Saturday, February 26, 2011

Trends for 2011

I ran across this article today at  I am wanting to redo our formal living room and wanting to keep up with any new trends.  I was pleasantly surprised to see a couple of these things!!

1 Do use pattern in your home and use it often. Pattern is the antithesis of stuffy and boring - use it to enliven and invigorate your space.

2 Do mix colour and pattern together. "This creates a unique and individual look. Long gone are the bland 'hotel' generic looks of the last decade," says Lisa Nicholl, CEO of inVU Drapery Co.

3 Do layer different patterns. "Mix as many as you like, keeping in mind that varying scale is the key. Patterns like animal skins and geometrics are considered neutral to stripes and florals," says Lisa.

4 Do use wallpaper. If you haven't used wallpaper already, 2011 is the time to try.

5 Do use a patterned rug. Graphic floor coverings are so modern and fresh.

6 Do use brass. It is a metal that is making a big comeback. "Polished, antiqued, hammered - you name it, we're doing it," says Meredith Heron, Principal Designer of Meredith Heron Designs.

7 Do use gold. It's another metal making a strong comeback in 2011.

Do use layers upon layers. "Spaces that look like they have evolved over decades vs. styled and contrived in the moment are very 2011," says Meredith.

9 Do collect vintage. "Purchase items such as lamps, mirrors, prints and ornamental pieces to look as if they were collected or handed down, rather than purchased at a big box store all at the same time," says Lisa.

10 Do use anything patina. This worn look on metals gives items a story and history.

11 Do mix and match collectibles. "They do not necessarily all match in colour or style but somehow work harmoniously in a room because they were purchased with love and inspiration rather than desperation," says Lisa.

12 Do use vintage chairs. "Get rid of your faux leather brown Parsons dining chair and think about introducing vintage or mid-century second hand dining chairs," says Yanic Simard, Principal Designer of Toronto Interior Design Group.

13 Do up-cycle. "2011 is about re-using, recycling and up-cycling," says Yanic.

14 Do think pink. "We're doing it in a fresh way in 2011," says Meredith. Honeysuckle, Pantone's colour of the year is sweet, optimistic and lively.

15 Do be bold and individual with your colour choices.

16 Do use muted colours. Benjamin Moore's colour of the year, Vintage Wine, is deep and moody. Paired with other muted tones, it lends itself to a sophisticated, upscale palette.

17 Do use Travertine. "Popular in the '80s, travertine - to my great delight - is making a huge comeback," says Yanic. "It looks stunning, is less expensive than marble and it is a renewable material."

18 Do use geometric shaped tiles in your backsplash or bathroom. Hexagonal, herringbone or stylized floral patterns bring glamour and drama.

19 Do spend money on statement light fixtures. "They may seem expensive but you use them every day," say Juli Daoust and John Baker of the shop Mjölk. Invest in a cluster of clear glass globes or a sculptural pendant.

20 Do use coloured lampshades. Swap the classic white drum for a custom shade in an unexpected colour. Use a neon or saturated colour to add a fashion pop.

21 Do layer with lighting. "A lamp is no longer just a practical element. A lighting source can easily become a decor statement - combine various fixtures to create different moods, from lively to ambient," says Sebastien Fauteux, General Merchandising Manager for Urban Barn.

22 Do  declutterwith style. "But be sure to keep everything accessible with decorative hooks, stylish storage boxes, intricate jewelry trees and countertop organizers," says Sebastien.

23 Do reflect your personality. "Let your home be a reflection of your tastes, inspirations and aspirations. Pull your decor style from places you've traveled, your hobbies, interests or values," says Sebastien.

24 Do redefine value. "Value doesn't mean quantity. It means buying things for the home that you enjoy looking at and using," say Juli and John.

25 Do set your own course. Be individual and curate your home with inspired patience.

I am one step ahead of the gold and brass trend! With my traditional styling, my door hardware and some of my lighting is still the traditional brass.  This is the 3nd place that I have read about this trend!  Just when I was thinking I had to start to redo/replace some of it, I now have the edge!! Woohoo! Also, loving some of the geometric patterns and textures out there right now...I will follow up in another post. As far as repurposing and reusing, I have been doing that forever...It is probably what I do best...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Family Room Fix up

I purchased a new sofa and loveseat for our family room when we moved in, and then a second burnt orange leather loveseat last year for more seating options. Other than that, I used what furniture we had and for the most part many things transitioned into this home beautifully. 
This set of bookcases along with the corner unit was purchased for our home in Toledo.  It works perfectly in this spot behind our sofa.  The corner-type bookcase though, use to be in this corner by our window wall.
It worked well there, but truly needed to be at home next to it's matching bookcases.  What then would go in this corner?  A few weeks before Christmas, Home Decorator's Club was having another free shipping weekend on all purchases.  I had thought of a bombe chest, but most I liked were upwards of $800. 
This one was the cheapest I  could find for $589, but it is much smaller.
Loved this one, and same size but $989!
Loving the simplicity of this one. 
Mine was on sale for $249, and I had a "store credit" of $50 for a past purchase that was slightly damaged. So, $199, no tax, free shipping is pretty hard to beat! It was my Christmas present to myself! Although I will admit, it is not solid wood, the color, shape and size is just what I needed there.

