One of my most favorite Design Star winners - Emily - got an organization makeover of her home office from IKEA. Pretty dramatic before/after photos. I love how personalized her office is now..not to mention super cute and so organized.
Emily states, "When i was little i used to 'clean' by shoving things under the sofa, in the oven, behind the toilet. Its a really adorable habit that i haven't really grown out of. I don't like too much visible clutter, but i don't really put things away properly - i just shove things inside of other things.
When we moved into our new house I was super excited to have an dedicated office where i can put all the annoying and ugly 'officey' things, but unfortunately it had very little storage and what it did have was unattractive....I spend 4-10 hours a day in my office - it needs to look and feel good and be functional."
Emily seems happy with the results:
"I KNOW WHERE THINGS ARE NOW.
Checkbooks? no big deal, i got you. Receipts from 2012? 3rd shelf from the bottom in the bin called '2012 receipts', naturally...Everyday tools, magazines, spraypaint, ribbon and fabric. Check, check, check, check and check. I know where EVERYTHING is. And i get excited to put things away."
Favorites from these home offices include the string lights, storage boxes in cubbies (bookcases for those of you older than eight. I have never outgrown using "cubbies"), and inspiration boards. Nothing new in decorating, of course, but these photos show such pretty workspaces!
hello from a crazy, crazy week. lots to do and then got a notice that the apartment managers are conducting a first-ever apartment inspection today. found out two days ago. thus two evenings were spent doing tasks I'd put off...such as tidying up the walk-in closet, clearing the kitchen's counters of the little things that find their way there (however do they do that?!), and giving the carpets a much-needed steam clean. luckily there were little touches to be added - pretty little things found at ikea this weekend. (yes, I went there again before attending a seminar given by teresa tapp of t-tapp - my most favorite workouts ever.)
hope you are having a great week!
Crisp, clean, colorful, organized rooms and shelves. That's why I continue to post images from the home of the good fairy. (dang! I keep wanting to type out "the tooth fairy" even though my family never believed in the tooth fairy....oops.. am I spoiling it for some of you?)
If you visit the good fairy's blog, she has some recent posts showing purple accessories for the home which make me want to add way more purple to my apartment's color scheme!
IT'S FRIDAY. yippee! I am getting cable TV again after going without it for one year. Was called by the cable company to add cable TV again for a pretty low price that's guaranteed for a year. What sold me on it (apart from the low price that will be added to my cable interent price) was that I will be able to program my DVR from a website. To get why I'm so excited about this, let's walk through how I recorded programs from 2002-2005: (see way below - under the photos)
+ I had a small tv, a vcr and a stack of VHS videotapes labeled Monday - Sunday.
+ I would then go into the programming mode with my VCR remote and up would pop a blue screen with white text that had columns for the date of the program to be recorded, the start time (you set it yourself) and the end time (you set that yourself as well), and the exact channel number to record it on. (If you recorded two shows and they overlapped by even one minute, no error message popped up to show you the discrepancy and help you resolve it!)
+So after every program (Oprah's show, a few shows each weeknight, movies on weekend) was meticulously programmed into the VCR, I had to pray that no storm would cause havoc by shutting off our electricity at home for even one minute. If so, the VCR programming would be erased and it would be back to square one - a blank screen with a cursor blinking at you as if to say "HA! go ahead, I dare you, just try to remember exactly all the shows you meant to record and make no mistakes!"
+When the electricity would go out when I was away from home, my poor (angel of a...) roommate Karla would stay on the phone with me while I walked her through what should record that very day (until I could go home between work and going out) - so she then had to tackle The Blue Screen for me.
+When watching a show, I might start the videotape and FAST FORWARD (while hearing a whirring sound) to the show I want to watch and if the wrong channel was chosen or if there was a delay in programming due to urgent news, the President's speech, etc. then I was out of luck and would end up with a recording I didn't want or need.
