Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tangled | Girls Bedroom

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!

I have been wanting to create a Disney/Pixar Tangled inspired Style Board for a long time...

AND here it is!!!

This movie just delights me in so many ways:  
1.  It reminds me of being a young artist filled with vivacity, inspiration, and whimsical childhood dreams.
2.  The main character, Rapunzel, is a dopperganger for my blond haired, sing-song-y, artistic, renaissance woman, pseudo-genius college roommate.
3.  I mean, really, who wouldn't want to have a room of bright cherry hand-painted murals?
4.  It's homage to the masterful talents of Disney-Pixar filmmakers.
5.  AND of course, because of the GENIUS behind the small but mighty side-kick chameleon, Pascal!!!

BRAVO Disney/Pixar!

Hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!

xo. m


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dressage Dreams | Toddler Bedroom

This room could be used for a boy
or a girl!  The yellow even things out
a bit allowing for a more neutral room.

The inspiration for this board was the
organic horse plushie {2}, horse fine art {1},
and bold striped throw pillows {6}!

xo. m


4.  Tate Bed

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

About the Artist | Edgar Degas

I had the change to see Degas work in person
at the Musee d'Orse in France and I was so
taken with the originals, each masterfully created
and the colors so unusual and vivid!  The unusual
compositions seemed so spontaneous, dreamlike
in movement and color that I never could have
imagined that they were so meticulously created.  
But as I think back, the amount of detail in some
of the works truly show Degas careful planning.

He had it all: vision, passion, grounding, and even
spontaneity.  No wonder he is recognized as a true master!

If you have the chance to see Degas in person,
I highly recommend it!

xo. m


Friday, October 19, 2012

Colonial Meets Degas | Living Room & Play Space

I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this turned out!!!

I have many favorite impressionists,
one of which is Edgar Degas.  Degas raw
sketches complimented this design perfectly!
For this board I wanted an old meets simple, stark,
and modern design so I utilized natural wood
and raw rustic decor.  The result: a very simple
and pleasing palette.

Matt & I are going to try and make this
room a reality in our own home!!! (minus the
play area of course)  It will take some time
however, as everything, as you know, is expensive.  
But that's one of the best ways to implement
interior design; as your budget allows!

If you want more check out these items:

This coffee table would be a fabulous addition: {coffee table}

As would this accent chair: {leather chair}

Absolutely LOVE the Broyhill Credenza
Dresser {14} - wouldn't it make a gorgeous media console?!

Next up, painting the brick fireplace...

xo. m

PS.  Next week I am planning to post an
"About the Artist" for Degas, so stay tuned &
happy decorating!


9.  Lead Toy Soldiers {1} {2} (for decor on the mantle - do not give to children!)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Little Sailor | Toddler Bedroom

Sweet and serene, you can almost smell
the sea air!  This room could easily accommodate
two kids, add this crib to make it a shared space.

I have to admit, I'm a little bit on a white wall
kick at the moment - guess that makes it easy
for those of you with all white walls.

I've got a great Living Room/Family Room
coming up soon, one that I think we want
to implement in our own home - so be sure
to check back next week for more design fun!!

xo. m


17.  Coral

Monday, October 8, 2012

A Natural | Dining Living Combo

I'm excited about this Board!  LOVE the natural and subtle
nature of it!  The neutral grays and browns are so refreshing.
This piece was mostly inspired by Featured Artist, 

Donald Satterlee {15}

Read about his art & inspiration below!

I was also inspired by the intricately embroidered
hoop featuring the Plumed Bird of Paradise {12}.

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NEW | I have discovered a new paint brand:

 It is AMAZING!  0 VOC, and NO Chemicals - I have also heard
great reviews of how it applies and acts just like other leading paint brands!

Definitely check out their website, 
and I will be doing a post on their paint in the near future!

Satterlee's "Fogscape" Series is AMAZING!  I especially LOVE
the Featured Photograph {15}, you must stop by his studio to see it
in print - It is enormous!  The size is almost life-sized-tree AND
it's just stunning for this work!  Any print of this well loved
series would make a wonderful addition to your private collection!

Be sure to visit Satterlee online:


At his Studio Space:

Happy Decorating!


Friday, September 14, 2012

Bon Appetite | Kitchen

French, Modern and Delightfully Delectable:
Here's my first shot at a Kitchen Style Board!

LOVE the authentic French Vintage Spoons {17}
as well as the Custom Chalk Board Art {16} that
could be done as a Personalized Kitchen Signboard!

