Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Decor inspiration

OK, these are going to be the worst pictures in the history of this blog, but I couldn’t resist showing you some of the fun ideas I saw at the design home at the Indy Home Show today.

I was trying to take better pictures, but the people behind me were getting incredibly annoyed at the woman (uhh, me) taking pictures of every. single. thing., so I was trying to be quick.  :)

Don’t they know how important it is that I share this stuff with you?! My peeps? My Squeezays?

Anyway, here are just a few of the incredible decorations they used in the house…

A mirror surrounded by pipes:


You would need about 100 pipes for this, but the idea is what is inspiring – you could use just about anything you have in large quantity. Some hot glue and you are set!

I’ve seen these before, but I bet you could make your own with a lamp kit:


If real books wouldn’t work, I bet faux books would.

This chair was just lovely, and I loved the contrast of the dark pillow with it:

005I remember seeing shelves like these growing up – and here they look updated just because of the way they are accessorized:


I love how they used the letters throughout, the books on their sides, stacked up and facing forward:


This kitchen window treatment is hung from a door knocker:


I love that! I have a knocker I never used and now I want to do this – just have to find a window!  :)

I love using things in new ways – this is a bread box!:

010Isn’t that brilliant?! You can’t use it for storage (maybe you could hang things inside?) but it sure is cool. Do you know how many of these I’ve passed up at Goodwill?

This was simple “art” -- pages from a book layered with typography, layered with a frame:


I am so tempted to use Scrabble tiles for something like this. We have a Scrabble game that we haven’t played in years. But I just know the day I use the tiles one of us will get a wild hair to play the stinkin’ game. :)

This looks vintage just because of the photos used on it, but I doubt it is:

015Anyone got a contact at the floral department so I can snag one of these little card holders to put beautiful old photos in? Hmmm?

The laundry room had a window treatment that was dressed up with very simple items:


Buttons added along the bottom, and clothes pins on the top. Adorable!

Oh, what a great idea for a message board:


An old frame, distressed, and chicken wire secured to the back. What an inexpensive project! Perfect for a vintage touch in a kitchen too.

I doubt this gate is real, (like from a farm real) but it looks like it:


Take old wood (or new wood, distressed) and connect together. Paint whatever you want on the front – what a fab headboard this would be, with a large monogram on it?

Not sure if these came like this or not, but they got me thinking:

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Any similar container with vinyl lettering would give the same look. (And probably way less than if you bought them this way!)

A table cut in half became art:

026I couldn’t figure out what was different about these tiles at first:

031And then it hit me – the grout is RED. It was a kid’s bathroom and the accessories were all red, so it actually looked really, really cool.

And I love how they used a swing arm lamp as an overhead light for the mirror!:


The boy’s room was Lego themed, and after looking at the bed for a few seconds, I realized it looked Legos simply because of the round discs that were glue on and painted the same color:

033How easy is that?

They used an old chunky door and then hung the TV on it:


I love old doors, yes I do.

Oh, hello Peyton!

036Getting ready I see!  ;)

This home was decorated by The Inside Job design firm – they never fail to showcase fun, unique ideas that are easy to replicate!

I was going to show you the stairs tonight, but my father-in-law is coming tomorrow to work on the sanding a bit more. I will update you after they are done!  I decided on the stain I’m going to use on the treads – it’s going to be geeeeooorgeous!!! Ack!!

Check out the links at the Before and After party! Fabulous ideas all over the place! You all are so inspiring!

P.S. For those of you who asked about the hiding the TV cords – yes, you drill another hole down the wall, level with the outlet – then take the cords and put them through the top hole and pull them back through the bottom one, then plug in and connect to the receiver, DVD player, etc. It really is easy, I swear!!


  1. Bah humbug to those people behind you - the internet needed to see these! I love that Lego bed so very, vert much :D

    Lots of great ideas in here!

  2. Love, love the bread box hung upside down! Now, i'm on the hunt for one for myself. Thanks for sharing :o)

  3. Thank you for sharing these great ideas and photos! I am so inspired :)

  4. So many things to look at and drool over! I loved those pails in the bathroom - I actually saved the photo onto my computer. Definatly want to do that! And that barn door! In the photo did you notice that the hinges look like they have a star cut out? Love at first site! And the mirror in the first photo...how about using a bunch of wine corks. That is what I thought they first were until I saw what they really were. Awesome! Thanks!

