Vintertid in Princeton, New Jersey

It’s wintertime in Princeton, New Jersey! We’ve had a few storms lately and the streets are blanketed with snow. I thought I would share some of the beautiful streets and lovely houses I get to see everyday! Downtown Princeton ShopsPalmer Square, Princeton NJPrinceton Shops Palmer Square ShopWitherspoon Street in Princeton, NJNassau Street, Princeton NJ

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My kids and I decided to take advantage of all of the snow!
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Beautiful and Unique Chandeliers

Chandeliers and light fixtures can be a significant element in interior design. They can add uniqueness and style and personalize your home’s décor. They can also be more than just a style choice. They can be your expressive element in the art of living. I came across some beautiful and unique chandeliers that do just that.

I love ‘les pendentifs de la lumière naturelle’ (below) featured in e-magDECO’s “Un cocon familial simple et epure.”

I love adding unexpected touches like the attached water glasses to the chandelier below.

 
 
 
 
 

Idées de déco de une échelle

Idées de déco de une échelle! Decorating ideas with a ladder!

Almost everyone has a ladder in their home. If it’s just sitting in your garage or shed, think about using it in an unconventional way:  as a home décor element in your interior design. If you don’t have one, you can make your own! (see how I did it below.)

I adore the hanging ladder (below). Very easy concept to copy!

The natural-looking ladders made from branches (above) inspired me to create my own.

I collected fallen branches from my own yard then sanded each one with my hand sander.

I then cut five 16 inch pieces and taped them into place on the two longer branches.

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I drilled holes and then screwed each side of the 16 inch branch into place. I used 2.5 inch screws with thicker branches and 2 inch screws with the more narrow ones.

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IMG_5588bI love my very own échelle décoratif. I hung simple clear bulb lights like the Scandinavian interior designers do.

une echelleI hope you’ll be inspired to create your own échelle décoratif. I would love to see what you come up with!

Platypus French Country Knockoff!

I love the store Platypus. While strolling through it one day, I came across an accent table that had an old world French country feel to it. I loved it (below).

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I love the casual and time-worn look of the French Country style that also projects a simple sophistication.

One of my favorite elements is distressed painted wood. That alongside a stained natural wood captures the casualness of the countryside of France.

Sometime ago, I was fortunate enough to be given a free pedestal table from a neighbor. I stored it in my garage waiting for the inspiration to do something with it. Once I saw the table at Platypus, I knew the look I wanted.

My plain pedestal table

My plain pedestal table

I decided to use some leftover Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I had in Old White.

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I first painted the legs and base.

IMG_5189The wonderful thing about Chalk Paint is you don’t have to worry about sanding beforehand or applying the paint perfectly.

My table before being distressed.

My table before being distressed.

After two coats of paint, I took a piece of sandpaper and began sanding down the corners and curves to accentuate them and give a distressed look.

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The table had wonderful elements and classic lines that didn’t stand out when it was all one color.

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IMG_5210I love how it looks now. It adds a casual softness to my living room. Although it is a dining table, I use it as an end table (something I saw in Pottery Barn).

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I love the look of my Platypus French Country Knockoff! It adds an understated and casual elegance to my living room!

Simply Scandinavian

I found a lovely book called Simply Scandinavian by Sara Normann, Magnus Englund and Caroline Clifton-Mogg. It features inspiring homes that reflect the simplicity and elegance of the Scandinavian style, a style that originates in the Nordic countries of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

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The Scandinavian style is simple, relaxed and unpretentious. It focuses on pale and muted colors, especially white. The color palette is light and airy focusing on bringing the outside in.

Simply Scandinavian

The Scandinavian style encompasses many aesthetics from vintage-inspired to modern and contemporary rustic.

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I love the collection of small wall reliefs (above) displayed within the calm Nordic interior. Many Scandinavian interiors bear traces of journeys and collected treasures from exotic lands.

While much of the Scandinavian style emphasizes a calm quiet, accessories can often be loud and colorful.

Rustic accessories compliment simple and clean geometric backdrops.

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I love the metal wire picture holder above the natural wood table (pictured above). The whole room is airy and open reflecting the outside light.

