Wednesday, January 23, 2013

COLOR COMBO {green & gold}

We are probably going to see many shades of green this year after the announcement that Emerald is Pantone's color of 2013. I don't know why it's so exciting to learn of this "color of the year" each year, especially since many colors make up new trends in the fashion and design world each season. But there's something very regal about jewel tones, especially when combined with gold or brass. I love the contrast of the gold faucets against the green tile, and this 1960's fashionistas ensemble is quite stunning with a shimmering gold pattern and gold beaded details around the sleeves. What do you think about this shade of green? Do you have it in your home or in your wardrobe? 

{images via Pinterest}


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

WINTER BLUES

Don't worry, I don't have the blues, I'm just lusting over this beautiful blue bedroom. A few weeks ago, fashion and style blogger, Aimee Song of Song of Style posted pictures of her freshly painted bedroom. The wall color, called Morning Chill by Valspar, was the perfect choice to complement her blue tufted headboard, mirrored accent table, Louis Vuitton trunk and lavender throw pillows. So chic. So lovely. I want it.  



{images via Song of Style}




Monday, January 21, 2013

REMEMBER ME {and our bathroom}?

Hello and sorry for the long absence! I know I left everyone hanging with the progress of our bathroom remodel. It was completed just before New Years, and besides a little touch up paint here and there, all that's left to do is accessorize. So far we've bought two shower curtains which are...nice...but lacking a custom or personal feel. Once I figure out how to thread my new sewing machine, I'm going to make my own. We started with this colorful paisley curtain which added a bit of a vintage feel to the space, but in such a small room, it started to feel too busy again. 

I've purchased a simple wood step stool from Amazon that will fit under the drain pipe, and allow us to access those cabinets above the doorway. It's a pretty basic design, so I'm going to give it a bit of a distressed look with a few dings and dents and sanded edges.  

Our wall niche is for extra storage if needed, but is also a nice place for decorative accessories. Because the bathroom is very sleek and modern, I want to add a few more textures to the space such as a chunky framed piece of art above the toilet. 

This empty wall may also be a good place for a few framed photos or art, but it's going to be a work in progress.  

The other shower curtain feels very fresh and clean {and yes, I ironed it, but not very well}, but still not what I had in mind. I might not be able to tell you what I had in mind, but when I see it, I'll know.  

Shower curtain or not, it's still an amazing space compared to what is was!



Friday, January 11, 2013

CREATIVE & COMPACT {kitchen of the week}

I love when small, compact rooms are used to the best of their functional ability. Why not take advantage of that unused space under the stairs and turn it into an extension of your kitchen? A refrigerator, wall oven, beverage center and storage cabinets take up that sloped, hard-to-fill area and don't take up additional floor space. The only thing missing in my opinion is an island. With all of that floor space, why not add even more storage or seating for your guests?




Monday, January 7, 2013

THE FIDDLE LEAF FIG

I've always loved large indoor potted plants and trees. I have a few plants that have survived many apartments over the years due to large sun-filled windows, but now my 1950's ranch makes it a little more difficult to find the space for such plants. One plant I've had on my wishlist for awhile is a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree. They add such a wonderful pop of greenery to these bright spaces...I may have to find a way to free up a window in my home to welcome one of these beauties. 








{images via Pinterest}


Friday, January 4, 2013

GOODBYE DECEMBER


Hi everyone! It's good to be back on the blog after a much needed break. I actually had four days off around New Years, so I decided to stay off the computer and start the year off with a clear mind. Thank you for all of your support and encouraging words over the last year. 
Happy New Year! 



{images by solana}