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‘Round Here

Happy Friday!  It’s still rainy around here, so the light is not the best, but below are a few shots around the house these days.  Seasonal decorating is such a challenge for me.  I don’t want to get too kitchy, but with a 4 year old who loves to help decorate, I want the house to remain playful and fun, especially for Halloween, which was one of my favorite holidays as a kid.  So, I tried to incorporate a lot of brown, orange and black with some kid-friendly touches.  Oh, and if you make it to the bottom, there is a little bonus sneak peek of the nursery paint….

{Corner of the mantle}

{Living room}

{Front hall console}

{Dining room}

{Corner of the family room}

{Front door.  Need Pumpkins!}

{Painted nursery.  Mentally remove the mess and insert better lighting!}

Have a happy Fall weekend!

Console Table Styling Inspiration

Happy Friday!  Today I am sharing the inspiration images for the styling of my new console table in my front hall.   I found most of these images on Pinterest and all of them are now found on my Pinterest boards — come follow me!

These first two images are realistically what the hallway console table will probably look like on a day-to-day basis — a catch-all for keys, sunglasses, umbrellas, shoes, and mail.  Both photos share greenery, lamps, leaning art, little bowls, and informal striped rugs.  I like the easy-going, yet thoughtful and edited styling of these spaces a lot:

The following group of images are in a similar vein, but a little more formal.  These hallway consoles use mirrors as their focal point, and are accented with fresh flowers and books or boxes:

This last group of images aren’t hallway consoles, but are styled beautifully:

{This is a console used as an end table in a bedroom.  I love the thoughtful placement of each object and the position of the mint green lamp – just slightly off center.}

{This little table is used as a sofa console.  I love the symmetry of the yellow lamps, the little yellow cabinet pulls and the baskets for storage.}

{If I recall correctly, I believe this image reflects an accent table in a dining room.  I adore the whimsy of the flamingos, the wallpaper, the understated art, and the feminine crystal accessories with the delicate pink flowers.}

There you have it – lots of inspiration!  I can’t wait to get started.  Have a great weekend – see y’all next week!

{Photo Credits: 1. Haven and Home, 2. This website, 3. Jamie Meares (i suwanee), 4. As Is Home, 5. This Website, 6. Jenny Komenda (Little Green Notebook), 7. Interior Designway, 8. Everything Fab, 9.  House of Smiths, 10. Decorista.}

New Year’s Resolution Update

Eight months ago, I set out six design resolutions for myself in 2011.  One of many things on my to-do list was a facelift for our entry hall.  As a reminder, here is the BEFORE:

 

And now, still in progress and revealing my brand-spanking-new, shiny lucite console that arrived at my doorstep yesterday, is the ALMOST AFTER:

As you can see, I replaced the unsightly mustard yellow curtain at the end of the hallway with new French doors, changed out the runner and added the currently bare, but still beautiful-to-me, console.

Remember my first attempt at the console?  Although it was too deep and too tall and too clunky for the space, I still miss this glossy gal:

Here is a close-up of the French doors that my husband labored over after some serious nagging encouragement from me.  We ordered the doors from a local outfit that we love – Pleasant’s Hardware.  The doors came primed, but not painted, and they fit a little too perfectly — the doors were so snug that we couldn’t open and close them.  My husband pulled out some magic with a saw and sander and voila!  The knobs are temporary until I can find some that I really love.  We decided on frosted glass to hide this:

Which will likely be on the design resolution list for 2012!  🙂

I have four more months to:

  1. Style the console;
  2. Find a cheap the perfect piece of art for the long bare wall across from the laundry room; and
  3. Maybe paint the back of the front door an interesting color.

Think I can do it?  Stay tuned!

 

 

My Hallways — The Good and Not So Good

So, I have been a busy bee around here (in real life, not in blog life!).  I am working really hard on my Design Resolutions and have finished Project Big Girl Room (post to come, hopefully Monday) and have been putting together on my front hallway. 

Which do you want first, the good or not-so-good?  Well, I will give you the not-so-good, and hope that you keep reading to see the good!

I ordered the West Elm Parsons Console for the front hall to go with my beloved Zigzag Rug, and I have decided that it’s too chunky for the space.  It fits, but seems to fight with the chair rail and overwhelm the space. 

