When you see a beautiful space, the elbow grease is invisible.
These homeowners have invested their time, dreams, and energy into creating memorable spaces. And decorating can be a tad dangerous....climbing tall ladders to hang mirrors or painting the trim along a ceiling isn't for the faint-hearted.And decorators take risks in other ways, too.
These spaces were lovingly put together with inspiration and perspiration...lifting heavy furniture, getting glue on fingertips, or digging into the dirt. But the end result was worth it.
Rooms and gardens are more than objects--they are the stuff of dreams. Kudos to the design community!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
When we moved, I stashed everything in the basement. Meanwhile, I went through the house, room-by-room, hitting the high points and leaving the details for later. I called this plan "temporizing."
Finally, I was ready to temporize the basement. The night before the big makeover, I took a picture and studied it. It seemed pretty hopeless.
I couldn't chuck it out and start over. The sofa and chairs are made by Ashley, and they'd been in a model home, so I'd bought them on the cheap years ago. The microsuede fabric has been durable. The coffee table is an oldie--it's the weirdest thing I've ever seen. When my son moves into his own house, he's put dibs on that coffee table. Men love it--because they can move the sections into all kinds of shapes. I started moving things around, borrowing from other rooms.
The next day was Super Bowl Sunday. So I took a bunch of pictures and mailed them to two design-loving, football hating friends. While the men watched pre-pre game activities along with regular pre-game stuff, we decorated by email, using stuff I already had.
In my mind, I had a sort of inspiration picture. I love any designer who has a decorating dog. Nina Campbell's London living room served as an inspiration.
I loved how she'd artfully blended the contemporary and the classic. That said, it was more formal than I had in mind (if you can't relax in the basement, then where?).
I've got a big Husky, Chuchee, who loves to sleep on that sofa,
along with Emma, the Pom
and the dogs and I like to hang out there when we're mad at Mr. Gollum.
So the room had to be dog and people friendly. But I liked the Nina Campbell picture for ideas on how to combine mod fabrics with more traditional ones.
A modern rug like Nina's would have added so much to this room. At Shades of Light, I spotted this rug. It reminded me of the rug in "Something's Gotta Give."
But it was Sunday, no time to dash off to the mall. I had to use my old rug. And I love a challenge. As always, I put the cart before the donkey and started hauling in boxes from the garage. I unpacked and auditioned them. The afternoon blended into night, and I snapped pictures and emailed them. My wonderful friends emailed back with suggestions. I can't think of a better thing to do during the Super Bowl. :-)
Following Nina Campbell's advice to **always** add an "off" color on purpose, I brought in the bronze pillows. Boy, that rule was made for me...it loosens up a room and makes it interesting. However, this space had a way to go. And the pillows were more than a tad off. So I looked around for accessories that would pull the color around that side of the room. This is one time where it pays to be a packrat.
The placement of the bronze accessories somehow made the pillows work. Meanwhile, my friends kept emailing ideas, and before long, the room had been "temporized." :-)
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I love playing house. Few things are more satisfying than ripping apart one tablescape and creating a new one.When we moved in, I made a silk arrangement for the sideboard. Then I called it a day.
Then I made a fall arrangement--very traditional, and it worked with my Noah's Ark Syndrome.
I don't have a hutch or china cabinet, and I missed seeing my dishes.So I used them in a vignette. This is my favorite. I love anything with dogs.
Here's an early spring look with Ironstone and white pottery:
I put together tulips and green apples when I posted the room on RMS.
Here are some Gollumy Bloopers:
I couldn't stop adding stuff. :-) Had a wonderful time, though.
I tried everything on the wall beside the sideboard, and it only looked crowded. So Mr. Tom hung the art. I'm looking for a low chest to put under it.
I'm prowling for new ideas.I like the way this is slightly off center. It's fresh and striking. The parrot tulips are gorgeous.
Three vases on the dining table look great. This fall, I'm planting tulips in Mr. Gollum's garden.
inspiration photo credit: House Beautiful
Friday, August 22, 2008
Gollum's Porch, 2007
The other day I walked through Home Depot's garden department and was shocked to see mums. With the weather still unbearable--and knowing that I'm death to all plants--I made a note to buy them later, even if they're picked over (pardon the pun). I'm not sure which color I'll go with this year.
We planted pumkins in the garden this year, so I should have plenty of home grown decorations.
I've been looking at inspiration pictures.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
The names went into a pot, and Honey picked....Homer! Thanks to everyone for helping us name the little jack foal.
Someone commented on the dark dorsal "cross" across the mother donkey's withers.
According to Wiki, "Legend has it that the cross on the donkey’s shoulders comes from the shadow of Christ’s crucifixion, placing the donkey at the foot of the cross."