Monthly Archives: March 2011

Crazy for Credenzas

I have been roaming around local shops and *gasp* a big box store, which I will not name, in search of a television console.

But everything I saw was your run of the mill glass and steel structure to hold up the tube.  That just doesn’t work with my overall design theme.

Then the light went off in my head one day after seeing a few unloved credenzas/buffet tables.  I thought, why can’t I make a console out of one of these. They have style and function.

I am hoping that one of my numerous trips to the resale shops will end with a treasure.  I think I would seriously do a giddy happy dance if I came across one of these!

Circa Who

Circa Who

Look at the Asian pulls on this!

Circa Who

If you like some colour in your life, give it a coat of paint.

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Splash of Colour

Hope you all had a good weekend. I had a very busy one!

I went to a local Holi celebration. For those new to South Asian culture, Holi, is an Indian festival with lots of colours.  There were an estimated 11, 000 people at this particular event and they were all covered in rich hues of pinks, reds, yellows and greens.  They represent the spring season and good over evil.

The idea is to smear the powders all over friends, family and even random strangers. It’s a fun time for young and old.

The whole rainbow of colours reminded me of the vibrant patters and designs in South Asian fashions that I love to wear.

Give you room new life with some of these spectacular looks.  Paint the walls or add accents like rugs and pillows.

Calypso

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Treasure Hunting

My office is currently beige and very bland.

But that is all going to change.

The first thing I need to do is get rid of the awful looking desk and replace it with something with more space and also with better curves.  We’ll talk more about office design in a future post.

So off I went to the local resale shop today in hopes of finding a diamond in the rough.

And although I didn’t end up getting anything big, I did find quite a few small knick knacks.

The first thing I spotted were this set of four dining chairs at $10 a piece!  I was tempted to buy them.

I briefly daydreamed about painting them with a glossy finish and reupholstering the seats, like Samantha Pynn’s…

…but then I quickly pictured my hubbie asking me why the heck I bought them when we already had a perfectly good dining set.  Ah it’s hard to pass up a good deal!  But the key here is to get pieces that will fit into the home you already have. It was tough to walk away.

Next this fancy mirror caught my eye.   This too would look updated with a colourful laquered finish.

But I had to move on, because yet again I did not have a need for it. I am though, looking for a longer mirror for my dining area, but I will share more on that in a later post.

I was making my way towards the exit, when some little birdie called my name.

What does a brass heron have to do with home decor you ask?

It completely reminded me of Hollywood Regency style!!  I think I”ll spray it white or maybe I”ll leave it as is. We”ll have to see how it fits into the rest of my decor.  Stylist Emily Henderson used a similar one in her recent episode.  Take a look.

I couldn’t resist, I just had to buy it, for such a great price. I can just picture it on one of my bookshelves.  I love to read, so I need to break up the lines of books, with objects d’art.

And that wasn’t all. I also came across these little vases.

They would go so well in a Chinoiserie room with Schumacher’s Chiang Mai fabric pillows.

Ahhhh what a fabulous room that would be!!  Once I finally get to working on the outside of my house, hopefully I”ll have some pretty flowers to put in these vases on a white floating shelf.

Now that’s the way to welcome Spring!

The last thing I happily came home with today was a shabby cork board for $3.  I knew I could give it new life with a quick upholstery job.  We have too many papers and way too many bills, so they need to be organized in some way. This is kind of what I’m picturing. This is Jenny’s from Little Green Notebook.

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So Divine

Every morning while I”m having my tea, I turn on the TV to record any episodes of Divine Design that I have not seen. (There aren’t many).

The show is hosted by designer Candice Olson, who now hosts Candice Tells All.  Just when you think she can’t think of anything more fabulous than the last room…she does!

The looks she goes for is very soft and pretty.  Candice uses a lot of mirrors to bounce around light from the fabulous crystal chandeliers she finds.

Her rooms are inspiration for my own home.

If I am talking about a design idea, I will usually end up mentioning Candice Olson.

How can I not? Her look is all about glimmer and glam, shimmer and shine.

She would fit right in here at Glam at Home.

This kitchen is so crisp and clean. I wanted white cabinets in my kitchen, but with all the Indian food I make maybe it’s not a good idea!  The white makes the kitchen feel so open and airy and you can decorate with almost any colour accessories.

Tall cielings covered in shimmery large print damask.   It took me a while, but I finally found this Ronald Redding Wallcovering and hope to get it on my walls soon!

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Fabric Frenzy

I went on a hunt for fabric for my custom headboard today.

There’s so many varying shades of grey, whites, beiges… ah the confusion!

I liked the idea of a crisp white headboard with nailhead trim.  But me with a pen and paper in bed with a white headboard=bad combo.

I also liked this shimmery faux silk grey. Surprise suprise. If you know me well, you know I love grey. It’s a great backdrop for beautiful colours.

Or how about this lighter grey.  It’s got a great texture.

Decisions, decisions.  What do you think?

Or I could go with a splash of colour.

Just a prediction, but I bet I will probably just end up right back at my favourite, good old Hollywood Glam.

With a look like that….can you blame me?

Speaking of greys, I happened to see this pretty ottoman today.  The price was great and so was the shimmery little diamond buttons on the tufting. I was tempted to buy it!

But I think I”ll wait till this footstool drops in price. It’s more fun to take an old piece and make it a masterpiece.

I would love to reupholster it with a vibrant fabric like these.

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Sleeping Beauties

My hubbie and I decided that we should do away with this gold headboard.  And even though I very much loved how it reminded me of a French chateau, I too agreed that it was too low for our high cielings.

So last night, off it went to a new home!

Old is gold

Now I am on the hunt again for a headboard that will make a bold statement.

I like this one, but I have a feeling my other half won’t be ok with bold pink.

Room Service

Really cute…for a little girl.

Room Service

I am drooling. I love the shimmery greys, especially if it had silver nailheads. A real nod to hollywood regency!

Ultra glam and ultra cool, this room reminds me of a movie star.  Plus I love the wallcovering on the feature wall.

Centsational Girl always has great DIY ideas.

I ADORE everything about this room.  Hopefully mine will eventually also be this perfect combination of cozy and oh so very chic.*Sigh*

It’s always tough to find a headboard that matches the colour and decor of a room.  But if you are in the Toronto area, you can get one custom made for a fabulous price!

This shimmery damask, tufted headboard makes it even easier to relax in bed with a good book.

Contact Alisha for more information customheadboard@gmail.com

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Mirror Mirror…

Mirrors can make any room feel a little brighter because they bounce light around.

Check out local flea markets, resale shops and even sometimes big box stores, to hunt for unique ones that add an extra element to the room.

Z Gallerie

Horchow

I have one just like this hanging in my front entrance.  This one is from Z Gallerie, but mine was a flea market find.

Z Gallerie

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