New print in Family room.

1.  My Ikea poster…..because I really feel the need to memorize the map of New York City. JK.

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2.  For Like Ever…Still one of my favorite posters.

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3.  So cute in all pink.

via my flickr, flickr and unknow.  Do you know?

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Sydney designer duo’s Juliette Arent & Sarah-Jane Pyke, create the most stylish spaces.  That kitchen???  Be still my heart.
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2010

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2010

Let me start this post by saying a massively huge THANK YOU for all of your MORE than generous comments yesterday!  Seriously, your comments blessed me, so thank you for that.  Oh, and I told my husband that he might need to make some returning visits via camera on SG.   We shall see.  We might even do a joint video on why fake plants are a disgrace to Gardner’s all over the world and how they are killing the very air that we breathe!  I kid.

Now back to design.

I saw Kreme over at Design Milk last week and fell in love with the graphic pillows and the extremely hip wallpaper selection.

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I will take one of each please!

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Welcome to my longest written post ever.

A few weeks ago Erin Loechner who is best known from Design for Mankind but also writes for AOL’s Shelter Pop, posted my bookshelves on Shelter Pop and titled it “Cheap Tricks: Flip Your Books“.  I was so excited that she found my bookshelves aesthetically pleasing.  I had seen the idea of flipping your books backwards a few times, and I thought that it was a nice break from all of the color in my bookshelves.  (Now saying that, I did this to maybe 20% of my books.)  A few days later I received an email from sweet Erin, asking if I had seen the comments being left on the post.  WOWZER!!  I didn’t think flipping 40 books backwards would cause a design uproar.

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(Image of the audacious move.)

Let me give you a couple examples of some of the comments.

“as a master carpenter, i see these so called “interior decorators ” all the time on renovations, and it never ceases to amaze me that they actually get paid (sometimes over paid ) to do this no talent job, while i’m always doing structural and precise high end moldings, and getting paid peanuts, oh well, nobody ever told me life is fair.”

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“Amen! My first thought was: Is she kidding with this crappy idea? And my second thought was, who has books in which all their pages are edged in gold gilt? I happen to have real books of all kinds and all covers and all papers, and I’d say less than 10% of mine have gold gilt edged pages!!   If you want to shift your bookcase to freshen its look, have some books upright, & have others flat & stacked, and have the books grouped by size uniformity and subject type… But ALWAYS have the SPINE & title showing!
MY bookcase is to house books I actually read, not to have it look like kindergarteners put the books back incorrectly (and no, it WON’T make it look pretty to do it the way this article writer idiotically suggested!)…”

Um, gold gilt??

Can people be that mean?  Why yes, because when you are behind a computer, you feel like you can say anything, right?

Now let me explain something about myself.  I love design and I love thinking outside of the box.  Somethings I try and I love and some things are very temporary. But when it really comes down to it, who cares! Everyone has their opinion on the topic of design. Like I have said on this blog, everyone’s style is unique to them. That is the beauty of interior design. People should live in homes that are beautiful to them.

No book was harmed in me turning them around and I don’t think that they felt rejected in this process. In fact it might be a nice rest for them. Also, I love books and I love reading and so does Erin! (Just clarifying that for the person who commented on Erin and I not reading a day in our lives.)

So, with that being said, it sounds like some of you need a vacation. Maybe a break to get your joy bugs back.

And genuinely, thanks Erin for being amazing!

Watch this for some laughs.  I love my husband!

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I love what Vanessa De Vargas did with her rooms for Upward Bound House.  She always does such a fantastic job!!  Read more here.
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There is something so sweet and stylish about modern children’s furniture.  The itty bitty sizes are just so adorable!  Little nest carries designer chairs and tables for children including the mini-e, a child-sized replica of the 1956 Eames lounge chair and ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames.
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Little nest is an Australian company who now ships to United States.  Yay for us!!

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And speaking of children stuff, my cousin Rachelle of Kenziepoo, will be launching an e-magazine in March, La PetiteLa Petite is full of creativity, imagination, and inspiration for the little ones. For now you can follow La Petite’s twitter page, and find out updates!

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I LOVE this home! I recently discovered it on Desire To Inspire. It was styled by Katrine Martensen-Larsen and photographed by Kira Brandt.  What is so appealing to me is the colors used in the Swedish home.  They are not over powering and look beautiful with the more neutral background.

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There is not one room in this home that I do not love.

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Icelandic Market offers design and lifestyle products from Iceland. I am especially fond of their Timeless Clock.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

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Its Friday! I plan on doing some thrifting this weekend. We shall see if I score any deals.

A few favorite things in my house...

The above image is some of my favorite things right now in my house. The wooden tealight holder is from Target in their dollar section. Woop woop! The pretty vintage dish was my Grandmothers.  She displayed it on her dresser and it held her rings. ( I use it for the same thing.)  And the necklace has been a favorite staple piece of mine for awhile.   I am always in the mood to wear it.  Do you have a favorite item in your home that you would be so sad to lose??

Have a fantastic weekend and I will see you on Monday!! xx

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1. I’m in love.

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2.  Her blankets are owned by people all over the world.

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3.  Beautifully draped.

via Dwell Studio, Sandra Juto and Maryam’s Flickr photostream.

 

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I always appreciate a photographer who takes great interior pictures. Tara Donne is so talented and has a stacked portfolio to prove.

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I just learned of this organization in Dallas TX, yesterday and fell in love with the concept.  Dwell with Dignity’s mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design; one household at a time.  The designers and volunteers work with donations to fill all of their spaces.  Homes and families are nominated by local community service providers.  So selfless and so hope filled.
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Read more here.

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Wallpaper. The name alone inspires me!  What is so great about wallpaper is how instantly it changes the aesthetic and feel of a room.  You could have the most boring room with lack of color and adding one wall of paper makes the most dramatic change. Do you find wallpaper appealing?  Do you think its a fad and its over?
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via Penny Wincer, Living Etc, Anja Mulder, Johnny Miller via design is mine and Lotta Agaton.

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via Design Shimmer

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