Friday, October 17, 2014

F21 Coats for Fall

F21 Coats

I went into Forever 21 yesterday with the Cat.  She wanted flannels, and I wanted to check out our new H&M.  What I could not believe was the amount of great coats Forever 21 currently has stocked throughout the store.  There each about $50-$60, so really, you could stock up and have a different coat for every day of the week!
And now, the weekend!  I am so ready for a bit of a break.  Any plans?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Inspired by Art: Sophisticated Rural

The massive online auction site invaluable.com is a great source for design inspiration.  A room inspired by a piece of their artwork is an excited idea.  I love to design but I especially love a creative challenge: I chose a piece I loved from their site and created a space around it.  Oh happy day!  

Sophisticated Rural

Sophisticated Rural by rebecca-iverson 
I chose a beautiful oil painting entitled Karouev/Dan Farm (auctioned October 21st here).  I had a difficult time choosing a favorite work of art because, let me tell you, there are so many.  I didn't choose this particular piece because it was expensive.  The starting bid is only $70 but what do I care, it's gorgeous and makes me happy to look at it.  Also, I knew it would be the starting point for one gorgeous room.  
The first element I chose to go along with my painting is the rug.  I love that the geometric design mimics the roof-lines in the painting.  I also like the high contrast and almost quilt-like design.  The painting pre-determined that the space would involve contemporary country design elements and this rug looks a bit like a quilt.  I believe a simple blue sofa is perfect on this rug and in this space.
I next envisioned grass-cloth wallpaper that would cover the bottom portion of the wall divided by a chair rail.  Above the chair rail would be painted a soft gray-blue that would be a continuation of sky from the painting.  I love the combination of the earthy and warm grass-cloth and the soft airy blue above.  Just like the painting.  
The curtain fabric is a soft tonal silk check.  I like the traditional country pattern for this space but the silk fabric is a sophisticated juxtaposition to the textural grass cloth.  Also, the soft colors help the pattern keep out of competition with the rug.  
I brought in a touch of green with the beautiful lamps.  I wanted a hit of green but not too much.  
The Chippendale chairs would face the couch and they reinforce the natural and casual theme but keep it up to date with their strong line.  Because the grass-cloth has multiple shades of brown I was able to use a few different wood tones:  The chairs and the side tables are different wood tones but they are both in the grass-cloth and the painting.  
To finish off the space, a white branchy chandelier would hang over an ottoman or coffee table.  I like that it is light in effect and wouldn't compete with the other elements, but it is still a strong statement.

I hope you love this painting and the room it inspired as much as I do! There are so many paintings over on Invaluable.com's site available here. There are literally hundreds of fantastic pieces ranging greatly in price. Let me know what you think and be sure to go bid on this painting if you are interested.

What I Want: Loft

This is an outfit that I would ideally wear in a heartbeat, if it weren't for the fact that me and turtlenecks don't do that well together. But the pants and the shoes?  Love!  And I have some just like the ones pictured, though my shoes do not have tassels.  And, sadly, I noticed the other day when I was wearing them that one of them is a little scuffed.
That's a good reason to get a new pair, right?!
I hope your week is going well.  Mine has been super busy, but good.  Last night I went to a crock pot party and made ten make ahead meals in about an hour.  I am looking forward to trying them out in the next few weeks.  I'll have to let you know how they are!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Favorite Thing: White Pumpkins

One thing about being a mom is that kids have definite ideas about how to decorate for it.  They like slightly scary things like spiders and fake blood.  I, on the other hand, prefer elegant or warm fall decorating.  Just an abundance of light colored pumpkins and beautiful greenery- thank you very much.  Luckily, I only have to do the cheesy Halloween thing for a few weeks to make the little ones happy and then it's all mine, baby!
White Pumpkin Fall Centerpiece
White pumpkins on staris Fresh Ideas for Fall Decorating
2da796903cdc526cb00b73a5fc6bf688 3 Fresh Palettes for Fall Decorating
So pretty, right!

I am thrilled today because my husband and I are playing hooky and leaving town to go shopping and visit the Getty museum.  I have needed a day like this for a long time!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Office Space Inspiration Board

Now that our garage is organized I figured it was time to sweetly ask my dear husband if he would make a frame for my cork board in my part of the office.  I wanted a stained wood frame and this is something you don't often see in a store so I knew it would have to be custom.  I love a revolving inspiration board in a work space!

I'm going back to school to get my secondary teaching credential starting at the end of this month.  I will be spending a lot of time in this space so it's a good thing I love it so much.
Have a fantastic weekend and for those of you in Canada, Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

What I Want: Shoes

I saw these shoes in the new Anthropologie catalog, and I have to say that I love them.  I love them, and I want them, and that is all!
Hope your Thursday is going well.


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