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8 Summery DIY Ideas

July 15, 2010

Hello Friends, it is Leslie here with eight summery DIY ideas I found. Even if it is winter where you are I hope you find some of these ideas inspiring.

8 Summery DIY Ideas

1. Lots of quick and easy ideas for cleaning up your home’s entryway can be found at Real Simple like this one or this one. I love the painted on floor mat in this front hall!
2. Check out the directions on how to use colorful dyes to brighten up any basic canvas shoe on Martha Stewart Living.

8 Summery DIY Ideas

3. Benita of Chez Larsson shares her fabulous organization tips for her home office here and here.
4. Benita also explains about how she organizes her photographs in this post. There are lots of really good home improvement projects and ideas that Benita shares at Chez Larsson, I am sure you will enjoy reading more once you visit her!

8 Summery DIY Ideas

5. Even though it is Winter in Australia, Donna Hay still has some beautiful summer entertaining recipes and ideas here.
6. I think poufs are everywhere because they are an easy way to add color or update a sitting area. Here is a pattern to make your own by Amy Butler. You can find more information about the pattern and how much fabric you will need on Amy’s gorgeous site right here.

8 Summery DIY Ideas

7. Isn’t this DIY chevron rug project amazing? Please visit the Little Green Notebook Blog by Pearl Street Interiors to read about how to make an inexpensive Ikea rug not something fabulous all by yourself.
8. I had to end with this delicious looking cherry crumble cake as it would be perfect for a picnic or with tea while doing a little reading. Mowie of Mowielicious is always whipping up something incredible and I am sure you will enjoy checking out his beautiful blog.

I hope you have found a project or two that may spark your creative energy this week. I will see you back here soon, until then take care and thank you. — Leslie.

P.S. Holly and I spent the day together, she says hello to all of you! xo






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Happy Weekend!

June 11, 2010

That’s it for this week, I’m signing off to go have fun with some of my girlfriends tonight and get my weekend started! I need to connect with my friends because though I love to be in exciting places like London and Copenhagen there is still nothing sweeter than sitting around a table with those you care for to exchange ideas, share a glass of wine and enjoy some fresh, delicious food!

Happy Weekend!

{mundo flo + clara in paradise}

I’ve posted several pretty things for you to enjoy today that will take you into the weekend feeling inspired (I hope!) and below I’ve included some gorgeous “real” homes from the decor8 Interior Styling group on Flickr that I know you will like. Please click below each grouping to visit the page of the homeowner and to see more shots of their home and life in their Flickr album.

Happy Weekend!

{JEN, wood + wool stool, designace30, Toodeloo, i ‘aria, live bohemian, nest decorating, karibombari}

Happy Weekend!

{nest decorating, uydurrukcu, dottie angel, absoluuty, ivystyle33, zimmerkuechekabinett, i l’aria, christine, moline, glory of 80s, uydurrukcu}

Have a lovely weekend, I will meet you back here on Monday with another full week of posts, a Copenhagen wrap up from my trip, and some other fun posts meant to uplift, inspire and encourage community and creativity! Yay and amen! :)

What do you have planned this weekend? Anything fun???

(images linked to their sources above)






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Inspired By…

June 9, 2010

How about a little interior inspiration today? I sometimes like to pull some images that get my creative juices flowing and just stare at them — I like to pick out all of the details, wonder what inspired the person to arrange things a certain way, and then I think of how I would edit it if it were my own home, etc. Do you do this too? I found some images mostly from Emma that inspire me and since I don’t intend to steal her thunder please click over to visit her blog. She has curated some gorgeous images over the past few weeks and as I was catching up on all of my blog reading this morning I collected some that stood out the most. A few I found myself by clicking around on some of her links…

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A kitchen photographed by Swedish photographer Per Gunnarsson.

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A yummy bedroom styled by Susanna Vento.

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A sweet spot for sun and warmth from the stove… Via Hus & Hem.

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Living/inspiration nook from A Beautiful Living. I especially like the I Love You poster in many languages. Lovely.

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Art and a pretty shelf from Hus & Hem.

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Inspiring mood board from Ina & Matt in the Netherlands.

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Lovely, lovely! From Hus & Hem.

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I’ve been loving gold accents lately so I found a vintage gold teapot, creamer and sugar bowl to add to my growing collection of gold and gold-rimmed things. :) My love for gold is precisely why this room caught my eye. I also love the frames. This photo is from Hus & Hem.

