Thursday, June 2, 2016
Monday, May 30, 2016
Hello dear readers, hope you are having a wonderful day! I'm still stuck in the A/C. Not a complaint, just thinking about moving to Alaska. Lol, but really.
I was grateful to have some time to go through my neglected email. I don't get a lot of comments, but I do get a lot of emails. Not, a complaint, I love my emails! Guess what the number one question I get asked is.
The number one question is......drum roll......that's right, you guessed it. The number one question is: "Do you really live like that? And where's your stuff?"
The answer is YES! I really do live like this. And in the next couple of days, l will show you how.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Hello dear readers! I hope you are having a great weekend. It's a hot one here in Ohio. Hope it won't be like this the whole summer! A strange thing happened to me over the last several years, I actually prefer the quiet and solitude of winter. And rain, I love rain. Not torrential storms, but gentle, misty rain, cool breezes on my face. And the beauty of gray skies.
So, I'm stuck in the A/C, and damn grateful that my sweet little beach cottage has brand new central air. Whew, hew! What luxury. I'd like to mention quickly that I have the best landlords in the world. I will be talking about the all-important landlord/tenant relationship in a subsequent post.
Since I'm stuck in the A/C I'm cleaning the place, and of course rearranging. Who knows what the place will look like by Monday, so I thought I'd show you it's current incarnation, minus the mess. I receive emails saying hey there's no way your place is that neat. Well yes and/no. I do keep it simple. But I don't usually photograph it when it's messy. Maybe one day I'll do a post of it messy. But not today. :-)
So...you remember the new painting I've been talking about? It was intended for over the sofa, and ended up in the dining room. I'm still contemplating if I'm going to put a painting over the sofa. In the meantime, I found a large, blue throw pillow at Gabriel Bros. for $6.99. What a deal. Since I can't paint as often as I like, I've grown very reliant on textiles for color and coziness. This place was freezing when I moved in. So luckily, I had a small collection of blankets, sheets, scarves, pillows, rugs, all of which can be moved around on a whim - and all of which came on the cheap.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Ever since watching Design Star, I've wanted to make a custom chandelier. My new place has several chandeliers, and my landlord inspires me because she is skilled at making them. There is currently a sort of rustic chandy in my dining area that is not really me. Landlord said she thought of hanging jewels from it.
Hmmm. Now I've never been much for embellishments, preferring things more simple. But one day while shopping in the bead aisle at Pat Catan's - and becoming completely overwhelmed and over stimulated - it came to me. Whatever I do must be simple. And influenced by rain. I love rain!
So I bought some chains and played with hanging them from the chandelier. Now, if you've been reading this blog for a while, you know I have a ton of ideas, but I'm not that great of a DIYer. So I'm pretty proud of this.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
As you know, I've been thinking about blue a lot lately. If you're like me (addicted to design) then you love movie sets too. I recently watched the movie The Big Empty. I was stunned by the beauty of this shot!
The gorgeous girl is dressed in blue and her apartment is blue. Even the phone is blue. And will you look at that lamp! I love it. I would love to decorate a place in monotone.
If you love blue, you can also see a lot of blue inspiration on my board called The Blues at pinterest. Sorry, I've been blogging on my Android and I don't know how to link yet. It seems I'm always on a learning curve. ;)
Everything inspires me when I am contemplating a painting. I am constantly amazed at the beautiful color everywhere I look. I bought the most awesome blue lipstick and nail polish at the dollar store recently. I can see a color scheme of blue, pink and gray. I also found the most gorgeous pillow at Pat Catan's, on the cheap. I usually don't like patterns, but the colors are so gorgeous.
I've been seeing a lot of blush or pale pink in decor these days. And for the first time Pantone selected two colors of the year, rose quartz and serenity. I am taken with how closely these colors resemble my sky inspiration photo (below). I even love these colors with last year's color, radiant orchid.
All these thoughts go through my brain as I think about a painting. I become obsessed with a desire to reproduce a color I see in my mind. As I contemplate, I move things around in my place. My place becomes my color lab.
It's been a big adjustment moving to this little cottage. I actually sorta miss my apartment, go figure. Life in a house is a lot of work and hidden expense, even when you're just renting. It seems like something is always going wrong. This place was so filthy when I moved in, I've scrubbed and scrubbed. And it was infested with spiders! It was a nightmare! I felt terrible because I killed so many spiders, but I am deathly allergic to their bite.
And the yard, my gosh. I just can't keep up. Suffice it to say I have newfound respect for anyone who goes through a renovation project. I'm just not cut out for it. And I may be moving again! I never thought I'd move so much in my life. I'm glad I travel light.
So okay, the place is temporary, but that's no reason it shouldn't be cute. One thing I have really loved is living with walls that are not tan! Honestly, I don't know why apartment buildings paint such ugly colors. I'm rambling, sorry about that.
This is actually supposed to be a post about color. If you've been reading for a while, you already know I love pink. But lately, I've been haunted by a shade of blue. I need a painting for over the sofa, I think it will be blue, definitely influenced by the sky.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Happy Monday, dear readers! Did you have a good weekend? I did! I didn't do much, but that's just the way I like it. I am loving living the simple life. Less stuff means less time dusting!
Now just because I love living small and simply, doesn't mean I want to sacrifice beauty. I still want my place to be feminine, cozy and edgy. I still have design ADD. I'm just very careful what I bring into my home.
Of course I still like to change things up, but I do it with very little money. There's a great dollar store in my hood, so my style could actually be called "dollar store chic," lol. Here's a few pics of my living room, showing changes I made. I'm so obsessed, I swear I move something every day!
I'd love to paint the place gray, but it's a rental. I'm just so glad it's not muddy puke biege, like most of my apartments have been.