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Friday, May 21st, 2010

Flickr Fridays: Black and White

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Earlier this week I was catching up on sfgirlbybay (she’s moved! She has an ENTIRE new place to decorate!), and I love her chalkboard dining room. She says she’s not done yet, but I’m loving it as is:

How different from that light-filled dining area she had in her old place. Doesn’t the wood table look like a completely different piece in this context? And I recognize that painting, and now it seems to have been made for this space – instead of some formal portrait of a great-great-great ancestor in a white collar looking stoic, we have the cool James Dean-ish dude. It makes me break out in a smile just looking at it.

Anyway, this image, combined with Ali’s image featured yesterday, had me scouting for black and white images in our Fresh New Spaces Group. I’ll pop in with some favorites throughout the day today. Here’s one from Flickr member J.E.N.:

Matvarufabriken

and two more from Flickr member TheMatt:

My house so far

My house so far

I highly recommend checking out J.E.N. and TheMatt’s photostreams – it’s hard to choose an image to feature because there are so many great ones!

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Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Black and White Style: A Preview

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I found myself feeling really happy when I looked at this picture last night and then started scouring flickr for some favorite black and white (and charcoal) images to share with you in tomorrow’s “Flickr Faves on Fridays” post. Then I thought, why not share the image that inspired me in the first place as well? It comes from our very own Ali Beckford, who is a super-stylist and photographer (and hilarious, when you click over to her blog, make sure to check out this post). She and he professional photographer S.O. Cooper love to snag their neighbor’s toss-aside furniture from their hallway and they scored big time with this dresser.

As for some of the other pieces, Ali tracked down the camera print after spotting it in this Unison Porter bedding shot:

The artist is Rod Hunting. The vintage clock came from an old school in Olympia Washington. Doesn’t it remind you of being bored out of your mind in some high school class, praying for the second hand to move, thinking that the bell was NEVER going to ring!

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Friday, April 16th, 2010

Flickr Fave of the Week: Kim’s Bathroom Renovation

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Wow! I cannot believe the difference in Desire to Inspire’s Kim’s bathroom! It’s in my all-time favorite color combination, taxicab yellow, black, and white. She even managed to throw in a little bit of green. This is how you do vintage modern – Kim has the perfect combination of old and new pieces. Check out all of the little details, like the light fixtures and those black and white hooks. Make sure you look at the entire renovation process that includes the BEFORE pictures over at Desire to Inspire.

All photographs from flickr member (and Desire to Inspire author) kimhas7cats. One of my very first flickr contacts, back when there were only five cats. Thanks you for adding these to our Fresh New Spaces group Kim!

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Green Tip & Product of the Week

Becky

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Oops, I forgot to do anything lazy and green last week. I did not decrease my carbon footprint whatsoever, well, except I finally learned how to use my stupid digital thermostat. I had lost the instructions and the thing is surprisingly complicated. I miss my old school thermostat, to tell you the truth. It’s not easy being green sometimes. However, it’s not very hard either.

Anyway, it was hard for me to stop rinsing my dishes before stacking them in the dishwasher. It feels gross. Also, a word to the wise, if you have a bowl with bits of cereal or parmesean cheese stuck to it, you’re going to have to give it a little soak or a wipe in order for it to get clean; your dishwasher is not a miracle worker, however, press on! In Georgia, now that we are conserving water so well, the price of water went up in order to make up for the water company’s lack of profits, which is really bad karma for the water company, but anyway, the less water used, the better and even the cheaper. If you aren’t concerned about water usage yet, go pick up this month’s issue of GOOD magazine. Personally, I’m not real anxious to drink my own urine anytime soon, so I’m happy to do my part to conserve water.

Onto more fun things: The Product! This week I looked under my nose to see if any sustainable products here on DP were calling my name and low and behold, it was the Unison Larch Organic Blanket. This blanket is 100% organic cotton. I love the photographic quality of the image and how striking it is. While I think this looks great in the styled product shot, I can also see it used more as a spread, and in my own home, I think I would drape it over my super boring neutral sofa in order to give it some oomph. This also makes a good wedding present, so long as you have a good idea of the couple’s taste. Personally, I am usually way too disorgainzed to get to order from the registry before all that’s left is a $150 knife from Crate and Barrel.

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Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Flickr Faves on Fridays

Becky

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I’m going to try and do a few of these little flickr posts one at a time today. I’ve been catching up on some of marking some faves from our Fresh New Spaces flickr group. Here’s the first. I love this dining room from white owl remade’s photostream.

dining room

I thought the only thing I might add to it would be wallpaper, and then I saw this note by the picture:

my dining room… I keep thinking of wallpaper, but then I’m such a fan of white walls…

I suggest this lovely print as seen in Wyoming99!’s photostream:

wall paper detail

Here is a larger shot of the print:

new wallpaper

Do you think it will work? Do you have any other favorite prints that would work with that lovely black and white dining room? Do you know where that soapdish came from in the last photo? I love it!

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