Monday, September 16, 2013
Vintage shutters, such as this wonderful shutter in Rome, bring to a bedroom a romantic flare that adds both texture and scale. Vintage shutters add interest when used behind a bed, either as a headboard or screen panels. The repetition of wooden slats creates linear visual interest where an otherwise smooth, bland wall space is often seen. Shutters also add implied structure and mystery: is there a door or window behind them?
The use of shutters as a folding panel is seen in Sandy's guest room where soft blues and greens create a country feeling. She has positioned the bed at an angle from the two walls, creating visual space and a casual air to the setting. Not to compete with the wonderful antique bed frame, these shutters are painted the same celedon green as the walls. She uses white linens with indigo prints throughout the room, along with a Victorian accent chair upholstered in blue and white ticking (this repeats the linear motif).
I have a Pinterest board on "Shutters" that explores this idea further. Drop by to see what ideas I have found lately, you may find something you like.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
In researching a bathroom remodel, I found some vintage home magazines from the mid-1920's that show in great detail how well planned and decorative bathrooms had become by that time. I am planning a facelift for the bathroom in my century old bungalow, and while the 1920's were more modern, there are so many ideas in these photos that could work in my small cottage. The sink with twin mirrors flanking the vanity mirror has nice fixtures along with details that we can use as inspiration today in our own homes.
This wall elevation reveals typical tile layouts that were used in homes during that time, and may be good for current projects in homes of this age, or where a 'vintage' bathroom look is wanted. The illustration also shows us wall sconces, an ornate vanity mirror, and pedestal sink.
A full bathroom that has both shower and bath was also growing in popularity at that time. These double sets are still found in homes from the 1920's and 30's. The novelty of the built-in shower was balanced by the practical use of a bathtub alcove.
While current home decor trends lean towards the use of marble or granite in bathrooms, the tradition of tile has a strong appeal in the older home. There are so many decorative options with tile that are often forgotten today, and its nice to be reminded of how glamorous vintage bathrooms can be.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013
Maps as art or wall murals at home is a trend I can really get behind. I love seeing big maps hung alone or with other artwork. To me, it's one of the most interesting looks today in wall treatments. While an original vintage map is a treasure to find, large scale maps are also available as murals. This means there is a huge variety of styles, colors and scale available for interiors.
This wonderful wall uses a vintage map enlarged now in mural format. It serves to accent the strong lines in the furnishings, while providing texture and visual interest not found in a plain wall.
Colorful maps can pull together a color scheme and unify the room as well.
I have been filling one of my pinterest folders with wall maps and murals, HERE, It's got the start of some great ideas for walls that might seem too big, too blank or too boring.
Put a map on the ceiling (I grew up with a family that had a huge world map on their kitchen ceiling)
Wrap a map mural around the walls of a tiny bathroom.
Cover an ugly floor with a big map, seal it with clear acrylic.
Collect lots of maps and collage them on a wall.
Image credits: #1 House to Home
#2 photographer Joakim Blockström
#3, #4 World Map
#5 House to Home
Sunday, July 14, 2013
The vintage look we associate as "French" can be difficult to locate in a big city like Paris, but tucked away on a neighborhood street is La Croix et la Manière, where linen fabric, embroidery suppies and other sewing related items are sold in a shop that seems to have come from another era.
Simple linen tea towels, fabric lengths and trims are rolled and tied in red and white string. Scissors hand along the wall. Little linen bags are laid out for viewing. Supplies are set into old tin tubs. It has so much charm and atmosphere that we can't help but buy some gorgeous linen to take back home. Before you leave this neighborhood, walk across the street to the red painted shop, Sensitive et Fils, 31 Rue Faidherbe Paris. It has wonderful Asian accessories and fashions, packed into a tiny shop space.
Where: 36 Rue Faidherbe, 75011 Paris, France
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 7pm (12:00 - 19:00)
How to get there: Both the #9 'Olive' and #8 'Lavender' lines have stops within walking distance.
#8 'Lavender': Faidherbe-Chaligny stop. Walk up Rue Faidherbe, shop will be on the left side of the street.
#9 'Olive': There are three stops within walking distance:
Charonne (closest station): on Bd. Voltaire, walk 1 blk south to Rue de Charonne, turn right walk to Rue Faidhebe, turn left, it’s in this block on your left.
Rue des Boulets, walk N on Bd. Voltaire to little street on the left: Rue Chanzy, at Rue Faidherbe, it is on the right in that block.
Voltaire, walk south to Rue de Charonne where Rue Faidherbe starts.
If you want to know more about shopping for fabric in Paris, read my other blog post on the "Fabric Alley" district of Paris.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
When using colored pots in the garden, it can become complicated and busy. Using the pot glaze color to enhance the garden is what these great colored containers should be all about.
Here sunny deep red geraniums are in perfect contrast to their bright sky blue pots. These have been placed to alternate between unglazed clay pots with tiny trimmed hedges. Repetion is a great way to use color in the garden without becoming overwhelmed by the pot glaze.
The turquoise pot in this Pacific north west garden is set into a corner of a brick pathway. It accents the pink roses that spill over it so well. With a blue that brings out the best in the pastel florals, this color fits into the overall natural planting theme of the garden.
For a look that works best, the trick is to keep the variety of pot colors limited and setting them into plantings where their color brings together the natural garden florals and greenery.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
It's not often we see a home so filled with personality and creative collecting as this sunny yellow coastal cottage. Sue's home is tucked away in a beach canyon inland from the coast in southern California. She has designed this charming home with her favorite things collected over the years in a consistent aesthetic that focuses on unique finds. Her antique furniture gives this home warmth and subtle textures. It's a casual and relaxed setting, filled with sunlight and views of the garden.
Works of art, paintings and interesting textiles create still life settings and small-place focal points. She works with warm white, soft yellow and French blues, in toiles, woven stripes and plaids, china and crockery. Well polished wood is the counterpoint to these country colors and designs.
The bedrooms are filled with soft colors and textures, creating welcome retreats for the guests that arrive. Even unannounced visitors find that she has inviting rooms waiting for a long nap or a good read.
Isn't this everything we want in a cottage? It has many fun and inspiring details that all come together so effortlessly. There is a consistent sense of the art and craft in making a home comfortable, interesting and completely personal.
There's more to see outside in her garden, but I'll save that for a later visit.