Sunday
Aug052012

Pam's retro office remodel

Remember this post from last week of an office with wallpaper samples on the wall? Well, Pam of RetroRenovation.com thought our readers might like to see what she did with her office as it has the same "patchwork" going on on the walls. Her new office is SO FUN, and she has in fact inspired me to do something with all of the vintage wrapping paper I have stashed away that I bought on Etsy a couple years ago. I'm thinking of cutting it into pieces and gluing it to the island in my dressing room. :) ANYHOO, she sent along some photos and info on her office remodel. Check it out:

I needed to renovate my office principally to add more insulation -- it's in the basement. I am a fulltime blogger now -- and the time had come to make this space truly comfy cozy and my own. I also wanted to add crafting space -- I love to collage. And, I had a hoard of vintage wallpaper -- from the 1920s through the 1970s -- I'd collected over the years -- often, in onesy-twosey rolls that were not enough to paper a room. Also, I am just more color crazy than EVER and wanted to create a space that appealed to me just me I don't care what anyone else thinks! Put these all together and you get my crazy patchwork quilt office. I used nearly 300 12" x 12" squares -- I cut each and every one. My friend Denise (pictured me in the American Gothic photo) helped me put it up. She is a decorative painter and has a great eye. While it might look "insane" at first glance, there really is a rhyme and reason to the papers chosen. (cough cough I have more). The principal field is sort of acid yellow and acid green patterned with off white or soft white... and there are also softer yellows, greens and oranges, also in patterns with soft white. From there, we added complements... "pops"... of purple, rusty red, and that very strong, more solid lime green. The crafting space is Ikea Trofast children's storage with Herman Miller! Countertops found at the Re-Store. I had recessed storage built into the wall above my crafting area. The trim also comes from the Re-Store. I kept the wood as-is: Not Perfect is the New Perfect. The foofy white trim around the shuttered window (orange shutters were my mother-in-law's) I painted glossy white. Ceiling trim (also from Re-Store) is a grass green. I added a pretty mirrored medicine cabinet. Because I could. Track lights around edge. Vintage wagon wheel light in center. Oh, and I sent you a shot of my vintage Sunbeam Appliance Center, which I installed for fun but also for a little bit of light on the countertop.

Saturday
Aug042012

Sneak peek - Freedom's summer collection

From my insider at Freedom a little preview of what's in store from Tuesday 7th August.  Summer brights, a range with a coastal vibe and the new Woodlands story. Can't wait to see more.

Saturday
Aug042012

Designers and their blogs

Welcome to what I hope will become a semi regular post on Desire to Inspire. Hands up those who love room porn. Hands up those who pour over pictures of a beautiful home for inspiration and just a little aspiration. Hands up those who would like to know what was in the designer's mind when she (or he) first conceived such a wonderful space. Where does the architect or interior designer get their inspiration from? What takes their fancy? What and where and why and who.

Shareen Joel is one of Australia's leading designers (Shareen Joel Design). Think interior architecture, product design and design strategies. I've featured her work before (here and here).  Today she has shared one of her latest projects, the Sorrento Beach House, shortlisted for the Australian Interior Design Awards 2012 in the residential decoration category. It's a wonderful family weekender and you can find out more about the project and the inspiration behind Shareen's work by visiting her blog Share Design except it is more than a blog. It's "the ultimate resource for home, interior & design inspiration".

As Shareen told me when we were emailing back and forth during the week ... "Primarily Share Design is a one stop online design hub/website sharing an edited collection of the very best interior design products, inspiration, secrets, tips and ‘how to’. So whether you just want to find that great kitchen tap, that perfect white paint colour or how to achieve that Belgian look for your own home, Share Design has done all the hard work for you. Plus you can save your Share Design favourites and create interactive Storyboards to share with family and friends."

It's a great resource and wonderful eye candy! I'm sure you are going to love it. And more of the Sorrento Beach House? It's after the jump.

 

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Friday
Aug032012

Vegas Market - part 2

I showed you the Four Hands showroom earlier, but there were so many other showrooms that caught my eye as well. While partaking in the Traditional Home treasure hunt, I managed to snap some photos of pieces that pretty much distracted me from the tasks at hand.

Another of my favourite showrooms was Lulu & Co. I love French furnishings - the rustic vibe, classic and understated. These guys do it VERY well. 

Palecek was also in my top 3 showrooms. Every single piece was absolutely gorgeous and made of the most incredible materials. Unfortunately I didn't end up snapping many photos there. 

Loved the pieces by Fred. Wood and steel case goods with a mid-century modern vibe. 

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Friday
Aug032012

Vegas Market - part 1

Happy Friday everyone! I am back from Vegas, having attending the Vegas Market for the first time and holy smokes did I see some fantastic stuff! I had a great time so a huge thanks to Traditional Home magazine for sending me. I also got a rare opportunity to meet a bunch of fellow bloggers including JillCassandra, Victoria, Naomi and Kelly. To let you in on what I was up to this week in Vegas, I thought I'd start by showing you a peek at the lovely hotel we stayed in, and my favourite showroom at Market. 

We were booked at the Aria hotel, which is relatively new on the strip. I brought my mom with me (she needed a holiday desperately) and we both really enjoyed the room - the beds were heavenly, and it was very tough call to climb out of bed each morning. Lots of great restaurants (Julian Serrano's tapas restaurant was YUMMY) and shopping too. 

P.S. I have to mention this because I am so shocked. My mom flew home to Ottawa from Vegas with Delta airlines (I flew with AA). She missed her connecting flight in Detroit because the Vegas fight was delayed by about 2 hours. With more cancellations and a whole bunch of dumb excuses later, she finally got home - nearly 24 hours later. So just a tip for anyone traveling around the States - DO NOT fly Delta. And their heartless staff didn't give a shit that almost 500 people ended up stranded - not for weather reasons but because of pilots not showing up and other ridiculous reasons). 

 

On Tuesday after all of us bloggers had finished a tour and "treasure hunt" at the Market, we were invited for cocktails at the Four Hands showroom. This showroom became by far my favourite of the entire event. Their aesthetic is so up my alley - lots of pieces created from reclaimed wood and furniture made from metal creating a very industrial look. YESSSS!!!!! I had my margarita in one hand and my camera in the other, and did a quick tour around. Fabulousness at every turn. (I must add that there were such beautiful groupings of wild flowers everywhere that just made the displays perfect - one photo below shows flowers tucked into rolled magazine pages. Cute!)

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