Trends? Psh.

December 22, 2008 at 9:42 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It is the end of the year and every one starts rounding up the “best ofs”  lists.  I have been seeing a lot of lists of trend that people would either like to see more of or never see again.  The lists made me ponder.  I came to the conclusion that I do not care what is considered “trendy” or “in style”.  I like what I like and could care less what others think.  Actually, I think that I prefer things that were never in style (both clothing and home decor), because then it can never be considered out of style.  Also, if I like something, it is because it speaks to me.  It shouldn’t matter what list it is on.  I change my mind all the time, but not based upon what other people believe is “cool”.  I, personally, never fit into one category anyways, because I mix pieces from all different styles.  There should be no rules when it comes to your own tastes and your own home.  If you truly love it, go for it.

Whew.  With that said, I will step off of my soap box and show you all a visual list of the things that I have loved this year.  Not because they are trends or not, but because that was what was speaking to me this year.  I hope some one can find this inspirational, but in no way am I saying go out there and copy every picture.  (Would that make it a “trend”?)  Here goes:

1. The first thing that I have loved this year is collections.  They can be utilitarian or completely useless. To me, collections can be like art.  Some people think that if objects don’t function, they just sit there taking up space, but I think they can be beautiful.  Here is a group of cameras and a small group of stereos. 

 //www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/look/look-framed-vintage-camera-collection-on-the-cheap-072111

 http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/look/look-framed-vintage-camera-collection-on-the-cheap-072111

2.  This brings me to my number two- bright colored walls.  I love this blue and I also love a great red accent wall. Some of my fav online finds:

3.  This is a little strange for me, but this year I have love all clear, or acrylic, furniture.  There are so many great pictures, but here is a gllimpse of one that I am wanting:

//www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/look/look-modern-cabin-071787

This one even contrasts well with the cabin decor. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/look/look-modern-cabin-071787

 

4.  No matter what anyone says, I love love love both empty frames and leaning frames.  I lean frames as opposed to hanging them all the time.  Against a wall, on a desk, on the floor…  Just a couple examples:

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5.  I love alll things industrial in the home.  There have been some very good examples recently.  I wish I could do a little bit more of this style in my home.  Some cool pieces:

 

 

6.  I am loving repurposed decor and furniture.  I have always been a fan of old, vintage, or antique items, but it more recently has occured to me how great it can be to repurpose some items into new things in the home.  Some of my favrite ideas below:

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Mail box used for laundry. Patrick's World of Wonder. http://gallery.apartmenttherapy.com/photo/121808patrick/001h

 

This is a vintage sign remade into a sliding door.  I'm sorry, but I do not find where the image came from!

This is a vintage sign remade into a sliding door. I'm sorry, but I do not find where the image came from!

 7.  I am also a fan of decorating in black and white.  Don’t get me wrong, I love punches of color, but black and white can make a huge statment and go with so many additional colors.  Some great black and white pictures:

I'm not sure where this picture came from, but it is gorgeous!

I'm not sure where this picture came from, but it is gorgeous!

 

 

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Quick Trip To The Antique Store

December 19, 2008 at 6:49 pm (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Last night before the ice storm, we took a quick drive to the antique store the next town over.  I love this store.  All antique stores are fun, but this place is so big that you always see something new.  I did find these two little gems:

A coke box with the cubbies still in.  I have been wanting to hang one of these up for a trinket shelf.

A coke box with the cubbies still in. I have been wanting to hang one of these up for a trinket shelf.

This is a very old cigar box.  I though this would be beautiful to hold little odds and ends.

This is a very old cigar box. I though this would be beautiful to hold little odds and ends.

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We decided to put the cigar box in the TV cubbie for now.  The coke box we hung in the living room above the Eames lounge chair.  For now all that we put in it are some antique glass candies.  They are a little lost in there, but I needed a place to put them.  Over time I’m sure we will collect more trinkets to put in there.  I think it looks really cute.  Any other suggestions?
The cigar box in the TV cubbie.

The cigar box in the TV cubbie.

