Friday Snip-It's ... life via Instagram

1.  Table Scape ... love the natural elements.
2.  SMW.  I am swooning!
3.  Horn ... out thrifting.
4.  Dresser with new Base Coat.  Dressing Up the Girl next week!
5.  Pillow Love ... client kitchen.
6.  Mirror.  Metal basket Weave
7.  Would someone please buy this from Home Goods so I don't have to?
8.  My Cotton Arrived.  Ready for a new home.
9.  My obsession with Old is rearing its' head again.

Happy Weekend Everyone!  Make it a Good One!!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.



Open Minded ... Shabby Chic or Gustavian?

Late last night I had an Aha Moment about Gustavian furniture.  
The Simplicity of Painted furniture ... the predecessor of Shabby Chic.

I LOVE painted furniture, Shabby Chic ... Gustavian! 


One thing about this business is that you are inundated by so many different furniture periods and styles that you begin to appreciate them all and kind find a home for them ... or room for them in your home.  

In my twenties I would have told you that I didn't like "modern" ... which is funny, because it was all around me and now I love the "mid-century modern"!

If you would have asked me how I felt about Swedish design, I probably would have said that it's okay, but I like something with a little more warmth.  What did I know?

Do you find that as you study and experience more that you actually find yourself a little more openminded?  

I won't bore you with all the "history" but here is a Kim'ism of Gustavian furniture!

Early Gustavian was inspired by French Rococco and Italian design ... but the Swedes took these influences and created a more restrained version more suitable to them than the over-embellished styles.  

"The most typical colors from the Gustavian period were grey, yellow ochre and a Swedish blue. When one finds a Swedish antique with an original finish in tact you can see the difference immediatley. These pieces of Swedish furniture have SOUL. " More info here

I believe there is a place for all styles within a home.  That is what makes it more exciting for me.  Bringing in what you love, no matter the style.  Design has no rules.  

Just like life ... there is room for everyone and every furniture style!  

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.



One Room Challenge- Week Two

We began last week with the goal of turning a drop zone kitchen area into a family friendly Keeping Room.  

Priority One is to take care of our focal point!  Give this stone fireplace a makeover ... Bring this baby back to life and give it the star role it deserves!


The stone is beautiful but the white mantel, dark firebox and the clutter above just make it fall flat.
And the mirror. ... I love mirrors by the way, but ... 

Here's my tip about mirrors!

If you don't have something fabulous on the opposite wall to see, then it is like looking into a black hole. No Good!

We will be working on a solution for this in the next week or two!

Joe, the painter, can work miracles.  Remember this bedroom furniture he painted?  We told him we wanted to this mantel to be something special ... a piece of art in itself.  

And the inside of the firebox is so dark and dreary ... a little metallic bronze paint to warm it up!  

Joe Delivers!  Our NEW focal point ... and a sneak peak of the paint color too!  

Although I am a big fan of a happy yellow ... we wanted to bring this space into a calmer, but still warm space.

Next week we are going to discuss the need for custom made furniture.  Think about it.  How many times do you go shopping with something really specific in mind ... and can't find it.  I am convinced this is why designers like Jonathan Adler, Bunny Williams, Amy Howard, etc., etc., have come up with their own line of furniture.  If you build it ... they will come.  And we are building it!!

Don't forget to check in with our other ORC girls ... they are all working hard ... and guaranteed to bring you some Design Fun!



Beth - Chinoiserie Chic                    Lauren - The Cottage Mix
Sherry - Design Indulgence             Lindsay - Everything LEB
Barbara - Hodge:Podge                   LisA - Lisa Mende Design
Tiffany - Living Savvy                       Jessie - Mix & Chic
Linda - My Crafty Home Life           Alison - My Little Happy Place
Danylle - Nana Moon                       Nicole - Nicole Scott Designs
Julia - Pawleys Island Posh             Jennifer - The Pink Pagoda
Bethany - Powell Brower Home      Lindsay - The Pursuit of Style
Emily - Rue de Emily                         Lindsay - Sadie + Stella