Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Inspires

From dying eggs, to egg hunts, to whimsical place-setting, Easter is the stage for the start of Spring.

I scoured Pinterest for great Easter table ideas to share with you. Here are a few of my favorites:

This table uses up-cycled, painted food cans as little vases. LOVE!

Using an egg cup with personalized egg for the place card holder is perfect for any brunch.

For more ideas, check out the Easter inspires Pinterest board.

Happy Easter!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Product Review: Bello Towel by Sferra

About two months ago when I was first starting out at Fig Linens, I was given a Bello Towel by Sferra to test out.

Here are the specs:
Manufacturer: Sferra
Color: Rust
Material: 100% combed cotton, made in Belgium
Washes: Easy care, machine washable
Color after Wash: The color held true to what it was after several washes.

The review: 

  • The selection of colors available is vast in this line, with 24 options. Upon first touch, the towel was soft, with a short napp, but not what I would call "fluffy." After washing the first time, it grew softer, but didn't gain fluff, it also had a relatively quick dry time (I find that some towels can take forever to dry).
  • When I used the towel the first time, I felt that I had to rub my skin more in order for it to really absorb all the moisture, but after the second pass through the washing machine, this was resolved. I have continued to use the towel finding that it adequately dries me after a shower. I like that while it absorbs nicely, it doesn't seem to get soggy. 
  • My only real negative comment on this towel is that I didn't get to choose the color so it isn't a great look in my bathroom, but I could easily see myself buying more in a color that would coordinate better. 

Do you have a favorite brand or style for your towels?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Saturday Styles :: Modern

Yes-I know it is Sunday. Let me start by apologizing for the radio silence of late, I feel like my free time is non-existent right now..trying to get back to it, starting now.

So if you saw the first "Saturday Styles" post, you learned about traditional taste. Today we are going to totally contrast that and take a look at modern style.

What is Modern? Well when I think modern, I always think sleek, clean lines, polished finishes, geometric shapes. When I think of modern color schemes, I often think of achromatic (black & white) or monochromatic (different shades all of one color). I also use the cues from lighting in a space, and for modern they are globes, clusters, intricate, or abstract shades, etc. 

Some key modern pieces:

Le Corbusier Chair from Design Within Reach (DWR)

Barcelona Chair from DWR

Also by Le Corbusier, the Sling Chair

Again, these style definitions are my interpretation of that genre. This is how I see modern, and I hope it clears up how you see modern style. For a deeper look into what modern style is, check out the "Saturday Styles :: Modern" Board on Pinterest.

So what do you think? Are you more sleek and clean-lined? Is modern your style?

Happy Styling!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Saturday Styles :: Traditional

Sometimes the hardest part of deciding how to create a space you truly love is identifying your design style.

This is a great example of a traditional study. By Tiffany Farha Designs

To clear some of that up for you, I will be featuring a different style each week until we are done. During these features you can look forward to reading some key features of that style, as well as seeing how some famous pieces that are key to that style.

This week we will talk traditional.

Here is a traditionally designed foyer (found on Pinterest)

When I think traditional, I think of tailored, structured furnishings with more organic shapes (lines that tend to curve, or flare). I think of tufted upholstered pieces with fluted and/or tapered legs, with overall more ornate detailing. I think of detailed moulding profiles, wainscoting, chair rail moulding and built-in hutches and bookcases.

Some famous traditional pieces:

A classic traditional Wingback.

Chippendale style chairs are very traditional.

This Louis XVI is ultra traditional.

So this should give you an idea of what a traditional style is. Granted, this is my interpretation of traditional, but what do you think? Are you a traditionalist when it comes to your decor?

Next week we will contrast this Saturday Styles with Modern. For more traditional, check out the traditional board we've got going on Pinterest.

Happy Styling!

Friday, March 8, 2013

How Engaging

On Wednesday, we talked about dressing your space for a special occasion.

Planning events is part of what interior designers can sometimes be asked to do. Now event planners are totally separate from interior designers, however the idea of transforming a space is something very familiar to designers. And because of that, it is not uncommon to have designers transforming spaces for special occasions.

After our anniversary, Wednesday, P popped the question! So now we will embark on the excitement of planning a wedding. There will be a lot of little details, and I hope you all don't mind occasionally reading about the process and some of the phases, especially if there are some DIY decorating ideas that are incorporated.

