August 31, 2012

guest post - tiffany leigh interior design

Hello LBD fans, I'm Tiffany and I blog over at Tiffany Leigh Interior Design about my decor inspiration and my studies in interior design school!

I'm thrilled that Elizabeth invited me over today while she is away on vacation (lucky lady).



Fall fashion this year is calling for lots of army greens and camo wear.

Often we see fashion creep into decor, but this one might be a bit trickier. Too much and it could start to look too masculine, or worse...themey.

via pinterest
The key to getting this look right in fashion is to keep it a little edgy (notice the leather jacket), mostly neutral (the hat) and add in some feminine touches (the gold nails and black pumps!).



With this in mind, I've gathered some pieces to show you how to translate this fashion trend into timeless home decor:

 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10



The main army piece in this room is the chair:

via Stephen Kenn
It's actually constructed from genuine repurposed WWII military fabric. How cool is that? A conversation piece with a sense of history. It works because the khaki green colour is a classic neutral.

The floral pillow uses the same colours as camo and the deer head pillow creates a slight hunting feel.

The silver tray, bronze garden stool and blue sofa help to break up the army motif and add contrast.



Let's see how this motif has been used by others:

via
^ A subtle and abstract camouflage wallpaper used in a nursery!



via Sarah Richardson
^ Sarah Richardson employs this scheme subtly with wool army blankets, olive green walls, and camo colored fern window treatments.



What do you think of this fashion trend? Do you think you would be bold enough to incorporate it in the home?

And please, come visit my blog! I'd love to meet you :)



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August 30, 2012

guest post - the pink pagoda, and a guest post

HI Friends! A quick note to let you know that in addition to a great visit from The Pink Pagoda, I'm also over at Emily Clark today talking about the last thing I bought on line. Check it out.

And now...the lovely Jennifer from The Pink Pagoda.
Hi, I'm Jennifer from The Pink Pagoda. I'm thrilled to be Elizabeth's guest today.  I'm continually amazed by her ability to see potential and repurpose.  Whether it's wrapping paper or a less than lovely garden stool from the 80s, she can use it to create something amazing.  Thanks so much for having me today, Elizabeth!

Spoonflower has been around for awhile.  Chances are you've seen something about it before.  In case you haven't, it's a website where you can buy and/or create fabric.  You upload a file, and they print it for you.  Obviously, there's much more to it than that, and you can read all about it here.   I created the fabric in the photo above for the first One Room Challenge in which I redid my laundry room.  I used the images below that are for sale in my Etsy shop to create the fabric.  It was easy, and when it arrived in the mail I couldn't have been happier with the result.



I tried it again for the last One Room Challenge round and it did not work for me.  Apparently I should have purchased the color guide.  You can see from the first image the colors I created.  The second image is a photo of the fabric Spoonflower printed.  The colors are way off.  The blues went much greener.  I'm not giving up on Spoonflower, though.  I was impulsive (ADD) not to have taken the time to read about the color guide and purchase it.  There's too much fun potential not to figure this out.  And, if you don't have the tools or knowledge to create the fabric yourself, you can purchase from other  designers who sell their designs through Spoonflower.  There is some incredible fabric available that is much less expensive than designer fabric. 

Kerry Steele, from Design du Monde, posted about her Spoonflower designs here and here.  She created some absolutely amazing fabrics that she'll be selling through the website.  Her fantastic post inspired me to share my Spoonflower experience.

This is an Indian paisley pattern I created on Spoonflower.


A pink and orange watercolor pattern I created.


The two above are geometrics I created on Spoonflower.  


If you know how to use Photoshop or the like to create images to upload, Spoonflower can be a fabric resource for you.  It's really fun to play around and see what you come up with.  And how amazing to be able to have fabric that you designed yourself!   I've had some new ideas I'm excited about trying.  Is this something you would ever attempt?

Thank you so much for having me here at Little Black Door, Elizabeth!  I loved getting to be here!



August 29, 2012

guest post - sadie + stella

Hi Little Black Door dolls! I am Lindsay from Sadie + Stella and I could not be more elated to share my day with you while that fabulous Elizabeth is vacationing herself. For those of you who know me, and those of you who do not, I am a total DIY'er/get the expensive look for less kind of girl. Don't get me wrong. I have extremely expensive taste. However, I believe budgets should be balanced and with the right imagination and execution, projects can be completed at home. Which brings me to my favorite room in our home. Our very own, homemade dressing room. No. Not homemade dressing. A homemade dressing room.  
The boy is to thank on this one. He had a lot of the brains behind this project and also had the brawn. Hmmmm. Where do I come in?? Color coding. That is where. 

This is honestly a simple project that each and everyone of you can do with a trip to Home Depot and a few hours of your time. I wanted the end product to look like an upscale clothing boutique. Mission. Accomplished. 

The dressing table seen here is actually an Ikea piece. And the trays used to hold all of our daily accessories would be from the Dollar Tree. Count that. Dollar Tree. I can just feel the savings. Cha ching. As they say, a penny saved is a penny saved. 





I could not be more thrilled with the after. See lovers, you all can get the same look. This room makes me beyond happy every time I walk in to get dressed. I hope you all enjoy the tour of my favorite "DIY/Look for Less Space." Thanks for having me!  XOXO Lindsay 

August 28, 2012

guest post - vivid hue home

I am so flattered that Elizabeth has asked me to be a guest blogger while she enjoys some much needed R&R.  Hi, I'm Heather from Vivid Hue Home.  One thing you should know about me is that I love color and patterns and textures.  And I love to mix them all together!







