Thursday, December 31, 2009

{Inspired By} My Bedroom Inspiration Search

Still working on my bedroom idea search and found a few that I really like.  It seems like the theme here is neutral walls with a pop of color in the bedding.

I love the art above the bed, the chandelier and pillows and the gold lamp.

Loving the round pillows!  And elephant prints and the vintage phone on the nightstand.  Although the scale of that nightstand looks way too small to me.


Bright and one large fun graphic behind the bed adds a pop of interest that I like.

Love the lamps, and gray/yellow color combo.

Wallpaper behind the bed is great and the face pillows are fun!

Ahh, doesn't this room feel so peaceful...

A little nautical feel to this room and loving the plank walls and black and white bedding.

Liking the stripped rug here as well as the mirrored nightstand.  And look at those floors!

Lots of inspiration here folks, but I'm starting to see a theme...

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

{DIY Idea} Fabric Wall hanging

Here's an idea I've seen a few times and I like the fact that this can be a bold option for a headboard that is much less permanent and easy to switch out of your tastes change quickly like mine!  All you need to do is hang a rod over the bed and drape a fabric remnant over that.  Easy Peasy.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

2010 is Rapidly Approaching

Hey there blogland!

Today I thought I'd do a New Year's Resolutions/Goals post after being inspired by the series over at Discover:ID and various other blogs.  Maybe I'll actually stick to them this year if I write them down for all to see!

So, without further ado, here are both my professional and personal 2010 Goals:

1. Launch Re:fresh Design Studio (the ID business) website and reveal the new blog layout.  Find ways to successfully market my business.  It's getting closer everyday to being done and I'm getting really excited!  I hope to have it launched shortly after the new year.

(Sneak peek at my new logo!  Stay tuned for more!)

2. Increase blog readership on my blog and remember to be a better commenter on other people's blogs. (I tend to read fast and move on, so I need to slow down and get my comments in).

3. Clean out one closet in my house per week and organize, organize, organize!  Take before and after photos to stay motivated.

4. Better my photography skills with the camera that I have and work towards saving for my dream camera.

5. Keep up with my new weekly posting series and schedule for the blog.  I'm a much better blogger when I have a (loose) schedule to follow!  Of course I give myself leeway to post about whatever I want, whenever.  Like today I wanted to do a resolutions post instead of a DIY idea.  :)

Mon: {Get this Look}

Tues: {DIY Idea}

Wed: {Designer Tip}

Thurs: {Inspired By:}

Fri: {Quote of the Week}

6. Try to accomplish more DIY projects.  Maybe one a week would be a good goal for now.  And of course I'll make sure to blog all about it.

Chairs I painted and re-upholstered in 2009

7. Keep working on my house, updating one room at a time as we can and share the pics with you all!

8. Find a space in my house to create a proper office nook.  Find a thrift store desk to revamp, and work at the desk each day instead of on the sofa!

Those are all the goals I can think of today, but I'm sure I'll be adding to this list as I come up with more ideas in the wee hours of the night ;)  How about you guys?  Have you made resolutions/goals for 2010 yet?  Or do you not bother because you know you'll never accomplish them?  I've always been somewhere in the middle, but 2010 is going to be a big year for me so I figured they were worth writing down and getting out there in the world!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

{Get This Look} Serene Bedroom

I'm loving this bedroom from this month's Elle Decor.

 The sereneness of the pale blue walls, the uniquely shaped headboard that you could easily DIY, the black lampshades and the brass of all the light fixtures in the room (yes, brass is back, just not the shiny brass.  Dull, antiqued brass is much better).  I like the symmetry of the nightstand, lamps and pictures above the lamps.  The natural rug (looks like seagrass or jute) and the all white bedding.  I also really like the bench at the end of the bed with it's curvy legs.  You could easily reproduce this look in your own home without spending much money.

I can't wait to get started on my bedroom makeover, but I'm going to take my time and find lots of inspiration first! 

Friday, December 25, 2009

{Quote of the Week} Merry Christmas!

Here's a quote I've always loved from childhood.  I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas day with your friends and family members!  Thank you so much to all of my readers this year!  Without you guys I wouldn't have had the courage to start this blog this year, but I'm so glad I did!  Thanks for taking the time to read Re:fresh Design Studio this year.  We have lots of fun changes coming in 2010 and I can't wait!

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

{Inspired By} Large Prints

 I'm loving these enlarged horse prints that are showing up everywhere.  What a great way to create a focal point in a room.  Now this wouldn't have to be a horse, it could be a flower, another animal, your child.  The cool part is that it is blown up large!  Hope you guys are enjoying Christmas Eve!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Apartment Therapy 2009 Homies Award

Hey Friends!

I'm so excited to see that I was nominated for a Homie award from Apartment Therapy!  I'm nominated along with a bagillion other AWESOME design blogs so I have no doubt that I won't win, but it is still fun to see some votes for me.

So if any of ya'll out there love my blog as much as I love writing it, please go here to cast your vote for me after signing in to an account you can create!!  It's super easy and quick!  Thanks, loves!  I truly appreciate all my readers out there.  You are why I do this!!

Here are the details on the voting schedule:

{Designer Tip} What a Gem!


