Hello! Hoping you can help me out. I'm looking for two things: books and blogs.
What are the funniest/cutest/prettiest/most authentic blogs you read? Which are your favorite blogs?
What book are you reading right now?
I was in the office kitchen the other day while reading a book about a girl in New England that took an unexpected sad turn - and I had tears running down my face. A coworker walked in and looked at me funny. I just said "Sad" and pointed the book, and he replied "...and THAT'S why I DON'T read."
A beautiful home by architect/graphic designer Jenny Francis.
I cannot even pick a favorite room - they're all too pretty.
Details on the rooms' contents can be found here.
First of all, these photos are from Si's blog French by Design. Totally worth checking out. (Hi, Si!!). Secondly, how pretty is this Parisian home? I have just finished looking at more than a few blog entries of homes that are filled with matchy-matchy items. I looked at my friend and declared matching items are so not my style. Then I saw these photos of Zoe's home and all was well with the world again!
No upper cabinets. Nice.
all images: by Morten Holtum via French by Design
It's no secret that I love IKEA. However, when my sister in law Maya visited recently, she walked through and said "Cute IKEA apartment." That's great, since I love the store, but now it's time to inject some of my own personality and creativity into the apartment. Thus it was "happy happy joy joy" time to find that IKEA Family Live on Facebook has a photo section of creative homes using their products. Hope you like them as much as I do.
Hello! Isn't the internet fun?! I followed a trail of blogs and websites to land at mixr which showed this great Buenos Aires apartment of Jorge and Veronica. I like how the bloggers at mixr described it (translated from Swedish into English):
"JORGE AND VERONICA have chosen to break firmly against the upper-class because the style of the apartment.The ornate wooden ceiling height and the breathtaking contrast to the interesting brick walls and rough surface of the wall completely untreated comforters. There are many fun decorating ideas to steal, like putting glasses on top of chests of drawers or using a kitchen shelf in the dining room."
It's Friday evening. Munched on a salad for dinner while watching a new episode of Psych - and laughing out loud - a lot. The windows are open and the air conditioning is off. I can hear the crickets chirping and the neighbor's kids marching up and down the front walk singing "Here comes the bride!" and laughing.
Found out today that the roof repair guy will need attic access to all the units in my building (there are 16 condos/apartments in groups of four), and naturally the attic access is in each master bedroom's closet. Who has a neat closet ready for the building owner and a repairman to walk through? Not me. Thus this weekend has turned into Project Closet - on hyperspeed. As soon as I post here, the timer is being set for 15 minutes, and progress in the bedroom and closet will be made. I have already taken "before" photos. I'll share them with you along with the after photos.
Meanwhile, enjoy these photos from Bliss - of a home I wish I could live in this summer!
Barb of HappySimple and her husband have decorated their apartment to suit their lifestyle and needs. I love it! It's easy to get overwhelmed by too many blogs, magazine photos and decorating shows and lose sight of what you really need (or...don't need) for your own living space. Barb decorated for her needs and her guests love the decor! I do too.
Anna-Malin just went shopping. LOOK at those colors she mixed together. I will be doing that this fall!
She blogs mostly about her own home, which is something I keep intending to do. Why re-hash photos that float around online when no one has photos of the little corners of my home?! Will work on that.
Meanwhile, what do you think of Anna's home? The white with color, the rusticness of some of the furniture pieces, her great eye for design. Oops..guess I'm swaying your reply. Curious to know what you think of this home.
Oh..and I use google translate to read her blog. I have Google Chrome as my browser instead of Internet Explorer, and then use a Chrome Extension that uses google translate to translate any webpage I visit that is not in English. It will tell me the page is in ______ language...would you like it translated? You can say yes or nope.
Back to Anna's home....
Mille owns the vintage clothing shop, Carmen, in Copenhagen. Her home appeals to me because I live in an apartment that began bland. I can't picture Mille's home starting out as anything but fascinating and moving on to intriguing. The photo above is my favorite..but I have a fondness for the flower photo below as well.
