Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My Happy Place... texture talk.

This is one of those posts that I write half afraid most of my readers are cringing and going, "More house photos?  Get a grip lady... get out of the house more often... go experience life and photograph THAT already!" 

But I still write it.

Cause ya know... my house is my happy place.  I bet that takes you by surprise... all this time you thought you "knew" me.  (grin) The truth is, after some mad-dash post holiday cleaning, the sunshine came out today and I was compelled to photograph it all, no matter how small the changes I made were.  Sunshine does weird things to me. (If you've ever experienced winter in the Pacific NW you get that.)


The thing I most enjoy about home decor magazines isn't the photos, though they are great.. I love reading the reasons why they chose various elements.  So... I'll tell you why I do the things that I do, within these four walls anyway. Heh heh.  (Please keep in mind I don't really have a clue... I'm not a decorating expert in anyway I just love making my home comfortable for those I love and invite in, and I love discussing home decor.)

In this room, we painted the kitchen cabinets white because they were sub-par builder grade materials, pushing a ten year old mark.  Everything was "fine" but beginning to show a little wear and painting everything white brightened up the entire space.  After living with that for almost two years, I decided to slather the island in a rich gray-green color for a bit of a pop.  I'd tell you that it "grounds the room" but I couldn't really tell you exactly what that means- Ha!  I just knew it needed it, and it blends gorgeously with the Kashmir white granite that my brother in law installed. 
 We have a lot of warmth in our house - warm flooring, and tabletop, not to mention our brown couch and other items.  I chose oil rubbed bronze hardware throughout, because it's not as harsh as black, and has a bit of warmth that works well in here. 
 This floor plan is wide open, so painting a bunch of choppy colors all over the place didn't work.  Believe me, I tried again and again. I wasn't content until I painted all the walls a harmonious, light buttery tan color called Ivoire by Sherwin Williams.  It makes a nice, yet subtle contrast with all the white and I love it!  It works for this house because of all the gray outside.  I'm often tempted to go with the color Sea Salt also by SW but I think it would cool the room down more than I'd like.  This color is airy and bright.
 I added bead board to the sides of all our cabinetry because I loved the forgiving way it covered cheap builder grade wood grain.  Blech.  Hate that wood grain. 
 I am all about textures.  I love big Euro-sized pillows.  (My family probably doesn't love them the way I do, and whenever we gather for a movie, they throw them onto this chair in a big pile. Ha!)  I think they're pretty and they do a decent job pulling two separate pieces together.  (Someday they are going to look fantastic on my gray sectional couch.  Just saying.  Someday...)  I love adding textures like basket weave, (Ikea poufs are stacked next to the chair and are great for extra seating) blankets, pillows with all different patterns and weaves, wood (like the wooden bowl with a big candle in it.) and random elements like the oil rubbed bronze fan (found several years ago at Target). I like to mix hard and soft textures- for example, a hard wire basket filled with soft white blankets and a couple extra pillows not in use.  I also like using neutral staples because they go with the seasons.  I used to change pillows and colors constantly.  I'm such a work in progress you guys... but I found I could save money for more important things by not obsessively changing things like that, and settling on good neutrals was really helpful with that.  The things I do change are most often rotated from within my house, thrifted or created inexpensively by moi. 

Oh and I can't forget... My favorite thing in almost every room, is positioning a mirror so that it bounces light into (and all over) the room.  (Again you live here, ya learn all the tricks)

 I love this chalkboard because it allows me to change up my own artwork.  Plus it's also contrast in an otherwise very light space.  Right now, I am adoring this layered bucket plant holder within an egg bucket.  The gray wire egg bucket used to be red but I never used it so I spray painted it gray and now I adore it.  Sometimes you have to change things in order for them to work.  Or at least I do. (Oh and I am working on creating an Etsy print similar to my chalkboard artwork for when I reopen!)
 Texture heaven.  An old bowl that's been painted a few times (had it for years) filled with white sand (Ikea) white candles and of course, my beloved antlers. 
 I love changing up regular things like the candle jar behind this "B," just because.   I wrapped some jute twine around the top.  Simple and quick update.  
Colorful cookbooks, warm wood rolling pins are just fun.  I don't like a lot of junk on my counters but I do like things I use.  That's one thing about my house- I can't stand things that don't get used.  If you see a box, there is something being stored inside of it.  Plus that's a great way to manage clutter. 
So... there you have it.  My house, my way.

Do you really dig textures in your own house?  Any changes you've made recently you're excited to share?



