Monday, August 29, 2011

How to Style Your Shelves

Shelf styling is something I always work on... for me, it takes some time with editing. I have to look at it, walk away, come back to look again... it's a process for me. I think that beautiful shelf styling is an art and a beautiful way to express your personal style. There are so many ways to style shelves: the main focus can be for organization, or just a place to display treasures and finds. Here are some inspiring ways to style shelves, all via Pinterest.

I love the detail added to the last image- painting the back of the shelves a different color is a great way to add more style to the space and help to bring in an accessory color. It also allows the items on the shelves to pop against the different color. I also love the idea of adding a mirror or artwork somewhere on or inside the shelves. It's a creative way to add some different elements to the mix! I have also loved using the shelf space for extra pillows. There are so many gorgeous pillow fabrics out there that look like a piece of art. Why not display them where all can see! And here is my interpretation of shelf styling- these shelves are in our guest room. After some editing, here is where we are now-

What do you like to add to your shelves?

Friday, August 26, 2011

Why This Works

Happy Friday and welcome to the series Why This Works... where I highlight a designed space and talk about why (I think) it's perfection. This living room comes to you from House Beautiful and is designed by Annie Selke.

Image via Houe Beautiful. Designed by Annie Selke.

This room is part of a vacation home, so Annie wanted to give them a relaxed feel and oversized tables for recreation and games. The color palette of blues, greens and pale yellows are a perfect combination when thinking about a vacation home. The serene, casual backdrop is fun paired with its colorful use of pattern. The circular shapes in the game tables are repeated in the glass accessories and lamp shade. Even the curve details of the window casings reflect and add to all of the wonderful shapes in the space. The solid color sofa is casual and practical with its slipcovers and works well with the patterns in the drapery and pillows. The space feels warm and inviting with the stacks of books and greenery on the oversized coffee table. Overall, this space works beautifully for a vacation home! I'm ready to hit the beach!    

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Entertaining In Style

With my good friend's wedding coming up, I have parties and entertaining on the brain! I love the thoughtful, fun details that can go into a party, making it a memorable experience for all who attend. Her bridal shower was one of the most creative, beautiful parties I have ever been to. The family of the bride put so much thought and care into the handmade details. I thought I would share some fun, colorful and pretty entertaining ideas and tablescapes with you today. Enjoy!

All images via Rue

I love that desserts and treats look more like art when they are fun and colorful. The bold, bright pattern plates also make the desserts look that much more inviting. I definitely have to try the idea of wrapping veggies and treats in decorative paper. And party favors look so chic when placed inside a beautiful cloche. Pretty and fun ideas do not have to take a lot of time, and definitely do not go unnoticed!

What entertaining ideas do you love?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hello Gorgeous Foyer!

There are some interior images out there, that instantly catch my eye. It might be the wall color, floors, lighting, furniture or all of the above... this space has it all! I wish I could go on a house tour, because I bet I would also fall in love with the rest of the home.

Image via Pinterest and Decor Pad

This foyer is a jawdropper for me... it is chic, neutral, fun and oh so stylish! That gorgeous glossy black door opens up to the most amazing dark stained floors. I love the risk they took by painting the ceiling black. The shiny finish glows with the reflection from the drum shade lights. You get a glimpse into the living room and outdoor space, with the neutral, classic drapery and woven shades. The pops of orange make the space fun, modern and inviting. I am ready to move in!

What are your thoughts on this space?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Friend's Stencil Reveal!

Happy new week to everyone! I am super excited to show a beautiful stencil reveal today! A little while back, I hosted a giveaway from Olive Leaf Stencils, and the lucky winner was Anne from Hello Newman's. She decided to order the Damask Stencil No. 1, which is so beautiful. I was so happy to see her before and after photos of the amazing stencil transformation. It looks stunning and it is a perfect fit for her master bedroom.

All images via Anne's blog post here.

