Saturday, July 28, 2012

Decorating With Crowns.........Add A Touch Of Royalty To Your Interiors

In celebration of the Olympics being held in England this summer, I thought a post dedicated to crowns might be fun. Even though they have been around for a while (just check out any home decor store) they still maintain popularity.  I guess it is the princess in all of us that likes royal head wear. Whether they are antique, new, blinged out, or simple and elegant, crowns are pretty and can be used in a variety of ways to add a touch of  stateliness and grandeur to your homes.

I love pillows and have created some for clients using crests similar to this one. They are wonderful embellishments and can be used on window treatments, guest towels...just be creative.

I delight in interesting pieces to use in decorating. This one just happens to wear a crown. This wonderful photo was taken by Simone of Fleaing France at a fair in Provence.

New items you can find at any home decor store.

Pretty simple crown and linens. Simple and elegant touches are always nice when decorating  and accessorizing.

Even though I lean more towards vintage and antiques, I do like some of the new accessories that have an aged quality about them. 

Coronets and beautiful fabrics can give a regal feel to any bedroom.

Another elegant coronet. This time the effect is more french chic.

I love this simple yet regal crown.

A new crown with a distressed finish would be a nice touch. 

If husbands could just get this!

Very stately!

Do something whimsical like this. Decorating can get too serious sometimes.

So pretty. We all need a journal in which to write and reflect on our dreams. It is a way of keeping them before our eyes. Helen Keller once said, "The one thing worse than having NO SIGHT, is having SIGHT, but no VISION.

And I would be amiss if I did not pay tribute to British Royalty!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Bohemian Interiors and Accessories

Boho...Gypsy...Moroccan...Hippie...Beatnik... Circus... These are all names associated with a style of interior decor most people refer to as Bohemian. I actually consider it a combination of all the above and love it's eclectic and eccentric influence on a room.  My 17 year old son has a loft bedroom and gameroom  in the attic of our circa 1900 home. You can bet money on the fact that when he leaves the nest (which believe me will break his momma's heart) those two rooms will be turned into my own personal gypsy retreat! I will need the therapy to deal with him leaving! I know many of you LOVE this style of decorating and have asked for more posts about how to achieve the look. I hope you find some inspiration to help you with your gypsy dreams!!

A true Bohemian room should look like it has been furnished over decades of globetrotting and a lifetime of creative scavenging.

Arguably the most important part of Boho decor is it's use of textiles...pillows, blankets, slipcovers, rugs and fabric draping.

Make your patio or porch an extension of your Bohemian interiors. Or if the look is something you want to experience in smaller doses, consider having a fun outside entertainment area.

Accessories are an important part of an eclectic interior. There are many options out there for you to collect.  This is a style you can have FUN with!

This room reflects the Moroccan influence that makes Boho interesting.

This is an example of how Bohemian can go formal yet still have that rich, warm, comfortable feel. Lots of patterns are necessary to bring this look to life.

The cool thing is that you can create your own accessories. The more individual the better!!

No shiny upholstery......your soft furnishings should look as if they have been worn over a period of time. You can cover your chairs with a large selection of new fabrics that have a time worn look

I had to share this wonderful Bohemian themed cake.  There are some really pretty chandeliers that will make great additions to your room. Jewel colored sheers will make beautiful window treatments and adding fairy lights make it look even more enchanting.

This room reflects a more tailored Bohemian style. However, the gorgeous mix of patterns and jewel tone colors are still right on!

I just had to throw this image in because it is so pretty. If you feel that this FASHION is not for you....make pillows or curtains for your interiors!! It is fun to thrift shop for interesting cloth from which you can make accessories.

Gorgeous window treatment for a Bohemian interior. Use colorful sheers or ecru ones like in this picture and then drape something similar (maybe multicolored beads) as a valance.

Beautiful jewel tone colors against an aqua painted pretty!

Hammocks and swings are great Boho accessories!

What eclectic interior would not benefit from this beauty!

I would love for you to leave a comment about what inspires YOU about the Bohemian style!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Yellow Interiors........Always Cheerful

No interior color can cheer you up quite like yellow. Whether you paint or paper your walls in it or accessorize with it, yellow is such a happy color, that if you will allow it to work it's magic, before you know it you'll be smiling again. I hope these images will brighten your day, and of course inspire you to use the color yellow in your home decor.

Now sit back, listen to ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE from the musical Spamalot, (SE SURE TO GIVE IT A MINUTE FOR THE SONG TO START) and enjoy the images.  

Yellow always  helps you look on the bright side !!!

Take a stroll under a lemon pergola.

In this room yellow becomes a neutral  that these pretty bright colors pop against.

Diane Burn

One of my very favorite designers. She always brings an Old World charm to her interiors with her use of murals and trompe l'oeil.

With the walls painted lemon yellow, this French Country kitchen oozes charm.

Think in terms of citrus and you won't go wrong when decorating a yellow room.

This is such a pretty color combination and the leopard chairs are perfect.

Muted orange and peach always looks pretty with yellow.  The use of grey anchors the room.

David Easton

The light wood of the beams and woodwork is perfect for this gorgeous room.

John Fowler

Yellow flowers are so cheerful, especially in a lovely pitcher like this one.

I love the way the yellow accessories "pop" in this room

This room demonstrates how the right plaid, checks, and stripes look beautiful when coordinated.

This residence with it's yellow painted stucco is very appealing!


or fancy, lemons are delightful when displayed in containers.

This is one of my own designs with yellow walls and an exotic flair.

Pretty accessories and a large wooden bowl of lemons make a great vignette.

I love the yellow doors in this fabulous room!

Blue and yellow....a wonderful color combination.

This wreath would look good on any door because yellow seems to compliments any color.

The yellow siding and white trim make this front porch so warm and cozy!

Yellow is the perfect accent in this great country kitchen. Try papering your ceiling!!

What is it about yellow striped awnings?

A great mix of patterns gives this room it's charm,

Breathtaking! What more can I say?

Yellow flowers will always make your house bright and cheerful!

You can almost smell the freshness in this kitchen! I think white glazed tiles and  lattice gives and overall crispness to a room.

If this space doesn't cheer you up nothing will!

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