Internet Down

May 18, 2011 at 4:04 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Post coming once our Internet is back up! Thanks for being patient!


Technical Difficulties at House to Your Home

March 12, 2011 at 4:57 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Having some problems with WP, I’m working on fixing the problem, you should be able to get to everything you need though, the look is just different!

Decorating the Fireplace Mantel

March 10, 2011 at 3:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments
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Once the messy construction is done when doing a project the fun part of decorating is next.  I thought about the design of the mantel for quite awhile and wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do.  Do I do a symmetrical or asymmetrical design?  How about both?  I’m a big believer that the rules of design are made to be broken!

First up was the symmetry part of the design.  Symmetry means a mirror image — one side is the mirror image of the other.  The lamps are both the same and if you were to fold the photo in half the lamps would come together.

Of course the lamps had a makeover, they were sprayed bronze to match the mirror.  But just because those elements in the room are the same don’t be surprised when you see the room reveal to learn that I used different types of metals in my design.  I really like the idea of mixing metals.

(The lamps before)

Now onto the asymmetrical part of the design.  Asymmetry means without symmetry. (Duh right?)   The term describes a kind of balance that does not rely on symmetry: so there is no mirror image.  There is no simple formula for achieving balance in asymmetrical balance (hence the term informal balance) so you must get a sense of whether or not the composition is balanced. This is where your sense of balance really comes into play.

The composition either looks like it is balance or it does not. Where does your attention goes when you look at an image?  In this instance your eye starts low and moves up, as shown in the photo below.  If it seems to wander around more or less evenly, there is probably balance, so as you can see there is balance in this asymmetrical design.

Once again books were used in my design, I really can’t get enough of them and I also used some of my silver, I added a little life to the composition by using an orchid and then the dog used in the design was my Granny Kaye’s and has traveled from family member to family member.  (Sorry folks, it’s staying here!)

So that’s it for the fireplace.  I’m off to do some painting and some blind installing!

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Favorite Image of the Week

December 16, 2010 at 6:34 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Peace out peeps!  Have a fun weekend!!

Sweet Skills Sunday Week #3

November 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ok people hit me up! Show me your design or furniture related projects!

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Horses are Everywhere!

November 20, 2010 at 5:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

A few years ago I’m sure all of you picked up on the fact that owls started showing up everywhere in design.  Even though I think the “fad” is dying out I still find myself drawn to them, especially ones from the ’70’s when I was a small kid.

I love animals used in design, I mean what’s better then an animal in the house that you don’t have to pick up after?

Lately I’ve been noticing lots of horses, have you??


(Holy Cool)




(John Granen)


(Jonathan Adler)


(Kelly Klein Elle Decor)


(Mecox Gardens)


(Patrick Baglino Jr.)


(Home Goods)


(This Next)



HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!  I’ll be working on finishing my dining room!  (Ok half-way finishing!!)

Sweet Skills Sunday #2

November 15, 2010 at 3:24 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Show me what you’ve got!

No real rules here except please post furniture or design related posts, no crafts or recipes please!

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Thanks, I’ll show my favorite next Saturday!! Don’t forget to look at yesterday’s post to see my favorite from last week!

Unconventional Yet Sentimental Foyer Resource List (Oh Yea and Another Tweak!)

November 5, 2010 at 1:37 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Since I’m on a roll and procrastinating starting the dining room, I thought I’d do my resource list for you all for the foyer today but first remember when I was pining away over this little umbrella stand?

This little cutie is from Burke Decor but with a price tag of $140.00 it just wasn’t in my budget, I mean it holds umbrellas people and let’s face it I’ll probably grow tired of it quickly.  I like to splurge on things like couches and lighting fixtures, things that truly will stand the test of time.

Sooooo….I was perusing Home Goods yesterday and as I walked down an aisle something incredible (to me) caught my eye and I snatched it up as quickly as I could.  (I mean you have to those women at Home Goods are vultures!)  I couldn’t wait to get this piece home and place it in my foyer, so not to tease you anymore here’s what I found!

I mean how cute is he???  Oh yea and “he” was only $19.99.  He might seem a bit short but so was the one from Burke Decor, regardless I like him!!!

So onto the foyer resource list.  A reminder of what the foyer looks like.


Moodboard and Inspiration for the Project:


Apartment Therapy Questionnaire

Style:  Unconventional yet sentimental.

Inspiration:  A space designed by Jonathan Adler, he’s so fun and talented!!

Favorite Element:  My umbrella stand, I’d given up hope of getting one so I was super excited to find him, and so darn cheap!

Biggest Challenge:  Wallpapering the space, but let’s be honest I didn’t do it!  Another challenge was because we had so much going on with other projects this small space took more then 4 months to complete!

What Friends Say:  I love the curtains, what you stenciled them?  This is so you Laurie!  (Always a big compliment!)

Biggest Embarrassment:  Really none, I mean it’s a really small space!

Proudest DIY:  Most everything in the space was a DIY project but if I had to pick one it would be the silhouettes, I mean how cute is Lilly??

Biggest Indulgence:  My peacock mirror.

Best Advice:  Know when you’re not up for the challenge, like I knew I couldn’t wallpaper this space, there were too many nooks and crannies, this is the first thing guest see, I didn’t want them to see something half way done!

Dream Source:  Probably Wisteria, I’d buy the “real” peacock mirror that cost over $2,300.00!!

Walls:  Urban Finishes Wallpaper, Sherwin Williams

Trim Color:  Benjamin Moore Simply White

Lighting Fixture:  World Imports (discontinued)

Rug:  Diamond Chenille Rug, Pier 1 Imports

Lighting:  Home Designs, Target (discontinued and sprayed black)

Bench:  Garage sale find.  Upholstery  is Libson Linen Olive from Calico Corners

Owl Umbrella Stand:  Home Goods

Curtains:  Queen size Calvin Klein Sheet-TJ Maxx, stenciled (Hobby Lobby) eggshell benjamin moore black paint, with pom pom trim

Accessories:  Brass tin and vintage owl-grandmother’s, candle is volvspa from Anthropologie.  Shelf is from local thrift store.

Silhouettes:  DIY project.

Sideboard:  Goodwill find, painted Courtyard Green from Benjamin Moore

Mirror:  Peacock Mirror, Pier 1 Imports

Favorite Image of the Week

October 30, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

(Ruthie Sommers)

ADD Decorating

October 29, 2010 at 5:23 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Remember this?

Well I wasn’t feeling it so it had to be changed.  (I do this alot)!

I’m not going to lie, I have a stash of ginger style lamps in my garage, I love em, so I pulled out another one I owned, sprayed it red and replaced it!


Much better!  (That is until I change it next week!)

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