Are their any rooms above that catch your eye? Why? What do you like about them?

(images: linked to their sources above.)






Inspiration, Stationery

Uguisu

June 3, 2010

There is this online shop that sells many beautiful Japanese paper products and books called Uguisu that you must see! In fact, the moment I found it my jaw dropped and I felt as though I’d entered Japanese crafty heaven. You simply must spend some time today clicking around this gorgeous website and bonus! It’s all in English! Yay!


UguisuUguisu stocks things that are either designed or made in Japan (or both) and they carry books, stationery, paper balloons, linens, craft supplies (like masking tape in pretty colors), magazines and many other inspirational products that you are sure to enjoy. Hiki, the shop owner, is based in Japan but don’t worry – she ships globally and has built up a cult following online because her service is great and her products are so well curated. Have fun!

(images: uguisu)






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Annette Joseph Photo Stylist

June 2, 2010

I’ve been following the work of Atlanta-based photo stylist Annette Joseph for several years, she is both a stylist and producer who specializes in lifestyle editorial images for American print magazines such as Better Homes & Gardens. Annette has been doing this for over 15 years and is currently working on her first book and a television show based on her book about style and entertaining.

Annette Joseph Photo Stylist

When I read her bio I enjoyed learning more about how she produces editorial images, “Her special production products include conception of projects and storyline. This can include anything from simple craft projects to decor tips and recipe and entertaining ideas. From presenting the initial story idea to producing and styling the final product. Annette can handle it all bringing style and creativity to your projects.”

Annette Joseph Photo Stylist

Do you recognize her work? Some of these images I’ve had tacked to my inspiration board over the years from time to time. I particularly like her pages that involve craft layouts and floral arrangements because they feel casual and creative — when I see her layouts I feel like doing something creative too which is a sure sign that I need to surround myself with more of this person’s work!

(images: tear sheets from annette joseph)






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Ericka McConnell Photography

June 2, 2010

Let’s pause for a moment and think about the good friends in our life as you scroll through the portfolio of Ericka McConnell. Are a few faces popping into your head of those whom you admire and respect? I’m sure that you value your close friendships and this post is a little celebration of the wonderful people in our life who make everyday a bit sweeter. From childhood to today, we all value those who have entered our world and made an impact on our life.

Ericka McConnell Photography

Here in Copenhagen I’m forming new friendships, which feels really sweet, but I also like to take my friends with me as I travel in the form of memories because then I never feel lonely or far from home. I’m really enjoying Denmark so far. We were in Sweden yesterday and now we’re back at our base in Copenhagen where I’ll be for several more days. I’ve been finding some fantastic shops and cafes, I feel like I’m walking around in a city that is a bit like a giant blog — so many pretty things collected and shared in a single environment — it’s just grand! But mostly, I am on trains traveling to a variety of beautiful homes working hard but having fun as I go. When I return next week I’ll share some of my finds from shops to cafes with you but until then you’ll just have to take my word for it – working and playing in Copenhagen is fun stuff!


Ericka McConnell Photography

So yes, let’s celebrate good friends and good times for a moment now, shall we? Think of your plans for summer, your girlfriends, upcoming travel plans… oh the fun that you’ll have! Allow these photographs from the talented Ericka McConnell, who is represented by Judith Miller Inc., to transport you to your happy place. Ericka’s work has been published in national magazines and is quite lovely – her portrait work of both adults and children is described as both flirty and fresh but I’d like to add to that — I think her style is also very casual and “real” which I appreciate so much in modern portrait work because those Sears studio shots and Olan Mills photos that I have from the late 70s/early 80s of myself make me a bit annoyed that a more casual approach to mainstream portrait photography didn’t exist back in the day, ha ha! And if you are “vintage” enough to remember those backgrounds printed on roll up shades that they’d pull up and down to give you a new scene to pose in front of then you must totally appreciate modern portrait work just as much as I do! Oh my, I remember some very ugly backgrounds in some of my school photos…

Ericka McConnell Photography

And I guess, in closing, I should ask this: what are some of the qualities in your closest friends that you admire and cherish the most? When you look at these photographs what words come to mind that have to do with forming and maintaining friendships?

I would love to read your comments, I find it so fascinating to see what people often appreciate the most about their friends.

(images: ericka mcconnell)






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