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Monthly Archives: February 2012
Paper lanterns are so versatile and so inexpensive! I have had clients that hung one saying it was ‘just for now’ and have never taken them down! They just have such amazing impact for the price.
Having a light source is nice as they do light up beautifully, but even if you don’t, simply hanging them for the sun to shine through is pretty awesome too!
Check out these great spaces with paper lanterns.
Solid oak chairs from the mid-century, or even much older or much younger, are classic pieces that stand the test of time. They can be incorporated into any style and are so versatile. Use one in your bathroom for towels; in your office opposite your desk; in the living room against a wall; in the kitchen for standing on to get to the high cupboards; by a bed for a night-stand… One interesting chair can speak volumes.
I am talking about oak chairs because a friend of mine just moved from a large home into a much smaller one and one of her banker’s chairs was up for grabs! I took it even though I didn’t really have a place for it. I just know I will use it somewhere great if not for my own home, then for my daughter when she moves out. It’s classic! For now it sits in my office and I am happy to look at it.
Here’s another classic, the shaker style:
And of course, the good old mission style chair – one by the front door could do your grandma a service when she comes to visit:
Before you throw your chairs on the curb, consider keeping even just one if its a classic. You may just find the perfect corner for it and won’t that come in handy when you need just one more chair for a dinner party.
When it comes to upgrading your home, one often thinks about new windows and doors. They add so much value, both for re-sale and for comfort from the elements. So it’s important to choose wisely for the style of the home as well as the function you need. What to choose may be daunting, but whom to choose is easy – Fieldstone Windows & Doors. They have only top quality products and with Rose to lend you her expertise on what to choose, why would you look elsewhere? Sarah Richardson knows to choose Fieldstone Windows and Doors – why wouldn’t you?
Here are a few examples on how antique brass can look awesome mixed with the brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze so many of us already have. As for polished brass – it’s the rare piece that can still cut it so I say it has to go most of the time. Hope the photos tell the right story for your home updates.
Add them in a small sweet bunch…
Add them creatively…
In the Toronto Star today there is an article talking about how trees are best for helping ailments of the 21st century – Mark Cullen writes that it helps stress and even cancer and ADHD! Here is the article – Trees.
I think trees are amazing to look at and indeed they help clean the air, so why not plant some in your own backyard this year? I know I will. I have two more spots planned for trees in my garden and I will look forward to when they start to really thrive to help make my own personal space feel fresher and more relaxing. Trees are so easy to care for and make for great design so why not help your environment out.
Railings are quite expensive to replace so I am often at houses where the 1980′s oak railings are put to rest with some white paint on the spindles and the newel post and banister either stained to match the wood floor or simply painted black. It is simple, cost effective and very classic, much like replicating the look of this first photo.
Retro from the 60s and 70s is so in right now. It has clean lines and reminds us of a day when life seemed simpler. But don’t just copy from yesteryear – make it 2012 with some hits of modern. Here are a few examples of what others have done that say a lot about the new retro modern.
Check out their sites, linked below each photo, for more details and inspirational furniture pieces. Such creative and talented designers!!
jeremy kehoe studio resource furniture kino guerin palette industriesveni vidi vici design inc mumaheidi earnshaw design brooke batchelor design