May 2014 archive

Friday’s Favorite Finds

Before I left for vacation, I found 17 lbs. of Restoration Hardware catalogs at my door.  It must be time for the 2014 source books!

TIDBITS & TWINE 2014 Restoration Hardware Source Books

Clearly, there were too many to bring with me on my trip, but I did manage to bring and browse through the 2014 Interiors catalog (that’s how I spent my “me” time while on vacation).  There are so many inspiring and beautiful new home decor items available for the summer; I love this time of year!  So today I’m sharing a few of my new favorite finds.  While they might not all be quite my style, I can still appreciate the beauty and interest of each one and thought you might enjoy them, too. {Note that this is not a sponsored post – just sharing with you some things I love!}

1950’s Iron Wingback Chair

Talk about a statement piece!  Can’t you just imagine it in an entryway hall?  I give it a 10 for visual interest, but I’m not sure how comfortable it would be…

Iron Wingback Chair

 

19th C. European Intaglios

I’m a fan of framed objects and these plaster intaglios, with their intricate design mounted on black linen, are so interesting!  And decorating with black makes such a sophisticated statement.  {Intaglio: a design incised or engraved into a material.)

European Intaglios

 

18th C. American Tri-Dial Clock Cloche

Three of my favorite things – clocks, cloches and an industrial look – what could be better?!

Tri Dial Clock Cloche

 

Men of Note Portraits

The simplistic look of black and white portraits is timeless.Men of Note Portraits

 

 

Barrel-Back Upholstered Swan Chair

Look carefully and you’ll see that this chair has carved swan arms!  Plus, I love extra detailing, like the puff tufting.

Barrel Back Swan ChairSwan Chair

 

Le Gillon Chandelier

Wouldn’t this fixture look gorgeous in an entryway or at the top of the stairs?

Le Gillon Chandelier

 

Montpellier Bath Cabinet

I love this elegant storage solution and in a bathroom, closed storage is a bonus!

Montpellier Shelving

 

19th Centuery Finial Sideboard & Hutch

This marble-topped serving piece is sure to be a conversation starter!Finial Sideboard & Hutch

 

Looking through the product catalogs not only keeps me up-to-date about what new products are available, but also gives insight to trends and provides tons of styling inspiration.  I don’t have any current projects that require any of the products above, but that doesn’t keep me from admiring and enjoying them!

 

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The Rise of Risers {10 Ways to Get Creative!}

At one time, stairs were merely a method of getting from one floor to another, but now it seems that they, too, have become an expression of our personalities and a part of our home’s decor!  While railings, newel posts, balusters, and paneling are popular ways of dressing up the stairwell, another option is to update the risers.

 

What is a riser?

A riser is the vertical portion between one step and the next.  {As a side note, in reality, the riser isn’t perfectly vertical but is slightly inclined with the top slightly closer than the base.}  Atticmag has a great diagram detailing the various parts of a staircase.

Stair Terminology

 

 

1.  Painted Pretty

Whether solid or stripped, a splash of paint adds instant drama and color.

 

Stripe Painted Riser

{via Decor Pad}

 

2. Wallpaper

Wallpaper isn’t just for walls!  Use one pattern or several depending on your style!

 

Cottage Wallpapered Risers

{via Art@Home}

 

 

3. Beadboard

Beadboard’s texture is just subtle enough to blend with a home’s other millwork, but unexpected enough to give a home a truly custom feel.

 

4. Stencils

A steady hand will allow you to decorate your risers with color and pattern!

 

 

5. Tile

Patterned or mosaic tile might instantly spring to mind, but don’t discount the beauty of a more simplistic tile that adds texture and uniqueness!

Tiled Risers

{via Pinterest}

Contemporary Tiled Risers

{via Pinterest}

 

6. Chalkboard

Chalkboard paint offers endless possibilities, from inspirational quotes, to children’s’ artwork, or even seasonal messages!

Chalkboard Paint Risers

{via Yahoo}

 

7. Numbered

Numbers add a bit of whimsy to a staircase.  You can paint them on or buy ready-made numbers (metal or wood) and attach them directly to the risers.

 

 

8. Decal

Decals are a great way to {temporarily} spice up your risers!

 

9. Wood Inlay

If you’re building or remodeling, consider adding a decorative inlay to your risers.

 

10. Contrast

If decorating your risers is too big of a commitment to make, another option is to pick a riser color that contrasts with the tread, like white risers with dark wood tread or vice versa.  While decidedly less artsy than other options,it’s still quite eye-catching and breaks up the vertical and horizontal lines of the stairs.

{via Houzz}

{via Houzz}

Classic White Riser

{via Pinterest}

 

 

Would you ever consider getting creative with your risers?
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See an idea you like?  Don’t forget to Pin it!

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Where in the World…?

For those that follow my blog regularly, you may have noticed I’ve been absent for a while.  My absence wasn’t exactly planned, so it caught me off guard and I didn’t prepare any posts in advance – my apologies!  My family had a last-minute opportunity we couldn’t pass up and flew out of town with less than a week’s notice.

 

Where in the world did I go?

 

I saw the most amazing sunsets of my life.

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Stunning rainforests, too.

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I encountered the most spectacular smelling flowers in an array of gorgeous colors!

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I swam in a warm ocean full of colorful, amazing sea creatures, including giant green sea turtles!

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And love was in the air everywhere I turned…

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My husband, kids and I had the best vacation of our lives in Maui and made memories we will never forget.  I am home now, facing a pile of sandy laundry and an empty refrigerator, but eager to get back to decorating and blogging.  Thank you so much for your patience while I was away!

 

Wishing you a great week ahead!
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