04.28.11

I have always had a soft spot for vintage suitcases, I especially love the below spray painted white ones. What a great way to cover up those that no longer have their original coloring or beauty. Perfect for decor as side tables, which we have all seen before, but the below pet friendly creation is an adorable idea and also Design Sponge has given a full tutorial for taking the suitcase to the next level by adding legs. Great for a coffee table, end table or at the foot of a bed as shown.

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1.-4. elementsofstyleblog.com 5. Candy Pop flickr.com, 6. spotted on pinterest, see full DIY tutorial on Design Sponge

04.26.11

Plastic people are a thing of the past when it comes to cake toppers these days. Why not create a custom look of your own, using tissue paper maché, a child’s blocks painted in a pretty metallic hue, paper cut into sophisticated shapes, strung stickers, and/or silly straws. With a little TLC, you can surely cook up something fabulous.

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1. Kelly & Chris banner, inspiredbride.net, 2. die cut heart cake topper, 100layercake.com, 3. my love topper, 100layercake.com, 4. Lance & Stephanie banner, elizabethannedesigns.com, 5. Gold letter blocks, 100layercake.com, 6. cake bunting, lushlee.com.

04.24.11

on this brunch tablescape. Hoping your Easter was pastel perfect.

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photo c. marthastewart.com, spotted on Material Girls

04.22.11

These vintage inspired Apothecary Labels were designed by Cathe Holden of  Just Something I Made for WorldLabel.com. Sized to fit and easily print on World Label’s full sheet 8.5″ x 11″ label stock. Just print and trim; perfect for labeling recycled bottles, as gift tags, or as pretty packing labels. The PDFs are completely customizable in Adobe PDF Reader, get all details and downloads here.

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Shown in multi-colored, also available in black and cream.

04.21.11

Hare inspiration for the home… if only these chairs came in adult size! I die!

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1. Bunny ear chairs by Hiromatsu, spotted on homedit.com, 2. Bunny Tea Towel, $13 by fuzzy mug etsy.com, spotted on myhouserabbit.com, 3. Porcelain bunny, spotted on chezlarsson.com, 4. Child’s seat by Roebuck Studio spotted on bornmodernbaby.com, 5. Thomaspaul – Aqua Bunny Linen Pillow, $70-$80, 2modern.com.

04.19.11

Easter is just a hop, skip and a jump away. A few tiny details can make it just a little sweeter…

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1. The Velveteen Rabbit, $8.20, amazon.com, 2. Bunnie Beanie, $20, Bunnies by the Bay & Bunnie Booties, $16, Bunnies by the Bay, 3. Bunny Sugar Cookie Recipe, marthastewart.com, 4. Felt Bunny ears, how-to marthastewart.com, 5. Bunny shaped napkins, how-to, marthastewart.com,  6. Easter Candy Centerpiece, marthastewart.com.

04.18.11

These pastel painted beauties were created by Jutta of kootut murut. With so many uses, these recycled jars could beautify any work or event space. Use as pencil, brush or utensil holder, or by using a non water-soluble paint these would make great vase options for a small garden party or shower. See full DIY tutorial here.

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spotted on pinterest.com

04.16.11

I recently picked up Flea Market Style by Emily Chalmers with words by Ali Hanan and photography by Debi Treloar at Anthro as a gift for a friend. I found myself flipping through the pages before gifting it, and boy am I glad I did! One I love to flea and two, some of the uses of the found objects throughout this book I would have never thought of… such wonderful inspiration!  Some of my favorite ideas are below.  Check out the fabulous armoir and dresser covered in chalkboard paint and hand written flair. Loving the lace detail for wall decoration and curtains.  I currently have no curtains in my bedroom and kitchen and I think lace hung from thin wire will be just what the bedroom needs and for my kitchen I am now on the hunt for cool printed semi-transparent scarves. Making the powder room pleasant…love that a few small details can make the bathroom just as important as any other room in the home. And an unexpected seat pad. I have an unfinished wood bench in my kitchen that I have searched high and low for a cushion for and nothing fits. In lieu of a tapestry I recently purchased a small colorful woven rug for the bench seat and I am gitty with content of the look and comfort achieved. Pick up the book here, it is a vintage decorator’s dream!

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All photos are Copyrighted Material All Rights Reserved © Ryland Peters & Small and © Photography Loupe Images 1. pgs 22-23, 2. pg 69, pg 33, 3. pg 122, 4. pg 121, 5. pg 136
04.14.11

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spotted on letthecomets.tumblr.com

04.08.11

paint palette that is. Wednesday night I attended a Color Class hosted by Benjamin Moore at West Elm Chelsea. What got me in the door was a coupon for a free gallon of paint but I also took home these great tricks of the trade.

1. Always view paint swatches in the way the paint will be seen once applied, as to reflect the right angle of light; for example if you are painting a wall hold the swatch out in front of you upright, the floor out in front of you flat, or the ceiling above your head.

2. Cover any colors around the swatch as color reflects off of color.

3. Benjamin Moore representatives recommend painting a foam core test swatch (they sell common colors in 18×18 panels already made and also 1 pint cans for sampling) so that you can carry it around a space to see how the color plays off the furniture and other pieces in a room. Also then this swatch can be a helpful tool when carried on future shopping trips for picking out accessories and such.

4. Never cover glaze or a gloss paint without properly prepping it, aka sanding or using the right primer first (if you are not sure ask one of the BM specialists.)

Paint can be a great way liven a space and add the personality you might be looking for. It is especially great for rental spaces because although wallpaper can look fabulous, painting is much less of a hassle to put up and change after.  Take a look at some of these painted lovelies for inspiration…

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1. Descending decoration, Jeff Hester decorative painter  spotted in Benjamin Moore Envision Color catalog 2011, 2. Stripe Splendor, weedecor.com, 3. Glaze Goodniess, evolvingimage.com

Benjamin Moore also has a fabulous App for Smart phones or IPhones, you can point to anything take a picture and the App will select which paint color best matches it and it will give you a range of hues that correspond with your chosen color. How awesome is that!

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Get the app here

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