Thursday, November 14, 2013

The entryway needs updating

This is what it looked like a couple of years ago.

The bench serves as the entryway table. It was a purchase from Target online many years ago. I loved the inset tiles and still do.

 and the spindles.

Every so often, items get changed - seasonally and otherwise.
A piece from my blue-and-white collection.

I bought this vintage brass repousse magazine rack from Phat Dog on Etsy and love that it is aged - some discoloration and a few dings lends it character. Now it serves as the catchall for the mail that comes through the door. 

I also purchased this adorable basket on Etsy from Simply Objekts - I love woven baskets of any size - and this is little and perfect for car keys and house keys mostly. Occasionally I will keep my smaller measuring tape in it for when I am running out the door and just to have it more accessible.

By now you would have noticed my vibrant American Cheese wall color by Benjamin Moore. It is a bright and a really sunny color and really helps brighten up a space which does not get the most sunlight.

This color needs changing.

So I have been looking at paint colors, trying to decide in which direction to go.
The items that will be staying should be considered. The mirror above is a "maybe". My dad kindly painted it for me one year when my parents were visiting. I picked it up at a local consignment store over ten years ago. The frame used to be a bright gold but I was not keen on the gold-on-golden-yellow effect. I might have other plans for it and have something to replace it with if it is moved. The bench stays.

A few weeks ago I replaced the worn out, outdated, traditional patterned runner with something more contemporary.

This the background...

.....with this.

More things to share next week. Some ideas for new paint colors and other items I want to incorporate in the space.

Thank you for all who visited and left kind comments on my last post which was part of the One Room Challenge hosted at Calling It Home. If you missed the reveal of my daughter, Emily's room, click here
I will share the resources of items in this room soon.
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

One Room Challenge: Week 6 - The Reveal

It is finally here - the day I get to reveal my tween daughter's room makeover and share it on the One Room Challenge linking get-together over at Calling It Home. Although I started this room in the spring and did it in various stages there was a lot I had to accomplish in the past 6 weeks. You will get very few words from me in this post but you will get a lot of pictures. Enjoy!

If you would like to read the previous posts before continuing on, click on the links below.
Lights on in some pictures and lights off in others.
I am not 100% done. The one thing missing is the nightstand. I am working on refinishing it. In the meantime, I apologize for the exposed wires. I did not attempt to camouflage them.

There was very little sun today when taking these pictures.

Some close-ups.


A few pictures taken in the evening.

There was an issue with hanging the curtain rod for the small window. We could not drill holes further away from the window and were only able to a little inside the width of the window frame.
The chandelier I made over works well in the new room.

No pictures of the desk in the evening as somebody was doing their homework.
I have shared specific details and resources in previous posts. There may be a few things added since. I will discuss all specifics further in a later post.
What is the next challenge? Well, aside from me finishing the nightstand it would be for Emily to keep her room looking like this. I do not expect it on a daily basis but I would settle for regularly.
I started working on this room - the first thing was the paint - back in the spring. I have to applaud those who took on their individual projects and accomplished everything within 6 weeks. With all that I have going on I would not have been able to complete this room in that time frame because it is a room in my house. That makes it harder as other things take priority.
Thank you, Linda, for hosting and encouraging and supporting. It has truly been fun. 
Now do head on over to Calling It Home and visit the other skilled and talented participants.
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Monday, November 4, 2013

How do you style your throw?

It is that time of year when those of us living in cooler climates are feeling the chill in the air and look to grab a throw or even a blanket while in the house to keep us warm. This is the purely utilitarian characteristic of a throw or blanket.
Throws are increasingly being used to add a little more texture, or color and pattern to a space.

 Throws help create a warm and inviting ambience in a space while adding a touch of elegance and sophistication. 
Sometimes it is just that one pop of color that is needed to tie a space together; a throw will do that very easily.
Bedroom - Grass-cloth wallpaper and a white tufted headboard in a master bedroom
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In some instances, it helps add texture, too.
Bedroom - A bedside vignette at Napa Valley's Bardessono hotel
On occasion, a color-blocking effect is in order and I love the ease of doing this.
Simple yet so effective!
Here, the color-blocking effect makes a dramatic statement with the color contrast and lightens up the space with the gold throw. The tassels add the only visible texture in this corner.
Note how the throw has been slipped under the seat cushion.
Modern Bedroom
The words creative and resourceful come to mind in the use of this plaid throw as a table cloth.
How about adding further warmth and comfort, a throw for each guest while they watch a movie. Who would want to leave!
 Bold pattern adds much interest to more neutral spaces. Here, the eye is immediately drawn to the throw on the couch.
We love mixing patterns. This creates a layered look while adding an element of luxury. 
Traditional Bedroom by Sacramento Interior Designers & Decorators Kerrie L. Kelly

Instead of reupholstering furniture, one can creatively use a throw or two, neatly folded over and tucked under the seat cushion of an armchair. This could be done seasonally. It would certainly be more cost-effective.
This styling of chairs would no doubt make interesting conversation around any dining table.
 And wrapped neatly and tightly around a mattress.
So many ways to decorate with and style a throw while enjoying their inherent warmth. It is time to start using them all year through. Be creative!
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