This time of year, I’m always looking forward to seeing hints of green starting to sprout up and more sunshine to start pouring through my windows. I’m surrounding myself with natural elements, in bright, light colors to transition a bit into a springier frame of mind even though spring is still a little ways off.
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Whenever Matt goes out of town, I usually paint something. That something is typically a room, and typically I’m slightly unsure he’ll agree with my color choice hence the call to action while he’s gone!
This weekend, I did a different sort of painting. I wanted to relax a bit and had some movies I’d been wanting to see (Blue Jasmine & Life of Pi, both excellent), but I cannot do anything where my hands aren’t busy. If I’m watching TV, I’m also crafting something or sketching or maybe folding clothes… something else so that I don’t feel like I’m rotting my brain glued to the tube.
Anyway, back to the painting. I was inspired by some of the recent sharpie projects I’d seen on the interwebs. Both Brittany and Caitlin went at recreating the classic Brunschwig & Fils Les Touches fabric, which is an abstract snow leopard-type print. I loved what these girls did, but wanted a little more variation and customization in my designs. I used the fabric as a jumping off point for inspiration, but varied mine quite a bit. The outcome is a little bit natural (animal print) and a bit abstract.
I hung the two paintings (which I’ve dubbed spotted I and spotted II) in my living room above a corner accent chair. I am slowly trying to balance some of the simple, rustic, scandinavian touches in my home with the right bit of modern. I think these paintings definitely help!
What are your thoughts on the paintings? Different enough from the original?
ALSO, I am going to post a step be step tutorial later this week, so come back if you love them!
p.s. My closet clean-out is going on over on the instagram account @erinsclosetcleanout – follow and bid on designer pieces that I’m (sadly) parting with after hoarding without use!
It really is no secret that I’m in love with clean, neutrals in my house. Light gray, brown, black, cream, and gold are definitely my thing. When I introduced navy into my foyer last week, I LOVED the look and what the added color (even though navy is still pretty neutral) did to my color scheme. I decided to add a little of the blue hue into my living room to help with the continuity of the color in the house. Ceiling height navy silk drapes did the trick quite nicely. It’s the only change I made, but it was dramatic and certainly allowed the navy to travel around the house and not be a stark change.
I used to have dark brown curtains in the space, then white… so I had a tiny bit of doubt if I’d like the darker color at all (wouldn’t it make the whole room look really dark?). I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised with how the (new) whitewashed coffee table and the light levels of color throughout the rest of the room are better balanced because of the addition of navy.
What’s more, the navy drapes did the same thing for the living room that the navy walls did for the entry. My sofa, pillows, and the Danish rush chair in my corner all pop off their new saturated background, adding quite a bit more dimension than I’d previously had in the room.
Do you try to link colors throughout your home? Tell me about how you do it!
I know it’s not a popular outlook, but I just love winter. I’m a fan of the snow, wearing boots, bundling up, the skiing, and if we’re very lucky, the bright clear winter sunshine. Now, seeing the sun isn’t so common here in Ohio during the winter months, but when it comes out, it makes all the difference in the world. And what’s more, if the sun comes out while there is a blanket of snow covering the ground, it almost illuminates the house. It’s gorgeous.
Anyway, as I was milking this thought, I came across this gorgeous sunroom surrounded in a winter snow. It’s not the image that pops to mind when most of us think of sunrooms (the kind of sunrooms that has terrible indoor/outdoor carpet and are boarded up during the winter months) but a more permanent, all season room which gets light from every angle. I got to thinking about how a sunroom would look perfect as an addition onto our house (who’s going to help me sell that one to Matt?).
Last week, I’d decided that the cast iron longhorn skull I purchased would definitely make a cool addition to my home – and clearly you all felt the same. Originally, I’d picked up the decorative piece for the new navy blue entryway, but then felt that the entry already had a few cool pieces, and there could be another place in my home that was in need of a bit more ‘cool factor’.
That place, is my dining room. My dining room is always a bit of a blank slate. I posted about it in the house tour a while back, then it’s gone through chair updates, DIY art updates, and now, this funky longhorn.
I think the piece adds a lot of personality, but is still neutral and will work with me through the rest of the decorations in the room (oh, and I also bought this fiddle leaf fig, to add a bit of color during the winter months).
Drumroll, please! After much hard work, we’ve finally completed painting our entryway. I know I just mentioned it to you guys last week when I revealed the cane chair, but I’ve had the paint since September, trying to slot in a weekend to get this done. The reason it took so long is because I wanted to hire a professional, but after getting a couple quotes, I just thought I’d be happier with myself if I just did it myself (because doing it myself was free). I used ‘Naval’ from Sherwin Williams (it’s part of their collaboration with Pottery Barn) and love the way it turned out. I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner! The Navy is just the perfect hue – not too royal, it has a very neutral undertone which goes well with both my black and brown accessories.