Don't forget to check out today's Featured Artist,
Dianne Poinski {1} online,, and read
about her art and inspiration below!
You can visit Dianne online at
or at her studio space in Downtown Sacramento:

ARTHOUSE - 1021 R Street, Sacramento CA 95811

Bon Appetite!
xo. m

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1.  FEATURED ARTIST - Dianne Poinski "Simplicity"
2.  Vintage French Maid's White Cotton Apron
3.  Spratt's Patent Ltd. French Poster
4.  Vintage Hobnail Cake Stand
5.  Ceramic Poppy Spoon Rest
6.  Five Antique Glass Bottles
7.  van Gogh "Almond Branches in Bloom, San Remy"
8.  Set of 4 Paris Photography
9.  Artichaut Food Photograph
10.  Lamps Paris Photograph
11.  Grey Velvet Drape
12.  C'est La Vie Print
13.  Custom Straws & Flags
14.  Vintage Food Crate Facade
15.  Vintage French Blue Alarm Clock
16.  Custom Chalk Board Art
17.  Vintage French Kitchen Utencils
18.  European Buss Scroll

Monday, September 10, 2012

Bon Appetite - Free Download

My diet is not an easy one, there are no boxes of snacks at the ready nor easy meals out. Hence, I have been learning to cook & prepare every meal: breakfasts, lunches & dinners.  Recently I was craving  pancakes - I began with Millet & Coconut Flour as my substitutes - no matter what I tried:  a pinch more baking soda... another egg? about more flour - nope, still no luck!  It was a total disaster that left my tummy rumbling... after that and many more experiences like it, I feel I can relate to this quote by Julia Child.

Hope you enjoy it too!

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This artwork is a clue as to what's coming up next!


It's a FREEBIE - Download by right clicking, then enlarge to get the fullest size!
Format is 8 x 10 so it will fit nicely into any ready made frame.

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Enjoy &
Bon Appetite!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mod Vintage - Living Room - Featured Artist Anthony Montanino

I have always wanted to create a living room
style board that is bold and striking and I think
this room fits the bill perfectly!

I designed this room around the Featured Artwork,
more about Montanino and his art below!

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Stop by Anthony's Studio at ARTHOUSE
OR visit Anthony's Website ONLINE...
to view and purchase more of his artwork!

xo. m


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Susie's Room - Guest & Grandbaby Room

AND....drumroll please...
The lovely Guest/Grandbaby Room!

A mix of California {7}, Personal
Taste {2}{8}, and France {13}!

Love the versatility with all the storage
and two sleeping areas - the bed is a twin, 
but if you want to fit a married couple
just substitute it for a double/queen.

 See below for Other Decor, and the Ladder {10}
 and Dresser {16} DIY Tutorials!!

LOVE how it turned out!

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{download to see the full size}

This is such a great storage piece!
Absolutely love the larger-than-life massive quality of it,
and how so many other types of storage can work with it!

On that note... check out this woven chest from IKEA -
We designed the dimensions of the ladder to fit
this great storage piece - you can slide it underneath!!

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xo. m


10.  Ladder {Tutorial Above}
16.  Dresser DIY {Tutorial Above}

LINKS - Other Decor

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

STYLE BREAK - Anchors Away

I just can't resist,
here's another wardrobe board
I created on Polyvore ~

Anchors Away

Anchors Away by mhighst on Polyvore

Love the nautical theme in coral, 
turquoise, navy and gold!  

I'm thinking I'm going to have to
make a matching Room Style Board...

Comming Up: Romantic & Sweet | Guest &
Grandbaby Room - including 2 DIY tutorials!
Check back soon ~

xo. m

Monday, August 20, 2012

Safe & Sustainable - Tips for Decorating

Safety & Sustainability are a must
when decorating any room.

Here are some great tips to jump
start your research!

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Just bought this book by Kim Barnouin,
and I absolutely LOVE it!  I've been slowly phasing out
unhealthy products and chemicals and replacing them
with healthier choices -

Don't let the title deter you, it's a very informative book 
- a great read with lots of helpful tips and information:

Decorating should be fun & safe too~

xo. m

Friday, August 17, 2012

Oh Deer | Living Room / Play Room

A fusion of "Young Buck" and "Little Doe"
led me to create this Living Room - it also doubles
as a Play Room for Children.

Who says you need a whole room for each area?
If you are short on space, combining the two
might just be the right thing to do!

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Today's Featured Artist is Photographer, Katya Horner,
Read about her art & inspiration below:

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Check out more of Katya's photography on Etsy 
via her shop Slight Clutter found {here}.

xo. m


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Little Doe | Enchanted Wood Wallpaper

Wallpaper rendition of the original, "Little Doe" {here}.

Little Choux has some very creative wallpaper -
this one is called Enchanted Wood and you can find it {here}.

LOVE how this turned out!
Maybe you could use the Woods Wallpaper {10}
for the inside of a closet - that would be so cute!

Tomorrow I've got a Living Room & Playroom
Combo with featured artist Katya Horner - 
so be sure to stop by for more deer fun,
interior design, & fine art inspiration!

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cheerio. m