Saturday, March 31, 2012

It's Spring Break, Lets Get Minty!

Love the mont color of the chairs

God knows I love a little DIY! Our back concrete landing is such a blemish on an other wise adorable house. Since we have "future" plans to add off the back, we just keep hacking at the space to make it functional. This week, if it EVER STOPS RAINING, I am gonna make this space mine. Here's a little "hint" of what I am up to:

Gonna take a little of this floor and paint it right up like this:

Chippy aqua perfection and a chevron tile floor!    Inspired by these lovelies  painted chevron floor

Gonna take my old bistro table that looks a little  something like this:

bistro table and chairs   Paint it this in high gloss   

From The Picture Wheel In My Head:

farm house dining room mint green chairs




Grow Your Own Vegetables In Pots: 35 Ideas For Growing Vegetables, Fruits And Herbs In Containers #anthropologie


flush mount


Liking the floor & curtains for outdoor patio


Just wondering TasteMakers. . . Do you think I can do it?



Special thanks to Pinterest for being the picture book in my head and letting me capture your thoughts!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Giddy Up


Love todays find from Slate Interiors! Vintage white horse $50. Just in case you were wondering, I tried to upload some of my pics from the Garden Sale but they wouldn't load... Not the brightest over here, but I sure do try hard.


Saturday, March 24, 2012

More fun at Dilworth's Little Secret


Love these modern planters with moss in the side! The more you water your plant the more moss will grow on the sides.... I mean really how cool! $97.50

Dilworth's Little Secret


Spotted these awesome planters at this fun little shop in Southend! Lusting for the purple one but Scotty just told me to keep my wallet in my purse! Purple planter $70

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

This Weeks Outing: A Garden Party Sale at Slate Interiors

Slate Interiors on Central Avenue is hostings its Spring Garden Party Sale this Thursday March 22nd through this Saturday March 24th,  from 10am until 5pm.

Here is a little preview from the press release. . . all I can think is yummy and I will be right there!

Slate Interiors

1401 Central Avenue, Suite 102

Plaza Midwood


 They are promising everything from furniture to planters. As soon as I get there, I promise to post some of my favorite find,  but be sure to check them out for yourself! I don't know about you,  but my front porch, patio and outdoor spaces are in need of some major spring time fluffing!

Happy Hunting!



Saturday, March 17, 2012

Feeling a Bit Green Today Are You?

Green Road

My old favorite holiday falls on a Saturday night? My college self's dream come true and my mommy self's color inspiration. I have been collecting images of my favorite green images, so bring a bit of Saint Patrick to everyday life.

My Favorite Irish Quote

"It is easy to be pleasant when life flows by like a song, but the man worth while is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong. For the test of the heart is trouble, and it always comes with years, and the smile that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through the tears.”

My Favorite Green Interiors

Kelly wearstler

From design goddess Kelly Wearstler. . .

Grey and Green. xoxo

One of my favorite dining rooms of all time!

green table lavender green

Green + Lavender+Mid Century ='s Lovely!

kelly wearstler

Kelly Wearstler again. . .Need I say more!

kelly wearstler

Green Wallpaper plus Vintage Bike is perfection!


Best Division of Space Ever.

Oh and for tonight's fashion inspiration, from the house of green. . .


Gucci colour blocking. Purple, green and orange.

a girl can dream can't she. . .

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!



Saturday, March 10, 2012

Tuesday Morning Finds on a Dime

On a quick trip to Tuesday Morning, I spotted three sets of the cutest ceramic lamps for $49. The lavender is of the lightest shade and even has the lucite base. I would probably replace the shades with something more custom.The turquoise and coral lamps have metal bases and great shades. At $100 a pair, they are a total steal!



How fabulous would these look on a dining room buffet or as beside table lamps?

Happy, happy weekend!



Thursday, March 8, 2012

Katie Ridder Rooms: Lesson Learned

Rooms  by:  Katie Ridder

A great friend loaned me her Katie Ridder Rooms design book yesterday afternoon and by 10pm last night I had read it all, three times. I was also told to make sure I read the forwards before each section, that Katie has design elements present in all of her room. Seriously, I was thinking what a pain, who needs words when you have such inspiring photographs to look at.

