interior design

Rainbow Rooms

Every interior magazine I pick up lately, seems to be talking about the come back of color! Splashes of bold 80's inspired hues have creeped back into vogue - thankfully balanced with more modern styling. I thought it would be fun to do a spread of Rainbow rooms. So here goes...

Pretty bold huh? If you could pick an eye-poping color for one of your rooms what would it be?

xo,

p.s. want more colorful ideas check out this great article via here.

Images via 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Design your own textiles with Spoonflower

Have you ever been hunting for the perfect fabric? It's so clear in your mind, yet you wander the store, scanning the bolts, clutching your color swatches and praying that the ideal print will jump out at you. It can lead to a desperate situation. Well fear not, Spoonflower is here to save the day and your design! You can now upload your custom design and have your one of a kind textile printed and shipped to you for a very reasonable cost ($18-$32/yard) with no minimum order! Sounds like  dream huh?

Not only that but they use an eco-friendly digital printing system and you get to shop the gazillions of designs submitted! It's a virtual fabric wonderland! They even have fabric design contests each week to really inspire your creative juices!

I love this whole concept! Here are a few of my favs right now for Spring...(I know it is still away off, but a girl can dream)...

Seriously though, there is something for everyone at Spoonflower! And if not...design your own!

Are you a fabric lover? What kind of patterns do you adore?

xo,

Fabric designers 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

 

Hello my beautiful tree.

After a teary eyed day, picking up all Sydney's toys and cleaning out her food bowl...I needed something pretty to work on...something to cheer me up. On Saturday, Chris brought home the most beautiful tree for us. It's our first real tree! I haven't had one since I was a kid. The whole house smells amazing!

I set to work decorating it...

I kept it super simple using only silver and white ornaments and paper snowflakes. Instead of a star I crowned the tree with sparkling branches.  It was an honor to adorn such a grand tree and I often just sit in the living room and smile up at it. I'm still missing my kitty but this gorgeous house guest brightened my day. Thank you tree.

Have you decorated your tree yet? How did you do it?

xo,

Home office makeover

For the past 48 hours, we've been hard at work redoing my home office...or as I like to lovingly refer to it - my studio. For months, I had put off re-designing it. Not really sure why? I think  I was scared I would make a mistake but finally I worked up the courage and tackled it. Chris devoted some of our budget to it and voila - a NEW creative space for Grace & I!!! Check it out... Now Grace and I have a space to craft together. She loves her new "big girl" table!

The decor is a blend of new pieces from Ikea and old items I've collected from various antique and thrift stores.  I like the contrast between the clean white lines and the imperfection of the found objects.

Now this room feels like me!

Do you have a special place in your home where you create?

Have a beautiful Wednesday!

xo,

p.s. Don't forget...we are off to Greece on Wednesday! If you missed our other "trips" catch up here and here.

Everything gray

No, I'm not depressed, nor has the sun left us just yet. I have a thing for gray. Last night I dreamed that I was looking thru Flickr finding beautiful gray photography. Strange? Yes, but I'm hardly surprised, since I completely overdosed on my blogland visits yesterday evening. I decided to follow my dream and do a post on all things gray.

Gray is such a soothing color to me. Perhaps that's why I don't get too sad in the winters here. The rain can be incredibly annoying but on the other hand, on gloomy days, my yoga pants, warm cups of tea and good books beckon me to the sofa. Gray can be soft, feminine, elegant but I also find it such a comfy color. Like a hug. It reminds me of sweatshirts, knitted cardigans and cozy scarves. Heavy clouds. Dripping rain on the window. My kitty cat (she's very gray).

I guess I just love it.

All images via weheartit

And look how lovely it looks in your home...so peacful.

1. domino twin beds, 2. domino gray, 3. love the two tone of gray, 4. marie claire bedroom

Want some gray Etsy lovelies? I got ya covered.

1. Hettle 2. laralewis 3. whiteowl 4. vaeda

I hope you love these gray things as much as I do.

As for your weekend...I hope it is beautiful and sunny! After all, summer's not over yet.

xo,

Pretty French Bedrooms

Honestly, I'm feeling a little overwhelmed in this new house. My mind is racing with ideas and I really need to write them down. Maybe I will try and organize my thoughts this weekend. In the meantime, I found myself drooling over this gorgeous french bed...

Did I mention I need new bedding? Add that to the list.

Have a beautiful weekend!

xo,

Ivy

Images via: The French Bedroom Company

Inspired by Burlap

This simple, textured material has caught my eye.

Add a dash of vintage stenciling, french flair and elegant upholstery and this versatile fabric strikes a fine balance between rustic and formal. The fact that burlap is super cheap and can be up-cycled via coffee and feed bags gives burlap crafts a nice "green" edge too.

Find new burlap here. Old burlap here. Need vintage French stencils? Got you covered...here.

I'm not typically all that crafty but this I must try.

Check out these lovely burlap creations...

Have a lovely afternoon.

xo,

Ivy

Images: 1. Raised in Cotton 2. EAB Designs 3. lilmissi 4. JolieMarche 5. & 6. funkyshique 7. Rosenatti

French lights, crystal birds, sparkling beauty

I just got Pia Jane Bijkerk's book Paris: Made by hand. It's so beautiful.  This small, treasure of a book, is full of beauty, inspiration and the goods of genuine French artisans. Pia's stunning photography visually documents these amazing shops. One of the many shoots that caught my eye was from a store called Bagues. It's famous for its decadent, sparkling chandeliers that grace the lobbies of famous hotels and celebrity homes.

So magical...I want one, s’il vous plaît.

xo,

Ivy