Friday, 9 March 2012

thank goodness it's Friday!

Don't you love that today is Friday?

The sky is bluer, the sun is shinier (is there such a thing?), the grass is greener, and the house is cleaner. It isn't really, but just because its Friday, it feels that way.

Wouldn't it be great to wake up every morning feeling that way?

Having a room to wake in looking something like this wouldn't be too bad, too.

Charles Spade from New England Home
I love the windows and their sheer half-shades. Beautiful rug faded over time. A charming chair by the window. Gorgeous!

Have a wonderful Friday, all!

Thursday, 8 March 2012

can you imagine

I've always been a city girl... but lately, I've been dreaming of living on a farm, growing my own vegetables and herbs, and breeding chickens. Does that sound weird?

On my farm, I would have a little sun room that looks like this.

Desire to Inspire
Wowzers - isn't this room just gorgeous? You can practically hear the birds chirping in this photo.

Okay, maybe my little farm would not be in Malaysia, judging by those plants growing in that garden. But I did say it's a dream for now, didn't I?

Wednesday, 7 March 2012


I remember reading this magazine in the Summer of 2008 (there's no Summer here in Malaysia, but it was the Summer edition of the magazine)...

When I saw this particular article and its rooms, I was very inspired. I love how the designer, Liz Williams chose the vintage carpet as her point of determining the theme colours of the room.

Liz Williams Interiors
The pink from the carpet was further highlighted with bright pinks in the throw pillows on the sofa and arm chairs. I've never been a fan of pink, but I definitely love it here!

On a side note, I also love the curtains used in the room below of the same house. So rich and classy.

Liz Williams Interiors

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

lovely botanicals

Do you run out of ideas on what kind of artwork to dress up your walls?

I find that I love pictures of botanicals! 

You can have a collection along your stairway wall...
Or have them framed with a background that matches the colour of your walls...

Liz Williams Interiors
Group them together at the dining table...

Providence Ltd
Or above your bed...

New England Home

I found this awesome idea by The Painted Hive to print photos from the NYPL Digital Gallery.

So I downloaded some of my own for my future reference and use to dress up my own house later. You can click on the source link or directly save them to your computer to edit and print for your own homes...

NYPL Digital Gallery
NYPL Digital Gallery

NYPL Digital Gallery
Aren't they lovely? 

I like ferns, too...

NYPL Digital Gallery

NYPL Digital Gallery
NYPL Digital Gallery
If you like DIY (and have the time for it - I love DIY, but don't have the patience nor the time), I also found a cool idea to make your own pressed botanical prints in my Design*Sponge at Home book. It's also featured in their website here

In the making. Design*Sponge
Tadaa! Ain't that pretty? Design*Sponge
Hope you've been inspired this Tuesday morning! Have a great day! 

Monday, 5 March 2012

reading nooks

I had written a post last week about breakfast nooks, which inspired me to write about reading nooks!

I love having a little space to sit down in quiet (which is rare) and flip through favourite magazines and books for inspiration. 

I love the green used in this room. The leaning book shelf is also pretty - not your regular book case, which caught my eye. 

Eclectic Revisited
Having a single arm chair or a wingback chair against a bookshelf totally says, "leave me alone as I read in peace" without actually saying it out loud. :-) I love how they have creatively leaned artwork against the wall on the bookshelf, too.

You may not require a bookshelf to have a reading nook. Just a spot next to the window and a stack of your favourite books on the window sill would do. Isn't that pretty and inviting? 

Traditional Home
A window seat surround by books. Aaah, lovely!

Have a great Monday!
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