I love the way it adds a pop of brightness to the wall above our bed.
The size I chose to make was probably a bit too big for the amount of wool I had leftover, but I like the way the “looser” pompom allows for the movement in the wool to be visible. It is the most amazingly soft, thick wool and I like that I can see its sort of curly texture.
Feel like making a giant pompom or two this weekend? Here is a tutorial.
(I used a rectangular cardboard piece cut out of a box, rather than using an embroidery hoop.)
More on the now-ubiquitous gallery wall today. I still love a gallery wall, even though I fear it is the avocado-coloured kitchen appliance of the new millennium…
I like gallery walls because they offer a way to showcase a lot of pretty things in a way that “reads” as one big “piece.” But, a word of warning: in order to work, a gallery wall needs to have a variety of things on it. A good gallery wall is not your grandmother’s “rogues gallery” of school portraits. 🙂 To look current, aim for a range of sizes of frames, a range of items (not everything should be a print or photo in a frame), a range of textures and works that are both vertical and horizontal in orientation.
Here is a little work-in-progress in the corner of our dining room. It was born of the need to camouflage the thermostat (I still dream of getting one of these, but M is not on board, alas), which stands out like a sore thumb on our newly-dark walls. I started off with the round shelf and the gold K, then added a few cards from Rifle Paper Co. and a couple of other cards I found at Indigo and framed up in IKEA frames.
The table and the candles added some interest lower down, but I knew I would need to keep my eye out for a few more pieces to complete the look.
When I found the little figure at IKEA, I had to have him– I have always wanted to hang a series of these along a long hallway. I used my beloved 3M Command Strip to hang him on the wall. The tiny mirror was a Homesense find– it had a black frame, but a quick coat of spray paint fixed that in a hurry!
You can see that I still have a couple of spaces to fill (don’t worry– I have some horizontal items for those empty gaps), but things are looking better all the time. I was not happy with the corner until yesterday, when I added the large piece at the bottom; I was feeling that the stuff in the corner was too “bitty” and teensy-looking. I love the way the larger piece balances things out and I am a BIG fan of hanging artwork low to the floor.
More about the frame on the larger piece on Monday.
Have a great weekend!
It has been a looooooong week and I am looking forward to a quiet couple of days to recharge my battery.
This space, found over at the always-gorgeous Lottilou, embodies the relaxed, cozy, soothing feeling I am hoping for this weekend.
Here is what I opted to pick up from among the deliciousness on offer at the Imm Design booth at IDS 2014.
Since our kitchen remains (ahem) a mirage on the horizon, the cookie jar of my dreams will have to wait. But I have been looking for a good way to store my cocktail rings, some brooches and my stud earrings; this fella provided me with the perfect solution.
Every time I see him, antlers festooned in rings, I smile.
One of my favourite booths at IDS 2014 was Imm Design.
They sell cheeky little storage solutions, kitchen tools, mirrors, hooks, even stationery!
I fell for their stuff immediately and wanted to Buy All The Things!
Of course, this reaction was not a practical one, so I set my cap for one of their crowned cookie jars to put in my kitchen (you know, the one that exists only in my head…) and contented myself with a more useful little treat in the interim.
I’ll show you that on Wednesday.
In the meantime, here are some of their pretty bits and bobs, designed to bring a hit of charm and whimsy to any room.
I love Valentine’s Day.
Not for the romance bit (being romantic on cue is hardly romantic, after all), but for the imagery and the colours. I love seeing all the decor and the cute ideas for parties and treats at this time of year.
…for my imaginary London pied a terre!
Of course it’s in a light-filled Hampstead garret– a bit out of the way, but worth it for the character of the ‘hood.
And I can always hop on the overground and travel a few stops to visit LHR, Graphic Definer & Russell at Dalston Abbey.
1. This sofa is Absolutely Perfect.
2. There is a reason this side table is ubiquitous– it looks great and the price is right!
(This one is pretty darned gorgeous, too. Perhaps I’ll take one of each!)
3. This fabric would make gorgeous toss cushions.
It’s from LHR’s friend D’s new shop, Fabricspark.
Check out her pretty, pretty fabrics– you won’t be sorry!