Thursday, October 10, 2019

WHY I LOVE THIS ROOM: TEN TAKEAWAYS (#4)

Hey, friends! I've come across another room that captivated me, and even though there are no babies in my near future, I keep coming back to this precious baby boy's nursery created by This American House. The color scheme has to be one of my favorites--blue and white--and there are so many details to take in. Shall we?


I followed the account not too long ago on Instagram, and one day last week, This American House shared this room. I loved it so much, I shared it, too. I've lost count of how many times I've revisited their page just to stare at this pretty space, and I had to discuss the details with you.


ONE

That light fixture! Such a pretty and unlikely choice for nursery lighting. But you have to admit, it adds a bit of wow to the room and doesn't seem at all out of place. The room may not always be a nursery, and the chandelier will transition well into a study, home office, or library.

TWO

The simple window treatments add the right touch of pattern and color. Buffalo check and gingham is a fan favorite and a personal favorite. I also like repeating the fabric on other things in the room like the small bed pillow. See some fun ways to use gingham here.

THREE

Look at that natural light flooding in the window. So pretty!

FOUR

The similar framed prints on each side of the window bring a design element that I'm always drawn to: symmetry. It's pleasing to the eye. The color tone in the art and the white mats tie in perfectly with the rest of the room.

FIVE

And did you notice the lamp? It's blue and white. I'm telling you, that combination looks great in any room and with any decor. The size of the lamp is good for a nursery, and probably gives off just enough light when it's bed time.

SIX

Surprisingly, the antique chest looks like it was made for a baby boy's room. I love that the designer left it in the the original finish. So many people are painting vintage furniture these days. I do like it painted, but the dark wood is charming.

SEVEN

I wish I could see what's inside the little storage basket next to the rocking chair. I would use it for diapers, burping cloths, toys, books, and the list goes on. The dipped bottom is a sweet touch. Makes it look like it was made for the room.

EIGHT

The simplicity of the baby bed is next on my list. It's beautiful and handsome all at the same time. It doesn't need any other decoration. It speaks for itself.

NINE

The next detail to notice is the stuffed animal. His colors blend right in with the tones of the room.  You can't go wrong with a giraffe. He'll be so fun as the baby boy gets older.

TEN

The last styling element on my list of details to notice is the rug. Chosen correctly a rug is like the icing on a cake. I would say this one is perfect. The colors complement the room, the pattern is not overwhelming, and it ties the entire space together.


Did I miss anything? Did you love it as much as I do?

Here are the other posts with details to notice in case you missed them:





Until next time!

Kathryn

Friday, September 27, 2019

FRIDAY'S FIVE

Enjoy clicking through this week's Friday's Five...











four: An adorable make over. Would you believe this was once a garage??






five: I ordered this top for fall and love it. It's perfect for any 
 event and certainly for the holidays. In real life it's a shade darker than the picture.  
 (Fit tip: runs a little small; order up a size.)

Have a great weekend!
Kathryn

Monday, September 23, 2019

A FALL JEWELRY GIVEAWAY

The temperature has fallen about ten degrees, all the way down to 90! As crazy as it sounds, that makes southerners feel like it's officially fall. To celebrate, my friend Cindy Moore from Cindy Moore Designs and I are having a giveaway.

We grew up in the same church, but we haven't really seen each other much over the years. However, thanks to social media, we recently reconnected. She has a jewelry design business, and she mailed me two pairs of her handmade earrings wishing me a great school year. :-) How kind was that!

And now, we've teamed up to wish you a great fall, too!


One lucky person will win all three pairs of Cindy's earrings.

You can enter TWO ways:

ONE: Leave a comment on this blog post by clicking on the blue words "no comments" or there might be a number next to the word "comment." You'll see it at the end of this post.


TWO: Enter with Instagram. Look for the jewelry picture and follow the directions in the post.





Good luck!!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

FURNITURE INSPIRATION: THE CLASSIC DROP-LEAF TABLE

Old is my favorite style.

And nothing says old, traditional, classic, or antique like a drop-leaf table. Mostly used in England during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, these tables were created to save space. Some of the drop-leaf tables have multiple legs to support the leaves when not folded down. They are also known as "gateleg" tables.

I didn't really realize just how many shapes and styles of these tables there are until I started getting ready to share this post. They can serve many purposes in a home, and today I'm sharing some inspirational ways to use them and a few ideas for how to decorate the table tops. A pretty vignette atop a drop-leaf table might just be my favorite.

A large table would be perfect for a foyer or to fill an odd wall. The blue and white used here stands out against the darker finish of the table and neutral colors, thus making it the perfect collection to display on this drop-leaf table.

Providence Design
House Beautiful

Used as a sofa table, the tables can be decorated a gazillion ways. Lamps, books, bowls, lanterns, baskets, plants--see what I mean?

CoachDecor.com

Oliveaux Interiors

They are perfect also for your coffee cup or your glass of tea when stationed between two chairs. 

Country Living

Thistlewood Farms

They just look good anywhere and add old-world charm to every space.

Stone Gable

Gracious Farmhouse

Nine + Sixteen

Savvy Southern Style

1stDibs via Pinterest

Blessed Momma to Baby Girls

Here are few gateleg tables with their leaves out, showing off their fancy legs.

Carlos Garcia Instagram

via Pinterest

Ballard Designs

The Painted Drawer

Aren't they so pretty? Enjoy your long weekend!

Friday, August 23, 2019

MIRROR, MIRROR SOON TO BE ON THE WALL...

I'm starting this post with a confession: I bought something that I didn't need, something I didn't even have a place for, but the price was so low, and the potential was so high, it had to come home with me. Please tell me I'm not alone, and you have done that a time or two as well.


After three trips to look at it, I bought a mirror--an old, pretty mirror, and I can't wait to use it to create a new vignette that's floating around in my head.


Here are two pictures that came to my mind when I spotted the mirror in the antique mall.

The first photo is from The Pink Pagoda. I came across this one years ago. I have always loved this photograph. The chest, the art, the leaves, the blue and white lamp all look fabulous together.

The Pink Pagoda
The next one is from Jennifer Griffin. She's a blogger at Dimples and Tangles. She redid this powder room for a One Room Challenge. She adores color and chose a bright pink for her mirror. Doesn't it look great in her room?

Dimples and Tangles

Then I saw this one on Pinterest. I'm not sure of the source. 

via Pinterest

The finish is not terrible but will certainly need work. It's flaked off in a few spots, but I think it can be freshend up fairly easy. By that I mean a little sanding and a few cans of spray paint.



When I bought the mirror, it had a sticky note on it that read "1960."



I did a little research and discovered this particular mirror is considered Hollywood Regency style. What is Hollywood Regency style you ask?

"Hollywood Regency decor is exactly what it sounds like; high-octane everyday glamor infused with the requisite high-shine lacquered finishes, metallics, and precious fabrications with a nod to Art-Deco decadence and Mid Century Modern practicality. Think dramatic, sensual, modern, uncluttered, and carefully edited with a mix of delicate and bold for a gender-neutral setting that's timeless in appeal."  

I found a great article that explains all of that! You can read it here. Take a look at what (I'm assuming are original) mirrors from that time period are going for. I'm also assuming the one I found is a reproduction. 

                               1stdibs  //  1stdibs //  Charish  //  Charish  //  Fleur de Lis 

Off to buy spray paint and hope for less humid weather so I can get started.
Have a great weekend!

Kathryn