August 31, 2011

rustic wood + recessed handles

I found this kitchen cabinetry on Pinterest yesterday (via Maggie) and it is all I can think about. The recessed pulls remind me of campaign chests and I love the chunky, rustic wood.

And I thought I was a white kitchen type of girl!

August 30, 2011

a gender neutral nursery


I've been working on this design for the past month or so and just finished it up last night, so it is hot off the press! The design is gender neutral and somewhat inspired by the navy + dove + peach color board I posted back in April, but softer.

I love gender-neutral nurseries. They're usually a little less cheesy-baby and are practical, since many of the pieces can be used as the child gets older OR re-used if you have a child of the other gender. And if you really want to add a little BOY or GIRL, it's super easy to do with accessories.

 And aren't these prints the cutest?

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August 26, 2011

layouts for gallery walls

A lot of people have found ROOST through posts, pins, and other nice mentions about my easy technique for hanging a gallery wall. When I put up my hallway gallery last fall, I totally winged it with the spacing and layout.

This great diagram shows different layout and spacing options for galleries. It's actually the visual from a kit you can buy to make the exact galleries shown. I refer to the diagram to get general layout ideas, then tweak it a little to make it unique. I like the look of a slightly haphazard, collected gallery rather than something symmetrical or perfectly spaced (like the pretty galleries on my "Art" Pinterest board).

If you haven't seen it, you can check out my gallery how-to instructions here. If you've tried my technique, shoot me an email-- I'd love to hear about it!

August 23, 2011

industrial hipster guy's dorm

The cute little undergrads here in college town start classes today! Such a fun time. I posted a girly dorm design board last year, so this year I'm doing my take on a guy's dorm, industrial hipster style.

Sources:
1. Bunkrissla Duvet | IKEA
2. Capri Teardrop Lamp | Jonathan Adler
3. Urchin Objet | Furbish
4. Industrial Rolling Side Table | Urban Outfitters
6. Tempo Velvet Harbor Pillow | Crate & Barrel
8. Remy Pillow | Crate & Barrel
10. Hanging Glass Bubbles | West Elm
11. Zig Zag Printed Rug | Urban Outfitters
12. Vintage Floor Lamp | Urban Outfitters
13. Eames Molded Plastic Dowel Leg Armchair | Design Within Reach
14. Remy White Pillow | Urban Outfitters
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August 22, 2011

tiny dancer

I randomly logged onto eBay last week to search for a painting of a ballerina or a floral still life, and a few hours later I became the proud owner of this pretty piece. I totally lucked out, it is exactly what I wanted! She is a little dirty though (you can see some little spots in this photo), so I need to figure out how to clean an oil painting.

If you're hunting eBay for art, try narrowing down the search terms so you don't have to dig through as much junk. If you don't know where to start, try using the terms Jenny suggested on Little Green Notebook. Starting with that search is how I found my little gem!
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August 19, 2011

colorful ceilings

 Sometimes people like their ceilings to just disappear (read: white paint) because it gives the illusion of more height. But an interesting ceiling can lead your eye up and give visual balance to what's going on below. Here are some rooms that have gone nuts--in a good way--with color, pattern, texture... or all of the above!









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August 17, 2011

border of frames

 This bathroom is from the latest Pottery Barn catalog--check out the framed border! What a great way to display a large collection of small-scale prints.

Pottery Barn gets a lot of flack. But I love it and probably always will. PB isn't usually the source of much cutting-edge inspiration, but you can count on a lot of quality, foundational pieces and a pretty good floral every season (this season: Adrianne).
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August 15, 2011

bedroom updates

I made some fun updates to my bedroom this weekend.
First, I sliced a painting in half.

I love French Impressionist art, and one of my favorite paintings is this one, "Souvenir de Mortefontaine" by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. The Louvre has the original, but I sliced and diced a copy of it for my bedroom. I wanted two smaller, vertical prints rather than a large horizontal one. So I cut the picture in half and put it in two antique-store frames, one for either side of the bed. The artist probably rolled over in his grave, but I really like it this way.

The second update is the addition of these amazing pillows (two of them are from my birthday wish list). I like to sit in my room and stare at them because they are so gorgeous and perfect. All three are by my wonderful sponsor, WoodyLiana.

It is so fun to see a room start coming together!

