Ceiling Paint Color Drawn Down the Wall with a Narrow Accent Border

Colors, Design & Designers, Inspiration

Casa Algaba in Seville, Spain, was styled to unstudied, folksy perfection by Pete Bermejo. What drew my eye, however, wasn’t the decorating, as colorful and cheerful as it is. (And, oddly, some of the folk details are reminiscent of my Nordic roots.) It was the painted ceillings.

Whoever designed the paint scheme pulled the ceiling color down onto the very uppermost part of the wall for about 4-6 inches / 10-15 cm. This feature is not unusual in period Finnish buildings that I’ve seen, so it immediately felt familiar and inviting to me. In addition, at the border where the ceiling and wall colors meet, there’s a narrow painted border of maybe one inch / 2-3 cm.

The light blue ceiling is paired with a darker blue border:

Pete Bermejo Casa Algaba Dining Room LtBlue Ceiling

Casa Algaba. Styling by Pete Bermejo, photo by Manolo Yllera.

In another area, the light blue ceiling has irregular, handpainted streaks in a darker blue mixed in:

Pete Bermejo Casa Algaba LtBlue Ceiling w Streaks

Casa Algaba. Styling by Pete Bermejo, photo by Manolo Yllera.

The kitchen ceiling is green with a mustardy yellow border:

Pete Bermejo Casa Algaba Green Ceiling

Casa Algaba. Styling by Pete Bermejo, photo by Manolo Yllera.

Aren’t they incredible? Similar ceiling paint that I’ve seen tend to be in more formal, larger spaces in jugend or neoclassical buildings. The more relaxed treatment we see here, especially paired with the colorful folk details, is perfect for everyday living and very DIY-friendly.

Photos by Manolo Yllera; found via Desire to Inspire.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Faux Fireplace with Tablecloth “Tile” Surround

Fabrics & Materials, Inspiration, Stunt Double

I’m always on the lookout for unusual solutions to decorating problems. The fireplace below certainly applies: despite it’s traditional looks, the reality is very non-traditional.

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It’s from the Drachten, Netherlands, home of Mindy and Theo Schroor. From their description (the mantel is “purely decorative”) it sounds like the fireplace is a faux one built around an electric stove. The tile surround is actually a tablecloth mounted to the wall.

I’ve seen clever faux fireplaces before. In this one, it’s the tablecloth surround that really makes the whole, however: the print displays copies of Dutch artists’ work and details from Delftware ceramics, repeated tile-style, as a lovely nod to the local history. The history nerd in me definitely appreciates the choice!

Found via design*sponge.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Round Sofa Pillows in a Rainbow Continuum

Colors, Inspiration

Browsing through one of my favorite sites, I found this eye-catching arrangement of round velvet pillows on a sofa:

DSponge Natasha Webb Round Rainbow Pillows

Natasha Webb via design*sponge.

It’s from the 1983 home of Natasha Webb and her husband Anthony. Not quite a rainbow, but perhaps rainbow-adjacent. 🙂 Love the colors, too! The huge tassels are also incredible. Speaking of tassels, the article has more photos, including a bedspread with similar large tassels. Visit design*sponge for more.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: DIY Medicine Cabinet Hides Behind Wall Art

Arts & Crafts, DIY, Inspiration

What a gorgeous DIY medicine cabinet project! A photo frame functions as the door:

A Beautiful Mess Laura Gummerman Make-A-Hidden-Medicine-Cabinet

Laura Gummerman at A Beautiful Mess.

So clever! And, of course, it’s highly adaptable to any taste.

However trite it may sound, the ingenuity of people never ceases to amaze me. Now I kinda want to make a row of these in our front hall, bathroom, my workroom, etc. and store all sorts of little necessities right where they’re needed… 🙂

For the tutorial and more photos, visit Laura Gummerman at A Beautiful Mess.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Emma Thompson Becomes a Dame Wearing Sneakers

Inspiration, Thumbs Up

This newspiece is from June, but I just found out: Emma Thompson was made a dame in Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to drama.

I know her mostly through her adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, but I’ve seen her work elsewhere, too, and admire it.

The best thing about the news, though, is that she appeared at the ceremony in sneakers!

The News Herald Jonathan Brady Emma Thompson Dame Ceremony

Jonathan Brady / Press Association via Associated Press.