Happy Friday. This weekend, we celebrate the love :)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fashion :: Interiors, Special Occasion

Today is mine & P's anniversary, so I started to think--

Last year on our anniversary, ready to head out for dinner!

When we have some fun event to attend, or a special occasion, we tend to dress up for it.

How does that correlate to our space when we are hosting an event? We tend to dress our space for the occasion as well, right?

Here are some examples of the little things that add to the ambience.

On special occasions, we light candles to set the mood:

Centerpieces are also important to the mood, a more casual centerpiece will convey a casual evening, but something more formal will convey something special:

People often pull out their fancy dinnerware on special occasions:

Do you have any special occasions coming up?

Happy anniversary to P! Happy occasions to the rest of you :)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Perfectly Picked :: Small Kitchen Appliances

For being small kitchen appliances, they can really eat away at your counter space!

Hopefully this will come to live on our counter this day.

In our small kitchen, we have a juicer, a coffee pot, a blender, a small fryer, a microwave, a toaster-oven and now a Keurig. But, we do not keep everything on the counter. We only use the necessities. Part of what is tricky is when we moved in, we combined some of these things -- of course only the microwave was P's -- but we use it. We keep the toaster oven and coffee pot in the basement, and the Keurig and the microwave on the counter.

For the others, we have a shelf in our entry that has baskets on the bottom for shoes, hats and gloves, and two baskets on the top for additional food-storage space. The top of the shelf houses the other small kitchen appliances. Since our kitchen and small entry space are adjacent, it makes it easy to pull out the little appliances when we need them, and keep the counter clear when we don't.

We should probably give away the extras that we keep downstairs and just keep the appliances that we really use...hmm.

The bottom line is, you should pick the appliances that will really help you in your kitchen and that you will really use! When you buy them, pick a color family and stick to it. If you have have a black and white kitchen, stick to black and/or white pieces. If you like to have bright accents, why not spice it up with bright appliances?! And if they are all bright, they don't have to be the same color, just the same tones.

Happy Kitchening!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Book Reviews Needed

So, one of my goals this year was to read more books. They don't have to be books that are multi-thousand page highly-informational text books, I want books that are fun. Maybe even some of the classics that I haven't come across yet.

So what I need from you are suggestions. (Please!!) 

What have you been reading? What do you enjoy reading?

I actually have an e-reader too, so there really is no excuse not to find a good book and get cozy.

Why am I so desperate for a good book? Well, when I am running from place to place all day, and I find a few extra minutes, I could pick up a book more easily than I could pick up my knitting. I also just miss that way of exploring. Now it is all sitcoms on TV, which are great--I love the shows that P & I get to watch together, but a good book would sure be nice to get familiar with again.

Happy recommending :)

PS. Congrats to my lovely Mama for finishing her first 15K!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

How Pinteresting

So.. I know several people who are obsessive about Pinterest, but I had yet to really get into it...

...until yesterday. You see, I made the mistake of downloading the app onto my phone.. and then I pinned until my battery died.

I know people that pin for wardrobe, recipes, etc., but have you entered the pinning world of design? Yesterday I was pinning a lot of gardening ideas, and I am also working on building up a secret board that will be released to the public next weekend. But I am finding that there are a lot of great ideas.

Unfortunately, I think I am going to have to parent myself a bit and set some sort of daily/weekly pinning limits so I don't drain my batteries, or let it become a crutch for my own creativity. It is such a great resource though!

Do you pin? Follow me here...and happy pinning!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Marching to Spring

Pun intended!

Happy March! Is spring in the air in your area? Or like those of us in New England, are you in need of some cheering up?

Here is an easy way to boost your mood with a nod to spring: buy a bouquet of flowers! Pick out some big, bright beautiful buds. The buds will last longer, and they will bring a smile to your face as you watch them bloom. Just remember to put them somewhere in your home where you will notice them the most. If you need more than just a bouquet, treat yourself to bold new ceramic vase as well, the fun color and/or shape will be sure to make you happy :)

These colorful vases from West Elm are perfect for Spring!

Seek out your local farmers market and get excited about their seasonal opening!

And if your weather is nice enough this weekend, get out and enjoy it! Take a hike! Spring is the perfect time for some fresh air and outdoor activities--not too hot, not too cold--get out and enjoy it!

If all else fails, check out the DBK Pinterest board on Spring!

Happy Spring!