home about me our home

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Something Different

Sometimes in my looking around the web, I will run across an image that makes me stop and say,"Hmmmm, that is different."  I start to ponder a little bit and think of ways it could be applied. I then file it away in an inspiration file named...... You guessed it!!...."Something Different." Here are just a few of those images. I hope they make you think and inspire you like they did me. 

Phoebe Howard
I love this concept. Notice the slight arched cut-out to make the tub even more of a stand-out.  Adding the round mirror accentuates the curve of the arch nicely. I love the framing around the tub, almost making it like a piece of furniture. We have all seen matching sinks but I have not seen the consules seperated by the tub.

I have seen this done before but I think it is worth seeing again. Notice the cameo frame on the nightstand with the monogram.  You could take a simple little chest and add this custom look to it and give it a whole new life.

This is adorable for a child's room. This felt floor pillow with soft felt grass and mushrooms is darling.

This looks like an old over-mantle piece. Where there use to be mirrors they added the matching fabric as the bedding. What an impact this would make.

I find this to be rather whimsical. Not one, not two but three differnt sizes of a barrel shade, add trim and hang together and you have created a new and different looking light fixture.

A simple artist canvas painted in just the right color and then small holes for white lights to poke through and you have an interesting piece of artwork.

Here we have another small alcove that has been made to look more impressive with the addition of mouldings. I really love this idea.

We have all seen transom windows but I have never seen one like this. This is actually more like a grill in the arch. Can you imagine making this using old staircase spindles in different shapes? This would be a fun one to try and use your imagination.

In this picture there are a couple of things to point out. Notice the beamed ceiling and how they end on the wall with a corbel. Love this idea. I like the way it seperates each roman shade. Love the overly exaggerated stripe. I think the larger stripe gives the windows much more impact.

Suzanne Kasler
I found this on a wonderful blog called Delight by Design.  Be sure and go visit this blog you will not be disappointed.  I have seen artwork hung on the front of bookcases but not  in a window. This makes for a very clever vignette. Leave it to the amazing Suzanne Kasler!

Love the use of ottomans for benches instead of using chairs.

I really love this idea. It appears to be a window but, I was thinking why not a mirror above the door with interesting moulding to add to the architecture. I am really thinking about this to use above my master bedroom door that is at the end of a 29ft long hallway. In fact it might look great above all the bedroom doors if I keep it simple. Hmmmm???!!!!

How often do you see an archway like this one?

Small wall, Big clock, very large stencil! What a great impact to make a piece become even more important.

Phoebe Howard for Mrs. Howard
I found this interesting to hang all the artwork on what appears to be a small but long curtain rod.

If you are going to put a mirror in the kitchen, make sure it is a statement mirror. Love this idea.

I am in love with this bathroom. The wall color is a bit bright for me but everything else about it I love. I really like the use of the mirrors on the door fronts. I think this really opens up the space visually.

Line them up!! What a fun look for a bunk house effect. Love this idea.

A milk stool and a milk pail used as a sink, too clever.

Interesting use of deer heads.

These are sliding doors with glass. They slide on a mechanism like a barn door. Much nicer and more stylish than the traditional slider of the 70's

I am sure many of you have seen some of these images but I hope that seeing them today spurred some creativity in your wonderful decorating minds.  Let me know which image inspired you the most.  I was inspired by the little architectural window above the door in photo #12. I really think this would be a simple but a Wow factor.(poor Hubby has another project sometime in the future.)

"Enjoy the Process" Of:  Thinking outside the box and discovering new and creative ideas.



Allie and Pattie said...

some very good ideas here Kathysue! Great post
xoxo Pattie

artis1111 said...

I LOVE all of these. I guess I am a little off kelter (usual). Why should a home be boring, when we were looking for a home it took 5 years. I was looking at a little cap cod when I turned around and saw my house. It is not a square box with square rooms. It has angles and cut outs. This was the house for me. I even put an offer on it before my hubby saw it.hehe I have always been the odd one to like things that are not the norm. Great post. Kathy

Cashon&Co said...

okay, my faves:
1. the pail on the stool as a sink. LLLLLOOOOOVE THAT!!!
2. The mirror over the stove. i love it when designers make the kitchen look like it's actually part of a "living" area
3.The bunk walls
And I have put art hanging in front of windows 2 times, and both times worked wonders, especially when there is a piece of furniture below, such as a buffet or table.
Great post as always! So much eye candy!! i needed to get inspired this morning. thanks Kathysue!

savvycityfarmer said...

NOW ... I just have to pick a fave ...

yes, the ottomans at the dining table ...

i have a really glitzy old mirror above my stove ... I'm ahead of my time ..ha

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Those are definitely different. I like the deer heads used over the beds.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Some great ideas here, Kathysue!

Anonymous said...

That archway is absolutely gorgeous!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

There really are some different designs. Some of them I could live with and some not so much. It is interesting. Hugs, Marty

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

The ornate mirror over the stainless range, the antlers, so many good ideas, so many great designers. It is fun to see how other people create. Have the best weekend. XO

Tricia said...

You always have the most creative and insightful posts Kathysue- and this is one of my favorites. I love finding little elements of interest in rooms but don't usually take the time to study the details like you have here so thank you for making me slow down! :)

Paula Bee said...

Oh yes, I am up and running again! I love all the beautiful moldings, lighting, rooms filled with books, beautiful mirrors, old grandfather clock...so many gorgeous features!

La Dolfina said...

Awesome post!
My faves are
sliding doors w/glass
deer head cornices
mirror over range
molding behind toilet
This kind of inspiration is what I used to buy magazines for!! Thanks so much!!

A Perfect Gray said...

terrific post on some different styles....

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Love the post Kathysue!! Thanks for your super sweet comments, I can't thank you enough, it means the world!

Noel Solomon said...

Thanks for the tip on the hostess gift :)

Gosh, your pictures are stunning! I love the white rooms. So beautiful~~ You have a great eye.

xo Noel

paula said...

so much inspiration to just eat up. love.

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss said...

Great images. Love the bunk house effect!

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

I could make a comment on everyone of these, but I'll spare you! I have pulled several of these pics too.....crazy how we think alike!
Great post, and awesome ideas. Thanks for sharing.

ashlina {the decorista} said...

ok wow. that aqua headboard and bedspread. woah. i love that.
so many great photos....im loving this post.

Erica Cook said...

Fantastic images... too many great things to mention! Thanks for dropping by Moth Design and for the lovely comment. xo Erica

Tracy Watier said...

Wow. Lots to comment on here!
The tub set short end on the wall with sinks to either side is very common in new construction here. Impressive yes but always seems a bit space-wasting to me and my small house mindset.
That trio of black lampshades made me instantly think of flamenco dancers.
LOVE the wide stripe roman shades and the big stencil behind the clock and EVERYTHING Phoebe Howard does. Always.
Fun post and collection of images.

Kat said...

What great images Kathysue. You always find things that make me think (even when it hurts my head lol) I love that mantle used as the headboard, what a fantastic idea. And the sliding "barn doors" - love those. I sure hope Carol sees the deer head wall decor :) Hugs, Kat

Averill said...

I love all these little details -- but those windows above the doors are my favorite. And you're right, mirrors would be brilliant as a way to a "fake it".