Thursday, September 30, 2010

WHAT'S INSPIRING ME LATELY...

Hello my blogger friends!  I hope you're all having a wonderful week so far. :)

Today, I thought I would share with you some things that are inspiring me in Blogland right now.  What I love about all of these ideas is that they are simple, but make a big impact.  My decorating style is all about simplicity.  When I put a vignette together, I don't want it to be too complicated or have it take me hours to clean.  We all have a lot going on in our lives, so I love it when I see great decorating ideas that are easy for anybody to achieve.

There are soooo many bloggers with inspirational ideas that I can't possibly show them all, so I'll share just a few for now.  :)

One of my favorites in Blogland right now are vintage ladders.  They seem to be everywhere you look.  What I love about them is that they add some great visual height to a space, they're rustic, and make a great display space.
This is something I don't have, but am definitely on the hunt for. ;-)

Dreamy Whites

French Larkspur

Vintage grain sacks or linen rolls (above and below pictures)... LOVE them.  Again, they're everywhere in Blogland.  What a simple way to add some impact to a room.  They can be used for table runners, napkins, pillows, throws, wall displays... you name it.  They're not cheap, though, especially if you don't sew and need to have everything sewn up for you... like me.  I don't have any... YET.   This is a new collection I plan to start some day soon. ;-)

Dreamy Whites

I LOVE vintage bottles. They come in so many different hues, shapes, and sizes, but I love it when one color is grouped together like in the photo below to make more of an impact. What I love about this vignette is that it's ONLY vintage bottles... nothing else. How can it get simpler than that... LOVE IT! Vintage bottles are something I've already started collecting due to all of the inspiration in Blogland, and I will continue to hunt for these fabulous treasures until I have enough to create this lovely vignette. :)

Dreamy Whites

More vintage bottles simply displayed in a wire basket... perfect.

White Flower Farmhouse

My vintage bottle collection




Here's another simple vignette, but definitely not ordinary... beautiful.

Dusty Lu

I love vintage shutters and doors/windows.  I love this simple but impactful display.
What a beautiful wall hanging.

French Larkspur

This is a great idea I've seen around Blogland a few times.  Vintage baseballs... what a great way to add some masculinity and fun to an all white room.  LOVE IT!

My Shabby Roses

Being that it is fall in some places around the globe (You wouldn't know it here in central Cali with our 100 degree heat!), I thought it would be appropriate to include a fall vignette.  I LOVE cast iron urns and using white pumpkins for fall decorating.  In my book, this is a perfect way to combine the two... gorgeous and simple.  I'll definitely be trying this one as soon as they stock some white pumpkins at the grocery store. :)

Raised in Cotton

I know I'm feeling inspired... how about you?  If you would like to see more of where these pictures came from, just click on the blog name below each picture. :)


I'm linking up to Vintage Inspiration Friday over at Common Ground.  Head on over to Debra's lovely blog for more fabulous inspiration.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

'Til nex time my blogger friends...

~ Jo :o)



Saturday, September 25, 2010

MY BOOK OF INSPIRATION...

Hello everyone!  I hope you're all having a great weekend so far.  We were having such lovely weather here for a while, but now here we are nearing the end of September, having 95 degree weather (no, that's not a typo)!  This is how it is around here every year, making it hard to get in the mind set for fall decorating.  It still "feels" like summer here.  It supposed to get up to 100 degrees come the middle of next week (ugh!).  Right about this time, I start doubting that it's ever going to cool down... but it always does... right around the end of October.

So... today I thought I would share with you the book that helped guide my remodeling and decorating decisions for my home.  It's not one that I bought at a book store, but rather a 3-ring binder that I've put all of my clippings from magazines in over the years.  It's filled with clippings from my favorite magazines, such as Country Living, Country Home, Romantic Homes, Victoria and maybe a few others that I've forgotten.

I've added a few pictures of my home to show you how the inspirational photos influenced  my style and remodeling choices.


As you can see, this book is well loved and well used.  There was a time (before the Internet and blogging) that I sat down every morning with my cup of coffee to scour the pages of this book, letting it guide my decisions as we remodeled our home.

I'll apologize now for the poor quality of the photos.  Many of the pages are somewhat crumpled.


