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Friday, July 8th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Fridays – Holy Aalto!

Becky

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Wow, when I first saw Flickr member j5k’s home, I thought it was some sort of Alvar Aalto landmark. It incorporates a spectacular collection of mid-century modern furniture. This post is a teaser, I encourage you to check out the entire Home set from j5k.

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Friday, May 27th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Fridays: Open Floor Plan

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Today all of our pictures come from Flickr member ardelclaveria, who is currently in Manila. Isn’t it great to be able to look through so many photos from all over the world on Flickr? It still blows my mind. Just a teeny tiny little thumbnail of this image jumped out of our Fresh New Spaces pool and bowled me over:

This is such a great way to make the most of a small dining area. The bench keeps the view open, the banquette hugs the wall, and the shapes of the furniture  and the fabrics are gorgeous choices.

A clear coffee table adds visual space, the tablescapes are brilliant, and the shaggy rug defines the sitting/lounging area. Note the way the bench straddles the two spaces and can be used in either area for seating.

Finally, I just really love ardel claveria’s photography skills. Taking interior shots that look this beautiful takes so much skill and talent. Thanks so much for adding them to our group!

All photos from Flickr member ardelclaveria.

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Monday, April 25th, 2011

Inspiration Monday! Bulbs and a Spring Freshening

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Well, it’s steamy as Hades and our bulb plants are long gone, but I know a lot of you who have been buried in snow for months are finally seeing some tulips and daffodils! This morning the Vera Company posted this picture on Facebook*

It’s time to embrace color and bright greens, in your wardrobe and your home. For a quick home makeover, do a few quick and cheap things:

1) Switch out your living room throw pillow covers for a new color scheme. Maybe even through a white slipcover over your sofa.

2) Change your duvet cover for something more fresh and springy. Take those heavy blankets and quilts to the cleaners and then stow them for the next six months.

3) Treat yourself to some new and vibrant placemats and/or a tablecloth. Gather up a few fresh blooms and put them in your favorite vases or mason jars and pop them around the house.

4) Hit the nursery and make sure all the seeds you need for your edible garden. Depending on where you live, you may want to plant them this week!

5) Spring cleaning is a deep cleaning but for now, just get organized. Gather your supplies and clean out the spot where you keep said supplies. Throw your rags and cloths in a cute bucket and organize your cleaners (i.e. do you have three bottles of window cleaner with 2″ left in each? Then combine bottle). Once you are done with this stuff, you can really get buy on vinegar, water, and baking soda for most of your cleaning news!

*I swear I have wound up following the most random stuff on Facebook, which I am sure Big Brother is collecting in to work on my FBI profile while marketing companies pay big bucks to see so they can bombard me with ads down the side for crap like “Join Kim Kardashian’s Shoe Society” – is that last one because once I jokingly put “Becky is keeping up with the Kardashians” as my status? I wonder if they realize half of it is because someone suggested I like their page and I thought “why not make them feel good”? Facebook is freaky. But I digress.

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Monday, October 11th, 2010

Home Inspiration from a “House” in Ireland

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Travel suggestion: if you ever find yourself in Ireland book a couple of nights at the Bellinter House about a half hour outside of Dublin. I just came back from a jaunt in the land of the green/cable knit sweaters and this “house” (aka mansion) was incredible. Every room was styled with such an eye, color and detail. I’m ready to paint my walls fern green, my ceilings celadon and my bathroom midnight blue all while drinking a few pints of guinness. A few of our photos from our time there (oh, and make sure you eat lots of scones…also incredible!).


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Monday, October 4th, 2010

Inspiration Monday: The Turtle People

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Last night I read my New York Times Sunday magazine in bed and was very moved by an article about the “Turtle People” on the panhandle of Florida and the Gulf Coast of Alabama. These volunteers helped keep the Loggerhead turtle nests guarded from the oil spill clean up crews, as well as taking the eggs, shipping them via FedEx (FedEx’s best P.R. move since their product placement in Cast Away) to the Atlantic coast, where the hatchlings survive by floating on sargassum (seaweed mats) during their lost years. The Turtle People talk about the addiction of looking for mothers coming onshore to dig their nests, and watching the hatchlings emerge from the sand to find their way to water. For years they have been shading these newborns from artificial light that can lure them toward parking lots instead of the water, as well as digging trenches for them to follow. I was hooked and became  a virtual Turtle person just reading about this 700 million year old species. The article literally brought tears to my eyes. When you need a little lift this week, I highly recommend reading it. Click Here. Cheers to the Turtle People!

image by Katherine Wolkoff for The New York Times

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