By this time and with all the inspiration board writing I’ve made; some might be wondering where my inspiration board is. It may come as a surprise but, up until today, I did not have any. Don’t let your jaw drop to the floor just yet because today I’ll show you “the-making-of-my-very-simple-board”. The best part is that this board has a view!
|Top right, down: Candice Olson for Benjamin Moore wall paints ; lamp from Lighting Showplace; a similar garden stool can be found in HomeGoods; the patterns ideas were found on Google and the apothecary jars can also be found in HomeGoods|
Feb 27, 2012
Apparently the 80’s are back an not just in fashion, but also in the interiors. Neon splashes of color have been showing here and there. You can now find a beautiful kitchen but instead of its regular contemporary metal or wood chairs, the pink neon ones. Before, if you wanted to get notice in your neighborhood you painted the front door red; now, paint it neon green.
Feb 26, 2012
Recently it was brought to my attention a new meeting spot for all of us home and DIY bloggers. Apartment Therapy is the sponsor of The Homies 2012 were a lot of talented and well designed blogs are inline. Since this was an opportunity to get to know other bloggers and their work, I decided to nominate mine. Let me tell you that if you have not visited them yet, now is the time. At The Homies 2012 you’ll find lots of fellow bloggers divided by categories. Some you already might know, other don’t. But that’s the thing, to find new blogs that might inspire you.
Feb 24, 2012
|In a more muted tone, this space is all about textures. I can almost feel the wood grain on the door and how this surface is repeated on the cornice on top of the shower. The walls and the vanity resemble the soft pale skin of the shell dish.|
|1. Antique bathroom with a woodsy feeling. 2. Loving the use of wood on the wall. Perfect combination with the tin bathtub.|
|Bring nature inside. It doesn’t have to be a tree. With just some simple air plants, succulents or even the so popular Sansevieria trifasciata better known as Snake plant; the room will acquired a more relax eco-friendly look.|
Feb 20, 2012
There are times in life when you have to decide between durability or something beautiful. When it comes to kids furniture, you don’t always have the luck of combining both qualities. But not anymore. The Baltus Collection is now available in the U.S.A. (with showrooms in Miami, LA, Chicago, Dallas and soon NYC) and they have a beautiful Kids line with bright and vibrant fun colors.
Feb 17, 2012
If you want to relax this weekend and spend some time mentally traveling, here are some great books that will inspire you. I simply love these books because, when ever I’m in need of some muse, I can find it in here. They are all from Taschen but can also find them at Amazon.
1. Image courtesy of House Beautiful 2. Créme de Menthe 16-5919 Pantone 3. “The bright color helps bounce the light around” James Aman; color Tasty Apple 416 Benjamin Moore, image from House Beautiful 4. “This green is striking, and has enough presence to glue together all three floors of this 1800s Greenwich Village town house” Steven Gambrel, image from House Beautiful 5. “[Green is] grateful to the eye” George Washington; color Small Dining Room Green MV3 from Fine Paints of Europe, image from House Beautiful
The Spring edition of House Beautiful is all about the green color. The March issue gives readers dozens of easy ways to bring the hue into their homes. From decorators’ favorite shades to fantastic rooms that will make you green with envy, the magazine shows readers why they should be keen for green.
“As the pages of our March issue attest, there is an astonishing spectrum in green, from citrus to aquamarine,” says House Beautiful Editor in Chief Newell Turner. “Green has many moods—romantic, happy, calming, mysterious—and there is no other color more natural. Before spring arrives, I find myself starved for color, especially all the greens. Who isn’t amazed when trees explode in every shade imaginable?”.
Feb 16, 2012
A little while ago I asked my readers and friends to post some inspiration photos of spaces, decorative accessories or anything that inspired them. Here is my board using my good friend’s photos. They certainly have the best taste in the world! Please visit them at their websites and as always, send my love. Enjoy!
1. Bodie and Fou: Their website is mesmerizing. Their modern and unique style in home accessories and gifts is exquisite. They also have a blog with beautiful photos. In this picture is their newest Black Ball chair with an eco-friendly design.
2. Me and Alice: From Sweden, freelance stylist and writer Susanne shares photos from her home. Her style is modern and industrial yet very charming. The picture above is from her own kitchen were you can see how she mixes old and stylish accessories.
