Category Archives: Decor

Designing with the Rule of Three

We all have our special collections or nicknacks sitting around our home, right?

Heaven knows, I have plenty!  Too much, in fact.  Trying to pare down now here at Boyd Street and at my other old house but that’s another blog for another day… 🙂

The question is.. how do we keep these objects from looking like a hodgepodge of what-nots or thrift store finds and instead display them in an eye appealing,  cohesive design?  Lamps Plus has given 3 good decorating tips in their blog for achieving this look.  The first is the Rule of Three as pictured below.  The concept is that items grouped in threes have more visual appeal.

"Decorating Design Tips"

LampsPlus

The triangle in the picture above shows the group of three and how the bottom objects lead the eye to the picture.  For more tips, be sure to click on the LampsPlus link above.  I found it very helpful!

Enjoy!

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House Crashing: Style For Miles (Young House Love)

Read about at one of my favorite DIY blogs, Young House Love

"Young House Love House Crash"

Young House Love

Take a look at what Sherry and John are up to now… another house crash… this time in the Richmond area and a house so beautifully decorated that they use it for commercials and photoshoots.  Love the painted ladder on the front porch.  Click the photo above to read more…

Enjoy,

Vintage Inspired Bedroom (A Well Dressed Home)

Being the vintage lover of all things that we are, we are truly inspired by this master bedroom make over of Jennifer’s of Momento Designs.   She worked with her friend, Emily of A Well Dressed Home   to achieve this fabulous retreat.


Look at the unusual wall treatment.  Just wait until you see what they did with the vintage inspired bird cage.  Click the link above to read the whole story.

Easy Decor Ideas on a Budget: BHG

Online Picks of the Week: Candelebra Ceiling Fan, Faux Leather Bar Stools & More

Online shopping is one of our favorite hobbies here at Boyd Street Bungalow.   We love to repurpose but sometimes it is necessary to buy new.  Since our new sun room light fixture came from Lamps Plus, it seems we are always drawn to their site just to look and drool over all their offerings.  The selection is fantastic and so are their prices and customer service.

We were just thinking the other day why didn’t they make a ceiling fan with a chandelier light fixture.  Well.. they do!!  This distressed white fan and chandelier from Lamps Plus would be perfect in a beach cottage or your very own bedroom.

Perfect for a little girl’s room, there is also one with pink crystals that comes in several different sizes…  Isn’t that sweet?

"Pink Candelebra Ceiling Fan"


If you are shopping for bar stools and like a modern, clean look at a great price, then these adjustable stools may just be for you.  Wouldn’t mind having the white ones in in my very own kitchen.

Last drool of the day from there is a modern figure 8 sculpture which would really be the center of conversation..  Love it!!

Happy shopping!!

Beach Inspiration by Behr Paint

Nothing gets me ready for summer more than a beach inspired room and Behr Paint on Facebook has certainly helped me out.  The paint on the walls is their Country Beige 760C-2 highlighted by the brisk white trim, Ultra Pure White 1850.   The sheer white curtains, textural accents, white furniture seating and accents of blue, make me think the beach is right outside my back door.

 

Expert Interior Design Advice

Thinking about a recent article on the Lamps Plus Blog made us do some research of our own on Interior Design Quotes.  Here are a few we like:

“I strongly believe that people may not want, or may not be able, to start again from scratch, so giving old furniture a new lease of life is at the heart of my philosophy.”
Nina Campbell

“Don’t buy a bedroom suite, but collect your pieces separately – generally cheaper and always the decorator’s way of furnishing.”
Dorothy Draper, Ideas You’d Pay a Decorator For Good Housekeeping

“The most beautiful rooms are those that retain a feeling of not being quite finished. There is still a place for a painting on that wall, still a chair to be found that will suit that corner…meanwhile the room stays alive, young and growing.”
Michael Taylor, The Finest Rooms

“People’s live are expressed in little details….The soap in the bathroom, the flowers in the garden, the books on the bedside table are all strong symbols of a life in progress. You look at these details and a world unfolds – here are their books, the paintings they cherish, the music that soothes their souls.”
Charlotte Moss,  A Passion for Details

“Even in a formal dining room you don’t want to be ponderous or gloomy. Eating is really one of your indoor sports. You play three times a day, and it’s well worthwhile to make the game as pleasant as possible.”
Dorothy Draper, Decorating is Fun!

“You may concentrate on appearances all through the rest of your house, but in the bedroom comfort should be supreme. I think that bedrooms should also be very intimate rooms-they should express your personal preferences in every way…Of all the rooms in the house your bedroom is yours.”
Dorothy Draper, In the Pink

“There is nothing more trite than a set period.”
Eleanor McMillen Brown, Creating a Beautiful Home by Alexandra Stoddard

“You don’t have to know anything about a subject as long as you use common sense and imagination, plus enthusiasm! I use all periods of design in my work, for, after all, decorative styles are simply indications of a manner of living.”
Dorothy Draper, Good Housekeeping

“If you are collector, let other people share your pride and joy. Don’t sprinkle your collection out of sight in a meaningless jumble. Notice how groups of small objects, when they are well arranged, become important and effective. Remember that repetition is a form of emphasis. Collect what you will, but see to it that you arrange your hobby to its best advantage.”
Dorothy Draper, Good Housekeeping

 

(Quotes from Interior Design Quotes)

Design Ideas for White Kitchens

Design Ideas for White Kitchens.

From Traditional Home…

Raise the Ceiling: A Romantic Bedroom

Another space enlarging touch for a small bedroom is to be creative with fabric by drawing the eye up to the ceiling.  Love this idea from Better Homes and Gardens.  This instant canopy made with swing arm curtain rods and fabric really makes the whole room pop!!

The romantic and elegant chandelier also draws your attention to the ceiling.  Loving the one pictured with its cottage feel.  Here’s one I found at lampsplus.com which may be a good alternative.

or this swag one that plugs into the wall if you have no electrical skills or would like to drape over a side table..

Whether you use sheer fabric for a more romantic, wispy look or you coordinate fabric with existing furniture or drapes in the room,  this space enlarging idea is a winner in my book.  Here’s another space saving idea for a bedroom headboard we posted today.  Have fun!

Shelves to Headboard: A Space Saving Idea

Many of you who own older homes have the same problem I have – small bedrooms with every nook has to be maximized.  Here is a handy idea from Better Homes and Gardens  of turning book shelves into a headboard which not only provide much needed storage but also act as a piece of art.

These units could be found by looking in thrift stores or here are some already painted white available at Target.  A couple of these would do the trick!

Fill it full with books, pictures, artwork and what-nots for a very impressive focal point in your bedroom.

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