Sunday, January 9, 2011

Inspired By...

Inspiration first.  I've been busy, busy, busy lately, but every morning I wake up with coffee or tea and do a bit of blog browsing.  That means every morning I find inpsiration.  Here are a few things I've run across lately.

Lisa at Serendipity Chic Design made over a beautiful dresser. (The link to this post was also on last week's RE- Party!)  First of all the dresser itself was wonderful.  The door in the middle gave it lots of character and kept it from being like all the others.  To top it off, she painted it a wonderful pale aqua.  It was Ben. Moore oops paint she bought for $1. Who finds colors like that in the oops bin!?!?!  Also take note of her wonderful drawer pulls.

Another great post linked on last week's RE- Party came from The Kitchen Witch.  Even the name of her post was pretty - Snow Falling on Cedars.  Actually, that was her inspiration for the January look in her family room.  She pulled in lovely, calming greens, and understated light, including twinkle lights and candles, and it really turned out pretty and cozy - a room I'd love to relax in with a good book and a cup of tea. Actually, I might not be able to concentrate on a book - I'd keep looking up to admire the room.   Be sure to go to her post to see the photos full size.  If you do, you'll also be treated to the wonderful salmon recipe she included on this post.

Table Scraps Diner has vowed to change her mantle look every month this year.  For January she went with a mostly silver and blue look. You know, I'm really into silver right now!  She was able to achieve this look for under $20 - that's another of her goals.  My favorite view of her January mantel is how it looks in the evening with the candles lit.  Isn't it pretty?

This post from Between You and Me is actually about her bedskirt made from a dropcloth, but the whole bedroom made me swoon.  I love the colors, the botanical prints over the bed, the white coverlet, the shutters on the wall, and of course the luxurious look of the bedskirt.  Don't you love it?

Here's a bright idea from Beach Brights - she calls these her Chain Link Fence Curtains.  She made curtains for her porch from a drop cloth.  We've seen that and they are wonderful, but she also did something else very clever - she made a rod from a chain link fence pole and curtain rings from carriage blots and brace bands.  All of it is incredibly weather resistant and it looks great!


  1. I am so honored to be featured amongst all of these other wonderful projects....

    Thanks Denise!

    Take care,

  2. Thank you so much Denise! This was a very flattering surprise :-) And thank you for making that gorgeous photo compilation - I have always wanted one but don't know how to make them. I was very impressed and inspired by all the photos and projects you chose to feature - waving at all my creative friends out there - Happy Sunday!

  3. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am so enjoying browsing all your wonderful pictures.

  4. Denise - wow, thank you so much for highlighting my mantel! Such a wonderful surprise! I also love seeing what others do as well. Your blog gives me so much inspiration with all that talent.

    Thanks again!!

    Kim at Table Scraps Diner

  5. Thanks for hosting! Glad you stopped by my blog so I could find yours & thanks for the party invite!

  6. thank you so much for featuring my bedskirt.....we are enjoying it! My husband hopes and prays that it lasts for a lifetime.

  7. OMG! I love this post & party...thanks for the shout-out!


  8. Hi -I was trying to use your party button code below and somehow it got really messed up. I am going to try to type the correction here, but sometimes it doesn't show up. I am taking out the "<" ">" and hopefully you can put them back in. I am using percent signs, but when you see them, put in your beginning and then ending brackets. Here you go (Crossing my fingers):

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