Jute Trim & Oversized Nail Heads = Must Try!

Splendid! Must try! I might not do an entire room, but what a wonderful detail around a key door frame. (I am a little bit of a precision freak, so the idea of measuring and nailing feels soothing to me).

Carolina Herrera Baez in her lovely Madrid apartment.

Some pretty jute trim here.

And burlap trim here.

I will let you know when I find the perfect trim. I am looking for something timeless and a tad more formal than the ones above (= I really want Carolina’s gorgeous trim!).  Let me know if you have a good source.

Hugs to you all.

Images 1-3 scanned via Elle Decor  – October issue 2012.

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My DIY Projects Keep Piling Up

The inspiration file is staring at me — fat and un-opened. I need more hours in the day! Hopefully when all three kiddos are settled on their yellow school buses, the day after labor day, this Mama will find some time to dig into that pile. (Yes, this will be in addition to giving three bedrooms new makeovers this fall. Can we all spell b.u.s.y!).

5 Top DIY Candidates

1. A Photo Collage with old photos somewhere in my house would be fun. (I would avoid putting tacks in them, though). (Note to Stacey: perhaps something for your old Parisian gems!).

2. Ok, how fun would this be! Anybody can lend me a studio to splash around in? I would name the art piece “Blog Stressorama Relief”. Anybody care to join me?

3. Shopping for a vintage cheese-box is in the cards. I would turn it into an unique nightstand table for the guest room (we get at lot of European, cheese loving visitors!).

4. I have several very pretty Hermes scarves handed down to me from my city chic Mom. At least one of them I should have framed. They are so decorative and in my case filled with lovely memories and Mama’s perfume.

5. Ok, I get a little excited about this. This inspires me to find a GIGANTIC (5 times bigger than this), round, vintage something (a wheel?) and attach all those pretty Holiday cards for the whole family to enjoy. (It needs to be big and easy to put those cards up or it is pretty useless in my book). I envision a REALLY fantastic display piece that is so clever that it will be used for years to come my kids will fight over it one day. Yet another reason to spend more time at antiques shops and salvage yards!

Finally, my own DIY project took me a whole 30 seconds this weekend (I told you I need more hours in a day). Two old prints attached to clipboards. Voila! A small but different touch.

Hugs to you all.

Next time you will be hearing from me, we will be CELEBRATING! You’ll see!

Images: No. 1 via Home Design, no. 2 via San Antonio Rose, no. 3 via Me & Alice, no. 4 via DesignSponge, no. 5 via  Marcus Design, no. 6 via Martha Stewart, no. 7 via Splendid Willow.

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Must Adopt These Ideas Myself

Ok, this I must try. Splashing black paint on a white painted chest (perhaps purchased on Craigslist? That would be a first for me). How fun to bring a little bit of personal punk into the home! I can actually envision a nice, antique gold mirror above it. So now, in prime summer time, my backyard can be turned into a paint-splash playground. I could have a lot of fun with this!

And who knew that blackish/gray painted wood boards could be turned into a really pretty art composition. Extra nice if the boards have some sentimental meaning. Decorative and a tad masculine, right? (Love the height).

I so regret that I have not saved tickets to rides and shows and events I have been fortunate to be part of all over the world. I am stupid. If I had, I could have created a really fun and personal conversation piece. Tell your kids to start saving tickets to special and memorable adventures – now!

And I hope this is the year when I FINALLY get my act together and get my herb bench! I wrote about it last summer – the idea is so simple, useful and attractive –  and now with the sun up high I better turn this into a real project. A little bit of a herb haven where I can easily go and snip, snip, snip some fresh basil and thyme for all of our Alfresco dining. So lovely.

Hugs to you all!

(Yes, yes, yes… I know that I am painfully behind with my blog hopping. Too many distractions. I will get to it.).

Images: no. 1 via Photobucket, no. 2 via Desire to Inspire, no. 3 via Best b-Day Ever, no. 4 via Splendid Willow.

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Display Your Fashion

Here are some clever ways to display your fanciest fashion items. I am totally in love with the room above. What a creative work space for the fabric loving designer! And the torsos on top of the simple bookshelves (Ikea’s “Billy”?) are perfect. The glass cloches too. (Similar can be found at Restoration Hardware). No need to keep fabric treasures and jewelry in boxes. Show them off!

Simple hooks above a beautiful mirror to hang some precious garments on. Functional and artsy. Will copy!

How unique to use some vintage shoe lasts as jewelry hooks! (Michele, admit that this idea fits you like a shoe…er, glove!)

Who says that china cabinets are only meant for fine plates and crystal. Parade your most treasured items. (And no dusting needed!).

I love this vintage glass cabinet with doors that you pull up. My local antiques gallery has a few. Tempted to pick one up.

Wihoo! Everywhere I look the world is packed with brilliant ideas! I am just taking it all in.

Hugs to each and everyone of you.

Images: no. 1-4 via scanned via Elle Decor UK (March 2012), no. 5+ 6 via This is Glamorous, no. 7 via SJ Foto, no. 8 via The Posh Space


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Attempting To Try This

On my recent tip trip to Stockholm, I came across this lovely Swedish home in a design magazine.

What really caught my attention was this art piece on the wall.

An abstract piece in ink made by the home owner herself.

You have heard me say MANY times that I can’t draw to save my life, but once in a while and I have that intense craving to make something artistic with my own hands and so far the few pieces I have made have turned out quite ok (if I may say so!).

Like this life statement piece in our bedroom. Down went the pricey & fancy gallery artwork and up went my simple and amateurish canvas. I don’t even care what people say about it. I like it because it is meaningful (to us).

I have some leftover ink from another project and I am going to make my own interpretation of the ink trees (?). I am actually quite looking forward to it!

Now tell me, how many of you let your secret inner artist out once in a while? And what do you enjoy making?

Happy rest of the week, friends!

Images: No. 1-4 via Skona Hem. No. 5 via Splendid Willow.

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