Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Gotta Love No. 41 - Just a Tease

Gotta love when an image shows just enough to tease you. Tease you into inspiration and imagination. Here are a couple of examples of what I mean. See just how far your imagination takes you and just how much these teases inspire you.

How easily we are teased to fall in love with a room just by catching a glimpse! Just a glimpse that inspires great design.

Do you see it? It's the kind of tease we don't mind. It's the lure we don't mind being drawn to. And then we notice that if we focus on just a portion of our room, rather than the whole, we have a tease right in front of us. A tease we created in our home. Enjoy it!

Just a tease to inspire and to spark the imagination!

Image Sources: Zsa Zsa Bellagio, Home Bunch, Design Chic

Monday, December 30, 2013

Be Inspired No. 65 - Floor Screens

Be inspired to reintroduce a classic design element into your home. The floor screen adds much to a room's finish. Yet it is fore gone to often. Make room in your budget for this element and you won't be disappointed that you did. Don't and there will be something missing until you give in.

A floor screen is art in many forms. Let your creativity shine! You'll feel like a kid in a candy store, but you will eventually hone in on "the" one.

Every room has a corner, a seating piece, a need for privacy, a dead space, a bed that deserves something different, where a desk has to face a wall.  All great applications for a floor screen.

Be inspired by these great images and you'll fall in love with a floor screen.

Image Sources: House Beautiful, Barry Dixon, WeHeartIt, Pinterest, Poppy Talk, So Haute Style, My Home Ideas, Hickory Chair, Bernhardt, Danzigner Design, Hampton Decorator Showhouse, My Notting Hill, Greige Design, A  Flippen Life, Zsa Zsa Bellegio, 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Garden Design No. 17 - Winter Outdoor Containers

During the cold winter months we are tempted to leave our outdoor containers sit dominant and empty of beauty. But the colors and textures of winter are too inviting to ignore. 

The glorious array of color from evergreens, the winter red berries, the simplicity of empty branches, the rustic appeal of pine cones. Your containers are begging to behold such splendor.

Add juniper berries, pomegrantes, magnolia leaves, seed pods, and citrus slices.

Even the birdbath can become a celebration of winter.

Even consider your empty hanging planters!

Image Sources: Deborah Silver, Traditional Home, Pinecones and Acorns, Cultivated Garden, Canadian Gardening, Black Eyed Susan Design, Pinterest

Friday, December 27, 2013

Well Dressed Home No. 48 - Game On

I can't decide if I have more fun when game nights are planned or when they happen impromptu. Either way I believe they happen more often if an area is designated for the activity. A night in is great during the winter months we are in right now. And hey, the ability to have "house rules" that trump the printed game rules are pretty great too.

You can also apply that freedom from rules when selecting your game table and chairs. It doesn't have to be a matched set. And it can be in a multitude of rooms, in a corner, in front of a fireplace, even a multipurpose table.

Set for two for that dueling chess match or for four so that the champion of that board game can finally be crowned.

So where will you be adding the game table and what fun chairs will you put with that table? And everyone knows that the money in "free parking" is for the taking when you land on that space.

Image Sources: Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Houzz, Eric Cohler, Simplified Bee, Oomph, Traditional Home

Thursday, December 26, 2013

With Restraint No. 1 - Feathers

I'm adding a new category volume to my blog today. With Restraint.  The blog posts under this category will feature those great things in our home that are great because they are used with restraint. Just enough. Feathers are one of those things that add to in a just enough manner.

The color palette that inspiration from feathers can provide is divine! The saying "tickle your fancy" becomes a feeling when feathers are embraced for their color and their texture. It's hard to walk past an urn of feathers without brushing them with our hands.

This feather tablecloth is amazing.

Feather trims and faux fur...perfect combination!

The illumination of feathers is alluring.

This feather wallpaper from F. Schumacher has so many applications!

Image Sources: F. Schumacher, Pinterest, Paloma 81, Count and Castle, Haldane Martin, Etsy, Resovate, Zsa Zsa Bellegio

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