This Copenhagen apartment in an 18th century building is decorated in a way that has a tangible mood - with the grays, the mix of older and newer items as decoration....it all works to create a definite statement. I'm diggin' it.
Deco My Place sends out monthly desktop calendars that inspire me to keep surfaces decluttered. The site also has photos that people upload to share their on decorating. I had no idea people had closets just for accessories!
There's even a minimalist category!
What a beautiful set of offices in Berlin at the Chris Rehberger Agency "Double Standards"! The bare surfaces, the organization.....am wishing I could be transported there and work in that agency. What do you think of their decor?
Photos by Ailin Liefeld
I'm Swedish. Okay, half-Swedish. But I relate the most to my Swedish relatives... And here we go...this new-to-me blog is a Swedish blog! It's called Green Is the New Black. I love Sofia's personal style, and she has a bedroom I'll be using for inspiration for mine. Here's a sampling of photos from her blog. I hope you'll visit her.
[In my bedroom, I have a huge walk in closet in which I feel claustrophobic when I enter it. So upon the advice of organizer Laura Cattano who suggested I decide if the closet should be for clothing or non-clothing storage, I am going with clothing in the bedroom itself (ha! that sounds like clothing optional then in the closet..I mean clothing STORAGE in the bedroom) and the closet will be more like a storeroom for the odds and ends from my apartment: yearbooks, photos, papers, files, mementos, out of season clothing, etc. (ooh..is that allowed, Laura?!). So then I saw the bedroom on Green Is the New Black and found a room which will be my inspiration as I set up my bedroom.]
Orange chairs! Love it. And putting small appliances on the windowsill? Creatively lovely.
Janne's house has this charm....is it the wallpaper? the entryway with the teddy bear? the cute storage containers? Whatever it is, it works!
It's a lovely Sunday afternoon. The high temps + high humidity are gone for a day. My plan is to spray my deck area with mosquito spray, put up some outdoor lights, tidy up the living areas, then spend 15 minutes in the most cluttered area of the apartment.
Then it'll be time for some lemonade and a good book on the deck. Tonight will be taking four kids to see Toy Story 3. I ran into some friends last night who'd just seen the movie and they both had tears at the end of the film but wouldn't say why it's so sad. Guess I'll find out tonight!
What's your plan for Sunday?
Anita, a blogger in Austria who has lived in Dallas, introduced the home of Caro (Soda Pop Design). (Both blogs are in German which means Google Translate comes in handy to read these beautiful blogs!) Anita describes Caro's home as "fresh, light and uncomplicated" to which I agree.
Jennifer and her husband's home (shown in this Apartment Therapy House Tour) have taken four years to make their home personalized and homey. I love their color choices which are consistent throughout the home, and that Jennifer mixes a bargain store throw pillow with a higher end unique one.
So much yellow! Eye catching and snappy. I can't get enough of it this spring.
It's Monday, and I think there was a weekend in there somewhere! I was at home long enough to do one load of laundry and make my first roast ever (in the slow cooker). I spent a fun evening at church Friday night for a concert (four bands), Saturday with one of my junior high girls, and Sunday at church and with family in Appleton. Sunday was a perfectly relaxing day filled with games, bike rides, long walks, and helping a five year old niece learn to write her numbers. ("Yes...a two is a little curve like an ear..then a line. A five is a line across, a line down, then a curve.")
Hope you had a good weekend, my friends!
Everything about this bathroom storage is lovely: the pretty cosmetic bag, the jars on the shelf, the crates used as cubbies.... Rachel Denbow did a great job with her small bathroom! And if you visit her blog, she'll show you a photo of how the bathroom is on a non-photoshoot day!
There's something about these two dining areas that draws me in. In the first - it's all the blue! In the second..it's just a pretty little dining corner! (images)
Here's some organized goodness from Rachel of Smile & Wave!
