Tag Archives: home decor

Project Inspiration: Inspired by Oh Joy for Land of Nod

23 Sep

oh joy dotted glow lamp
You know I love a good DIY but I also recently started a new love affair with lighting. More specifically, with lamps. I never realized how crucial they are to warming up a space and considering how hideous (and lacking) our overhead lighting is at home, I wish I’d realized this sooner. Nevertheless, it all began when I thrifted a yellow lamp from a little thrift shop up in Maine. I just swapped out the shade for a bright white barrel shade I picked up at Target and ta-dah! A gorgeous new source of light in our living room that very conveniently ties into a planter we bought we we first moved in together, (adorned with Brian’s favorite symbol ever…the fleur de lis)!

Anyways, one of my favorite design bloggers, Joy Cho, recently collaborated with the Land of Nod on a sweet, quirky collection of home-wares for the stylish child and it’s all gorgeous. Naturally! Check out the collection here. I don’t have any need for children’s bedding or nursery art right now, but I’m filing this little paint-dipped metallic lamp away for a future DIY project. Possibly for my bedroom, even. It’s be easy enough to re-create using either a metallic-based lamp or any lamp spray-painted with some metallic gold paint, then taped off with some frog tape for that “dipped” look. I’d use some milky chalk paint in a lilac or soft teal or sea foam blue, I think. Then the fun begins with hunting for a shade! Easy peasy.

la-piñaThis pineapple print, however, this needs to come home with me. I love the pineapple motif because it’s a symbol of hospitality and we do love to entertain! Also, it reminds me of our honeymoon in Hawaii where a LOT of pineapple consumption occurred.  I think it would tie in really nicely with that lamp and planter I was just telling you about actually…

Redefining our style at home

30 Sep

honing in our your home styleI love being at home, I admit it. Our apartment is filled with beautiful things we love; mementos from trips together, bookcases piled high with favorites (including one devoted to cookbooks), and a lot of entertainment-specific servery and decor like our wedding china and my silver tea sets. Home goods are my weakness.

Since we’ve started to get more serious about buying a house though, I’ve been looking at our furniture with a more critical eye. We have a couple great pieces from family mixed in with a few (more than I’d like to admit) IKEA buys, and a smattering of finds from antique and consignment stores like our wine rack/bar. (And let’s be real, I think I’d probably die without the home sections of T.J Maxx, Marshals, and the holy land: HomeGoods.)  But it never dawned on me that none of it was really “working” until I started imagining filling up an actual house. That we own.

On a break from learning about adjustable rate mortgages, PMI, and just how crazy property taxes are, I put together a Pinterest inspiration board and culled ideas down to the above. It’s just a starting point, but it has really helped to force my focus. In the last week alone, I found a gorgeous Parsons-esque console table that would be gorgeous in a foyer and a brass sculpture very similar to one above. And while shopping at the SoWa market in Boston yesterday morning, I joked with Brian about buying a Sukhothai Buddha sculpture similar to the one in the picture above. But I think I’ll wait on that. Maybe we’ll eventually make it to Thailand someday. It would make a great memento, right?