Putting It All Together: Living Room

What a dreary, rainy day.  Here is a cheery inspiration board for you:

Ideas for My Living Room, April 2009 (Double click image to enlarge)

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Sources:

1.  IKEA Merete Curtains in Dark Blue

2.  Bamboo Insulated Roman Shades from Country Curtains

3.  Canvas Buckets from Pottery Barn Kids- Perfect to hold newspapers and dog items

4.  Rattan Pouf from Urban Outfitters

5.  Fresh Scallops Mirror from Land of Nod

6.  Avery Antique White Gel Fuel Fireplace from Overstock.com- who knew you could buy a fireplace and just plug it into any old outlet?

7.  Wire Wall Letters from PB Teen- I’m not sure what letters I’d get, but they are cute

8.  Balk veneer flooring in brown from IKEA- to replace the icky carpet in my living room.

9.  Kravet Beige Fabric to Reupholster my couches

Outdoor Living

Spring is almost here and that makes me SO SO happy! With the coming of warmer weather I will be able to use my front yard more- so exciting!  I live in a townhouse with no backyard and a small- maybe 5 x 10 fenced in front yard.  Since I only moved in this past December I hadn’t done a ton to make it more warm weather friendly.  I did almost immediately upon moving in lay down pine straw since there was no grass and the yard was basically a dirt pit.  I LOVE pine straw {here is an old post about my love of it}, now that the weather is getting warmer I am going to go buy another bale or two to freshen the yard.  I had two simple white plastic lawn chairs and a cute matching white side table with some cute candles on it in the front yard set up in the yard and that was fine to get me through the winter.

The past few weeks I have been scoping out what new outdoor furniture I wanted to buy to upgrade the white plastic chairs.  I had settled on this number from World Market:

Mika Espresso Folding Table

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It is $79.99 for the table alone and caught my interest as it is the perfect size for my little yard.  I fully intended to get- that is until my most recent shopping trip at IKEA where I saw this:

TARNO Folding Table:

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And I picked up two of the matching chairs:

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I am so happy to have seen these as they are much more in my price range {$20 for the table and $15 each for the chairs}.  I just love IKEA-  it never ceases to amaze me!

Here is my lovely little front yard now:

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I love it- I can’t wait to eat out here on hot summer nights.  It seems so Parisian to me.

I also had been looking for some sort of flooring to go under the old plastic chairs I had, I had settled on getting pavers or flagstone until I saw this decking at IKEA and I knew it was the perfect solution!  It is IDBYN from IKEA which apparently is very new as it is not on their website yet, otherwise I would link it.  It came in a pack of 9 squares which you snap together- I wasn’t sure how much ground it would cover.  I am going to go buy one more set so that the chairs and table will all be covered when pulled out.

The lantern and candle are from IKEA as well.  The navy blue metal star is one of my favorite things in my front yard.  I got it at the farmer’s market in Harrisonburg, Virginia where I went to college.  The star is a symbol of prosperity and a lot of people in the South and in the country (like Harrisonburg) have these stars on their barns or houses.  I fell in love so I picked one up before I moved away.

The ‘Christmas’ lights are from Target, I bought them a while back so you will probably need to get them online here.

Bronze Dragonfly String Lights from Target:

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Ideas for you:  Here are some of my fave outdoor spaces from online:

Pottery Barn:

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Oooooo this looks like heaven.  I love lanterns:

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From Williams- Sonoma Home:

I love Adirondack chairs, although I find them a it uncomfy to sit in:

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From Restoration Hardware:

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These pics are making me drool.  I just love the water- I am so thankful to live on the East Coast.  The Chesapeake Bay and beaches aplenty are just a stones throw away.  Sorry for my readers living in the middle states, but I can’t imagine not living near a coast.

Stay tuned for more outdoor living spaces- I will be keeping my eyes open for some lovely spaces!

Navy Blue… Yes Please

I really love some of the spaces that were featured in December 2008’s Domino Mag (yes, I just got it in the mail).

These photos below are from the apartment of Domino Contributing Editor Nathan Turner.  I love his whole apartment.

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Navy Blue is my all time favorite color.  I would kill for that bed- I am dying for a canopy or a bed with posts of some sort.

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Sisal Rugs are another favorite thing of mine.

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Have I mentioned I like navy blue?

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Benjamin Moore makes a great Navy Blue.  Old Navy 2063-10 By Benjamin Moore:

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{Actual Navy looks more navy}

FLOR Carpet Tiles

Flor Carpet Tiles are all the rage right now…I’m not 100% sold on them.  One big upside is that if your carpet gets a stain, you can just ditch the offending carpet tile and replace it with a fresh new one.

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My Dream House Part 2

I mentioned in my last post how much I dislike carpet.  Maybe it is just the generic beige carpet that I have had in my rentals the past few years.  I feel like you can never keep it clean.

In my dream house I’d like to have hardwood thoughout… a wide, wide plank in a dark finish.  I really love bamboo floors:

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But I’d like a darker finish, closer to this color:

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I’d only consider carpet if it were berber.

Here are some rugs you might see in my house:

Silhouette Flower Printed Rug from Urban Outfitters:

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And this Daisy Garden Rug from Pottery Barn Kids for a little girls room:

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Design Mistake: Rugs on top of Carpets

9 times out of 10, it is not a good idea to put an area rug on top of carpet.  It makes a room seem smaller and cluttered.  Big no-no in my book.

Area rugs on top of carpet = no

Area rugs on top of hardwood = yes, especially if you are using the rug to define a seating area

Can I also just mention now how much I dislike carpet?  I feel like I’ll vacuum it, then 2 days later it needs to be vacuumed again… it always seems so dirty…ick.

-Julie

Billy Graham Library- Charlotte, NC

I stopped in the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC recently and I really enjoyed some of the great design they had incorporated- Cement floors, goose neck faucets, awesome recreations of sinks from his childhood farm…

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Tractor Seat Bar Stools:

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Concrete Floors:

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