Wednesday, January 2, 2013
My Happy Place... texture talk.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
forgiving way it covered cheap builder grade wood grain. Blech. Hate that wood grain.
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)
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!)
jute twine around the top. Simple and quick update.
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.
Do you really dig textures in your own house? Any changes you've made recently you're excited to share?