2.29.2012

New Global-Inspired Décor

Since I tend to decorate with a lot of earthy, neutral tones, it's surprising how much I love spaces that have a global feel with lots of bright colors.  For example, I think that these spaces with a Moroccan flair are amazing!
Elle Decor
Jeffers Design Group
Jeffers Design Group
Elle Decor
Martin Lawrence-Bullard Design
What are some options for home décor pieces that would bring a global-inspired feel into your home?  One of my favorites is Serena & Lily's Moroccan Leather pouf.  It is sold in several different colors but my favorite is this gorgeous shade of turquoise.  The price on this beauty hurts a bit - $450 (ok, hurts a LOT) - but it could be the difference between a pretty room and an amazing room - it's just that neat of a piece!
Serena & Lily's Moroccan Leather Pouf
To add a Moroccan touch at a more reasonable price point, look to West Elm - this month they introduced a new line of Moroccan home goods that are pretty fabulous. They aren't dirt cheap because they are actually made in Morocco through West Elm's Aid to Artisans program, but they are very reasonably priced for what you are getting.
West Elm
The core pieces of West Elm's Moroccan line are these Battani Striped Rugs, which are handwoven from wool and cotton. Apparentlly, the varied stripes signify the weaver's own family crest and, since they are handmade, each rug varies to some degree in its pattern and sizing.  The rugs are approximately 5 x 7 and sell for $399. Aren't the colors beautiful?!!
West Elm's Battani Stripe Rugs
If you don't want to invest that much money into spicing up your space, try a few Bassanti Stripe Pillow Covers, which are sewn from the Battani rugs such as the one above.  Each one-of-a-kind pillow cover is $69. 
West Elm's Battani Stripe Pillow Covers
If not a rug or a pillow, then how about a pouf?!  Like the pillows, these poufs are created and sewn from Battani rugs.  They are priced at $299. Again, gorgeous!
West Elm's Battani Poufs
I also absolutely love West Elm's new Vintage Moroccan Metal Trays.  These circa-1940s trays are hand-hammered with a unique pattern and come in two sizes - large ($149) and extra large ($179).
West Elm's Vintage Moroccan Metal Trays
West Elm also has a Morocco headboard, which is made in a geometric Moroccan pattern in either white or chocolate.  Depending upon the headboard size, the price ranges from $299 - $449.  This beauty isn't a Moroccan original, which explains why the price isn't higher than it is, but it sure is fun - it would be great for a kids' room!
West Elm's Morocco Headboard
If you love all of West Elm's Moroccan-inspired decor, how do you feel about a trip to Morocco?!  You could be in luck - get on West Elm's website and enter their Discover Morocco Sweepstakes (click here for link).  The prize is a round trip for two to Marrakech - how amazing would that be?!  

Another place to look for the global feel is, of course, World Market.  They just rolled out their newest line, which is the Indian-inspired Voyage les Indiennes.  One of my favorite new pieces in this line is this Ninda upholstered queen bed, which is currently on sale for $499.  That's a fantastic price for an upholstered bed (and I love the shape of it - so unique!). 
World Market's Ninda Upholstered Queen Bed
On a much smaller scale, World Market also has some great new pillows, including this equine toss pillow
World Market's Equine Toss Pillow
and this elephant toss pillow, both of which are crafted in India and sell for $24.99 each.
World Market's Elephant Toss Pillow
World Market has some new paisley pillows that are fabulous too - they have three paisleys on one side and a single paisley on the other.  The paisley toss pillows come in this dark blue color and also in an orange colorway - each pillow sells for $19.99.
World Market's Dark Blue Paisley Toss Pillow
And how about this set of four napkins that is hand block-printed in India ($19.96 for a set of four)?
World Market's Hand Block-Print Napkins, Set of 4
World Market also hit a home run with their new Basanti Hexagon Table, which is handcarved with flowers and has a white wash finish.  The cost of this pretty accent table is $149.99.
World Market's White Basanti Hexagon Table
Of course, if the West Elm and World Market pieces are too rich for your blood, head on over to my home away from home - Home Goods!  Our Home Goods stores in Cincinnati have had several of these cool Moroccan-inspired accent tables outlined with nailheads.  While you can't see it in the picture, they have a very interesting snakeskin-like texture.
Home Goods
Home Goods
Do you have any furniture or accessories in your home from places you have traveled (or hope to travel to!)?  Don't forget to enter West Elm's sweepstakes  - if you win, will you bring me back a few pillows?!! :-)
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2.26.2012

Searching for the Perfect Cloud Stool at the Perfect Price

How did it get to be Sunday evening already? This weekend just flew by and somehow I didn't manage to make much headway on any of the zillion home projects on my to-do list. There's always next weekend, right?!  


