More Ideas for my White Apartment

I thought that if I was home all week it’d be no problem to get posts up.. guess not! We’ve been packing pretty steadily all week without a whole lot of time to do much else. I’m hoping things will be back to normal next week but it all depends on when we get internet in the new place, so no promises there. Keep an eye on my twitter feed for moving updates, if you’re interested in the mean time.

I’ve been glancing at Pinterest and my blog feeds over the past few weeks for ideas on how to decorate and/or paint our new apartment. Since we’re located on the back of the building it stays nice and cool but may not get as much light as other units, so I’d like to keep whatever palettes we choose nice and light to reflect what light we do get.

(via The Peak of Tres Chic)

(via The Peak of Tres Chic)

I don’t think Tim would go for this much pink but I really like how soft it makes the room look. With only a small amount of black accents, this room looks open and welcoming. The chic vintage-travel-type painting on the wall ties everything together and gives these soft colors a bit of an edge.

(via Chloe Rose Boutique)

(via Chloe Rose Boutique)

More pink, but it’s really subtle. Silver accents this space much better than black and help keep things light and shiny. These modern lucite chairs also give the illusion of more space than there actually is.

(via The Decorista)

(via The Decorista)

Pink and blue are two of my favorite colors. If I’m going to include them in our new place, though, it’ll likely be in small doses. Pillows or flowers are a simple and practical way to bring in some brightness and fun to a space. I’d absolutely love to have a cow hide rug (they’re so durable and super easy to clean), but that may have to wait for holidays. In a small space, keeping clutter neatly organised in book shelves or other storage is critical.

(via Serena and Lily)

(via Serena and Lily)

Technically this isn’t a white space, but I liked this color combination so much that I chose to include it in here anyway. Yellow and magenta seem like they’d be too bright to work off each other, but if you keep them pale they really liven up the space without it being garish. Doing some wainscoting or painting half of the wall is something we’re considering as well.

(via Mimi and Me)

(via Mimi and Me)

The rich colors in that painting caught my eye immediately, but then I was drawn in to the richness of the space as a whole. Leaving wood plain instead of painting over it warms up this mostly-white room quite nicely. The green in the plants pop against the magenta/purple in the background.

I’ve been able to sell of quite a bit of my art, so I’ll have some more wall space to play with when we get settled into our new apartment. Being able to paint art specifically for the new place, as well as paint the walls, will be a lot more fun than this packing is! I’m off to fill more boxes, see you all soon, maybe from Halifax!

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Spring Colors in the Home

As the warm temperatures continue and the green grass starts to peak up out of the dirt outside, brightly colored spring decor has been finding its way into my blog roll. Sipping on tea and looking at colorful things is a great way to wake up during those sleepy afternoons!

Animal Planter Trio - Mini Modern Art Centerpeices (via Etsy)

Animal Planter Trio - Mini Modern Art Centerpeices (via Etsy)

These are a bit kitschy, maybe even a bit creepy, but I love the colors! It’s a great idea to have an usual object hold plants instead of the typical plain planter pots. These would be great in a child’s room (depending on the material, may want to watch if they’re breakable), but would also work well in a room painted white, allowing for many differently colored accessories, or in an outdoor space. If you don’t like Disney-esc creatures, you can also get dinosaur versions.

vertical succulent wall art - made to order (via Etsy)

vertical succulent wall art - made to order (via Etsy)

Some more Etsy-goodness here: a living wall! This wall is filled entirely with Succulents and made to order. This means a bit of a wait before you get it (you’re looking at a few months anyway while the roots set) but the results speak for themselves. Provided this was hung on a well-lit wall, it would be beautiful inside. It would also look great in an outdoor space or on a patio. The lush colors remind me of Greece, marveling at how beautiful the nature there was. So many of the bright colors I love occur naturally; the almost glowing quality to the aquamarine lakes, the tart green of the limes and lemons, the electric neons in the sunsets… nature provides so much wonderful art for us, so why shouldn’t we have it in our homes?

Blue & White Ginger Jars (via Marcus Design)

Blue & White Ginger Jars (via Marcus Design)

Blue & White Ginger Jars (via Marcus Design)

Blue & White Ginger Jars (via Marcus Design)

Two of my favorite colors, blue and pink, together! These ginger jars would look great in almost any room and could hold any number of brightly colored blossoms. I love the patterns on these vases and wouldn’t mind trying to paint some on my own. The combination of block text over floral patterns is stunning. I also like the branch-lamp hanging over top of them.

