Monday, January 31, 2011

Split design personality...

Please tell me you all understand this! I struggle with finding my decorating/design style on a daily basis! I don't just mean, interior design, but it spills out in my wardrobe, crafting and music...*big sigh*
Should it even matter? I mean, I know the basics of design. I can mix styles and if it's done correctly, it's "classic" and "eclectic" least that is what they call it in the professional design world! I call it slight bi-polar mixed with A.D.D and wanting it all!

Since I'm an regular follower of some fab bloggers I'm on the computer hopping around a lot looking at their design tip, trick and projects, talking with my favorite crafting BF's about their styles and watching their projects and I just love it all. It doesn't help that I have multiple magazines in my mail box each week ranging from Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Crate and Barrel and of course restoration hardware! I love them all! I feel like my head will explode some days! It's just that my TTB {teeny tiny budget} just doesn't allow me to get it all which is why I also love DIY projects and like to blog about what I like.

Here is what I like right'll see what I mean about split personality.

Mmm, this room is sooo appealing to my love for modern design! That sofa is to die for. The arched back and the high arms. You already know I love me a white stone fireplace!! I just wish I could bring myself to step out on a limb and commit to a bright colored sofa like that! I'm so afraid that I would change my color palette and that color won't be in the week. =)

So, this is another living room { potterybarn }I would love to come home to every day!

{Don't get me wrong, I do love my living room furniture. Just ask my husband. He says he would go before my baby's butt soft leather sofa from Ethan Allen. There might be some truth to that, but don't tell him}

I love decorating with books and I am in love with one day having a living room where two sofas can face each other and not a tv. This room just calls my name to curl up with a glass of wine and read a book...or blog =)

This is definitely the color scheme of our living room right now. I do have a pottery barn area rug that I purchased almost 6 years ago and I still love everything about it. It's pretty much the only color "color" in our living room though. I love monochromatic relaxing. I just think I need to venture out and add some color. But this living room below is sooo me!

Ethan Allen design: Ok, one more totally unrealistic living room design for me! I mean, come on! This appeals to any girl {or some guys} glam side. This actually reminds me of my BFF, Stacey's condo in Seattle. Except she was brave enough to get beautiful blue sofa...not neutral like me =)
As far as dining rooms go, I feel like I'm pretty consistent in my design likes. How can you not just want to stay at this dining room table for hours after the meal? The white walls and the dark furniture are the perfect setting to change out your seasonal decor...or just when the wind blows and you love green instead of gray. My favorite architectural detail of this room would be the distressed wood floors. I would eat off those!

I also love the contemporary feel of this dining not the style of our house, but I still love it.

A Couple of upholstered side chairs stashed in the corner of a dining room to pull up to the table for extra company? I say yes! The middle one is my fave!

I love lamp {lighting in general}!

Check this yummy little pendant light out! I want it hanging right over my little round dining room table to add a pop of color...

But this is what we have because I feel it's "safe"...
I do believe there is something to be said about decorating according to the architectural style of your home and what looks natural for that style, but sometimes I just don't care! We have a 35 year old tiny craftsman and I want our Master bedroom to be super sleek and sexy with a hint of craftsman and lots of I'm trying to find a happy medium for the master bedroom. No pictures until it's done though...=) Here are a few rooms that have inspired me so far...

This neutral color scheme makes me happy and I LOVE gray!! We painted the walls in our room a very cool "cement gray" from Behr. I can't wait until that room is done!!

I want an upholstered headboard sooo bad I can taste it! We struggle with a room placement dilemma because our bed has to be under the window which means our headboard could not be this tall! I have already googled DIY upholstered headboards. I can't wait!!!

One can never have enough linens, but I still can't bring myself to commit to a gorgeous patterned duvet/comforter like the ones above because what if I want to change the color scheme...yes this is a pattern of thought for me!! I have had a white duvet for years because I can switch out accessory pillows and throws whenever I want. Maybe I just have a fear of commitment! haha...sorry Brian!

{i kid, he has me for the long run}

I'm not a huge fan of this bead, but what I like about this room is the clean, graphic pattern on the bedding. It's so fresh and comfortable looking. I would love this in Gray. Maybe I would commit to a pattern if I could find this exact one in Gray. That is until I actually find it and then I would make an accent pillow out of it knowing my fear of design commitment! haha
Oh, and this very Glam. If I was single, I would have pink somewhere in my bedroom...probably still combined with gray though =)

Ok, so I am well aware that this chair from
westelm does not look comfy at all, but I feel like I have to have it! It's the coolest, funkiest thing EVER!!! It's like a piece of artwork! If Brian agreed to this chair I would promise to sit in it at least once a week! =)

Accessories are my love!!! I do not like clutter though so it's always hard for me to commit {there we go again} to even just the color of candle I want! I might need to seek help for this.

I love everything about this room. I found this picture here one of my fave bloggers. The white bed spread for a neutral background, the striped pillow with the splash of yellow for color and of course the upholstered headboard! Love, love, love. I have made 3 of the book page wreaths and am in love with that also.

I love mixing different shapes and styles of frames...especially when they are all tied together with the same color/finish. Soo classic and simple with the black and white sketches. I am also a big fan of hanging artwork in gallery style from floor to ceiling. Make a room look taller and allows for more of your fave pieces of art to get on the wall.

So, these vases from westelm are sooo awesome, don't you think? I think I have to have them! Or at least one of them. I DIG how fresh and clean they look and the texture of the honeycomb pattern. I'm thinking on the window sill of my kitchen...once it's finally finished.

If our Master bedroom was big enough right now to hold a sitting chair, it would be this one, in this color and this exact pillow!!! I of course would probably DIY the pillow, bu that chair...mmm, mmm, mmm! That smooth gray leather, the curved arms that go soo well with the straight lines on this chair! This Chair wants to call my casa her casa too!

Ok, hopefully you aren't completely bored out of your mind looking at my wish list! =) I just find inspiration from rooms like these and I hope you do too!

Oh, and p.s. I know, I still need to finish my pantry! hahaha


  1. Oh my goodness....I think we have the same brain :) I want everything in our place to be neutral because it's safe, but I lust after those fun pops of color! I also drool over the Ballard, PotteryBarn, BHG magazines trying to figure out what I can find at a thrift store to make it look like it's from one of those stores :) Thank goodness for different seasons and Holidays. It's my chance to incorporate colors I would never think to decorate with.

  2. This describes me too!!! Fickle, I say. I love too many colors and too many styles...I need about 14 houses to decorate so that I don't have to settle on one. Of course I need someone else to pay for it.... I just got my first West Elm catalog in the mail this past week. Yikes, another one to drool in!!! Go for color!! Just make it a duvet cover so you can change it out. :) Believe me, I have gone through FOUR different ones in my master bedroom these past two months trying to find the 'right' one. Still haven't found it, by the way. Although I did find one online at Linens N Things (because we don't have one) and I think it is the one...neutral of course. ARGH. I went through three draperies before I ended up with....gray! Pretty much just a different tone than the walls. LOL We have one wall in our bedroom that is is cherry and really is beautiful so I cannot change it. We will have to keep this nod to more rustic always because this house is after all rustic in many ways. So I keep our style transitional for the most part. I actually hired an interior designer (for only $150) to come 'fix' my master bath because although I'm pretty good with design, texture, color, etc...I just couldn't decide. argh again! So I am telling her my likes and she is putting together 3 different designs based on this and then I'm going to take a leap of faith. This is HUGE for me....I plan on starting my blog now with the remake of our blue dungeon...stay tuned!! :)