Fresh Decorating Ideas For A Fresh New Year

Fresh New Year
I recently came across some fresh ideas in interior design. From Williams-Sonoma Home comes the concept of layering an animal hide on top of another rug.
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I was inspired so much that I knock-offed the idea in my own living room…
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I’m crazy about this hair-on-hide leather bench with stainless steel legs (below). Again, from Williams-Sonoma Home. Very modern yet timeless.

This winter I am really into faux fur pillows. They add a warm and cozy feeling. I like to stick to the lighter variations, so they can also work in the warmer seasons. The one below is a genuine Mongolian lambswool pillow. I got my faux fur pillows from Pottery Barn.
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My knock-off of decorating with faux fur pillows…
IMG_0448I love the black and white tile backsplash from HGTV’s show Fixer Upper. It adds a fresh and unique touch. It also personalizes the space without overdoing it.
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Here’s another example of personalizing tile in a kitchen. Below is the Granada Decorative Field in Grigio stone mosaic design from the Villa D’Oro collection of Walker Zanger.
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Another fresh idea is to have a collection of mirrors on a wall instead of one conventional framed mirror. I adore the whimsical array from Cote Sud below.

And the elegant and modern display below, featured at Walker Zanger.

I love this simple and easy decoration using galvanized buckets. The grass and tree trunk slab make it very organic and modern. Again, from Fixer Upper.

Here’s another fresh idea using galvanized buckets.
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I love the overall look of this dining room. Accessorizing with natural elements such as wood and anters is simple and adds a rustic touch.
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Here’s my knock-off of the idea of decorating with natural wood elements straight from nature…

I recently visited a new restaurant in our town called Agricola. The décor combines an organic farmhouse motif with industrial modern. I love their innovative chandelier made from vases hanging upside down. It’s a real eye catcher.
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My father was a big collector of railroad insulator lights. I’ve always wanted to use them in some innovative way. At Agricola, they have upcycled them into hanging pendants over their bar. It adds a very rustic yet industrial flair.
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insulator lights at Agricola
From Blomsterverkstad, comes another innovative item, ice lanterns. A creative idea that could very easily light the way to a winter get-together.
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I love these simple, clean and fresh looking basket pendants. They are featured on Krista Keltanen’s blog. They are an open woven market basket lamp from Tine K Home. Perfect if you want a light fixture that is large but airy and modern.
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Happy New Year!

Malatesta Maison

A one-time country home of the Malatesta family (an Italian family that ruled over Rimini, Italy from 1295 until 1500) has been passionately restored into a family-owned B&B, the Malatesta Maison. This rustic stone farmhouse in the valley of the Marches, has modern elements like concrete and metal in its interior (an innovative contrast to the exterior) that is complimented by its simple and vintage décor.

The interior reflects the Scandinavian design style (from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland) with its clean lines, light textiles, scaled back accessories and mid-century furniture.

The eclectic taste of the owners, Claudia and Carlo Ruzza, is simple, functional and minimalistic.

Black accents contrast the stark white walls and neutral pallette, and add dimension and texture.

 

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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!

Inexpensive Decor Ideas

If you’re anything like me:  you love and appreciate interior design and décor but the practicalities of life get in the way, specifically money. Here are some inexpensive décor ideas that I think you’ll love.

From  Lina pa Landet (above and below) comes the inexpensive idea of using an old door as a headboard and a simple wine crate as a nightstand. Inexpensive while also being modern and cool.

You can also use simple frames and rope or twine for wall décor (also above), without worrying about the expense of prints and mattes.

From My Scandinavian Home, I love the idea of a simple branch with a simple garland or string of white lights being transformed into wall décor (above). And the star made from twigs is an easy diy project.

Using paper lanterns (above) is another cheap way to add texture and interest.

Make your own artwork. Knock-off artwork you see in magazines or in galleries (I like the image above). A simple white canvas with paint or colored paper can add a modern and original touch.

I love the idea of bringing the outside in (above). Use tree branches for art. Adds a modern 3-dimensional touch.

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From HGTV comes an easy and inexpensive décor idea:  use rope or twine to hang curtains. Adds a fun rustic feel!

Another way to “bring the outside in” is to use a log or tree stump (above) as an end table.

Can’t afford expensive dining chairs? Find miscellaneous chairs at estate sales, consignment stores or thrift stores and paint them all the same color.

Again, using thrift store finds and old wooden crates (above), a room can be fabulous.

Decorating with rocks, sand and pebbles is an easy and inexpensive way to fill up a sparce space.

Incorporating iron gates and ladders (above) and other unusual elements adds a rustic and unexpected touch.

Use your own old books or find some at thrift stores and paint them all white. Stack and glue. Voila! A stack of old books becomes a night stand. Love this idea!

