Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cabin Fever

I know I'm not alone when I say I've been pretty blue lately.  January is always a tough month for me.  This year is no different, the snow and the cold are really getting me down.  I've decided it's time to cheer up.  Since I'm inside more than I'd like, I might as well turn my thoughts to my favorite things.  Decor and color.  Spring is right around the corner, so it's a great time to start thinking about Spring decor.

I'm torn when it comes to my color scheme.  I've been seeing a lot of really romantic grays.  I adore it paired with lilac.  As you know, any color scheme I contemplate must have pink, and of course lots of white.  A new thing for me is that I am also adding a small pop of black.  Here is color scheme number 1:

I received some gift cards for Christmas, and here are the things I bought.  They go very well with this color scheme.
The square lilac pillow is made of the most wonderful organic, shimmery fabric.  The little teapot was carelessly broken by the store clerk, but I was able to fix it.  I want my place to be feminine, mysterious and romantic, kind of like this room I wrote about in an earlier post.

Color is not the only thing I am considering.  I want my place to feel feminine but edgy, bohemian, organic, ethnic, with some hand made elements.  I want all these things, yet I don't want it to feel cluttered.  Here are some other things I am finding inspirational at the moment.

Kim of Desire to Inspire, has been doing some interesting things in her place.  Her place seems to be in transition as well.  I love the table runner she made with doilies she died gray.  This is granny chic at its best.  Taking something ultra frilly and adding edge to it.  And check her new black lamp.  Sexy.

Here are two DIY ideas that I adore.  Both are rather casual, which I like.  I adore a certain carelessness in decor.  Lace as art over the sofa, and head board made of cardboard.  Fab!  Courtney & Trevor's Playfully Sophisticated Pad via Apartment Therapy.

I adore this pendant lamp.  It would be fun to wrap a shawl or scarf around a pendant for added romance.  Keep the furniture modern so it doesn't get too sweet.  Image via Living Etc.

I adore this hanging light from Horchow.  But it's ridiculously expensive, so not in my budget.  Why not make your own hanging lamp with wires and beads easily found at the craft store?  Or maybe even little Christmas lights all tangled up?

I'm a lover of genie bottles, and this new one from CB2 is tempting me greatly.  I also adore this pillow.  I wasn't thinking about adding orange to my decor, but this pillow might be changing my mind.

Here is an idea I love even though these aren't my colors.  Layers of mismatched curtains.  A great way to satisfy your craving for textiles.  Image Living Etc.

I think this is probably just a mock up, but you can see how lovely gray walls work with pink accents.  I love the coffee table, long low dresser and the rug.   The Bourgie lamp makes my heart stop every time I see it.  Image source unknown.

Here is color scheme number two.  Substituting hot pink and turquoise for the lilac.  I don't think I can live without hot pink.

This lovely room shows this color scheme could work.  It incorporates gray with hot pink pops, and a turquoise lamp.  Image via Desire to Inspire.


Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

Peggy, I found your blog because I have a little shop called The Lamp Tramp and I was doing a search. I couldn't stop reading! I love decorating and I love art (my daughter is an artist who also sells on Etsy). I'm in the process of purchasing a Victorian home and I want to do something crazy with colors. I was thinking of a purple dining room. True purple. Anyway, I'll be back for some more inspiration!

Peggy said...

Hi City Girl! Thanks so much for visiting and for the very nice comment. I hope you will visit often, I'll try to keep the inspiration coming. In the meantime, I'm off to check out our blog.


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