I was leafing through a stack of old magazines today and came across some handy decorating tips which were attributed to well-known designers. Although I don’t usually believe in decorating rules as such, I thought I would share some of them with you as I often find it’s useful to have a starting point or some good rules of thumb to refer to when working on projects around the home.
First things first, I’d like to shout out a huge, heartfelt THANK YOU!! to Kristin, who blogs at Bliss-athome.com, for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award! It’s an honor and, of course, I accept. Kristin has some great DIY and design ideas on her blog and you should definitely take a peek at them.
It seems that this award was started in 2008 by the author of “Artwork by Sara“, a California artist. Kudos to her for spreading a spirit of positivity and generosity amongst bloggers which is still going strong four years later. Continue reading »
These days many of us are working from home occasionally, if not full time. Thankfully, huge innovations in technology have allowed our workplaces to adapt. However, some of us don’t have the luxury of an extra room to devote to an office and we’re at a loss as to where and how to set up a dedicated spot for working at home. With this in mind, I’ve found some great ideas for squeezing out some work space around your home.
I’ve long been drooling over the bedroom above which happens to have a very chic desk area. The mirror makes the desk less obtrusive and work-ish but, if need be, it could be replaced with a beautiful bulletin board for notes or shelves for storage.
My friend, Brenda, recently asked for help with her basement family room. Unfortunately there had been a water leak and some of the walls and carpet were ruined. Since she was going to have to re-paint and re-carpet it seemed like an opportune time to update the room overall.
The room has low ceilings, no windows and one wall that’s not square with the others, throwing the balance off a little. Brenda loves turquoise, so she hoped to work that colour into the room, and she also wanted a fresh airy feeling. A sofa and TV were a must and she hoped to continue to store her family’s book collection in that space.
I’m a catalogue (a.k.a “catalog”, for my American friends) kind of girl. I love leafing through through them both in print and online, but do have a preference for a meaty hard copy with which I can curl up on the couch and immerse myself.
I love them all and will never say no to browsing through jewellery, clothes, museum finds, gifts, gadgets… you get the picture. Of course, the furniture and decor ones are my favorites and I have no trouble gazing at page after page of rooms, styled to the max with not a speck of dust, pile of dishes or paper mountain in sight. Most of the time the pages are so inspiring and inviting that I wish I could move in, if only for a day.