Friday, May 30, 2008

Signing off for a couple of months........

We are moving and I will be going away for work for a month and a half. I can't use my work computer for fun stuff like surfing decorating blogs on the internet so I will blog with you all again sometime in late July. Happy Fathers Day, Summer, 4th of July, etc!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Pretty Stuff from Modern

Stuff I could never afford from Modern, but very inspiring nonetheless.

Articles on Growing Bamboo

Flickr Photo from Here.

Flickr Photo from Here.

As mentioned in an earlier post, I love bamboo and have thought of planting it outside our bathroom window for privacy. I am very afraid however of its out of control growth rate that I have heard of. Would it damage the house/foundation if it got too close? Just some bookmarked article below to read up on.


Planting Bamboo in the Landscape
Planting Bamboo
Planting it worth the risk?
Growing bamboo in containers and growth control
Growing Bamboo

Matching the carpet to the Wall

I really like this technique of how Jessie from the My Mod Style blog matched the color of the carpets to the wall. Very balanced and monochromatic which I love. Color without being busy.
You can tell she is a designer. The carpets she used are from IKEA (@ $9 ea.). I didn't like any of the colors but they had some white round carpets....I wonder if I could dye those to be a color I liked or if that would be catastrophe.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Google Sketchup: living room

An example of google sketchup! I gotta try this one of these days.

Asian inspired wallpaper

Asian inspired wallpaper from Design your I am in love with bamboo.

I wonder if there would be anyway to insert it into the bathroom windows (like window film). It would have to be protected from moisture though somehow (maybe laminated?). The pic here below is of the bathroom of the house we bid on. The current stained glass inserts pop out and can be replaced. OR....perhaps I could just plant real bamboo outside of the window.

....from Design your

A Boo in the Grass

Some playful pictures taken outside this morning of my littlest one playing in the grass. I took these with our crappy point and shoot digital camera and then altered them in Picture 7.0.

This alteration here was inspired by the work in this post.

Random Inspiring Photos

Nice use of IKEA Kitchen cabinets used as storage in a living room from Apartment Therapy.

Random picture from Flickr of Maastricht Netherlands. I used to drive up to Maastricht often on the weekends when I lived in Germany (had some friends who lived nearby). I loved that town. Great architechture and a good Scandinavian feel. I bought a very simple creme colored wedding dress there in a cute boutique that I never used for its intended purpose (thank God). I still have it and wear it to formal events with a shawl.

Another picture from Apartment Therapy.

Inspiring Kitchen photo from

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Dining Room Art

I like the large BW photo of the child against the solid color. Picture found here.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Yeti support for Obama!

random pics

Like the floating cabinets against the wall (for a bedside table).

This pic below is from Emma's blog (see side bar).

Friday, May 23, 2008

Ikea Expedit for Kids Play area

The sideboard
Originally uploaded by (nothingisperpetual)
Planning to get a couple of these Expedit bookcases from IKEA to block off a play area for the kids off the kitchen. Would probably use boxes (the clear ones in IKEA) to store toys. In the store, the solid wood doors gave the cleanest look, but were pricey at almost $20 a door.

cheap rugs

cheap rugs at Urban Outfitters.

Cute Felt Octopus seen on Design Sponge

Cute Felt Octopus seen on Design Sponge. I like simple animal designs in felt. Felt is good as it entails minimal sewing....don't have to do anything to the edges. This particular one is great how they've used a color print for the background. I've been meaning to make an ABC wall hanging with felt for the boys but haven't gotten around to it.

Alma Garret

Alma Garret
Originally uploaded by jan verhulst
New Artist found on Flickr that I like. I usually don't like watercolor (prefer oil) but his works are hauntingly dramatic.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Scandinavian Design

Found a new website for scandinavian modern design.
I like these bedside tables but a little too pricey for me. Maybe
the second to last one could be a DIY somehow someday.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Big Black & White

Cool pic from another cool Swedish Design blog.
Like the big BW photo on the wall.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Monday, May 19, 2008

Bathroom Color Scheme

Like this bathroom color scheme with the dark grey tiles, slate blue color on the walls, and the grey counter top against the white base cabinet. Photo credit:

Simple headboard - possible future DIY

I like these headboards. A possible future DIY perhaps. I like the simplicity and warmth of it. If I found the right piece of wood, this could be a possibility. Idea for bedroom shades.....double honeycomb blinds from (next day Aunt has them....invisible when raised all the way). Carpet: a seagrass type rug at foot of bed like 1st photo. The house we bid on has grey carpet in the master bedroom which we probably won't change out, so this color scheme might work. Wall behind headboard: paint a greyish/mud color for of walls could be white.
Photo credits: 1. SoCal Modern 2. Flickr