Saturday, March 31, 2012

Power of Pink

There's something wildly feminine about the color pink.
It's understated yet screams power...

Liliac Lamps from The Foundry | Pink Peonies |  Dash & Albert Yacht Striped Rug at Layla Grayce | Letter Pillow at Serena and Lily | Savannah Note Cards at Layla Grayce | Rickshaw Design Taj Pink Duvet at Layla Grayce | Pinecone Hill Toadstool Pillow at Layla Grayce | Beach Print by Thom Filicia at Serena and Lily | Juice Paint Color by Serena and Lily |

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Ikea High-End?

Do you have older ikea furniture in need of an update? 
Are you looking for an inexpensive DIY project that appears high-end?

Many are already in on the best kept secret around, but if you're not, your world is about to be permanently transformed.  

Welcome, O'verlays

O'verlays is a company that was started by two designers, Cheryle Rhuda and Danika Herrick.  They developed a brilliant array of decorative fretwork panels that come in several sizes and patterns.  They are light weight and can be easily painted and attached to furniture, walls, mirrors and glass.  And they are made to be compatible with IKEA furniture! 

The site is ultra user friendly.  You can peruse the many selections of fretwork and then view the names of the IKEA pieces with which they are compatible.  Most popular styles are MALM, RAST, PAX, EXPEDIT, EFFEKTIV and LACK

Easy Steps...

1. Select Your Ikea Furniture.  E.g., the MALM 6 Drawer Dresser for IKEA $169

2.  Select your fretwork.  The Annie 7 X 30 panel $11.50 each

3. Paint and Attach the panels.  For this end result.   

Of course you don't have to use Ikea furniture.  The website provides the fretwork measurements so they could easily be attached to any piece of furniture.

These make great DIY projects:

Have you used O'verlays in your projects?  If so, email pictures to us and we may feature them in future posts. 


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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cartier Hits the Nail on the Head...Again

Juste un clou.  Just a Nail. 

Only this is hardly just a nail!  This is the Cartier Juste Un Clou bracelet.'s backCartier is relaunching their iconic 'nail' bracelet from the 70's on April 13th

The bracelet is simple and timeless.

Aldo Cipullo, the Roman jewelry designer who designed the bracelet,  also created the widely known leve 'love' bracelet.  The launch will be commemorated with an exhibition of Cipullo’s work at the Cartier Fifth Avenue Mansion in New York City through May 8.

The original

The leve 'love' bracelet

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Meet: Michelle Armas

I had a design acquaintance take a look at my master bedroom recently.  As you know, I'm in the process of updating the decor and it's getting there but it's not yet entirely where I'd like it to be.  She made a few suggestions about how I could tweak a few of the items already in the room (like move some of the pink throw pillows from the bed over to the gray chairs and then add some colorful accessories to the marshmellow dresser).  Minor adjustments that give it a bit more zing.  She suggested I find a colorful piece of art to hang above the fireplace...she didn't have anything in mind but set me on my way to brainstorm.  As if it were meant to be, I discovered Michelle Armas the very same day.  Michelle seems to be on the cusp of getting big.  She's been an artist for years but was recently chosen for One King's Lane and Anthropologie!  Now I'm obsessed with getting one of her colorful pieces for above my fireplace in the bedroom

Check her out at Anthro and OKL and Michelle Armas website:

In client's room, courtesty

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Meet: John Robshaw: Elegant Bohemia

John Robshaw's style is elegant bohemian chic


His textiles bring us to a far off place
Each one seems to represent an adventure and a story

Robshaw started as an artist on traditional canvas
He was fascinated with travel and even more
transfixed by the brilliant dyes used in India by artisans. 
He traveled to Asia initially to find dye to use in his paintings and artwork. 
He immediately became smitten with the textiles and fascinating craftmanship used in the fabrics. 

It was his travels to India that led him to transform his
artwork from canvas to textile.  He studied a method of block printing that overlayed one print on top of the other. 

The end result is equisitte.  Photos don't convey the level of detail and workmanship displayed in these textiles.  

