I was in the mood for a bit of nature and whimsy, and guess what pops up on my radar? An antelope rug! How fun, and beautiful. But - expensive. I know when there isn't a price advertised on a website that it's very expensive (Stark sells it), and all the websites I've seen that sell this beauty have no price visible. I could save up and put one of these in my dining room, but, I think I'd rather stick with my $12 leopard print pillow.
This post is for my mom. We are collaborating on a spare room she has, for which she just bought the most gorgeous gray-turquoise-greenish velvet sofa. She's got these two royal blue leather recliners that I think would go perfectly, and I've already bought her some black and white art. She just has to decide on a paint color!
The chairs here are the exact same color as her Horchow sofa (source: pinterest)
This picture, from dailydreamdecor.com, seems like it could be an extension of the room above
Here's a round-up of six great paint colors that can really make an impact and brighten up a room. I myself have chosen a bold color for my mudroom/hallway to the basement as a spring reboot, and I'll post pictures as soon as it's completed.
Nicole Curtis is a true inspiration for home renovators interested in keeping homes true to their original charm. She re-uses and re-purposes everything she can, making old, forgotten details shine. The pictures below are of a recently completed house in Minneapolis, and it's currently for sale. The third season of the show will have five episodes of the renovation of the "Case House," as she calls it. The pictures are amazing - someone will be a very lucky homeowner. I love that basement!
While I was watching Property Brothers last night with the husband snoring behind me, I realized I missed that feeling of completely redoing something, and that "wow" feeling once it's completed. (I also realized the "wow" feeling in my own house is rapidly decreasing and I need to get it back.) But here are some pictures I've come across recently that have that brand-new, clean, just-finished look to them. Inspiration that feels very fresh. Details that could easily be applied to a small house.
#projectkitchengorgeous from Bijou and Boheme as seen in Style at Home
1. Finish our home renovation. We've owned our home for about 2 1/2 years now, with only the third bedroom and second bathroom left to finish. I have to make a few more tweaks and makeovers, like the upstairs hall railing, kitchen backsplash and my dining room chairs. After that, I wonder if we'll move?
2. Lose weight so I don't have to keep getting my rings re-sized (among other reasons, high school reunion(s) being one reason, not having to buy new jeans is reason #3).
3. Paint. I'd like to make a night sky painting, a swan painting, and paint my old dresser something bold and glossy.
4. Buy a super soft, plush red king size blanket , or a powder blue / seafoam green duvet cover. Or both.
5. Help my friend decorate her new house (and put before and after pictures on this blog). First on the to-do list is to paint her octagonal coffee table.
6. Take care of ALL my appointments, chores, tasks, to-do lists, etc.
Last Valentine's Day I made a special dinner and brought out the nice dining room accessories I had - table cloth, table runner, monogrammed paper napkins, fine wine, and the prettiest serving ware I had. The red roses my husband got me were the centerpiece, along with some nice candles to set the mood.
This year I plan on making my home like a romantic retreat. Here's how I plan on doing it.
1. Candles everywhere. Candles are romantic. If I had a fireplace this step would be easy, but I don't. So candles on the dining room table, the kitchen island, the bedroom, the bathroom, etc.
2. A pretty dining table, and one themed room.This might require fresh flowers. Usually girls get flowers from their significant other on V-Day, but I'm personally not a fan of cut flowers. I'd much rather get a potted orchid, so I will be making use of my new orchid and other plants. Maybe I'll ask for another flowery plant, who knows. Anyway, by one themed room, I mean one room with Valentine's decorations. Subtle is the best way to go, unless you have kids. I like to do a red or pink color theme, with our Valentine's Day cards, flowers and presents displayed, as well as themed food, such as heart shaped pancakes.
3. Deep clean and cozy it up. This means plush blankets, pillows, rugs, and spots to relax. Possibly breakfast in bed. For me, it simply means cleaning my house so that there's room to relax together. Everyone is happy when the house is clean and organized. So go about this way: deep clean everything while your significant other is out, then make it pretty and organized. (Make a list, too. Change the sheets, scrub the tile, wash the clothes, file papers, do the dishes, dust, etc.) When they come home, I guarantee they'll be in a romantic mood.
4. The present. Many people give gifts for Valentine's Day, but one of the nicest gifts I've heard of is doing something the other person has on their to-do list that they don't really want to do. Traditionally, I've seen gift certificates serve this purpose, like massage certificates, but it could be anything from cleaning cat litter to finishing a major project. My present to my husband is going to be finishing our third bedroom and making a space in there for his gaming. He's got a brand new monitor hogging my coffee table, and we've been working on the third bedroom anyway, so this is really a kill-three-birds kind of deal.
(the room won't look exactly like this, but you get the idea)
* Side note: If you haven't experienced the joy of getting gift certificates or gift cards, you're missing out. I know a lot of people who refuse to give gift cards, and want a personal touch on their gifts, but many of us struggle with budgeting and finances, so a $50 gift card for gas or groceries, maybe a trip to the bookstore you keep forgetting to go to, the restaurant you love most...priceless.
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