BOTB 7.24.11

July 24th, 2011

Hello all, happy Sunday, Amanda and I teamed up again to bring you another round of our favorite picks from around the blogosphere this week, enjoy!

Shaunna from Perfectly Imperfect threw a picture perfect Vintage Makeup Party for her daughter this past week, be sure pay a visit of a lot of inspiration and eye candy for your next girlish soiree!

perfectly imperfect birthday party


   Ashley at Lil Blue Boo teaches you two techniques to monogram a simple beach tote.

monogrammed beach bags lilblueboo


Don’t want to stare at your flat screen when it’s not in use?  Follow John’s Journal simple L bracket trick for disguising it with art!

l bracket trick


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Model Crashing: Townhouse Tours

July 21st, 2011

Ever since the real estate market crashed a few years ago, there’s been no significant building where we live.  Good news though, a few months ago a major building project began in my town, and I’ve been watching it for some time.  The new townhouse models opened up so naturally, being the looky loo that I am, I had to go inspect.  I love me some well staged model homes, so I popped in to to see if there was anything inspiring, and yes indeedy, I spied some great ideas!

Wanna take a tour with me?  Come on along why doncha.  Warning: lots of pictures ahead, and my observations to go with ‘em.

The first of three townhomes was staged in mostly modern black and white furniture with clean lines and graphic prints.  There was a lotta lacquer and a lotta mirror.  Some of this style appeals to me, some of it does not, but there were elements I really loved. 

The first room you see off the entry is staged as a living room/den and I loved its cosmopolitan style.  The twin cream chaises, that glossy console, those tripod lamps, and the graphic striped gray curtains are all in perfect scale.  I’m also loving the lattice rug, the space feels very ‘Z Gallerie’ to me.

living room entry

It would have been nice to see a pop of color somewhere with the accessories, but I love the pillows and sophisticated feel of the space, also the contrast between the black and white.  I would substitute an eclectic gallery wall in lieu of the framed bridge poster art to the left, and substitute fresh flowers or an orchid instead of the fake plant.  

Next, the main living area, combining family room, kitchen and dining in an open floor plan. 

open concept living area


Let’s move in a little closer, shall we?  First, the kitchen, sleek and chic in black, white and stainless steel. 

sleek black white kitchen


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