Friday, July 29, 2011

How to NOT make a TV a focal point

I like T.V. just as much as the next person - every Monday night you will find me right in front of it glued to The Bachelor/ette!  Even still, I don't like it when a huge flat screen T.V. is the main attraction in a space.  I don't think a T.V. necessarily needs to be hidden from sight,  just placed somewhat inconspicuously.  There are all sorts of nifty contraptions out there for framing, making it appear as a mirror when off, having a motorized framed piece of art slide over it,etc - all fantastic solutions, but all very expensive solutions. Below are some awesome ways to tastefully place a T.V. in a room without it being the focal point of the room or breaking the bank.

Surround it with art.  All the blacks in the art help to make the black screen not stick out so much.

Off-set the T.V. on the fireplace wall with another beautiful piece of art work/accessories.  The T.V. is there -with no shame,  just placed with other more interesting decorations that draw the attention.

Place the T.V. in a bookcase next to the fireplace.

Hang dark wallpaper behind the T.V. to camouflage it.

In a kitchen space, this website suggests treating a T.V. as an appliance among many on a wall, it becomes invisible in a way.
1. traditional kitchen How to Put TV in Your Kitchen Room

Keep the T.V. small in a kitchen space, and place near a corner.  Not to mention, the gorgeous tiled wall (likely not so inexpensive:) behind it overshadows the small T.V.
12. modern kitchen How to Put TV in Your Kitchen Room

This one takes some handy-work.  The art pieces are mounted on tracks and slide to the left and right to reveal the T.V.  Cool, huh?  (Off the subject - look at that awesome chair that looks like its made out of a radiator)

So, what do think about displaying a T.V.?  Do you care about disguising it?  Do you have any other cool ideas for down-playing a T.V. in a room?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Creative Flower Vases

Flowers are often times the perfect finishing touch to a room.
Don't think you have a beautiful vase laying around?  Well, take a look at how you can dress up what you may have on hand:

Roll of twine with a tiny container (baby food jar, maybe?) on the inside to hold water and flowers.

Straight glass vases covered with a spray painted perforated metal sheet

Straight glass vase covered with bark.

Vase covered with a place mat.

 Ribbon wrapped around the actual stems of the flowers & then placed into vase.

Ribbon or  band of paper wrapped around the base of vase, & then flowers placed in 'cones' of paper. (Though I don't think this idea would last long, as I don't see any water :)

Vintage aqua blue mason jars.


                          A tea cup (a small arrangement like this is perfect for a nightstand).

             Display a collection of jars & brightly colored ornate glasses with small bunches of flowers.


Another post you might enjoy:
Stretching the Life of a Bouquet - Click here.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Great Outdoors

Summer is by far my favorite time of year!

Doesn't that set-up for watching a movie look amazing? Or take a look at that fire pit with stars. I love to sit by the fire, make smores, laugh, and stare at the stars (this is where I miss those Utah mountains!)

Anyway, enjoy my collage I put together. Maybe it will provide some summer fun inspiration, or at least a little bit of dreaming!

Sources for photos:

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Isn't Organization Beautiful...

I am not a master of organization, but here my tips for bringing a little order to chaos :)

* Have a place for EVERYTHING.

* If you haven't used it in the past year, get rid of it!

* If you buy a NEW item - throw away/donate an OLD item.

* Find inexpensive and stylish boxes/containers/jars etc. at Ross, TJ Maxx, & thrift shops. My favorite website for organizational items is - more expensive than the stores just mentioned but they have some really cool things to make your life easier!

* And my final piece of advice - one of my favorite quotes:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Parade of door wreaths

Wreaths are usually associated with holidays, but there are stylish modern wreaths that are great in the summer time, or any other time of the year. They help to make the front door just little more welcoming, and say, "Hi, I have it all together, I have a wreath on my door!" Well, maybe. Anyway, take a look. Most of these could be made with a little time and patience!

This one is made with acorns. Directions to make it can be found here.

This sea shell wreath would be great year round if you live near
the beach (or hey, if you wish you did :)

I found this cute wreath on etsy.

I love this burlap wreath. This blogger made it as a Christmas wreath, but I don't think it would have to be (especially if you switched up the colors).

Do you have a great wreath hanging on your door?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Mirrors are great for adding light, an illusion of more space, and character to a room. Here are a few spaces where mirrors have been used to enhance the room:

Layering the mirrors

I love the use of the small round mirrors on each side of the bed - a great alternative to art work.

The large mirrors in the two next pictures help the space to feel open and so much larger.

I had never thought about layering the mirrors and mounting them on the wall, like shown below. Very creative!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Design Consultation

I have a good friend and client who recently needed some design help. He didn't need that
much in-depth help just a few pointers in the right direction and then he would take it from there. An 1 hr. design consultation was perfect for his needs.

His style is a mix of traditional and modern furnishing for a more eclectic feel.

This was his kitchen. It was nice, but needed a little updating. We talked about installing a new tile back splash, new granite counter tops, refacing the cabinetry and the color selection.

This is an upstairs bedroom that he wanted to use as relaxing area and library. We didn't do too much in this space, I suggested painting the wood work white for a fresh look and installing new roman shades. He purchased the Stressless recliner from San Francisco Design in SLC.

This was his dining room. He found a small round dining table that he loved from Elite Manufacturing purchased through SFD, and I found the drum lighting fixture to go above it.

Many people had told him that the green stair runner had seen better days, and that it was time for something new. I agreed, and gave him a few suggestions on what he could do, and then he went to the carpet store and picked out what he liked. The new stair runner looks great, and is so much more sophisticated.

He has a large collection of old comic books and he has framed and put in various spots around his home. They add a lot of color and interest to his home.
He painted his closet in a nice green shade. For some reason it just seemed to be the perfect color for that space, and made his closet quite inviting (even though you don't really hang out in closets :)
This is his living room. At first, he wanted to replace the beautiful painting hanging over the fireplace with a flat screen T.V. I strongly suggested leaving the art there, because it creates a gorgeous focal point when you enter the room, in addition, it's a family heirloom. I assisted him in picking out the sofa, and suggested the black contrast welt on his sofa for a little 'pop'.
I think he did a great job updating his home, and I enjoyed helping him.