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Make It Bloom Everyday With Royal Design Studio Wall Stencils

Royal Design Studio Japanese Hydrangea Stencill

 

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Apparently Wallpaper is making a big comeback, which is nice. But wall stencils make it easy to chose patter over plain paint, without the worry of removing it at some later date. I've wallpapered, stripped, and painted, then wallpapered again plenty of times in my life. In fact I spent Spring Break during my Sophomore year in High School removing wallpaper and painting my bedroom a lilac shade not so different that the colors you see in this photo above, which features stencils from Royal Design Studio. For the design-inclined, this probably doesn't seem so strange--but my friends thought it was some sort of punishment. I simply remember it as a deeply gratifying week of work, during which I must have listened to Peter Frampton about 500 times. Even now whenever I hear his music, I imagine smelling the faint scent of fresh paint. 

Photo Credits: Left, Royal Design Studio, Japanese Hydrangea. Right, Emily Anderson.


How To Stencil With Royal Design Studio

Royal Design Studio Japanese Hydrangea Stencill

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Wallpaper is finally making a comeback. With the many beautiful artisan options out there, I am excited to see more paper-on-walls inside my favorite shelter magazines. If you are still wallpaper-shy, wall stencils let you choose pattern over paint without the worry of removing it at some later date. I've wallpapered, stripped, and painted, then wallpapered again plenty of times in my life, so it really isn't a big deal to me. In fact, I spent my Spring Break Sophomore year of High School removing wallpaper and painting my bedroom a lilac shade that is not so different from the one in the above photo of a room by Royal Design Studio. Modello Designs is another source you might look into for decorative paint ideas. For the design-inclined, this probably doesn't seem so strange--but my friends thought it was some sort of punishment. I simply remember it as a deeply gratifying week of work, during which I must have listened to Peter Frampton about 500 times. Even now whenever I hear his music, I imagine smelling the faint scent of fresh paint, and having such pretty walls to look at.

Photo Credits: Left, Royal Design Studio, Japanese Hydrangea. Right, Emily Anderson.

P.S. You absolutely do not have to use the toxic wallpaper removing chemicals to get the job done. There are many different theories, but the best one (for me) is still a spray bottle filled with a water and baking soda solution, and a putty knife. But there is an art to removing wallpaper, and each case is different and depends mostly on how the paper was installed. HGTV has a thorough overview of things you need to consider, as well as best practices. But, I contend that the solvent (chemicals) they suggest are necessarily going to work any better than the natural solution I recommend, plus a lot of elbow grease. Personally, this is one of those things that if you can afford it, is definitely worth paying someone else to do...I'm just saying...#DIFM ;)

XO

Emily


Craft-Art Kitchen + Trueform Concrete

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How will you be spending your weekend--are you lucky enough to have a kitchen that is as warm and friendly as this one? This kitchen is right up my alley, a little eclectic, simple, functional, and built for a real cook. The wood counter top on the island is really pretty, I wonder if it's an eco-friendly counter top, maybe made from recycled wood from a company like Craft-Art. The other counter top seems to be a grey soapstone counter--or perhaps it's concrete (yes, concrete.) Trueform Concrete is just one resource for an eco-friendly concrete counter top. The other material in the kitchen that could easily be sustainable--how about recycled glass tile? Did you know that glass is one of the best materials to recycle? It can be recycled many times before it breaks down. I found some really nice option (but a little smaller-more like subway tiles) from Modwalls, and I have to say these eco-friendly glass tiles are pretty nice, don't you think? As I shared in a recent post about Danish-Inspired Bornholm Kitchen, I am a fan of the integrated kitchen. I love a big open space, where the cooks can still chat with the guests. So the armoire in this kitchen is exactly the sort of thing I would want in my own kitchen. Chances are the owners needed a custom made piece, and what a wonderful opportunity to invest in something that will last and be handed down to the next generation. Of course, this is not my kitchen...yet. But maybe someday. I hope you have a wonderful weekend in your own cozy kitchen.

XO

Emily

 

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Perigree Moons and A Vernal Equinox

Did you see the perigree moon on March 19th? It was larger and closer than it has been in about 20 years.

