I love you Photoshop…

Don’t get me wrong, I do love the room as designed on the left. I just thought I’d have a little fun with it and see what I could come up with. Ah the magical makeover powers of Photoshop!

I threw in a new picture above the bed (it’s actually a photo I took of the roses I got for my birthday); a white ceramic owl on one side table and a mirrored picture frame on the other; a couple of my bespoke cushions, eh voila! My re-interpretation.

I’m not a fan of the tall vase with flowers that are taller than the base of the lamp, but I didn’t have the time to take it out of the image. I would rather have little silver julep cups with white flowers on both side tables. If only I knew how to magically create a throw draped across the end of the bed, or an Hermes purse and scarf on the bench!

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sunshine yellow…

Ever since Nyla Free sent me a teaser of the design she’s cooking up for my living room, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the color yellow.

It could also have something to do with the fact that it just can’t stop raining in the Pacific Northwest, and I’m craving a little sunshine…correction…a truck-load of sunshine. So consider this my sundance…’cause I’m just not willing to go out and dance on my front lawn in the rain!!!

courtesy Abbe Fenimore Studio Ten 25 via Houzz

courtesy Jennifer Brouwer via Houzz

courtesy Sarah Richardson

courtesy Donna Griffith for Style At Home magazine

courtesy of Virginia MacDonald for Style At Home magazine

courtesy Kim Christie for Canadian House & Home magazine

Don’t you just love that painting by Bobbi Burgers? She’s one of my FAVE artists.

beige to brilliant…

There’s just something so compelling about before & after photos. It doesn’t matter if it’s a fashion makeover, a show about hoarding, or a weight-loss program…I’m addicted to seeing transformations. This makeover by Style At Home magazine absolutely nailed it for me! Although the budgets are slightly gasp-inducing (I’m cheap, so what), both versions of the room are just gorgeous.

BEFORE:

photo courtesy Style At Home magazine

AFTER VERSION ONE $17,485 budget — $8,000 for the Paul Smith hand-knotted wool rug for The Rug Company) And you’re going to love this…are you sitting down? Guess how much the blue silk ikat cushion is? You’re absolutely right, it’s $637–what a bargooon!!!!!

photo courtesy Style At Home magazine

AFTER VERSION TWO: $4,636 budget — $1,995 for the hand-knotted wool rug from Elte and $280 for the viscose/cotton blue ikat cushion (still ridiculously expensive in my cheap…er…reasonable opinion)

photo courtesy Style At Home magazine

happy summer happy color…

Can you hear me sighing with relief? It’s finally summer! Although the sun isn’t shining here, we’ve been promised a peak at it later in the week. When I think of summer, I think of color, so what better post than one on color in decor? I’ve collected an eclectic assortment of colorful rooms.

My inspiration for this blog is a bungalow designed by a fabulous Canadian designer, Jonathan Legate.

Photograph by Stacey Haines for Style At Home

I can see myself living happily in a room like the one above. The combination of warm buttery yellow walls with just the right red–especially the striped chair–and the gorgeous black toile drapes is such an inviting combination! Just the right degree of cozy & drama.

photograph by Stacey Haines for Style at Home

I think I finally get it…fabric is king! Look at how fantastic this room looks with that fabric. I might not give it a second look if I was leafing through swatches, but a designer like Jonathan has the experience to see the big picture and understand how it will make a room shine. Yet another example of why it pays to hire a designer.

photo courtesy Benjamen Moore

Pottery Barn’s summer paint colors for Benjamin Moore are really interesting. As paint chips, they don’t jump out at me, but once I see them in a vignette, they’re fabulous. The brown, blue and red in this room somehow manage to seem light and airy. Go figure! At this point, I think you’ve got a sense of how color-challenged I really am…lettin’ it all hang out here on the pages of this blog.

photo courtesy Benjamin Moore

I just think this cozy turquoise room with the gorgeous-smorgeous bedding is the cat’s meow! I’d never leave my bedroom if it looked like this!

photo courtesy Lonny magazine

You know me…gotta get a little orange in here somewhere. This appeals to the modern side of me.