  5. So many things to look at and drool over! I loved those pails in the bathroom - I actually saved the photo onto my computer. Definatly want to do that! And that barn door! In the photo did you notice that the hinges look like they have a star cut out? Love at first site! And the mirror in the first photo...how about using a bunch of wine corks. That is what I thought they first were until I saw what they really were. Awesome! Thanks!

  6. Neat!!! I love that awesome chair with the dark pillow. You must have had a ball. :)

  7. Love the TV door! What a clever idea.

  8. OH MAN!! I am so Bummed I missed that show! It looks like there where a lot of great ideas... If you know of any shows in northern Indiana, please tell me! :)

  9. I LOVE that chair! The fabric is great, but I never would have thought to use something like that for a chair - it's gorgeous!

  10. OMGosh the Lego bed was so simple and creative! I had to save that one in my idea file. Thanks so much for being the picture lady! The net effect of giving all of us great ideas surely has outweighed any grumpy feelings the folks behind you may have had.

  11. Great ideas! I especially loved the old door with the TV hung on it. Awesome!

  12. That is so nice of you to share this. You could have easily just gone and enjoyed it yourself. So much inspiration here! Thanks again!

  13. Love that chair with the writing on it! That would go so good in my living room now that I've redecorated. I also love the window treatments! The one with the door knocker gives me an idea for a small bathroom window I have been thinking of doing something to. Love this type of thing for ideas and to get the creative juices flowing!

  14. What a great collection of inspiration! Thanks for sharing. I live in tinytown with no Hobby Lobby, but eventually I'm going to get those vinyl letters...I have two ancient enamel chamber pots (yes, they're clean now!) that I keep on the guest bathroom counter and they need those vinyl letters!

  15. My son would LOVE that Lego bed - saving this one for sure!

    I LOVE the door knocker for the kitchen window! Is it just tacked into place on the sides? I've got to do this to my (naked!) kitchen window!


  16. Great Photo's...loved all the cool ideas. I especially love the photo tree, in fact I just blogged about something similar a month or two ago and found a source for new ones. I actually like the older ones better if you could find them at a vintage shop. Here's the link...http://theassistant.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/display-your-photos/ Great blog :) Amy

  17. You can get old scrabble tiles at any thrift store. Just buy an old game that probably doesn't have all of it's letters anyways. Then you won't feel so bad about using them.

  18. I love, love, love unique and unusual uses for everyday objects! Thanks for sharing these photos. Now if I could only store those photos permanently in my brain for when I go shopping. To quote Dr. Suess, "oh the places I'd go." Here's a thought for the bread box shelf-what about hanging by the front door or mudroom with key hooks inside?!

  19. I am so glad you showed us these pics! I am in love with the door knocker idea and will be stealing that one in the near future!

  20. Thanks for sharing these inspirational pictures with us. It's so much fun to see what designers can come up with.

  21. Ok here's my question: We have a TV that I would love to hang on the wall above the mantle with outlets on either side of the fireplace (in the baseboards) but right now it's just sitting on the mantle....how would I get the cords through the (plaster) wall at an angle like that? In other words I have an un-decorateable (like my word? lol) mantle because my cords can not go straight down through the wall. :( hrumph. Anyway, LOVELY pictures and I love the lego bed!

  22. I love the bread box. It would be great in my laundry/mud room with some hk screws for keys and stuff. I am going to look around for one of these.

  23. Lots of creative ideas there. You can buy scrabble tiles at AC Moore, just in case you don't want to ruin your game.

  24. Lots of creative ideas there. You can buy scrabble tiles at AC Moore, just in case you don't want to ruin your game.

  25. Oh my Gracious! I am in love with the cream chair. Only at my house, it would be accessorized my grape jelly fingerprints and dirty footprints. ICK! LOVE the barn door thingee on the runners - CUTE! and the kitchen window treatment hung on the door knocker. CLEVER!

    Thanks for sharing! You never disappoint!

  26. I just LOVE reading your blog ever since I discovered it a couple months ago. You have some fabulous ideas for a fellow "thrifty" person such as myself. :-)

    I loved seeing this pictures and seeing how old things can be re-purposed into useful new ways.