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Don't you love the idea that we all gaze upon the same sky no matter where in the world we are? Nothing else so transcends our specific roles in whichever society we call our own. The magic of science is never lost on me, and I can only hope to have this childlike wonder until my very last breath. But there's a serious side to this discussion--how we have decided to turn off our awareness of how powerful nature is. We are living our lives completely out of balance, out of touch with what works and what doesn't work. I can't help but feel that we are squandering the hard earned progress of humanity over the course of billions of years. It seems like we want to maximize our own pleasure and have very little time for anything else. As I write this, I am looking out the window at a blue Mercedes, the driver is parked and sipping a bottle of Perrier. Can you tell me--is that all there is? Tonight when I'm looking up at the sky, I'll be thinking of you, will you be thinking of me too?



Fun Silly Fabulous...Fashion.

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This little lady perfectly embodies the messy, silly, trite, fabulousness of fashion...wearing slippers because...just because. Mis-matched nail-polish, and the ridiculously pricey garb she just, oh, threw on and then ran out the door. Silly. And Awesome.


Le Souk Suzani Poufs + Danielle de Lange

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I've had a slight fixation on poufs, floor cushions, or whatever you call them--I like pillows you can sit on the floor with. It's probably inspired by my love of Yoga and intention to keep my spine in allignment. I've loved Le Souk for a long time, Danielle de Lange is the Dutch owner of Le Souk. She also has a fabulous design blog The Style Files (in case you didn't already know!).

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Danielle has an incredible eye for the rare but useful items...these are things you won't see in every design magazine and blog, but certainly are items you can use and love. Read more about the wonderful eclectic style of Danielle de Lange on these sites...which might also be some new online destinations you should visit:

New England Design Blog

Etsy

The Latest Story

Interior Design Magazine

Kim Vallee

Emma and Maha

Or Find Danielle de Lange here:

Flickr

Twitter

The Style Files Blog


Finding Treasure On Ebay

ebay and artist jil weinstock

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Based on New York City's Lower East Side, artist Jil Weinstock reimagines  everyday items she finds on ebay. She gives new meaning to turning trash into treasure. Toys are dipped in bronze or wrapped in rubber and are transformed into objects with just a hint of nostalgia. Only when you see the item in original form do you even know for sure what it once was. Whether it's a doll's dress or a plastic toy airplane, Weinstock captures the familiar past for us to revisit. (As seen on ebay's blog The Inside Source which featured Jil Weinstock here.)


Modern Danish Design + Bornholm Kitchen

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Due to the beautiful weather this weekend, as well as two children's birthday parties to attend, and a little house-hunting drama, I did not make it to the 2011 Architectural Digest Home Show. Of course I'm a little sad I didn't get to see some of the amazing new products from Designers that include Susan Serra, and her amazingly beautiful Danish-influenced new kitchen designs--Bornholm Kitchen. You can read more about her pieces today on Design Milk. But here's a little taste, so to speak.

Susan's pieces are freestanding, which is perfect for someone like me who loves an open floorplan and seamless integration of rooms. Go to her site, Bornholm Kitchen, for information about ordering.

Here are a few more great recaps of the Architectural Digest Home Design Show:

ABCD Design

Pretty Little Green Things

Home Improvement Ninja

New York Portraits

Decor Musings

Quintessence Blog

Leslie Fine Interiors

 

 


New York Gift Show: Japanese Design Love

green living + design = japan

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Yes, Japan is struggling in spectacular and heartbreaking fashion. Even so, I can't help but believe they will prevail with the innovation and good design for which they are renowned. I recently had the opportunity to discover a few new green living ideas from Japan at the New York International Gift Fair here in New York City. You can read more about that here. In the meantime, I will keep Japan in my heart and look forward to seeing their ingenuity in action, probably teaching us all a little something about the true power of good design and collective action.

 


Luck Be Two Ladies

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St. Patrick's Day snuck up on me, not unlike luck itself--with it's strange and wonderful ways. I almost forgot to wear any green clothing for St. Patrick's Day--oh no! Perish the thought. I had to go back and change before I left the house. I like St. Patrick's Day, well I like any day where the main focus is wearing green clothing ;) Mostly I like it because it reminds me of my Mom and my Grandmother, two lovely Irish lasses I was very lucky to know. Whatever you did I hope you had a fun-filled Green St. Patrick's Day--even if you forgot your green too.

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*This is a green living inspiration board I put together on @Pinterest a few weeks ago. I told you I liked green living :)

XO

Emily