DIY

Real Simple Galleries

June 27, 2007

Jason wrote about something that I look forward to whenever Real Simple hits my mailbox, the amazing paper constructions inside! Check out the new paper construction gallery on the Real Simple website showing a few from past issues. I hope they spoil us and show them all. I loved the ones that they created using road maps once. Do you remember them? They were amazing.

Real Simple Galleries
While cruising their site, I found more goodies! There’s a terrific new round up of all their past covers from 2001-2006, and since they have some of the best stylists around (outside of the Martha Stewart gang), I love examining all the details for styling ideas. And sidepoint, but don’t they have the best wall colors ever?

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If you have time today, visit their additional galleries because they feature everything from centerpieces and flowers to relaxation and pets. Click here for your very own drool fest.

I’m so glad that Real Simple enlarged the imagery on their website, because like you, when it comes to getting enough of a good thing, that simply does not exist when looking at gorgeous spaces!

(images from real simple)






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Random eBay Find

June 27, 2007

As random as this post is, I have to show you the 50’s table that I found scanning eBay this morning.

Random eBay Find
What do you think? I absolutely adore it, from the perky colors (I see some orange in there) to it’s skinny little legs and the crazy fish motif. I’m looking for a table like this, only with a solid white top, if anyone knows of anything… I’m on the prowl!

(images from simply mod auctions)






Color Inspiration

How about orange…

June 27, 2007

Loving all this orange? There’s even a blogger obsessed with this zesty hue. Meet Chicago-based graphic designer Jessica Jones right here.

How about orange...
Want to see a “real home” infused with this invigorating color? Remember the the mini peek we had of Jonathan Lo’s California home back in August 2006? Click here to view the post.

How about orange...

(images from how about orange and happy mundane)






Color Inspiration, Inspiration

Orange Interiors

June 26, 2007

When looking for great rooms online to inspire your next decorating project, why not turn to the magazines and designers that you love. Living Etc., Domino, House Beautiful, David Hicks, and many others top my list. Here are a few of my favorites, in orange, of course. ;)

Orange Interiors via: Living Etc.
Orange Interiors via: David Hicks.
Orange Interiors via: Domino magazine.
Orange Interiors via: House Beautiful
Orange Interiors via: Living Etc.
Orange Interiors via: Wary Meyers.
Orange Interiors via: Parker Palm Springs, guest room designed by Jonathan Adler.
Orange Interiors via: Living Etc.

Orange Interiors And here are some vintage Heywood Wakefield chairs in orange that I found at the Brimfield show back in May. What do you think of these? Wild, huh!?

And for more orange inspiration today, visit my flickr set: Orange! You can click on any image to see the full view, and if you’re a flickr member, you can add any of them to your faves if you see something you like.

{I’m off for the afternoon to see Morrissey in concert (swoon!) with my friend Paris. It’s our ritual, we see him together whenever he’s in town, and tonight he happens to be over at Harbor Lights. I’m so excited, I’m a huge Morrissey fan! See you tomorrow!}






Color Inspiration

Color Theory 101

June 26, 2007

Whether orange (a secondary color) has you at hello, or doesn’t quite attract your attention, you can’t deny the strength it has when correctly used in an room. I thought it would be fun to pull some of the pages from my color relationship notebook from a color theory class I completed a few years ago to show you a few examples of color relationships when orange is involved.

Color Theory 101 Here’s a modified triad. You are mixing various tints and tones on the color wheel in yellow-green, yellow-orange, and red-orange.

Color Theory 101 This is a complementary color scheme in orange and blue. Blue calms the intensity of orange, so there’s a nice balance here.

Color Theory 101 And this is what you’d call monotone in yellow-orange. Notice how muted and soft orange can become?

Isn’t it fascinating to see the color wheel in action? I highly suggest purchasing one (they’re around $3 at any craft or art supply store), and either taking a color theory class at your local college, or find something reliable online where you can learn the basic principles. I prefer the classroom experience myself, as you are able to receive honest critiques, which I find are essential to growth, at least for me. Plus, color theory class is more than creating binders and clipping from magazines. You have to do a lot of painting, sometimes with tears because the process can be strenuous, but in the end, 100% worth it. Here’s a little color theory intro to get you started…

(images from Holly Becker for decor8)






Color Inspiration

Crisp Citrus

June 26, 2007

Looking to add a little orange to your life? Why not browse some of your favorite stores for orange inspiration. As you can see here, orange is paired a lot with soft blues, pale greys, bright yellow or red-orange.

Crisp Citrus Crisp Citrus If you love modern, clean design, why not shop for Orange over at Design Public? I really like these whimsical rugs from Twinkle Living, both the Deer Silhouette and the Poker rug. The notNeutral Letters pillow adds a little red and orange, and the Vitra Nelson Ball Clock is such a classic, I couldn’t resist mixing it in. And what do you think about this table? It’s slowly making it’s way around the blogs, so I’m not sure how big of a hit it is with bloggers just yet, but I think the Thomas Wold Mushroom Forest coffee table adds a whimsical touch that is irresistibly cute. But the question is, would I own it? Nah. But if I had children, maybe I’d use it in a playroom. Do you feel like you can never get organized? Blu Dot D2 utility shelving is a great, affordable unit for getting your act together. And although we’ve seen it before, I’ll always have a place in my heart for the Lights Up! Weegee table lamp with the orange and red mums shade on that tripod base. I can’t help it, cute gets me everytime.

Crisp Citrus If you’re a romantic at heart, Anthropologie may be a great destination for you. I imagine a white painted cabinet embellished with orange knobs, or a bed adorned with some of their gorgeous pillows in ethnic prints. Wearing orange is always fun, too!

(images from design public and anthropologie)






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