Posts Tagged ‘decor & interiors’
After watching countless design episodes on HGTV, we are always inspired on how we can change or add things in our home. One of the rooms we talk about often is our living room. There are three walls in that space that we would like to utilize better. For one of the walls, an idea was to install a built-in bookcase. But since we want to utilize another large wall on the opposite side of this space for built-in coat closets, we were afraid our living room may feel overcrowded with the heavy structure so we decided to instead purchase an Etagere Bookcase.
I’ve had my eye on this stylish bookshelf for quite some time and since it doesn’t add so much weight to the room – it’s the perfect accent for our living space. We love the open feel of the chic iron metal frame design and I love the gold finish! While I had different intentions on how I would have used the built-in bookcase, I decided since this 4-tier glass shelf bookcase was open and airy, I would use it to spotlight a few of my favorite decor accents – since I rotate my decor accessories often.
I must have spent a few hours going back and forth on adding things onto the shelves and taking away. I didn’t want the bookcase to feel too heavy. I wanted to create movement for your eye, add personality, bring in shapes, height and color that included sculptural pieces, and pretty objects. So, I displayed stacks of books, a leaning framed print, flowers, vases, scented candles and candle sticks that incorporate both height and a sculptural & artful aspect.
I’m sure I will continually rearrange our Etagere Bookcase and I already know it will be a favorite to style for the seasons and the holidays! I’d love to know, what are your favorite accessories for styling your bookcase? Let me know in the comments section below!
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
Over the weekend we decided to head into Pittsburgh for dinner and do a little shopping. One of the places we stopped at was Whole Foods to pick up some flowers. It’s such a treat to stop there or Trader Joe’s because they have the best variety of flowers to choose from! If you recall from my spring-inspired tray decor post, I had mentioned that I picked up the ‘Color Me Floral’ book by Kiana Underwood, floral artist of Tulipina. This book is an incredible guide where Kiana shares her techniques, the primary tools she uses, and showcases her stunning monochromatic floral arrangements she designed for every season – they are simply works of art. I decided with all the flowers I bought, I might as well test my creative side and see if I can attempt to create an arrangement that can look anywhere close to the beautiful one’s shown in the pages of the book.
I’ve always been inspired by Kiana’s signature asymmetric floral designs. All of her arrangements have an incredible movement to them, appearing more natural and not structured. Since we are in the spring season, I picked my favorite color palette to work with…pink and white. Some of the flowers I selected were white ranunculus, light pink roses, white stock flowers, white tulips and two other types of flowers – I forgot to jot the name of them. Using the same flowers, I was able to create two arrangements that are designed differently but still creating that free-flowing shape.
One of the tools Kiana mentions in her book is why she uses a floral pin frog to secure her flowers and foliage inside her vessels. Ever since I started antiquing a few years back, it was then when I first saw a glass frog. From then, I started collecting different sizes. For the vessel, I chose to use my vintage white pedestal foot bowl.
Kiana has three focal areas when designing her arrangments – up top, in the middle, and off-center at the bottom hanging and spilling out of the vase. I began my arrangement with this in mind. There are two arrangements in the book (pages 165 and 219) that I used as a guide to create my form.
Floral Arrangement #1.
When making this first arrangement, I concentrated on using the more heavy structured flowers first, secondly, I added larger blooms (like the roses), then I would add the delicate flowers – arching stems like the ranunculus and tulips – they shape the movement of the arrangement. Because of their free form, I would place them in the direction that seemed more natural. I ended my arrangement by adding some filler to close up any open spaces. The goal was to create movement and dimension – how do you think I did on my first try?
Floral Arrangement #2.
For this second arrangement, I wanted to create one that was smaller in scale, yet still had a natural movement to it, as you would see growing from a garden. Typically, when I place a vase filled with flowers on the ottoman tray, it’s normally a bunch of roses or at the most, I would mix two different types of flowers. I’m looking forward to practicing how I can creatively make the arrangement less structured.
With a few left over flowers, I made this smaller arrangement for our side table. Nothing spectacular, I know – but I love seeing arrangements scattered about in our living space.
It was so calming and therapeutic when making these two floral arrangements. The sunshine was coming through the windows, I had the music playing in the background and I just let the exquisite arrangements from the Color Me Floral book inspire my own creation. I’m looking forward to making other arrangements and playing around with foliage and fruit branches!
While my arrangements are nowhere near the amazingly, bespoke creations as the ones Kiana designs, I have no problem trying again and again – LOL!
For a closer look at the two arrangements I made, keep your eye on my instagram feed for video snippets I will be posting today!
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
When we first moved into our first home, the walls were painted with what I call the ‘standard carpenter color’ which is a yellowish/beige color…blah! In our formal dining room, I chose to have the front wall painted in a light blue accent color and the rest of the walls are gray. Years later, I decided to take that blue accent color and have it painted in a deeper blue to create a moody vibe. The current color is Benjamin Moore ‘mysterious AF-565′. I’m itchin to lighten things up a bit and create more of a balance with the dark dining room furniture.
