As a mother of three children five and under, I deal with a lot of body fluids. And you know what? Sometimes I just want to look at pretty things! I was delighted to discover in my latest copy of House Beautiful that there is such a thing as mother of pearl wallpaper. I don’t know that I would necessarily opt for it in my own home but for the right client, in the right home, it would be stunning. It is an unexpected and eye popping option for either a traditional or modern style home.
Ooh la la. Take a look.
For a more traditional look: Marquetry by Maya Romanoff
Aphrodite, by Maya Romanoff
Chevron mother of pearl wall paper by Maya Romanoff
Though there are a few different companies who sell mother of pearl wallpaper, Maya Romanoff is the go to designer for this product. To check out her beautiful wall coverings, mother of pearl and otherwise, click here!
Yesterday I had the delight of attending an event at Norwalk Furniture in Coquitlam where I was introduced for the first time to the Sherrill Furniture Company. I’m in love. With Norwalk in general and Sherrill in particular. I am admittedly, a bit of a sop, but beautiful things make me teary and I was getting a bit emotional about the gorgeous silhouettes of the furniture in combination with the stunning upholstery fabrics.
At Sherrill Furniture Company all the products are totally customizable (and they don’t even up charge you for most changes!): 1700 fabrics to choose from, every wood finish (and acrylic!) that you can imagine, and options galore for your couch and chair arm style, back style, base style, leg style etc. It is essentially a decorators dream store and a one stop shop for furniture ranging from modern, to traditional, to country. Even if you aren’t in the market for new furniture but simply appreciate beautifully sculpted pieces, stop by Norwalk and have a look.
The pictures don’t do the furniture justice but none-the-less, here is some eye candy to give you an idea of the extraordinary beauty and quality of these pieces.
Is it terrible that I’m now hoping for my furniture to break so I have legit reason to bring some of these pieces into my home?
Last week I wrote the first of a regular series of posts called “Monday Must Haves”. I decided I didn’t like the connotations of the title as there is very little in this life that we really “must have” and pretty interior decor items certainly aren’t one of them. However, I do like alliteration so I’m moving on to “Tuesday’s Top Ten”.
Given the weekend I had I was considering calling this “Potty Talk” and listing my top ten toilets. I would defiantly give first prize to any toilet which could follow my vomiting children around and open automatically as soon as it heard gagging (hey, I heard of a singing, glow in the dark toilet so why not?). However, toilets don’t really get me that revved up so I thought I would go for something far prettier: kitchen island lighting. These lights range from traditional to very modern and each was chosen for its’ unique beauty and ability to bring the bling to your kitchen. Enjoy!
1. Perfect for a traditional kitchen that needs some jewellery. From Lee Broom.
2. Great for a traditional or modern setting. Kitchens have so many hard angles, something round like this adds some softness. From Horchow.
7. Mercury glass is such a classy way to add some sparkle to a space. From Lamps Plus.
8. This Joss and Main chandelier works just as well over an island to bring in some bling.
10. A very modern chandelier with sparkle from Architonic.
I got married five days past my 22nd birthday. The only kitcheny object I had to my name was a wok with which I could cook a barely edible stir fry (just ask my hubby). When we went shopping for our gift registry my mind was mostly fixated on picking items which were not too expensive because I didn’t want to seem “greedy”. If I could go back in time I would tell myself that people are generous and it is okay to pick beautiful, even expensive items for your registry. However, if I had picked a fancy kettle at that point in time I would have regretted my choice since it only took a couple months of marriage for me to melt it on a hot stove.
Eight years later I still have the same melted kettle. Guess what is on my birthday wish list 🙂 A new kettle to go with my new kitchen. Here are ten of my favorite:
Black Morphy Richards kettle. This might be my favorite. I didn’t know a kettle could be sexy.
Krups Stainless Steel Kettle
Bella Kettle from Walmart
Smeg kettle. So Sleek and it comes in a variety of colours! This one is high on my list.