The color it was before is called ‘River Mud’. I’d painted it back in 2007 when my husband (then boyfriend) and his male roommates lived in the house. It worked well for a while, and was a warm, nice transition for the men to get used to a bit of my female touch. Not that the men didn’t have style, but I thought I’d scare Matt away if I came in with my design guns blazing! I liked the way the khaki walls went with everything (like a good trench coat), but just needed a bit of a funkier change.
It was one of those changes that I kept walking by and thinking, “I really like this”. Matt would walk through on my first coat and chime in how much he loved the change. It makes the white woodwork really pop and even makes the dark walnut floors seem richer and more luxe.
After I painted, I was really excited to decorate the space. The rug and center table stayed, but everything else was swapped out. Keep reading for more photos and close ups of the accessories!
I think gallery walls are easier when you include various different types of art. I included a basket and a decorative tile tray in mine just to break it up. I think I’ll keep adding to it and eventually work it up the stairs. I didn’t want to force it, though, and wanted enough space to pick up some good art here and here. I’d love to get a Hugo Guinness print one day, but they’re so pricey!
The navy travels all of the way up the stairs and into the second floor landing. I love this little telephone table and deer vase that I perched on the halfway point of the landing. Isn’t the vase just fabulous? I just bought it in Steamboat last week and new it would make me smile every time I walk by it.
So… How do you like it?
p.s. I didn’t use the longhorn head in the entry like I was originally thinking, but I DID keep it…. photos to come!
Whether it be the longhorn skull I bought this weekend or the home I posted about last week, you can totally tell that I’m in a mountain sort of mood. Especially after my recent decision on which new car I should pick (if you follow on twitter, you may have been part of that conversation!), I am really feeling the mountain vibe (I went with a Subaru).
There is just something about cozying up to a fire and a few drinks after braving the cold that is so festive and fun. Even if the holidays are over, I don’t think we need to totally disregard the joy of snuggling up!
Here are a few of my more recent favorite ski-inspired decorations. Maybe a night in by the fire – regardless of where you live – is something to put on your short list?
The only ‘mountain fave’ that isn’t included in the above slide are the Mojave Coasters. You can find them at In Haus Press.
My foyer is done being painted and I’m in the process of decorating it for the big reveal! A little secret, I’m actually rushing to get it done because a local magazine is doing a spread on our house and I am trying to get everything ready before they come!
One question for you guys, though. I bought this quite large (14″ x 18″) cast iron longhorn skull for $80 at Home Goods and it was originally over $200 by Broyhill. I kind of love it, but don’t know if it’s bordering on crazy.
What do you guys think? Is it crazy? or is it cool?
There have been a lot of ‘mountain home’ discussions this week between Matt and I as we’re vacationing here in Colorado. We actually used to live here back after we graduated from college, but moved back to Ohio for our careers, so we didn’t get an opportunity to really live the mountain life.
I’ve been creeping around at homes all week dreaming about the day we’ll be able to have a home here and this home concept really jumped out at me. It’s unique because the three different modular buildings are all part of a main home. One building houses the living room, kitchen, and dining room. Connected by a breezeway to the main building is a master bedroom and bath, and a separate building houses two bedrooms and a bathroom. I kind of love the idea of this layout (if you live in a warmer climate) due to the privacy and the kind of ‘community’ like atmosphere.
The decor is so pretty – simple, breezy, and natural. I love it.
This project has been a long time coming. You guys remember when I found this pair of cane chairs in the trash of a neighbor? Right? I’m not usually the trash picking sort (this was a first for me) but I really couldn’t resist. I drove by them once, drove all of the way home, then couldn’t stop thinking about them, so I turned around and picked them up! The cane wrap was unraveling at the joints, the seats were blown out, and they’re original finish was mostly chipped off. But boy, did they clean up nicely!
There were so many potential options for these guys. Maybe they could be french country? Or maybe with some red lacquer they could be asian inspired kitchy? I wanted the chairs to be chic and modern, but still fun. I had decided on painting the frames of the chairs gold, and wanted a simple black and white fabric to mesh well with the navy blue entryway. I used Design Master Brilliant Gold Spray Paint to paint the frame and it turned out just as good as I’d hoped. To prevent chipping when using spray paint, I always use a spray paint primer as well.
I was trying to pick a fabric to cover the chairs with, but when the fabrics chosen weren’t in stock, I had to hand make the fabric myself, and posted a step by step of the fabric in this post.
It’s a pretty simple project at it’s core – paint a chair and recover it – but so much more went into this project. I wanted the chair to convey a certain cross between formal and fun. I think I accomplished just that!
Of course it’s hard to ignore the navy blue walls… but more to come on that soon! In the meantime, what do you guys think of the finished chair? A good creation out of a dumpster dive?
Hi, I'm Erin!
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