Thursday, July 31, 2008
Her home is predominantly white, cream and black so she added hits of color in the form of accessories to brighten things up.
Buy keeping the furnishings in light colors, they blend into the space, making it feel more open.
An easy way to add storage in the living room was to add several Ikea MALM dressers, the same size and finish, which look like one continuous piece.
For a fun and functional way to stay organized, black chalkboard paint on one living room wall, holds to-do lists, etc.
White Ikea looking cabinetry keeps the kitchen, clean, streamlined and very fresh looking.
To add more storage, black bookshelves were added, and mounted to the wall to free up floorspace and feel more open.
The bedrooms lack of closets meant installing a wardrobe system, and she worked with the height of the room by adding an open cubby shelf above the bed
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
"Burn" by Matthew Bunce Beynham"Feel" by Matthew Bunce Beynham
"Look" by Matthew Bunce Beynham
If you're interested in his work, contact him for more info. Matthew Bunce Beynham at Beynham@hotmail.com or reach him by phone at 780-695-2748
You've probably heard me mention in the past about how Cory and I can not find artwork that we both love, at a reasonable price for our new place. Unfortunately, I believe this also has to do with the fact that he just does not understand art. So for the meantime, we have delayed purchasing anything to liven up our space and it is driving me nuts to have to look at bare walls. It makes our place feel so "unfinished".
Yesterday, my dear friend Matthew Bunce Beynham posted a couple of his new paintings. I love having friends who are artsy! I like his style and sent him a message asking if he worked in other colors... and thankfully he is not JUST a red guy :) He told me to choose my colors, and let him know the size I want, and feel I am going for, and he will do up a provisional design and price for me!!
Here's what appeals to me about a commissioned piece:
The piece is created FOR me. It's not just the artist running wild and hoping someone will love their vision. It is their interpretation on something I love. I can choose the colors, and the scale.
This is probably the most affordable option as I can give the artist my price point and they can work around it!! Plus, since my artist is a friend, the piece means something.
Have you ever had a piece of art commissioned? What did you have created?
What were your experiences with this type of art purchase? Tips or tricks on how to get what you've invisioned?
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Years ago, my mom and I wallpapered every room in our family home. They have long been torn down and replaced. Except for one beautiful, textured French paper in the front hallway that still masks the imperfections of the wall.
However wallpaper came back a couple years ago, and it no longer carries the stodgy image of grandmothers that it once had!!
One of my fave wallpaper companies is Osbourne & Little - they have really made wallpaper beautiful, modern and fun again. Here are some from their current collections:
It's actually the chair fabric I love here, which just pops on that cloth looking paper!
Love how mod this paper is!! Very fresh and young!
Domino often features papers like this in their magazine. The leather chaise looks so chic. A single city gal would love this room!
Very pretty for a guest bedroom
This would work anywhere.. has a kind of grasscloth look to it.
This is a little overboard for me, but I love how it looks here with this old desk!
Love this one. The colors and pattern are great. This would make a cool powder room paper.
Metallic paper makes me happy. I am looking for a great turquoise and silver to put in a huge frame in our living room.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
This room as bright as it is, seems pretty livable!! The wallpaper insert in the panelling is great - exactly what I am looking for!
Another pretty guest room idea!!
They sure now how to win my heart by using such pretty blues!As eclectic as it is, still manages to be very livable, and a lot of the pieces read as neutrals!
I espcially love these chairs!
This is a great guest bedroom idea!! The chocolate makes the room so cozy.
They seem to use these light fixtures a lot.... the preciousness of the chandeliers is toned down by the modern glass casing it!!!! Kinda hard to see in the picture, but pretty blue wall color!!
They also update their showrooms each season.....
This is a space they did for Versace!!
I heart their usage of zebra rugs and sunburst mirrors!!