Glass Vase & Planter as Storage

We have quite a collection of glass vases and planters in our kitchen cabinets and garage.  Some we bought, some we got for our wedding as well as others, some are from flower arrangements my sweet husband Gary had bought for me, and a lot of them are from our orchid days and when we were trying to have our own indoor herb garden.  Over the years I have used them for flower arrangements around the house, as fish bowls, for loose change storage, and as snack serving bowls (don’t worry I washed them really, really well).  There truly are tons of uses for them other than just holding flowers, so next time you are at a wedding make sure to collect all the unwanted glass vases because they can be an elegant and functional way to store and display things.

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Aren’t these ideas clever?  I especially like the glass vase that serves as a toilet paper holder.  I know it is always awkward when the toilet paper runs out and the guest has to search for it by digging through the host’s bathroom cabinet or, god forbid, even worse when they have to ask for some.  This is a good looking way to store the toilet rolls, and you’ll know at a glance when you need to refill some more.  Nail polishes stored in the glass vase can be a playful way to add some color to the white bath counter and/or dresser.

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Glass vase as storageGlass vases can also be use as planters; it is a modern and sleek way to grow plants.  I am tempted to buy some succulents and plant them like the image, but knowing me, I will just end up killing them.

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Finally, here are some beautiful ways to re-purpose all the planters I have sitting in the garage.

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Images via (post cards, croquet mallets, utensils, bath accessories)

 

Pixelated

I was blog strolling to get some design inspirations and came across a nursery inspiration board from the talented Joy of oh joy!.  Like a moth to a flame, I was drawn to the colorful Themis mobile right away and I couldn’t help but start looking for more goodies with pixel patterns.  They put a smile on my face and I hope they brighten your day as well.

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pixelated pillowsBasil BangsI've got designer bags, under my eyespixel rugMulti pixel color poufmulti color beaded necklace20x200~

Images via (pillows, umbrella, dear louis vuitton, rug, pouf, mobile, necklace, art)

Rope Pendant Light

I have always loved the look of clustered pendant lights.  It creates unexpected layers and a beautiful glow when the space is dark.  When I saw this room for 4-year-old triplets, designed by the Novogratz, I can’t help but notice the colorful rope pendant lights hanging over the custom-built desk.  It is such a fun way to add a pop of color to the space.

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Below are some lighting options for you to achieve the same look.

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Images via (pendant 1, pendant 2, pendant 3, pendant 4, pendant 5)

Restoration Hardware Lighting

I received the new Restoration Hardware Fall 2011 source book few days ago and I have to say I am really impressed with their new lighting collection.  Below are some of my favorites.

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How fabulous are these Edison-style filament bulbs Pendants?  I would hang a bunch of them over a dining table and/or a kitchen counter.  And I just have to say I love, LOVE, a vintage looking black metal chandelier.

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There are quite a few great lighting options for night stands and desks.

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This 1940s Architect”s Boom Sconce has to be my favorite, I am think this could be a possible lighting candidate for my living room.

I am loving… Black + Gold

After seeing the new DVF fall 2011 collection, I am head over heels in love with black and gold.  I have picked 10 items with the same modern glamor feel.

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No.1: These books are just simply too beautiful for words.

No.2: Perfect for my new short hairstyle.

No.3: One day this is going to be in my dream kitchen.

No.4: Because every girl needs a black and gold clutch.

No.5: Delicate candle holder – watch the flicker dances and sparkles against the gold background.

No.6: Cool shades, this could be my new favorite.

No.7: Black, gold and snake-skin print… need I say more.

No.8: This makes the morning coffee that much more special.

No.9: I am obsessed with animal prints.

No.10: For my bedroom.

Favorite Children’s Roadsters

Maybe it’s because I have a little boy, but lately I am drawn to vintage looking roadsters for children. Here are two of my absolute favorites.

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Images via (Playsam Saab roadster, Vilac car carrier)

Not your typical French Tips Manicure

 

I am loving all the new French tips manicure I am seeing these days, they are not your typical manicure.  They are loud, fun, and incredibly stylish.

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Images Via (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Deer Head on the Wall

Truth be told, I have always found the hunting lodge style to be too masculine for my taste, and my eyes can never stop staring (back) at the taxidermy displayed on the wall.  But for some reason when I saw this deer head on Sebastian’s lovely white nursery wall, I no longer feel goose bumps creeping on my arms.  Instead it brings a sense of whimsy and playfulness to the room.

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Here are some other cute options.Too overwhelming in your nursery?  Try these little hooks; they are adorable.

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Images via (Anthropologie, Tamar Mogendorff, La Factoria Plastica, French Melody, Rock Paper Scissors, Planet Fur)

Black and White Bathrooms

Sure, blue green and white hues are perfect for bathrooms.  But wouldn’t you rather have a bathroom with drama and makes a bold statement?  Here are some black and white bathroom ideas. They are very easy to achieve but allows for maximum impact.  I think it will be especially great for a powder room.  Go ahead and surprise your guests a little (or a lot).

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Images via (Lonny and Richard Powers)

Design Crush – Mirror with an edge

Not all bathrooms are big enough to have endless counter space.  I came across this image of a bathroom that uses a mirror with a shelf-like edge to store bath products.  It is such a clever way to create shelving space in a smaller bathroom.

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Room & Board Loft Mirror – $449.00


Alternate Universe

Ikea MOLGER Mirror – $49.99

 

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