August 12, 2011

happy (birthday) weekend + some good links

This weekend I will be in Georgetown (DC) celebrating my 26th birthday by eating, shopping, hanging with my husband, and looking at pretty row houses... it's sure to be wonderful!

I mostly blog about interior decorating here, but I'm interested in roughly 523,234,345 other things, too. Here's some good stuff to keep you busy this weekend (because I'm sure you need one more thing) :

I get so much great nutrition information from my favorite twitter feed.
I'm not pregnant, but I already want to stock up on adorable baby clothes like this.
Speaking of kids, I find this site absolutely hilarious!
My favorite IKEA rug has been discontinued. Luckily, Emily at Jones Design Co. found an awesome twin.

I hope you have a great weekend-- have a cupcake for me!

August 11, 2011

wainscoting + diys

 If I could choose only one decorative wall treatment to use forevermore, it would be wainscoting. I am totally crazy for it. 

Wainscoting is more than just pretty-- it's a smart move for people with kids because it protects the walls. It's also usually painted in high gloss, which means it's easy to clean.

It looks great in any room, but I especially love it in dining rooms and entries.

The custom stuff is the best, but it's also a great DIY project! There are a ton of different instructions online, but my favorite is this tutorial from Centsational Girl (though I'm not sure it's necessary to put the panelboard underneath--you could just adhere the wood straight onto the wall).

If you want something even easier than the Centsational tutorial, this tutorial suggests using actual picture frames rather than wood trim pieces to mimic the look. It might be hard to find the right size frames for every space, but how simple would this be?
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August 9, 2011

top 5 temporary wallpapers

There are so many good options for renters these days (or people who just change their minds a lot). These are some of my favorite removable wallpapers. All of these papers except the last are from the Sherwin Williams EasyChange line, which has a LOT of options but a confusing website.

1. Kathy Ireland Grand Estates in Cream/Off-white
You might recognize this paper if you read Oh Happy Day! Jordan used this paper in her entryway (black colorway) a few years ago, and it is still my favorite temporary paper ever. This is top of my list for when we move next year.

2. Eco Chic in Black
This paper would look great in a recreation of this beautiful black and green living room. It's so dramatic!

3. Grasscloth in Green/Hunter
Can you believe temporary grasscloth exists? Best news of my week... except that it can be more expensive than real grasscloth! I love this green/aqua color.

4. Shand Kydd 2 in Cream/Off-white
This paper would look amazing in a powder room.

5. Edie in Spanish Moss | Tempaper
This paper is really transitional--it would look great with pretty much any style.

August 8, 2011

cushion crush: calypso suzani

I am still recovering from a busy weekend of shopping! 
I wish I had found this pretty Calypso St. Barth pillow hiding in a clearance bin somewhere. I love the texture of the hand embroidery. I think it would be perfect in a teen girl's room.

August 5, 2011

birthday wishes

My birthday is next weekend (August 14) and I'm starting the celebrations tomorrow with a much-needed shopping trip! Here are some of the pretty things I've had my eyes on.


Zebra Runner | Overstock
Cover Story Postcards | Anthropologie
Stamford Riding Boots | Corso Como
Ankle-crop Trousers | Zara

And if anyone knows where to get these Anniel ballerinas, I would be super happy!

August 3, 2011

white walls- not boring!

 There are a million shades of white (literally), but let's keep it simple: white is awesome.  I've had white walls nearly all of my life, except in high school when my mom let me paint my walls blue.  
(Trust me, plain white would have been infinitely better than the blue I chose.)


I like white walls because they are serene, which is a quality of chief importance in my book.



I also like white walls because they help colors pop-- I don't think you could say these rooms are boring!


 
White walls are also an excellent background for textures--they're simple and let the textures do the talking. I love this quality especially.
 



White? Me gusta.

August 2, 2011

vintage scarf art

I love this simple art piece (found on Pinterest, of course!). It looks like a painting, but it's actually a vintage scarf. Genius!

The frame would be easy enough to find at a vintage shop. Another option would be to gold leaf the edges of my favorite IKEA Ribba Frame, then maybe distress the gold a little.

If you don't have a nice heirloom scarf, eBay has quite a few options for scarves--and of course they change all the time, so you never know what you'll find. Here are some of the pretty scarves on auction now: