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March 21, 2013

cheap chic: peony blossom

Similar: peonies, birds, branches...
Not similar: price!

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March 19, 2013

a gallery for the sofa wall

One of my biggest decorating challenges having a giant, open wall above a sofa. Whenever I can possibly rearrange a furniture situation to avoid it, I do! But in my apartment, the sofa is in the one and only place it fits... with a big, blank wall behind it.

That wall has bugged me for 8 months! I've put up all sorts of different pieces and disliked them all. But I finally found something I like that really works for me and the space, so I thought I'd walk you through how I got there.

Here are some things I considered:

1. Amount of negative space. My sofa is giant, as long as the wall behind it. And the effect that has is to frame out the entire wall, so your eye expects the whole darn thing to be full of something.

2. Scale. A frame that looks pretty big on a store shelf can look minuscule/unimportant on a vast, empty wall above a long sofa. And a groupings of small frames can look cluttered. When in doubt, I always size up.

3. How high to hang. The "rule" is to hang art centered at 57" (gallery height). I'm not strict about that rule, but I do think people commonly hang stuff too high, and I especially notice it above sofas. I always put a guide up on the wall with tape and move things around until I'm happy with it.

I tried canvases, a Chinese screen, mirrors, and what seemed like a dozen different gallery arrangements. (My post on 20 ideas for above-the-bed art has some good ideas for what to hang.) I kept coming back to a gallery wall-- I liked how I could "fill" a big space but leave some negative space between frames. The scale is cool-- it's both big (whole arrangement) and small (frames), so I felt like it didn't overpower anything. I liked it centered at about 60".

I obviously still need to straighten the frames and put art in most of them (and let's not even talk about the color scheme I've got going on in here). I'm just happy I finally put something up on this wall!
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March 13, 2013

5 great dining tables under $500

I lost a total gem yesterday-- an oval, tapered leg, solid wood dining table at Goodwill for $25. It needed a coat of paint, but it was sturdy and the perfect size. Two seconds later, it was already being carted away to someone else's car! Dang.

Brand new dining tables are expensive... pretty ones, anyway. But I found a few that are both pretty and cheap. 
That second one might find its way home to me!

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March 12, 2013

office e-design: bayleaf lane

Has your weather been as glorious as mine? I can't stay inside!

Though... if this were my office, maybe I could. The wallpaper is Cole & Son's "Vivienne's Lace." It looks like ruffles married waves! And if you look closely, you can see "Vivienne Westwood" in script (I thought I was seeing things at first, but she designed the print). So cool.

Want to create rooms you absolutely love? Lets work together!
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March 7, 2013

violet's sweet-as-sugar nursery

Quilt Fabric: Heather Bailey

I adore this sweet nursery by Lauren Reid for her daughter, Violet. It makes me think of the saying that little girls are made of "sugar and spice and everything nice." Nearly everything in the room has meaning-- hand-me-down furniture, custom-sewn bedding, and sweet accessories gathered over time. 

Lauren picked up these prints on a trip to France. They look perfect above the crib against the polka-dot wall.

 The furniture is  a great mix of hand-me-down and IKEA.

Violet's blessing dress was hand-sewn by her grandmother using lace from Lauren's wedding dress. How sweet is that?

This design has a similar look-- white and pale pink, gold accents, and feminine fabrics.

Photo: Nicole Hill
If you love this nursery, you'll love Lauren's wedding (featured on Martha Stewart). Girl has serious style.

Thanks, Lauren!

March 5, 2013

outdoor rugs for kitchens

I'm not brave enough to put a nice wool rug in the kitchen. So while I love the look, it's not happening-- considering the egg and bowl of chocolate sauce I dropped last week, that's a good thing! Instead, I use outdoor rugs. They're made to withstand a lot, so they hold up great in kitchens (ditto entries/mudrooms).

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I've had the first rug in my kitchen for two years. It's made of recycled plastic bottles and it's basically indestructible. Admittedly, outdoor rugs aren't the nicest thing underfoot. But to me, the easy cleanup is worth it.