I have a problem area in my downstairs living area. Truth be told, there are lots of “problem areas” in my home. Is an indecisive, obsessive–compulsive, Type-A perpetual home improver ever happy with her abode? However, there is one spot that has been bugging me above all others lately…our fireplace.
Something about it isn’t working for me. Is the blue to bright? Should the painting be rested (as shown) or hung? Is it the ugly yellow oak that is off? I can’t put my finger on it, but I do have some ideas on ways to improve the situation. I think the mantle needs to be bulked up. It is our planned project for August. Stay tuned for details and reveal.
In the meantime, do you have suggestions for upping my fireplace’s aesthetic value? I am a little lost and totally open to suggestions…
This weekend Eric and I had the pleasure of staying in a nearby bed and breakfast. Neither of us had been to a b&b before, and I was a little nervous. I was afraid it would feel like sleeping in a stranger’s house. Turns out, I had nothing to fear. Our hosts, Duffy and Merrill, were fantastic. They had thought of every detail to make our stay comfortable.
The house was beautiful and constructed in the Queen Anne style. The entire b&b was spotless. I actually felt guilty about how dirty my own home was. And the details were incredible. I snapped some pictures to show you, up close and personal, all of the fantastic touches. We just don’t see craftsmanship like this anymore.
Darling hubby laughed at me for taking this picture, but I couldn’t resist. I love how intricate the doorknob is.
Speaking of intricate, look at the carving on the bedpost.
The moulding was to die for, and the bath room was updated but very simple and chic.
And here are more shots of the digs we called home for one night.
The best part of our stay was a terrible storm that came through. I know that sounds funny, but it provides us with an experience and story we will never forget. We had run the local Wal-Mart to shop for our son’s upcoming birthday. While there, the store declared a “code black” and ordered all employees and customers to the storage room. I had never been crowded in a Wal-Mart store area with complete strangers. It was an adventure to say the least. And, the storm also left us with a double rainbow over the b&b.
Isn’t that pretty?
Okay, so I cheated…a little. I can do that; this is my blog afterall, so I get to make the rules, right? Right. This week’s Picture Perfect Design is not inspired by an image so much as an item. You see, recently I was watching an episode of HGTV’s Design Star (which is super boring and lame this season, BTW). The challenge was to design a space inspired by a flower. The judges stressed that the design shouldn’t be about the colors of the flowers so much as the emotions they inspire and their basic essence. I instantly knew which flower I would choose. From the title of this post, you probably know which flower I picked. You’re right, it is the tulip. Smarty Pants! The tulip isn’t my all-time favorite flower (it is a Stargazer Lily in case the hubby is reading), but the tulip is a flower I love and one that lends itself nicely to this challenge IMHO. Here’s a tulip snapshot for you as an appetizer.
For me, tulips scream four basic things – spring, simple, fresh and structured. Those key words were what I tried to keep in mind when I designed this living room.
1. The lines of this sofa remind me so much of a tulip, structured and curved. I chose this color because I think it will work well as a neutral in our spring room.
4. This ottoman in white will serve as the coffee table for our space. I love an ottoman as a coffee table because it offers dual functionality and allows your space to be more flexible. In fact, we have an ottoman as a coffee table in one of our living rooms.
5. Hard to tell from the picture, but this is actually fabric. They call the color lime; I call it spring green. Either way, I think this fabric would be fab throw pillows. For me the sea blue and crisp green color combo is always a winner.
6. I really tried to keep this room from feeling at all heavy. That’s why I went with white lacquer tables for the ends of the sofa.
7. The curve of this lamp reminds me of the shape a single tulip takes when placed in a bud vase.
8. White floor pillows will help keep the living room relaxed, inviting and flexible.
9. This chair is called “the Tulip chair”, I kid you not. So, it was an obvious choice for the space. I also think its lines work well with the sofa without being too matchy-matchy.
10. The wall color is the same spring green I referenced earlier when discussing the fabric. I think it would really pop in a room with white crown molding and trim.
Lots of people collect things. I absolutely believe that if you love something enough to collect it, you should display it proudly in your home. Here are some great examples.
Do you collect anything?
P.S. Hubby, if you are reading this post please don’t think this means your comics or transformers will be finding wall space in our home 🙂
This week has gotten away from me a little and I am unprepared. I apologize. I thought instead of wowing you with decorating insights, I would tease you with some upcoming posts I have planned.
I am introducing a new feature to Live, Love, Decorate. I will be chronicling our home in weekly tidbits. I love seeing how other people decorate their homes – open houses, realtor.com, shelter magazines and blogs are my voyeuristic outlet. I decided to return the favor by snapping photos of our abode to share. Each Thursday I will feature a different space from our home. Look for it, beginning next week.
Also on tap is a simple project I finished last week that I think looks fab. It was cheap and anyone can do it. Plus, it brings something personal to your home. I have your interest piqued, don’t I?
Finally, Eric and I will be going to a bed & breakfast (sans toddler) this weekend. You can definitely expect pictures of the lavish room and the beautiful gardens the place boasts.
Finally, I am toying with the idea of doing a giveaway. Is that something you guys would like? What kind of items interest you the most?
Until then, enjoy your weekend. Do you have anything exciting on tap?