06 October 2011

Fall design notebook

Guess what, chicakdees! I am sick this week! Again! For the fourth time this year! I would blame Mr. P for bringing a high school germy breeding ground into our home, but two of the four times I’ve been sick, it was summertime. So I guess it’s just me. Me and my suddenly lousy immune system. Thanks for the last nearly-thirty years of service! It was nice knowing you. Come back anytime!

So what do quadruply-headcold-riddled people want? Medicine. And tea and soup and a blanket. But also? Magazines, of course! The same thing people stressed out about their mother’s broken ankle want!

This time I didn’t have ice cream. Leftover chili, instead. In the middle of the living room floor. Because I’m sick waaaaaaahhhh.

I’ll say it again, if you still don’t have fancy-pants companies sending you catalogs, FOR FREE, then you are missing out. Behold, one glossy that costs money, and another that has the same ideas of the one that costs money, but is free because of their simple hope you will buy something:

So yes. Subscribe thee to catalogs. Especially because this time I got zero ideas from the magazine. All of these ideas are from Ballard! So many ideas, and neither the health nor free time to do them myself. So I will share them with you!

First of all, check out these paintings. Perhaps it’s because I recently updated our living room with green and turquoise accents, but I now have a hankering to buy some half-price canvases from Hob to the Lizzob and go to town with acrylic paints, hmm? Nevermind that I have no artistic talent... these seem easy enough, right?

(With a white rug under the table, no less!)

Another seems-simple-enough project: a driftwood mirror. I counted three different ones for sale in this catalog, but I liked this octagonal one the best.

This makes me think that pile of sticks in our backyard could use some whitewashing, sawing off, and attaching to a mirror. Doesn’t even need to be octagonal – they could be overlaid over a round or square mirror in that pattern!

The next project is something I am seriously filing away for the future. Everyone knows burlap is stylish these days (even in weddings, as I noted earlier this week), which is nice because it’s ridiculously cheap. So it’s no surprise that DIY burlap curtains are hot right now (do a Google Image Search to see just how hot) – but they'd never won me over like the RITVAs did.

Until now.

Stenciling on the burlap, you guys! And matching pillows! How gorgeous is that? Considering how they show up at least four times throughout the catalog, I’ll say very. Of course, if you aren’t up to creating your own stenciled burlap panels, you could buy them for two hundred bucks a pop.

Just providing you with options, you know.

Another thing that caught my eye were these shelves. They sell for a pretty penny of course, because they are gorgeous. But what really caught my eye was the molding:

You know, that looks an awful lot like the (relatively) inexpensive moulding used around my bathroom mirror:

And the top of the bookcases looks like the same crown moulding trick that the Lettered Cottage couple used on their cabinets. In other words? With a bit of moulding and a nail gun, you could make your inexpensive bookcases a lot swankier! (And by “you” I mean “me”, if I had, again, time and health).

Speaking of moulding, these two rooms (which are clearly staged in the same space) both earned a spot in my design notebook. The first is a total Sarah-Richardson-esque mix of color and pattern, and in the second I adore the gray walls with white dishes:

But the real reason I love them:

I hope you can see it. It’s this chunky, concave moulding that you’d probably see used as crown moulding. Usually wall moulding isn’t as large and in charge as it is in this photo, and I love it. I especially like how it can all be painted the same color and still make a huge statement.

Finally, not so much an idea as a pat on the back. This is from the catalog:

And this is our entertainment set, purchased from the Walmarts over six years ago:

X-motif? Ring pulls? Booyah! I am feeling pretty awesome about myself!

But alas, I am still sick. And now out of magazines. Oh I know, time for Catalog Living!


Rachel C said...

Did you add the molding to your bathroom mirror yourself? I've thought about adding some to our mirrors (which are currently ugly, huge, boring builder mirrors) but I am scared, esp after seeing the issues YHL had with their mirror molding project.

Sarah said...

I didn't, Rachel, that was the previous handy owners. But I have done a project similar to YHL's (if we're thinking of the same post, the bathroom door mirror), in that I used liquid nails to put up a mirror over our fireplace. I had zero problems with it staying up, but I did put a little shim of support under the mirror until it cured.

I do think liquid nails would be just fine for installing trim alone - YHL's problem was probably the mirror's weight on the trim, not the trim itself. I would use painter's tape to secure the trim until the liquid nails cures, though, since it's a vertical surface.

Also, I can't say for sure, but I think the trim in our bathrooms' mirrors was somehow notched out on the backside to accommodate the depth of the mirror, because the trim is flush with the wall on the sides as well as the mirror surface. That's more DIY that I could/would do, though. I'd attach the trim to the mirror surface and just caulk up the sides to make it smooth and seamless. Caulk is magical :)

And if you'd prefer a more foolproof, fancier semi-DIY project, Kate at Centsational Girl has a good source: http://www.centsationalgirl.com/2010/03/mirrormate-love-and-a-giveaway/

Good luck!

Tina said...

You think that could be double moulding? I even got out my Fab B catalog to have a closer look and that's what I think it is... 'cause you know crown moulding doesn't have a flat back... ? Maybe it's paint or shadows making it look more concave. I don't know - I need a trip to HD now...

Sarah said...

I see how you think it could be double moulding but I'm pretty sure it's big, chunky paneling... the corners give it away (they appear connected in a concave way). Must find some... someday!