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Entries in Decor (10)

Friday
Jul222011

Decor from an Unexpected Source!

Here are a few things that I've been coveting lately...and I think you'll be surprised to learn where they come from!

I still love geometric & trellis/lattice prints and these rugs are gorgeous.    

 

 

Our living room curtain saga is still that - an ongoing saga - and these have been added to the list of contenders.

Damask is timeless and this graphic black and white is gorgeous!

These next couple of things would be great in the summer or at a beach house.

   

 

 

I have always loved capiz shells as accents...and you may or may not find these exact lampshades in my living room!

 So, do you have an idea where you can buy all of these gorgeous home items?

Pottery Barn TEEN!  Yep, these and many more great items can be found at PBTeen that can be used for any room in the home, not just the kids.  Happy Shopping!

Wednesday
Jan192011

Bye Bye Marimekko Wallpaper!

How sad!  I just read on the Always Mod Blog that Marimekko wallpaper has been discontinued!  I guess there is a pretty limited niche market for (sometimes) over-the-top & bright, always bold wallpaper, but I was still surprised to hear this. 

I guess the good news is that it is on sale while supplies last, so I say snap up a roll or two of the iconic Unikko pattern and paper the walls of a small bathroom!  I love large, graphic prints in small spaces.  I also studied the designer, Maija Isola, in college and am particularly drawn to her designs.

Check out more patterns here.  & buy today before it's gone!

Tuesday
Jan042011

How to Transform Books with Japanese Paper Tape

I've had this idea for quite some time now & I am so ridiculously happy with the results that I have to share them with you!

I have books.  Lots and lots (did I mention lots?) of books.  I also like to keep said books and lend them out to friends by the stack.  I also like to have my books out, but unless they are hardbacks, books can be ugly.  

I know this is an extreme example of ugly books, but it's what I am working with!

For example, as much as I love Simone de Beauvoir & Sylvia Plath, I also love me a James Patterson book des temps en temp.  I don't love the graphic, sometimes garish spine.  Usually, these books are stacked up behind everything else.  Here's why.

Not pretty.  As I mentioned before, I needed to spruce up our house for a certain photoshoot.  Even if this wasn't in the shot, I still wanted our place to look its best.  This is where Japanese Paper Tape comes in.

 

I purchased it at West Elm, of all places!

I chose a book and a roll of tape to get started.  Run a piece of tape along one edge of the spine, making sure to wrap part of it on the front/back so that everything that may be shown is covered.  Then, trim it along the top and bottom of the book.

Since this kind of paper tape is pretty thin, you'll have to determine how much coverage you want.  I like the sheerness of it, as it still allows me to see the title of the book.  I ended up using 3 lengths of tape for this one.  You could always use more & write the title with a metallic paint marker.


I stuck with blues and greens to coordinate with the rest of our living room and office.

So. ridiculously. easy.  I've been on a DIY crafty kick lately, as you can probably guess from the number of these types of posts (& I've got another one).  Again, this was EASY.  Perhaps because I had a little helper?

Okay, now it's time to see a side by side before and after of this project.  Such a difference!

As I mentioned yesterday, I tend to not follow through with my grandiose crafting aspirations.  However, I wanted to get our home in tip-top shape & on a budget.  So, I played around with a few different setups for the top shelf until I found something I liked. 

When I see these pictures, I can't believe I let the hideousness go on for so long.  Yikes!  I cleaned off the other shelves and pulled out books, picture frames, photo books and other small items that coordinate (& contrast!) with the space. 

Now, if only I could muster up the crafty/organizational energy to tackle this beast...hmm, maybe tomorrow :) 

I previously blogged about my favorite Japanese Paper Tape projects that I found across the web (you can find that post here!).  I am excited to add to the list!

Tuesday
Nov162010

I Love Bunting!

I've been trying to find an excuse to make/use/hang bunting flags since they started popping up all over the wedding blogs.  I now see them everywhere & am excited to finally use them this weekend!  I am co-hosting my girlfriends baby shower & none of us are into cutesy decorations.  We decided that bunches of flowers in vases would serve double duty as decorations and party favors. 

These adorable flags (found on the Ruffled Blog - on of my favorites!) will round out the rest of the decor:

You can download and print the letters you need & common letters have more than one pattern.

I noticed that the colors are a lot more saturated than pictured on the blog, which isn't surprising since Ruffled is a vintage inspired wedding blog & their pictures reflect that.  I will probably play around with them in Photoshop to get the desired color.  I'll also be sure to post pictures of the finished product!

 

Tuesday
Oct192010

Well hello there, Fall!

It's official - fall has fallen on the city of Chicago.  I can see my breath when I walk Derby in the morning, and her new favorite thing it to run through leaves...and then be totally freaked out by it.  I am a summer girl through & through, but fall has been especially pleasant this year so I am embracing it.  Plus, fall means football & I LOVE FOOTBALL (Go Buckeyes!  Go Bears!).

Our downstairs neighbor takes charge of the outdoor areas for our condo association.  Thank goodness!  She does all of the flowers and watering in the summer and switches out the seasonal decor (the only part of it that I would like!).  We swapped out the summer flowers for mums and a cute melange of pumpkins, gourds and squash(?).

 

Moving inside, we have a mix of fun, not-so-serious Halloween decorations and more formal (that's not the word I am looking for...) fall decorations. 

I usually put together this centerpiece around Thanksgiving, but it certainly can be displayed much earlier than that!  Plus, we had guests in town last weekend and this coming weekend, so I wanted to have a little extra pop of color on the table.  These are an assortment of leaves, florals and copper swirly-gigs that I've had for years.  I rounded up some random candles in a seasonal color and added them.  Instant centerpiece!

 

 

 

You can see a little ghost peeking out from behind one of the chairs :)  I love lighting these luminaries at night!

 

And swapping out white kitchen towels for these affordable Halloween towels adds a fun punch of color to an otherwise boring (I hate these ovens - they are horrible!) oven.

 

Shop Target and JoAnn's after Halloween for deeply discounted items that you can store away for next year!  We keep all fall items in an orange with black lid plastic container - eliminates a lot of digging around in our storage unit!

How do you decorate for Halloween and fall?

 

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