Month: May 2015

Inspired by: London Architecture

For those of you that follow me on Facebook, you’ll know that I literally packed up and headed to London Monday for a totally unexpected two-week trip – pinch me!  The stars aligned and I got a great deal on a ticket and the grandparents were able to watch the kids and with only 48 hours notice, here I am!  In beautiful London!

I won’t bombard you with details about tours and sights, but I wanted to take a minute to focus on the London architecture that is simply amazing.  Depending on where you are in larger, metropolitan London, you can see Roman influences, French influences, British design, etc. all of which combine to create a visually interesting and breathtaking city.  For me, the architecture of the city has inspired me to think about how I can add architectural details to my own home to create a unique living space.

 

So far, the combined buildings of the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Hall and Big Ben have been my absolute favorite.  Look at the amazing amount of detail on the buildings and the craftsmanship that went into creating these landmarks!

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I also found the Tower of London very interesting, but my favorite part was the door to the Beefeater’s residence {also known as a Yeomen Warder}.  What a great way to brighten up a dull entrance!  A white jam with a pop of color on the door makes all the difference!

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I’ve seen quite a few beautiful gas lamps around town {now converted to electric}, but this is the first blue one that I’ve encountered.  So gorgeous and such a statement!

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The London Bridge is accented with beautiful shades of blue, including this bright turquoise that really makes it pop!  Combined with the natural stone and gold embellishments, it has quite a contemporary feel for such an old structure.

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I just had to include a few photos from the Changing of the Guards ceremony that showcase my favorite part – the contrast of their red wool coats against the beautiful green, tree-lined street!

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And last but not least, I wanted to share a few photos that I snapped while out and about.  The intricate carvings on the buildings continue to amaze me.  Even the public benches are beautifully designed!

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And because it’s so iconic….

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My hope is that these photos gave you some ideas as to how you can add embellishments to your own home, whether in the form of paneling, carvings, pediments, or even a splash of color.

 

Feeling inspired?

 

Tomorrow is supposed to rain, so I’m planning to do a bit of shopping and will hopefully, sit down to write a decorating post for you that isn’t related to Europe…no promises, though!  :)

 

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Decorating with: Seltzer Bottles

If you follow me on Facebook, then you’ll know I had heart palpitations when I saw two lonely seltzer bottles sitting on the shelf in HomeGoods.

HomeGoods Selzter Bottles via Tidbits&Twine

Don’t they just scream, “Take me home”?!

 

I *love* a seltzer bottle, vintage or otherwise!  I find the colors so beautiful.

{via Times Union}
{via Times Union}

 

 

And they look great when displayed as a collection…..

{via Country Living}
{via Country Living}

 

 

 

Or even when standing alone.

{via Vibeke Design}
{via Vibeke Design}

 

 

For me, it’s the balance between their utilitarian purpose and their graceful curves that make them so beautiful.

{via Interior Decorator}
{via Interior Decorator}

 

 

Also known as “soda siphons”, vintage seltzer bottles have become collectibles and some are even quite valuable.  These bottles first made an appearance in the early 1900’s in Paris and gained popularity across the globe until the WWII era, when many of the factories producing them were shut down.  Vintage soda bottles are marked with the manufacturing information.  The markings on European bottles are often etched, whereas U.S.-made bottles might be either stamped or etched.

{Available on Etsy via Copper and Tin}
{Available on Etsy via Copper and Tin}

 

One word of caution – Many bottles for sale at flea markets and antique stores do not have the original top paired with the bottle.  If both the metal top and the glass have markings, make sure they match!

{Available on Etsy via Gris-Souris French Brocante}
{Available on Etsy via Gris-Souris French Brocante}

 

 

So what did I do with my new purchase?

Currently, it’s sitting in my dining room on the buffet.  It’s not vintage and doesn’t function as an actual seltzer bottle, but the top does unscrew so the bottle can be filled.  But honestly, who cares!!!  Look how pretty she is!

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5 Easy DIY Ideas to Embellish Everyday Objects {Even if You’re Not Crafty}

Even if you’re not a crafty person, you can still embellish everyday objects to transform them into something that looks more custom.  Often times, what sets a high-end item apart from an ordinary one is the amount of detail. {You can read more about that HERE.}  So, it stands to reason that if you add the details yourself, you can create a unique look at a fraction of the price!

I love the idea of transforming everyday, ordinary objects – like vases, pillows, chairs, and books – to give them a more custom look.  I’m all about getting the biggest bang for your buck and reusing and redesigning items helps to give them longevity in your home.  Why buy new when you can refresh what you’ve already got?!

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Here are 5 easy DIY projects for embellishing everyday objects.  And the best part is, you won’t need any special skills, knowledge or crafty-type tools to do these projects!

 

1. Embellish a Pillow

Updating the look of a pillow can be super easy and very inexpensive {especially compared to the cost of buying new} .  A little bit of ribbon tied around can add a pop of color!

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I’ve even used a hand towel secured with velcro to give a plain pillow a bit of color and pattern.

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If you have some artistic ability, here’s a step-by-step guide for painting a pillow from Jennifer Rizzo.

 

2. Add a Graphic

I promise, this is an EASY project to do!

Graphic Fairy Tea Towel Transwer
{via The Graphics Fairy}

 

I fell completely in love with this project idea when I came across it on Pinterest and the instructions from The Graphics Fairy couldn’t be any easier!  Not only does Karen provide step-by-step instructions for 12 easy transfer methods, but she also provides {FREE} graphics!  Aren’t her tea towels cute?!

I used this same graphic to do a transfer on the guest bedroom chair that I reupholstered.

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3. Update a Vase

When I was browsing the Pottery Barn catalog, this vase jumped out at me.

Sheet Music Vase 

It’s fun, festive and can easily be done regardless of your skill set!  I already had a glass vase at home, so I simply taped some sheet music around the vase and finished it off with a bit of twine!  You don’t even have to own any sheet music to do this project because you can print it from your home computer.  Check out the great {FREE} images available from Angie at Knick of Time!  You can also find lots of other great printables on her site if sheet music isn’t your style.  ;)

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4. Add Some Sparkle

You can take a plain chandelier {or even a candelabra} and give it a completely new look with just a bit of crystal and wire!  You can get the complete step-by-step instructions and source links {HERE}.

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5. Embellish a Chair

You can make easy updates to chair backs with fabric, paint, stencils, ribbon, wreaths, and more.  I added some numbers to my dining chairs for about $1 each {post HERE}.  You could use the same idea to even monogram your chairs.  You might even try the image transfer method mentioned above!

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The more options you have for using an item in your home, the longer you’re likely to use it.  Sometimes, it’s just a matter of shopping our homes and moving things around, but sometimes, it’s nice to give things a bit of an update to make them feel fresh and new again!  These easy, little updates can have a bit impact!

 

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