May 27, 2015

Table centerpieces

My mother-in-law has a gorgeous farmhouse style table that is nice and long. With a narrow and long table often comes the challenge of "what do I use as a centerpiece that won't look out of place". As I also have a long and narrow table {it measures 42" by 90"} that is also in a farmhouse style, I figured I would experiment with different centerpieces and take you along for the ride!

For most of my looks, I feature artificial flowers and a mix of things I have around my home to show how easy it is to pull a few things together to make a more complete look. A rule of thumb is to always make groupings in odd numbers. Three is better than two, and five is better than four, etc.
My first option is what I currently had on my table. A large platter with a vase full of not-so-fresh artificial flowers, a smaller glass jar with a flower and a small apple green lantern. The decorated platter is laid over a long apple green table runner. 


My second option features the same table runner and vase with flowers, but this time with a simple decanter and mason jar.


The third option features three place mats in a row in alternating colors, with hydrangeas in the decanter, green calla lilies {this used to be my wedding bouquet} in a mason jar and a small mercury glass vase.

A fourth look shows-off a basket of flowers in different containers. The basket sits on a simple white dish cloth.

In fifth place, I show a different kind of runner: three round place mats in a row with a simple vase of flowers on the center place mat.

A classic look in sixth place is a tray which holds a blue pitcher, napkin holder with matching napkins, and a small jar with large faux flower.

It is always nice to have a taller item and to have varying heights thereafter, as is shown in option number eight.

Finally a last look features the alternating color place mats, the calla lily vase, the mercury glass vase and an actual real plant!

After playing around with these, I decided to stick to this look:


Hope this inspires you to try some centerpieces of your own.




May 15, 2015

And the winning inspiration board is...

So, I received my fabric swatches for my new business office, and to my surprise, the blue and green inspiration board won!

It turns out the creamy background of the fabric is almost identical to the creamy paint color I have on the walls {and was hoping to keep}, called Avocado Mousse by Sico. 
Gazebo, Cloud

Plus, the bright green matches the curtains I currently have in the space which are brand new! I would rather use what I have and like, than to replace it for no reason.

I have already painted the striped wall to match the rest of the room. Poor Luca was wondering what was happening to his room! But he and Nico have been sharing a room for months now. I have ordered and received the above fabric and have added a section to the bottom of my curtains.


I absolutely love the look and the splash of print and color. But I am not ready to quit my day job to become a seamstress full time!

I ordered enough fabric to cover a bulletin board {either magnetic or cork board} for the wall opposite the window, which is my next project for the space.

I will also be working on DIY artwork using the blues and greys to balance out the amount of green that will be going on in the space. You may remember I had inserted a few inspirations of artwork in my board:

I have already added a slipcover to my computer chair. It is meant for parsons chairs but is stretchy so it works just fine! I ordered it in grey and will add a pillow eventually to add a bit more interest and color.

For storage, I am planning on getting some sort of bookcase from IKEA:
KALLAX Shelving unit IKEA You can use the furniture as a room divider because it looks good from every angle.
Or something like this:
BILLY / OXBERG Bookcase IKEA Adjustable shelves can be arranged according to your needs.
It has to be able to accommodate a printer so I will be keeping that in mind when making my selection. That will fill the wall where the stripes used to be.

I am excited to see the space develop! Hopefully Luca will not decide he wants his room back...


May 4, 2015

Blue and green never to be seen except in the washing machine!

Does anyone remember that saying? That is no longer true as I have paired those colors in every which way possible, from laundry to decor to wardrobe!

If you know me at all, you know a thing I love to do is make inspiration boards! Since we have been working on the basement, a laundry room update is just around the corner...

When we bought our house, we purchased a pair of lovely red washer and dryer. My color scheme for this space therefore became aqua, red, grey with a hint of lime green {ah ha! now you get my title!}

For now, my laundry room currently looks like this... drab and boring, except for the pop of the machines.


Our plan for this space is to close off that door to allow for a whole wall of large plastic bin storage. Obviously the paneling would be replaced by new drywall and to finish off, new casing and trim. For the floor, I would prefer something comfy and warm underfoot, like linoleum which is also easy to clean, but I would also like the more expensive Duraceramic which we have in our kitchen and I absolutely LOVE!

Call me crazy {ok Crazy!} but I have always wanted a finished laundry area. To me it would make the whole boring chore that much more pleasing and enjoyable. And why not paint the room a bright aqua to really liven it up?

Here are some inspiration pics of the type of laundry room I dream of {all from Pinterest}.







At one point, I really wanted to remove the window in this space cause it always creeps me out to be down there at night. But... if I do that, I won't have any space to hang the only fabric in the space {from Tonic Living} called Mini Chevron Fresh which will tie it all together! 

















And, let's face it, no one wants a dark laundry room. So the window will stay but will be replaced with one that cannot open.

Without further ado, or too much unnecessary chatter, here is my inspiration board for this space.

I think it is fun, fresh, youthful and most definitely NOT boring!