Friday Finds

Every Friday I take time to sit down with my iced coffee “decaf, thanks to baby #2 😉 ” and rummage through my favorite blogs, designer’s websites and online markets for whimsical & fanciful finds that are only discovered by digging in deep for jewels amongst the clutter.

Today’s Friday Find…  this Luxurious Turkish Tea set for six. I adore the quaint size and jubilant colors.

 

 

 

Synthetic vs. Natural… your life could depend on it!

furni 1We all heard the good ‘ole phrase, “they just don’t make it like they used to”… well in the design world this holds very true. That muted old plaid wool itchy sofa in your great grandmothers living room or that walnut chiseled dining room table that’s been passed down through generations has greater benefits than just standing the test of time ,as we all thought, they actually have a longer fire rating time.

Due to the advancements in technology, we can now compound such fabrics as nylon, viscose, polyester etc. which not only are in a majority of our furniture, fabrics, carpet and decor but they pose a threat if a fire were to ever catch in your home.

Research shows that 30 years ago, you had about about 17 minutes to escape a house fire, today it’s down to 3 or 4 minutes. It’s never something that crossed my mind, but now with a family of my own, it’s something to very seriously take in consideration.

 

Check out this article posted on TodayHome.com

 

 

DESIGN 101…

Sometimes the best advice, is someone else’s advice. I’m devoting this post to one of my favorite interior designers ,Summer Thornton, and her simple approach to key elements to creating a most opulently eclectic , functional, inspired and desired space…

  • Do at least one thing your mother wouldn’t
  • Reference the past, don’t repeat it
  • Use patterns and colors recklessly!
  • Insist on natural fabrics
  • Colors don’t clash
  • Never say never
  • More is more
  • Always say no to faux  (I agree unless it’s fur!)
  • Every home should have at least 1 thing from a flea market
  • Traditional designs need-not be boring
  • God’s neutral is green
  • Fresh flowers are a room’s best accessory
  • No great room was ever designed without taking a risk
  • If your neighbors are doing it, you probably shouldn’t

http://www.summerthorntondesign.com/about/interior-design-advice/

Interior Vertical Gardens; going green in a new direction

We have all heard the coined term “going green” referring to minimizing our carbon footprint, using a certain percentage of recycled material in our products, devoting to LEED programs and so on and so on…

But what about an obvious “actually going green” approach. I frequently voice my devoted fondness for incorporating live and lush plant life into any interior space and the benefits, but this newest trend takes that idea in a whole different direction… literally!

For years we’ve seen the potted houseplants, the interior gardens in lobbies and more recently garden green rooftops speckling our sky scrappers. With keeping in the same concept, new innovators have put a different spin on how to incorporate your lovely greens into a space using a new creative objective in mind… adding a living piece of art!

Take a look at some of these interior vertical gardens

 

 

 

 

 

Easy DIY Holiday Decor

With the holidays upon us, we love nothing more than to create an inviting and cozy place to call home. Holiday decor gives your home a sense of family, celebration and good spirit. As the holidays call for delicious spreads, travel, gifts and more… holidays are not only a time of the year we look forward to but it can also thin out your wallet.

There are millions of DIY projects out there, but from someone who takes on the challenge quite a bit, it can be just as expensive as buying new merchandise and even more exhausting. I’ve listed a few DIY holiday decor ideas that really only use 3-4 items and all can be bought at your local Micheal’s, Jo-Ann fabrics or even existing items you may already have lying around your home.

Using brass tacks and any candle in any color, create your own pattern!

 

 

You can buy these apothecary bottles on Etsy or find at any vintage store very cheap.

The wheat can be purchased from any Michaels, Jo-Ann fabrics or any craft store for that matter.

 

 

The pinecones and juniper can be found probably in your own backyard. Can’t find Juniper?

use evergreen from your Christmas tree. It’s a great way to bring in the fresh smell of winter