4. Happy Interior Blog: Say hello to Igor the young and handsome creator of this blog. His colorful place will make you want to travel the world with his section “From Place to Space”. In this picture from his blog (via Yatzer) he took us to Athens, Greece for an out of this world interior design experience.
5. Live, Love, DIY: On a mission to transform her 1970’s new space, Virginia has embarked herself in to making this house, her home. Here is a small sample of her D.I.Y. home office. Take a peek at what she’s been doing all around her house. She’s got a great taste and a lovely personality.
Feb 14, 2012
While daydreaming about my family’s next vacation, I ended up in Greece. I’ve never been there physically, but mentally I can say I have lots of “frequent flyer” perks. Never the less, I know one day I’ll travel there to see one of the most ancient, intriguing and fascinating spots on the planet. Who wouldn’t want to stay in one of those beautiful bay-side hotels all white inside and out, while gazing the sunset over the best blue horizon. I’m in!!!
Now that I came back from my imaginary travel, I realize I can bring part or Greece to my family room. Maybe adding some Greek Key pattern to my cream curtains will make me feel like a goddess.
Here are some great examples on how to incorporate this theme in an interior space. Notice the little Greek details. Even Zeus would be jealous of these spaces.
For this project I used some Ikea curtain panels that are made of a sturdy jean-like fabric which makes them perfect for painting. With my ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape on hand, I started to make the Greek key pattern.
What I masked was the part that I did not want to have color on. Using a long strip of tape, I marked where the pattern will begin. After finishing with the design, I took that guide out. Because I did not want a drastic look on my curtains, the color used on them was regular flat wall paint in a light color (Behr Dolphin Fin… yes… again!). Using a sponge brush on the first curtain, I notice it was a little bit slow and difficult to handle. So, for the second curtain panel I used a small paint roller. It leaves an even trace on the fabric and glides better. To help settle the paint when it was completely dry, I iron each panel. This will help the color to last longer on the fabric when they are put on the machine.
I believe that, although my design isn’t perfectly squared as the Greek keys, it adds a lot of personality to my curtains. Even my little one liked them! Have you tried painting your curtains or any fabric lately? If so, share it here. I would really love to see your work.
I would like to send a BIG THANKS to ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape for sending me their wonderful product for reviewing it. I certainly had a blast with these projects I’ve been doing.
Lately everywhere I go, stores are fill with new merchandise for Spring. Color is all over the places and it seems that gardening is the main topic. Since I live in an apartment and the only plants I take care of are two succulents and one orchid; I can not fill my living space with garden stuff. Or can I?
Feb 11, 2012
Never have I understood so much about interior design and handmade anything until I started blogging. I already new that the Internet was filled with tons of information but, to find the one that lifts you off your feet and makes you want to daydream; is a total revelation. Today I’m sharing with you some of my favorite websites. There are a lot more, these are just an small example in my huge list. Make sure to visit them and mingle a little. Tell them I send my love!
Feb 9, 2012
I have a big obsession with mirrors. Maybe it came from my Marie Antoinette narcissism years or the fact that I love the instant clarity they can provide to a room. Whatever the reason for my infatuation, the truth is that if it was for me, I would have mirrors everywhere just like in my dear Versailles Palace.
Feb 8, 2012
It is everywhere lately. You can find it on purses, pants, shoes, toss pillows…and now it is on my wall. I’m talking about Chevron lines or patterns. If you haven’t stumble upon it, now is your opportunity to admire this new design trend. Read on to see some nice examples and my how to.
Feb 7, 2012
My oldest daughter has this thing that she inherits from her father. For me it is a day to day constant struggle because it is not easy to deal with forgetfulness. Don’t get me wrong I love her from here to the moon and back. So much is my love for her and her sister that I came out with this easy D.I.Y. of a mirror chalkboard post-it!!! A W-H-A-T???
Feb 3, 2012
The other night, while on my part-time job as a blog spy, I discover the epiphany of color and design. My sighting was made on the April and May Studios Blog, more especifically on her post “Hello Sunshine”. In it she presented several beautiful photos that highlighted the color yellow. But the one with the wicker yellow chair, won my heart.
Feb 2, 2012
I’m always looking for ways to entertain myself, whether doing a new project or figuring out how to change once again my “quasi” entryway. Recently while flipping the pages of the latest Elle Magazine a picture attract my attention. More than the picture, what made me stop and stare was a beautiful lamp.