Why limit yourself to one piece of art when you can fill a whole wall with it? Creating an art gallery wall in your home to transform it into a stylish place to live is an ambitious and achievable design project, all you need to know is where to start. Surround your home with large collections of art and photographs that will add style and color to your walls.
It always makes a big impact visually and can be accomplished even on a small budget, if you’re creative. If you don’t have any art collections for a gallery wall, try picking up some unique finds at flea markets, auctions, yard sales, craigslist and mix them with a few key pieces that you have purchased from a store or from travels.
You can also use old calendars and magazine photos and frame them, or pictures that you have taken and increase their size and have them framed.
If you don’t want to pay for expensive framing, there are plenty of inexpensive options such as using an old window to frame objects.
Wall art….photos….paintings….everything goes.
Simple, warm and cozy…..
…never boring, always inviting.
Just the perfect amount of “antique”.
Unfinished floors, welcoming their patina.
Linen slip covers, surprisingly practice. The more they are worn the better they look.
Elements of surprise….a paint brush!
Old rustic table, with luxurious velvet chairs…stunning.
Mohair throw….stone floors….
Large floor pillows, stone walls, rustic floors…….ahhhh LOVE this style!
Tovah Martin, author of The Unexpected Houseplant, proves that when gardening indoors, you don’t need much to grow.
By Kelly Phillips Badal
This little known succulent deserves to take American living rooms by storm,” says Tovah Martin. Why? Kalanchoe thyrsiflora‘s wavy, red-tipped leaves read as one massive bloom—one whose striking looks last year-round. “It’s also practically unkillable,” Martin adds. She put the low-maintenance plant on a pedestal, in a footed, galvanized metal urn. To ensure proper drainage, place a layer of pebbles and activated charcoal in the bottom of your container before filling it with potting soil; then let the soil dry out a bit between waterings.
Most gardeners think of vines as outdoor athletes, ready to be trained up exterior fences and walls. But climbers can also soften windows inside, so long as you provide them with something to scale (a few nails and fishing wire will do the trick). Martin planted her Passiflora caerula—which ofers “comely foliage plus tricked-out petals and sepals”—in a shallow terra-cotta pot, then topped it with an upside-down vintage egg basket that acts as a tendril jungle gym.
Expand your kitchen-herb vocabulary beyond the usual parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme with this green’s crisp, cool cucumber flavor. Says Martin, “Sanguisorba minor is idea for cramped spaces, because it exists in a kind of suspended animation, never growing too big or tall.” She gave the plant a dreamy yet practical home by lining a bird’s nest with plastic and setting it on a cake platter to watch rogue water droplets.
A botanical oddity akin to taxidermy, Platycerium bifurcatum‘s scraggy center leaves give way to antler-like fronds—the “staghorns” of its name. “My guests literally stop and stare at this weird, architectural specimen,” says Martin. “Surprisingly, it’s a cinch to care for.” An epiphyte (a plant that grows non-parasitically on another plant or object), this fern wants little more than something solid to grip and a natural medium, such as moss or bark. For Martin, that meant sheet moss placed in a wicker basket with an iron pedestal base—now almost completely engulfed. “I carry my staghorn outside weekly for a watering, and it thrives in my hallway’s indirect light,” she says.
The ‘neo naturalist interior’ is creeping into design magazines and shop catalogues everywhere! I know it’s not for everyone, but let me tell you it is super interesting and if you are the type that needs to be surrounded by inspiration this is the look for you. It’s part laboratory with a light dusting of Victorian details tossed in for good measure. There is pure nostalgia associated with the neo naturalist interior and if this is the style you desire this is how you can achieve it. First there is the antique ceiling lights in industrial metals like brass and bronze, which were usually found during the industrial revolution. Then, those elements are paired with warm glowing filament bulbs that offer an antique glow to everything. Then add some little details, romantic touches like butterflies in cloche (those blown glass bell-shaped domes), and before you know it your home can have the look of a Nineteenth Century botanist. It’s a fascinating look, combining rough and tumble masculine metal and scientific elements with more domesticated touches for comfort. This style is perfect for offices, libraries and even kitchens. It’s easy….add factory-grade metal, warm wood, leather, antiques, and interesting artifacts I like to call ‘curiosities’….honestly, the sky is the limit with this design.
I have a little addiction….to sideboards. One of the most treasured pieces of furniture I own is a 19th century french oak sideboard. It lives in my dining room, which traditional would house a sideboard. But, I have a few more….a vintage 1950’s pieces which I picked up in a junk shop for pennies, it is in my guest room. Nothing makes a statement in your home quite like a perfectly styled sideboard. Designs from the 50s and 60s came in beautiful woods ranging from rosewood and teak to maple and cherry, and were intended to be used for storing ‘best’ china and tableware. These wonderful pieces came with drawers for cutlery and table linen, how perfect! Mine contain a more eclectic assortment of ‘stuff’, I must admit I am a little guilty of using it to quickly tidy clutter away out of sight whenever I’m expecting visitors.
My favourite thing to do with them is to group together and display books, artwork, vases, lamps and other objects. They are a great place to start a wonderful art collection or displaying articles from travels.
Blacksmiths popularized wrought iron during the 1920s, and it remained in vogue until the Eisenhower era, when lighter, cheaper, rust-proof aluminum caught on.
Look for nicely rounded wire ends and sturdy tables that don’t shake, as well as substantial curvy feet that won’t sink into the grass.
Classic retro mesh chairs….absolutely gorgeous!
A retro revival has been in the works for several years, and now it’s made it way to the patio in full force. We love the vibrant colors and nostalgic edge of these cheery garden sets. They make us think of lazy Sunday BBQs and old fashion lawn games. Lucky for us, there are many options to choose from.
You see them everywhere, those bulbous, narrow-necked bottles that are all the rage in home decor today. They are called carboys or demijohns (the old word that formerly referred to any glass vessel with a large body and small neck, enclosed in wicker). They are primarily used for transporting fluids, often water or chemicals and can hold from 5-15 gallons. They are also used for in-home fermentation of beer or wine. These handsome jars, alot of which are vintage, can be found on eBay and Etsy, and are great for collectors. They offer a bit of charm and hominess when used to decorate a home. They work wonderfully for a casual beach inspired or rustic interior or even an industrial chic or shabby chic setting. But they can be incorporated into your decor no matter what your personal design aesthetic is. They can be found in fabulous shades of greens, blues and clear glass. I especially love when demijohns are arranged in groupings of at least three, and when an arrangement is made up of several different colors. You can opt to collect authentic, vintage demijohns or grab a new one in a home decor shop.
So if starting a demijohn collection is your thing…..there are many options available and great ways to incorprate them into your decor!
What is it that we love about antiquing? Everything from the treasure hunt, to the find, to getting a great deal on the item down to the smell of a room filled with treasure. There is just something about an object from another time which captures our attention. How a simple material object can grab us by the heart strings and take us back to when we were children at grandma’s house is magic in and of itself. Antiques can tell us stories of how life was for our ancestors and how life used to be for us.
Alex and I took a leap of faith last summer when we came across this very unusual property. Despite what everyone around us tried to tell us, we proceeded with full faith and bought the property that we had always dreamed about. For over 20 years Alex and Ii talked about owning a historical church and restoring it into a DREAM location. Well, we are now living our dream…..one step at a time!