Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sweet Dreams

I stayed up WAY to late last night. And I am paying for it. All I want is to sleep, that's what inspired this post. Some of these beds look so comfy, some are cool, and some are just weird. 

This looks so comfy right now. 

Cool and more masculine. 

Rock da boat baby! lol

Weird but it makes me want to run and jump right in it. 

Pink sheets haven't sounded appealing since I was in the 5th grade, I like it on this bed. 

Floating bed...neat, I wouldn't feel secure on it though :(

Round floating bed...even better

Not sure why they would put a bed over a pool, but cool nonetheless.

Pretty and very feminine. 

Umm just plain weird. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fireplace Design

So one of my requirements for my future home will be that it must have a fireplace. I love them and I will not buy a house without one. They are a unique part of a home and always add warmth. 

Here are some really cool ones to check out.

I really love these concrete fireplaces :)
Fulcrum Structural Engineering modern living room

Crocker Road, Sacramento CA contemporary living room

Knopp Scott Residence contemporary living room

fireplace eclectic living room
I really like this one because it reminds me of my moms house. The older craftsman style that I love. eclectic living room

Hammett eclectic living room

Fireplace contemporary living room

Christoffersen modern living room

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Rental Renovation

So I have always had this dilemma with living in apartments or rentals. I have all these design and decorating ideas in my head but I am always limited to what I can do to my place because I rent. Since I am not purchasing a home anytime soon, I have come up with some design solutions for myself and all you renters out there. Here are a few things you can do that can spruce up you rental and make it feel like home. 

Wallpaper- There has been a lot of advances in wallpaper, and it is definitely more stylish than it used to be. Good news is, there is a wallpaper made specifically for renters. Its easy to put on and easy to take off, and will not damage your walls or risk you losing out on your deposit. There are several different companies that offer this kind of wallpaper, and the prices range as well. The lowest I found was $30 a roll, and I saw it go up to about $200 a roll. Do your research first to find the best patterns and the best pricing. Doing a focal wall or an entire room will completely change the feel of the space and make it more unique to your personality.  

Hardware - Most apartments, if they aren't updated or brand new, have ugly, old school cabinets and hardware. Even if they are updated they probably have the "plain Jane" builder's special cabinets and hardware. Solution: update your kitchen and bathrooms with new hardware. Not very expensive and can make a big difference. You can find all different styles and price ranges at your local home improvement store. And when you move, all you do is unscrew the new, and replace with the old. One of the simplest fixes we can do, and definitely updates your space. 

Wall Art/Wall Coverings - Super easy decorating tip, add art! Whether it's, pictures, canvas's, framed artwork, metal decor, fabric tapestries...add some art to your walls! This is the easiest way (besides painting) that you can add color to your rooms. Oh, one of my favorite ways to do DIY artwork is with fabric. Go to the fabric store and pick out your favorite patterns and colors(I love the African fabric), cut to whatever size you like, and either wrap around an old canvas (thrift stores are great place to find old canvas's) and hang, OR frame. Also, check around with local artists, usually artists that are getting started have good prices on original art. 

Curtains - Say goodbye to cheap, ugly, vinyl blinds. Ewww. Well I don't suggest removing them if you are renting, but I do suggest covering them up. Find some curtains to liven the space up. Curtains and rugs are another great way to add some color and soften the space. Curtains can sometimes be pricey, I suggest trying Target or Wal-mart first, they have affordable curtains in all kinds of cute patterns and styles. Tip: Hang you curtains from floor to ceiling, even if your window doesn't go to the ceiling. It makes your ceiling look higher and the space look bigger. 

Now go and make your rental, your own!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Black & Yellow, Black & Yellow

So I cannot wait to decorate my daughters room! I have been completely inspired by the colors black & yellow. The bright cheery yellow is the perfect accent color and just the right amount of pop to make the room stylist but fun and kid friendly. These pictures are inspirations for me. I will be glad to post pics of my completed project. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mirror, to my bed

So I am obsessed with these mirrored night stands! I love them! I have never had a set of matching bedroom furniture, not that it needs to match but it needs to flow..anyways I have this huge king size bed and fitting two nightstands next to it has always been impossible due to the small bedroom space. So when I found these small tables, I knew they were perfect and would make a big impact! The picture below are the ones that I purchased from target online for $80 each! Oh yeah, did I mention I didn't wanna spend $300 each on a nice nightstand and these were a steal!

 Here are more inspirations for my mirrored nightstand obsession...
With pale colors and a crystal chandelier, the mirrored table adds to this rooms femininity 

I like because it looks more masculine - even the guys will like this look :)

These tables make you room look luxurious and expensive. They will also compliment any style of room you put them in. Modern, country, or an eclectic mix. Pair it with a cool lamp and you've instantly transformed your room into a luxury hotel suite! 
P.S. I would keep some Windex handy for the fingerprints :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My New Fav City Ever!

These pics are from my trip to New York last November. There are so many amazing sites to see there, but one of my favorites was our trip to MoMA (Museum of Modern Art). I LOVED it and can't wait to go back! I am a huge fan of pop art, and getting to see some of Andy Warhol's stuff was pretty awesome.

If you haven't been...GO!

Day dreaming of lottery winning...

I love the mixture of traditional older homes with modern aesthetics. It is a great alternative to the cold, hard, clean lined style of modern(which I also love). It has a warm, cozy, homey feel with gorgeous modern/contemporary design. This house still has all the charm and character that it originally had, but with a cool sense of style. They did an amazing job with this remodel!
Beautiful sun room in my dream house

Literally the best part of this house...stupid (in a good way)

2 dining areas..umm can you say BOMB?

Gorgeous entry

Furniture placement in older homes with lots of arches and windows can be tough sometimes, but they did an excellent job creating the fireplace as a focal and center for the room, instead of a TV like most of us do (they have a den for that)

Love that there's a fireplace in the master bedroom, and the light fixture is nice