Set Design: The Change Up


I saw the Change Up tonight and as soon as I got home I had to look online to get some information about the set design… I loved it.  Here is an LA Times Article with more information about the design and the designers so I won’t go into that, but I did just want to mention a few of my favorite design elements:

  • The whole entire kitchen.  White cabinets and black counter tops.  The dark floors.  Love the curtains, love the roman shades, Country Curtains sells similar ones that I’ve had my eye of for a few years now:
  • I thought the exterior of the house was beautiful but unfortunately I can’t find any photos of it online.  It was so Americana and reminded me a lot of the Father of The Bride House.
  • I loved the bathroom, especially the bathtub which I also couldn’t find a picture.  The whole bathroom was crisp, serene and spa like, but what else would you expect when the fixtures are from Restoration Hardware and Waterworks.
    I loved the whole house… the designers did a great job of creating a very elegant, comfortable house.

World Market Gift Certificate!

My step-mom just gave me a gift certificate to World Market.  Well, someone had given it to her to give to me in 2001 and she just now got it to me.  Better late than never!

I’ve been thinking about what to get with it, and as you know from yesterday’s post, I need a new pendant lamp for my dining room.  World Market has a very cute Capiz Hanging Pendant which I was eyeing a few months back (and I believe it is in my wish list to the left).


I also have been wanting bamboo or wooden roman shades for my living room, but World Market really doesn’t have a great selection of blinds.  I am probably just going to have to do with Country Curtains or Target to get the blinds I want.

Country Curtains Roman Bamboo Blinds:



Anyways, back to World Market… I’m not quite sure what I will spend the gift certifcate on but I’m sure I cold find 100 different ways to spend it!

Living Room Curtains

A few months ago I posted here how I was wanting to spruce up my living room.  One of the biggest things that I want to update is the window treatments.  Updating your window treatments is a quick and (can be) cheap way to give your living room a face lift.  My philosophy on hanging panels is to hang them high and wide- it will make your windows appear larger and your walls higher.

Here is the inspiration board I put together a while back that showed a basic idea of what I am looking for:



Right now these curtains are in my living room.  Sorry I would post the pic but for some reason it won’t let me today.  They were quick and cheap (gotta love IKEA) and are doing the trick until I get what I really want up there.

A great example of what I want my windows to look like is on the set of the TV show Will & Grace:


I love, love, love how wooden blinds behind panels looks.  As soon as I have money I am getting some wooden or bamboo blinds.

I have been on a mission for the past few months to find navy blue curtains exactly like the ones in the Will & Grace living room.  I can find dark blue but what I want is a dark, dark velvety navy blue, which I have yet to find.  I am about to resort to going to G Street Fabrics and buying me own fabric and sewing them (which is no problem because I know how to sew and window panels are fairly straight forward).

Some other great resources for window treatments are:

Calico Corners


Country Curtains


Pier 1

Pottery Barn

Restoration Hardware

and of course, my Black Book.

Design Dilemma: Sliding Glass Doors


My friend Erika isn’t quite sure what do do for window coverings in her living room.  There is a lot going on here, the four small windows up top, a sliding glass doors and two normal windows.

I suggested she take down the blinds covering the 4 high windows which she did.  I didn’t think they were really necessary there- they are so high up that no one would look in there and they let in great light.

I’m not the expert of window coverings for sliding glass doors so I suggested she talk to a store like Next Day Blinds to see what they would suggest.

Ideally I would love to see Bamboo Roman Shades covering the lower windows, but the current ones can stay as a cheaper alternative.

I would put up one curtain panel on the right curtain rod all the way on the right side of it.  I would mirror that by having panels hanging on the left hand side of the curtain rod that is above the sliding glass doors.  She would probably need two up there to cover the doors at night.

A cornice box atop the sliding glass doors would also look great- sheers or panels could go up underneath it.

More to come as I do some more research…

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)



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 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


I love the Roman Shade especially.  This is blue done right.

2-cabrol-0309-xlg-7388998{Photo: Thomas Loof,  Interior Design: Milly De Cabrol}

{All photos below by Ngoc Minh Ngo, Interior Design by John Willey}

I love how the dark curtain rod stands out against the blue walls.  So crisp and clean.




Love the beadboard.  Always a winner.


Love the combo of light and navy blue.


Lovely curtains.


{All photos from House Beautiful March 2009}

My IKEA Shopping Trip

I wanted to share with you some of the fun things I picked up at IKEA this weekend:

Hedda Blad Curtains for my living room- I love them!


And the Ekarp floor lamp which I love even more:


I saw a lamp very similar to this one in this month’s Elle Decor by Comfort & Co.  It was the Torsade floor lamp which I have tried to find online to no avail.  I’m sure it is at least triple the price of the IKEA version so I’m sure you can imagine my glee when I spotted the IKEA one.

Here is the lamp nestled nicely next too the new curtains:


Don’t get me started on the garish yellow walls.  I am not a fan.  My whole townhouse is painted the same color, except for the bathrooms which are painted an awful white which I shall describe as fluorescent white…. it is so bright white that it is almost neon and glows.

I rent so I know I am not supposed to paint the walls, but I am planning on being here a few years so I think a paint job will be in order soon.

I used to think that I loved yellow for walls and hated blue because it was the color of depression.  I am now finding that I really love blues on walls, like Mikonos from C2, which I unfortunately can’t find online but just imagine a crisp Greek sky blue.  It actually is quite similar to the blue background on this blog.  Go check it out at your local paint store.


You may also notice the icky metal mini blinds…. oh how they make me cringe.  I am dying to get rid of them, but again I rent so I am not anxious to invest too too much money into the house since I won’t get it back.  If I did I would most likely just install a simple white roller shade for privacy at night.

Back to my IKEA trip.  I bought the Knappa light to replace the current chandelier in the dining room that dates back to approx. 1964.  This was a a very out of the box purchase for me as I normally would have gone with something more Restoration Hardware-ish, but I have been so inspired by Nicole’s lovely home and blog at that I decided to spice it up a bit.

Knappa light from IKEA:


I have become such a big fan of IKEA as of late.  I used to think that when I got my own place it would be done up 100% in Pottery Barn.  I am now realizing that my style is a little more funky, modern and whimsical than I thought.

My Living Room

My living room is in major need of a face lift.  Here are some of my ideas:

Pjattyeryd from Ikea- I love it!


I’m thinking about these shades from Target for my living room:


And this TV stand from Ikea:


Putting It All Together: Ikea Bedroom

What could be better than a whole room with everything from Ikea?

My housemate just bought this lovely dresser from Ikea.  The Hemnes Chest With 8 Drawers is a lot larger than it looks in the picture.


I think this Inger fabric would look absolutely lovely next to the dresser.  The more I look at it the more I love it:


Add in a little curtain rod- nothing too fancy cause we want the attention on the lovely curtains.  Skuggig from Ikea:


And a bed of course for the bedroom, Sorum:


A touch of color on the walls, Benjamin Moore Delano Waters 766:


And last but not least, how about a rug: Bettan Linge


That’s about it for now, I may just add some more in the morning…