Friday, May 28, 2010

Tickle Me Pink






Pink has never been my favorite color, in fact, just the opposite. A life long tomboy, I used to  cringe at the thought of anything pink. Lately, however, I have begun to appreciate the many faces of pink. From soft, subtle, and blushing, to electric, dramatic, and over-the-top, pink is commanding my attention. 





This is the view out the window of my home office.





I can't stop staring at the pink. This is how it begins for me. One little thing can spark an obsession. Next thing you know, I'm in deep...........



Lovely Blushing Abodes:

















Bold Exterior Accessories:











Patio Punch:












Living Room Glow:


















Dramatic Dining:













Sugar and Spice:
















Sweet Dreams:















Powder Rooms:











Now that I have taken the pink plunge, I'm going to use the inspiration to help correct a big blue mistake. (Done under duress)



In a few weeks I'm smothering the blue with this:






A soft brown/pink grasscloth wallpaper.
(I'll let you know how it turns out.)






If it doesn't remedy the situation then there's always this:





Saturday, May 8, 2010

Fantasy (inspiration) -vs- Reality (budget)








...A typical teenage girl's bedroom. (missing several pieces of white wicker furniture, sold on Craig's List)






This now "college age" young lady would like her bedroom to look and feel a little more like this:





...but on a budget



Fantasy:







Curved Front Dresser
1920's American
$2800
1st Dibs





Nickel Finish Lacquered Desk
1960s-70s
$2400
1st Dibs






Pair Modern End Tables
USA
$1990
1st Dibs






Two Piece Wood Framed King Size Headboard
upholstered in Dedar fabric
$1800
1st Dibs






Large Blue Ceramic Lamp by Keramis
1940's Belgium
$1450
1st Dibs






Carved Alabaster Lamp
1940 France
$750
1st Dibs





Variable Cube Stacked Lamp
$336
Circa Lighting


Pair "Les Cles" Framed Hermes Scarves
1980's France
$1750
1st Dibs





Reality:





Pair of Lovely Painted Chairs
A contribution from a favorite aunt
$0






Painted Chest With Verdigris Pulls
painted "Natural Element" #1515 Benjamin Moore (same as walls)
$250
Flea Market







Parson Desk With Drawers
$299
West Elm





Harvey Carbon Nightstand
$99.95
cb2






Toulouse Velvet Headboard
$329
Target






Blue Ceramic Lamp
$65
Flea Market






Alabaster Lamp
Contribution from favorite aunt
$0






Stacked Crystal Lamps
$40 pair
Target

Vintage Scarves
$9 each
Ebay


Frames
$200 pair
Black Dog Gallery









Fringed Burlap Curtains
$50 per panel
Burlap Tablecloth with jute fringe
$65
Ballard Designs






There are still things left to purchase; a bed skirt, mirror, art work, accessories, etc. 
But the young college student returns home this weekend and she needs to put her own mark on the space. The bones are there.