Posts tagged ‘Mirrors’

April 6, 2011

No (entry)way

by Cait

Does anyone remember back in November when I said we were thinking of moving the hutch back? Well, we moved it back a while ago and now I’m thinking about building a console to go on the wall where the hutch was. We don’t have a real entryway (aside from the one we sort of made/are making by the backdoor), the door just opens into the library. I think a console table might help transition the area better than having the hutch there.  Currently we have a nightstand/side table next to the door with a bowl for spare change and a hook for keys above it, but my purse always ends up sitting on the floor, the window seat, etc and jackets get slung over dining room chairs.

This wall; apparently I don’t have any other pictures.

At the moment we have two stools on that wall as a place holder , but I’d like to build something sort of like the (no longer available) West Elm Chunky Console.


And also, I’ll take one of those heater vents, i’ts gorgeous!

The idea that I keep kicking around in my head is to use 4×4 posts and maybe make it kind of rustic (and closer to the color of the first WE console), but I also saw a similar desk/console on Ana White that I’ve been considering retrofitting to work for us (hidden storage? yes please).  I’ve heard a lot of great things about the plans on her site, so that is definitely an option.

mirror-small

After we tackle that, I hope to move our green mirror over the console and take on a version of the key & coat rack that Tim made for Kara to go behind/beside our door.

Anyone else working on their entryway recently?  Have you seen Rebecca & Mike’s new entryway table?  The lamp they found for it is awesome!

August 6, 2010

Our Style

by Cait

I sometimes describe our style as Pottery Barn meets artist’s loft.  Or maybe Shabby Chic with a touch of ReadyMade.  Ok, so I haven’t come up with a term yet, but we tend to go for classic pieces with fun accessories, and as a result we have a few reoccurring style trends throughout our home.

  1. Glass Jars & Metal Canisters- We use these for storage in the kitchen and in the bathroom to hold coffee, sugar, bath salts. They’re a nicer option than the packages things come in from the store, and greener than plastic containers.
  2. glass jar

  3. Baskets- We use them to store things that can’t be stored in jars and cans, like DVDs and toilet paper.
  4. tv console

  5. Mirrors– I have a small obsession with mirrors. (Which is kind of funny, because at one point Robert had an intense hatred of mirrors.) We bought this one at HomeGoods and painted it green to replace we the one in the guest bath, which is slightly smaller and used to hang here, and we have a horizontal version in the hallway to bounce more light in there as well. And that isn’t even mentioning the mirror in the living room, the full length mirror in the bed room, and so on. Oi.
  6. mirror-small

  7. Seeded glass is another decor love of ours. We made this beauty from a glass shade we bought at a local home renovation outlet and a pendant lamp kit from Lowe’s, and then we went back to grab the last two matching shades to make a light fixture for the dining room. And every ceiling fan (we live in Florida, ok?) has seeded glass shades, because the easy upgrade was easier on the pocketbook than buying five new fans.
  8. kitchen light

  9. Fun Accessories- We like to accentuate our house with things to keep it from looking too Pottery Barn (although Pottery Barn is adding more and more of its own fun accessories recently).  Ours range anywhere from this white elephant to a ceramic version of the coffee cups used in New York the red swingline from Office Space
  10. White Elephant

What about you guys, do you any repeats in your homes?  Maybe they’re in a broader sense than ours, like how we have cushy rugs in a couple rooms, and woven textures popping up in several places?