Blue & Red

If I have to choose one color in isolation as an all-time favorite, then turquoise takes the trophy. However, when it comes to pairings, I love Indigo and red. My entire dining room is comprised of these colors as is much of my artwork.

As often happens, while floating link to link, in the wee hours of the night, I found Cabana Magazine's Instagram feed via My Favorite and My Best. It's a glorious collection of imagery, but I also noticed that they heavily feature my blue and red! Dreamy. Here's a taste...

















Most photos from Cabana Magazine. A few are from my Pinterest boards.


Home Tour | Artist Isabelle de Borchgrave

Today, we're going to take a peek inside the home of Belgium artist Isabelle de Borchgrave. Textiles and pattern are her muse in the studio and also in her home. Many of her art pieces and projects revolve around recreating exquisite, life-size historical costumes and fabrics entirely out of paper. For instance, THESE extraordinary Medici era dresses. Amazing, right? Here is Isabelle in her studio:


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Her home is a fascinating and colorful explosion of fabric, artifacts and art. I love her curated sense of style and her bold use of red, a favorite of mine! And check out her trompe l'oeil writing desk papered from top to bottom!  Just incredible.















I love seeing how artists live. Don't you?



Mustard Midcentury Love Seat Part II

A few months ago I picked up a midcentury love seat from a neighbor on impulse. It used to be a part of a set and its original yellow upholstery is still very much in tact. It's really comfortable as well. For a few months I had it tucked away in my bedroom, not quite knowing what to do with it. But this month I moved it out into our living room. Does it match my brown Craig's List sofa? No. But that's alright. My goal is never that things match, but rather that they play nicely together.










Red White & Blue From India

Happy fourth of July everyone! Last month, I hosted a giveaway for Novica.com, a beautiful website associated with National Geographic filled with handmade goods from across the globe. One of the items that I showcased was THIS bright red cotton throw, made by the UMBVS (Urmul Marusthali Bunkar Vikas Samiti) Desert Weavers of India. As a thank you, they sent me one!  Its so beautiful and well made and even came with a gorgeous hand written card written in Hindi. When I opened the box, it smelled lightly of incense. I love the white accent stripes and cobalt blue embroidery. I could easily use it as a tablecloth, a blanket for my bed or even a rug. Here it is in my home:




Bedding:
sheets from Target
throw pillow from IKEA
pick-stich quilt second hand purchase from neighbor





And just for fun here are my boys in bed after shooting the new bedding:





Read more about the UMBVS Desert Weavers of India HERE 
and buy their products via Novica  HERE.

Crimson & Cobalt

Red and Blue
Ruby and Sapphire
Carnelian and Lapis
Britain and France
Fire and Water 
Crimson and Cobalt

This is one of my favorite color combinations.


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And I've posted the photo below before, but it bears repeating. 
It's one of my favorites and certainly an inspiration for my own living room.


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And here is a photo of my living room:





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Ranunculus

Today, my home was on a home tour - a fundraiser for our neighborhood's Early Childhood PTA.  It was great fun.  I picked up two bunches of Rununculus from Whole Foods last night to add a little color around the house. They were so pretty I took some photos as inspiration for a painting.
















The vase is a piece of Roseville pottery that belonged to my grandmother. Her grandfather (or father - I can't remember) once worked in the Roseville factory in Ohio.  Isn't this piece wonderful?





I also grabbed a bushel of red Ranunculus. 





DIY: My Dining Set Makeover on Houzz


I'm so excited to share my latest article for Houzz.com.
Its a DIY story about my dining room chair makeover!

From the article:
When my husband and I bought our Dallas ranch house, we also became the owners of a dining set the previous owners had left behind. It wasn't our style, but it was sturdy and comfortable, and as my dad says, "Love the one you're with." After living with the hand-me-down dining set for three years, I was ready for a budget-friendly upgrade. Here's how I took my dining chairs from blah to bold one weekend.









Tools and materials needed:
  • Staple gun
  • 3/8-inch staples
  • Screwdriver or drill
  • Spray can of B-I-N Shellac-Base Primer (I used two cans for four chairs)
  • Spray paint in your chosen color. (I used two cans of glossy Apple Red from Rust-Oleum to refinish four chairs)
  • Spray can of polyurethane clear gloss topcoat
Seat cushion materials:
  • Box of tea to stain upholstery fabric (I used 10 bags of Earl Grey)
  • about 1/2 yard fabric of your choice per cushion, depending on seat size
  • Plastic bucket, sink or soaking tub








Again, from the article:
I love the look of script, so I chose this typographic fabric from Ikea. I covered five cushions using less than 3 yards of fabric. The fabric was too white for my dining room, so I altered the color with a simple tea stain.







