Turner Interiors

Melanie Turner Interiors 

 

The green frames make me smile. What a way to add a bright pop of colour! Choose any colour to unify a collection of odd frames. While the frames pictured are of the same shape and size you can also use this idea to marry wide ornate frames with traditional standard frames. Old frames and new frames. Square frames and circle frames. You get the idea!

 

Meredith Heron Design

Meredith Heron Design

 

Placement is key when building a gallery wall. I personally love the idea of starting a gallery and allowing it enough space to grow with time. You can add or subtract as your family grows, your lifestyle changes or you simply find something to add to your collection. You can fill a wall, create a pattern with the frames, build a staircase effect, hang the images in a vertical or horizontal line or create a random, organic pattern.

 

Kirsten Buckingham Interior Design Brown Walls

Kirsten Buckingham Interior Design

 

I am starting a gallery in my stair well, but you can also create a gallery wall above a sofa or bed, create a feature wall, enhance a hallway or entryway or add to any wall in your home. Choose art and images that speak to you with inspiration and beauty as you will gaze at them often. Create a story, a history or a future with the pieces you include.

 

 

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September 11th, 2012

6 Ways to Decorate a Lampshade

Floral Painted Lampshade

bhg.com via Pinterest

What lights up your world? A lamp, a smile, a cup of tea? Lighting is a vital component in the creation of a cozy atmosphere, no matter the room in your home. Here in Alberta, with the days rapidly shortening, lighting will be used for longer periods of time as each day passes. With that said, it is a good time to take a look at the lamps you have on hand and see if you can decorate a lampshade for a little decor to brigthen your world.

 

Plug in your glue gun, grab some supplies and get ready to decorate a lampshade! On a recent trip to Ikea I came across some plain white lampshades reduced for clearance at a delightful price of only .25 cents! In hindsight I should have bought more, but it was a little on the small side and I didn’t have a plan in mind. Since then I have thought of a multitude of ways to decorate a lampshade.

 

Consider the base the lampshade is intended for to create a cohesive design. A white base with a colourful shade will work, as will a lampshade decorated with a neutral scheme placed atop a colourful base.

 

Paint on a Lampshade

 

Whether you want to paint the shade in a solid hue to match the existing colour scheme of the room, or try something different, there are many ways to paint a lampshade. One idea is to use painter’s tape to create distinct stripes on the lampshade. Paint horizontal bands of gray around the perimeter of the lampshade for one look or paint a series of vertical stripes in bright colours.

 

Painted Lampshade

Crafty Nest via Pinterest

If you have been looking for a way to implement the ombre trend into your space, why not paint a lampshade with ombre tones? Choose several shades of the same hue and paint gradations of them beginning with the darkest on the bottom and move your way up to the lightest shade.

 

You can also try stenciling or free-handing a pattern onto the plain lampshade.

 

Felt Decorated Lampshade

 

When I think of decorating a lampshade with felt I instantly think of a kid’s room. Felt is the perfect medium to create animal pictures with. Make a mini orange fox or owl and hot glue them to the lampshade. Create a fringe of grass and glue it to the bottom edge.

 

Felt Lampshades

Design Sponge via Pinterest

 

For something a little more chic, use a palette of neutral tones– white, gray, oatmeal or linen and cut circles out of it. Glue the rounds to the shade with or without a pattern.

 

DIY Lace Lampshade

 

Painted Lace Lampshade

Add Some Paint via Stay at Home Artist

Not sure what to do with your Grandmother’s lace or less precious stuff found at the flea market? Instead of resting in that box in the back of your closet, design a lampshade with it! For contrast, spray the lampshade in a medium to dark colour and once dry, glue the lace to it in a pattern that appeals to you. Another idea is to tape the lace in place with spray adhesive and spray paint the lace. Remove the lace and the pattern will remain.

 

Ribbon Trimmed Lampshade

 

Ribbon Trellis Lampshade

Caitlin Wilson Design via Pinterest 

 

A simple ribbon trim in a bright colour might be just the detail your lampshade needs. Especially if you begin by painting a monogram on your shade. Or, you can create a trellis pattern like this one here!

 

Fabric on a Lampshade

 

A fabric lampshade can tie a room together if you choose a bold graphic with pops of colour found elsewhere in the room. The right fabric can even be a starting point for the design of a whole room. To incorporate the fabric in bits throughout the room, use it on a throw pillow or for curtain tie-backs. Once you glue the fabric in place, trim the excess and finish the lampshade by adding a trim to the top and the bottom of the lampshade.

 

Paper Remnant Lampshade

 

Wallpaper Drum Shade

Thrifty Decor Chick via Pinterest

 

From wrapping paper to scrapbook paper to wallpaper remnants, paper is a medium that can be used to make your lampshade glow with any colour, pattern or style. Look to modern and vintage styles alike for creative inspiration.

 

Vintage Wallpaper Lampshades

Etsy via Pinterest

 

Decorate a lampshade with one of these six ideas or combine two different ideas to come up with a design to suit your own taste/style. As the nights lengthen, and the lights come on, what kind of lampshade do you want?

