Sunday, January 30, 2011

'Somethings Gotta Give' style

If you didn't see my first post about the 'Somethings Gotta Give' style, check it out right here............ I found a few more items along the way to help complete the look... First off that stunning Swedish style grandfather clock. I found an antique version.... if you can afford the $6500 price tag....eeeek! If not.... check out Pier One. They have a cheaper alternative that will give a similar effect... Ok, I know... it's kind of quirky... but I think it could work!!

Pier1 - Grandfather Wall Clock
 If you take a peek from a different angle, you can see an amazing amount of books on the shelves. I read that the set designer actually had hundreds of pre-selected books shipped in just the fill those up!! I love the cozy seating vignette casually placed by the built-ins... the perfect spot to breathe in the ocean air and read a novel. Those dark rattan chairs are next on my list!.....

Pier One - Bennu Chair
 These dark rattan beauties are currently on clearance from Pier One (gotta love that) for a not so bad $129.98. Although they aren't as vintage looking as the SGG ones, they have the same rich tones and casual, comfy appearance. Besides, rattan can be expensive, unless you get lucky on craigslist or ebay. With some neutral cushions (also available at Pier One) they fit the bill pretty well. - Cooper Lamp Table

I chose this dark cherry lamp table, to compliment the rattan chairs. I know the SGG one had a lower shelf, but because the Pier One chairs are a bit busier than the originals, I think a simpler table would work better. This one is a little bit pricy ($299.37), but I love the chunky antique appearance and the height is perfect for a vase of flowers between the seating arrangement.

Pottery Barn - Savannah Chair
Back to the main seating arrangement and back to Pottery Barn.. These Savannah Chairs are the perfect complement to the English rolled arm sofa from my previous post. They are also a near perfect match to the SGG ones... have the PB people been watching this movie for inspiration too?? The ones in the movie seem to be a pale blue, but these ones above (in Harbor blue ticking) would work great, don't you think? Ticking always gives me a beachy feeling and it's subtle enough to compliment all the other patterns and details.

Benjamin Moore - Navajo White
  I think Navajo White is the perfect colour to re-create the Somethings Gotta Give look (it looks super beige on here, but google it and see).. just look at the description BM gives: "This color is part of the Off-White Color collection. Inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile, the Off-White collection offers subtle nuances of whites that suit tranquil, serene environments as well as creates color-enhancing accents for dynamic spaces." It has a subtle, ivory undertone and a luminous quality that combine to become the perfect backdrop. I read that the SGG paint was mixed specifically for the set... I guess because of the harsh movie lighting they do things different than we do. Just take a look at the kitchen below with Navajo White paint. All spaces are different and some paints will vary in look, depending on natural lighting etc... but I think Navajo White is a good place to start. :-)

Courtesy of decorpad

Saturday, January 29, 2011

All that Glitters..
I want, need, gotta have, this dreamy, silver upholstered bed, from Plantation Design.... I want a whole room of silvery gray in my house!! Well, right now I do.. next week I will want something different, I just can't make my mind up... lol. But, I do love the feel that tone on tone colour schemes give. It can be very soothing. Of course, you still want to use the same principles you would when decorating any room:

Contrast - here with the dark, rich wood tones.
Pattern - fabrics and rug.
Texture - silk drapes, subtle texture on the rug and branch wall decor.
Sparkle - Crystal and metal finishes on fixtures and mirror.
Colour - Silver and gray.
Balance - Feminine bed and fabrics, masculine tables and dresser.

I think you also need a touch of the unexpected in a room, in this case, I think the unusual shaped mirror and branch decor all give a little of that.  I am also loving these two lovely items below... just in a different silvery room!

Williams Sonoma - Garbo Mirror

Ballard Designs - First Light Giclee

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Vintage Vibe

So, what is vintage? If you look it up in the ole dictionary it says.. ahem.. " it refers to things from a certain era, especially old or antiquated." For some reason when I think vintage, I also think eclectic.. (meaning varying styles). I think the two go hand in hand together. I love the idea of mixing thrift store finds with antiques and hand me downs. Taking something old and giving it a new groove.  I like the juxtaposition of old and new. The contrast in styles is a great way to really personalise a room and add a lot of interest.