Of course I have seen Katie's work in multiple publications through the years and pinned on my pinterest board, houzz and decorpad, but never all in one divine place. The first time through the book last night, I flipped through the pictures so fast I imagine Scotty thought I was reading one of those old school flip picture books that make a movie. . . the movie that is presently playing in my head that is.

The second and third time I read the book, I learned a little something like this:

Living Rooms

designed by Katie Ridder.  Looove the painting

1. Katie likes large, geometric, wool carpets.

2. There must be multiple "intimate" seating areas.

3. Every living room needs multiple light sources, with a variety of light intensities.

4. Add layers of texture through fabric and materials.

5. She LOVES color.

The Dining Room

Katie Ridder dining

1. Dining Rooms "come together at night" so they can handle a lot of color and light sources.

2. She advises limiting "natural wood" to just one piece in the room.

Designer: Katie Ridder

3. Chairs should not be in the same wood. Katie almost always upholsterer them in two-two fabrics.("solid meets pattern")

4. The key elements to her dining room are 1. Full Curtains 2. An Unusual Rug. 3. Upholstered Chairs. 4. Unique Chandelier.

The BedRoom

Katie Ridder, great color & pattern mix

1. The most important piece in the bedroom is the bed. Try not to disguise them with too many pillows.

2. She prefers upholstered but if using a frame, they should be in metal and wood. She also loves creating canopy's or using bed hangings to add warmth.

Katie Ridder and Peter Pennoyer

3. How to make a bed:

a. Use ivory sheets with decorations limited to the band on the top sheet.

b. Turn the top sheet down of a cotton pique blanket.

c. From back to front use Two King Shams, Two Standard Shams, One decorative pillow

d. Place duvet cover at the foot of the bed and fold in thirds.

4. Curtains should be floor length or in roman shades.


Did I tell you she has her own line of wallpaper. . . .love!

Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder wallpaper

Katie Ridder, leaf in grey colorway

Different colorway, still Katie Ridder wallpaper.  Gorge.

Katie has done what some artists spend their entire life trying to achieve, she has created her own, unique and identifiable style. Her taste is exquisite, refined and very, very expensive. To be inspired by her rooms, does not necessarily require the kind of wealth one would expect. Color richness can be achieved at home with a can of excellent paint. Trying using a high gloss trim paint in the same or coordinating color as the room to set your room apart. Upholstered chairs in two-tone fabrics can be done by your local craftsman. Unique chandeliers can be found almost anywhere, from Ikea to Antique Malls and Consignment store.

To Get Your Own Copy: Check out her book here



Images shown above were captured from Pinterest.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Creating A Focal Point: What A Difference a Coat of Paint Makes

Fireplace drama in the spring?



After picking up my new Jennifer Levine mixed media watercolor from the framers, I could not wait to find its new home in our petite abode. Naturally, its first stop was the fireplace mantle in the living room. Then I tried it in the bedroom and hallway. I just could NOT find the right spot!

Finally, it hit me. . .It was not the location but the color of our walls. Over the last 6 years, one of the few things I have no desire to change, is the color of our main living area and hallways. The old Martha Stewart for Sherwin Williams Lamb is still the perfect "off white" color to handle our "center of the sun" light.  It was also not the perfect color to set off a neutral art piece. No way was I changing out the art, so the obvious solution was to paint the fireplace. I still had a can of my favorite Ellie Grey from Sherwin Williams,  so at 9 o'clock at night at painted the wall. I needed to see the color (and more specifically how the light changed it) for at least a day before I committed to it. What do you think?

Before Shot

Almost Complete . . .

I can't show you everything just quite yet. . . and the curtains are still in the works, but I thought I would show you what I have been up to these days. . . and NO it's not the debauchery I used to be up too. . .I painted this by myself!

And a Close Up

Oh and I found a new home for my fun planters from my old mantle. . .

What's old is new again!