Saturday, May 28, 2011

I could go with this, or I could go with that....

I admire so many different styles, often ones that clash, that its hard sometimes for me to see the forest through the trees.

I know what I DON'T want more than what I Do, that's for sure.

Our Family Room
For example, I do not like, what my daugher likes to call "Old Lady-ish"...everything matchy-matchy, chintz patterns, too-formal looking stuff. Booooring! I often ask her opinion (she's 10 for gosh-sakes) but she has a good eye and is very opinionated- doesn't hesitate for a second when she slams down the verdict!
one of my favorite Sarah Richardson rooms

But then again, I DO like when old stuff is remade to look more modern...I love to see, for example, some old rococco style frame painted a bright turquoise. But it's hard to get that look "right" could sway real easily into "tacky" you have to be verrry careful.

I LOVE this fun, flirty style from Addicted to Decorating--painted finshes done right!
Kristi, over at Addicted to Decorating, is a genius at combining styles beautifully

close up of an old cabinet door I made into a fun chalkboard
When I first saw my house, I wanted to mid-century glam-meets-casual vibe. I didn't want to "fight" the bones of the house, which are very 1960's, because I like that look. I was inspired by Laurie Smith's book, "Discovering Home", whereby she renovates a giant style-twin of my house, by ripping out all the elements previous owners added that didn't complement the home's true design style: such as crown moldings, fussy fireplaces, and country touches.

From Laurie Smith
My Dining Room chandy was one of my first purchases: It represented what I was going for in terms of the style of the house
My bedroom is "getting there". I am thinking madagascar-type grasscloth wallpaper, or a trellis pattern on the bed wall. An upholstered headboad too.
My kinda boring bedroom--ready for a makeover
dream bathroom...except I'd use a larger vanity. Just sayin'

Now I am thinking about moving forward with a bathroom reno--I have already painted my vanity (happy with that) but the real need for making over is the shower. It has a plastic pan as the floor--yuck--and the framed alum doors are horrible--yuckity yuck--AND the tile lining the shower walls was once PAINTED--yukity-yuck-yuck.

There's an outlet tile place near me that has seconds of WALKER ZANGER tile. Yeah, WZ of the "$28.00 PER tile are-you-kidding-me" tile. They are lovely. I can get the decorative ones for 2 bucks a piece and the plain subway tiles for $10.00 a box (10 square feet).

I love both blue and green colors. Just a stripe of it. And these pebble tiles (at Home Depot) for the shower floor. Don't they look like they'd feel wonderful underfoot?

What do you think?

Make it a Great Day!


  1. Cute Blog! Happy Sunday! I would love for you to stop by and check out my blog as well! If you like it you can follow back! Thanks! Hope to blog with you again soon!


  2. Your house looks beautiful, you have a real talent for decorating! Found you at the Sunday Blog Hop and am glad I did! Am a happy new follower!

  3. I use to love watching Laurie on Trading Spaces, she always decorated rooms very well. Thanks for sharing her book.


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