Let's sum up, shall we? VCR + TV + meticulous programming = temporary peace of mind.
Is it a wonder I wanted to leap for joy when I heard I could get a DVR again and program it remotely?! hallelujah!! No more watching shows online on a desktop computer while sitting in a hard, wodden chair at a desk - within arm's reach of the mouse to jiggle it to keep the screensaver from popping up. No more having to be home at the exact time the show is on (hello 1950s to 1980s to see my favorite shows.
If you're looking for me in the next week, just look on the couch. I'll be watching TV again with a blissful smile on my face for about a week or two. TV, I've missed you!
Have a groovy weekend! Be good!
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.
My friend Sharona now lives in London...and probably will forever! (note to self: plan trip to London to accept Sharona's invitation. ask sharona if we can pop over to Paris as well.) I was minding my own business yesterday when the mail arrived with something from The Queen! Or not. It was a package from Sharona which held the teacup and saucer you see above. She'd snapped a photo of it at a market and we both "ooh"-ed and "aah"-ed over it...but she sneakily told me that the prices were outrageous. Thought that was the end of that.
Sharona's note accompanying the gift said that she inflated the prices just to throw me off - as she was intending on surprising me. What a sweet friend!
If you have any London secrets to tell her about (cute little shops, flea markets, hidden gems), you can find Sharona on her blog, Today I Wrote Nothing.
A series of posts starts now....of beauty found on some Norwegian blogs. These images are from "the house by the stream".
I don't know where she got the cups in the upper left corner of the photo (the orange, berry and green ones) but I'm in love. Seriously. In love. I want to marry those colors and the cups.
Then there are these bursts of color.......along with the pretty crate, the wire basket and HELLO beautiful papers.
The home of Anja-Patrice Hansen is a charming little thing! I want to pull up a chair in the living room - to play games or have some tea! Then it would be a great afternoon to curl up in the little reading corner to read, crochet or nap! The sheepskin throw looks perfect for a cool fall afternoon.
Pretty pictures, lovely accessories, gorgeous room. Would you ever guess that this is a teachers' lounge that once looked like the photos below? Crazy the difference. It's the work of Brian Patrick Flynn - a talented designer and quite the witty writer. You can find the makeover on his blog and there's a NY Times article as well. It made the press because it was all done for free or minimal costs - with most products and labor being donated. Impressive!
THE TEACHERS' LOUNGE BEFORE:
now scroll up so you can "ooh" and "ahh" over the difference in the rooms.
The makeover was documented on Decor Demon and was "p
EDITED: Hello! Brian Patrick Flynn just wrote that he has been hired to bring the Decor Demon vibe, style, content and brand to the table. As in the HGTV Design Happens blog.
I was drawn to this home of William because he has "bon jour" artwork on the wall, but the more I looked around his home photos, the more I found to like. He has a flickr account and an etsy page. Here's a bit more about him.
"I am a designer from St. Paul, MN. I fell in love with photography while traveling around the world, studying architecture. India, Japan, and the Netherlands were so unlike my West St. Paul roots, I had to document everything I saw, from kite strings to street life, broken playgrounds to the Taj Mahal."
click each image for its source.
This wedding of Angie and Tyson's is so colorful, DIY and downright charming. I love that the wedding dress was only five dollars. Love the colors of the chairs. I even like the bridesmaid dresses! Check out all the photos and the description of the wedding here. I'm not married..but will keep this on file forever - or until I do marry! :)
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.
These photos are most likely zipping around Blogland even as I type this out....but I had to post them as well! Benita of Chez Larsson and her family have redone the desk that she is famous for into something even more beautiful.
After reading the post, I created a "note to self":
Summer's apartment was featured on Ikea Family Live, and I want to live in a replica of this apartment! She's super organized - you can tell that everything has a place. I love the bright, light-filled, organized kitchen and really want a bedroom wardrobe like hers.
