Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Here's to a great and spooky halloween! It's such a fun holiday... why not have fun with your pumpkin decor? Here's one of my favorite images of painted pumpkins, via pinterest:

Source: google.com via Simple on Pinterest


And here is our version of painted pumpkins, along with some other fall decor:








For the DIY tutorial on the pumpkin topiaries, go here.

Happy Halloween!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fashion Friday - Prepster Chic

Happy Weekend and welcome to Fashion Friday... where I discuss my other design love! Today's post is devoted to classic prints that are making their comeback. In magazines and in other blogs like Holly's, I have noticed some talk about traditional prints like plaids, houndstooth, checks and stripes coming back in fashion!  They are the timeless prints that look great both in fashion and interior designs. Although I think they are classics, it's still great to see them back in the design forefront! So this fashion post will be devoted to all things preppy!


Source: None via Simple on Pinterest


Source: None via Simple on Pinterest




Source: None via Simple on Pinterest


Source: None via Simple on Pinterest


Source: None via Simple on Pinterest


What are your thoughts on this style??

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Why This Works

Happy Thursday 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 is rustic, chic and appeals to my love of casual comfort!


Source: None via Simple on Pinterest


The color used in this space is the perfect amount for me- I love that the walls are a soft white, allowing beautiful accessory fabrics to take the center stage. Look at the fabric on that ottoman! It is the showstopper for me in this room! It is large in scale, which helps make the space feel more grand and serves its purpose of being both gorgeous and functional. I love seeing some pillows tucked underneath, ready to be pulled out when more guests arrive. The brown, armless occasional chairs are chic and the slight touch of gold works so well with the dramatic mirror over the fireplace. The rustic columns are stately and beautiful and work well paired against the modern seating. The overall layout of the seating makes for great conversation and gives a casual, yet balanced feel. The roll up bamboo shades on the windows gives the right amount of texture and lets the sun shine in, so you can see the beautiful view outside. The slight touches of black in the space, with the sconces, lampshades and ottoman legs grounds the room and adds a bit of glam. Overall, this space works!

What are your thoughts??

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

If My Blog Was A Room - Next Up - Recently

Happy Wednesday and welcome 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 Emily here, from her blog Recently. Emily's blog is amazing- she has finished some gorgeous DIY projects (the bookcase project is my favorite) and has become a new blog buddy! I love what she came up with for this series- I'm pretty blown away by her skills!

Here is her pretty blog header:



And here is what she came up with!

Hi everyone!  I'm Emily from Recently, and I must say, I'm incredibly happy that Amber asked me to be a part of her If My Blog Was a Room series. Not only because Amber is such a sweetheart and Simple Dwellings is one of my favorites, but also because it's been the perfect exercise to help me shape my vision and goals for my blog.
I hope each of you will enjoy what I came up with as much as I enjoyed creating it!

image via awesome space
Doesn't this room make you want to crawl in and never leave?  I could spend all day in a space like that, and I hope those who visit feel the same about my blog!

image via rue magazine
The room above is one of those "me" kind of rooms.  It's full of texture and life, but oozes comfort and warmth.  I strive for Recently to echo all of those things!

image via angie hranowsky design studio
Colorful, artistic, and unusual elements in a room always speak to me, and I love to bring those things into play on my blog.  Oh, and it's fitting that this room involves a kiddo, because you'll see a lot of those (mine to be exact) on Recently as well!

image via absolutely beautiful things
Last but not least, every room needs the final touches.  You know, those bits and pieces that bring it up a notch, making it delightful and invigorating?
It's always my hope that Recently's visitors will find those extra smidges of goodness that keep them returning over and over again.

Amber, I've loved turning Recently into a room!  Thank you so much for having me! 

Thanks so much for being here, Emily! I love what you came up with- it reminds me so much of your blog! Definitely stop by Emily's blog and stay a while!

After your visit to Emily's gorgeous blog, stop by Mandi's blog, Interior Design Musings. I'm guest posting over there today, sharing my Top 10 Favorites in Design! See you there! 

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Decision is Made...

I love the look of this traditional table paired with these cool, modern chairs! I have loved this image for so long, and now I know why! I love these modern, white chairs against a traditional table! The gorgeous wallpaper and drum shade definitely helps too! I have a kitchen table very similar to this. How cool would these chairs be with that?!?

Source: None via Simple on Pinterest


Here are some more great pictures from pinterest, where modern chairs are paired with traditional tables. Enjoy!


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Source: None via Simple on Pinterest


Source: None via Simple on Pinterest


I love this look! And also take notice that 3 out of 4 rooms had either wallpaper or stenciling on the walls! That has also been on my mind lately! I will be tackling my first stenciling project soon, so stay tuned...

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fashion Friday - Chic and Glam

Happy Weekend and welcome to Fashion Friday... where I discuss my other design love! Yesterday's post showed a gorgeous living and dining space that was fun, chic and glamorous. I wanted to bring that to you today, in the form of an outfit! I was inspired by the room's beautiful combination of glamour with fun, chic with modern... I wanted to (attempt) to create that same feeling with clothing!