In my design for a vintage (girly) living room, I used some gorgeous furniture from Restoration Hardware as the base for my eclectic design. I like the distressed looking dresser with the antiqued looking mirror. Together, they don't say a particular era or time... they just kinda compliment each other. That to me, is vintage.

I love these images below as inspirations to this 'vibe.' How about thinking outside the box and using a non-traditional piece of furniture as a side table? A vintage hamper works equally as well and adds a lot of texture against the pretty floral fabric and frilled lamp shade.

I adore, the last image also. So many elements bought together to create a stunningly co-hesive room...huge carriage house style lantern, vintage rattan furniture, coffered ceilings, perisan rug, teak console, painted brick... who would have thought!!

Courtesy of Southern Living

Courtesy of decorpad

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Baby Blues

My dearest (and only!) sister is having a baby boy in April!! Yah!! I designed a babies room for her based on the colours from this elephant artwork from I think the combo of soft taupey grays and pale blues is just fantastic. Very subtle and soothing.. I would go with a soft bluey gray on the walls and then light flooring with a pale blue accent rug. Or do it the other way around (my favourite) and do the pale blue on the walls and the soft grays and taupes on the floor... Then add in other accents like the star wall decor and diaper pails over by the changing area.. I can't wait to give that baby a big hug. :-)

Here are some other ideas I think would be great in a little ones nursery. 

Courtesy of decorpad.
Benjamin Moore Crystal Blue Paint
Courtesy of Sarah Richardson
Wall decal can be found here:
Courtesy of decorpad
Okay.. not really a babies room,
but wouldn't the idea work beautifully??

Monday, January 24, 2011

'Somethings Gotta Give' Beachy Style

I have to rate the "Somethings Gotta Give" living room as one of my top living rooms ever! I have noticed a few places here and there that seem to be selling a similar style. Here's some of my ideas to re-create this comfy, casual beach retreat!
I think the best way to capture the style of art shown on "Somethings Gotta Give" would be to use vintage travel posters... I'm not saying you have to spend hundreds on the real thing! Try ebay, etsy, and other poster sites to search for a vintage piece that speaks to you and gives the bold pops of colour like we see in SGG! I saw this one on ebay for less than 20 buckeroos!
You gotta have a striped rug right??!!?? This one is from Pottery Barn, for an 8x10 size you'll pay $169.00. They have a couple of other look-a-likes you might want to look at also.
This gorgeous sofa table from Bellacor has the feel of an antique/cottage console without the price.
I found a sofa table rather than a console, because they seem to runner narrower and longer.
This beauty is only $267.95 with free shipping.

Table Lamp - Antique Bronze

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw these table lamps in Target. They are just $31.99 a piece and look spookily similar to the "Somethings Gotta Give" room! I know the shades aren't exact...but come on... $31.99 peeps! is the must see place for pillows. These perfect "SGG" pillows are handmade, by a mother daughter duo and are a fantastic $35.00 for both.
Carlisle Sofa
 Okay, so here's the splurge... but if your gonna splurge it might as well be on the piece that should last the longest right?? The Carlisle sofa from Pottery Barn has a traditional English rolled arm sofa feel with a loose slip covering for a casual beach cottage feel... paired up with some etsy pillows it is practically identical to our inspiration room! be continued I guess.... 'gotta' go put dinner on the table! lol

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Over the Mantel Ideas

First off, all the photos are from Decorpad. If you have never visited this site, then go now (well after reading this)!! You will find TONS of stunning inspiration photos, a forum of super talented and creative people giving advice and suggestions and some incredible looks for less. Seriously, go take a peek. :-)

Top Photo - Make a statement and add a collection of matching framed prints over the mantel for high impact! I read about a fellow blogger who bought all her frames from Micheal's (using 40% off coupons) and purchased a book of Audubon prints online and hung them on a bare wall. The effect was fantastic, and she only spent about $100 for all the frames and art.

