Tag Archives: decorating

appreciating design: eames

9 Jan

i’ve always loved the eames lounge (as it is officially known as)

but my husband revived my interest.  his father has one and it has always been something that ROF aspired to own.  they were first released in 1956 and used molded plywood and leather.  herman miller continues to produce the lounge and other eames furniture.

eames is actually a husband/wife team of Charles and Ray.

they met while studing at cranbrook academy in bloomfield hills, michigan.  i had some friends that went there too.  uncanny.

today, i’m appreciating the look of the eames lounge chair – at the top of the appreciator’s and ROF’s wish list!

i found this nifty slipcovered eames lounge at apartment therapy

every room needs a “signature” piece.  a huge piece of artwork, a different rug, a piece of furniture.  and i can picture his/her eames chairs in the future!

check out all these chairs and where i got them from and more here.

fresh eyes and new uses

15 Nov

boy have i missed writing this blog!

my trip to new york and new jersey was fab-u-lous and i can’t wait to share that with you here soon.

one of my favorite things to do is look upon things with fresh eyes.  my family has always done this when it comes to decorating.  i would say both my mom and my sister are the same exact way.  because we moved around so much growing up – 12 houses – we can get a little antsy with things looking the same ole same ole.  we’re always looking at mantels, rooms, drawers differently.  you know it’s happening when we are staring at something longer than normal and our heads are tilted and eyes narrowed.

we haven’t been to canton in a long time, but there is a whole lot of head tilting going on there. 

if you’re not hip to canton, it’s like the worlds biggest trade days or flea market – like miles big.  it’s got a very retail part and a major junk part.  nothing there is as it seems.  thus, the head tilting by mom and sis.  for example, i hit pay dirt at canton when i was decorating my first condo.  mom and i were standing there refueling with a bottle of water when mom’s head started to tilt “well, amy, now what do you think of this?” and she had uncovered behind me an old wooden mantel leaning against a wall with a bunch of lace and crap on it.

“oh mom!” 

and we were off.  mom held the lace back and we started planning where this would look perfect in my condo.  and it did look perfect.  first inside, then outside as an outside fireplace. this is what i love, love, love about my mom and sister.  creative, fun and something we really love to do together.

here are some things i found that are some new uses that were found with fresh eyes.

this is an writing on a shade with a pen!

these are door nobs

this is another use for a wine rack

old doors as a headboard – love this!!

mason jar lighting!

great, easy decoration with back yard branches and flower vases

i love this use for corks…trying to talk ROF into this as he has a massive collection.  says he wants to build a pier.  come on now, sweetheart.

credit for all these great ideas, you can find on my pinterest board here.


digging the hip chalkboard paint

5 Sep

an easy, inexpensive way to spruce up your home is with chalkboard paint. 

it’s great for kids, obviously, but i’m also talking about chic, cool ideas for decorating. here is my chalkboard paint for our kitchen pantry doors.  i took a barefoot contessa cookbook and had my nephew use his design, architect handwriting to write words from recipes.

i had him do the same for the kitchen cut-out but use the all-important cocktail words:

here are some other funky ways to use chalkboard paint. click on the picture to enlarge.

all links and credits to all pictures, you can get here at my pinterest board.  the last photo i took at a great crepe place in san francisco that i can’t remember the name!

happy labor day!  go paint something chalky.

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