Thursday, April 25, 2013

Crushing on stylist Lotta Agaton

When I was researching my black and white striped decor post, I stumbled upon a site featuring Swedish stylist Lotta Agaton. She styles both interiors and still lifes, runs her own design shop and writes a blog.

Above is the photo I featured in my post. Who doesn't love a black and white striped pillow? While the decor above could possibly be found in any upscale hipster's apartment, you'll see below that her overall portfolio exhibits a definite Scandinavian theme: simple, white with black accents, layered, fresh, modern yet with a feeling of history.

Here are some of my other favorite spaces and/or stills featured in her portfolio:

Have you heard of Lotta? Which space do you like best?


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Spring Fling meet-up

Whew ... I just returned from my second day of shopping, and I'm beat! Today I went with some relatives to IKEA, which is over two hours away, so it's not a pop-in kind of trip. Yesterday I attended the Spring Fling, organized by Gail of My Repurposed Life. She arranged a day of thrifting and also gathered tons of swag from some of the companies she works with via her blog, which she gave away during lunch.

The gang during our lunch break

We went to several thrift stores, and also two indoor flea market-type places. Here are some of the items that caught my eye:

Cute, comfy set of club chairs ready for some updated upholstery

Cute little schoolhouse chairs

I wanted this vintage glazed Hull pottery dish but it was priced higher than I wanted to pay. If it were blue instead of emerald green, it would have been mine.

A Chinoiserie-style plate (perfect for my girl Kimberly's dining room)

White porcelain ginger jars with interesting details

Saw tons of cute chinoiserie-style ginger jars too

I'm a sucker for a mid-century dresser, which is why I already have three in my basement waiting for a makeover!

Painted yellow 1960s outdoor dinette set

I need another lamp like a hole in the head, but this tall white beauty was calling my name

Sweet little antique organ bench

I almost purchased this bamboo cabinet to paint and resell, but ultimately left it behind

They say one man's trash is another man's treasure. I don't know about these, though.

How very 1984!
Why does this exist? Creepy.
Anyone need a lightbulb cookie jar? Anyone?

You are welcome that I didn't make the photos larger on the unicorn and the wolf. Yikes. As much as those scared me, this next find made me smile:

Vintage New Kids on the Block posters. Two of the exact ones I had hanging on my wall in 1989. Memories ....

These items actually came home with me:

This Duncan Phyfe style side table (the top has some stains, so I might paint it gloss black)
Bamboo/rattan wall shelf that will be painted in a gloss red
Two jade plants which I hope not to kill within a month

And the oops of the day:

Notice anything strange?

At lunch the swag was rolling out. Here's my score:

Thanks to the folks from Fish Foam, Krylon, Gorilla Glue products, Filtrete, Rustoleum and HomeTalk!And a huge thanks to Gail for getting us all together. Looking forward to next time!


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Crushing on black and white striped decor

One color combination that will never go out of style is black and white. It can go classic or fresh, traditional or modern, and everything in between. One of my favorite ways these two colors come together is with a stripe. I mean, who doesn't love a good black and white stripe?


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Wide stripes, skinny stripes, varying width stripes, on the floor, on the walls, upholstered, sleek ... I love them all! Can you tell? I went a little nut with the inspiration photos.

I've been itching to change up my laundry room. A black and white stripe pattern is top on the idea list right now. Did you see this Kate Spade iphone case on recently?

The design marries my love of black and white stripes with my desire for something a little different than the norm. I think it would be fun as a wall pattern. I'm just not sure I'm up for all the measuring and taping required! I probably would paint the entire room white, which would be very unusual for me, then paint this wall in the graphic pattern. Somebody please dare me to do it!

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