{Notice the French doors on the laundry room??  Hip hip hooray!!  They need to be painted and trimmed a little, but they are here and in for now.  No more mustard yellow curtain!}

And another shot to show you the depth of the table in the hallway:

I have scheduled the console’s return for Monday, but I am honestly still waffling.  The table is so beautiful that I can’t bear to part with it!  It won’t really work anywhere else in the house though.  What do you think? 

On to the good, I have filled in the gallery wall in the upstairs hallway and am really enjoying the way it has turned out:

{Please ignore the attic cord — I should have taped it up!}

I hope to be back early next week with the big reveal of Project Big Girl Room!  Have a fabulous weekend people! 

 

{Quick} Lucite Inspiration

Remember this post about pairing this rug:

with this console:

in my front hall?

Well, I started thinking about how I could style the console because there are no outlets on the wall behind where it would sit, so lamps are out.  Plus, because the table is clear, the wires would have been ugly anyway. 

I came across these two images (with no lamps).  I fell in love with the styling.  Notice how the invisible lucite allows the items on the wall behind the console to extend below the tabletop.  Peekaboo!

{Domino Magazine}

{via Style at Home}

I am kicking around mirrors on the wall, a colorful tray with some succulent greenery on the console, and maybe some stools from the thrift store re-upholstered in a fun fabric to sit underneath the table.  What do you think? 

I promise to keep you posted!

Are you there world? It’s me Spark!

Hi Y’all,

I have been unplugged for two weeks.  I took a week of vacation and then another week of blog-cation.  It felt really nice to rest and rejuvenate….

Cleanse my cluttered mind….

Reflect on where I am and where I want to be….

Gain some perspective and inspiration….

Indulge in some whimsy with the littles in my world….

And focus on what’s ahead of me and around my next corner.

And now I’m back and fully re-charged. 

I am ready to celebrate the end of summer, and welcome cooler temps, back to school, pumpkin picking, turtlenecks, hearty soups and my Frye boots. 

Oh, and I love and value my loyal readers more than ever!  Thanks for indulging my much-needed sojourn.

{All images designed by the fabulous Sarah Richardson, courtesy of Decor*Pad}

 

In Case You Missed It….

Here are all the destinations around the blogosphere that I can’t stop thinking about….

For all of the design bloggers out there, you must check out this fun conversation with Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home on The Skirted Roundtable — I am a huge fan of her design and vision and am so appreciative of her honesty and candor on her blog. 

{Lauren’s Foyer — one of my favorite front halls ever!  I love that orange door.}

My very talented girlfriend, Amanda, at Namesake Design, revealed her baby girl’s beautiful nursery.  There was a lot of DIY and love that went into this amazing space. 

{A shot of the nursery with homemade “B”, mobile and curtains.}

I loved this “before and after” post by Marianne over at Haven and Home.  The “after” post makes me want to hang paper lanterns down every hallway in my house!

{The “after”picture via Architectural Digest}

I can’t stop thinking about the ikat fabric that Alyson used on these chairs — I love this before and after!

{Alyson’s Awesome Chair Makeover}

I am always looking to turn “to the trade” into “cheap and easy“, so I have been obsessing on how to put this great post into action.  I loved this post from Erin at Elements of Style.  As she would say, “amazeballs!”

{Erin Making Retail Look Custom!}

Green Street is one of my favorite new blogs and I can’t get this great corner of Fran’s son’s “big boy room” out of my head.

{Adorable Nook in Fran’s Son’s Bedroom}

I had been thinking about something like this awesome DIY project that Emily recently completed as part of her guest bathroom makeover.  She has inspired me, I think I am going to give it a go in our master bedroom.  🙂

{Emily’s Chic and Cheap DIY Roller Shade}

Aren’t these bloggers talented???!!!

Delicious Ambiguity

{Images: 1. Quotable Cards, 2. Design*Sponge, Design by Jill Robertson, 3. Elle Decor, Design by Steven Gambrel, Photo by Eric Piasecki}

Design Crush: Skye Kirby

I fell in love with Skye Kirby’s design aesthetic while leafing through thie month’s issue of Traditional Home.  May we have a moment of silence for one of the most perfect rooms ever?

I wish that Traditional Home had the digital image of the sweeping view featured in the magazine.  I love the soothing colors, the symmetry, the layers, the casual yet refined vibe, her choice of artwork, the sisal rug and the floor cushions…I could go on and on.  This project was designed for the pool house for the 2009 Hampton Desigher Showhouse.  Skye (I feel like we should be on a first name basis!) envisioned this space as a summer studio for an artistic couple. 