 

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September 4th, 2012

Sugarboo Pillows and 15 Things

Life is Beauty Full

Life is Beauty Full via Layla Grayce

The calender has turned and the leaves have started to change to grades of yellow. Two by two. The heat wave halts. The rains come. Order ushers and cajoles the lazy summer sunshiny days into form. Into shape. As the seasons change, the reasons rearrange. I want to say something big and bold and inspirational about the summer, but I search for the right words and they elude me and scatter off like bunnies whenever I feel close. Instead I will face forward and embrace the coming winds with ideas on layering and padding the home with comfort items like Sugarboo pillows, throw blankets and other fabulous creature comforts that make the heart sing a song of autumnal enchantment.

 

Layla Grayce has a whole line of Sugarboo pillows , signs and art with quirky designs and sweet inspirational sayings. To create a fresh autumn look in your living room, layer a few graphic pillows with solids, textures and patterns. In the coming months as indoor time increases, think about creating different nooks in the home. Places you can read, play board games, complete craft projects, and watch movies.

 

My Whole Heart ScriptMy Whole Heart Script via Layla Grayce

 

Movies like Griff the Invisible, starring Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) of True Blood fame. Side note: it amazes me how many actors on True Blood pull off total American accents when they are in fact European or Australian. Some good acting there! Side note to the side note: what a finale for True Blood! Back to Griff and the time spent cozied on the couch dreaming up new pillow schematics– what a surprisingly cute film. It is much more of a love story than a super hero action film. Indie love. So cute!

 

Inspired by this 25 Things post I saw at aka Design, I decided to put my own list of summations together. Summer passed me by like two cars zooming past each other into the lightning lit night. Flares of August heat have given way to a shivery September, an indication of what will come, weather wise.

 

To My Heart You HoldTo My Heart You Hold via Layla Grayce

 

1. Songza is my new favourite app! It creates play lists in a variety of categories like Office Crowd Pleasers and Drop a Beat Workouts. I am so happy to have found this as I was getting very bored of my own play lists that I listen to at the gym!

 

2. I needed a new soundtrack to make my life feel like a movie. Who wants to do the voice over?

 

3. Summer is over.

 

4. I became a stylist for Stella and Dot and I looooove it! Beautiful jewelry and a dynamic group of awesome, positive people!

 

5. Plus it feeds my love of pretty shiny things.

 

6. School brings structure which equals more time to write and uncover decor-tastic images, craft and DIY projects and other goodies!

 

I Love You EverywhereI Love You Everywhere via Layla Grayce 

 

7. I need to develop a schedule. I love structure.

 

8. I have become a creature of habit.

 

9. I realized my home needs more pattern. I use a mixture of solids and textures, but I need more pattern.

 

10. My favourite patterns right now: herringbone, trellis, paisley, damask, stripes, botanicals and typographic designs.

 

11. I look forward to the cool weather.

 

12. I will make butternut squash soup and share my recipe with you.

 

13. I will make apple crisp and share my recipe too.

 

14. I must get my painting projects done soon, before it gets really, really cold!

 

15. What painting projects you ask? You shall see in the coming weeks!

 

Sweet DarlingSweet Darling via Layla Grayce 

 

Layer Sugarboo pillows with some solid colours, prints and textures and enjoy the turn of the season. Dream big, and believe in those dreams with all your might!

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August 27th, 2012

Bathroom Organization Ideas

Better Homes and Gardens Bathroom Organization with Wallpaper

Better Homes and Gardens via Pinterest

 

The bathroom is a high traffic area of the home and therefore requires some organization now and then to keep it functional, neat and pleasant. If you edit what you keep on hand and delegate new storage areas to keep stuff nearby, but out of sight, you can transform a cluttered space into something lovely. Look in unconventional places such as the kitchen, to come up with solutions to update existing storage solutions.

 

The bathrooms pictured here are so light and bright, the organization makes them shine! However, if, like me, your bathroom has no window and the glorious morning light illuminates elsewhere, you can still incorporate the same bathroom organization ideas and maybe add a sconce or two to filter in more light!

 

Good Housekeeping Bathroom Organization

Good Housekeeping via Pinterest

Start fresh and clean and remove everything. This is a perfect time to get rid of products that have been lingering, empty containers and other accumulated stuff. Give everything a proper scrub while you are at it!

 

  • Use the same-sized containers to unify different products like cotton balls, cotton swabs and makeup wipes
  • Look to kitchen shelving to optimize the backside of cupboard doors
  • Group hair and skin products in their own baskets for easy access and to minimize counter clutter
  • Mix decorative items in with everyday essentials to create a pretty balance
  • Hang art that will enhance your morning and nighttime rituals with a little beauty or inspiration
  • Install cabinetry to accommodate your products, towels and decorative elements glass doors can showcase neatly grouped items, while solid cabinets can keep mismatched items hidden away!

 

Labelled Container Bathroom Organization

 Via Kristen Mc Ashan

Take pointers from the well-organized bathrooms shown here and make it pretty! Wallpaper remnants can be put to good use inside cabinets, drawers, and even on the backside of cabinet doors with shelving.

 

Better Homes and Gardens Bathroom Organization

Better Homes and Gardens via Pinterest

Once the bathroom organization plan is complete, and your bathroom is clutter-free and organized you can freshen it with a single flower in a glass vase or introduce a house plant. And voila! Beauty and function walk off into the sunset together!

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