March 1, 2013

Spring Ikea Finds

by Shelly

The other day I joined my good friend Jenn and her adorable new baby Laird for a little Ikea shopping trip.  I like Ikea (mainly for the meatballs), to stock up on Swedish food (my husband is from Swedish roots) and usually to grab cheap supplies for parties.  This time I was searching for items to decorate my husbands’ new office!  That will be another post for sure.

I’m not always the biggest cheerleader of Ikea to be honest.  I think cheap finds, but I also want things to last and I don’t always find that combo there.  But this time I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a few items that looked really good and of quality!



This Flatweave Rug caught my eye just as we were checking out.  It was just laying across some boxes in the wrong area.  It looks much more expensive than it really is. But like most flatweave rugs, you get a great look for a great price!

It’s no big surprise that I love anything woven, rattan, cane or the like. It gives a room such a warm cozy feeling.  Another thing I love…a shot of black in a room.  This Rattan Chair fits both those bills!  I think a bright floral pillow and a light weight throw would look great on this chair.

This Buffalo Check Bedding isn’t new, but everytime I see it at Ikea I fall in love with it all over again.  It’s just perfect for a little girls room.  It also comes in tan and it would be great paired with dark navy accents and rustic furniture for a boys room.

I’m sort of still kicking myself that I didn’t grab these Pastel Check Towels.  They’re kitchen towels, but they would be SO cute as napkins for our Easter table!  They’re borderline neon they are that bright.  You could also unfold them and hang them off the table as placemats. I think I need to go back and pick these up!

Another fabulous piece for your table! This Stripe Table Runner would just be the perfect first layer on the table. I would line up colorful tulips in vases down the center of this. Pretty!

I about fell over when I saw this Graphic Pillow. It is THAT good!  TEN DOLLARS PEOPLE!!!! And it looks so much more expensive than that.  I wanted this, but it really wouldn’t go in my house. But someone needs this. Please go buy it.

Another shocker was this Poster Set of 3.  It looked like something wonderful I would find on Etsy. These would be adorable in a little kids room.  I may go back and get the set just for the London poster….being the big ol’ Anglophile that I am. It would look cute in my office.

These lanterns are a staple at Ikea, but I’ve never seen these Pastel/Neon Lanterns before.  My friend Jenn and I both went nuts for them. She’s already planning on buying a bunch for her annual Fiesta Del Sol party, that she and her family throw every summer.  Umm, and how cute would they look along with the pastel check towels as napkins? Cute!

This Oversized Floor Lamp is going to find a new home in my husbands’ office.  $69!  And it’s large and such a great look for a room. A must.

I am off to spruce up our patio area for some major lounging this weekend!  It’s set to be in the 80s all weekend…HALLELUJAH!!!  I see surfing, sun bathing, bbq’ing and doing nothing in our future.

Hope you have a good one too!

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September 14, 2011

Bring on Fall

by Shelly

Now that Labor Day has come and gone I am completely ready for the cooler weather of Fall to begin.  But here in Southern California we really don’t feel the change from Summer to Fall until mid to late October.  August and September can be quite hot!

In any case, I’ve noticed myself trying to force the weather to change.  Last weekend we had some wonderful friends over for an inpromptu dinner party and I served the most RICH, cooler weather meal ever.  The sauteed mushrooms on the side are a MUST by the way! TO DIE FOR!  The next day I got my nails painted in a rich plummy brown.  And I’ve noticed myself pinning more and more Fall inspired rooms.  Are you following me on Pinterest?

There’s nothing like a room painted in rich tones to make your guests swoon when they walk into the room.  Walls painted in peacock colors and tones of autumn look romantic when filled with candles at night.  Even if all you can muster is a powder room painted in a rich eggplant.  It’s a look that is bold and classic at the same time.  And it’s definitely worth a try….it’s only paint after all!

{via apartment therapy}

Many of us have a spare bedroom or den where we could try out this palette. Gorgeous peacock teal blue grasscloth and paint covers the walls and extends onto the bookcases.  The look is enveloping and cozy, especially when accented with brass lighting!  The soft orange pillows add just the right amount of contrast.

{eileen kathryn boyd via lonny}

Yes….this is quite a look.  But you know that brown boring sofa you have in your family room? Come on, you KNOW you have one in your home.  I’m betting on it!  I know, they’re safe and you can’t see stains.  But they are BORING and brown…so so BROWN.  So try this.  Paint your walls a rich deep eggplant, add accents of lacquered black and crisp white, then throw in pops of a contrasting color…here it’s burnt orange on the pillows.  The look is so rich, so inviting.  And that brown sofa now won’t look so blah.

{via simply seleta}

Want to give your guy a classic, timeless man cave?  Start with a dark, moody green.  No… darker…like the color of wet moss in a forest.  Then add tobacco leather.  A sofa, maybe a chair, or a tufted ottoman.  Add guy prints…you know…horses, old nautical prints of ships, vintage black and white photographs.  And then throw in pops of rich navy.  It will make the green sing!  Oh, and don’t forget a little animal print or (what my husband would REALLY like) a stuffed antelope head or the like from his day of hunting with his dad.  Yes, that IS what my husband would love. He’s from Fresno people!

{windsor smith}

Maybe it’s time for a dining room overhaul?  Let me guess, you have a dining set with a table and matching chairs….and maybe a sideboard or china that matches too?  Ok, I get it.  You can’t just run out and buy new stuff.  Alright, so let’s work with it.  Is the sideboard a hand me down or in “not so great” condition?  Paint it, throw on some new knobs…done.  Add a fun new chandelier by shopping estate sales or your local thrift stores.  Go for a great shape and if it’s not quite right, paint it with metallic paint, change the shades, and it’s as good as new!  Paint your walls a deep, mysterious eggplant with some mocha mixed into it.  Add a natural seagrass rug.  And then ask your Grandma for that old settee she has. You know the one with the needlepoint fabric on it with the flowers.  Yeah, that one.  Have a slipcover made or reupholster it.  Take out some of the chairs on one side of the table and throw in the settee. Cozy. Unique.  Not so matchy!