I love boxes turned sideways as shelves + jars + baskets + containers + blue. She has it ALL here. (images)
It's 3:30 AM. Have been in battle with A Cough which has brought along its friend Sinus Infection. The battle has been taking place since Christmas Day. Those two have worked so hard to keep me from sleeping that they've won - temporarily. My coworkers would say the two have won after hearing me struggle all week at work. So would my family. I'm visiting family out of town in the morning but will have to return by evening because I don't want to subject family to hearing me cough all night.
Luckily you can't hear me.....so we can have a jolly good time! Did I just say that? Hmm...YES I did! Must be the cold meds :)
Happy Friday!! Some flowers for your weekend from Olivelse. This weekend will be low key and may be just right: watch Bright Star, take a friend's four kids swimming at the family pool, complete this week's task for Apartment Therapy's Kitchen Cure, and play cards with friends.
Tell me, is your weekend more exciting than mine? Or maybe the same low-key-ness?
Hello and Happy Thursday!
I probably should be watching The Office right now as it is the Baby Episode, after all. But it can wait! I saw this really cute, highly organized, very pretty San Francisco apartment and had to post the photos! Newlyweds Emily and Meeko (okay - married almost a year) moved into this apartment and had to merge two styles together. I'd say they did a magnificent job!
I love the yellow touches throughout the kitchen and work area, and the green in the bathroom and living room. Emily has vignettes all over the apartment - even the spoons on the wall look like art!
The whole house tour is worth checking out.
images: via apartment therapy and by Jess Watson of The Wife of an Artist and Apartment Therapy
Finding photos like the one above makes me smile. And my heart turns over at the beauty of the photo. You know then that I have to share it with you!
The colors in the kitchen are bright and cheerful and just right. The simplicity of the room shows how relaxed and confident Nicoletter is. I love the utensil holder, the curtains and the lamp. (ahem. "Way to go," you are probably thinking, "You just told us what items in the first photo have color.")
Since so much decor inspiration comes from Denmark, I'd love to visit the country someday! Meanwhile, here are some photos of artists Sidsel and Line and of their homes (as seen in BoligLiv and on Decor8). There's something about the light, the generous use of white paint, the pops of color that just makes my heart go pitter patter!
images from here
Here's what I'm talking about. Color everywhere! Jasna Janekovic is a graphic designer from Germany. No wonder her apartment is filled with personal touches that all include color and pattern. Just check out this lime polka dotted refrigerator that Jasna painted herself! She has added personal touches in every room.
This week I was so happy to toss a tall stack of magazines into the recycling dumpster! Felt so good to get rid of those pounds and pounds of magazines out of my home!
That feeling didn't last long because today the library had a magazine giveaway and about thirty magazines found their way into my place.... all Martha Stewart Living and House Beautiful.
So the decluttering of the apartment took a big step backwards today.
images: bryn alexandra
I'm naturally drawn to white decor photos....like a magnet. BUT what I really want to surround myself with is color....lots of it. The colors above are in my bathroom with yellow in my bedroom, and reds in the kitchen and living room. I need color like I need to breathe. (ooohh Need to Breathe - great band)
These designs are from the interior design firm of Arent & Pyke. Aren't they lovely?
Hmm..that could be the title of almost entry here: "....white + clean lines"! But this brick house in Hemet, California (I once had a roommate, Cindi, from Hemet - small world) has lots of white and the lines are clearly clean. Many more photos can be found at the AT House Tour.
Great entryway - the hooks and the bag, and the corner home office is just right!
Good Monday Morning!
How can weekends go by so quickly, I'll never figure out. Was a gray, sleepy weekend that I wanted to sleep away but instead, I visited Target to pick up a few home essentials, met up with some friends, and also watched my six year old nephew, Shawn, participate in a gymnastics meet. I have never seen someone more born to do gymnastics than my nephew. My brother and sister in law joked - but were serious as well - about Shawn being in the 2020 Olympics if he chooses to keep up with gymnastics. I had a great time talking with the kids and parents at the meet. My friend Maridee once asked me, "Have you ever met a stranger?" and my reply was "No, not really!" No wonder I made new friends at the gymnastics meet on Friday!
