Hand wall scones on either side of the fireplace
Or more traditional glamour scones
A book I should buy
An interior decoration I should educate myself more on - the art deco lines are incredible and a stained glass fireplace screen? WOW
Bar Stools worthy of making a bar for - one for outside, and one for inside - and FOUND by the way since these are the ones I was dying over in Quebec - post here
Another picture to remind me that not finding a spot to hang a swing in my house is NOT an option
Small, but nice holiday weekend. After a year of Nate saying that he wanted to get out of Dodge for Thanksgiving, he decided the week before that he wanted Captain to have a tradition.
First up was Friendsgiving Sunday, where our dinner club committed themselves to coming together, toddlers, newborns, and all, to celebrate and give thanks.
Alatheia's beautiful bounty table
The babes and Charlie Brown
A beautifully set table
Thanksgiving Day...starting with a creative streak to make a pom pom garland while the turkey is received its traditional herb and bacon prep
Outside cocktails - since we live in Southern California and it was 80 degrees!
The gorgeous weekend got us out of the house on Friday and into Laguna Beach to check out the Sawdust Winter Fest to shop, eat, and see Santa
Hope everyone had a beautiful Thanksgiving
Now...on to Christmas
I love ther personality a well merchandised bookshelf can give a room. I haven't paid a ton of attention to the bookshelf in my office, even though it's a large focal point; partially because I have had other things to do, and partially because the knick-knacks and items that make a bookshelf so fun and interesting can't just be bought up in one shopping spree.
So I decided to take a few hours out of my day yesterday and do a quick re-merch, with things I have that mean a lot. It itsn't exactly 100% done, but it's well on its way.
I still have my books in color-scheme order, but they are more spread out, creating different bounce points for the eye. I have a shelf dedicated to Captain's art, bubbles, and markers. The middle row has a little collage of our wedding cake toppers, a shell, and Captain's first portrait from Disneyland. And I like having my old macbook tilted up, on display - I just can't part with thte black macbook laptop, so not it's an art piece.
More tears...really burning up the scanner function - all inspiration courtesy of past issues of Domino Magazine
1) Beautiful inside-out living space. It's outside but at first glance looks like a living room
2) WOW. Pure example of elegance in a backyard. It's like a sculpture. Your gardner might fire you, but WOW
3) Stunning, and a beautiful idea of zero scape. No grass, just pots of plants and dirt paths. As I keep going back to zero scape, I'm grateful for stumbling on this tear. It has sparked 1000 more ideas in my brain
4) This really only works in certain yards but I love the color between the brick and the pool.
5) These fireplaces!!!! Or any for that matter - no yard is complete without some place to be social with open flame around you
Bathroom tears from my mad dash of scanning to have all my ideas housed in one place. These are all from past issues of Domino Magazine.
1) An easy all white bathroom with some vintage Navajo rugs and wainscotting
2) I have always known that any bathroom looks good with subway tile, but I love these classic small circular tiles - gives it more of a vintage feel and you can do it floor to wall
3) The copper tub IS gorgeous, but the reason I tore this particular page out was because I loved how they used a family photo as a large scale decoration piece. And it made me realize that I love these type of impromptu photos much more than posed perfect family shots
More scanning. More old issues of Domino chock full of amazing ideas.
1) I've always loved all black room. Whether it's a bathroom, or a bedroom, I'm determined to do it somehwhere
2) This room is so well put together. I love it
3) In my early 20s I was all about mid-century modern: clean lines and stark white walls. This magazine began my fascination with wallpaper.
4) Carpet is more than just berber or pile. And even if with a dog, a husband, and a two-year old, carpet this nice should probably NOT be installed, I could get creative with custom rugs
5) Wall trim. This picture made me determined to put it somewhere when I got a house.
6) If you just had a great room (or could re-interpert this outside)
7) I keep trying to put chairs on either side of the couch, but so far everything I have done has closed off the space. My last shot is taking my chairs from the office and trying them - I think they'll work. I can't get the idea out of my head, espeically when I see shots like this
8) Textured walls with frames. Gave me the courage to hang my Mark Ryden in my newly wallpapered dining room
9) I don't know if I'll ever use it, but this image has always inspired me to do this paint mix
10) Characters in front of the fireplace?! WHAT?! And YES
11) This bar puts my bar to shame. And makes me want to copy it
12) Painted wood floors.
I am cleaning house and utilizing my scanner, deciding that my years of ripping out home magazines and tucking them away in college-lined notebooks was nostalgic to keep, bringing back memories of myself in my studio apartment, dreaming of the day when I could get my hands dirty; but it also hides these ideas I've culminated, the inspiration that I am looking for as I save away money and do hot laps around the house wondering what to do when I have the moolah to spend.
So here are some old kitchen inspo tears, undusted and ready to be archived:
1) This old tile article from Domino, suggesting using faux tiles to create textures or patterns
2) This larger than life butcher block with gobs of storage
3) This chef designed kitchen of the year from House Beautiful - why WOULDN'T I want to steal all these ideas - the organization of the drawers along are genius
When you don't have money to re-build your house from scratch, you get creative. So I started thinking about the kitchen and realizing that I don't have to wait until we do a full blown remodel to update the appliances, and with some new paint/hardware/countertops, we could put some lipstick on our sweet sweet pig.
Remodelista posted a few ideas a few days ago that I wanted to steal:
1) How kick ass is this beautiful polished pot rail?! So beautiful.
2) Another idea for pot rails - I just like how creative you can get with it - you could hang towels, spoons, whisks, pots, recipes (using clips) - ANYTHING!
3) I am a sucker for a good kitchen island. I don't necessarily have room for it, but I still like having this in my "desire file"
Overall, it got me thinking that I don't need to re-create the wheel all the time - and in fact, getting creative by giving myself boundaries tends to be more fun than thinking you have to have a clean slate to make it yours.