I found this pair of nesting side tables that I am now using as my coffee table in my living room.  When I first saw it I was attracted to the bamboo-like legs and glass top.  I figured I would paint it once I got it home, but now that I've been living with it for awhile, I really like it the way it is!  There are some rough spots and the color is chipping off so I might go over it with some bronze paint to take away some of the shiny gold-ness of it.  My point is, if you can't find something you like in the mass stores, head to your local thrift and you might just hit gold!   ;) 

How about you guys?  What is the best thing that you have found in a thrift store?  Or what have you been searching for that you just haven't found yet?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

{DIY Idea} Petal Pillow

This DIY project idea comes courtesy of  Do It Yourself Magazine.  I saw this pillow and just thought it was so cute.  It would be a fun way to spruce up your sofa or bed and I think anyone could do it!  Here are the step by step instructions from DIY mag:

Step #1:

What you’ll need:
Tailor’s chalk
Rotary pinking cutter
Cutting mat
Needle and thread

Get Started
1. Using a plate as a template, trace a circle on a felt piece with tailor’s chalk.

Step # 2:
From the outside edge, draw a 2-inch-wide spiral into the center of the circle.

Step # 3:
On a cutting mat, cut along the line with a rotary pinking cutter. Careful! The cutter is sharp.


Step # 4:
To start your flower, fold the circular center of the spiral up and over. Secure the base with several hand-sewn stitches in a matching thread.

Step # 5:
Complete several inches of running stitch along the spiral. Holding the thread, gather your fabric and secure it to the flower’s center. Continue stitching, gathering, and securing until you have a rose. Finish with a simple whipstitch, and trim off the leftover felt.

Step # 6:
Repeat Steps 1 through 5 to construct a second, smaller rose from your trimmed leftover felt. Secure the felt roses to the pillow.

Step # 7:
For the stem and leaves, hand-stitch small wood beads to your pillow fabric.

DIY Tip: Save time -- and your fingers -- by hot-gluing a strand of fun beads to the pillow. A simple running stitch of embroidery floss or pearl cotton is a great alternative to beads.

And there you have it!  A cute, cheap pillow to give your home some fresh color during the winter.  Now, you may be thinking that I am a bad blogger because these are not my own pictures and I haven't actually done this craft myself but I am here to say that if I had more time before Christmas, I would definitely be trying this cute pillow!  Unfortunately I still have to clean my house for company and finish my shopping and wrapping presents.  So for those of you that are WAY ahead of me, you can try this project this week.  But I'm guessing most of us will have to put this in our DIY files and pull it out another day.  I think that is totally acceptable and I still want to be able to share fun DIY projects with you every week, even if I have no time to do them myself right now.  Someday I will!! 

Monday, December 21, 2009

{Weekend Update}

This weekend was very busy, but great.  We celebrated an early Christmas with my husband's family and got to enjoy making homemade ravioli with the family, playing games, and just relaxing and laughing together.  I love this time of year.

We also celebrated my grandma's birthday on Sunday with a huge bunch of us from my side of the family.  We snacked and ate ice cream cake which I love!

In between all the gathering madness, we've been working hard on my new website and blog makeover.  I am so excited to be able to share this with you all very soon!  My extraordinary programming husband has been working extra hard to get this launched soon!  I am so looking forward to starting this new online interior design business.  It's definitely a dream coming true and will hopefully be the perfect arrangement for us in the future.  I hope to share a few sneak peeks with you this week so keep coming back this week! :)

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are starting your (short) week off right today!

Image from House and Home.

{Get This Look} A Touch of Wallpaper

I've posted before about wallpaper and how it is really coming back big these days.  In my opinion it still must be used with care and in small doses and in a more modern print that the typical florals of the past.  So with that being said, here are a few examples of ways to use wallpaper sparingly in your home.

 This image shows wallpaper as the focal point of the room behind the fireplace.  Any more of this paper and it would feel too overwhelming, but this amount is perfect.  I love it tied in with the solid upholstered chairs and ottomans.

 This room has a dash of wallpaper on the ceiling.  I love this idea.  Keeping the walls bare and light keeps this room from feeling heavy.  Notice that the bed linens, pillows and curtains are not coordinated in the same pattern, nor should they ever be. (IMO)

This is a great idea for those wallpaper-phobes.  Adding a touch of pattern with wallpaper to the back of buffets, cabinets or bookshelves can be high impact with a low commitment.

Images from House and Home

Friday, December 18, 2009

{Quote of the Week} Happy Friday

Happy Friday, friends!  I hope you all have a relaxing weekend coming up.  I know I could use some good sleep and time to finish up my last minute Christmas shopping!  I have some exciting blog changes coming up soon as well as the addition of my business website for Re:fresh Design Studio, so make sure to stay tuned!!!  I can't wait to share it with you all!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

{Designer Tip} Styling on a Budget

Here are 5 tips that I enjoyed reading from Lonny Magazine:

Images and tips from Lonny Magazine and interior designer, Vanessa De Vargas

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

{DIY Idea} Stool Update

So I was feeling the urge this weekend to DIY something.  Anything.  Cue lightbulb.  I had some fabric in my basement that was sitting around, I was bored with my kitchen stools...

So I took them apart by taking out the screws and lifting off the cushion.


I spread out the fabric on the floor and stapled it on all around the cushions.


 I then reassembled the chairs.  All of this took me maybe 30 minutes tops.


 I now have a fun punch of pattern on my kitchen stools.  It was a super easy, quick way to jazz up my boring stools with a fun punch of personality!

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