On Saturday, I did come across some deals on a home décor item that I have been obsessing over forever - the cloud garden stool. Over the past few years, this stool has shown up time and time again in various shelter magazines.  
Veranda via Traci Zeller Designs

House Beautiful
Clayton Gray Home
About a year ago, I finally tracked down the source of the stool (called the "Celestial Cloud Stool") - it was being sold by Clayton Gray. I was so excited to find it but then my heart sank when I saw the price - they are sold only in pairs and are priced at $1250 for a pair.  Not gonna happen...  Then months later I was paging through a Wisteria catalog and saw they have a garden stool that is almost an exact replica of the Cloud Stool called the Ceramic Cumulus Stool. 
Wisteria
A pretty dead-on replica, wouldn't you say?!  It was priced at $279 - much better than the price on Clayton Gray's stool, but still not cheap.  I also found a copy cat version online at Gump's for $229 - getting closer...  More recently, I found that World Market was carrying a Tibetan Cloud Ceramic Drum that was another knock-off version for a mere $69.99.  However, what it was missing is the subtle hourglass shape that I loved so much about the other stools, so my search continued.  Sometimes patience pays off because this weekend I came across two deals on these stools that I've been forever coveting.  The first is back at Wisteria - their Ceramic Cumulus Stool is currently half off, bringing the price down from $279 to $139.50!  
Wisteria
I also found copy cat versions at Home Goods over the weekend for $69.99 - granted, they are in some crazy bright colors,




but with a paint brush and a bit of Annie Sloan Chalk paint, I could end up with exactly what I am looking for!  My only hesitation is that it would be adding yet ANOTHER project to my long to-do list.  I guess I'd better figure it out soon because you know how it goes at Home Goods - think about it too long and it's sure to be gone!


Gotta run - the Academy Awards are finally getting to the good stuff!  Would love to see The Help get best picture - one of the best movies I've seen in a long time.  Have a great week!
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2.24.2012

File It Friday: Record Your Home Purchases With a Free Printable!

This week's "File It Friday" free printable (click here) is for keeping track of your home purchases. 
Use it to record information about the items you purchase for your home such as furniture, bedding, light fixtures, rugs, art, etc.  Record where and when it was purchased, its cost, and any relevant notes (such as the original price of the item if you bought it on sale).  I have sold several pieces of furniture and other home items on Craigslist and I love the idea of having a written record of how much they cost so I have a better idea about pricing if I decide to sell any of them down the road.  I plan to also add a few binder pockets under my "home purchases" tab where I can store the receipts for the purchases that I have recorded.  
If you missed any of the previous printables from our "File It Friday" Home File project, here are the links to those blog posts:


Do you have any good ideas for other printables that would be useful for our Home File project?  If so, leave me a comment with your idea!  Have a great weekend everyone!
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2.22.2012

Bookcases - It's All About The Styling!

Having a gorgeous bookcase isn't just about the bookcase itself - it's also about how you style it!  When we bought our house, we loved that the family room had built-in bookcases on either side of the fireplace, but the bookcases (and the fireplace) were in desperate need of a makeover.  Wanna see how desperate?!
Our Bookcases and Fireplace: "Before"
Pretty heinous, right??  We have since painted the bookcases white, put in a new gas fireplace insert, and added stone veneer over the brick. The difference is HUGE!  However, I've never been happy with how I styled the shelves and decided that a shelf restyling was in order to make my bookcase makeover complete! I had already pinned several great examples of well-styled bookcases on my Pinterest page and then went on to find more gorgeous photos that have provided me with the inspiration that I need to complete my project. I thought I'd share my collected inspiration photos with you in case you've also been thinking about embarking on a bookcase makeover.  