I think that there must be a sunburst mirror for every type of interior. CSN has a great selection, but I have seen some great deals at TJMaxx, Homegoods and Pier1.

This pretty framed print continues the beachy feel happening in this room. I like the vintage style sconces either side and the subtle blue and cream bottles.

Super cool glossy black frame and punchy red coral give this room an eclectic touch.

Last but not least my most favourite image. A colourful abstract canvas, playing on the colours in the striped rug and picking up on the wall and amazing coffee table, tying everything together seamlessly!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Feeling Mediterranean

Brrr.... where's the warm weather...? I can't wait for summer, so I used some warm wood tones and a stunning suzani fabric to create this warm, tropical feeling board. I adore the combination of rusty orange, brown and light aqua/teal.. It has a Mediterranean feel to it don't you think...? Blue and orange are the perfect complimentary colours. A little warm and cool. I can imagine the fabric made into some gorgeous drapes for a great visual impact.

Ballard Designs - Season Prints

As for the image below (from a spectacular hotel in Israel)...... where to begin... LOVE, LOVE, LOVELY!! What a stunning idea for a headboard! ART! I was flipping through the Ballard catalogue yesterday, and saw these huge art pieces hanging behind a couch (and filling the whole wall) but never thought.. 'hey, they'd make a cool backdrop to a bed.' I like the way the furniture and bedding are all neutral and then the colours in the art used in the pillows, throws and accessories.. so freaking cool...

One more fabulous thing... Pier1 has this pretty sunburst mirror for sale. I have never seen one so cheap.. $79.98 my friends! You know you need one..for over the bed, in a hallway, over a dresser.... lol.

Suzani Nile Denton

Pier One - Sunburst Mirror

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The London Look

I was feeling homesick, so I decided to create a board with an eclectic, British loft feel! I was surprised how many pieces I found on Restoration Hardware! I LOVE (sorry I say this word tooooo much) the old theatre style spotlight and gorgeous Victorian Hotel pendant... *thinks dreamily of winning big on scratch off...* RH has some stunning pieces for sale right now. They seem to capture the essence of a timeless vintage/antique piece and bring it back to life again.

I also love the RH steamer trunk.. but unfortunately it's not in my budget *clutches scratcher*... so I found this (still lovely) steamer trunk at World Market for $224.99!!  Take that away from RH's $1495 and have an extra $1200 smackers in your back pocket! Ok, so I still secretly love the RH one... sorry World Market this gal has expensive taste...

Then to this bargainous Carriage House Chandelier from Ballard. I can see it gracing a simple foyer with high ceilings...On sale right now for a wicked $89 for small and $129 for large. Blimey ole chap... whats more British than a Carriage House I tell you!.....I have obviously been away from home for far too long... I can't even impersonate my fellow countrymen... how sad... ;-)

World Market - Steamer Trunk

Ballard Designs - Carriage House Chandelier

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Beaded Chandeliers

Maddox Beaded Chandelier - Ballard Designs

I really like the Beaded Chandeliers that keep popping up everywhere, I just don't like the price tags! I saw some very smart and crafty people making their own here from items bought at the dollar store!!

The only negative would be that it couldn't be wired for an actual lighting fixture. Then I saw this chandelier on It's $49.99, unlike it's pricier beaded cousin from Ballard (costing between $119-$349) but I can see the potential for it to be turned into something similar (with the lighting on the outside)!! Beads can be pricey, but you can chose your own colour and material (plastic/glass/pearls) and make it your own. Or be as thrifty as the ladies at Dollar Store Crafts and spray beaded Christmas garland the colour of your choice!! I think I will be picking up a Lerdal chandelier next time I visit Ikea.....:-)

Btw, the chandelier can be used with candles or bulbs!