This super classy design looks more like a stove top kettle. Perfect for a more traditional style kitchen. By Dunelm
I’m a sucker for Asian influence in design. By GForce sold on Wayfair.
Russell Hobs kettle and matching toaster.
This Kitchen Aid kettle gives of a sweet retro feel.
Purple Presige kettle.
Another kettle with a vintage vibe by Delonghi.
I am somewhat prone to impulse buys, particularly interior decor items like wall art, vases, trays etc. I am drawn to beautiful things and have too often bought objects which, though beautiful, are not necessary, practical, or even in keeping with the style of my home. It doesn’t take me long to realize this after buying the object but by that time I am stuck with the bill and an increasing surplus of stuff. And though I like beautiful objects, I distinctly do not like a build up of “stuff” in my house so off to Value Village it goes.
Why am I mentioning this? Partly because money matters are a bit stressful after a renovation which (like most do) went over budget, and partly because there is still a bit more money I want to spend on accessories for the kitchen. My goal is to thoughtfully consider what would be beautiful, what would be in keeping with the rest of my decor, and what would not completely annoy me to have sitting on my counter at all times.
And so, as I thoughtfully consider whether I want some artwork leaning against, or attached to my back splash, and what artwork that might be, here are some pictures of kitchens that are given an extra dose of pizazz through art displays:
These people speak my language. You can buy prints like this on Etsy or make them yourself.
Such a necessary pop of colour in an all white kitchen.
These pictures aren’t against the back splash like in the other kitchens but what a stunning display. Love!
So what do you think? Would you, could you have art on your counter space?
My kitchen reno is now complete (yay!) and it looks phenomenal. However, it needs some accessorizing to bring in the warmth that the other parts of my home exude. I read this fantastic post on Jennifer’s Blog about accessorizing kitchens. Some take away tips from it include:
1.) Don’t over-accessorize, crowded counters are never good design
2.) Lean some artwork against your back splash (don’t forget it needs to be something you can wipe down)
3.) Buy objects that are both beautiful and functional
4.) Use accessories that fit with the style of your kitchen (see below for tips!)
5.) Add pops of colour which coordinate with the colour scheme in the rest of your house
I love shopping on Etsy, partly to support artisans, and partly because it is too crazy going to the store with three children. I went searching for kitchen accessories and was able to find everything from soap pumps to lighting. I have put together three idea boards for kitchen accessories, one country, one modern, and one traditional. Don’t be surprised if you see some of the modern accessories brightening up my kitchen in an upcoming post on my kitchen (okay, might be a few weeks since I have to buy and ship them etc.).
Every room needs a focal point. Unless you have a fancy pants bedroom with a masterful fireplace and/or stunning view, the default focal point for the bedroom is most often the bed. My favorite way to draw your eye towards the bed is a statement headboard. I used to make custom headboards and I always bemoaned the fact that people seemed to always choose solid, neutral fabrics. Boring! Okay, a neutral headboard has its place, but pattern is so much more fun. Here are some rooms that go bold with gorgeous, patterned headboards:
With this room you keep the neutral feel but add some oomph with this black floral headboard.
Now that’s a statement!
The dark wall behind this bed makes the gorgeous fabric of the headboard stand out even better. So pretty!
Headboards like this are a super simple DIY.
All you need is a staple gun and an inexpensive jig-saw to DIY this style headboard.
Okay, so this one isn’t patterned but it is kelly green which is statement enough!
So pretty! One of the rooms I look forward to decorating most is the bedroom because there are so many places to use fabric. Headboards, throw pillows, blankets, curtains, it’s a fabric extravaganza!
I’m working slowly towards opening my own small interior decorating business (under a different name than Fabrictherapy (!)). It turns out that all the nitty gritty details of starting a business start to add up in terms of cost so I am digging “Shebajoux Custom Headboards” up from the grave for a bit to try to raise some funds for my business license and such. Here is the posting on Craigslist if you are interested: https://vancouver.craigslist.ca/bnc/fuo/5580461512.html