You're probably wondering when I'm going to tell you where these photos are from! Well...they're from a new-to-me blog called "A Few Things From My Life" that is full of beautiful inspiration and photos of her home.
images: a few things from my life
Whizzing around online....starting with Apartment Therapy's Kitchen Cure flickr group and moving on to a handful of the members' favorites pages, I stumbled upon the bedroom photos of a high school student whose room I admire! She's 17, and I can tell you when I was 17, I did not have this much creativity or style.
I should mention that we did not have The Internet when I was 17. Our Commodore 64 computer had a tape drive which required one to fast forward to the next program on the tape, and we used a small television as the monitor. Thus the start of my computing experience increases my current appreciation for all the inspiration that one can find online.
images: kara haupt
Amy of Sweet, Sweet Life (know her? read her blog? you should! reading her blog is like getting warm fuzzies in your blog reader every day and seeing pretty homes and objects to boot!) showed some photos of Kari Anne's home today and I love the home and Kari Anne's blog. Cute baby, eh?!
Photos by Katrine Nordli / Aftenposten via Kari Anne
Was introduced to Decor Demon yesterday and it pretty much made my day. When I see stunning photos, I can't breathe for a second, so after perusing the Decor Demon site yesterday, I told a friend, "It's a wonder I didn't faint from holding my breath so long!" Yeah - there's some mighty pretty photos at Decor Demon and some darn fine writing as well. I was laughing out loud. Who laughs out loud at a design site? Bet you're wondering what the heck Decor Demon is? Here's the scoop:
Décor Demon creator Brian Patrick Flynn is a television producer turned decorator/designer. The moniker “Décor Demon” comes from his fast-paced weekend routine of furiously raiding garage sales and flea markets for one-of-a-kind pieces. What started out of necessity as a cash-strapped film student has led to a unique design style seen in over a dozen magazines as well as seven seasons of a hit television series...When asked what prompted the idea for Décor Demon, Brian replied “I wanted to create something where design-based editorial and TV merged with funny, do-it-yourself and WTF?”.
So what the %$&* is Decor Demon? Male perspective meets interior design, with a little bit of humor thrown into the mix. Easily amused. Not so easily impressed. Our content is for the bold, the beautiful, and the bad ass. Enjoy.
When I asked Bryan Patrick Flynn (for he has one of those names whereby all three names must be pronounced together at all times) more about his site, he replied, "D
Photography by Sarah Dorio used with permission from Decor Demon
If I lived in London, I'd frequent the Bodie and Fou shop. Since I'm in the States, I'll settle for browsing their blog and taking inspiration from their many photos and stories. If you browse their blog, be sure to find the interview that has photos of a house in France. GORGEOUS. These two have style!
Mr. Darcy's proposal - dishtowel
From a new magazine called Mad & Bolig..... Holly at Decor8 posted about this. That middle photo has a table that looks, I've gotta say it, fabulous! I would love to pay bills and write letters at that table, then clear off the top for a game night with family and friends, then clear it again for a buffet dinner for friends.
Then that peek from a kitchen into a living room - - the wire basket holding jars, the blue canister. So lovely!!
I'm highly enjoying the book, Wall to Wall, mostly for walls like this. Who would have thought of decoupaging the wall? I love that the designer used wrapping paper!! The patterns are so fresh, and the bedding complements the design so well.
Two of my favorite things combined: pretty purses + hooks on the wall. I've been given a stash of purses that are sequined and made in Korea (from the years my family lived in Korea) and they're gorgeous. This is a great way to show off the purses. Now to buy an evening frock to also hang on the wall.......!
WOO HOO, they're back! After each member of the Dos Family team had a baby this year, they're back to doing home tours. This one has all the light and white and space your heart desires. Clicking here will show you all the photos of the home tour.
This office makes me want to jump right into the photo and start working at the desk.