Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Not So Nautical Blue

I have always loved cobalt and navy blues but only felt comfortable using them when I was in Boston (it was one of the most exciting parts of moving there for me!). However, I now beg to differ - I think that if used in a modern pattern or with modern accessories it works just about anywhere. It even works when paired with red!

All rooms via Domino and That Girl Designs.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Rainy Day "Reds"

Well, it is not really a rainy day here but this red umbrella stand ALMOST makes me wish it was. I saw this Kartell stand over the weekend in the NY Times Design Fall 2008 guide and thought it was so fun.

If the red is too much for you, it also comes in blue, silver, yellow and smoke!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Stylish Mobile

I just got a promotion at work and i decided it was a good idea celebrate by splurging on the newest i-phone, which in itself is stylish. However, now it can be even more so with Style.com's new iPhone application that allows you to watch fashion shows and check on the latest Style.com headlines all while sitting in traffic.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

See Jane Work

This week continues to be a very stressful one at work and I thought another office supplies post was in order (since work is all I can really think about today!). These supplies are a perfect gift for the new college student, a colleague and most importantly yourself. There is nothing that feels better than a fun yet organized desk. Here are some items that can make your desk be just that.

Thomas Paul Note Mouse pad:

Eco Chick Desk Calender:

Thomas Paul file and pencil holders:

Accordion folders:

All products are available at See Jane Work.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

a sewing space

We moved here into this home almost a year ago already, and I have been trying to get everything sorted out and all organised ever since. Lastly is my little workroom. Its been difficult to get things to work in such a small room (I believe it is about 80 square feet or less) but slowly and with compromises I have been getting it together.
One of my goals with my workroom is to have a dedicated place to sew, since I am doing quite a bit of that these days, and also because I am hoping that my little daughter will pick up this and other interests from me. Usually when I get a bit of sewing done, she is at my feet working on her little projects: arranging her scraps of fabrics, or drawing with her pencils and markers. I hope to be able to fit a small desk here for her, too, somehow.

sewing space by you.
Since the room is so small, I decided to make the closet into another place to work. I find that my closets just end up shoved full of junk if I am not careful, so I removed the standard bi-fold doors and the unattractive shelf and clothes rack that was inside to leave an open nook. I lined the back of the closet with some vintage tree wallpaper that I had found at a thrift shop years ago and was waiting for the perfect project to use. I didn't actually glue the paper to the wall, but rather just used some thumbtacks to hang it up! I then hung 3 ikea lack wall shelves for storage. I measured out the space and at a hardware store had them cut to size a remnant board to make a desktop. I used some table legs from ikea to form the desk, and covered it with heavy kraft paper. I am still considering covering the desktop with linen or other fabric one day, once I find the perfect yardage.

I have yet to find a brilliant method to storing fabrics, so finally I decided to simply sort them by colour and stack them up on my highest shelf. This has worked well as I can stand back and peek at them all at once, but they are out of the way so they don't get messed up easily.

I also added a small desk lamp, but because this closet is next to a window, on left, there is a lot of nice natural light to work by.
work wall by you.
p.s. thankyou to all who have posted in response to making tree quilts with me. If you would like to receive some of my green pieces for your own quilt, please send me an email at sharilyn at lovelydesign . com with your mailing address and I will mail you a little package! Other supplies you should have to make this quilt are a sewing machine, rotary cutter with a clear quilting ruler and cutting mat, other green and brown fabric pieces, and some muslin or other light coloured fabric.

Color Me Perfect

I saw this home yesterday on Design*Sponge and feel in love with the beautiful colors and incredible accessories. It is the California home of Kelly and Jeremy Osborne.

I think that olive green and chocolate brown can easily come across a little dark but me when paired with the cream and white furniture in the dining and living rooms it instead creates a warm and welcoming feel.

What fun accessories in this kitchen-- the numbers over the window, the chalkboard basket and the bright area rug really make this traditional kitchen stand out.

I think this baby blue tile is so serene for the bathroom. I also love the open shower and bathtub --looks like their own personal spa.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Working Girl

For what seems like the millionth day in a row my to do list for the day is very daunting! However, the thought of having cute number and action clips like these (from Mateo Ilasco) makes it seem a bit more bearable!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008

surrounded by trees

These have been perfect days, sunny with a hint of Autumn in the air. September is my very favourite time of year, and I've always wished that it lasted longer here in the Pacific Northwest.
from the hill by you.
Addie and I have been taking full advantage of them by staying mostly out of doors with our many little projects: frog-hunting, wandering through the forest, trotting around the university, picking crab-apples, collecting treasures (pinecones, rocks), chalk drawing around the neighbourhood, and planting our little garden (We save seeds from our apples and make a mission together to go out and plant them - she loves this!)

Oh, and we've been looking for Owls, who we hear hoo-hooing at each other all night long. (I can hear them right now, outside my window!) It is such a beautiful but haunting sound, and everyone is fascinated by it, but most of all Adelaide. She has been spending a lot of her time pointing around and up at all of the places she thinks that the Owls may be. And we have been looking at a lot of Owls in books together, too.
little elf girl by you.
It is interesting to me that the things that Addie indentifies in books - pointing her tiny finger most decidedly - are almost exclusively natural types of things such as trees, leaves, flowers, pinecones, flowers, butterflies, bugs, ponds, ducks, birds, owls. Her very favourite books all have something to do with the natural world - Planting a Rainbow, The Sun Egg, I am a Bunny, Spring is Here - off the top of my head. I actually had to show her in books what a house and car were - all of the other things she just seemed to know and be a lot more interested in. Like they already are so much a part of her.
making trees with elliot by you.
Today the weather turned cooler and a little bit grey again and so while Adelaide slept I dragged out the tree quilt that I have been working on. So far I have made about 4 dozen little trees in about 25 different green fabrics. I have about 10 or so more green fabrics to make into trees, and then I will begin sewing these little patchworks together to make a quilt. I find this task satisfying and relaxing - the perfect task for a grey afternoon inside.
for a tree quilt by you.
I feel so lucky that these days I am surrounded by so many trees, both in my world and in my craft. I love them, and I'm pretty sure that they love me, too.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Spot for Teapots

I just picked up some peppermint tea and and a gluten free cashew cookie (the gluten free means guilt free to me!) as a mid morning snack at Planet Palate, a local organic cafe, and fell in love with their tea pot shelf above the espresso machine. It is a shelf full of antique and Chinese teapots - all of which are unique. It really looked fabulous. So, if you have an empty kitchen shelf and are looking for a new item to collect-I am going to recommend teapots!

Provence Daydreams

This home is exactly what I imagine living in France to be like-I could daydream about it all day long! Unfortunately this home is already taken by Charmaine, an interior designer, and Paul Jack. They converted this 250 year old barn in to a very warm home with a flair of industrial style. I love the natural light, exposed beams and rough plaster walls mixed with the occasional contemporary accent or fixture.

For more photos and information on this home click here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tile Inspiration

Tile is for more than just a back splash for the bathroom, it can add a visually interesting design element to any room. I really like the idea of having tile not only on the wall of a room but overflowing on to the floor or counter. A couple of ideas to get you thinking:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Busy Bee

My to do list for the day:

- Complete self-review for work
- Start and finish marketing plan proposal
- Create FY 08-09 operating plan
- Replace shattered cell phone

Needless to say, it is going to be a busy day for me so I am going to have to suppress my urge to research fun things to blog about today. Wish me luck! So until tomorrow, enjoy these beautiful and inspiring photographs from Gentyl and Hyers.
I love the coral and blue color combination!
What beautiful and rich fall colors.
I think succulents are so beautiful, especially this time of year. One of my friends, a florist, used them in an arrangement for a party with lady slipper orchids. It was so unexpected and amazingly elegant - I will have to dig up those photos!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Lace for the Floor

Do you have a beautiful hardwood floor that you hate to cover up but also long to add a bold design statement to your room? If so the new Stella rug from Michelle Mason is a perfect match for you with it's lace like design. It is made out of 100% wool felt and comes in both natural and black:

You can buy them online at Not on the High Street , where you can also purchase many of her other home accessories (including the fun Fuscia pillows in the pictures above).

Friday, September 12, 2008

Pulled Together Prep

If I could choose any interior designer to decorate my home at the moment I have to say that it would be Palmer Weiss. Earlier this year this San Francisco based designer was named one of the top ten up and coming designers by Domino. I have always loved preppier style but have never been able to translate it well into my own home decor. My first apartment had Lily Pulitzer green walls and pink silk throw pillows--it was fun but didn't exactly exude sophistication. Palmer Weiss on the other hand has hit the nail on the head when it comes to pulled together prep.

Jax & Bones

I just got back from the vet with Tally-Ho, one of my two lab mixes, who sprained her wrist and is now sporting a very stylish purple polka dot cast. The good news is that she will be just fine if i can keep her from getting any exercise--which is pretty impossible considering that she is the most neurotic dog I know. Anyways, I decided that maybe a new bed would help her chill out and be happy just to rest for a while. I was very excited when I across these Jax & Bones dog beds, which unlike my current ones will not need to be thrown in the closet when guests come over. Jax & Bones's beds come in 3 shapes and in 42 different patterns. Now you can actually have dog beds that match your decor! These were my favorite: