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Green With Glamour {eco-friendly}

I recently discovered Green With Glamour, a lovely shop that showcases products both stylish and eco-friendly, in the April issue of Lucky magazine and instantly marked the page for future blogging! Owned by Kathleen Rowan and Deana Bracken, two Chicago-based friends and business partners, they founded GWG a few years ago and bring the eco-conscious shopper glamorous accessories, clothing and my favorite, items for the home.

Green With Glamour

Oh and my, my, my… look at these gorgeous ikat cotton throws… tell me you don’t love a little ikat now and then in your life? I sure do, in fact I’m determined to find the perfect ikat throw or pillow for my home. Perhaps one of these will do? Hmmmm.

(images: green with glamour)

Posted in Decorating Tips on May 05, 2009

Tips For Decorating A Large Room

I was so flattered with Erin Doland who runs the fabulous organization blog Unclutterer, asked me if I’d give one of her readers, Eleanor, some advice for her new space. Erin was looking for some tips that would help her reader decorate a large space, making it warm and cozy, without cluttering it up. Here’s the space…

Reader question...

Hi Eleanor! While your “problem” of having too much space isn’t the most common, it’s definitely one I’ve addressed a few times with clients who went from homes with smaller rooms to spacious open concept lofts where the lines between spaces became blurred. Once settled in, they felt overwhelmed by having to “fill” all the extra space they’d once dreamed of and, like you, compared their living quarters to an empty warehouse. You are not alone in this Eleanor, between my advice and the comments that Erin’s lovely readers will no doubt offer, I’m confident you’ll soon be on your way to a cozy space in no time!

So… where to begin? THAT is the question of the day! Since you do not live in a loft with soaring ceilings and an open floor plan, I think your space issues are a lot easier to solve because you have a predefined living room space — a gorgeous one with outstanding details (vs. 4 plain walls). You have a fireplace, built in bookcase, and the most gorgeous hardwood floors. What a gem. I am not sure if these photos are current, if not have you added furniture yet? The moment you bring in a sofa or sectional, a pair of chairs, coffee table, floor rug, window treatments, etc. you will see that space shrink immediately, so never fear — your dream home isn’t that far from reality. Here are some tips for transforming your living room into space that you’ll enjoy living in!

View the tips I gave and read the rest of this post by clicking here.

(image from unclutterer)

Posted in Decorating Tips on April 10, 2009

How Much For This Room?

You’re going to love this week’s How Much For This Room? because it’s so budget friendly that you won’t believe your eyes. This living room belongs to Ashley Vaughn and her husband who own a record store, Vertical House, in Huntsville, Alabama. She is also a wedding photographer and a Realtor, and her husband is a graphic designer. When they have time to spare, they can usually be found restoring their 106-year-old house.

Deets on the house: The 2,100 square foot home was built in 1903 and sits in a historic neighborhood in Huntsville, Alabama. Both upstairs and downstairs boasts 11′ tall ceilings, original heart pine floors, transom windows, huge front porch, and six fireplaces. You can see the restoration process we’ve undergone so far in this flickr set which also include the before photos.

The bricks of the fireplace, mantle, and hardwoods are original to the house, so they are not including in the total, but here is the breakdown.

Living room: blue chairs (best thrift store find): $20 for the pair, couch (you can see the tip of it): $75, trunk (holds all of our records): originally from Panama and handed down to me from my parents (free), sewing table and chair (thrifted): $35, picture above the sewing machine (thrifted): $3, lamp on sewing table: wedding gift from target, but I believe it was $20, rubber man (the plant) was a gift, peace lily: found outside a house that was for sale in the garbage (free), green “seedling” tray: $10, Kitty (Sadie): free, “kinda! she found us, but I guess we pay to feed her hah!”. Everything on the mantle was either made by her husband (the hands, the 4 panel piece against the bricks, and the ‘birdhouse’ to the right of the books) or were found at thrift stores or yard sales and combined we maybe spent $10. On the other side of the room there is another identical blue chair, the cabinet that holds the TV (cabinet: $20 and the TV was a gift to my husband many birthdays ago…it’s nothing special). In fact, we only have it hooked up to play Wii), our record player and receiver ($100), and the Wii.

Grand Total: $293 (not including the Wii)!

Kitchen/Bedroom: These few photos were added just because I thought the space was cute and wanted to show you! No dollar amount to relate. I am also a transom window obsessed nut so when I saw one in her bathroom I had to post the pic. I also love her clawfoot tub, wallpaper, red chandelier, and her brown dresser – the lines are great.

If you have any questions for Ashley please just ask below!

Thanks Ashley for sharing your home today with us. :)

(images from ashley vaughn)

Posted in Decorating Tips on March 13, 2009

A Handmade Home in Denmark

I fell in love this morning with a darling home located in Mols, Denmark because the space is just so cozy and personal, I know you’ll adore it! The space belongs to creative entrepreneur, blogger and mother Tracy Lorna Nors who has a background in art and design and a real flair for decorating — especially mixing in vintage objects with more modern pieces. She just returned to her design work after taking a few years off to have her son so we can expect to see more from this creative lady going forward. Her home is a traditional Danish farmhouse from 1913 and she and her husband Jesper, son Indigo and two cats live in this charming space filled with love, personality and a sense of humor. Tracy and her husband recently launched a decorating website called Boboho that I think you may enjoy browsing but first let’s check out her inspirational Danish home filled with vintage toys, mixed media art and recycled found items.

A cozy reading nook.

Living room with a beautiful round felt pouf in pink.

I love the handmade lamp shades throughout her home. Lovely!

A vintage birdcage paired with a recycled dressers and a painting dated around 1900 found in an antiques shop.

Vintage printers drawers filled with tiny collected objects. In the living room you’ll spot a coffee table made from floorboards and on top you can see a handmade paper bowl. Tracy is so talented!

A Swedish bench from the 19th century and a painting I’d love to own by Danish artist Nanna Ask.

Some favorite vintage finds on a kitchen shelf and her handmade flower brooches.

Chinese lanterns recovered Tracy’s way with found papers and a lamp she made out of vintage toys along with another one of her handmade lamp shades. Eventually the lamps will be sold through her website however she is now accepting commissions and in addition to table lamps she also makes chandeliers.

Want to see more? Tour Tracy’s home here on her website.

Thank you Tracy for welcoming us into your beautiful home today!

(images from tracy nors)

Posted in Decorating Tips, Home Tours on March 09, 2009

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