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I recently had a eDesign client that had a small dilemma in her living room.  She had pretty much everything already figured out in her living room, but there was one part of the space that was causing her issues.  The vaulted ceiling room had a BIG wall that needed attention.  She had tried several different things, but nothing was working.  The furnishings in sitting in front of this wall was a seating arrangement consisting of two ivory arm chairs and a small end table in between.

BIG Living Room Wall

Dealing with large vertical spaces like this can be challenging.  One large piece of art may not always be the answer.  Hanging items on a large wall may not be the total solution either.  My first suggestion was to add potted plants a little higher than the backs of her chairs to both sides and a floor lamp to the right side of this seating arrangement.  This will add visual weight to this side of the room and take away so much visible wall.

Wanting to give her some options with both different styles and varying price points, I came up with three wall gallery ideas for her to choose from.

OPTION 1

Hang a round jute rug on the wall with a round mirror mounted on the center of the rug.  Then add a little width with sconces holding flowers flanking the sides.  An arc lamp gives intimacy and is in a place where it will not be in the way.

Wall Gallery Option 1

Round Jute Rug: West Elm (similar)  |  Round Mirror: Target  |  Sconces: Pier 1 Imports (similar)  |  Faux Flowers: West Elm  |  Arc Floor Lamp: World Market  |  Lamp Shade: World Market

OPTION 2

 A true art gallery with a series of watercolor paintings bringing out the accent color in the room.  A driftwood floor lamp gives an earthy edge in contrast to the bright white frames and mats.

Wall Gallery Option 2

White Frames with Mats: Target  |  Ombre Watercolor Art: Outside In Art Studio via Etsy  |  Driftwood Floor Lamp: World Market  |  Lamp Shade:  World Market

OPTION 3

A painted color block detail with notched corners with wall pallet art and a metal tripod floor lamp.  With the paint color similar to the chair fabric, it will add interest without being overpowering.  A mix of rustic and modern play a part between the art and lamp.

Wall Gallery Option 3

Dandelion Wood Pallet Art: Rustic Tree House via Etsy  |  Tripod Floor Lamp: Target (similar)

So, which did she choose?  I will be posting a follow up a little later next week.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Dream Accessory Closet

September 8, 2014

Dream Accessory Closet Series

Besides being an interior designer and loving everything beautiful for the home, I am slightly obsessed with fashion accessories.  I have a closet at the end of my hall that has acted on and off again as an accessory closet, and a sad looking one at that.  Yes, it is a little embarrassing to show you the state of this section of my personal space, but I have plans, BIG PLANS!  This mess of a nook is going to become a Dream Accessory Closet ready to be shown off to all that view it.

These plans include several DIY projects to display jewelry, belts, purses, & scarves that I will be sharing along the way.  Some of them will be items repurposed from thrift stores, while others will be things made from nature.  I may just plain old shop my house.  Sometimes things get new life when they are put in a new place.  OK, who am I kidding, I may just have to make a trip to HomeGoods along the way.  The ultimate plan is to be big on style and low on cost.  I want this thing to be blinged out!  Like, I want you to be blown away by the glam-fest that is about to take place.

BOOM!

The first thing on the list is to go through and see exactly what I have and donate items that I really don’t wear any more.  Next will be a fantastic paint treatment in gray and gold.  The theme is vintage glam and I inadvertently gave a clue away when I showed this trunk on my Instagram.

I hope you follow me along on my journey towards my Dream Accessory Closet and if you are as fortunate as me to have a dedicated space for accessories, I would love to hear about it too.

Janeane

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

Vintage metal typewriter tables have been on my radar lately.  I still remember having a typewriter while in school, pecking away all my reports, hoping I did not make an error, or the whole thing was goofed.  Even with the corrector cartridge, it made an awful presentation.  This bygone tool has left us with these absolutely cool tables that need another purpose.  Just because we all don’t have a typewriter in our home, it does not mean these versatile pieces can’t be used in another way.

Enter, ReInvention!  I am loving this word (even though spell check does not!)  This is exactly what I found when I did a little online prowling.  People taking this once very one-specified piece of furniture and in a way inventing a new purpose for it.

LAPTOP TABLE

One of the more utilitarian purposes I found was for a laptop table.  This is today’s typewriter afterall, so why not?

ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

 Second Wind Cabin Vintage Goods 

SIDEBOARD

Using a typewriter table as a small sideboard in a dining room, especially if you live in a compact space, makes for a great look.  I love how this one is placed in front of a chalkboard wall and balanced with a fun word art canvas.

ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

My Sweet Savannah

NIGHTSTAND

Sometimes bedrooms, especially here is Southern California can be really tiny.  Fitting a typewriter table next to the bed is a great way to add character without sacrificing a lot of space.  I love how this one boasts a wire basket on the bottom shelf giving more room for storage for books and such.

ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

Emily Henderson

This one has one of the leaves up for a little extra table top room for the bed side with a woven basket below.

ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

Farm Fabulosity & the Barn Store

BAR

By putting up the side leaves and stocking with glassware, ice bucket, & drinks, the typewriter table becomes an instant bar cart.

ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

Painted Dog Furniture

SIDE TABLE

Pairing a typewriter table with a modern chair gives a nice modern vintage feel.  It is a great side table that can easily be moved if necessary.

Reinvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

Place Michel

As a side table, the typewriter table gives a modern living space a nod to the past and giving an old piece new life.

ReInvented Vintage Metal Typewriter Tables

Janeane Pittman Design

Janeane

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Bohemian Style

Bohemian style is such a relaxed way of living.  This weeks Style Guide brings you this eclectic decor sometimes referred to as Boho.  I had a lot of fun pulling this set together mostly due to all the color.  Bright colors and florals are shown so well on this pouf and carved piece of wall art.  Although this wicker sofa has a deco feel, it brings in a funky vibe.  A shell chandelier and “Indian-esc” arrow lamp bring groovy lighting.  Bringing in the bright birds should be of no surprise if you have been a long time reader as I am slightly obsessed.

Janeane

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Want any of these Bohemian Style items for yourself?  Check out the links below:

Lighting
dotandbo.com

Wall art
dotandbo.com

White sofa
anthropologie.com

H&M Twill cushion cover
$12 – hm.com

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