Chic and Glam


With this fashion board, I wanted to pair whimsical pieces with classic and modern with elegant- to create a fun and playful outfit. The girl that wears this would fit in well with yesterday's room, because this girl is glamorous and chic, like the downtown space shown on Thursday!

Happy Weekend! Any Glam and Chic Plans??

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Why This Works

Happy Thursday 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 and dining space is chic, fun and ready for entertaining!





I love the cool shade of gray as the backdrop for the walls- it really allows the white slipcovered furniture to stand out. It's also a great wall color when incorporating pops of color for the different seasons and holidays. It's really a great jumping off point for any color and style. For this space, they chose to keep the color scheme neutral, with chic pops of white, black and touches of gold for a dramatic impact. The large gold framed mirror by the dining area is a beautiful focal point and really stands out against the neutral backdrop. The drum shade above the dining table is a nice modern touch and works well paired with the traditional seating in the space. For the living room area, I love the patterned area rug underneath the gorgeous shiny coffee table. It adds such warmth and dimension to the room. The zebra rug gives a wow factor and adds a bit of glam to all of the white seating. The coffee table has fun and practical accessories and I love the bowl with the gold on the inside- such a pretty and thoughtful touch that plays off of the mirror in the dining space. For me, this space works!

What are your thoughts on this space?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

If My Blog Was A Room - Next Up - West Pear Avenue

Happy Wednesday and welcome to 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 Holly here today, from her design blog West Pear Avenue. Holly's blog is full of gorgeous design ideas, including her own beautiful design boards. I always smile when I read the thoughtful comments she leaves on my blog. I am happy to have met her through blogging! Here is her great blog header:

And here is what she came up with. Take it away, Holly!

Hello Simple Dwellings readers! I am always so honored when asked to do a guest post, so you can imagine my excitement when Amber asked me to stop by today. I've really enjoyed following Amber's blog and always enjoy her Why This Works series. Each week when I read Amber's If My Blog Were a Room series, I always think it's so interesting how each blogger interprets their room. It's fun to daydream and imagine!


If My Blog Were a Room really got me thinking....I've only been blogging for about six months or so. West Pear Avenue was a name created and inspired by my family and my home. I like to think of it as an extension of my home and of me. A place where all are invited to stop in and hang out for a while. Perhaps a living area such as this one...


Interior Design by Massucco Warner Miller 


I love this bright, airy living area above. I would love to have a party with lots of appetizers and talk about anything and everything design. Lots of seating for all of us to sit and chit-chat.


A kitchen/dining area also comes to mind when I think of my blog as a room. A space where all are invited to congregate, eat, chat, eat some more, share conversation, and hours upon hours go by and no one looks at the clock because they're having so much fun. Who better to set the stage than Sarah Richardson...




Oh Sarah, your designs make my heart skip a beat...better yet, if I'm having all of you over then I might as well invite the guest of honor Miss Sarah herself - how fun would that be!




My blog is also a place where I like to share ideas and inspirations, and I always love learning from other bloggers and getting ideas on what inspires them. I'd love to collaborate with some of my favorite designers and blog buddies, it would be fun to design a room together. We could do some design work in here...




And then once all of our hard work is done, we could go relax and have a drink or snack here...




 This was a fun exercise to envision my blog coming to life - I hope you enjoyed it! Thank you Amber for having me over today!


Thanks so much for being here, Holly! I also love everything Sarah Richardson does! And what a great idea to have bloggers get together and collaborate in a chic office space! Oh the fun we would have!  :) Definitely stop by Holly's blog- you'll be so happy you did!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Horizontal Stripes - Before and After!!

I have been talking for a while about making some changes to our guest room. I have so many ideas in my head for this space and I am super excited to cross one job off the list! I wanted to add two horizontal stripes to the bed wall, making this the focal point in the room. The space was already painted Yarmouth Blue by Benjamin Moore. While reading Sherry's blog a while back, she added two, wide horizontal stripes to a friend's master bedroom wall and I loved the outcome. I love a quick project with big impact, so I knew I wanted to try it! I decided to use some extra trim paint we had lying around and added two creamy white stripes to the blue wall:


My wonderful husband did all of the measuring and prep work, and I came in and painted! Our ceiling in this room is about 8 ft, so the stripes measure at about 18-19 inches wide. We wanted all of the stripes (both blue and white) to measure the same width, so that is how we came up with this number. After using a level and some painter's tape, the stripes were ready to be painted! I ended up doing about 3 coats to cover the blue completely. After taking off the painter's tape, there were minimal touch ups, but no big deal! I started taking off the tape while the paint was still a bit wet, so the tape wouldn't rip off the dry paint. (It has happened to me in the past, and I learned my lesson!) So here are some before shots with the tape up:




And one with the stripes painted (only 2 coats at this point):


And a couple more afters:



I wanted the paint to completely cure and dry before putting the headboard back and the rest of the room together. The room still needs some art on the wall, throw pillows on the bed and some extra jazz in the space! Stay tuned for a completed guest room!