So, I searched high and low for more rooms designed by my BFF Skye.  Here is what I found (I hope you are sitting down!):

Holy gorgeousness!  In addition to being a kick-butt designer, Skye is the vice president of stores and marketing for Lillian August.  I absolutely love her work and can’t wait to see more! 

I will leave you with one of Skye’s 10 “Must Have” design elements that I really identify (and struggle) with: “Over-accessorizing can take away from the calming nature of a room and become distracting.”  Loves!

{Image Credits: 1. Design My Way, 2. Can’t Find Source, 3. Elle Decor, 4. DecorPad, 5. Elle Decor, 6. Elle Decor, 7. Can’t Find Source, 8. Elle Decor, 9. Elle Decor}

The Big Reveal: Hallway Update!

Thanks for bearing with me for the 5+ months it took to “complete” this upstairs hallway update.  It was my New Years Prezzie-lution.  I am so thrilled with the way it has turned out!  For your reference, here is the before shot with the terrible builder-grade light fixture, an old rug and my lonely mobile:

And here is the after, TAH DAH:

Now, for a few of the details.  I love the butterfly prints that hang on either side of the console table.  Thanks to a great post by Jenny at Little Green Notebook, I found these for free while searching the New York Public Library’s digital catalog.  I printed them on my little ole HP desktop and popped them into $20 Target gallery frames.

I found these adorable foo dogs at Homegoods for $7.99 each.  Love these guys! 

The tray holding my travel guides on the console was a $10.48 red-tag Target find!

I am madly in love with this artichoke table lamp from Shades of Light.  It’s perfectly framed by the long dormer and I adore looking at it each time I go down the stairs.

To be honest, the rug selection was the hardest part of this project.  I wanted something fabulously neutral, so it would not compete with the gallery wall, colorful lamps and bright foo dogs!  After a few tries, I settled on this seagrass rug from Ballard Designs. 

I like the way the color of the seagrass almost melts into the color of the hardwood floors and the green band complements the runner on the steps, as well as the rug in the front hall and the fabric on the pelmet box in the dormer.  Don’t be alarmed, the white ball of fur on the step is Annie, the sleeping dog!

Things I Learned During the Hallway Update :

1. While I love looking at perfectly styled tables and spaces in glossy pictures, for me, a clear tabletop is a clear mind.  I tried “styling up” the console and the little dormer table with items that I loved such as little vases with greenery or little picture frames, but it just didn’t feel like me.  It felt cluttered and suffocating.  The books and foo dogs were just right, and I didn’t want anything to detract from that lovely artichoke lamp!

2. Items with lots of contrast and texture are not neutrals.  I originally bought this jute rug from Ballard Designs for the hallway. 

I loved it and mistakenly thought that it would provide a great neutral feel to the space.  When I laid it down, the contrast and texture competed too much with the rest of the space.  Which leads me to my two next lessons:

3. Rugs do not have to “steal the show.”  I am a rug person and love for the rug to be the centerpiece of every space.  Due to the runner on the steps and the colorful composition of the space, the rug had to be neutral.  But neutral does not have to mean boring — the seagrass rug is perfect!

4. If you don’t love something, don’t keep it.  I almost just kept the jute rug because it was only $79, a pain to ship it back and an additional $8.95 in shipping to return.  But, the more I lived with the rug, I realized that it was not right for the space and I didn’t love it.  It “stole the show” from the items that I DID love.  So, back to Ballard it went.   And it was the right decision.

Source Info:

Paint — Benjamin Moore, American White
Console — Chloe Console Table, Pottery Barn, $299  
Stained Glass Lamps — Sundance Catalog, circa 2003
Artichoke Lamp — Shades of Light (similar), $175
Dormer Table — Antique
Ceiling Lights — Brushed Nickel Flush Mount Ceiling Fixture, Overstock, $74.99 each
Area Rug — Seagrass Rug, Ballard Designs, $89
Stairway Runner — Custom, Carey Burke
Foo Dogs — Homegoods, $7.99 each
Gallery Frames — Target, $15 – $30 each
Mobile — Gift, similar
Tray — Target, similar, $19.48

I love that the space can grow with me.  I will be adding to the gallery walls and may search for two chairs to paint and recover for each side of the console.  I would also love change out the gold door knobs throughout the upstairs to brushed nickel lever handles. 

Soooo, what do you think?

Stay tune for my next project: conversion from nursery to big girl room!