Saturday, December 29, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
If you want this look in your home, you can spend $400+ on a vintage one or you can get a similar look for less with Pottery Barn's Found Woven Wine Bottles which run from $179 to $279.
1 Begin with an object that you love (You're likely to have success and be happy with the result when you start off with an item that brings you joy). Simply build around that item by choosing other accessories that are inspired by or complementary to it.2 Group collections together rather than scattering individual objects around the room. This gives your collection more visual presedence and makes your room appear less cluttered.
3 Consider placement. Use symmetry in formal rooms. For example, placing matching items on the ends of your mantle. If your home has an informal design, go asymmetrical with your accessory placement.
4 Keep in mind, when grouping multiple objects together to vary the size and height and also, to use odd numbers in the grouping. Doing so adds visual interest to your design.
5 Do not over accessorize! Clutter kills the appealing quality of good design.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Painting the ceiling blue is a gesture of traditional Southern style. There are many stories as to why homeowners, in the south, painted porch ceilings blue. One being a Carolina low country legend. The pale blue paint wards off spirits of the dead, called Haints, whiich cannot cross water. therefore, "haint Blue" was applied to surfaces like porch ceilings, shutters, doors and window trims. It is also believed that the pale blue keeps away pesky insects by tricking them to believe it's the sky and therefore thinking they cannot build their nests there. Actually, the reason was that blue paint, during the time, contained lye, a known bug repellent. One more possible thought was that blue brings good luck. Whatever the reason, two things are for sure about a Haint blue porch ceiling; it reminds you of the summer sky and is cheerful to look at.
|bhg.com (Better Homes and Garden)|
Friday, May 25, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Whether you like it or not, wallpaper is here to stay!
- Large scale prints can overwhelm in a small room - hints: use a bold print in a subtle tone or papering one wall (the wall behind your bed for example).
- Small scale prints tend to get lost in large rooms.
- Stripes on a wall can help to make the ceiling look higher.
- Coordinate your room by choosing colors found in the wallpaper. A good idea is to limit it to two or three colors and use throughout the room repeatedly in fabrics, trims and painted wood furniture (if using archival/historic reproduction papers, refer to heritage paint collections to match the tones).
- If you are papering just one wall, match the paint on the other walls to the wallpaper’s background color for a seamless finish.
- Use the reflective nature of metalic or pearlised finished wallpaper to brighten up a room that doesn't get much sunlight.
- Sea grass/grasscloth papers add warmth and texture!
Finally, purchasing wallpaper can be daunting with all the choices out there and since it's an investment with the cost ranging from approximately $50 to $500 (plus) a roll, I recommend hiring a decorator to help choose the best paper for your home and to hire a professional installer. Your installer will be able to prepare the walls correctly, for the type of paper being used and match the patterns for a seamless look.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
|This is Cooper|
|and this is Astro|
|picture frames from a Tiffany themed sweet 16 I organized earlier that year|
|my burlap and white cotton tree skirt|
|I pleated my own knife pleat trim|
|and added loops and buttons to close|
|My skirt was inspired by this stocking I made which I got the idea from HERE!|
|supplies: glue gun and glue sticks, photos, frames and ribbon|
|I intertwined burlap and b/w gingham ribbons as garland aroundI the tree|
and will be adding red berries or flowers for a nice pop of color.
(I didn't realize Astro was trying to lay under the skirt in the back of the tree when I took this picture!)
|even my presents match!|
Friday, August 5, 2011
The history of limoncello twists through a series of tales and legends primarily on the Amalfi Coastline area (Capri, Sorrento and Amalfi). This citrus spirit is now considered the national drink of Italy and has found popularity here in the states.
Before I begin, I need to purchase a lem
on zester. I’m thinking this tool would be faster and easier then grating 10 to 15 lemons while trying not to get any of the pith. A great place for kitchen utensils such as this is Bowery Kitchen Supply.
So come on…
Today I am taking you on a field trip to one of my favorite places I frequent here in the city called the Chelsea Market. It can be found on 9th Avenue between 15th and 16th Street on the ground floor of what used to be the old National Biscuit Company building. Hints of the building’s industrial past are sprinkled throughout your walk down the long corridor, like powdered sugar on a modern day confection. THE AESTHETIC RECIPE OF THE CHELSEA MARKET is a visceral feast of neglected ductwork, old signboards, the original train shed, and other historic ingredients melding its flavors along with modern zests, such as a makeshift waterfall and lighted floor. As you walk your way down the arcade of food shops and restaurants building up a strong appetite from the delicious aromas taunting your nose, toward the end, there is where you will find Bowery Kitchen Supply.
I know that this blog entry had nothing to do with décor but I thought I’d share it anyway. Just think, after a shot of limoncello, I bet your home will look prettier to you! If not, call!!! :)
Dennis DelBene's Iphone
When the batch is done, I will add a picture to the blog.
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