Oh- Simple Dwellings Interiors is finally on facebook! Check out the facebook link on my sidebar!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fashion Friday

Happy Weekend and welcome to Fashion Friday... where I discuss my other design love! As you may know, I love to be comfortable! I also think it's fun to cuddle up in a warm poncho on a cold day. So with fall already upon us, I thought it would be fun to put together a fall inspired look that I would definitely wear.

Fall Fashion

Fall Fashion by simpledwellings2

I love the colors of fall, so when I saw this orange shirt from Anthropologie, I loved it! And nothing says comfort like a pair of jeans and ballet flats! I also love a sweater poncho to bring it all together. Yesterday's post showed a fun, whimsical and casual space. I loved how liveable it was and how inviting the decor made me feel. So.... why not put together the same type of outfit!

Happy Fall Weekend!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Why This Works

Happy Thursday and welcome to the series Why This Works... where I show a designed space and talk about why (I think) it's perfection. This living and dining space comes to you from Lonny and was featured in their June/July 2010 issue. The designer of this beautiful and fun space is Bunny Williams.


via Lonny Designed by Bunny Williams

This space has a great blend of traditional and modern and brings a smile to my face! The color on the sofa is fun and whimsical and pops against the white walls. The style of the sofa is traditional, but made more modern paired with the graphic design on the coffee table. The coffee table accessories are playful and fun and add a casual warmth to the space. The end tables flanking the sofa are traditional in design and works well paired with the neutral, but modern rug. The modern detail on the outside of the rug is just enough pattern and looks great with the contemporary look of the sofa pillows. The dining area is a nice balance to the space, with its aqua lamp bases that give a nod to the sofa color. The large chandelier over the dining table is grand in scale, making this traditional piece more modern. I love the layering effect that is going on by the sideboard zone. The fabric hanging above the sideboard is broken up by some art and large, beautiful bird sculptures that almost appear to be part of the art on the wall. The scale of those pieces and the wall sconces draw your eye to that part of the room, expanding the space. Overall, this space works! 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

If My Blog Was A Room - Next Up - Interior Design Musings

Happy Wednesday and welcome to 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 Mandi here, from her blog Interior Design Musings. Her blog is full of gorgeous spaces and beautiful ideas. She balances traditional with modern so well and I absolutely love what she came up with for this post! Without further adieu, here is what Mandi came up with!

What a treat to be here today participating in Amber's series "If my blog were a room."

I've been designing interiors for several years, but this past Spring I revamped my entire blog and launched my own interior design business here in Birmingham, Alabama.  So, I put a lot of thought into my logo design, both for my blog and interior design business.  I really wanted it to reflect my sense of style.  But, you know, . . . funny thing about graphic design - just because a logo makes you think of certain things, does not mean other people will conjure up those same thoughts.  So, for Amber to think of expressing a blog in terms of a room is simply genius!  

With that, here are my thoughts on what Interior Design Musings would look like as a room . . . 

Great Architectural Details
 For a room to be really special it needs some architectural details.  I like very traditional elements which help to create a timeless room.  I adore the floating staircase, the mission style newell posts, and if you look at the wall going up the staircase you can see even more trim detail.  Architecture is a great "first layer" to any space.

This stunning room is bold, but not fussy or overdone.  The deep crown moulding, chair rail, and amazing arched windows define the space.
Traditional Elements
There would be at least one fine old casement piece in Interior Design Musing's room.  These tend to ground a space and give it a traditional foundation with a high end feel.  This chest is a stunning example.

That's the thing about an antique piece, even one can make a huge statement in a room.

Modern Flair
Every great room includes an unexpected modern element.  This is what gives you the "wow" factor when you enter the space. This modern edge can take many different forms from lighting, accessories or artwork as seen below.   

It can also be incorporated in a more subtle way - like the frame of a mirror or a special accent chair.

Pop of Color
Add a unexpected pop of color for interest (like the orange in my logo).  This can totally change the direction of a room.  Also, if this pop is included through accents pillows and small furnishings these can be easily changed out for a fresh new look.

Or pick a color you LOVE, and you will never get tired of it!

Balancing Act
I like to think that Interior Design Musings achieves the balance.  When you have enough of both, the room feels right.

The goal is to achieve the balance without making it obvious.  Notice in this space the chandelier, table base and flowers feel girly while the leather chairs, wall color and artwork feel like a men's den.  

I hope this has given you a glimpse into the window of my blog's room.  It was so much fun dreaming about this!  Please come see me over at Interior Design Musings.  Thank you, Amber!  M.


Thanks so much for being here today, Mandi! I love the way you showed rooms that are traditional, but with a modern twist. I also love a space that has a pop of orange- it's a great color! Definitely stop by Mandi's blog... you'll be so happy you did!
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