Posts tagged ‘Furniture’

08/05/2011

Room Inspiration… Foyer

My new front door

My new front door  has inspired me to start looking at photos of foyers and entrance halls for design ideas. The door is beautiful, and I really like it for the house. I didn’t pick it out, my sister did. And I’m glad she did. The leaded glass looks really lovely, and the door screams, “I am a front entrance!” Before there was simply confusion as to which door was the front door.

Back to entrance halls. The house I grew up in has a small foyer. I always like this small area, devoted to welcoming other and yourself to the home. A foyer should have places for shoes and coats, keys and mail. It should also have a mirror, for last-minute appearance checks, and a chair to take shoes off, or put them on in preparation of leaving. The foyer should have many things, but ultimately it is the area to put down your things, take a breath and say,”I am HOME.”

Not only is the entrance hall/foyer dedicated to leaving or coming home, it is also the first impression of the interior. If the foyer was a course, it would be an amouse-bouche. It sets the tone for the rest of the home. I am pretty excited about the entrance hall in my house. It is larger than the foyer in my childhood home, and therefore makes even more of a statement.

Stripey-gallery inspiration.

There are a few things I want in my hall. First of all, I want a chandelier. A big beautiful one; in fact, I have already purchased this chandelier. I just have to paint it. I also want a buffet piece, with legs and some storage. Luckily, I already have this, too. My mom gave me the perfect piece. I just have to strip it down and paint it black. Then I want a small table, and a couple of chairs. What I really want in there? Stripes. I think it will emphasize my 14ft ceilings and make the whole room seem more grand. I see them in a light gray and white vertical stripe.

I envision walking in, and having a coat tree and the buffet. Over the buffet, a mirror, with a bowl for keys, and a few other things. A boot tray under the buffet. Then, a little further down, two chairs with a small table in between. A lamp on the small table, and a gallery above the chairs, with lots of prints, photographs, and paintings, all in black frames. Of course, this vision is years away, but it really looks beautiful in my head!

More Inspiration Photos…

                                 

*Inspiration photos from Elle Decor, Domino, or various google image searches

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07/02/2011

Vintage Kitchen Decor

Vintage glass cake plate with a light blue edge

I haven’t been working on the house as much, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been shopping for it! I always intended to post some of the things I purchased for the house, so I guess I’ll get to it. Everyone likes looking at pretty things rather than crumbling walls! I do have a confession to make…I love vintage kitchen stuff. Colorful glassware, interesting plates, weird baking stuff; if it’s old and shiny, I’m there.  I love the novelty of these old items, like the vintage eggbeater, as well as the usefulness of them. These things aren’t purely knickknacks. I find that old sifters are my favorite to use, and the kettle, while not old, will be used and add a nice pop of color to the kitchen. So on my recent journeys, I’ve been shopping.

As I said in this post, I want the kitchen to be primarily white and black. These items are the jewels, the interesting pieces that add color and personality. Not all of them were purchased. My Aunt gave me the Fiesta pitcher, which is awesome. She gave me quite a few other nice pieces as well. A few days ago when I was taking all the stuff to where I store it, I stopped by the house with the stuff and my camera to take some pictures of my recent purchases in the house.

 Anyway, here is a look at some of the things that I have collected for the kitchen over the past few months.

                       

03/11/2011

Room Inspiration… Dining Room

Food & Books

It is so dreary and rainy here, and  none of the work is being done on the house! So, I’ll have to find something else to write about. Design, anyone?

I grew up watching design shows. Literally, I learned to tie my shoes the way Lynette Jennings demonstrated  tying decorative bows on her show. HGTV was amazing to me when it was created, and quickly wound up on my “most watched” list. Mostly, I learned about design from my mother, who just has a natural knack for it. The truth is, I don’t know how to live in a house that hasn’t been designed. It is my norm, and the first thing I thought of when we decided to buy a house.

One of the most problematic rooms in our house is the dining room. With a house that is only about 1200 square feet, we need to use every available space, and we just would not use a formal dining room that often. It is nice to have one, but there are other things we need more. Like storage. I’m a grad student with over 350 books. My sister? Also a pretty voracious reader, with at least 150 of her own. This led us to the natural conclusion of making our dining room a library/dining room. I think the combination of these two rooms is a great idea! I can use the dining table as a large desk when I’m in the middle of stuff, and the books will make for an interesting topic of conversation if we ever need something to talk about during dinner.  I plan built-in bookshelves, all the way to the ceiling on at least one of the walls. Maybe with a ladder, because that would just be awesome.

