Bright Idea: A White Stripe Makeover

What happens when you paint white stripes onto an average palette trunk on casters?

Image Credit: My 2nd Hand Life

Instant rustic-chic beauty. Sure, this piece of furniture was beautiful before, but by painting white diagonal stripes onto the face of the trunk, the design has been both elevated and personalized. Such a dramatic transformation for a simple process, yes?

What about you, friends? Have you painted anything surprising lately? We’d love to see!

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A Perfect Home

Friends, I do believe I’ve found my perfect home:

From the consistent use of reclaimed wood to the minimalist concrete floors, I’ve fallen hard for this gorgeous Skona Hem home. What’s not to love about wide-planked white ceilings and the perfect blend of rustic and industrial?

Of course, the kitchen is indeed a sight in itself. A soothing, monochromatic color palette is the perfect background for architectural layouts and a singular art piece. (I also have an unhealthy obsession with that sweet little trash can.)

And if you’re not completely convinced that this home is worthy of applause, I present a tiny corner loft with natural light and optimal space planning.

What do you think, friends? Could you see yourself in this stark home?

[Images: Skona Hem]

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Dark Walls in Denmark

As much as I love clean, pure, white walls and furnishings, my heart tends to skip a beat when faced with dark, cozy homes. Exhibit A: This comfy getaway in Denmark, as spotted on My Scandinavian Retreat.

Paired with faded patterned textiles, worn leather furnishings and white trim, dark walls seem to rejoice in the lazy days. Can you imagine hibernating here during the dog days of summer or cold winter nights?

Of course, when working with dark walls, warmer elements tend to play nicer — try rustic wooden floor boards, lightweight artwork and minimal furnishings like the ones displayed above.

What do you think, friends? How dark would you go?

Images via Vart Nya Hem


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Armchair Salvager

A couple of weeks ago I was watching the House Proud section on the Nate Berkus show and saw these amazing pictures from Fitzhugh and Lyndsay's home in Brooklyn, NY.  They use reclaimed pieces in their design and the beauty of the pieces against the soft, light-filled space is breathtaking.

I particularly loved this picture of their reclaimed wood dining room table with the gorgeous mirror in the background nestled amongst their wall to wall shelves.


But the picture that stopped me in my tracks was this one of their bathroom door.  The rustic, honey colored wood and the iron fixtures are gorgeous and make a beautiful statement that just so happens to have a bathroom hiding behind it.  

It got me thinking about my own living room and the missing layer it seems to have when it comes to character.  I wanted to find a reclaimed piece to potentially use as art, but where could I even start the process if I didn't feel like traipsing out to every flea market and antique show in New England?

Well, it just so happens that Historic Houseparts in Rochester, NY has an amazing website for us armchair slavagers…here's a blurb from their site:

Historic Houseparts, located in Rochester, New York, was established in 1980 in response to the abundance of "rehabbing" that had begun in our area. The main source of inventory at Houseparts is salvage of pre-1940 buildings that are being demolished in the western New York region. we also buy merchandise from individuals who are renovating older homes.

Houseparts inhabits a three-story brick row house built in 1890, and we have recently expanded into a neighboring warehouse. The Houseparts inventory covers 14,000 sq. ft. , with new items arriving daily.  In addition to the large selection of salvaged items, Houseparts also offers quality reproduction items, restoration supplies, refinishing products, books, magazines and gift items.

Just look at these amazing items I found in just a super-quick look around their store:

Everything from antique bathroom fixtures to old doors; beautiful old windows to tubs; mailboxes, finnials, hardware, cabinets…you name it.  I just might find the perfect piece for my living room so I can be house proud too.

What's your favorite salvaged goods resource?

(photos: 1-2 Nate Berkus Show; all others-Historic Houseparts)

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Nice In Norway

Santa needn't ask these homeowners if they've been naughty or nice, because the answer is an unabashed "NICE!" ringing clear through the blog-o-sphere. I first spotted this home on Emmas fantastic blog (although the original source is Skona Hem) and I simply couldn't believe my eyes.

I'm loving all of the natural elements in this space, mixed with rugged textiles and vintage fixtures that keep the look balanced, cozy and, in my humble opinion, immaculate.


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