My philosophy is you should have fun with design. Don't be timid to mix and match patterns and styles. Use color. Mix antique with modern, flea market with new. Show your personality. You can't go wrong with doing what feels right. 



Don't believe me?  Here's proof from my own home








I have long been a believer that fashion and decor are closely linked together.  The runway not only dictates fashion trends but also guides how colors, fabrics and styles will transcend into the home.  Apparently, I'm not the only one that thinks this.  The theme for this fall's
High Point Market 2012 is "Fashion Focus." 


I wanted to have some fun with ya'll today and show you some fabulous examples where runway fashion meets interior decor: 


Versace Fall 2012 RTW and Elle Decor




Tracy Reese Fall 2012 RTW and Elle Decor



Todd Snyder Fall 2012 and Elle Decor




Prada 2013 and Elle Decor



Mulberry Spring 2012 and Elle Decor



Erin Fetherston Resort 2012 and Elle Decor



Elie Tahari Resort 2012 and Elle Decor



Burbery Prorsum Fall 2012 and Elle Decor




Gen Art Fall 2012 RTW and Elle Decor




DVF Spring 2012 and Elle Decor

Chanel Resort 2013 and Elle Decor

Marc Jacobs Resort 2013 and Los Angeles Times

Gucci Resort 2013 and Apartment Therapy




Michael Kors Spring 2011 RTW and Elle Decor




Elie Tahari Fall 2012 RTW and Elle Decor
{All of these fabulous photos are courtesy of Fashion Decor}


Next time you're stumped with how to re-decorate that room in your home that doesn't quite seem like it's getting finished, try looking down at your outfit for inspiration--ha! 



I hope you've enjoyed this tour and I'd love if you came to visit me over at Vivid Hue Home.  Heck, feel free to stay awhile! 


xoxo Heather from Vivid Hue Home







August 27, 2012

guest post - living savvy

Hello I am Tiffany from Living Savvy and I am excited to be here today kicking off Elizabeth's vacation!  I am a little jealous that she is having some fun in the sun because currently I am in the middle of packing up my house and moving!  Both exciting and frustrating... I will be moving my house into storage and living at my parents summer house {it only sounds fancy... they live here in Nor Cal in the summer and winter in Hawaii} till our new home is ready.  But since I have packed all of my belonging it makes me think about how my style has evolved over the last 3 years that I have lived here.  And even now as I make plans for my new house, I still have not quite decided what direction I want to go... 

So I thought it would be fun to share the evolution of my house over the last 3 years, maybe a road down memory lane will shoot me in the right direction for my new house!



 I wanted to bring some blue into my house, a color I have never had in my house before, but I wanted it to be soft and still work with my red.  So in the Spring of 2011 I changed out my color scheme to bring navy and reds together.  It was a good change, but not my favorite combo...




This was my family room redo after a design domino effect in Late summer of 2011. {see post} I wanted to tone down the bossy navy with a softer blue.  And I was really lusting over the Covinton fabric!!



I took my moms old wingback chairs from chintz floral to bold floral! {see post}  I loved the fabric then 
{summer 2011} but now I am over it and plan on changing them again for the new house!!


In January of this year I splurged and added some Chiang Mia Dragon to my space!  I am in love and plan on using the endless color pallet to create my new family.  I think this has to be my favorite of all the pillow combinations.  But I think I can tweak it a little bit more for the new space!

Be sure to join me as I take my new suburban home and make it amazing {as soon as I get the keys}!  
I will have loads of DIY's and projects to share with you all!

Thank you so much for having me!  


August 23, 2012

the palm trees are calling my name

My 8-days-away-from-being-5 year old has been counting down the days since...December and it is finally time to hit the road! We are off for two weeks of quality beach time (and possible hurricane excitement).

Our trip from last year
No worries though, I've left you all in good hands. I've got several wonderful ladies lined up to entertain and educate while I'm gone. You never know, one of them might even dance for you or something.

So be sure to stay tuned and I'll be back in September with lots of projects to show and (hopefully) some good finds from my trip!

August 21, 2012

garden stool makeover

I've had my eyes out for a garden stool for quite some time and I think I finally found a winner.

 I love the various shades of maroon and grayish green. And the roses. The Golden Girls style is making a comeback. I mean, everything about the 80's was so beautiful.


KIDDING!

This lady is fugly. But she was only $12 so I couldn't pass her up.

Originally I just planned to spray her white and call it a day.


But after all the fun talk of DIY'ing some gold polka dots last week, I couldn't resist.

I already had some leftover stencil sponges and gold paint (of course) so all I needed was a stencil from Michaels. (This was such a spur of the moment decision that I didn't even think to take this pic until after the fact. Bad blogger!)


I was a bit worried that the paper stencil wouldn't really hug the rounded stool well enough, but it worked like a charm. And a great perk was that any mistakes I made wiped up easily.


I didn't really have a plan (surprise surprise) and just randomly 'polka-dotted' as I saw fit. The whole project was 15 minutes.


No styled image available yet as this sucker will be in the living room, but I'm loving it so far. Somebody better take my gold away before I painted my children.

Have you tried to style a garden stool? Impossible. Any good stencils you recommend? Anyone else ready to kick Ramona off the island? (I love my RHNY)

Happy Tuesday!

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