I’ve been scouring Pinterest for some dining room inspiration. My goal is to give our walls in the dining room a bit of a refresh. Some options that may give some impact are wall panels, temporary wallpaper, or stencil. I would like to create a contrast of light walls with the existing dark furniture. Below are a few photo ideas that have me inspired!
-Photo: Studio McGee
I love the design choices Studio McGee created here. I’m attracted to the bright, crisp white walls, paired with the dark furniture. My only concern with white walls is I think if you are going to paint with white, it should be cohesive and all the walls throughout the home should be painted the same color. Something we may consider in the new house!
Photo: Martha O’Hara Interiors
Since our dining chairs are a dark wood with a navy blue back and seat, I can really get an idea of what our dining room would look like with wall paper in this room designed by Martha O’Hara Interiors. I really like how minimal the design of the light gray and white wallpaper is. I’m also loving the chair wall moulding. The combination is timeless and classic! To balance the room, an area rug is laid underneath the dining table to breakup the dark wood of the dining table and the wood floors.
Photo: Citrine Living
I’ve always loved this dining room from Tamara of Citrine Living! I love the dark bold paint choice with the high contrasting white chair wall moulding. An idea would be paint our dining room walls the same color as the accent wall and brighten it up with moulding. Oh, decisions – decisions.
If you have any ideas or links for inspiration, feel free to share in the comments section below!
Happy Monday! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter Sunday. We were pretty bummed when we looked out our window this morning to find snow on the ground. While we wait for warmer days, greener grass, and blooming flowers, I have added a spring vibe inside our home to keep it feeling fresh and bright. In case you missed my bedroom spring refresh, click here to read the post.
Keep reading to see how I was able to add a spring vibe to my ottoman tray in 3 very simple ways.
#1. New Scented Candle
The first thing I did was swap out our previous candle with this beautiful Gilded Cage fragrant candle, designed with singing birds. I adore birds and love listening to their chirping and singing, while sitting outdoors on our deck. The jar with lid is so spring-inspired and it was the perfect addition to our ottoman tray! The scent is Lemon Verbena – a light citrus scent.
#2. New Coffee-Table Book
Nothing says spring and summer than a stunning array of blooms, am I right? Another item I swapped out of our ottoman tray is our coffee-table book. I recently purchased this ‘Color Me Floral’ book by Kiana Underwood. While the pages inside this book are gorgeous, inspiring and helpful, the cover lends that bright, spring-vibe I wanted to create on our tray.
#3. A new Flower Vase
The third item I replaced on our ottoman tray was with this lovely Blossoms Blush Vase. The handcrafted ceramic design of blooms and butterflies on this vase is a beautiful reminder of nature’s whimsical beauty in the spring and summer seasons.
Viola! With swapping out three decor items, I was able to give our ottoman tray a spring refresh – a focal point when guests enter our living room.
For a look at last year’s ottoman tray spring refresh – check out this post. What are some of the ways you add a spring vibe to your coffee table tray? Let me know in the comments section below!
-Photos + Styling via Rose Angel Lopez
Over the years, I’ve noticed that I have collected quite a few trays. From serving trays to decorative ones, there are so many styles to choose from that are both pretty and practical. I’ve come to realize that it’s an accessory must and we practically have one in each room of our house.
While trays are a great way to contain clutter, they are also perfect for collecting and dressing up your pretty things. It’s an interior piece every home needs! Check out the many ways I use trays in our home…
#1. The Coffee Table Tray. A perfect way to create a coffee table/ottoman vignette is by starting with a tray. It’s the base for layering your home decor essentials. Have fun when styling, it should reflect your personal style and mix it up with height and texture.
#2. The Vanity Tray. Add some glam to your makeup vanity with a perfume tray displaying your favorite fragrances.
#3 The Office Tray. From a stapler and paper clips, to scissors and your business cards. Having a tray is a perfect way to hold your office desk accessories.
#4. The Foyer Tray. Another surface that I like to style with a tray is the cabinet in our upstairs foyer. Here, I layered a scented candle with glass dome, a sculptural object that drawers your eye and a plant that bring a little life to the top of this cabinet.
#5. The home bar tray. Keep your liquor in the open. I use our gold mirrored tray to house our decanters – a sophisticated touch when pouring your favorite spirits.
#6. Bar Cart Tray. A wine bar cart -brings functionality and flair. Here I used a marble serving tray to display my wine glasses. A convenient, yet chic way to entertain your guests.
#7 Dining Table Tray. Using a mirrored tray as a table centerpiece can bring ambiance to your dining room with illuminating candlelights and mini floral bouquets, nestled inside it.
#8. Front Foyer Tray. Having a front entry table sets the tone for your home. Having one with a tray is a must. I actually double up on the trays – it’s a landing place for our keys and sunglasses. We also hold our decorative accents.
#9. Kitchen Table Tray. On the kitchen table, I used a small glass tray and created a little tea station that holds our tea bags, sugar, and teaspoons.
See a tray you like in today’s post? I’ve rounded up some of the trays I currently own as well as similar ones:
What are some of the ways you use your trays at home? Comment on the comments section below!
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez