MY NEW LOVE FOR CARPET

Are you a hardwood floor or carpet person?  Me, I love a little of both, but have become a bigger fan of carpet since I opened my eyes to modular carpet tiles.

  

 I’ve seen carpet squares being used on many of the design shows I watch on TV, but  I have always thought of them as an industrial option, lacking character.  Well, let me tell you I was wrong, wrong, wrong. This past weekend, I watched an episode of HGTV’s Design on a Dime, where they used carpet squares to dress up a dining room.  Wow… the look ever great and the cost was very reasonable. 

   

 That show really got me interested in carpet squares so I spent some time on the FLOR.com website.  This website is the mecca for beautiful and stylish carpet squares. 

  

I was so surprised to see all the color, texture and style options available.  And was even more thrilled to see that one of my design idols, Martha Stewart has developed a licensed program with them.   

  

Each of the carpet squares measures 19.7” sq and is made of renewable and recycled content, so they are earth friendly.  I love the ease involved in installing the squares and the multitude of design options available.  You can mix-and-match patterns to create your own custom look and create any size carpeting you need.  Flor tiles are the perfect companion to hardwood flooring, when you need a bit of softness under foot or some added texture and warmth for a space.  

 

Once the carpeting is down, if an area needs cleaning or replacing, you simply remove the one or two tiles needed and replace them with new tiles.  How brilliant!  

  Check out these designer looks you can create with Flor tiles.  

  

    

  

   

 After seeing all the beautiful carpet option available by Flor, all I can ask is where has FLOR.COM been all my life! 

 

Is a new carpet in your future?  If you have Flor tiles in your home, I’d love to see photos of your custom design.   

Orange Is A Happy Color

In my blog  post yesterday, I talked about my love for the Fall season, especially the deep, rich colors that make the season come to life.  One of the colors I love most during fall is ORANGE.  There is something so lush and regal about the color and I just love the way it makes a room feel happy.  Here are a few inspiring photos, starring the color orange, that are sure to put a smile on your face.  Enjoy.

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Rather than rustic and rough-hewn, the walls in this lake house guest room are painted a glossy orange that also covers the trim and window sash bars.

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Happy Fall Y’all

Last week the temperatures dropped to the 80’s here in Atlanta, the morning air began to show signs of crispness and all I could think about was decorating for fall. Fall is one of my favorite seasons.  I love the warm colors that represent fall; I love the texture of fall leaves and pinecones; and I really love sunflowers–my favorite fall flower.

So, in honor of the approaching season, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite fall decorating ideas with you.

 

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Pumpkins and gourds are one of my favorite fall decorating elements.  I love mixing oranges and yellows together, and throwing in a white pumpkin or two for a pop.  Aren’t white pumpkins one of natures most beautiful things? 

If you want to decorate in a specific color scheme, you can always spray paint your pumpkins any color you want.

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I love creating pumpkin topiaries at my front door.  Just remove the plants from your planters and stack pumpkins (real or faux) to create a topiary.  For the early part of the fall, use plain pumpkins and then switch them out for something a bit more whimsical for Halloween.

  

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 Your front door is a great place to do some creative fall decorating. I typically place a fall wreath on my door, but just might try this look, this year.  This arrangement uses tin cans that have been dressed up with ribbons, and then filled with fresh flowers. Simple and elegant.

 

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 Or you can deck out your front door with a decorative mirror and some fall foliage.

Centerpiece of pumpkins covered with mums

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Here’s a really beautiful centerpiece idea.  To create these flower pumpkins, simply hot glue flower heads over the entire surface of  a small pumpkin. How adorable.

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I love decorating with pinecones, not only because they are free from nature, but because of their texture and shape.  To create this candle arrangement, simple wire pinecones together to create a circle.  Place a glass hurricane in the middle and add a few red berry sprigs for added color and texture.  This look can carry your into the Christmas season too.

Well, I guess it’s time to pull out my fall decor and begin decorating.  I’m  going to try something new for my dining room centerpiece this year and will show you the results when it’s all done. 

Until then,  Happy Fall Y’all! 

 

 

WHAT A LITTLE PAINT CAN DO

No longer is paint just for your walls and ceilings.  I spent the weekend flipping magazines, blogs and websites and came across some really cool painted floor designs.  Check out how these floors take the design of these rooms to a new level.