I guarantee if you spot Robshaw in a showroom, you will stop to oogle the workmanship.  I particularly love the throws

(pictured here from my recent trip to ABC Carpet.  Read more here). 

If I were to slip away from my current existence and travel to a far off place, I envision my bedroom would look like this. 
And of course my bedding would be John Robshaw:

Wooden Quartrefoil Chandelier by Lillian August $1698 |  Barnwood Hanging Bed at Anthropologie $2898 | Reclaimed Madura Island Boat Chaise from Serena and Lily $750 |
Brazilian Rug from Serena and Lily $750-1900 |Zanzibari Kanga Cloth Pillow from Serena and Lily $195 | Jaggery & Matar Bedding by John Robshaw $75-525 (courtesy of Apartment Therapy)
Look for the Robshaw Elephant and step into a world of elegant bohemia

Sunday, March 25, 2012

House Tour: Playroom

The room is on the end of the house, above the garage.  Part of one wall
slopes on one side...  like an attic room.  Only it was supposed to be my daughter's room when we first moved into our house. 

She was two years old and insisted on transitioning from her crib into this toddler bed.  The very first night.    The problem is, she struggled to get to sleep in the new bed!    Out of desperation and many sleepless nights  weeks, we put her in our guest bedroom one night for her to try the queen sized bed. 

She's no fool...she never went back to the toddler bed.  
She still sleeps in the guest room. 

Sure, one day we'll move her back into this room...but for now,
we've turned it into a playroom!

These toile curtains were hand made by me.   Ha, I'm not bragging. They're temporary but do their duty by adding a little privacy and character to the room.    I didn't use a single thread in making these.    Iron on hem tape and safety pins. That's my style.

I folded the raw edges of the fabric over to create a clean line.  Then ironed the grosgrain ribbon on both sides-longer than the fabric itself so I could then fold the fabric and tie it up. It's not functional.  You can't move the curtains up and down but that was ok with me. 

I love this swivel chair from Maine Cottage.  It's apple green and pink.  

We used this in our nursery and now the kids use it as a reading chair.
The striped storage ottoman is from Target.  And you know I love to mix my patterns so of course I mixed stripes with floral.  

Santa brought this retro kitchen for Christmas.   This is what transformed the room into an official playroom.  The kids like to act like it's a 'school.'  We have the nap center.  The reading nook.  The play kitchen.  And an arts and craft area.  

To add a little flair to the room, I purchased these colorful prints.   They were inexpensive and will serve their purpose for a temporary time.   (Though it secretly bothers me how this one clashes with the retro pink kitchen set...shhhh). 

I added my own paint on top of the original canvas.  If you look closely, you can see my daughter's name ,'Vivi' recurring over and over in the pattern.

The table and chairs were once used as a crafts table.   Now it's the centerpiece for very fancy tea parties. 

If you look closely, you can see the 'Vivi' monkey and a 'Jack' monkey
I painted their names on here for fun.  I also added paint on top of this print so it would appear more home made. 

I added this Anthropologie carpet to the kitchen area so it would define the space as the 'kitchen.'   The poufs are super comfy, thanks to Serena and Lily

This needlepoint shade is from Anthropologie and I love the details

The kids helped paint this peg board to hang dress up costumes.  We hit Target the day after Halloween and bought a handful of costumes for 90% off.  There are no costumes hanging on the pegs right now.   I'm sure that means they're strewn in the bottom of the closet.

Even stuffed animals have a napping area...

I made a collage on one wall mixed with old family photos and bird photos.  These bird photos are from Pottery Barn Kids and made to look home made. 

I decided to make a few on my own to add to the crafts...

This print is my mom and Aunt Lorsie.  I love it.   (Read more about it here). 

The 'lego' station

Used to make houses and other masterpieces. 

In the future, I will transform her room into a more grown up girl room.  Katie Ridder's little girl's room is my inspiration.  In fact, I had the walls in the room painted the same color with the hopes of some day recreating this. 

And I love Lilly Pulitzer's furniture line. 
I have my eye on these pieces.  

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