Blueprint just keeps getting better and better. Although the model on the cover looks 14, making me feel like I’m a bit elderly, I love the ideas in this issue (no.5), especially the wallpaper feature. I was just thinking about wallpaper in the shower this morning (I have the best ideas in there, don’t laugh!) and since it’s no longer circulating around the blogs as much as say, a few months back, I wondered if wallpaper was becoming a bit passe. Then Blueprint arrived and made me feel so much better because I love wallpaper and was beginning to fear the worst. Blueprint tells us to think outside of the traditional floor-to-ceiling wallpaper box and go with some more involved, and creative, uses for wallpaper. (Here’s a related post along these lines back from March in case you missed it.)
The imagery alone in this feature is delicious, but I especially loved seeing wallpaper as a headboard and mounted on wood panels as insta-art. We’ve all read about this ideas before, but Blueprint incorporates that Martha Stewart perfection that we all love so much, which made these tips feel fresh and exciting. They highlighted a wallpaper I’d not seen before called “Grille Modern Grande” by Hinson & Company, a company that’s been around since the 70′s. They used that pattern as a headboard, just wait until you see it on page 102. It’s simply grand-e. I love the paint on the wall, too. But they don’t list the color used, so you’ll have to snip the page and take it to Lowe’s to match it. I’m guessing it’s a Benjamin Moore color (or Martha Stewart paints which, fyi, are now exclusive to Lowe’s). Blueprint seems to use a lot of Ben Moore and MS Paints in their rooms. Has anyone ever painted with MS Paints, and if so, how do they rank against other paints you’ve used? I’ve been wondering this, since I want to paint my bedroom in MS286 Surf.
Another great article is Modern Mex, a party with a Baja-inspired theme with lots of delicious summer cuisine. Having been to baja a few years ago, it was great to find the recipe for grilled fish tacos – a favorite of both my husband and I. I always drool when my southern California friends talk about going to the beach to enjoy some fish tacos with a Corona. I’m forever California dreamin’…. Modern Mex took me back there again to my days in Baja. Oh, and the Bungalow Great article is a good one to, I hadn’t seen anything like it already a billion times over, which made the feature stand out as interesting. It made me want to pack everything and move to Greenport, New York. I’m crazy about bungalows, cottages, anything with a history really.
Anyway, No. 5 is a great issue… A real boost for those in a creative rut, and lots of great photos to tear and post on your inspiration boards… Which reminds me, have you voted yet for your favorite mood board?
Stacy McCallum from Pixie Dust contacted me last week and so nicely sent over some samples of their poplin textiles, available by the yard via their website. They’re so soft, and the colors are completely dreamy. The pagoda and topiary are my favorites, especially in the lime and blue colorways, I can see them both in the home (especially a baby’s nursery, so sweet) and in a multitude of craft projects, perhaps covering a bulletin board or as part of a quilt or blanket.
(images from holly becker for decor8 and pixie dust)
Made By Girl posted some gorgeous House Beautiful rooms on her blog and the moment I saw her favorites it hit me that I’ve not yet turned to the HB website as a resource. Time to change that! Look at these spaces, aren’t they fabulous? I want to sleep in this bedroom below, the one with the blue chandelier. I love seeing pink, blue, and yellow in a bedroom, don’t you? And this room in no way screams teenage. It’s very grown up. I think the window treatments really helped pull that room together, so pretty! And do you see what I see below? Kitchen perfection. Look at those tiles and the lemons in the bowl, everything sparkles. Makes me sick, sick, sick! But I still love to look.
Okay, so the HB site is loaded with great images, but aside from that, an abundance of links to terrific websites where you can find products for your home, from plates to sofas and beyond. And if you need color inspiration, HB has a tool that allows you to select a room according to style (cottage, modern, traditional, etc.), and then by color. And then, product round ups. We love us some of those.
I’m the queen of round ups, so I especially enjoy their quick snips, especially the spotlight on 101 great plates (with links!). I went bookmark nuts there.
My ultimate goal in life (besides world peace he he) is to own beautiful china, but not all of the same pattern. I want every single plate to be different, along with all the cups, teacups, and serving platters. As long as it is fine bone china and of the same color palette (pale blues, pinks, greens, yellows), then that would suit me fine. Anyone else have this desire? I know Rachel Ashwell does, because I got the idea from her in one of her books about 7 years ago and haven’t stopped thinking about it ever since.
Did I tell you about the time I met her in L.A. at an event I attended there? (I feel chatty today, please forgive me and skip these bits if I’m boring you.)
This was back in ’05. I was so star struck that I froze. My husband had to talk to her for me. Then I completely unfroze and turned into a ball of babble. But she liked me and agreed to have her photo taken with me and then, she ran off, returning with one of her books, and handed it to me. I looked inside and she had written a quick blurb about how lovely it was to meet me and all. For the record, all those that are hating on Rachel Ashwell, I happen to like her and the whole white furniture beach cottage look. I find it all very serene and pretty. When I spotted her huge leather Moroccan poufs dotted around her Melrose Ave. store, I fell in love with the laid back bohemian English rose style she is known for. I digress… Back to House Beautiful.
If you aren’t already turning to House Beautiful online, hop to it! It’s fun to surf through all the rooms and if you aren’t already doing this, create a file on your desktop and call it “Inspired By” and start dumping images you find into the file. You can also give it sub folders “Rugs”, “Wallpaper”, “Lighting”, etc. It’s a really fun way to keep your inspiration near and dear to you. Of course, there are bookmarking websites and stuff for that as well, but I actually refer more to my Inspired By file because I like being able to collage the images I find onto a white canvas in Fireworks and move things around until they make sense to me, saving the digital inspiration board for future reference.
(images from house beautiful online)
I want to give a little shout out today to the wonderful Anh-Minh and her informative blog. When I think of those that are supportive, generous, and kind, Anh-Minh always comes to mind because she consistently uses her talent as a writer to spotlight great people on her blog, over at Apartment Therapy, and in the various print publications she writes for. She recently blogged a home tour on AT:SF that I completely missed, so in case you did to, you have to check it out.
The home is of AB Chao’s very hip pad in Louisiana, which is a little bit Southern charm mixed in with… umm… (I’m going to take a stab at this one) urban apartment (in perhaps London), with a dash of midwest modern, and lots of DIY and flea market finds, and oh yeah, tons of style and gorgeous art. Yeah, I know… What a melting pot of gorgeousness. And best part, it totally works! I love how effortless everything appears. Some really have this fantastic ability to pull a look together, merging furniture and accessories from many different periods and cultures, and viola! the spell is cast with interior perfection as the result. I think we *all* want that magic wand.
AB Chao also has beautiful images on flickr and is a fellow blogger, too. (Just in case you miss that when reading the AT post.) I’m so happy to find her via Anh-Minh, and I’m sure you’ll love her, too. The girl’s got style!
(images from AB Chao)