Sunday, September 9, 2012

Inspiration from the Beach

This past weekend we attended an event at a beach I have been to many times since a child. Like all the other years I recognized many of the same familiar things...stores, eateries, arcades, and so on, but this year it dawned on me how long they have remained the same. Not only are the structures the same but the smells (love funnel cakes) and the colors are also the same and part of my memory. Below I have shared a few of the picture I took that might inspire me during my home decorations.

#1 - Boogie Boards.......


From Mad About Hue, Westchester Magazine.

from Houzz
blue bedroom Colorful Home Tour:  Jamie Levitt

A guest room from The Decorologist

aqua hot pink - live like you

Chic hot pink and cool blue living room.

#2 Waffle Cone..............

from Houzz (Benjamin More Peanut Butter)



#3 Jelly Beans...........

Don't you just love the color (and taste) of jelly beans.  These photos where shot at a candy store on the boardwalk. I did resist the jelly beans but not the chocolate covered graham crackers at the store a few feet down.

How great would it be to have a laundry room decorated in colors of jelly beans?

PB Ironing Board Covers



#4 Salt Water Taffy



 orange dresser
What's not to love about a hot pink velvet chair? 


Monday, September 3, 2012

What to do, what to do?

Last weekend I finished painting my living room. All except the wall that goes up the stairs. I want to do an accent wall but think that more red would be a bit too much (see pic below). My inspiration is this photograph: The color is a little off in the picture but I think you get the idea. I love the brown, red and green.

Below is the wall with both colors painted. 

The color of the rest of the living room is SW 6121 Whole Wheat. I think I have decided on one of these two colors: SW 0042 Ruskin Room Green (left) vs SW 7727 Kio Pond. (right)

Whole Wheat on accent wall

 The reason I don't think red would be a good color is that my dining room, adjacent to the living room but farthest away from the stairs, is red, cream, and white. There is a lot of wood throughout the home too so that's the brown. The red is Sherwin Williams SW 7582-Salute (see photo below)

 Just in case you are interested...the chairs are from Target, the table was a originally part of the set that matches the light colored server that I painted from instruction found on pinterest from a blog that is no longer pinned. I will try to remember and post at a later date. 

So for now I will just live with the two colors and see which one sticks. Today I am leaning toward Ruskin Room Green. Will post the final pics in about two weeks once completed.

Oh yea... Once I finish painting I will add pictures the entire way down. And I do have to give credit for the idea of the photo wall to Sarah at The Birds Papaya. It fabulous.


Should I or shouldn't I?

Two weeks ago I found this table at a local thrift store for $20 with the sole purpose of turning it into an upholstered ottoman for my living room (only living area as we don't have another family room - yet!) but now I'm not sure. I love the wood and have started to envision it stained in a different color.

Ignore the ugly TV stand in the be replaced by something, just not sure what yet.

So...Should I do something like Meredith at Not So Newlywed McGees

 or should I keep the natural wood visible and do a stain/wash like this...

 or, how about I upholster with leather like this...

or what about like this (folds and buttons)...

So....what do you think? Stay tuned.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Homes of Akron

As I mentioned before I love old homes. Below are some amazing homes in Akron Ohio.