Take a simple pallet (above), paint it and attach industrial wheels. Great coffee table! Or stain it and use it as a display rack for dishes (below).

Use a simple inexpensive string of lights (usually on sale at the end of a season) in place of an expensive lamp. Very modern.

Great idea to use wooden skirt hangers (above) or metal clasps (below) to display art.

I love the idea (below) of using an ordinary ladder as a bookcase.

I hope you are inspired by these inexpensive decor ideas to create your own masterpieces. I will definitely be knocking-off some of these unique low-cost design concepts myself.

Mexican Style with a Modern Twist!

In the small town of Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico the fine art of weaving rugs has existed for centuries dating back to 500 BC. The Zapotec Indians of Teotitlán create hand-crafted rugs and other textiles from wool and natural dyes. The designs and dye palettes are unique to each family’s tradition.

The colorful geometric patterns reflect artistic traditions of the Southwest, Latin America and Asia.

I love the Mexican/Southwestern/Spanish influence in interior design:  earthy tones, arched entryways, heavy woods, colorful tiles and stucco walls. I also love blending it with other design approaches. I found some interior design ideas that do just that:  Mexican Style with a Modern Twist!

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Although not very modern at the core, the bedroom above at modenews.zalando.nl reflects a more traditional Mexican feel with ornate woods, conventional décor and lots of decorative textiles. It has a modern sense with its mix of the southwest. I love it.

By incorporating Mexican textiles as rugs and pillows, an otherwise modern or minimalist room can reflect a natural warmth.

A simple Mexican textile can add an eclectic surprise even when remaining monochromatic (below).

You can mix a single rug into a sparce space to keep lines simple and clean (from plastolux.com above) or layer several textiles for a more dramatic effect (below).

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Clean white stucco walls and coarse elements as raw woods conjure up an earthy Mexican image.

Touches of colorful textiles, ornate woods, ornate iron elements and simple stoneware exude a southwestern feel.

Simple flat weave rugs whether Mexican, Indian or Persian can accentuate any form of modern design.

Traditional Mexican colors mixed into your home’s interior can add a southwestern feel. I adore the fiesta ware below from Diane Keaton’s home in Architectural Digest and featured on cactuscreekdaily.com.

I hope you have enjoyed the Mexican design style with a modern twist. Here’s how I’ve incorporated a bit of Mexican style into my own home…

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My Fiestaware Kitchen!

My California Mission tiles.

My California Mission tiles.

My Mexican inspired deck.

My Mexican inspired deck.

I love the Mexican style with a modern twist. It is an eclectic and non-conforming approach which reflects a modern design sense –  that is all about the mix!

Nordisk Hvitt – Winter White

Outside my window

Outside my window

The landscape outside my window is cold and wintry white. The combination of the brilliant white and the natural wood is reminiscent of the beautiful Nordic Style. It encompasses simple, warm and natural elements reflective of the chilly landscapes of Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

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Furs and acrylic chairs mix a natural warmth with a cool modern feel. From Regards et Maisons (below).

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From regardsetmaison.blogspot.com

 

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From heltenkelt.elsasentourage.se

The Nordic Style of interior design incorporates a minimalistic approach (hence, the all white color) with a rustic naturalness (furs, light wood and basic elements).

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From photobucket.com

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From Villapaprika.no

The use of soft organic linens with striking white textiles reflects the Nordic Style’s inspiration: nature in winter.

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From photobucket.com

Natural fiber rugs and natural linen textiles along with a striking brilliant white reflect the snow-capped barren trees found in my own back yard!

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From Villapaprika.no

From Solstrandinterior.no

From Solstrandinterior.no

The simple character of the Nordic Style, the lightness of textiles and woods exudes an airy minimal quality. It works well with modern touches.

From Bloomingville.dk

From Bloomingville.dk

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From Solstrandinterior.no

 

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From bloggar.aftonbladet.se/bohemchic

 

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From Villapaprika.no

 

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From Boligcioous.dk

 

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From Villapaprika.no

 

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From Coloramaboligdromme.com

 

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From Bloomingville,dk

The Nordic Style of capturing the ruggedness of winter and the brilliant white of snow has inspired me to reflect the Nordisk Hvitt in my own home…

My living room from Globalknockoffs.com

My living room from Globalknockoffs.com

Kitchen from Globalknockoffs.com

Kitchen from Globalknockoffs.com

Corner window from Globalknockoffs.com

Corner window from Globalknockoffs.com

Kitchen counter from Globalknockoffs.com

Kitchen counter from Globalknockoffs.com

 

I hope my reflection on the Nordisk Hvitt (Winter White) of the Nordic Style of interior design has inspired you. I encourage you to mix things up and make your home reflect the season and landscape around you. Have a creative Winter White day!