32 comments:

  1. Ummmm...I dig it all! I love it when you post house pictures. I love everything about house decor. SO.MUCH.FUN!

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  2. As one of your newest followers I am loving your home:) I live in an 1860 Victorian home that's full of the original millwork and I've been forbidden to touch any of it with paint. Can you hear me crying out from a house with a downstairs full of dark woodwork? SAVE ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) So anyhoo, I love how open, bright and airy your pictures are.

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  3. I love your house pictures!!! I painted many rooms in my house "sea salt" and it does give it a "cool" feel. Lots of textures added in helps that too though! :)

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  4. This is one of my favorite posts you've ever shared. I am always looking for the why...Walking through your house while you point out the details was great. :) My house is so in between a serious work in progress, with not much progress! lol...Someday!

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  5. Your house is always gorgeous. Always! My basement is coming together. Super excited to share.

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  6. I agree with all the above commenters! Your house is so pretty---and just today my bff and I were on the phone lamenting our house colors. I'm ready to paint my whole home a creamy white/gray-ish/lighter color. Right now my home is golds, greens and reds (kitchen!). My master bedroom was repainted a linen color and I love it. 2013 is my year of being lighter...in all things!

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  7. I agree with everyone above too. You can never have too many home photos, I love your home and the way that you always manage to make it look so beautiful and airy. You know what my favorite thing is about your home? The fact that you switch things around; it gives it a new look each time, love that!

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  8. Personally, I LOVE how you decorate, and therefore I LOVE all of your house pictures. :)

    I, too, LOVE beadboard, colors on my walls, texture, lots of pillows, and changing things up every few months. :)

    We have fun white throw pillows on the denim sectional in our Family Room. For Christmas I found an old roll of wide red ribbon and my daughter tied bows around the pillows, to look like presents. Oh. So. Cute.

    I love decorating/using canning jars for storing things in my kitchen. I love chalkboards . . . my favorite is a big antique window turned into a chalkboard, which welcomes friends as they walk through the front door.

    I have another antique window on my mantel, that I've been thinking about turning into a mirror. Any thoughts on how to do that.

    I've also been thinking about inviting you over to give me some decorating tips. :) I'll pay you with a Mocha and Muffin.

    Hope your New Year has started off GREAT! Let's do coffee soon.


    Laurel

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  9. Please continue to post zillions of photos of your home because it is always so lovely and when I'm in a bad mood with my home I can look at yours and feel all "ahhhhh" and be inspired. I spy that you have the What Katie Ate book (I always like seeing what books people have), it's not been published here yet, but it's on my wish list. Is it good?

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    1. I got that cook book for a Christmas present from my man~! (Can you say gift with benefits? LOL)
      So yes... I HIGHLY recommend it. It's a gorgeous book with amazing photos, great stories and the food looks fantastic. I haven't made anything yet because I just got it last week but SOON!! :)

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    2. Thank you. Keeping it on my list!

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  10. I LOVE your house. Don't ever stop showing us pictures, okay? =) Looks so pretty, as usual. It's fun to see the various changes! I'm having fun putting the Christmas decorations away. Leaving out some snowmen & punches of red. Working on the texture thing... I need to get better at that.

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  11. I could never tire of photos of your home! I love texture in my decor, and I totally agree that anything in my home has to work! I could never collect things to sit on a shelf and gather dust...I collect silver napkin rings and white serving ware.

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  12. HI!!!! I'm also a bit of a reader/lurker/never-commenter. But I'm trying to get better at it. :)

    Thanks so much for your comment a few weeks ago. It was really sweet and made my day.

    I LOVE all of the texture you've added to your home. You have a great eye for it that's for sure. And your pictures? Keep 'em coming!

    P.S. I have a long list of items that I am ALWAYS on the look out for when I go to antique markets, etc. and rolling pins are one of them. I'd like to mount them to one of the walls in my dining room! :)

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  13. I am living in a home where I attempt to tackle kid clutter on a daily basis. So, I adore seeing your home that is so fresh and bright, and not filled with toys...there is life after Fisher Price Little People right!? They do not go with my decor, however, the keep the littlest one occupied long enough for me to drink my tea, well half of my tea...so I will keep them for now!

    Our Christmas things will be up until the weekend, but I am already dreaming of a clean slate, and driving my husband crazy by suggesting we repaint the family room....could have something to do with the fact it is 10pm and I asked him nicely to install a closet organizer tonight. He is a good man.

    I love switching things up in my home and decorating and making things cozy. I love getting rid of "stuff" to make room for the things I love. Over Christmas we knocked a few things off the to-do list. This is good for my soul and thankfully tolerated by my sweet husband!