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This was the spot we chose for the coke box. Don't mind those awful curtains! :)

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The back of the box has a bit of a wierd shape, but this is a close up of the little candies if you can make them out.

The back of the box has a bit of a wierd shape, but this is a close up of the little candies if you can make them out.

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End Of House Tour- The Living Room

December 16, 2008 at 3:53 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So, I have given a quick tour through our new home at its current state. The only room left to show you is the living room. We are in this room most, and love the feel of it. The black console table was made just for me by Tony (aw). The pictures do look a little dark even though I did turn on the overhead lights, which we never use. Let me know what you think!

This is the close up of the table that Tony made.  The lamp is an antique from my Grandparents.  The red painting is another original by Ryan Foster.  Some other random fun odds and ends up there too.   
Console table with the shelves above it.  The black chair was a project I redid.

Console table with the shelves above it. The black chair was a project I redid.

 

The TV area.  The TV didn't fit into the cubbie that was preexisting, so we just decorated the cubbie and put the TV below.

The TV area. The TV didn't fit into the cubbie that was preexisting, so we just decorated the cubbie and put the TV below.

 

The close up of the TV cubbie.  I love the little antique picture.  In the small jar is also small little glass candies.  I need to find a better place for them.

The close up of the TV cubbie. I love the little antique picture. In the small jar is also small little glass candies. I need to find a better place for them.

 

These old movie theater seats were a salvaged find.  They sit next to the TV on the right.  The vintage ad above matches them so well.

These old movie theater seats were a salvaged find. They sit next to the TV on the right. The vintage ad above matches them so well.

 

The other side of the TV.  We love our movie display.  Again, I love anything with cubbies, so this was perfect for me!

The other side of the TV. We love our movie display. Again, I love anything with cubbies, so this was perfect for me!

 

The couch is directly facing the TV.  We still want to replace those flowery curtains, but the couch is comfy and cute- we got lucky for a hand-me-down!

The couch is directly facing the TV. We still want to replace those flowery curtains, but the couch is comfy and cute- we got lucky for a hand-me-down!

 

Next to the couch is my pride and joy!  My Eames era lounge chair!

Next to the couch is my pride and joy! My Eames era lounge chair!

My Baby!

My Baby!

 

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I Love Cubbies

December 15, 2008 at 5:54 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , )

I can’t help it. I just do. I love cubbies. Or pigeon holes. I always have. It just feels like there is so much possibility for little hidden treasures. Or something like that in my grown-up house. I am on the hunt for some sort of funky retro display storage peice for my kitchen. I was thinking some sort of mail sorter or even a group of mail boxes. Or, maybe a library crad catalog would work. Or… there’s always something else. I have been hunting, so if you have any suggestions…maybe something like this:

From Apartment Therapy 

 

 

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Apartment Therapy featured this picture from Bits and Bobbins. http://bitsandbobbins.com/

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Next Comes The Bathroom and Master Bedroom

December 12, 2008 at 7:09 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Here’s the bedroom.  It’s pretty small, but turned out well.  We would like to change these cutains in time (just like the rest of the house), but they can wait until last.  I think it turned out pretty cozy.  What do you think?
This is the bed.  Matching side tables and lamps.

This is the bed. Matching side tables and lamps.

A close up view of the side table. This one happens to be Tony's.

A close up view of the side table. This one happens to be Tony's.

This is the dresser facing the bed. An old full length miror stands against the wall and an Asian keepsake box sits on the floor next to it.The dresser is vintage from when my mom was a little girl. She used the room set and then I did when I was little. The black strips are removable, and flip over to change colors. We painted one side of each black.

This is the dresser facing the bed. An old full length miror stands against the wall and an Asian keepsake box sits on the floor next to it.The dresser is vintage from when my mom was a little girl. She used the room set and then I did when I was little. The black strips are removable, and flip over to change colors. We painted one side of each black.

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The hand is a vintage glove mold, the box is an old Kodak box, which we keep our momentos in. The mirror is an antique medicine cabinet, which we painted black and added a chendelier crystal for a pull.

The hand is a vintage glove mold, the box is an old Kodak box, which we keep our momentos in. The mirror is an antique medicine cabinet, which we painted black and added a chendelier crystal for a pull. Close up of sink and storage.