Women wearing sensible shoes get so much undeserved scorn. It’s utterly ridiculous – why on earth would anyone spend time picking on women’s choice of footwear is beyond me. (Yes, I do know why: patriarchy.)

It’s lovely to see a successful woman not giving a darn and wearing what she pleases!

Found via Yashar Ali on Twitter.

Happy Halloween!

Arts & Crafts, Colors, DIY, Inspiration

I’m impressed – and cheered! – by the DIY rainbow pumpkins by Brittany W. Jepsen at The House that Lars Built:

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The House that Lars Built; photo by Jane Merritt.

Isn’t the array simply stunning?!

Happy (Rainbow) Halloween!

P.S. An honorable mention goes to Brittany DeMauro at Costume Supercenter for sharing Avengers pumpkin-carving stencils. Avengers assemble!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Quilting-Like Upholstery Tacking on Cabinet Doors

Design & Designers, Inspiration

What a fascinating take on upholstery tacking: the doors of a free-standing dining room cabinet are tacked in an elaborate pattern on what looks like leather.

Desire to Inspire Toronto Interior Design Group Quilted Cabinet Doors

Toronto Interior Design Group, found via Desire to Inspire; cropped.

The leather is clearly set over some sort of puffy filling held down with the tacks. It quite reminds me of quilting.

Found via Desire to Inspire.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Geeky Color Combos: Making a Rainbow Effect with Curtains

Colors, Inspiration

I’ve been contemplating updating our living room curtains. While searching for inspiration, I came across this living room from a house for sale ad in Utah:

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Photo by cityhomeCOLLECTIVE, via Desire to Inspire.

I’m not a fan of the gilt details nor the stuffed raindeer head, but look at the curtains on the big window – they almost make a rainbow! How fabulous! There’s also a set of containers (or perhaps candles?) in rainbow colors on the fireplace mantel. The busy ceiling detail is also too much for me, but I love the deep green rug and navy blue sofa. Very nice!

Found via Desire to Inspire.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Bright Colors for an Antidote to November

Books & Mags, Colors, Inspiration

In the northern half of the world, we’re approaching the dark time of the year. For me, November is typically when I start wanting more light and bright things around me. (Candles! Snow!) When that’s not possible, pictures will do. This rainbow-hued glass collection from a home dec magazine fits the bill:

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It’s from the Country Living magazine, and the collector, Elsie Larson from Nashville, TN, says this of her Depression glass collection:

“I was inspired by my travels to Palm Springs and specifically stays at the very colorful Parker Hotel, which was designed by one of my heroes, Jonathan Adler. The rainbow effect of their colored glass collection made me smile every morning.”

It’s a beautiful arrangement, and the range of colors is fantastic. (The Parker Hotel colored glass display that Larson mentions can be seen at a Whorange article from February 2014. Personally, I think Larson did a better job than Adler.)

A bonus entry: a color wheel mirror frame in mosaic by Karen Johnston:

Mosaicworksca Blogspot Karen Johnston Colour Wheel Mirror

Karen Johnston at Mosaicworksca.blogspot.com.

The mosaic is so neatly and carefully made. Just gorgeous!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Food for Thought: Smartphones and Creativity

Inspiration

On Open Culture, Ayun Halliday writes about smartphones and creativity, extensively quoting cartoonist and educator Lynda Barry.

Flickr Nicolas Nova Smartphone Rituals

Smartphone Rituals by Nicolas Nova on Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Here’s one of Barry’s thoughts that especially struck me:

“The phone gives us a lot but it takes away three key elements of discovery: loneliness, uncertainty and boredom. Those have always been where creative ideas come from.”

– Lynda Barry

I’m still mulling over the quote, but I seem to be leaning towards disagreeing. People who are inclined to doodle, people-watch, nap, let their thoughts wander, knit, read or whatnot will continue to do so even with smartphones. Not to mention that it’s perfectly possible to be bored with your smartphone and all the access it gives. Boredom, I find, isn’t dependent on having access to x, y or z; it’s more a matter of what doesn’t inspire you at any given moment. Nor are smartphones a cure-all against loneliness or uncertainty.

Smartphones are undoubtedly a tool, and equally unboubtedly they can be a distraction. My tentative hypothesis is that as the newest and perhaps most exciting devices in the history of human tool use, we haven’t collectively learned to balance their benefits and disadvantages yet.

Of course, that doesn’t make it any easier for those struggling to resist the siren song of instant and interminable access.