There is something eerie yet beautiful about places that were once inhabited and have been abandoned. There is an element of heartbreak that comes with abandoned places and speculation about what once took place there. As someone that has a soft heart, seeing architecture or once great innovations, like bridges, that are no longer be used causes me a twinge of pain. Here are a few images that struck a chord with me this week.
Check out more pics on my Pinterest Board Abandoned.
I hope these images inspire you to have a renewed appreciation for your home and where you live. Unfortunately, over time people and progress allow places to become memories and they are often not preserved for future generations.
Recently I have seen an explosion in art influenced by the traditional craft of cross-stitch. I really like the play on the traditional methodology applied in new ways. The first time I saw this new style in action was on Pinterest in this image:
From afar the flowers look like they have been stitched onto the wall, and then up close you can see the small x’s that make up the intricate design. I also love the traditional English feeling of this design.
This over-sized design is also seen in some of the art featured on Etsy.
My favorite that I stumbled across online was this anchor piece. It is simple in design but has a textural element that separates it from a painting.
You can make your own version at home using paint on the wall or a canvas. You can use pegboard as a way to evenly space your work or you can poke holes through another medium to allow you to thread your design.
Finally, I had to include this ridiculously cute owl design that would be adorable in a nursery or a teen’s room. Regardless of which method you like best, cross-stitch is making a comeback.
Well, the weather here has most definitely cooled off and cooler days bring out my Christmas spirit. I found this lovely winter tablescape in my internet travels and thought I would share its beauty with you all. This table was designed by White Bow Events and it immediately caught my eye and made my design heart flutter!
I am definitely filing this in my holiday decorating folder! I love the luxurious feeling that this room exudes. White is just so elegant and mixed with crystals and fur it screams luxury and opulence. Hope this helps you get into the winter spirit since the cold is upon us!
I’m a traditionalist at heart, but I have a soft spot for modern architecture. I love the simple lines and clean outlines that draw your eye to the important details. Here are a few of the buildings that have been making me swoon this week.
This house uses vertical space to its advantage, allowing for windows that give views for days.
This house gives new meaning to the term wrap around porch. This modern home features an extended roof that adds an extra outdoor space that opens up nicely to the home.
This minimalist house has a stained wood facade that sets it apart from the nature that surrounds it.
Who wouldn’t want to take a dip in that infinity edge pool? This home makes the most of the views around it by having minimal distractions from the natural beauty around it, while still keeping the design of the home beautiful in its simplicity.
This last home is one of my favorites. I love the combination of simple lines and warm materials. I am also a sucker for grand windows, and these ones are anything short of spectacular. No matter what your favored style of architecture may be I hope you take time to appreciate all that different types of design have to offer.
I absolutely love the allure of a mostly white room. It seems to have that calming affect that comes from the first blanket of crisp white snow. I like the idea of layering textures to create interest instead of using color. I have rounded up some of my favorite white rooms for a little fresh inspiration.
When working with a mostly white design, incorporate some washed out wood tones and other colors in small doses. You can also use reflective surfaces to add interest. Patina-ed pieces, like mercury glass or warn metals will give the room a vintage feel. Using brass accents will add warmth, and glossy black metal will add a modern touch. Make sure the shapes of the pieces you choose match the design style of your home and you will be on your way to a white room that blends seamlessly with your home and breathes freshness into your life.
So, I’m sure this won’t be news to many of you who are textile junkies like myself, but Spoonflower is such an awesome website for new and unique textiles and prints. The site allows you to create a profile and you can design your own fabrics that will then become actual prints (how cool is that?) or you can just purchase prints from other creatives. I really like the wallpaper selections they have as well.
I absolutely love this delicate Ikat patterned wallpaper in coral and lilac, by Domesticate. I am thinking about using it to freshen up my friend’s daugther’s bathroom. It is screaming for a makeover and this reasonably priced, adorable wallpaper is just the ticket!
There are tons of other great fabric and wallpaper choices in every color and style you can imagine, and if you don’t see what you like you can just create your own! I have included a couple other prints that caught my eye while I was perusing the site. It is definitely a site you should check out!
This pirate fabric would be amazing in a boy’s room! The colors are subdued but the overall pattern is whimsical and fun! I really want to find a place to use this!!!
And my final choice, a cute as can be, forest motif that screams winter and holidays! This would be perfect in a holiday quilt or as accent pillows to give a little winter feeling to your home. Most of the fabric designs can also be purchased in a gift wrap as well, so this would look fabulous under your Christmas tree!
Being transient the last couple years has definitely thrown off my system of living. Now that I have finally moved into a place where I feel like I have more control over my life, I am looking forward to continuing to employ some new healthy habits at home to make my life healthier and better for the environment. I have been enjoying reading the DIY Natural Blog and finding natural alternatives for my household products.
I have decided that my first switch is going to be my laundry supplies. I have been using method laundry supplies which get the job done and are good for the environment, but with working to finish school, they are just out of my budget. I have been compiling some ideas so that I can get to work. I am evening thinking of giving these all natural, cost-effective cleaning supplies as gifts for Christmas this year.
I am also excited to make my own deodorant. I found a good tutorial on Wellnessmama.com. The best part is that most of these items can be easily made from ingredients that you already have in your home. I have pinned even more ideas on my Healthy Home board on Pinterest. I have found even more ideas on DIYNatural.com as well. I hope that these links and ideas will inspire you to become more aware of your impact on our environment as well as your own physical health.
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and while making those lists of all that yummy food you will partake in, you may forget to come up with a table setting that also makes the day feel special. There are many ways to make a table feel festive, without making an gold and brown explosion. Below I have included some inspirations to get you started. Most of these I found on Pinterest just by typing in “thanksgiving tablescapes” into the search box. The possibilities are endless, but these were just a few that caught my eye.
The large photo uses a traditional color scheme with golds that are toned down with bright green leaves and white dishes. The pinecones add a touch of fall as well. The first small picture corrals all of that holiday decor into a wooden box in the center of the table. This helps maintain a certain amount of space on the table and keeps the decor centered on the table. The display uses an array of neutral items in differing heights to add interest. The second small photo uses a non-traditional color scheme, pairing creams and oranges with bright pops of blue. This keeps with the style of the home and shows the personality of the entertaining family. In the bottom row, there is a subdued color scheme that uses white and cream for an eye pleasing palette. It is accented with pale blue ribbons and sugar maple leaves. Finally, the last table setting uses an earthy brown scheme with touches of indigo for a deep and saturated color palette. The feathers add a natural element and compliment the overall color story.
When deciding how to decorate your table also take into consideration how your guests will be served. A family style meal will require more room on the table for large bowls of food to be placed. If you are serving from a buffet then the table can have more embellishment, but check the height of your decorations to ensure that family members can chat throughout the meal. Finally, if you are using a buffet, don’t forget to jazz it up a little with decorations, like the one featured below.
I just love taking pictures on my iphone and Kevin Russ has definitely turned this type of instant photography into an art form. While substitute teaching today I showed his video on Vimeo. It was awesome to see someone that shares my joy of nature photography and the stillness that comes with being surrounded by our natural environment. Here are some of his pics from his tumblr account. If you get a chance pop over and look at his stuff and hopefully it will help you feel inspired!
Hope you feel refreshed and creative after viewing these visual inspirations!
Recently, I wrote an Examiner article about decorating for Fall, or Halloween specifically, and how to keep your decorations on the stylish side of things. For that article, I put together a collage of fall inspiration pictures, so I figured I would share those as a little Halloween treat today… I hope everyone enjoys this most spooky day of the year!