The view from the door into the tiny bathroom. Its small but we managed to fit all of our things in there.  It feels really bright and spa-ish because of the light blue walls and white curtains.  We added a blue rug and blue curtain hooks.

The view from the door into the tiny bathroom. It feels really bright and spa-ish because of the light blue walls and white curtains. We added a blue rug and blue curtain hooks.

 

The little shelf we hung across from the toilet with pretty perfume bottles on it. The only little "extra" that fits into the space!

The little shelf we hung across from the toilet with pretty perfume bottles on it. The only little "extra" that fits into the space!

 

Close up of sink and storage.  Pretty much the entire bathroom.

Close up of sink and storage. Pretty much the entire bathroom.

Here’s the little bity bathroom.  Not a lot to tell, but we did manage to fit all of our things into the small space, and it even turned out pretty!

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Here’s A Question…

December 10, 2008 at 7:11 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Here is the desk and the huge wall. The one picture is hung, but the other two are waiting to be framed.

Here is the desk and the huge wall. The one picture is hung, but the other two are waiting to be framed.

We are stumped.  We thought we had a brilliant idea for a cute and unique landing strip.  But, it doesn’t seem to be working.  When I was lilttle my grandpa had found my brother and I these little antique school desks.  Tony and I thought we could use my old desk as the landing strip.  The lid opens and it could hold all of our chnage, keys, mail, etc.  We put the desk on the empty wall near our back door.  But, suddenly the desk looked dwarfed.  I was hoping to find and old mail sorter or library card catalog to put there as well, but that is still a hunt.  We hung the vintage ad above the desk, which does add a pop of color.  I also have two other authentic vintage fruit labels to frame and hang there as well.  But, what about the desk?  Should we scrap the idea?  Or is it just missing something?  Hmm…

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Our Little Collection

December 10, 2008 at 7:03 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , )

A close up view of our little collection.

A close up view of our little collection.

When I was little my grandma gave me a little antique die.  She gave my brother the other to the pair.  To this day I still have it (how I never lost such a tiny thing is amazing).  Tony and I decided that we could start a dice collection.  We are so random sometimes.  We bought an antique printer’s tray and hung it on the wall.  Now, wherever we travel to, we stop to look for dice to add to the collection.  We even got one at the casino when we recently went for my birthday.  Some of them did come from ebay to get the collection rolling.  Here is what we have so far!  (This is hung in the kitchen next to the window)
Side view of the printer's type tray and collection of dice.

Side view of the printer's type tray and collection of dice.

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One Little Project At A Time

December 10, 2008 at 6:55 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

blog-pics-1-002When I get excited about something I lose all patience.  Tony tells me constantly, “Calm down Jess, one thing at a time.”  I’m trying, but just can’t control myself.  Here is one small project we have completed.  Just before we moved in here we went to an auction.  We found this old little kitchen cupboard and scored in for $10.  It’s back was burned and the sides were wrinkled, and paint was falling off.  People probably thought we were crazy for even taking it home.  But, a new back, a few dollars, and a lot of work later, we have a cute vintage kitchen island.  The kitchen was too big not to have a table for more counter space, and this little guy solved our problem.  Take a look!  (I need to get better at remembering to take before photos of our projects! oops!)

I love those old tin tops! It does have one chip we would like to fix, but overall... Cute! What do you think?

I love those old tin tops! It does have one chip we would like to fix, but overall... Cute! What do you think?

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Moving On To The Dining Room

December 10, 2008 at 6:48 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

We have also got the dining room pretty much set up (for now).  We do have many projects on the list, but Illinois winters don’t allow for too much outdoor work (sanding and painting).  Here is the mini tour of the dining room.  And, as always, suggestions and comments are always welcome and appreciated!

This is a little corner of the dining room. The door leads down to an old basement. This was a hand-me-down metal desk. We fell in love with it. We don't really use it as a desk, but more as a table and storage (the house has NO extra linen-type closets!). The little jar is a bag of HUGs! The paiting is one by my brother, which he gave me for my birthday this year. I love this little area.