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Nature is the main inspiration in Nordic homes. Wool rugs, wooden floors, natural stones, pewter and animal hides are prevalent in the Scandinavian style.

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Modern and rustic elements sit side by side in the Scandinavian design style. I especially love the bobbed wire pendant hanging from the ceiling (below).

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Natural textiles like linen and wool are common elements. Wicker baskets and light wooden furniture are characteristic of the Scandinavian aesthetic.

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Modern items like the vertical bookshelf and interlocking stools used as a coffee table (below) are typical of the Scandinavian style:  using old materials and techniques in a new way.

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The simplicity of the Scandinavian style can be replicated easily and affordably. Mixing rustic, vintage, modern or contemporary elements within a light, airy and always white space is easy to emulate. It is a relaxed way of living that is timeless.

Grey and White

Whether warm or cool, charcoal or pewter, gray is one of the hottest go-to colors for designers. Contrasted with white, it is sophisticated and sleek.

 

 

The latest decorating trend is painting the spaces in your home in varying shades of gray. It’s a fabulous elegant neutral backdrop to set off any color, adding depth to subtle hues and making bold tones pop. 1

 

As grey doesn’t have a ‘personality’ of its own, paired with any other colour, it allows that colour to be visible whilst grey takes a back seat. 2

Refer to nature when choosing colors to mix with grey. Tans, taupes and subtle neutrals blend well with grey. The combinations are reminiscent of mushrooms.

1. 51 Modern and fresh interiors showcasing gray paint @ www.onekindesign.com

2.Colour Psychology:  Using Grey in Interiors @ www.thedesignsheppard.com

Che Figata FRIDAY! (That’s cool, in Italian!)

On a recent vacation to the San Francisco Bay Area (my home) I came across a unique interior décor shop on College Avenue in Berkeley called Nathan & Co.

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I love this very cool pendant lamp (above). With a little ingenuity, you could make this yourself using kitchen gadgets like a colander and pans. Although I love the white, it would look great in stainless steel too! Very cool.

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I am planning on knocking off this very cool 3D wire initial (above). What a unique decoration this would be. You could insert clear mini lights to make it a light feature.

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Lately, I am really getting into wire baskets being used as light fixtures. This one (above) is very cool! You could recreate this look yourself with a metal fishing basket. Would look great painted a bright color like red or chartreuse. Che figata!

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I adore this simple hanging burlap bunny (above). It would be really easy to make. You could stuff it with herbs or potpourri.

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If you like the Nordic tradition of hanging antlers on a wall but don’t want to use real ones, these iron antlers (above) would be perfect. Very cool!

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I ended up buying these cute hanging candle holders (above). They could easily be copied using a simple water glass and twine. Simple but very cool!

Che figata FRIDAY! (That’s cool, in Italian)

While I was vacationing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California I visited a little town called Jamestown. It’s a quaint spot just off highway 108 in the center of California gold country. The buildings are reminiscent of the 1840s and 50s gold rush, and several antique stores take you back in time. I came across some very cool wire fishing baskets.

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By inserting a light bulb they could easily be transformed into very cool light fixtures similar to the ones featured below.

Che figata! Very cool! 

Che Figata FRIDAY! (That’s cool, in Italian)

In the latest issue of Sköna hem magazine I came across these hanging glass lamps called Hänglykta Glas from Granit.

They are basically wine bottles with a metal hanging device for tea lights on the inside.

You just pull the wine bottle up to insert the tea light. You can purchase a chain separately. I’ve seen wine bottles up cycled into candleholders, but not like this.

hanglykta2Very cool! Che figata!

Alpine Design

On a recent vacation to the California Sierras I was admiring the rustic, natural look of the Alpine design asthetic. I love the primitive, woodsy approach that fits perfectly into a mountain setting.

Natural elements like stone and branches add a minimalistic quality.

Large planked wood can add that Alpine touch.

Creative touches using natural elements can be fun rustic additions.

Antlers are an easy way to give a mountainous feel.

I love adding a modern twist with sheepskin throws.

Flannel touches with primitive designs are a must!

Traditional rugged items like leather, reclaimed wood and trophy heads can give a chic alpine look.

Wood, wood and more wood mixed with a modern approach.

Go Alpine chic with furry throws and a white color palette.