 It took me a few weeks and after looking for a print that would work, settled on a sunburst mirror which is all the rage. 
this on is only $99 and available from Ballard Designs.
Love this one, but $470? (c'mon!)
Love the look of this one over a fireplace...
This is a DIY, but didn't want to go out trudging in the snow looking for 78 matching sticks! If you feel crafty, the directions are at:
It is only 20 inches, so not huge, but also did not come with a huge price tag like the others.  In fact, It was the cheapest I could find, but still looveee it!.  $20 from Amazon...(I think $5 for shipping) 
I found the lamp at Hobby Lobby for $13, and the marble egg at TJ Maxx for $7 on clearance.  The frame and vase are so old, I can't even remember how cheap they were  :)
The boring corner space now:

This will be an area that I will redo every month or two.  I'm sure seasonal items will be most appropriate and possibly replace the potpourri bowl.  The chest has four large wonderful storage drawers that are already filled. Just tonight I noticed that my handles are not as detailed and large as some of the other chests...hmmm, maybe I will have to look for other ones...but they have to have the same "one hole" style.
Opinions, ideas, yes or no?
What do you think?    

Friday, February 18, 2011

Long time coming....

This is not a new change.  I'm sure some of you are wondering if I change my house every day of the week.  Ha! No! I do make little changes constantly but this one took me five years to figure out, and I'm still not done!

My front foyer is a nice size and opens up to the formal dining room on the right, and the formal living room to the left.  Walking straight through is a hallway and the family room.  It has been a thorn since before we moved in.  I started by refusing to paint it any boring shade of white, so when the taupey color went on those 20 foot walls about 3 weeks before we moved in, I freaked out. So, that big 5 gallon -too dark for my foyer- paint has now been used in the basement, garage and anywhere else I really didn't care too much about. But, the painters were there and so were the scaffoldings so I didn't have time to rethink it a million times.  Antique White is now on my walls in the foyer, going up the steps, and the hallways.  I like it. I don't love it, but I have not come up with a better alternative. As many of you know, or those who have been in my home realize, I am not afraid of color. At all! So, a little bland antique white is good for the soul sometimes.

Ok, back to the story. I could not figure out for the life of me what to do in that foyer.
The given is the grandfather clock.  So, for five years I had a ficus tree in the foyer. Period. Yuckk!!  I would sit on the floor and think.  Maybe a cherry secretary with a pull down desk...maybe a curio...maybe a table with a large vase of flowers.  Nothing really worked for me. It was a narrow wall space and not an easy fix.
About this time last year, while scouring Home Decorator's Club online, I came upon an etagare in black iron.  Hmmm, that would match my wrought iron on my steps/banister. The sizing was perfect.  There were glass shelves for me to put more "stuff" on and it was only $89 and that weekend, free shipping.  When you can get any kind of furniture shipped free, you don't think twice.
 So, then I started looking for a bench.  It had to be tiny. I thought I had found the right one at Hobby Lobby, brought it home and  promptly put it back in the trunk.  Nope, not the one.  So, when I was returning it, I found a new arrival.  A black iron, small leather seated bench.  $79.
 PERFECT! Loved the curves and simplicity but, they had only gotten one in and one of the handles had a small crack in the wood. 
The Manager promptly took of $20.  Hurray!  Turned the handle over and never looked back....Looks awesome!  It took a few more months and I found some great black candlesticks and pulled out a golden iridescent vase that I had forever and put in some golden-green big bloomed flowers behind the candlesticks I got for a steal.
One thing I love to do is keep the tag on (if I can, and if it doesn't show) to remind myself how much I paid for something.
So fun to see how good of deals I get!!
So, the mostly-finished foyer:
I had seen in a home show a great quote above a front door and decided to replicate it. if you believe it!!
Love the black contrast to the Antique white walls, love the font, love the quote!  It is Vinyl, which is not easy to put up, (especially above your head) but sooo worth it!
           And now the one little area that I'm not happy with...
It is to the right of the front door.  I bought this small chest unfinished and painted it with an antiquey-greenish finish that matched the decor in the living and dining room.  My Mom bought me the mirror and I switch out what I have sitting on top, but the piece is just not right yet.  It is too small for the space, so I'm always looking for a better fit.  That's the fun of it...if it were always perfect, what would I have left to do?
Oh yes, a little whimsy always gets a smile...   

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A little bit of Spring

Even though it is windy, the thermometer on the patio says 60 degrees.  The white out in our backyard is almost all gone, and I'm not even complaining that there is a bunch of brown soggy grass everywhere!

So, in keeping with the weather, I redid the top of my dresser in my master bedroom with a touch of Spring.  Again, another small change. Before:
I took about 25 shots trying to avoid the mirrors and the glare (and me!)  Very difficult.  So, I apologize for not the best view, but basically I had some greenery, two brass candleholders, an ivory box and a few bottles of perfume.  Again, it has looked that way for 6 years. 

I think it is very difficult to really see how beautiful and airy the arrangement is, so I took a few picture of it in another room. 
Again, these two stems were from the Dollar Store. The vase was in the back of my vase cupboard.  I purchased it for $1 a few years ago. I think the key is the unique shape of the vase. It is not your cookie-cutter floral shop vase. Very tall, (18") slender and curvy. 

Whenever I walk in our room now, I can't help but to smile.  Such a small change has made such a big difference. Our bedroom is painted a darker green with a suede texture(and even though I love it), this adds some lightness and airyness to the room.  Less cluttered, fresh and very Springlike! 

Here we go....

A couple of years ago I didn't know what a blog was. Then, I became interested and kind of started one out for me. The Fab Five grew and now I'm on my second! Who would have thought? Well, one passion of mine is writing. So, if someone wants to read, I will write!