Apr 13

Building a Focal Point

Posted In Art, Budget, Decorating, Green Design, Move-in's, Plants, Recycle/Reuse, Redesign, Styling, Uncategorized

With no fireplace in this living room, it was in desperate need of some kind of focal point . Shelves would have worked well, as would a hutch or armoire, or even a very large piece of art.  But for this project our job was to use what was already in the house… nothing new.  None of the pieces alone would be big enough for this very tall wall, but in combination, they will work beautifully.

To start… a bamboo sofa table, the perfect base and grounding piece for the arrangement we are building above it.  The art and mirror go high on the wall, leaving room for other pieces to sit on the table.

Next, we kept layering art, leaning some of it on the table and against the wall. Accessories were added, providing color, texture and height.

One last layer under the table… 2 ottomans, ready to pull out and use for extra seating.

The final product… this wall has now become a beautiful focal point for the room!

The secret… layering.  Lots and lots of it, from high to low, front to back, and left to right… and all with items found around the house and in the garage. It’s always surprising, and rewarding, to see how great a room can look…. without spending a dime on new things!  Give it a try!!

 

 

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Apr 06

Candlestick-Style Lamps

Posted In Art, Decorating, Redesign, staging, Styling, Uncategorized

Most of us would think to place matching candlestick style lamps at the opposite ends of the mantle, sofa table or buffet they sit on.  But sometimes, especially in a casual or eclectic-style home, they look SO MUCH better sitting on the same side, right next to one another.

Here, two lamps were placed side by side, with one propped up a little higher on a stack of books.  I love this non-traditional and less stuffy look.  Do you?

 

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Mar 27

Hot Desert Colors

Posted In Decorating, Redesign, Styling, Travel, Uncategorized

I’m back to “partly cloudy,” after almost a week in the warmth and sunshine of beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona. This gorgeous spot always gets to me… especially this time of the year when the city fills up with baseball loving, sun seeking foodies.  It feels like the best place on earth.  Yeah, we did work a little, but we ate more, watched some fun games (go Cubs!), and even fit in a few workouts, notably a climb up Camelback Mountain.

Have you seen Camelback… rising from the desert floor, looking much like it’s namesake?

It’s not an easy hike, even though it starts off looking harmless…

But it quickly becomes a straight up scramble, so steep that several sections have been outfitted with railings to help you pull yourself up the rocks.

We finished in a little over 1 1/2 hours… the 360 degree view is spectacular… and were busy congratulating ourselves when 2 studly looking men ran past. One, aged 72, was heading up the mountain a 2nd time and the other, 75, was starting his 3rd trip.  Oh. Wow. OK… I’m a wimp.

Well, we still deserved a celebration of sorts… a big breakfast treat… so decided to check out the restaurant at the new Saguaro Hotel… another MUST for Scottsdale visitors.

The Saguaro, a Joie de Vivre Hotel: Front Entrance signage, can not miss it

Recently purchased by Joie de Vivre Hotels and completely remodeled, this BRIGHT spot opened in January of this year.  No muted terracottas or earth tones here! Most surfaces are painted the colors of Arizona wildflowers… hot pinks, oranges, yellows, reds, lime greens, purples… and lots more.  You can’t help but feel happy and ready for a good time when you walk in!

Image of The Saguaro, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel, Scottsdale

LOVE these lights!  Did you know you can make them?  Here are directions from ruffledblog.com.

Only the bar is somewhat muted, paneled in weathered barnwood, while still sporting a few brightly painted niches.

The orange tips on the barstools really got me. Such a simple feature makes a BIG impact.

 

Nice display idea.

Check out the purple carpet in the rooms and hallways.

The Saguaro, a Joie de Vivre Hotel: The Saguaro - Guestroom

HAPPY happy colors!  Hmm…. am now rethinking the desert house.  I’ve always loved warm earth tones, and lots of wood, rock, metal and other materials found in nature.  But maybe these bright hot colors would be even better for a weekend place….  You can’t help but smile and relax when surrounded by this.  What do you think??

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