 



Ta da! I love the bright red chairs against our dark dining rooms walls. All in all, the job was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I can't believe I waited so long to paint and reupholster them. If you've got some old chairs that need a lift, don't wait!  Find a bright color you love and go to town!





Click HERE to read the full article 
and get all the details about my dining chair upgrade!

Cutest porch EVER...

Hello dear readers!  While I was away in Oregon, I had the opportunity to write up four house tours for Houzz.com.  This sweet little hundred year old cottage is my first installment.  It's owned by Mimi and Eric Kauffman of Halfway, Oregon. And I think they've created my favorite front porch EVER! To read the article and see all the photos, click HERE. But if you're in a hurry, here's a little peek at the exterior of their home.








Create Some Drama

I guess I've always been kind of a drama queen. My grandmother was calling me "Sarah Bernhardt" when I was old enough to cut my own potatoes. I don't throw epic fits anymore, but I'm still prone to exaggeration and wearing red. I usually, however, keep my drama confined to the decorating and design of my home.  Here are some lovely dramatic spaces to get your creative juices flowing.

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Go Crazy

I've been looking at the photo below for a few days, thinking, "Why do I love this room so much?"  I love it because someone just went crazy.  The said to themselves, "If I love it, it makes the cut."  And they threw it all together in a funky mish-mash of awesomeness and didn't look back.  Its totally unapologetic and perfect.  So feel free to go crazy - if you love it, find a place for it in your home and call it good.

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The Carlisle, NYC

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Big Red Art

I've been on a red kick this week.  And as far as I'm concerned, here's nothing better than big red art.  I especially love the piece in the middle by artist, Tahnee Lonsdale.  Her work is so vibrant and enlivening.  She totally inspires me to sit down at my canvas.


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Paint It Red

Want my advice?  Paint it red.  Find a nice bright cherry red and go to town.  Below is a little wooden side table from IKEA that I painted red a few years back.  It never fails to cheer me up and add a little heart to the room it lives in.  What's your go-to accent color? 

A side table in my home.

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Heavenly Henna

I've never had a henna tattoo.  I see them on the beautiful bellies of my pregnant doula clients all the time.  Its such a wonderful way to celebrate a rite of passage.  I've been thinking about having some henna done this summer to celebrate my birthday.  Have you ever had a henna tattoo?  Where on your body did you have it done?  Were you celebrating something special?

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And one of my sweet readers, Karla, sent this AMAZING photo 
of her daughter modeling a henna corset.  Isn't it spectacular?  

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Paper Chain Zen Circles Christmas Garland

This year, I wanted to have a long term Christmas project that our family could work on in our off hours. When you've got a four-year-old yearning to play in his water logged sand box, you've got to have something up your sleeve.  So, we've spent the last few weeks creating a paper chain garland for our Christmas tree. I was inspired by this beautiful zen circle...

Red Zen Circle by Ren Adams


We painted our chain strips in a similar style.







Walker was sad that we didn't yet have a Christmas tree to hang it on.
Patience, baby, patience.  Nothing ever comes all at once.  Especially good things.



Wondering how to make one of these beauties for yourself?  
Here is a video of Walker (age 4) explaining the process to his Daddy.



Yesterday, we brought home our Christmas tree 
and were finally able to hang our garland. 



Charlie was mesmerized.


Did you make hand made Christmas garlands as a kid?  
What materials did you use?

It Never Fails - The Red Rug Fix

I've posted about this BEFORE, but it bears repeating.  Can't figure out what to put on your floors?  Looking for an area rug that will tie everything together without distracting from the overall intent of the space?  Red Persian, patterned, Oriental or ethnic weave rugs will always go with everything.  Really, they will!  Try it and you'll see.

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Red and Blue

Usually red and blue can get a little patriotic for my taste.  I think "yay America" or "yay France".  But if you take the blue in a different direction like baby blue or aqua, I stop humming the national anthem and things start to perk up!  I love these soft blues and reds together.  They have a worn, but energized feel that really make the spaces cheery and not too serious.

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Scarlet Leather

I love a pop of red, but I really love a pop of red leather.  The red leather bench pictured below is on my list - I'm looking for something exactly like this for my living room.  Most of these pieces have a vintage feel, but I don't care if its new or old.  I'm just looking for that wonderful red pop in my living room.

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