Showing posts with label Bermuda. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bermuda. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 19

19 Budget Living Room Makeovers…For Hometalk!

I am taking break from our AH-MAZ-ING trip to Bermuda - more on that later! - to share with you some awesome ideas for living room makeovers on a budget. Our living room was the first room I decorated when we moved back into our house last December (see post on our living room here). It was so much fun to put together and I did NOT spend a lot of money. Yes there are some really expensive pieces in the space that I inherited from family (piano, artwork, etc.) but I was able to finish the room with gorgeous Kravet fabric drapes that I got on a discount fabric site and my mom sewed, a loveseat I got from Wayfair, a bench we picked up at HomeGoods, a table and rug from Overstock and some accessories from West Elm. The end result is a high-end looking space that didn't break the bank. And guess what? I am apparently not alone!

Have you heard of Hometalk? It is the largest home and garden social network on the web and millions of people use it to share their projects or to ask questions of each other. For those of you like me that want to see what others are creating, it is a dream come true. So when Hometalk asked me to curate a clip board on living room makeovers, I was thrilled to do it!  Check out these 19 beautiful spaces I found and click on the picture to learn more about each project.
Love them? I do! So many different styles and creative ideas. From the uber modern and fun faux deer antlers, to the gorgeous dark grey room, to the garage that is now a cozy and beautiful space complete with fireplace. I selected these spaces because they combined classic elegance with a sense of humor. Almost every room I picked had some traditional pieces with pops of color or fun decorative elements like the Union Jack throw pillow or the eclectic wall of artwork. And there are just a few…click on the picture to see all 19.

People always ask me how I come up with design ideas and I always tell them that I am inspired by others whether "real" designers or those of us just doing it on the "side". I am constantly finding inspiration from the creativity of fellow decorators. So check out these beauties and then become addicted to Hometalk like I am.  And now I must get back to paradise. And just in case you think I may be exaggerating…here's where we are right now. #HeavenOnEarth

Thursday, July 10

I Am Lost In The Bermuda Triangle (And Other Excuses for Not Writing)

I am not even going to apologize for going AWOL again because let's face it, at this point my excuses are hollow. Take for instance if I told you that I haven't been able to write because I've had a crazy busy time at work. Or that my kids are home ALL THE TIME and need to be fed and entertained constantly. Or the fact that last week we were on vacation and had to leave the Outer Banks because of impending Hurricane Arthur. You just wouldn't buy it...so I'll save my breath.  In the words of my college friend and fellow blogger, it turns out writing isn't hugely compatible with working/parenting/breathing. If, ok let's face it...when, I fall off the internet again, and you want some good laughs, read her stuff at Mother Fickle. Just try to ignore that she is not only hilarious, but gorgeous if you can.

Anyway my non-fiction early end to our beach trip last week has me in full sunshine planning mode. This is (gulp) the year of our 40th birthdays and our 15th wedding anniversary and we've been looking for ways to celebrate (besides the big party planned in December and a girls trip for me in the Fall which are just not enough). Since my parents more than generously offered to take the kids for the week and wear them out at the Wisconsin Dells, the self-proclaimed "water park capital of the world", we pulled the trigger and booked a week long trip to Bermuda!  I cannot wait.  I mean I literally cannot wait. I LOVE Bermuda for many reasons. First, it's where my parents went on their honeymoon and where they took us as little kids. It is a totally gorgeous tropical paradise that is less than 3 hours from our house AND you get to zip all over the island on scooters. Really...is there a better place on earth?

After hours and hours reading the 12,000 reviews of Bermuda hotels on TripAdvisor and getting all important advice from friends on Facebook, we settled on the Rosewood Tucker's Point. Highly recommended by my friend I lovingly call Fancy Pants (behind her back of course) who never steers me wrong. And I am sure she'd have a similar and funnier name for me.  I don't want to make you too too jelly, but here are the pics of the hotel (all from their website).










Part of the reason I fell in love with this hotel in particular was the quintessential "Bermuda" style of it's decor. Lots of muted foundation tones with tons of bright accent colors. It is a theme in my own house and one that I think is good for people who are easily bored with their decor and want to change it regularly. If you keep the main palette simple, you can accent with great (hate to use this term) pops of color.

This House Beautiful article on a Bermuda style home built in Naples, FL really illustrates the concept of using bold colors without having your house look like a Crayola box exploded. There's white in every room (or other neutral color) that anchors the brighter hues.




Now, not many (if any) of us have gorgeous Bermuda-like ocean front homes to decorate, but I've seen this style recreated in such exotic places as Nebraska. One of my favorite designers who has mastered this technique is Martha O'Hara.  Here are a few of my favorite rooms she's done - all pics from Houzz. 



And how about these gorgeous shots that I also found on Houzz that use neutrals with bright colors layered on top. It's so refreshing and fun but not forever. You could easily switch out pillows or lampshades or even a rug or two and change the entire look of these rooms.




I will do my very very best not to get lost in the Bermuda triangle...but hey, that would be one hell of an excuse for not writing right?