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  14. your kitchen is like heaven! I just love seeing pictures of it! I've already told you this, but you are totally our kitchen re-do inspiration! We just removed to cabinet doors to see how we like the open shelving look before we actually paint. I switched out to all white dishes and mason jars and just glass for drinking.... anyhow, your kitchen is beautiful and I love reading your decorating tips....better than any magazine

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  15. You know what I love about your house Sasha....I love that it's a home! You have transformed it into something that you and your family can enjoy. I live in an area, where ALL the houses seem the same on the inside, they have mostly been professionally done in the interior, and no matter how much money these people have spend, it just does not feel homey to me. I'm not going to lie, every time I walk into my house, after I have been to one of theirs, it feels "cheaper", but honestly, I wouldn't change it for the world. Your home is wonderful, I love all the warm touches, with the light walls, and yes, I love it when the sun is shining outside, it just makes me a little more happier. Here's hoping this year brings us all a little more sunshine in our lives.

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  16. Love your house... seriously... I wish I could pull it off with all that white and earthy wonderfulness.... but then i would be copying your style ... and not be true to my own... I love me some chabby chic americana retro... apple pie esque decorating... with pops of red, cherries and vintage stuff... So your blog is always a nice little break from my own style to see something pretty diff ! I would call mine retro farmhouse lol I could talk about homes ... decorating ... textures... pictures... anything HOME all day ... so i think its just how some of us chicks are wired... i love HOME and the love of HOME! Homemaking and happy cozy wonderfulness... ok so ijust wrote a book sorry...

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  17. I would never ever want you to stop taking pictures of your home!! It's beautiful, warm and inviting and it's like my little virtual visit with you!! lol

    I saw your sweet crock of rolling pins before you talked about it and my heart melted!! I love me some crocks and pins - adorable!!! I have those two wicker-ish poufs and I have no idea what to do with them, they don't seem to be as full as yours. I may have to find them a little home now after seeing yours!!

    Textures rock!! I am so ready to transform my kitchen into something bright, yet warm and cheery!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!!!

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  18. Love your texture, your home is perfect :)

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  19. Hi Sasha! Your home looks beautiful (as it always does)! I love home decorating too so I loved this post. I always feel like every home is different in what style decorating looks best. The bright, airy look is perfect for your home - probably partly because of the climate you live in. You have a good sense of what works where, and a balance of color and texture. My home is decorated in warm colors. Browns, pops of blue and green, and a warm cream to brighten things a bit. Our home is tucked in the woods, surrounded by tall trees and a creek running outside in the front. Rustic works well here. Do the words "polished rustic" make any sense? I like to use dark woods and mix in pretty ceramic pots and vases. I have a worn lantern hanging on my living room wall right above my (favorite) brown paisley upholstered chair and ottoman. Although we have recessed lighting, I find my table lamps really add to the room. Isn't home decorating fun? :)

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  20. I find as I get older I am simplifying my decor and the colors and textures in your home are wonderful. My kitchen wants to be your kitchen when it grows up, as well.

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  21. I love texture, too! It seems we have so much in common. Keep the house pictures coming. I love seeing house pictures. I pour over them for ideas and inspiration. Right now I'm sprucing up my studio/guest bedroom. I'm leaning towards neutral pillows on the all white bed. I tire so easily of color. As soon as a season changes, so do my tastes, so neutrals might be a good solution to this "problem" I have! A few questions... what is the color of paint that you used on the dresser in the guest bedroom? (the second deeper, warmer color?) And what color did you use on the island? I want to repaint the frame on our LARGE chalkboard in our kitchen am leaning towards either a teal or grey!

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  22. i always adore the photos of your home...makes me want to achieve that cozy...feel happy place in mine...

    i too have the open plan...i call the kitchen/breakfast area/living room the 'great room'...i wouldn't have it any other way.

    esp with 6 kids i need to see everything haha

    right now i don't have a space that isn't cluttered...one day i will accomplish that...when the youngest is what? 5 haha

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  23. I always love catching glimpses of your house, Keep on sharing., I love how you move stuff around and bring in new items from time to time.

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  24. My very favorite posts are of your home and family. Don't stop! Thank you for showing photos of your gorgeous home to bring us into the New Year with all the reasons "why". LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

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  25. Your home is lovely. My style isn't so refined or pretty, but I try. Sometimes I get too carried away with color. You've made a very peaceful space that is also warm and inviting.

    Nice job.

    ~FringeGirl

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  26. I love your home! Please don't feel like you post about it too much. I love seeing it every time!

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  27. More! More! Beautiful photos of a beautiful home!! Love it!

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  28. Love to see your posts.I now have to go home from work and look at all the things I need to do to my house!!!!!

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  29. Your beautiful home photos are always so calming and inspiring! I seriously wish I had your gift of homemaking. I struggle with which paint colors to choose for walls not really understanding the warm/cool idea in each, let alone layering and texture.

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