Thanks so much for letting me share your gorgeous reveal, Anne! It turned out amazing. Stop by and see the beautiful transformation and read about some stencil tips here.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Why This Works

Happy Friday and welcome to the series Why This Works... where I highlight a designed space and talk about why (I think) it's perfection. This cheerful living room space comes from House Beautiful and is designed by Jonathan Rosen. This space instantly brings a smile to my face, with its playful use of color and chic, whimsical furniture selections.

The natural, subtle rug and creamy white walls works great paired with the pops of pink and blue in the room's fabrics. The candlestick lamps have the same playful curves as the fun end chairs, making the space more cohesive and thoughtful. All of the white in the space, including the garden stool, curtain rods and walls allows the color in the accessories and fabrics to really shine! I love the way the designer decided to use the same fabric, but in two different colors, bringing the whole look together. The large traditional style coffee table and sofa looks more modern with all of the bright colors and fabrics in the space. Overall, this space works!  

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Steal of a Deal!

I have spoken a lot about one of my current projects- making changes to our guest room! I have so many ideas in my head and have even begun some projects in the space. I have been on the hunt for a new table lamp and finally found one! I have been looking at this lamp for a while, but thought I could find a better deal. Well, sometimes it pays to look again- it went on an amazing sale! I bought this lamp base on clearance for only $14.99!! WHAT! And the shade was also a clearance find for $6.00. A new lamp for about $21.00 works for me.

This lamp was from Target- I love that store! Now, I want to add some decorative trim to the top and bottom of the lamp shade for added interest and to tie in an accessory color. Also on the list, is to replace the lovely Valerie Bertinelli image with an actual photo of someone I know! This green frame on the end table was a great TJ Maxx find for only $10.00, designed by Valerie Bertinelli. (I have yet to take out the original backing!) What I plan to do next in this room:
- Add trim to lamp shade.
- Organize the bedding with some new pillows.
- Paint 2 wide horizontal stripes on the bed wall in a creamy white color.
- Add more art and accessories.

Have you found a "Steal of a Deal" lately? I would love to hear about it- send me an image of your deal, and I'll include it on my blog!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Foyer Wallpaper is Up - Before and Afters Revealed!

I am so excited to write this post- the wallpaper is up! It has been a long journey, as I have been thinking about adding wallpaper to my home for the last year. I went back and forth on what to do and couldn't be happier for taking the plunge! I also love the look of stencil and thought about that for this space. But being a foyer, I thought this might be the best place to try wallpaper, as it is a heavy traffic area. My mom taught me some of her great tips, since this was my first wallpaper application! The hubby also helped as my wing man and the results are pretty good- it was actually easier than I anticipated. I will end this post with some wallpaper hanging tips, but for now, let's get to the before and afters!



The walls in the foyer were painted Powell Buff by Benjamin Moore. The color was a nice, soft neutral, but I wanted a dramatic change. The wallpaper that I chose is a large print damask and can be found here. I searched and searched and finally found a pretty great deal. I don't have anything up on the walls yet, because I want to be 100% sure about what I hang up- I'm still a little afraid to put holes in the wallpaper! I have had some ideas for the coat rack corner: while the red coat rack is practical, I am looking for a change. I was thinking of replacing it with a bench, some pillows and a large intricate mirror above the bench. What are your thoughts?? And for the large wall leading into the kitchen, I was thinking about hanging a gallery of empty frames in a glossy black finish. Those are my ideas for now.

And now for some wallpaper hanging tips:

1. I found some very helpful articles here.
2. Thoroughly read the directions that come with the wallpaper. The most important one was to alternate rolls when hanging the panels. Let's say you have 2 rolls you are working with: the best way to save on pattern repeat and paper is to use roll 1, then 2. I would go back and forth that way, and it was amazing how much paper I saved. This damask print had a 20 1/2 inch repeat, which could lead to a lot of waste when you are matching up the pattern for your next panel.
3. Before placing your paper in the water, clearly mark which end is the top. I would use a pencil and write "top" on the back. This way, you know you won't forget!

