Weekend Reading

July 12th, 2013

Hi all, what’s up for the weekend? I’m finishing up a final coat of paint on a dresser today and then hoping to take a trip to the coast to feel the sand between my toes tomorrow.

How perfect is this dining nook?  So sunny, so cheerful, and family friendly, I adore the painted chairs and happy mix of patterns on the window seat. I spied it over at The Design Files this week and fell in love with the whole house tour.

happy brisbane home

 

And for your weekend reading enjoyment, here are a few more favorite links!

The perfect way to christen your new home.

101 home makeover ideas suggested by top designers.

Which of these deserves the title Building of the Year?

Don’t unplug from technology, just take your life back.

100 best first lines from novels (#8 and #47 are my fave).

The evolution of music in song.

America’s “snobbiest” cities.

Stunning imagery of the fog rolling in over San Francisco.

Apparently, coffee shop noise boosts creativity?  Hmmm. 

Gatsby blue screen before and afters

Delight the true believers and prove the skeptics wrong.

Organized beautiful chaos in a butterfly’s wing.

  20 questions

I answered Cassie’s 20 Questions over at Hi Sugarplum, my high school jam and first car revealed among other random tidbits.

 

Have a great weekend!

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Powder Room Three Ways + The Passion Project

July 11th, 2013

Do you know what you’re passionate about? Have you identified it, wrapped your heart and soul around it, and decided to act upon it?

find something youre passionate about

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My passion is great home design and improving lives through improving spaces. The thing that wakes me up in the morning is the idea of renovation and home decorating to fit personalities and lifestyles – it’s effect on the qualify of life is profound. Sure it’s fun to make spaces pretty, but it goes beyond that.  Great home design matters – it’s how we express ourselves and shows how we live in a meaningful way by making our homes a reflection of who we are and what we love.

I see a plain bathroom like this one that I spied in a home on our list for possible purchase and all I can think of is “that bathroom could be amazing if I ever get my hands on it.”

bathroom before

I see plenty of beige but sooooo much potential for a stunning space with some stylish fixtures and pattern combinations (and a few weekend DIY projects!)  

Introduce classic style and high drama with a black and white palette…

dramatic black and white powder room

  floor tile / vanity / wallpaper / mirror / sconces/ charcoal print

   

… or a cool it down with a soothing coastal vibe…

coastal powder room

whitewash wood tile / vanity / mirror / sconces / print

  

… or warm it up with a contemporary vanity and mixed metal finishes.  

modern metallics and wood tones powder room

  floor tile / vanity / mirror / pencil sconces / stencil / abstract art

    

Home renovation and improvement is my passion. What’s yours?

 

  diy passion projectWhatever it is, the team at American Express wants to hear about it today as part of the Passion Project.  Are DIY and home improvement your passion like me?  Are you an artist, a creator, an innovator. a mold breaker? 

Share your passion for a chance to win $500 gift cards to Home Depot. Tweet about your passion project today and include the hashtag #PassionProjectTHD.  All the contest details are here and entry is simple! 

 

Oh and my four tips on how to become great at DIY are shared on the American Express Tumblr page today.

  

*This post sponsored by American Express Rewards. I was awarded with a Home Depot gift card. All opinions are my own.

 

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