Inspired in October

October 14, 2010

Sunday mornings I get up early before church, make a big pot of coffee, and go blog hopping, often visiting sites that I haven’t had time to visit during the week, or blogs that are new to me.  It’s my own ‘choose your own adventure’ excursion, and I just let links take me boldly where I’ve never been before.

Often I stumble upon the most delightful images that inspire me to remodel, revamp, rethink, or just simply dream.  Here are some of the images I’ve savored in the last month, with corresponding random thoughts:

Someday soon I shall rent a buff floor sander to remove the varnish on my natural oak floors so that I can stain them darker so they look just like this.

dark wood floors via simply seleta   via Simply Seleta


If only my pantry looked like this and not the exact opposite.

beadboard pantry boston bash flickrFlickr


It’s official.  My office needs a credenza and an inspiration board above it.  Sofa, you shall be moved to the living room.

hgtv emily design star officeStyle by Emily Henderson 


Sometimes I wonder what color I should paint something.  When in doubt, I shall paint it primer gray.   Not to dark, not to light.  Just right.

gray paint

via Houzz and La Dolce Vita


It wasn’t a dream!  My fantasy dining room actually exists.

alexandra rae dining room

Alexandra Rae via House of Turquoise


These bookcases have me rethinking my first inclination to paint everything white.

black lacquer bookshelves via lgn Nuevo Estilo via Little Green Notebook


As does Celerie Kemble’s dressing room.  *sigh*

celerie kemble dressing room lonny  Lonny


What can I say about this space beyond the gray velvet, sparkling silver, and deep blue gloss, other than it is just so me.

windsor smith chair via plush palate via Plush Palate


I have found two kitchen backsplashes that I would choose over the standard white brick pattern tile.

arabesque tileMission Stone Tile


this old house backsplash This Old House


I would die to soak in this tub and gaze at the perfection that is floor to ceiling spa blue glass tile.  My only hesitation with free standing soaking tubs like this one is where oh where to set my glass of bubbly.

hamptons cottages and gardens 2006 via hoturq Hamptons Cottages & Gardens via House of Turquoise


I am now convinced that a loggia may be the key to pure bliss.


house beautiful loggia radiant heat floors

via Kathryn Ireland and House Beautiful


Remember how I mentioned the other day that we should all be preparing for the holidays?  Someone needs to start making paper chains and stringing marshmallows right now, and I mean today  to be ready for Christmas so your house can look like these windows from Anthropologie.  Volunteers?

anthro links via shelter

anthro marshmallows via shelter

via Shelter


That’s all for today, thanks for reading. Anything design related inspiring you this month?  No doubt, you save images in your inspiration files too!  What’s your latest fixation?




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