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In reading Kelly’s comment to the prior post on “What’s Your Dream Home…?“, my memory went back to an article read in 7 Days. Kelly’s dream was a Swiss Family Robinson experience in a Treehouse – and if she can get to Lincoln, Vermont, she could live out that fantasy at Tiny Fern Forest. The ad is on AirBnB.com (which was the topic of Katherine Flagg‘s 2012 “Home Away from Home” article in 7 Days).

tiny fern forest

It must indeed be a “Vermont Thing,” for I have found other treehouse rentals!

For instance, in Waterbury, Vermont, there is Moose Meadow – which features a log home AND this TREEHOUSE:

moose meadow

Country Living has an online photo gallery which opens with Moose Meadow, and includes EIGHT other Treehouse accommodations — From Oregon, to South Carolina, and even Hawaii.

NB: the BIG SUR Treehouse might even appeal to PoshPedlar, who also commented on the “What’s Your Dream Home…?” post. W-o-W!

And RelaxShacks.com makes mention of Tiny Fern and another Vermont cabin that’s perched so precariously I’ll give it a nod here — in Barton, Vermont (also listed on AirBnB).

If you’re interested in the “Tiny House” movement, do check out the RelaxShacks blog – and Derek Diedricksen‘s book (take a deep breath, for it’s a LONG title:) Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshakle Retreats, Funky Forts (and Whatever the Heck Else we could squeeze in Here).

So, Miss Robinson (aka Kelly), there are indeed treehouses out there for you to try!

Now that SUMMER is officially here, I’ve been trying to find more websites with home decor content — nothing like a “new” season for a bit of “fresh air” in the home!

So here’s a few new-to-me blogs (and an old friend or two) that I’ve found to be worth visiting.

HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE

rustic cottage

With categories like “Home Furniture & Accessories“, “Bungalows & Cottages” (where this little beauty pictured above resides), and entries for every room in the house; construction tips and renovation ideas; household – and even moving advice, HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE is a great one-stop-shop for everything relating to house and home. Highly recommended!

DESIRE TO INSPIRE

desire to inspire

A photo fest for design and decor, DESIRE TO INSPIRE will give everyone something to ooh and ahh over.

LET ME BE INSPIRED

let me be inspired

Household “goods” never LOOKED so good – like this sleek bathroom sink. With a predilection for the purity of white, LET ME BE INSPIRED offers product photos, apartments portfolios, and even vacation rental advice.

HABITUALLY CHIC

habitually chic

Again, a fest for the eyes, but with short and insightful content. Punctuated with a New York – Europe sensibility, the style of HABITUALLY CHIC will have home-dwellers running to change up their own rooms. I’m heading back for a little Jefferson in Paris. Come join me!

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Fabulous article on Design Sponge’s managing editor, Amy Azzarito. (Design*Sponge has LONG been on the CellularWindowShades blogroll.) Who knew there was a “girl” living a life I’d envy — one filled with books, and influential people who appreciated her worth. Wonderful to read that her tenure at Apartment Therapy  (another CWS blogroll fav) came via a writing contest: the prize – producing five posts a week (at $11 each).

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I may disagree with sorting books via color (by general topic, surely…), but the Times article — written by Penelope Green –, will introduce you to Amy Azzarito the woman, telling fans about various aspects of her past and present.  Azzarito’s home sounds wonderful (you’ll even learn its current rent!), and you’ll enjoy the accompanying photos.

Can’t end this post without mention of Amy Azzarito’s new bookPast and Present (from Steward, Tabori & Chang). Wonder what COLOR its jacket is (oh, horror at the thought that she may discard dust jackets!) and where will it reside on her ‘color-coded’ bookshelves? (if you click on Amazon link, you’ll see the book is BLUE!)

amy azzarito_home

Houzz-fans will love that the photos tell the who-what-where-why of some of Azzarito’s furnishings: a newly-reupholstered velvet couch (above); the wood cabinet purchased for $35 (ten years ago); the bits of DIY around the place; love-love-love the eBay Nepalese handles!

Pinterest-fans might “like” the one photo I pinned.

BTW, her bathroom is in SERIOUS need of a Top Down Bottom Up shade…. Call me (877-966-3678), Amy!

Wouldn’t you like to jazz up your interior decorations with something you already have around the house? Laura Gaskill of HOUZZ has come up with a list of fifteen NO-COST ways to “Invigorate Your Space”. Let’s look at them together.

Laura comments, “Sometimes all it takes is a bit of inspiration to see your space with fresh eyes.”

framed prints

1. Frame illustrations from a book or magazine. (The “no-cost” assumes you’ve some black frames lying around…, as well as all those glossy magazines.)

I love these simple floral prints. They remind me of Regency-era Artwork, when women drew and painted botanical specimens.

2. Repurpose fabric remnants as art. Similar to #1, use fabric – as a wall hanging, or as a framed print.

As Laura suggests, you can even use an embroidery hoop and display it that way; but why not add some embroidery touches, in that case?

3. Use vases to display jewelry. The accompanying photo shows a necklace looped a couple of times around the neck of a simple ceramic vase. Another, next to it, has a myriad of gold bracelets tossed down its long thin neck.

My passion is pins, more than necklaces (and certainly more than bracelets: hard to type with a clanking bracelet!). I hung a padded board and stick my brooches all over the surface. Makes it easy to choose which to wear, and keeps them in fine condition.

4. Use “throws” in a fresh way. The text talks about those little blankets that sometimes live at the foot of your bed, as well as throw pillows – which they’ve even piled up under a small table.

My suggestion here might seem old-fashioned, but years ago I haunted an antique lace, doily, and tablecloth booth. Beautiful needlework, and they look great over the back of an overstuffed chair.