There we have it! Check back soon, to see how the accessories are placed. Do you have any ideas for what to hang on the walls?

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Choosing Fabrics for Your Space

Fabric selection for a room can be tricky... there are so many amazing fabrics out there to choose from, that the task can appear daunting! What I like to do is choose a fabric that has all of the colors in the space, to help tie the room together. Tieing your room's colors together with fabric allows for the space to have an array of color choices, while also incorporating hues from other rooms, bring multiple spaces together. I recently wrapped up a dining room e-design project, where we went through the process of choosing from multiple fabric selections. I presented the selections to the client with this board:

All of these fabrics can be found here. The client ended up choosing the whimsical bird fabric on the top middle row. It was also my favorite on the board. It's a Waverly fabric, and we are using it to cover a canvas for art on the wall. When I started to look for fabrics for the art, I wanted to make sure and use all of the room's colors to bring the space together. The canvas art was the client's idea, and I loved it! What I love best about e-design is the meeting of the minds and the building of the decorator/client partnership. The client lives in the space and knows it best. When the partnership works well together, we can bounce ideas off each other and design magic happens! This Waverly fabric ties all of the room's colors together, giving the space a cohesive, thoughtful look. To read more about this design and see the complete design board, go here.

Monday, August 15, 2011

I Love This Idea!

Lately, I have been on the hunt for stylish, inexpensive ways to transform my walls! I love the look of detailed moldings and adding architectural interest to a space, but wanted to do it on a budget. When I received my latest issue of Country Living in the mail, I have found the solution- I have to try this idea!!

Look at that gorgeous wall! In just one day, this room was transformed using ceiling medallions! They went to a hardware store and applied these beautiful medallions to the wall using adhesive caulk. When grouped together in a large amount, this wall instantly has architectural interest and a chic new look. It is a stylish, inexpensive solution for art and adds a dramatic touch to the space. Now, I have to find a room for this art idea! Maybe the dining room or guest room- check back soon to find out.

Later this week, I hope to share with you the progress on my damask wallpaper in the foyer and a recent find for the guest room that is chic and cheap!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Why This Works

Happy Friday and welcome to the series Why This Works... where I show a designed space and talk about why (I think) it's perfection. I was browsing my recent new addiction (pinterest) and came across a beautiful living room space that was so worthy of this series!

Image via Pinterest and Photographed by James Ransom. 

This room is a refreshing Traditional space, with a touch of modern. I love how the pops of green are sprinkled throughout the space and complimented against a subtle, creamy white backdrop. The traditional tufted ottoman in the center of the room is balanced with more modern drum lamp shades and trellis patterned pillows. The modern X benches in front of the fireplace are paired well with the more traditional lines of the seating and side tables. There is a refreshingly casual feel about the space, with the natural rug and fun arrangement of prints on the mantel. I love that the accessory color in the space is also brought into the shelves next to the fireplace. Books and everyday necessities are a great way to incorporate the pop of color in the room. The shades on the windows are also fun with their beautiful green fabric, making them a cohesive and thoughtful addition to the space. Overall, this space works!  

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Dining Room E-Design

I just recently wrapped up a dining room e-design project. This was so fun to work on, because the homeowner was amazing to work with. The client was looking for a modern, classic design with a touch of elegance. Yay- one of my favorites!! She liked using grays and blues and also loves dark wood furnishings. Here is the board I came up with:

This space will have shades of blue and gray, with pops of yellow! I tried to achieve a modern classic look with a blend of traditional and modern pieces, elegant mirrored finishes and upholstered seating. She loved the design, and I am so excited for her! My favorite elements in this space are the mirrored buffet and damask stenciled wall. The buffet is actually sold as a bedroom dresser, yet had all the right dimensions and even had soft interior lining in all of the drawers! The damask stencil will be applied to one wall and be the showstopper when you enter the room. The entire experience was great for me, because we made such a great team. It was truly fun!

If you would like to learn more about the Design Services I offer, please check out the Services page here. Design Services start at $75.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I Guess I Am Social!

