Tuesday, February 19

Home decor madness- Studio

We're going to have a spare room in our new house for a studio.
Enough said. Let the fun begin!

Is that a chalkboard wall?! I'm still not sure I love that idea, maybe a small magnet section?

This looks more like what my space will look like. I think I'd like a soft board to pin up my quilt squares. There's something I just don't like about cork bulletin boards. The pegs are a great idea, but I'd never be able to keep everything neat and tidy. And I love love love the long clean table. Could I pull that off? Maybe if I stuff all my junk into those drawers.

Lotta Jansdotters studio. Hmmm...

My space could also go in this direction. Love the open shelf unit, and those scissors, WANT! 
I think a nice colorful rug would be great to add some fun into the room.

Like this rug. I would buy it in a second if it was up to me. Y would never go for it though, which is too bad, because it is awesome!
Via West Elm 

I'm still not sure if we're going to leave the walls white, or paint one a different color, or all a different color. I'm always afraid that I'll get sick of it. I know it's only paint, but there's something that feels final to me, like it's a waste to paint over.

There are many rooms I find inspirational, but I don't think they will be realistic, or useful for me. Like I said before, I'm a bit of a clutter bug, and if I have the room to clutter, it will get messy.
The picture below, from Art as Life, is to die for. I love the armoire, the armchair, but I would stuff those shelves like there's no tomorrow. The studio tour is lovely, and there are some great ideas that I can actually use, but the example below is a big no-no for me.

I'm happy to have a direction, and I think most of the furniture for the spare room will come from Ikea, but I don't think I have a problem with that.
I know it will take a while to get the studio together, and I hope all hell doesn't break loose before it does.
I'm excited to start decorating my own space, and already have Decorate Workshop book in my Amazon cart, all ready to be bought and shipped out. I know though that once you start buying decorating books there's no end, maybe that's why I'm still waiting!

Yup, been there. Designers, I know you've been there too!

Three words. Orla Kiely AW13.

Quentin Tarantino Death Count. I always though Pulp Fiction had a bit more deaths than that!

I'm not a Sphynx Cat lover, but what a cutie!

Tapestry Oxfords. Yay or Nay? I'm thinking Yay.

Saturday, February 9

Valentines day count down

I don't expect to get anything special this Valentine's day, not because we don't want to get each other gifts  it's just that they never happen.
Flowers are always waiting for me when I get home from work, and I have about half an hour to admire them before we go out for dinner.
Sometimes we exchange gifts, and when we do, they're kind of, odd.
I got Y a Moby CD a few years ago. Another year I bought him a gingerbread man. One year I gave him a flask. Last year I think I bought him a magazine. I'm horrible.
Throughout the year I always give him little/big presents, whenever I see something I know he'll love, I can't help it. I also can't save it in my closet and wait for a "special day" to give it to him. Some months he gets super awesome presents just because.
Every year though, a few weeks before Valentine's day I "wake up" and start panicking about what to get. That's how I end up with such strange presents. I think Y will be getting a chocolate heart this year.

So, some ideas for next year? Better start planning now!

Combing through my etsy favorites, I didn't come up with that much. Mostly I have stuff I'd like to get. But every now or then I find something that obviously made me think of Y when I clicked that little heart.

I think it was during the first year we were living together that I bought him/us a piece of art for the home. I think that's a nice tradition as well, there's so much I want to buy for the walls, that maybe this is a good time and reason. I've been eyeing Amy Sullivans prints for a long time, and I know Y will appreciate them as well.

I Heart You quilt, V and Co.

I could never finish a quilt or blanket and keep it a surprise for Y. This will be another one of those "just-because" presents during the year. I think that will looks sweet and homey in our bedroom.

Snuggling up to a good romantic movie. Could Moonrise Kingdom be though of as romantic? Whatever it is, it was sweet and made me feel gooey inside.
That's totally possible to do this year.

Moonrise kingdom, via Rotten Tomatoes

I guess I have a few more days to think about it, and if I see a must-buy, Y might even get something materialistic this year.
But really, a big hug and snuggle, is enough ♥

I really, but REALLY want these shoes.

I haven't heard of this series before, but now I've got to!

Beautiful, unconventional self-portraits.

Rebekka Seale is awesome.

Have a lovely weekend!

Saturday, February 2

Finished it off on Friday

Yesterday I completed my Birds and Berries quilt, threw it in the wash and by the time it dried it was already too late for beauty shots.
Technically, I finished it off on Friday.

I love how this came out. I'm always amazed at how iffy I am before, colors don't match and etc. But then, when it all comes together, it's always so beautiful! Patchwork. That's the idea.

All fabric are from Lauren & Jessi Jungs line for Moda- Birds and Berries

What I love about this quilt is that it's not overly girly. The back is a light mint with tiny white dots, and the binding is a darker turquoise.It's easily a "modern little girls quilt". For the girl who doesn't like pink. The flowers aren't overdone either. 
I like how the back stitching gives it some more interest than just a plain back. I'm really happy with the color choices.

 A different kind of Zig Zag

I think I'm over Zig Zags, and want a more challenging pattern, but I have one more quilt whose fabric I bought especially for a zig zag pattern. Last night I cut out the squares and am super excited about it. More on that later though.

I hope it's okay to brag that my binding came out perfect!

I'm getting better with my binding. I finished it off in almost one sitting, during 2 Top Chef episodes. (I'm rooting for Kristen). I love this binding so much, I did have to grow on me though. I thought for sure it was too dark, but it goes great.

Y already has a few requests for the living room quilt I'm going to make. Timber & Leaf from Sarah Watts for Blend Fabrics is the fabric. The pattern, still unknown. He is in love with the foxes pattern.
I bought a half yard just to see, and it is even more gorgeous that the pictures online. It will make an amazing quilt!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Friday, February 1

Home Decor madness- The living room

I've been saving interior design pictures lately like I have a Mary Poppins Bag bank account (I wish).
Truth is, we'll be moving in August, and we'll finally have room to... Well, decorate, make the house pretty.
Y keeps saying that maybe we should just get an interior designers help, and I keep telling him to let me do it. Don't you trust me?
Yikes. I hope I can trust me. I really don't want a wonky looking living room.

I've been putting together an "inspiration board", which mostly comes from Pinterest. But I've also been folding down a hell of a lot of corners in several magazines.

Taken from En dag voor Sophie

We have a bit of a wall space off of the living room, and Y wants to put a bookcase. I absolutely love the look of the bookshelf (is it a bookshelf?) above, that you can display stuff and throw junk in it's draws. Not that I have junk...
But, I also like the idea of a reading nook. I'm thinking that somehow we could use Ikea's Borgsjo collection and make it work.

I love the idea of Photo/Art/Frame collages on the wall. I know it needs to be done properly though, otherwise it looks like a bit of a mess. The ones below are perfect.

We'll need to buy more art. 
Our tastes are so different, and there is SO many pictures and ideas around, I'm afraid I'll get lost and everything will sort of be mush.
I'm kind of trying to take it one square meter at a time, and once we actually move in be able to play around more. All I know is I want it to be cozy and warm, a house that looks lived in. 

A thought for next week, where should color come from in the bedroom? The walls or accents?


Some favorite finds this week:

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