White Frames for Bright Prints (via Paper Fashion)

White Frames for Bright Prints (via Paper Fashion)

I’ve seen many white and silver frames before, but have trouble visualizing what kind of art I’d put in them. Here, we see brightly colored prints in them. This helps promote openness and light in a room. Kind of makes me want to do a super neon bright illustration just so I could try this out. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of work with fully colored backgrounds; perhaps it’s time to try illustrating a simple subject in the middle (or off to the sides) and leaving the rest of the page blank? It makes quite a statement and really draws your eye to the subject in question.

Happy Friday & weekend, everyone! I’ll be back next week with some road-trip related posts. I’m so looking forward to a break and some fresh inspiration!

 

For My Home 11-01-12

The blogs I visit regularly help inspire not only my art but my sense of style, the things I eat, they way I live and the way I decorate. When I first furnished our space I would choose things based on reaction and instinct or comfort, not really paying much attention to what everything would look like together in one room or how I could achieve harmony with it. I’m not about looking into the past and dwelling on things, but if I had another crack at it now there’s a lot I’d do differently. (Is there anything like What Not To Wear, but for interior decorating?) For example, I love my big leather sofa but it’s too big for the room and two smaller pieces might’ve been a better choice.

In this column I’ll discuss what I’d like to furnish my space with, current and future, and why I’d pick them, ranging from specific items on pinterest and etsy to more conceptual items or ideas from other bloggers and retailers. Buying for the home as spur-of-the-moment thing can lead to clutter which I’ve been guilty of in the past, and since I’ve vowed to purge the junk from my home this year, I will do my best to justify each item I post as well as describe what kind of space I think it’d be most successful in.

Hand Painted Ceramic Tea Set

Hand Painted Ceramic Tea Set (via etsy)

This tea set is beautiful! I’d like to start incorporating more and more hand-made goods into my life and this would be a great start since I’m an avid tea drinker. To be honest, I’m not really attached to the design here and would like something a bit more colorful, perhaps some cherry blossoms or roses, but the idea is there. Maybe the answer to this is to look for a simple tea set that I could paint myself? This design is simple and would go well in almost any kitchen or living room. If I was to set a table particularly for this set I would use some cream-colored place mats and light cool brown napkins, maybe with chocolate biscuits to complement the tea. There is a lot that could be done with this set since it’s fairly neutral.

Large Aqua Stoneware Bowl

Large Aqua Stoneware Bowl (via Etsy)

This is an item I’d have a hard time placing. It’s gorgeous; I love the blue-aqua-cream inside of the bowl but I’m at a bit of a loss as to where I’d put it and what I’d do with it. I suppose it could be placed by the front door to collect keys but I’d be a little weary of scratching the inside. It could also be used to serve some food (appetizers or fruit perhaps?) or maybe house some potpourri. It would really pop in a room of muted greys or blues but would also work with whites and creams.

Greek Key Pillows

Greek Key Pillows (via Decorista)

I’d love to have some more throw pillows for the living room and bedroom. They’re great for curling up against or for creating make-shift seats with and they’re a great way to spice up any space! These in particular would work well with the greek color theme in my living room. I’ve got large golden curtains over a deep red wall (coupled with two cream-colored walls) to give a warmth to our space and elongate the room a bit. On our rich red-brown leather couch these would be eye-catching for sure.

Union Jack Dresser

Union Jack Dresser (via Apartment Therapy)

I won’t lie; this awesome union jack dresser doesn’t go with anything in my bedroom right now… but I love it enough that I’d change my bedroom around to accommodate it! Our current bedroom is a little blah as we got stuck with some large furniture that I’m not to fond of, but I’m looking to get rid of the biggest piece (a huge armoire) in the coming months and this could set right where that is. For a piece like this, rather than paint the walls and go with a bold color scheme I’d step things down and keep the walls neutral. I picture a bedroom that by itself is very simple but highlights art on the walls and accessories, mementos and photos. I could definitely see cashing in on some “keep calm” merchandise here as well.

Happy hump day and I’ll catch you at the end of the week!