Friday, March 18, 2011

French doors

Something I really love and wish I could have are usable french doors on my house. (Note: I actually DO have french doors on my house...but...) I love the idea of opening them up and letting a rush of air into the house. Of course, living in Memphis having anything wide open like this is a bad, bad idea. Not only would the air rush in, but a herd of bugs as well :) But in the right setting, it would be nice to be able to use them. I also like the way they look, more classy than the typical screened sliding door that most people are forced to use here instead.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Random kitchen pic

This is one of my favorite kitchen inspirations. Although it's nothing fancy and obviously a pretty small kitchen, I like it because - well, it resembles MY kitchen. It's something that I could totally pull off at my house with little effort.

I already have white cabinets. I would just need to add a backsplash - and although I do like the white subway tile here, I'm not sure if that would be my#1 preference. White subway tile seems more like a bathroom tile to me.

Regardless, I have also been wanting to purchase stainless appliances for my kitchen. Not because I am on the "stainless bandwagon" (ahem) but because I think they look best in small kitchens like this. My current black appliances are too heavy for a small kitchen, they stand out and are the first thing your eye is drawn to when you walk in. Stainless would blend in better, and also reflect light which is important in a smaller kitchen.

The countertops look like some sort of stone or quartz maybe...less expensive but they still look very nice. I think granite is again too heavy for small kitchens and completely unecessary.

Overall I just love this kitchen and with a few tweaks I think I could get mine to look strikingly similar.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Landscaping ideas

For whatever reason I've been in a decorating/home renovation mood lately. I saw this house for sale in Memphis a while back (still for sale) and I fell in love with the landscaping and the outside of the house. I'd love to have my home this exact color and have landscaping just like this. Without giving away the exact address, it's on Philwood in the High Point area. My little house is very similar to this in structure, so I honestly think I could make mine looks eerily similar if I tried. Just need the $$$ !

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Gigantic artwork

I've been on the hunt for big artwork. And by big, I mean giant canvases that sit on the floor and prop up on the wall. While I like abstract art and used to paint random stuff myself, I think for a giant piece like this I would prefer something like the photo below - an actual photograph or some words.

Monday, February 21, 2011

My next dining room

My current dining room is a bright red color, which I do like. However, it's hard to match ANYTHING to red. Green around the holidays looks good, but outside of December I don't want my dining room looking like a Christmas tree.

I saw photos of this room in the latest publication of House Beautiful magazine and I really love it. (The photo in the magazine is actually a lot prettier and shows of the room better, but I can't find it online.) My dining room looks very similar; same style of old chandelier, same type of curtains already up, I have a wood table with wood chairs, and I have a darker brown rug on the floor with hardwood flooring. The only thing lacking is the bright white/ivory paint on the walls. I think my room will look a zillion times brighter and cheerier with ivory walls instead of the harsh red.

So by the time spring is here, and after I purchase a whole lot of good primer - I hope my dining room will resemble this one below!