{via lonny}

And one of the easiest rooms to create a big change in is the bathroom.  Where I live many of the homes have quite tiny baths.  Most people do the norm…paint the walls white, beige or something similar and add powder blue or aqua accents.  Typical.  But what about painting the walls a dark high gloss black with a bit of navy in it? Stunning.  The white of the sink, toilet, and tub will just pop!  And then you can just run to Ikea and pick up some cheap white frames and add family photos or maybe vintage postcards and throw them on the walls.  It’s a cheap room to redecorate and get the most bang for your buck!

Now do you need some paint colors to achieve this look?  My favorites are always in the Ben Moore Historical colors.  Try some of these:

{HC-157 Narragansett Green…a deep blue, teal}

{HC 134 Tarrytown Green ….a beautiful, English racing green}

{2072-20 Black Raspberry…deep and mysterious}

{1630 Ocean Floor}

So do you have any Fall inspired walls in your home?  If not, are you contemplating a new look in one of your rooms?

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August 4, 2011

Boats on the brain

by Shelly

Apparently I am need of a day out at sea!  I have sailboats and anything nautical on the brain this week. The weather HAS been quite glorious lately and my mind is in desperate need of some fresh air and sunshine.  Today I took a few hours to scurry around the house, put upa few more pieces of art and arrange some accessories in much needed areas of the house.  A few of the items I’ve been moving around to different rooms trying to figure out where they would be best placed, are the two model sailboats we own. I’m considering investing in a small collection of them for our living room mantle. We shall see!  Here are some rooms that inspired me today.

{andrea crawford via house and home}

{country living}

{phoebe howard}


{velvet and linen}

{phoebe howard}

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April 27, 2011

Entry Ways

by Shelly

I’ve always wanted a beautiful entry way where I could unload my bags, file away mail, hang the dog leash, and touch up my lipstick on the way out the door. Unfortunately, it seems that we have yet to live in a house with a proper entry way at all.

In the house we just sold (and still living in while we do construction on the new place) you can see the front door opens RIGHT into the stairway leading to the second floor.  I have a small coat rack on the wall that does hold jackets quite well, as well as an old milk can on the floor that collects an assortment of umbrellas.  But there wasn’t really an area to put a table with a small mirror over it like I had wanted to. The plan had been to add a sofa table behind the couch there, but…well that never happened and now we’re moving.

In the new place we are stuck with the same VERY low ceiling when you come through the front door.  So putting a fun, glitzy light that catches your attention when you first walk in is sort of out of the question. BUT, the good thing is there is now room for a entry table and mirror like I’ve always wanted.

Some of my fav entryways…..

{domino mag}

{westbrook interiors}

{hillary thomas}

{james michael howard}

Here’s the entryway to our new place before we ripped it apart.  The flooring is gone and will be replaced with distressed, warm wood floors.  The door we are planning on reworking by taking out the rainbow glass diamonds and adding some kind of patterned, leaded clear glass.  We will also paint the door my fav color….Ben Moore Wythe Blue HC143 and add a new, oil rubbed bronze Baldwin doorknob set and mailbox slot.  But see the ceiling? Low huh?  My dream of a hanging lantern there just won’t become reality.  So I’m now searching for a VERY flush mount light to add there, in place of the recessed light that is currently in the ceiling.

Here are my front runners……

{fun shape}

{in keeping with the nautical theme of our home}

{still keeping a beachy vibe}

{slightly unexpected}

So….which one would you choose?  Help me decide!


October 19, 2010

spooky decor for your home

by Shelly

Although my favorite time of the year is actually the warm months of Summer, I absolutely LOVE Halloween!  I guess it’s the actress in me that just adores the idea of dressing up in costume and putting on crazy makeup. Oh yeah, and I love a wig!  But my love for this spooky time of the year doesn’t end there…movies, decor, food..if its spooky, I’m into it!

Our neighborhood is in full Halloween mode right now in fact. Everyone has their home decked out in scary decorations including pumpkins, ghosts, tombstones, and demons.  I’m so proud of our 3 year old for embracing the holiday as well and NOT being scared like most kids her age are.  She’s crazy into it too!

Well, with just weeks away from Halloween (and the season premiere of Walking Dead on AMC!), I thought some spooky inspired items for your home were in order.  Sometimes the best Halloween decorations are the ones that don’t SCREAM Halloween!

click on picture for a closer look!

1.  Unstretched Encyclopedia Skull and Bone Canvas $59-$199 @ Pottery Barn

2.  Phantom Pillar Holder 17.5″-Black $19.95 @ Z Gallerie

3.  Brass Claw Bottle Opener $24.00 @ Jayson Home and Garden

4.  Gothic Quatrefoil Mirror $799 @ Restoration Hardware

5.  Magnetic Specimen- Cicada-2 per box $12 @Van Rozeboom Interiors

6.  Bride of Frankenstein Tintype $38.00 @Obscuro shop on Etsy

7.  Ruby Colored Wine Glasses (2) $16.95 @TwoVintageAvenue on Etsy

8.  McAllister Silhouette Plates $65.00 each @ Jayson Home and Garden

9.  Spiderwebs Under Glass from $45.00 each @ ABC Home 1

10.  Vintage Fencing Mask $95.00 @ Gothic Rose Antiques

11.  Antique German Wall Clock $595.00 @ Gothic Rose Antiques

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