Saturday, April 30, 2011

Stunning Stairs

How cool are these stairs?! I am in awe over the sleek and modern design. I NEED a home like this! 




 Stairs by Siller Stairs. All photos were found on Fresh Home  . Both sites will have you in awe, be prepared!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Innovative Bookshelf

You must see this super cool bookshelf/holder for your paperback books! Love the creative idea.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sunburst Mirror


I have always adored Erica from PS I made this. Look how she creates an inexpensive sunburst mirror! How creative! Photos and tutorial from the latest Ruemagazine!





Sunday, April 17, 2011

Portland Shopping

I was just catching up on the latest Rue Magazine when I spotted shopping picks from Portland! Yea little ol' Portland was featured! I have never been in these stores but now I must go, they must be fabulous! 



 I must get out and do some shopping in Portland. I love exploring new stores but lately I have tried to avoid shopping all together. Yes it is great fun but then I must buy something and then I waste lots of money or if I don't get anything I feel sad about it. I can see why people are addicted to shopping! Do you have any favorite stores in portland?



Friday, April 15, 2011

World Maps

I have been loving the idea of maps for a long time now. Eventually I would like to have a large historic world map in a home office. Then I want to pin everywhere I have traveled. I have not traveled many places but have great aspirations to do so. I feel this would be a great way to document some of the memories. 


Do you love the look of maps? Have any displayed in your home?

 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I'm Loving TRADhome!

TRADhome was debuted yesterday and ooh I love it! Digital magazines have become quite popular recently, for one of my favorite reasons--- it's free and eco friendly!  I always recycle my magazines to a friend or the recycling bin but that’s still a lot of waste. Traditional Home Magazine has started a digital publication and I was a bit skeptical at first due to the Traditional  part. Their traditional has plenty of twists and doesn't look like your grandmas basement! Also a unique feature the magazine has is nearly all items are "clickable." You click on the item and it takes you directly to the vendors site with the specific color, piece, etc. Now that’s handy! Some of my favorite photos from the 347 pages were:


Tip: If you do not want to invest in fancy napkin rings for your latest shindig use ribbon to tie around the napkins.  


 

I have always loved the pop art style since I begun interior design classes in high school. This photo captures the essence of pop art.

What did you love about TRADhome? Are there any design digital publications you read?




Friday, April 8, 2011

Look what I stumbled upon

I just found a few really cool websites. First if you haven't heard of stumbleupon.com you must go to it as soon as you are done reading this post. You simply enter in your interests and it finds websites, blogs and videos that may be of interest to you. You can then thumb up or down the finds just like Pandora. The second page it took me to was craftgawker.com which has some seriously cool ideas and projects. Whats even better is the multiple "Gawker" sites: dwellinggawker.com (I really fell in love with this one), foodgawker.com and weddinggawker.com. They all have amazing photos ( I think thats why I love them so much!)



 Photo from dwellinggaker.com originally from handmadecharlotte.com

I had the hardest time choosing a photo to share from dwellinggawker because the designs are so incredible and so my taste! It's rare to find a site that is everything you love!

 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Update on Apartment Decor

So we are all moved into our apartment, yet it still feels so sparse. I need my picture frames, artwork and d├ęcor. I feel so overwhelmed with all the things I want and need. I'm not ready for anyone to come over and visit until it looks more like a home. All my friends know I'm a designer and expect a great space due to that, boy do I have my work cut out for me. 

Living Room
All I need is a floor lamp as there is no overhead light
A rug would be nice as well but I don't NEED one


Dining Room
This area has been quite the debate as Brian decided to buy a huge desk to put in there. This prohibits me from having my old dining room table. Luckily we have reached the point that he got rid of the corner piece and moved the return side of the desk into our bedroom. Thank goodness! So now we really need to find a tiny 2 person table possibly that extends. Hip has some great options but I'm not ready to shell out that much after my huge sectional purchase.  We also need some artwork that Brian likes and I can tolerate. I have a very cool acrylic wine rack that also needs to be hung.

Entryway
I have been looking everywhere for a sleek plain mirror with a wenge frame around it. Brian decided today that his original gansters painting would just be perfect for there. What do you think? Just kidding, it is not staying there!  I must find a mirror today to replace that thing. No Brian this is not your bachelor pad. 



Bathroom
The bathroom is basically complete I just need to steam my shower curtain as it is very wrinkly and get a new bath mat!


Bedroom
Oh the bedroom, probably the biggest disaster right now.  I currently have two tall dressers that don't match and no nightstands. Ideally I would like to get two nightstands and one large long dresser for Brian and I to share. We also need to go buy a tv for the bedroom. I also want some sort of shelving unit to store books/magazines/arts and crafts/decorations. Art work is a necessity for this space right now.  Yikes it is a disaster!


Well with that I better get started on some design projects! I'll keep you posted! 


Friday, April 1, 2011

Bath Fizzies

 Thanks to Martha Stewart, I was able to get a recipe for bath fizzies for Christmas presents! You need the following ingrediants:

1/2 cup citric acid ( I found at a vitamin shop)
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 organic cane sugar
about 6 drops food coloring
ice cube silicone trays or other silicone trays (I used mini brownie bite trays)
container to put the fizzies in
10-15 drops essential oil
travel size spray bottle
glass measuring cup
mixing bowl
flour sifter



First, stir together the citric acid, baking soda and cornstarch. Pass the mixture though a flour sifter.Stir in sugar.


 Fill the spray bottle with water and 6 drops of food coloring. Spritz mixture lightly so it is damp but not fizzy. You want to be able to pack the mixture. Add essential oil one drop at a time until it is to your desired scent. Mix the mixture with a spoon or your hands until the color is well distributed. As it drys out spray more water on it.


 Pack mixture into trays. 


Let mixture dry overnight in the forms. Gently pop cubes out of tray. Transfer to jars and label. Be sure to keep the scents in seperate jars so they do not mix.

 
Give bath fizzies as gifts or enjoy for yourself! Use two cubes per bath.