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Vegas Inspiration June 15, 2009

Filed under: Decorating — houseanonymous @ 7:39 pm

I am just back from Las Vegas!  Surprisingly, I came back, not with a million dollars, but with some design inspiration!  I know when you think of Vegas you probably think of neon lights and gaudy showgirl costumes, but you might be surprised at the lovely decorating ideas you can find.  Check this out…

The award for best use of wallpaper…

P6100829This is the entrance to the high limit slots area at the MGM grand.  The wallpaper outside is the same pattern as the wallpaper inside, but a lighter color.  Super classy.

The award for best use of crystal..

P6100832These are small individual crystals suspended by monofilament from the light disk above.  There were about a dozen of these around a circular atrium in the Miracle Mile Mall at the Planet Hollywood.  In the center there was one giant sphere of crystals.  Very impressive.  Notice the raised design on the wall behind the light – love it!

The award for best use of colored glass…

P6090820This is a ceiling containing an abundance of glass bowls made by artist Dale Chihuly.  We found it at the Bellagio.  The picture is a little darker than it is in person, the effect is really amazing.  Check out this giant glass flower that (I assume) is also by Chihuly…

P6090822Ok I realize most people won’t have something like this in their house but its pretty cool!  I was trying to figure out how to make one of those crystal spheres for my dining area…

Finally… our hotel room…

P6090808P6090809P6090810The room was lovely, the beds were comfortable, and the linens were soft.  I just couldn’t help but think, at the MGM Grand, that the rooms should have had a little more Hollywood Regency style.  Can I get a mirrored bedside table, anyone?


Goals May 19, 2009

Filed under: Decorating — houseanonymous @ 10:51 am

Of course one of my goals is to have the most fabulous home possible, but that takes time and money.  Unfortunately I don’t have unlimited amounts of either of those.  In addition, I have other goals which require some of my time and money as well.  I have decided to temporarily confine my home improvement efforts to the virtual and/or imagined type.  It can be frustrating when I am out and I see something that I would like to have for my home to tell myself no.  I decided to remind myself of my other goals, some of which are as important as, and some more important than having a fabulous house.  Here they are, in no particular order…

1.  A new vehicle…


2.  Starting a family…


3.  Getting in shape…


4.  Paying off debt


5.  Lasik


6.  More family time


7.  That darn wedding scrapbook!


8.  Career advancement


9.  Leisure time

beach chair

10.  Building a nest egg

nesteggWhat is standing between you and the most fabulous home possible?  How do you decided how to divide your resources?


I Heart Grippiks! May 8, 2009

Filed under: Decorating — houseanonymous @ 1:18 pm

I just learned about a new product to day and I am so excited to share it because I think it is just fabulous.  They are called Grippiks surface accents and they are designed to customize Ikea furniture.  Anyone who knows me knows that I love Ikea, and this just makes it even better.  They have 6 different designs available, or more accurately 3 patterns that each come in two different color schemes.  The sizes are designed to work with specific Ikea furniture, so no cutting is required.  The material is “synthetic paper” which is supposed to be like plastic and wipeable for easy cleaning.  They are also supposed to be removable.  I am planning on buying a pair of Billy bookcases for the office/guest room makeover and I have been planning on customizing them with decorations on the back of the bookcase, either stickers or decorative paper.  This would make it so much easier!  I love the way they added the same pattern to the magazine file in this example…

Grippiks-1I am planning on doing something very similar!  Here are a few other example pictures…

Grippiks-2Grippiks-3I think the site is well done, because when you go to shop for accents, you pick the piece of furniture you are working with, then pick your pattern, so it is not confusing at all to get exactly what you are looking for.  They are also pretty affordable, although I’m sure you could do it for cheaper if you were doing it yourself.  The piece for the Billy bookcase is the size of two shelves and costs $18.95, and those for the magazine files are just $0.95.  If I do end up purchasing these, I will post again to let you know how they turn out.

I have heard that there are other websites that offer ways to customize you r Ikea furniture.  Anybody know of any?


Furniture Facelift May 5, 2009

Filed under: Decorating — houseanonymous @ 9:00 am

Since I bought our dresser and nightstands almost a year ago, I thought they could use a little updating.  Painting is not the answer in this case, since they match the bed and I think painted furniture is not exactly the look I am going for in the bedroom.  The answer… new drawer pulls.  While changing the hardware is an economical way to update furniture, relative to purchasing new furniture, at $5+ each, it still can be a little bit of an investment.  Thus, the reason it took me so long to do it.  (Trumpets sound) Dun dun da-duh!  Ikea to the rescue!  They have many drawer pull and knob options, and the ones I picked were $5 for two!  That worked out to less than $50 for both nightstands and the dresser.  Here is the uber-traditional before …

p4250783And the updated after.  Bonus:  the brushed stainless finish coordinates with our door and window hardware.

p4250787The basic lines are still very traditional, but I think taking away the ornate drawer pulls was a vast improvement, and makes it more transitional.  And it took no time at all!  Anybody else have any quick and easy updates to share?


Happy Anniversary to Us! May 4, 2009

Filed under: Decorating — houseanonymous @ 9:38 pm

Blair and I decided not to exchange gifts for our anniversary (it was yesterday).  After all, his birthday is in April and mine is in June so we have enough gift-exchanging opportunities this time of year.  I had to work until 7, so I asked Blair to plan a romantic dinner.  Boy did he deliver.  This is what I came home to…

p5040790Ok, it wasn’t that bright outside.  I confess, I recreated it this morning for blogging purposes.  The champagne glasses were also full 🙂  He made mango macadamia nut stuffed mahi mahi with rice, peas, and a salad.  It was excellent.  Now, for how this post is house-related…

p5040792He picked up this cute little candlescape for me!  Isn’t it very natural and soothing?  Pretty good score for a guy with no interest in decorating!  Here it is in its new permanent home…

p5040794I thought it would add a nice romantic touch in the bedroom 🙂  Can’t go wrong with that!

Now, lets close with some lovely photos from our honeymoon so that we can all pretend we are in Maui for a moment…



Office/Guest Room Makeover – The Walls April 12, 2009

Filed under: Decorating — houseanonymous @ 9:17 pm

I have not yet decided whether or not to paint the walls in the office/ guest room.  I am leaning toward not painting them because there is going to be a lot of color coming in with the accessories, and I think the neutral khaki will work well.  I am still undecided though.  I have been finding a lot of fun art to bring in color on the walls.  Here are the prints I have already purchased from Wall Blank

1122111110I bought the top one in 12″x12″ and the next two in 6″x6″, and I bought Ikea frames for all of them.  Here is the rest of the art I am pondering for the room, but have not purchased yet…

131This one is from Target.  The next three are from Urban Outfitters.

113102121I don’t know that I will have room for all of these but I love them.    Anybody have any imput on the painting question?


I heart Sewing April 3, 2009

Filed under: Decorating — houseanonymous @ 9:21 pm

Sewing projects have already saved me a little money in the past, such as with my burlap curtains…


Ok my feelings on sewing may change after I actually complete this project… but I had an ah-ha moment.  I wanted a spring-y green chair, but I did not want to pay $250 for the lovely Crate and Barrell chair…

161Enter this economical beauty…

10Um, hellooo Blayne!  You can probably sew a slipcover for that chair.  In any color you want!  This chair is only $79.99, so I could even buy a lot of extra fabric in case I messed up, and still come out on top.  This is going to be a project well in the future, but I can’t wait to give it a try!