I have a friend who’s been living with the same hand-me-down patio furniture for ten years now. She recently said to me, “A change is a comin’!” She also said she doesn’t have the ability to visualize new possibilities and wants my help kick starting her creative juices. I asked a few general questions about the feel she’s going for and she said she wants a dining/gathering space that’s either a vibrant, fresh feel that her seven year old daughter would be drawn to or a more natural and serene grown-up place. Obviously, these are two completely different feels which most definitely call for two different inspiration boards.
I often see her house, already know her taste, so I didn’t feel the need to ask too many detailed questions regarding her style. As much as I wanted to have fun pretending to be Emily Henderson on Secrets From a Stylist, you know, at the beginning of the show when she lays out several random objects and asks the clients to choose what they like so she can get an idea of their style , it just wasn’t necessary. Oh well, I guess I can play that game some other time. Moving on…
These inspiration boards are just that… inspiration to get her creative juices flowing. She’s not looking to buy a bunch of pieces as she’s on a tight budget. I’m giving her ideas for her space and then she’ll go thrift/Craigslist/garage sale/flea market shopping (and might ask me along for the ride if I’m so lucky). Buying items on the cheap and turning them into something that works for a space is the fun part! Okay, some of us think it’s fun. Here’s the first “vibrant and fresh” sun-inspired board for her daughter:
1-4. All from www.fabric.com. I thought this was a fun combo for pillows, seat cushions, place mats, placing in picture frames for art on the wall, etc. The options are endless. Waverly Modern Essentials Glamour Marine, Waverly Pom Pom Play Spa, Waverly Stepping Out Matelasse Sunshine, Vintage Poly Burlap Khaki . Tip for buying small amounts of fabric: If you scour through the remnant or clearance piles, you can often find enough fabric for the project in need for usually 3/4 of the cost.
5-7. All from www.shopten25.com. I love the playfulness these invite into the room. Aren’t they adorable? Mama & Baby Birds, girl dog small, you are my sunshine. Tip: If you’re artistic, you can easily use these as inspiration pieces and create something similar at a fraction of the cost.
8-10. All from www.pier1.com. Fun options to bring more vibrant color into the room. Yellow Outdoor Stacking Armchair, Santa Barbara Table – White, Blue Outdoor Stacking Armchair. Tip: Wicker is a dime a dozen found on Craigslist, garage sales, and heck, even on the side of the road. A good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint does wicker good.
11. A neutral area rug grounds the vibrant colors and invites an element of nature. This particular rug is also an indoor/outdoor variety so it’ll hold up well on the patio. I can attest to that because I have this rug in my sun room.
12. Love this! So fun for her daughter, plus it continues to invite more natural grounding color in the room with the brown wicker.
13. Contrary to popular belief, growing a lemon tree indoors isn’t impossible. You really can do it! It brings nature indoors and makes you proud to say the lemonade you made came from lemons grown on your tree!
Here’s board number two – the natural, serene feel:
Overall, you’ll notice the very natural and serene feel to the room. The variety of materials and colors chosen aids in this feel.
1. I am typically not a fan of fans, but I love this one! I’ve never seen a canvas blade and I appreciate the artistic flare.
2-5. All from www.shopten25.com. I really like this light and couldn’t decided between the fan or the light so I threw both in. This light brings in a nice, feminine touch and is oh so pretty. The bowls add a nice pop of color without screaming at you. The candle holders, are just plain cool. The birds add height and interest in the room.
6. Another item on this inspiration board I really love are these hanging containers. The white juxtaposed with the leather straps is elegant and smartly designed!
7-8. Don’t you love the checkered floor with the white brick wall in number 7? I tossed this into the mix because one of her walls is white brick. When it comes to indoor fountains, often times they can be a bit loud in an enclosed area, but I added it because she loves them! The table is a beauty right along with the price. However, I love the wood tone in combination with the rest of the items.
9. I chose this artwork because it does a couple of things: it brings in a nice pop of color, yet still remains soothing; and it brings the outside in.
10. These drums have a multitude of uses: storage; plant containers; or flip them over and place round cushions on them for additional seating. Anything you can imagine, you can make work!
What do you think? My friend wanted me to ask which direction you think she should go? Did I also mention she has a tough time making decisions? 🙂
Have a great day!