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!


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