Sunday, February 9, 2014

Weekend Pinterest Picks: Future Farmhouse Glam

I am a woman with a bad habit.  And that habit, is visualizing the future.  This has been a problem since I was a child: I like to look ahead!  Pinterest, is, unfortunately, the haven for those of us who spend our time planning for later.  It's an addiction!

Well, anyway, I spend way too much time thinking about the house I want to have when I have a house again.  I miss being a homeowner!  That last house (and life) was just not meant to be.  But the future looks pretty bright!  (On my Pinterest page!)  haha.

I don't want anything grandiose.  I've never been the person who wanted a veritable mansion.  I prefer cozy and intimate.  To me a "big" house is like the 2500+ square foot Craftsman I was living in with my family most recently.  The house I owned with my ex-husband was a 1500 square foot three bedroom and that was perfectly sufficient.   I'm into the bungalow, I'm especially into New England style farmhouses.  That is what I am envisioning.  I want a home that combines my love of french country and rustic decor WITH bright colors and a slightly glamorous feminine style.  (P.S. Take this HomeGoods quiz:  you won't regret it.  It's a fun way to figure out how to define your personal style.)

My results are "Farmhouse Glam with a touch of Classic."  That sounds about right!  Except, I have these ultra modern inclinations thrown in with the bright, bold color palette I gravitate toward.  I'm not as into the whites, browns, and neutrals that seem to typify this style, however, I really appreciate the beauty of simple, white shabby chic homes that I run across constantly on design blogs.

Anyway, I cannot stop pinning inspiration to my Future Dream Rustic Farmhouse Board.   Here are my favorites of the day.  Think of it as a virtual tour of my future home.

Apartment Therapy
Better Homes and Gardens

Tilly's Cottage link
Lauren Liess Pure Style Home
House to Home
Miss Mustard Seed (my favorite home decor blogger!)

Real Simple

Vero Russo
Hooked on Houses
Designer Tobi Tobin's home tour on House Beautiful

Beneath my Heart
Country Living via Primitive and Proper

Monday, February 3, 2014

Valentine's Day Decor

My apartment is naturally decorated for Valentine's Day, between the red and pink color schemes.  However, I couldn't help myself.  I had to add a few additional touches, here and there.

I have a love/hate relationship with this day.  For a huge portion of my life I was one half of a couple.  But even then, I always felt conflicted because Valentine's Day never quite lives up to the hype.  And now that I'm single, and have been for some time, I have decided to re-frame how I look at this day.

For the past couple years I've been trying to embrace it creatively as an alternative.  That includes baking delicious cupcakes, buying myself flowers at times, and of course adding home decor touches.  Here are a few snapshots of my holiday touches.

letters are from Michael's Crafts, I painted two red

Red Heart Felt Mat from Michael's Crafts

Jar Candles from Michael's, Signs made by painting Canvas board with acrylic paint, and then cutting out letters and shapes from damask patterned craft paper, then modge podging each onto the boards.

I had my snowflakes up at Christmas, so adding a few paper doily hearts from Michael's to the display seemed like it fit.  I also hung a wooden heart ornament from Michael's that I had painted red/pink with felt tip markers from the knob and my array of french country inspired mugs that are always displayed are very appropriate for V-Day!

Another view, another wooden ornament hung, plus a Fleur de Lis ornament I picked up on Clearance at Pier One after Christmas in 2010 or 2011.
This Michael's Crafts chainlink heart garland was a natural addition to my already pink bedroom.  I might leave it up permanently!

Another View.  Can you see how the hot pink curtains make the whole room glow pink during the day?