Thursday, August 20, 2015

on maps and globes....

Something I always consider when decorating is how long will this be 'in'?  I love a trendy home but I also love a timeless home!  I love to incorporate touches of design that will last no matter what styles come and go.   And I feel like maps and globes will stand the test of time because they are tangible pieces of reality!  Whether they're so old they are no longer factual or simplistic with a more modern edge, it is history and timeless all the same.  And globes, with their different sizes, colors, and abilities to show longitude, latitude, altitude... they are just so fun!

So naturally, we have incorporated some globes and maps into our home.  The first map I'll share with you that is in our living room is our absolute favorite!  It is a map of Paris from 1734!!  And the map itself is 6.5 ft x 8.5 ft with a 2 inch custom frame.  This map originally came in black and white but we stained it to get more of an antique look to it.  It covers the largest wall in the living room and we've never regretted that decision.  It is gorgeous and we get lost in it's detail all these years later (4 years after putting it up!).  Occasionally we have our sofa or loveseat against this wall and I was never able to get the decor just right on this wall that enabled us to still change up our seating prior to putting this map up.  I tried collages and whatnot but it was always much too busy.  This is a huge focal point but at the same time, it's never overwhelming or out of character or out of style for that matter.  Actually, it is the only thing that hasn't changed in this room in the last four years!!  Check it out :)





 These show about 2-3 inches of the detail in this map.  It is absolutely incredible and you can see how we can get lost studying the detail over and over!






The other map we have displayed in our home, currently in our dining room, is this old school map.  It's a bit more vintage than our Paris map and I love it!  These maps aren't easy to come by and when you do, they are usually a couple of hundred dollars.  We've been spying out drop-down maps each time we are at a flea market, antique shop, old building.... but they are never to our price-bracket :)  We got this one for a steal- $25!!  And that was without bartering!  For now, it is displayed in our dining room. It would be a great, colorful, educational piece for our basement which has our kids' main play area but then it isn't enjoyed by us adults as quick!  So this is where she'll stay for now!






And then we have our globes.  The smallest one is from the global bazaar that Target used to have.  This was like a decade ago that they used to do this... not sure why our Target hasn't kept going with it?!  Maybe it's because we can go to World Market for the same experience which is where our middle sized globe is from.  And the largest globe was a flea market or antique store find.  All different and I like the impact the colors have in our darkened basement playroom/theater.









 If you're curious about the rest of our basement, check out what is behind this bookcase (hint: the bookcase is a hidden doorway to another realm!)


So my vote is buy maps and globes and I have a feeling you will find places to use them for years to come!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

antlers in my mudroom

I've collected some antlers over time never knowing how or where I was going to use them.  And two of them weren't exactly attractive.  While going through some extra fabrics, I had the idea to wrap the mounts up.  I should have made a DIY of this but you really don't need lengthy explanations or pictures!  I simply wrapped it in a way that it laid nice and smooth on the front side and then just went to town with the staple gun on the backside!  

Here is the before:
 And after:)


Now where to put them.  I decided to change this wall up:


We've had this door/hook rack set up for a couple of years and it's fine but there are never enough hooks and it's just not my favorite.  Actually, our plan is to do plank boards on this wall but it's not a project I want to delve into while it's summertime!  So anyways, I wrapped the antlers
...and added IKEA hooks to this board...
...and put it on this wall (that's a radiant heater we've tried to work with!)...

And Voila!










That's better!  I'm certain that this wall wont' stay this way forever since I'm so over the beadboard here but for now, it works!  So what are you waiting for?!  Go wrap up some of your antler mounts!

Friday, July 24, 2015

the dining room

As with every other room in our home, our dining room is always evolving.  This is how it looks right now but it probably won't be this way for long!






 What I like about this space is that it's completely open to the rest of the kitchen.  It makes it easier for me to prep for dinner while entertaining the kids can be around the table.  We also enjoy having friends over and the open concept works best.  When we bought the home, there was a wall dividing the dining room from the kitchen.  We tore the wall out and it was one of the best changes we've ever made to this boxy ranch house!

What I don't care for so much are the dining room chairs!  Disregard those!  They're fine and they serve their purpose but someday we hope to buy the chairs we'd prefer to have around the table.  But for now, these 'secondhand chairs' are just fine!

I love to be in a home that represents the owner's own unique style.  Which means it can't always be easily replicated!  That's one thing that I absolutely love about doing interior design: to creatively morph old with new, vintage with modern, antiques with Ikea all while keeping rooms coherent throughout the entire home.

Here are some personal touches in our dining room:



 This is us :)



Our tablescape is simple: a vase with water and thrift store glasses are ready to go so it's one less thing to worry about when it comes to setting the table each night!





 We added the plank ceiling and beams for some extra character (and with a few sheets of plywood, a gallon of paint, a table saw, chop box, and a Saturday, you can do this too!)
Sources:
Table: World Market
Light Fixtures: Lowes
Upholstered chair and kiddie chair (to the left), shelf brackets: Ikea
The rest: Flea Markets and the like!!