    I also wanted to thank you for the ice cube trick to pull up carpet divots from furniture. I tried it recently and it WORKED!!! Best new tip I've received in a long time. Thank you, thank you!!

  27. Very cool! I love the bathroom containers.

  28. Love the door knocker curtain holder and the chicken wire board - so creative.

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  29. I too wanted to use the Scrabble tiles for decorating, so I pick up games when I'm out thrifting and just use the tiles. That way our own game (which has all its pieces) is not in danger of being "unplayable". I've also started collecting Upwords tiles - they are plastic with red or blue letters and are just as fun!! So go for it!

  30. Thanks for sharing! Great ideas!! :)

  31. I like the door knocker drapes, and the curtains with the buttons - so cute! Great ideas. Thanks for posting.

  32. I just adore that upside down bread box! How cool! I bet you could put little hooks in it for keys or for measuring spoons or something along those lines! Too cool! I love the red grout also. I think my DH would KILL me if I changed the kids bathroom grout to red...but I think it would be so very cool!

  33. I think you would install a dowel or small tension rod and make it a papertowel holder or parchment paper holder.

    Did that farm gate roll? It looks like it's hanging from a track. This just gave me a solution for the horrid doorway between my family room and mudroom. Maybe, just maybe, I won't be eating my next Thanksgiving dinner while I face into the mudroom thinking of all the ways I could better organize it. Thank you!

  34. My sister was there! Not the one behind you I'm sure! She was trying to explain it all and now I can picture it! Thanks for sharing! Go Colts!!

  35. Wow - those are such clever ideas. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us all to think out of the box.

  36. These are all such great ideas. I made one of those message boards not long ago and I love it. It holds pictures for me. Thanks for sharing.

  37. What wonderful Ideas! btw you can order just the scrabble tiles from the manufacturer.

  38. You can get scrabble tiles on ebay too (and the little trays for them also--they're great for writing a name or word on that you might want to change up every now and then). Really fun post--thanks for the great ideas!

  39. What great ideas!! I may have to knock the dust off the Scrabble box and use those tiles from something creative. Thanks for inspiring us yet again.

    Thanks for sharing the Peyton (best QB in football) FatHead too :) GO COLTS!!!!!!!

  40. What a shame...I use my knockers all the time.

    C'mon, you knew I couldn't resist.

    (now get to what really matters -how'd your talking spot go??)

  41. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Lego bed. What a great idea!

  42. Oh, such cool ideas.. .thank you for taking the time to annoy the others behind you and get pictures to inspire US! :)

  43. When we first decorated my youngest daughter's room in this house she had an iron daybed and wanted some sort of canopy. I did something similar to the window treatment you feature, but instead found an iron towel holder from Target and used that instead to hold some sheer fabric mixed with tulle. It draped nicely over the edges of her daybed and worked great for years.

  44. Love these ideas~especially the upside down bread box! What did you decide about Blissdom? Surely you're not missing the superbowl...

  45. Nothing, nothing, NOTHING makes me happier than new uses for old stuff. So cool, so frugal, so fabulous. Thank you for sharing:)
    Wait, one thing makes me happier... Squeezays! I am so calling everyone I know that...

  46. Don't feel bad I was another of "those" people that took a million photos of the house! The Inside Job did a great job!

  47. love this--if I don't win I just might have to get one for valentine's day :)

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  49. The bread box upside down would be perfect for keys! Love it! Also love the lego bed!

  50. You should the breadbox for keys. So that when you lift the cover, there are your keys hanging neatly! =D

  51. ooh! I'm lovin' it!!! Thanks for sharing all these great ideas!
    I just love your blog!!

  52. Hey, Sarah! I trolled Goodwill stores a few months ago until I found a Scrabble game, just so I could craft with the tiles. :) Just saw another set on Monday, but couldn't justify getting a second one yet. If you want to swing by central KY, it might still be there!

  53. Wow I love the farm house gate look, that is really cool! Oh and the bread box, such a great idea and yes I have past up so many of them too.

    With the new flat screen tv's out I had never seen one displayed with a door like that.

    All great ideas! Thanks for sharing

  54. Love the bread box. Put hooks inside and hang your keys. That way it's not visible clutter. SO doing this!


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