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 This last image was a DYI project that the very talented Lori Dunbar from Fin and Roe and Marzipan Inc  completed in her home. If this inspires you to do a little painting of your own, check out Lori’s how-to instructions here!

Fabulous!

 

INSPIRATIONAL INTERIOR

Even though it’s 90 degrees here in Atlanta, my favorite way to decompress after a long week is to soak in a hot bath.

Tonight I’m going to close my eyes and image this is my bathtub. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

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BLOGGING FOR RIBBON

Back in July, I completed a Calling All Bloggers DYI project for May Arts, in hopes of being selected as one of their new craft bloggers.  

Well, the results are in and Yippie, Horray, Whoppie…I was selected! 

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If you are a ribbon lover, you are well aware of May Arts and the incredible ribbon selection they offer.  Because their selection is so vast, May Arts ribbons are used in a wide variety of industries including craft & hobby, scarpbooking, gift wrapping, stationery, fashion, interior design, party decor and the floral industry.  Although May Arts is a wholesale ribbon supplier, you can find their ribbons in many craft and stationery stores, including one of my favorite, Paper Source. 

As a regular blogger for May Arts, I will be creating DYI projects using their ribbon and providing you all the how-to steps on the May Ats blog.  I have been designing and crafting for many, many years and love nothing better that creating something beautiful with my hands. Make sure to check out the May Arts website and subscribe to their blog.  Along side me, there are some really talented crafters that will also be showcasing their work. 

 And, if you missed my original Lattice Weave Mirror project, check it out here

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DESIGN CRUSH: GRANT K. GIBSON

There are so many talented interior designers around the globe, many of whom have made a name for themselves and many who are just making their way.  Grant K. Gibson is one designer that is on the fast track to design stardom. 

A New York, turned San Francisco designer, Grant has established a look and identity with this work that is setting him apart in the design world.  Known for well-edited, classic and personalized spaces, Grant designs rooms that feel real, feel livable and most importantly look great.

Many of Grant’s projects have been featured in House Beautiful, the New York Times, Elle Decor and Traditional Home.  He has also made appearances on several HGTV design shows, and was selected by Elle Decor as one of “5 Designers to Watch.”

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One of the things I admire most about Grant’s work is the understated elegance he brings to a room.  He is a master at layering, a genius at showcasing collectibles, a wizard at incorporating texture and color, and truly innovative to top it all off. 

When it comes to his personal style, Grant chooses to wear only black and white, keeping his look simple and classic.  Simple and classic can also be used to define his design esthetic, but when he adds the finishing touches to a room, it says so much more.

Below are photos of Grant’s SF apartment, which he renovated in lieu of paying 2 months rent to his landlord.  Boy did the landlord win in this deal. From the flooring,  moldings, paint and architectural details, every inch of his apartment is devine.

In his living room, I love that Grant incorporated this built-in wall unit and to give it even more style, added mirrors on the back wall to create visual interest and depth.  Check out the layering of accessories and artwork, many of which were purchased at 1stdibs.com and at local flea markets.

  This room feels so cozy and comfortable.

In this part of his apartment, Grant added bamboo shades, providing added texture to the space. I just adore the curved window seat and the placement of the skirted table.  I can just see envision myself sitting in front of these windows for hours, reading and napping.  And, the animal print rug adds that final touch of personality.

Always looking to “renovate with maximum style, at minimum cost”, Grant turned a Pottery Barn Teen bed  which he purchased for $500 into a stylish piece with the addition of an upholstered camel colored Mohair headboard.  Isn’t this just stunning?  The addition of cobalt blue walls really sets his bedroom off.

Chocolate linen drapes in the bedroom were dressed up with a greek key border.

In his bathroom, Grant replaced old, outdated tiles with $.99 black and white tiles.  It can’t get more classic and stylish than this.

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Outside of his interior design business, Grant is an avid photographer, rarely being seen without a camera in hand.  Many of his photographs are available for sale in the shop section of  his website.  And for even more design pleasure, check our Grant’s blog, here!

Grant is one designer I’ll be watching and admiring for years to come.

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