Lerdal Chandelier - Ikea

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Soft Gray
Soft gray is such a versatile colour. It can come in so many different shades, from charcoal to a light silver. I love seeing it used with soft lavenders, pale blues and metallic tones. I was inspired by Ballard Designs gorgeous gray/blue rug and Garden Suite prints. The soft muted colour works really well with the crystal and aged gold chandelier and rich wood tones of the pedestal table. The paint colour is called "Falling Snow" from Behr, it has a very slight green undertone to it, which brings out this colour in the art and rug also.

I think Ballard has some stunning pieces using this colour right now. I would love add the Gray Haze artwork above a mirrored cabinet and add some kind of metallic lamp to either side of it, to bring out the gold or silver tones.

The Scandicci fabric would also be a great starting point for a room. You could bring out the taupe's, gray, lattes and even mustard colours in a living room for a complimentary palette.

Finally the Vincent rug, teal and gray are one of my top colour combinations. I can imagine the Vincent Rug in a modern setting with a darker gray on the wall.

Gray Haze - Ballard Design

Scandicci Gray Fabric - Ballard Design

Vincent Rug - Ballard Design

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Cheap Bathroom Updates

Bathrooms can be mucho expensive to update. But if you have a neutral tub, sink etc.. then a few small updates might be all you need to go from drab to fab!!

If your tub needs a shower curtain, then this can be a great place to start. You can use the pattern and colours as inspiration to update the whole room. In my design above, I started with this modern floral shower curtain and used the pale aqua in the fabric as a wall colour. Then I found this bright collection of birdy art, that would add a nice accent colour above the loo (aka toilet in USA!) or on any bare wall space. I also love the use of candles in a bathroom. There's nothing better to me, than soaking in a hot tub with a nice aromatherapy candle burning (gotta love Bath and Body Works Lavender and Chamomile..) The ambiance a candle creates is definitely a must for a relaxing bathroom. I also added some crisp white towels, (I like to use white for it's fresh, bright, spa like appearance)..

Then if you had the room you could add a colourful garden stool as a place to sit and do those important jobs (like shaving the ol' legs) Storage is also important, I find I am much more relaxed in my bathroom if things are stowed away and only the pretty stuff is displayed. I dispense my hand soap into a sleek pump and then arrange all my perfumes on a mirrored tray. Baskets are also an inexpensive way to hide all of your lotions and potions, whether you have them hidden under the sink or on display in a pretty cabinet.

I am in love with this awesome idea from Bed, Bath and Beyond!! How many of us are stuck with those boring, builder grade mirrors?? (Yep, me too!) Well, this clever idea frames the mirror, to give it an elegant, custom feel! How cool is that? It comes in a mirrored edge (shown below) and a few other wood tones and a white. Check it out, it's under $50, but if you have a coupon....!! (so many exclamation marks.... sorry, I got excited!!)

I also think peel and stick tiles are a great way to neutralise an old fashioned pattern or colour. These ones from Home Depot are the perfect blank canvas for most styles of bathroom. And at $30 for a 30 pack of 12" by 12" tiles, they can't be beat!

Friday, January 14, 2011


It must be nearing springtime, because butterflies seem to be the trend. I was inspired by Pottery Barns gorgeous butterfly pillows to create this mood board for a cottagey-butterfly bedroom. I love all the neutral tones and different textures and the subtle pop of colour from the floral and butterfly pillows. Loving the bargainous wicker chair from World Market also! Only $129.99 and just picture perfect!

My heart is beating for the bedroom below and the stunning Butterfly Sculpture by artist Paul Villinski. Would you believe he uses recycled beer cans to make his sculptures!! If only I had his talent.... what a great use of hubbys empties that would be!

I was also thinking about creating a girls room inspired by the Horchow Butterfly Rug... great colours and bold pattern! Watch this space!! lol

Paul Villinski Butterfly Sculpture via decorpad

Horchow Butterfly Rug