This is a little corner of the dining room. The door leads down to an old basement. This was a hand-me-down metal desk. We fell in love with it. We don't really use it as a desk, but more as a table and storage (the house has NO extra linen-type closets!). The little jar is a bag of HUGs! The paiting is one by my brother, which he gave me for my birthday this year. I love this little area.

A close up of the painting by Ryan.

A close up of the painting by Ryan.

This is the corner of the dining room between the kitchen and the living room.  The antique table and antique lamp are from my grandmother.  The silver balls are modern and I think provide nice contast here.  The little primitive box was one that Tony made when he was in high school.  I think its adorable.  I added antique bottles.

This is the corner of the dining room between the kitchen and the living room. The antique table and antique lamp are from my grandmother. The silver balls are modern and I think provide nice contast here. The little primitive box was one that Tony made when he was in high school. I think its adorable. I added antique bottles.

 

 

A close up of Tony's little box and the apothecary bottles.

A close up of Tony's little box and the apothecary bottles.

This is the other side of the window. The plate rack obviously still needs to be hung.

This is the other side of the window. The plate rack obviously still needs to be hung.

This is our little red dining room table. The mismatched chairs are all painted black. if you can see the curtains here or in any other pictures, they, too, need to be replace. They are covered in fruit. Its on the project list!

This is our little red dining room table. The mismatched chairs are all painted black. if you can see the curtains here or in any other pictures, they, too, need to be replace. They are covered in fruit. Its on the project list!

This is the little wall space next to the window. I love this set up. I always love antique frames.

This is the little wall space next to the window. I love this set up. I always love antique frames.

This is the wall behind the dining table.  It is pretty bare for right now, but we are working on redoing a giant antique desk for this spot.  We got the desk at an auction for $5!  The candles and shelves will stay.

This is the wall behind the dining table. It is pretty bare for right now, but we are working on redoing a giant antique desk for this spot. We got the desk at an auction for $5! The candles and shelves will stay.

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The Kitchen Comes Together

December 10, 2008 at 6:14 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

It only took us a few days to get all the boxes put away and to get the rooms semi organized.  We are cleaned and now trying to decorate.  The kitchen is a great place to start because its a room we need to use everyday.  We have a side door that enters into the kitchen from an alley.  The landlord hopes to add a small deck out of this door.  The one end of the kitchen goes to a hall towards the bathroom, master bedroom, and the room we plan to use as an office/den.  There are also two doorways to the dining room.  Our favorite part of the kitchen is the little open window between the kitchen and the dining room.  So many possibilities.  Although I hope to do more detailed posts on specific projects in the house, I thought I should start with a sort of general tour.  So, here is the kitchen as of now!
The little window to the dining room. Enless possibilities. The clock happens to have faces on both sides!
The little window to the dining room. Enless possibilities. The clock happens to have faces on both sides!

 

Close up of the window and beautiful bottles we have collected.

Close up of the window and beautiful bottles we have collected.

 

View heading out kitchen door. The artsy rolling pin was an auction find. The curatins have to go, but that will be an upcoming project.

View heading out kitchen door. The artsy rolling pin was an auction find. The curatins have to go, but that will be an upcoming project.

 

Some of the DIY the landlord tried above the microwave. He had it hidden by a mass of leaves wound in lattice. It was so dusty and ugly. So far I spruced it up with a vintage lunc box of recipies. I love the little vintage tea pot Tony found for me.

Some of the DIY the landlord tried above the microwave. He had it hidden by a mass of leaves wound in lattice. It was so dusty and ugly. So far I spruced it up with a vintage lunc box of recipies. I love the little vintage tea pot Tony found for me.

 

The other corner of the kitchen. Same old ugly curtain. I was also thinking about painting the cabinets. We are renters, so this might be a project for after we have been here a while. But, they are old, shabby cupboards, so maybe, just maybe...

The other corner of the kitchen. Same old ugly curtain. I was also thinking about painting the cabinets. We are renters, so this might be a project for after we have been here a while. But, they are old, shabby cupboards, so maybe, just maybe...

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