         

Even more odd then the dining room/library idea is my desire for a  mis-matched furniture set.  I like rooms to feel spontaneous and collected, not just purchased from the nearest store. So, I don’t want a matched dining set. I am currently planning either a round or oval table, with two wingback chairs at dining height at the head and foot of the table, and a settee for the seats on one side, no seats on the side with the fireplace. I like the settee because it feels more comfortable, more library-ish, and this set up will seat at least four on an everyday basis. For larger parties, I do want a matching set of four dining chairs, not ones that match the table, to mix in with the wingbacks. Other furniture in this room? An armoire for the computer. Also, I want striped shades and the room color as an avocado green, hence the last picture. Obviously, I am jumping the gun a little bit. Particularly when I could go tomorrow and purchase all the pieces I want, well, excluding the antique pieces, but that is how far I ahead I am in the planning. I already have everything picked out! Decorating is what I am good at. Building additions, planning gutters just isn’t my favorite thing to do. At least I can dream of my pretty, shiny house on this cold, dreary day.     

                    I just want the shades to be stripe-y like this, and I think the room will be about this color.

Photos from: Dominio, Apartment Therapy, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and random google searches                                                                                                          

02/28/2011

This is a Post About Fabric

A smaller scale floral

I have been struggling a bit with the amount of work to do in the house. It seems daunting to me this week. It is not that I was oblivious before, but I guess I made up for it in enthusiasm. I think it is probably normal in a project of this scale. Anyway, to cheer myself up. I’ve been planning stuff to put in the house when it is all fixed up. Yes, decor is essentially my Xanax for this project. The truth is, I’ve been purchasing stuff for my house before it was even a possibility, and this tendency has only escalated in the past few months. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t buy a ton of stuff, just small things here or there, mostly vintage things, that I won’t find again. One of these is fabric. Fabric is perfect as it doesn’t take up a lot of space, and I need it for things like throw pillows and cushions, and it helps me solidify my house color palette.

My favorite so far

The palette has been an issue because my sister and I are sharing the house. I like blues, teals, aquas, greens, and purples. She only decorates in white, black and grey. I’m okay with that, but convincing her to have a tooth pulled is easier than convincing her to use color. However, after much cajoling , I won out, and the color palette will be black, white, grey, and (muted) teals and greens. This will allow us both to use may of the things that we already own, and I can actually make it look like I live there. Plus it ensures every room will not end up a variation of grey.

This brings me back to the fabric. I love prints. I love mixing different ones together and somehow making it work. Yet, with this color palette, the prints have been quite limited. We will probably end up with black and white damask, and black and white stripes, but finding prints with blacks, greys, teals, and greens, has proved difficult. Most people want to pair aqua with chocolate brown. My sister has made it clear that this is not an option. And so, I search all the time for different prints, buying a yard or two here and there, so we have some options. Not all of them will be used. Some will end up as trim on dish or bath towels, table runners, outdoor cushions, etc. I want to be able to have a wide array of samples to put against things like the sofa and chairs. Also, many solids will be mixed in as well. Don’t worry, it won’t be a kaleidoscope.  Here are the ones I have found so far. Do you guys have any favorites?

              

              

                 

              

photos from: poetcharms.etsy.com, blackberryprairie.etsy.com, sofunfabrics.etsy.com, fabfabrique.etsy.com, thefabstore.etsy.com, cassylaintotes.etsy.com, bewbear.etsy.com, springtreefabrics.etsy.com, fabricflair.etsy.com, drawstringstudio.etsy.com, fernandinafibers.etsy.com …yeah, I buy a lot of stuff on etsy.

02/10/2011

One Week, No Regrets…

A Mahogany Drum Table and Victorian Chair, Our First Pieces of Furniture.

I have been a home owner for one week today. We have already put change into motion for the Trimble House. Contractors are being interviewed, cleaning and de-cluttering have commenced, and the materials for re-wiring the electricity have been purchased. It is interesting how quickly I want to get moving on a house that has been standing for over a century! I am definitely the impatient one in our relationship.

Victorian Chair, the complete one.

To commemorate the anniversary I bought our first pieces of furniture today! Actually, it was just a great find from Goodwill at a steal. The find: two Victorian chairs and a mahogany drum table. The chairs will be easy to recover, and I think they will fit well in the bay window. I don’t plan to buy a lot of furniture until later, these were just such a good price, and kind of perfect. I had to make an exception.  One of the cleaning guys broke the piece of trim off the back of one of the chairs, but I have the piece, and it is very repairable.