It's long overdue... but I have finally joined pinterest! I know it will be addicting, just like blogging- what did I get myself into?? You can find me on pinterest by searching "sdwellings" or going directly to the link on my sidebar. I have already started to create 2 boards, and I love it! I know I will appreciate the organization of it all when I am looking for something specific. And in order to sign up for pinterest, I also signed up for twitter! On Twitter, you can find me @SDwellings - at least I think you can. Bear with me- I'm still trying to figure this all out. So, there we have it- I guess I am now social!

How about you- are you on Pinterest or Twitter? Any advice for a newbie, like myself??

Monday, August 8, 2011

Z Gallerie Love

This is one of those stores that has unique, whimsical accessories to take a space to the next level. I love searching this shop for one of a kind finds that complete the room. I just recently wrapped up a dining room e-design that I will share with you soon, and I used some Z Gallerie accessory pieces for the space. A traditonal space can be made more modern and fun with some creative accessories that you wouldn't expect.

All images via Z Gallerie.

What fun additions to your home! It's a great way to add some whimsy to a traditional space. They would all fit perfectly on a coffee table, buffet or on shelves! I used one of these accessories in my most recent e-design room! Check back soon to see which one.

Do you like to add fun and whimsical accessories to your space?

Friday, August 5, 2011

Why This Works

Happy Friday! Welcome to the series Why This Works... where I highlight a designed space and talk about why (I think) it's perfection. This dining space was designed by Ashley Putman and was seen in the spring 2010 Lonny Magazine. I love this space so much, that I put it on this blog twice in one week! I love brousing through Lonny's on line magazine- I always find so much inspiration!

This dining room is so inviting- I could stay in those comfortable wing chairs for hours! I mentioned in a previous post here that I love the color blue! There are so many gorgeous shades to this color, and this particular hue commands attention! This room will stand the test of time, with its traditional and neutral elements. The oversized, gorgeous wing chairs are made more modern with their white slipcovers and fun pillows. These traditional wing chairs are paired with more modern side chairs for an interesting, chic combination. The neutral area rug and traditional baluster leg table works well paired with the modern sideboard and chic, playful gallery wall. All of the white in the space pops even more paired with a dramatic shade of blue on the walls. The casual feel of the chadelier and fresh hydrangeas make the space feel warm and welcoming. For me, this space works!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

If My Blog Was A Room - Next Up - The Mustard Ceiling

Today is Wednesday and time for the series, If My Blog Was A Room... where I pose the challenge to think of your blog as an actual space. What would that space look like? I am so excited to have Elizabeth here today, from her design blog The Mustard Ceiling. Elizabeth has one of those amazing blogs with so much great design information, fun DIY projects, and amazing before and after photos of her gorgeous home! Here is her great blog header:

And here is what she came up with! Take it away, Elizabeth-

Hello Simple Dwellings readers! I am so excited to be here today to participate in Amber's fun series, "If My Blog Was a Room."

If my blog were a room, it would be...

Soft and neutral, with a pop of fun mustard or coral....


and of course...

a fabulous chandelier and a mustard ceiling...
Align Center

Thank you Amber for having me over today!

Thank you so much for being here, Elizabeth! The rooms you chose are gorgeous. I absolutely love the fun zebra print ottomans paired with the serene wall color and the gorgeous wall treatment in the last photo. These images definitely remind me of your blog!
Stop by and visit Elizabeth's blog today! You'll be so happy you did!

Monday, August 1, 2011

I'm Feeling Blue Today...

Don't worry- I'm not feeling sad today- I'm talking about the color blue! Depending on the shade, blue can make a room feel chic, coastal, masculine, feminine, modern or traditional- it's one of those versatile colors that I love! In large and small doses, here are some wonderful blue rooms:

Images 2 and 3 via Lonny 

Image via Cottage Living 

Image via Southern Living 

Designed by Phoebe Howard

What is your favorite shade of blue?
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