Monday, August 30, 2010

Minute Monster Monday

SSSssshhh they are still sleeping. I get up early everyday for the moments of peace. You know the ones I am talking about....those first few minutes when you don't hear...
"Mom, I can't find my bag of socks. I think the cleaning ladies took them"
or even better
"Mom, I have to bring home made cookies to school today."

I call them the minute monsters...all the little things that only take a minute and next thing you know it is time for bed and nothing you wanted to get done is done. The minute monsters have been munching on my minutes all summer and now it is back to school and back to hockey and they are devouring even more of my time. I am putting my new platform shoe down now!

In honor of my  "No Minute Monster Monday" here are a few feminine fabulous spaces...calm, relaxed
and Oh so peaceful.

P.S. My 130 pound minute monster just said" Mom you are the best ever" as he walked out the door for the bus. I guess breakfast was good and he was happy I made his lunch.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sun Shower

                                                          Photo credit  Living Etc. April 2009

Waking up and taking a shower here would be a glorious start to everyday.
Simple, flooded with light and colorful.

Why it works?
Complementary color scheme- yellow and blue. Complementary colors are colors directly across the color wheel from each other.

Traditional style dominates- shower stall with claw-feet, Bergere chair, floral wallpaper, deep paneled white trim work and tall baseboards are all very classic traditional elements.

Humor- the pops of color , vibrant blue paint on chair, red welting on chair, strong yellow on chest..keeps the room fresh

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mood Makers

                                                        Subtle nuances in color and texture

                                                       Elegance and luxury in empty space

                                                                   Personal collections

                                                                    Color control

                                                                    Dark lamp shades

                                                                       Layered texture


                                            Unexpected scale

                                                Repetition of objects

                                                                   Restraint and order

                                                         Old with new...ornate with simple

Friday, August 6, 2010

Twin Twins

Naked Wall

Finding two of anything is always harder. I have been scouring craigslist, antique stores and ebay for a pair of twin headboards without success. My room needs something with presence a hint of black, durable (teenage boys sleep here), style feminine but simple, ( this is also a guest room...the boys get cots in the living room if we are crowded),  tall 64" and narrow. It has been like a series of bad blind dates, too short, too wide, too girly, too blah and too expensive not that I have been on a blind date recently.

My doodle for the headboard

Simple iron posts and frame similar to this bed I made for another guest room will frame the MDF upholstered center. The center is 1/2" MDF cut with a jigsaw and will be padded and upholstered in a simple heavy linen. My MDF is cut and since I cannot weld you know what I will be doing this weekend ...upholstering and waiting for my frame.


I still need to figure out the final details for the headboard. Maybe a handpainted monogram, or other design, nailheads, whipstitching not sure. Any suggestions?