Archive for March, 2010

before and after

March 31, 2010

This before and after is from Julie Richard at Shelter design blog.  She totally transformed this vintage Chippendale chair with a vibrant blue.  Daring I know!  But it works.  The color lets the chair become a great focal point in the room and it accentuates the details.   And you could change the color if you decide to give it a new home in a different room or change your color scheme altogether.  Don’t we all need a little color in our lives?




tuesday’s find

March 30, 2010

I found lots of goodies at The Barn in Castle Rock on Sunday!  This place is a treasure trove a vintage finds and everything is a bargain.  It wish I had a truck I would stock it up every time I went there. Note: circle thru the place at least twice I always miss things the first time.

Vintage dresser with glass knobs $179

Chandelier $69

Iron base console with marble top $295

Coral shell on old stand $44

Old glass bottle filled with corks $159. This is such a great idea!

Vintage chair $149

Numbered dresser $135

Hall tree $175

Vintage pagoda lamp $138

Blue children's desk and chair

Chandelier $235

China cabinet $499

just because

March 29, 2010

I’ll leave you with a few beautiful photos this AM.  Happy Monday.

it’s mary ruffle: flowers, shoes, umbrellas, chandelier, tea tins

take it outside

March 26, 2010

Mother nature teased us again this week.  We had sunny and 70 degrees one day and 30 degrees and 12 inches of snow the next!  Ahh springtime in Denver.  But I’ve got outdoor living areas on my mind and I can’t wait to take it outside. Happy Weekend!

images via House Beautiful, Pheobe Howard, Canadian House and Home, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Coastal Living,


March 25, 2010

Eclectic: selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or style.  Mixing styles in design is something you see more and more in design these days.  As design evolves certain pieces stick around because they are “good” design.   Go ahead mix new and old  but do so with thought. Keep a pattern and color consistent to pull a cohesive look together.

This chair totally works in a shiny vinyl against the more traditional wallpaper. Why? it's teenagers room and the colors are complimenting

A contemporary painting, rattan chairs and an iron tree trunk table all work. There is a beautiful simplicity in this room.

This neutral pallete is essentially the backdrop for the standout style of the coffee table, arm-chair, contemporary painting, and Moroccan pouf.

The contemporary chairs with the more traditional style table work in the clean, sleek kitchen.

Check out the contemporary bar stools and industrial simple pendants mixed with the country-style table and chairs.

Love the mix of colorful pieces, shingled wall and collage of art. Color ties this one all together.

This is classic eclectic. A mix of modern & traditional, vintage & new

photos via Palmer Wiess, Miles Redd, Sara Story Design, Liz Levin viaMy Notting Hill, Marley&Lockyer, Jay Jeffers viaYour House and Life, High Street Market