5. Swap out accent furniture from room to room.

I did this! Had a small painted table in a back room, that made a perfect bedside table; add lamp and a few books … voila!

6. Revamp old jars as fun storage. Q-tips? pencils? Here’s where they go!

They can be Mason jars, squat jars once filled with nuts, cylindrical peanut butter jars. Be creative with the sizes and shapes. HOUZZ’s photo shows hot PINK covers on all the jars, which unifies the collection.

7. Color code your book shelves. The photo of a white room with blue accents features a wall of books – red bindings huddled together in one area; blue bindings in another; yellow bindings elsewhere; and creams are up there too.

As a book collector, I am loath to DO anything to a book that ‘injures’ it; I keep dust jackets on, for instance. Oh! how that would have helped a 1930s volume from being so sun-faded that the fabric hinges cracked. I do like their bonus, however: “It will give you an excuse to peruse all of your favorite old books!”

8. Turn a crate on its side to hold books.

Rustic… Reused… neatly stacked even. Who could argue with this decor suggestion. Add to that: CDs, DVDs – anything that cries out for a little storage spot to call home. Line the box, if you’d like an addition use for those remnants of fabric!

9. Hang artwork on your shelves.

Personally, I’d prefer the artwork within the shelf‘s little cubby, but the photo show a light at the top of the built-in bookcase, and a little framed picture a few shelves down. As they say, “A small painting allows you to still access the books around it.”

10. Style your open shelving. Glass-fronted or even “commando” (no doors) kitchen cabinets? Take the time to organize and style what you must always view

A non-brainer: Hide the clutter!

11. Put the silver on display. Do you have grandma’s “good silverware”? Show it off, especially if it’s never in use.

The HOUZZ photo has a MARVELOUS Dundee Marmalade stoneware jar – or you could use one of those Mason Jars from #6, above.

12. Reuse glass jars for flowers.

I.e., plant some posies around the rooms you frequent most. You’ll welcome the vibrant colors.

13. Paper a wall in old maps.

This one’s so neat, that I just have to include their photo:

map your bath

Nautical Charts are FABULOUS for a bath, don’t you think? Must confess, I wish it was one giant map, no jogs in the shoreline at all. (Picky, picky…) HOUZZ suggests papering with maps of places you have been – why not toss in a discrete photo too. A nice Top Down Bottom Up cellular window shade – in Vienna Wood (brown=blend in) or Largo (blue=pop!) would complete this picture, giving much needed privacy.

14. Fill an unused frame with fabric-wrapped cork.

This same idea could be fabric on a frame (see my “pin board,” #3 above) or even a foam-core board. Decorate with photos, notes, or maybe postcards from those places that you’ve got maps for!

15. Remove a door and create a hideaway office.

The HOUZZ photo is so cute – a drawn-to-one-side white “linen” curtain, a green-painted wooden (swivel!) office chair, storage bins on a shelf, even three “time zone” clocks. Who can tell me what time it is in LONDON when it’s 11 am in NEW YORK?

Over the past few months, I’ve been “pinning” to the CellularWindowShades.com Pinterest Boards – rooms, dilemmas, to-die-for purchases, oh-so-calming garden shots and much more. I must have indicated a liking for food — once I’ve logged in, all these CUPCAKE items pop into view:

peacock cupcake

They’re cute, but I don’t bake a lot… though our head of Production does, par excellence! Small quibbles! The boards CWS has are mainly house-related, dream decor; some gardens; some travel; and just a hint of *FUN*.

So for today’s post, I thought I’d whet the appetite of those who haven’t visited our Pinterest boards.

A recent addition is this lovely living room – the stone fireplace surround is very special, but look at the balance of the room as a whole. The ceiling interest is so different from the plain, flat walls that typically are found in a room that has such ceiling height. And all that natural light.

pinterest_living room(see a larger image: just click!)

You will ALWAYS see something book-related, because I live, eat, and breath books:

circular library(see a larger image: just click!)

We also have posted some of our “graphic” images dealing with heat transference, and thermographic evidence showing how cellular shades can save you money while increasing your comfort:

thermophotos(see a larger image: just click!)

We’ve pinned some “How To’s,” as well as some “Just for Fun” images:

chippy

We invite you to “set a spell” and “y’all come back, now”. Fresh pins and posts!

Reading through an article on houzz about micro-sized San Francisco flats a reader gave the website for a recent study of California families. OMG! As the owner of a seven-room Cape, I simply cannot believe the amount of “stuff” these families had on display. You can read the full article, entitled Seven Common Challenges Facing Middle-Class Families at Home, which focuses on the following:

  • clutter
  • the garage = the new junk drawer (pictured above)
  • the Costco-effect: stockpiling
  • Master suites: are they a waste of space?
  • spending renovation dollars wisely
  • yard-usage
  • fragmented dinners & convenience foods

A book – the end result of this research, which is summed up in the article Trouble in Paradise, is Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century: 32 Families Open their Doors.

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New Episodes of A&E’s TV show Hoarders returns November 5th!

I’m new to Pinterest –> am trying to build up some boards and populate them with pins.

Would love to hook up with others – especially those whose interest is in similar areas: travel, books, decor, (easy) cooking (for that last read: desserts!)

Stop by and COMMENT – or better yet follow us so we can follow you!

  • Invite us to your “favorite places & spaces”
  • Recommend a book “worth reading” – we’d LOVE that!
  • Share thoughts on “home” and “style”

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UPDATE 6 / Aug /2012: Have added some NEW *boards* — including video (youtube) how-tos and “stats”, for those who LOVE figures and graphs alongside the shades. Would LOVE to add some “GUEST PINNER” boards: email me with your pinterest info!!


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