I LOVE these dishes!  Some day, when I win the lottery, I'll buy me some.   Even if I can't afford them, I can still be inspired by them... right? ;o)




I absolutely ADORE this dining room and the way they have brought so much of the outdoors into this room.  It definitely has a garden feeling to it, yet is still elegant because of the chandelier and table linen/slip covers.

the inspiration dining room

You can definitely see how it has influenced the style in my dining room.

our dining room

I still haven't managed to find myself one of those gorgeous Swedish grandfather clocks (swoon).


You can see how all of the rustic, shabby paint finishes on all of the antique furniture pieces above helped to inspire me to buy this hutch (below) and fill it with my collections.

my hutch

I love the simplicity of this bedroom and the casual feeling it has.


I absolutely LOVE this bedroom (below)... it's so DREAMY!  I still haven't made the changes that I want to my bedroom.  I'm hoping it's something I get done over the winter and can share it with you in the spring some time.




This is one case where I hadn't been influenced by the above picture... I already had my galvanized pots before I saw this spread in Romantic Homes Magazine (above).

a vignette in my living room


It's no secret to those who have been following my blog that I adore vintage enamelware.  These pictures make my heart go pitty-pat.




Here, again, you can see how I was inspired by the mix of natural wood pieces and painted furniture in the above photo, as well as the color scheme.  The curtains in the above photo are what inspired me to buy the curtains I did in my living room and dining room.  The chairs in the above photos inspired me to buy the chair in my living room.

our living room

the chair I bought (sorry for the fuzzy picture)




The above photo was a key inspiration in my decision to build the picket fence front porch railing, back stoop picket fence, and in choosing the front door, french doors and exterior lights for our home.

our home and front garden

our back stoop






The above two fireplaces were my inspiration for the fireplace we had built in our living room.  I drew up the sketch below for our carpenter to use to draw up his plans for the fireplace.


He did a great  job of bringing my idea to life... don't you think?

our fireplace

our living room

This kitchen was the main inspiration for me when remodeling my kitchen.  You can see I didn't copy it literally, but rather took bits and pieces from it that I loved about this kitchen.  I also had to take cost and availability of products into consideration when planning my kitchen remodel.

inspiration kitchen

our kitchen


This kitchen (below) helped to inspire me as well.  I LOVE the dark wood counter top on the island, and wanted to have similar counters in my kitchen.  We couldn't find anybody locally who could build us the counter tops, however.  I'm happy with the granite that we chose and think it was probably a better choice for durability reasons.


As I was putting this post together, I realized how similar my vignette below was to the one in the photo above.




I LOVE the vaulted ceiling in the photo below and wanted to do that in my kitchen and master bedroom, however, we found out that it couldn't be done unless we replaced the entire roof (ouch... too expensive).


The doors in the above home inspired me to choose the doors I did for our home.  Now if I could just find those gorgeous vintage doorknobs...

our front door

There is so much chippy goodness in this little bathroom.  I love the vintage wooden box on the floor.



One of my vintage wooden boxes in our kitchen

Another dreamy bedroom.  I love the simplicity of the vignette in this photo, and I LOVE vintage mirrors.  This photo inspired me to create a vignette that I have in my bedroom.





a simple bouquet in my living room

the vignette in my bedroom inspired by the above photos
 (I want to paint this table white... one of many of my bedroom projects)

I want to find me some vintage lattice like the ones in the photo below (sigh).  This couch is pretty similar to the one we have in our living room.




Having this book has been such a help when trying to make difficult decisions during our remodeling projects.  Whenever I was unsure about which choice to make, I would just go to my book and look through the photos to remind me of what it is I truly love in a house and what makes it feel like a home to me.  It will continue to be a great help when doing the many projects we still have left to do.    I also have an inspiration book for my garden that helps keep me focused on how I want my garden to look when it's finished.

I know lots of you have an inspirational book, too, that you haven't bought at a book store, but that was created by the clippings you've saved from magazines that have inspired you.  If this is something you haven't tried, I highly recommend it... it's my design and decorating lifesaver!  In addition to my magazine clippings, I keep paint chips and other pertinent remodeling information stored in it.

Thanks so much for visiting and leaving your much appreciated comments!

I hope the rest of your weekend is a good one.

'Til next time...

~ Jo :o)