Monday, June 7, 2010

hidden rooms

I want a secret, hidden room! I have a big mouth though and would probably tell everyone about it, so it wouldn't be much of a secret. If I managed to keep it to myself, I'd probably mostly use it hide my dirty laundry when guests came over. Literally. I mean my dirty laundry and not crimes I've committed in the past. Here are some of my favorite hidden rooms that I've found and intend to bring to my architect whenever we build a house and I get an architect.

 This looks like a secret bathroom. I would love to have a secret bathroom that my husband didn't know about. I'd also love that light fixture...

 That looks like one hell of a secret room. It has pillars!

This is the most dramatic entrance to a hidden room that I've come across. No one ever thinks to try and move the stairs! I could keep all my diaries from junior high and high school safe forever in there.

 Harry Potter's boudoir.

 I saved my favorite for last. Some genius cut the back off of an old armoire and had it fixed to the doorway of his kid's playroom. I would have loved this/I would love this! (apartment therapy)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Free(ish) Fridays! Paper!

This week's Free(ish) Friday! is inspired by paper. Here are some fun/cute/free(ish) ideas that you can do this week end! And then your next task is to send us the pictures of your finished product. We have faith in you.

Pretty. I don't think mobiles are just for babies. But maybe don't hang it over your bed, low enough to bat around. Or, maybe you should do that? Check out the Origami Club for how-to help.

 Click here to get free origami paper downloads in nice prints like these ones!

 Pinwheels are right up there with cup cakes as cute and whimsical favorites. We came across this DIY on Once Wed. You don't need to have a wedding to enjoy them though (there's no ring on my finger). I want one in my window box.

Cute. This would be great for a party. Like, for a dynamo who happens to be turning thirty this summer? Anyway... we found this idea on Lora Jean's Magazine- here's how to make your own. Feel free(ish) to use those origami prints for your banner flag.

This last one promises (according to Apartment Therapy) to be quick, easy and free(ish).  Here's how! I love the variations too. Or, check out these free silhouettes.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Glassy crystal sparkly shine

Melissa is in the process of redecorating her room. Or, decorating it, rather. She moved into her first house a while ago but the bedroom wasn't decorated as much as their hand me downs were placed in the room. I thought the room was lovely but now it's really great. She told her fiance that the accent colour for the room was sparkle and she wasn't kidding. Here's some sparkly inspiration for you:

 I love this Round Glass Knob in polished nickel by Restoration Hardware. We love topping off a redesign with some glassy sparkly shine.

Mmm... mercury glass. Anything that bounces the light around is good in my books. These antique mercury glass tie backs do that and add a lustrous patina. (Country Living)

I mean, it's called a 'sun burst' mirror. There's light, there's mirror, there's sparkle... (Elle Decor)

Ooh! A sparkly picture! A Sort Of Dream by Integrity Studio.

Why, hello. It's our own blue storage cabinet with sparkly knobs. What a coincidence...


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