photo courtesy Midwest Living

For some reason, I’m craving a mojito and a fan! I doubt that Mark would actually join me on this verandah for a drink…hmmmm…wait a minute..!

photo courtesy Elle Decor

This rosy red is “in” right now. So if you want to be super cool (just like me), rose is the color for you! I just can’t decorate with it, ’cause it would be a major clash with my red hair–I’m  a big believer in decorating with the colors that flatter you! My mom would probably claim that horizontal stripes on chairs make you look wider…hmmmm!

photo courtesy Benjamin Moore

photo courtesy Lonny magazine

The boldly colorful couch and the gold gilded picture frame remind me of some of the decor I’ve seen in Britain. It just says, “sit down and we’ll have a really good chat”.

I’m hopeful that this summer will be full of color. Full of friends. Full of fun!

magazine affair…

I’m having an affair with my Style At Home magazine. Is that wrong?

I’m especially infatuated with the May issue all about color. On page 474, there’s a pictorial Before & After on furniture paint treatments that I’m swooning over. The trend spotting on page 40 is all about my favorite color: turquoise–what’s not to love? My favorite section is always the High versus Low, and this month’s, on pages 58 and 59, is a particularly fetching combination of bright corals and florals. I even love the double-page Benjamin Moore advertisement featuring celebrity designers!

I can’t show you the May issue’s photos, but I can show you April’s. So here is a look into one of Canada’s fabulous shelter magazines, my beloved Style At Home.

HIGH

photo courtesy Style at Home magazine

courtesy Style At Home magazine

versus LOW

courtesy Style At Home magazine

courtesy Style At Home magazine

clutter madness…

Now that it’s Spring I’m noticing everything that lay hidden in Winter’s shadows (not the least of which is the grimy film on the living room windows…yikes). My latest pet peeve (I’m riddled with them) is electronic clutter. I detest it. TV’s, computers, earphones, telephones, stereos…anything with a cable! I’m considering “accidentally” vacuuming them up–I did it to Lego and I can do it again!

My hubbie, Mark, is a doll. Love him. Admire him. Respect him. Will divorce him if he puts one more electronic cable where I can SEE it!!! He grew up on a farm and everything had a purpose, not a style!

My desk is really well equipped with laptop, stationery screen & keyboard, phone, lights, fax, printer, scanner and about 2 million cables all intertwined under my desk.

My lovely, bright bedroom with romantic turret and fireplace is scarred by the existence of a big black flat screen TV on top of the white mantle. It’s not the TV itself that disturbs me (’cause I have to confess that I love a TV in my bedroom), it’s all the acoutrements that are plunked right up there with it: the DVD player, the surround sound speakers, and the miles of cable snaking arcoss the mantle that drives me absolutely nuts! I suggested a professional installation, but apparently that went over about as well as suggesting that we stop and ask for directions at a firehall (hey…don’t judge me…firemen are hunky).

So, it’s time to take things into my own hands. Here are some things that might work. If anyone out there has any suggestions, I’m begging you…please save my marriage!

Style at Home’s blog posted a great little article on camouflaging your electronics. I think the collage is a great idea.

photo courtesy Style At Home magazine

This is a really great idea. It’s the Muro Media Storage frame from Design Within Reach. It comes unfinished and you can paint it or wallpaper it to match your wall. It’s a load-baring frame that allows you to hide all the wires between the frame and the wall.

photo courtesy Design Within Reach

photo courtesy Design Within Reach

photo courtesy Design Within Reach

This is such a adorable little charging station designed by Kikkerland (available at Organize.com). It hides cords and keeps all your gadgets neetly stored in one place (until your kids enter your office and “borrow” stuff that never returns–it’s impossible to keep Scotch tape anywhere in my office).

photo courtesy Organize.com

And then there’s the master of organization…IKEA. This is a great little cable organizer, and I’m going to hop in my Swedish Volvo and whip over to the land of Swiss innovation and pick one up (don’t mind their cinnamon buns either).

photo courtesy IKEA

photo courtesy IKEA

Another clever camouflage idea by Style At Home. That is fabulous wallpaper, and definitely a bold statement.

photo courtesy Style At Home

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