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October 28, 2010 / kstanton11

RECYCLE

Tired of the look of your old furniture, but cannot bear the thought of giving it away? I think many of us have had to deal with this dilemma, luckily there are soo many alternatives that you can do before you decide to toss away that old family heirloom. Refacing your old furniture may sometimes be timely but the end results let you keep your family heirloom, but have it updated and customized to your new style. There are several options. You could simply just change the handles knobs or pulls (on an armoire for example) or you could go one step further by sanding repainting or staining and changing the hardware as well. There is also SUPER fun and pretty decoupage and if you are really ambitious, mosaic tile work. Of course with all of the these I am generally speaking of wood furniture tables, chairs etc. But with upholstered items you could also use special fabric paint, cool distressing tricks or just a brand new batch of fabric! Pricey? Yes. Beautiful and totally worth every penny? Absolutely. In the world of decorating I love seeing before and after shots so here are a few of those done by D.I.Y guys.

Check out this one, how many of us cannot stand the look of our hideous filing cabinets, but sadly we still need them. Here is a great update!

http://www.designspongeonline.com/2008/10/before-and-after-abhas-filing-cabinet.html

http://livingwithlindsay.com/2009/07/breathing-new-life-into-an-old-chair.html

October 28, 2010 / kstanton11

LIGHTING

Lighting. To many of us it seems to be unimportant, but it can be that one thing that will really make or break a space. Take my bedroom for example, it is in the back of the house so I get good morning sunlight but once it hits 2 pm the sun is in the front of my house, making my space rather dark. (Luckily I love the dark) My only other light source is one flushmount ceiling lamp and one side table lamp, neither which throw very much light. So the lighting is fine for some ambiance, but in terms of practical and useful lighting it fails majorly. I think it is one of the most important features in a space, that is not only there for practical reasons but beauty as well. Lighting is essentially the jewellery of a room (especially when you go super funky or elegant) Lighting can be a statement piece and even the focal point of a space if you so choose. My favorite, which unfortunately does not fit well into my room, would have to be chandeliers, especially crystal ones. They are fun beautiful and feminine, and they can give a boring room a serious update and infusion of sparkle. Some of my favorite lights I have come across lately are below.

lotus-flower-chandelier.jpg

http://www.styleathome.com/decorating-and-design/accessories/10-lighting-options-you-ll-love/a/32227/10

modern chandeliers designs

http://modern-house-design-ideas.blogspot.com/2010/03/chandeliers.html

http://www.frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk/products/lighting/chandeliers/082.html

October 28, 2010 / kstanton11

WALLPAPER

Gone are the days when the thought of applying wallpaper was an insane and dumb decision. We are now fortunate enough to change up our drab plain painted walls, for beautiful wallpaper feature walls, or if you are bold enough the entire room! The options these days for wallpaper are absolutely endless. You can even take a favorite picture of yours and have it blown up to a large scale wallpaper. I feel that wallpaper can have a huge effect on your space and can really show your decorating personality. One of my favorite makers of wallpaper is Farrow & Ball (they also make beautiful paints). Below is the link for their website, but here are a few of my personal favorites that I have seen from them. (All these can be found on their website at: www.farrowandball.com

Peony BP 2317   St Germain BP 1721   The Lotus Papers BP 2051   The Ringwold Papers BP 1614

October 6, 2010 / kstanton11

BEADBOARD Positive vs. Negative Applications

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In terms of my “decorating style” I would have to admit that I am all over the charts in what I favor the most. Ideally when i think of my perfect house I think of Diane Keaton’s perfect Hamptons beach house in the movie “Something’s Gotta Give”. I love that beachy country house feel to that home. My favorite feature in those types of homes would have to be Beadboard. Beadboard gives you classic clean lines and gives your walls extra visual interest. I believe that with everything in design you can definitely have too much of a good thing. Take the above pictures for example. The very top one is what I would consider a negative application of Beadboard. The floor to ceiling design is just too much for me. If this was used just on one wall as an accent, then the floor to ceiling might work for me. Unfortunately I think that wall to wall top to bottom Beadboard that is not only in one room, but carries on into the next is just too much, and becomes overwhelming to look at.

The Picture underneath however I believe is a stunning example of a great application of Beadboard. The best place to have beadboard would be in your kitchen or bathrooms, although can be put into any room. In doing the half wall or less application, it gives you more room to be creative and to make a beautiful design by using your top section in either a lovely wallpaper, tile, or just paint. It creates lots of visual interest and breaks up the look of the space without looking monotone.

Not only is this a beautiful product, it is also fairly simple to install, by either gluing or nailing into the wall. Below I have attached a video clip from YouTube on ways to install Beadboard.

http://www.brownstoner.com/brownstoner/archives/2006/12/beadboard_and_t.php

http://www.beadboard.com/gallery/Bathroom.html