Another perk of the small apartment is that "...it hardly takes any time to clean. Sex and the City girls don’t have time for the Cinderella act!"
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.
Check out the offices of Grid/Plane & Instrument in Portland! I have scoped out my future desk and it is in the first photo...one of the desks against the wall. Imagine the creative, productive days you could have working here!! SpacePDX ["Neat people and the spaces they grace."] is one of my all-time favorite online reads...as they highlight some of the most creative workplaces with such gorgeous photos.
This is so not just your vanilla, white-bright-office. Victoria adds these personal touches that are just right not to mention that she owns some things I would give my right arm for: wire baskets, amazing artwork, colorful pillows, inspiration on a wire.... it goes on and on. Brilliant!
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.
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)
Am down for the count. Sinus infection that is lingering on. Was going to find a cute, comfy photo of a bed to portray "sick....will be back soon". Then I saw the photo above of an apple duvet cover, and I perked right up. Etsy products tend to have that effect!
The duvet cover and shams sold out in 2007 (oops! I'm a bit late to the game) but the seller, Pata Pri, has a plethora of adorable linens and other items that are all designed and hand silkscreened by Pata Pri. She describes her work as "modern, fun, happy textile & paper goods".
Pardon me while I do some shopping.
Thought I was done but nope. Found her blog! She's from Chicago but staying with her grandmother in Japan and just whipped up some drawstring bags from some towels. Nice talent!
EDITED: I kept calling her Pata Pri..which is her store's name, but the designer is Yuko Uemura. Beautiful work, Yuko!
Lisa Mahar's playroom above is a room I've seen before, but I hadn't read the article on her (found via Bricolage & Butter) until today. Was pleasantly surprised by all the photos included in the article. The clean lines and impeccable organization of, well, everything, appealed to me.
I've become addicted to the Canadian HGTV show "For Rent" hosted by Jodi Gilmour, and many people on the show don't like small bedrooms. But look at the room above? It's a small but pretty room.
more photos here
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.")
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
Artwork - hearts - by the daughter of Amy (sweet sweet life). I adore it - perfect for Valentines Day! Happy Valentines Day, by the way. Hope your day was sweet! I spent the afternoon with one of my favorite girls from the youth group, Molly, and she helped me pick out a new phone. Then had to dash off to meet a friend, Kirsten, for some fresh Asian food. It is now time for some Olympics and a manicure!
images: sweet sweet life
There are, of course, many more photos at Fine Little Day!
Hello, Beautiful Home!
I wish I could buy you. I love the kitchen, the accessories your owners selected, the light streaming in the rooms, the adorable front door and stoop.
A Renter Who Wishes She Lived in the House for Sale
To see larger versions of the photos, click the photo to go to the flickr page, then select "all sizes" and view the original size.
Clicking around online to find new worlds is quite fun, and it's how I found Freckled Nest! Leigh-Ann (I'm partial to her name myself) selected her blog name intentionally. Freckled = "I looooove when people have freckles; they're like human polka dots!" & Nest = "Nests totally feel like the way I create my art; I take found pieces from around my community, work them together and let my stories live there."
Leigh-Ann recently prettied up and organized her workshop, and the result is happy indeed!
The husband/wife photography duo behind The Image Is Found is hilarious, creative and quite talented. While I wholly admire their work, I adore their home. It's light, airy, colorful and so very personalized. Adoring the orange walls. (The description of the heart-process is here.)
Home + Vintage is a new-to-me blog that has quickly become a favorite.
Happy New Year to you! Hope you have a celebratory evening and a restful weekend! I'm playing it low-key as I am still getting rid of a cough I picked up over Christmas. A couple friends are coming over to play games and watch It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia with me.
Photographer Leah Verwey has a website called Spaced which highlights creative spaces in the Portland, Oregon area. I'm smitten with her photos of Studio Olivine & Quince Flowers and Events (they share the space). I could barely narrow it down to a handful of photos to share with you.