Archive: October, 2012

Friday
October 26, 2012

My Basement Office

If you remember a few months ago, I decided to move my office down to my dark, dreary basement. My husband was taking over my office (we only have 1 in our home). I was not enjoying sharing my space with him…to say the least! Last night I finished organizing my new space…for now anyway. My goal was to brighten the dreary corner of my basement with lots of COLOR.

Because the walls are the concrete foundation of our home I decided it would not be a good idea to hang anything on them. Instead I leaned a HUGE colorful piece of artwork behind a pretty framed print. The print is called Love Languages by Made By Girl. The adjacent wall is a collection of clippings that inspire me. The collection includes a map of Yosemite park, my favorite vineyard/winery in Napa Valley (HENDRY), and a page out of a vintage Bugs Bunny book that fell apart but I couldn’t throw out.

My desk is actually the West Elm Parsons Dining Table. Desks are always too small for me. I like a LARGE workspace for my computer, printer, and desk accessories. (BTW, this table is on SALE right now!) I put 2 Bertoia style chairs at my desk because my 3.5 yr old assistant is often working with me. The pillows on the chairs are a subtle brown leopard print by Kassapanola.

I placed a few faux sheepskins under the desk since I am often barefoot and thought they would cozy up the space. They are called the TEJN Faux Sheepskins & are only $9.99 at IKEA. I also use lots of storage boxes from IKEA. I have the PINGLA box for duck tape, craft supplies, etc. & I use the small Kassett boxes for filing notes, business cards, etc.

A couple of other things on my desk include a bottle of Château Margaux that my husband & I opened on our most recent wedding anniversary, a faux plant from IKEA (no windows = no option for anything that grows!), 2 of my favorite books, lots of washi tape, & my brass duck bookends.

Beside my desk sits my Lin Tray Table that I purchased from Joss & Main last year. I know it is kind of weird to put it in the basement, but it feels less basement-y with pretty things around me! The side table is great for storing things I use frequently…pens, stamps, etc.

Ok, now time to get some actual work done! Have a great weekend.










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Wednesday
October 24, 2012

Inspired by her Look

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With Halloween around the corner I’ve been browsing for some good ORANGE & BLACK decor inspiration. I was so inspired by Olivia Palermo’s chic look, & thought it would be fun to put together a few NON-HALLOWEEN orange/black accessories for your living room. What do you think? Would you use orange and black together in your home?

orange sky painting, white/black polka-dot pillows, vintage woven basket, black Jacqui coffee table

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Monday
October 22, 2012

Stella Dining Chairs

My Stella Armchairs just arrived. I can’t wait to set the table!

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Monday
October 22, 2012

Cheeky Bingo

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Friday
October 19, 2012

Vintage Furniture Picks from One Kings Lane

All of these pieces would be coming home with me…

if I had more $$$$$ and a new home to decorate. I can dream! Seriously, some really AMAZING finds on One Kings Lane today!

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Tuesday
October 16, 2012

Parisian Like Mansion

I wanted to share this home I fell in LOVE with on Sothebys. Doesn’t it look like a parisian Mansion? But it is NOT. It is located in Glencoe IL! My favorite part is the outdoor terrace/deck off the back of the home. Wouldn’t it be fun to host dinner parties out there?



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Tuesday
October 16, 2012

Spice up your bedroom with an upholstered bed

Upholstered furniture does a great job of setting the tone in a room and it has become particularly popular in bedroom decorating. Upholstery was introduced into the bedroom thanks to patterned and striking headboards that magnificently complement any beds. They add elegance to a bedroom and you can choose them either clean-lined, to bring modernity to your bed, or else patterned and very detailed to evoke a sense of luxury and sophistication.


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Add some upholstery to your bedroom by adding a stylish headboard to your bed, or you could also go for the entire bed that will include an upholstered frame with a headboard and generally also a footboard. Upholstered beds are commonly made from faux leather or other soft fabrics. Contrary to what one might think, upholstered beds made in faux leather can also be colourful as faux leather is a material that work in a wide array of colours. These beds can be shaped like a sleigh or are delicately curved which adds real authority to the bedroom space.

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Upholstered beds are a great way to start redecorating a bedroom. As the most imposing piece of furniture in your room the bed will always act as a focal point and make a great statement when complemented by either a headboard or a footboard.

The option of getting an entire upholstered bed rather than just a headboard might be a bit pricier but the final result is really worth the investment. Would you go for an entirely upholstered bed or only a padded headboard to bring upholstery to your bedroom?

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Friday
October 12, 2012

Modern Downton Abbey

I’m sure everyone has heard of Downton Abbey by now.  I just finished watching the first season and am definitely hooked! The costumes, the language, and especially the home decor.  I love how fancy it is with rich draperies and chandeliers.  I was pondering what would a modern era abbey-esq home would look like and this space seems to be the perfect combo of glamour and modern.  This is exactly what I want my first home to look like!  All white walls with splashes of color and chandelier glamour.  On another note, I’m off to Puerto Rico!  I’m hoping to take a few snaps of interiors from the island and will share it with you next week.  Have a great weekend. xo -ijin

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