If you are a book hoarding type of gal, my first inspiration photos will be right up your alley!  They are great examples of how you can have a well-styled bookcase using nothing other than books.  The key to this look is having books of similar heights shelved together.  For a very clean look, shelve all of your books vertically

Architectural Digest
House Beautiful
or shelve some vertically and some horizontally for a more relaxed vibe.
Elle Decor
Instead of grouping books of similar sizes together, another option is to group them by color as shown in the styling of these amazing bookshelves.

Flickr
While all of these bookcases styled only with books are gorgeous, my favorite inspiration photos mix books with other items to create a layered mix of objects.  Sherry Hart of Design Indulgence demonstrates how simple this can be by mixing some glass bottles with a few books and other objects to create an absolutely stunning result.
Sherry Hart Interior Design
You can also use a wide variety of objects and maintain a styled, cohesive look:

Country Living via Traci Zeller Designs
Home of Anisa Darnell (Jennifer Kesler photography) via Milk & Honey Home 

Brooke Giannetti (Velvet & Linen)
Architectural Digest

HGTV (Emily Henderson)
Consider highlighting the objects on your bookcases by adding an accent color to the back of the bookcase
Southern Living Bookcase
Emily A. Clark
or some accent wallpaper or fabric.
hi sugarplum
Domino via frolic!
I hope that you got as much inspiration from these photos as I did!   I hope for my bookcase redo to be complete in the next week or two and will share my "after" pictures with you then! 
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2.19.2012

New FLOR Carpet Tile Designs

Finding a rug for under our kitchen table is on my ever growing to-do list, so when I got the most recent catalog from FLOR in the mail, instead of taking its usual path straight to the recycling bin, I took a few minutes to browse through it.  I'm intrigued by using FLOR tiles to create a rug for under the kitchen table because my small dining space is much longer than it is wide so no standard sized rugs work well.  I also love the cleanability factor - if you have a spill, you can simply take up the tiles involved, wash them off in the sink, and then lay them back into place. Perfect for under the kitchen table where there are spills aplenty!  After browsing through FLOR's latest catalog, I became even more interested in the possibility of using their carpet tiles because their new Spring Collection includes some pretty cool stuff, such as their Hey Jack carpet tiles in a Union Jack style design. Although this hip floor tile wouldn't work well with the style of my house, I love it for a more modern home!
FLOR - Hey Jack
Another of FLOR's new designs is Mod Cow, which comes in either black or brown.  As you already know if you read my post about decorating with cowhides, I think cowhides can add a lot of decorative interest to a room - these tiles could do the same thing in a modern setting. 
FLOR - Mod Cow
Keeping with the animal print theme, FLOR also has a new zebra print carpet tile, Mod Zebra II.
FLOR - Mod Zebra II
The Mod Cow and Mod Zebra are both pretty fun but, again, too modern for my house.  I am more intrigued by some of their new tiles with a textural, patterned design like Sweater Weather, which has the look of a warm, cabled sweater - love it!
FLOR - Sweater Weather
I'm also smitten by the basket weave design of their Coming Along tiles for more of a natural fiber look.
FLOR - Coming Along
The chunky textured Roadside Attraction tiles are also great and would add a lot of warmth to a room.
As a lover of pretty much everything herringbone, it's no surprise that these Look Both Ways tiles are another favorite (and I love the little Boston Terrier people in the pic!).
FLOR - Look Both Ways
I also did some searching for inspiration pics and found some cool ones showing how FLOR tiles can be used throughout your home, including kids' rooms (this Lanyard tile is so cute for that purpose!),
FLOR 
home offices,
Knight Moves
bedrooms,
FLOR
playrooms,
Blogtownmom
living and family rooms,
InteriorDesignSense
FLOR
FLOR's Blog on Design
entry ways,
FLOR
The Creativity Exchange
and as runners down hallways.
FLOR
The possibilities are truly endless!  If you're thinking about using FLOR tiles, I recommend that you go to their website and use their FLORbuilder planning tool - it's a fun tool that allows you to create your own rug and then visualize the final product.  It's particularly helpful if you're planning on using several different colors or types of tiles to create a unique rug.     

What is your take on FLOR tiles - would you think about using them in your home?
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