29 August 2011

Designer Collection Tiles from Ann Sacks

I promise I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. It's taking me longer than I thought it would to get back into the groove of things after moving. Sharing a computer with my husband while he works from home hasn't helped. I hope to be back to regular blogging sometime in the next week or so, but in the meantime here's a guest post from a cool site called Design Shuffle.

Ann Sacks founded her company in 1980 in her Portland living room after being inspired by a box of Mexican Talavere tiles. The company has grown to be an industry leader in innovative materials and patterns in tiles and interior design ideas. Now Ann Sacks has paired up with seven influential designers to create the Designer Collection. Pulling from the world of interior design, fine art and textile designs, each of the designers brings a unique eye and design sense to the world of tile. We've pulled together some of our favorite tiles that demonstrate subtle colors and interesting patterns that range from strong lines to delicate impressions.

Angela Adams: Mammy from the graphics collection
Her collection for Ann Sacks has strong lines, bold patterns in a palette inspired by earth tones and her textile and rug designs.

Barbara Barry: Diamond tiles and base in twilight gloss
Known for her sophisticated and classic design sense, Barbara Barry has designed furnishings and home d├ęcor as well as tile. She designed six tile collections for Ann Sacks.

Clodagh: PJ stripe in pumice
Clodagh's tiles are focused on subtle color and patterns inspired by nature. She has designed six tile collections: Stripes, Quill, Concrete, Puzzle, Shield and Sticks.

Laura Kirar: Eue in pastel
Laura Kirar approaches design with the eye of an artist. Kirar has designed sixteen patterns characterized by hand-drawn patterns for her Impressions collection. This collection alone inspires many decorating ideas.

Michael S Smith: Seville deco in willow
Michael S Smith's tiles range from classic subway tiles to the Labrynth tiles that have an intricate pattern as seen above.

Vicente Wolf: Waves in white
Focusing on texture and pattern over bold colors, Vincente Wolf's tiles have a contemporary edge.

Robert Kuo: Mi-shi wen cloisonne
Known for mixing ancient crafts with modern design, Robert Kuo's Cloisonne collection recalls the traditional enamel work.

All images are accredited to annsacks.com.
This post comes courtesy of Design Shuffle, where you can find and share talented interior designs from from New York interior designers, Los Angeles interior designers, and more, check out the latest at Design Shuffle.

Thanks so much Design Shuffle! These tiles are beautiful; the first picture is my favorite.

Don't delete me from your reading lists- I swear I'll be back! :)


18 August 2011

Before & After Thursday

I absolutely love the solution that Jane from {So Much} Jane & Eugene came up with for the linoleum floors in her kitchen: She painted them!!

Before        &          After

You know I'm a sucker for any kind of transformation with paint. What you can't see here is the pretty stencil design that she added, so check out her post to see more pictures, and all the details on how she did it! Love it Jane, great job!!

16 August 2011

A Guest post from Bon Temps Beignet

Today's post comes from the super talented and super awesome Liz from Bon Temps Beignet! (Love her, love her blog!!) I can't wait for you to see this cute project she wrote about for me! Take it away Liz!

Hello all of you gorgeous Inside-Out Design readers!
My name is Liz and I blog over at Bon Temps Beignet. The lovely and talented Brooke asked me if I would write a guest post for her while she finishes moving/packing. I am a big (HUGE) fan of her crafty projects and design style, so I was more than excited when she asked.
I typically blog about super cheap, super easy crafty project. Most of my projects can be made with supplies that you probably already have laying around your house.
Today I thought I'd show y'all an easy way to make a pretty, perpetual calendar. If you already have a picture frame, tape and scissors on hand, then this project will cost you under $5. All you need to purchase is the paper you'll be using for the background.
I wanted to make a perpetual calendar because I'm so tired of buying calendars every year. Aren't you? I actually cross my fingers that someone will give me one as a Christmas gift. That's pretty sad, huh? The problem with gifted calendars is that most of the time they don't match our decor. So I decided to stop crossing my fingers in hopes of getting a non-ugly calendar and just make one myself. And I'm nothing if not cheap, so here's how I made my basket weave, perpetual calendar for $3.45.

You'll need a picture frame (ours was a wedding gift), a roll of tape, paper in the color(s) of your choice, and scissors/rotary trimmer.
Not pictured: A sheet of thick paper, like card stock or thin piece of cardboard that's the same size as the inner dimensions of your frame. This will be what you mount your basket weave on. You will also need a ruler or measuring tape.
The paper I used is a canvas textured crafting paper.
I bought mind from Michael's for 69 cents per sheet.
The color is a watery blue called Cancun.
The first step to making your basket weave pattern is to measure the inner dimensions of the frame that you'll be using
The width of my frame was about 13.5 inches, so I just divided 13.5 by 7 (the amount of columns you'll need for your calendar). 
That number will be the width you'll need to cut the strips of paper for each column.
Mark your paper with a ruler or measuring tape. My columns were just under 2 inches each. 
Once you have all of your columns cut into strips, find the center of your backing paper.
Tape the first strip in the center of the backing sheet.
You want to use a very small piece of tape so that it will be covered by the edges of the frame.
Then, just add strips to the right and left of the center piece.
Once your have all seven columns taped to the top of your backing sheet, measure the height of your inner frame and divide by 6. This will be the size that you'll need to cut each strip for your rows.
Once all your rows are cut, begin weaving the strips together.
This is a super simple over/under weave that you probably learned in summer camp of elementary school.
Once all of your rows and columns are tightly woven, place the whole sheet in the frame behind the glass. 
My frame was a shadow box, so I crumpled up some news paper and stuffed it between the woven piece and the back cardboard piece so that it would fit tightly up against the glass.
The next step is the easiest part. Just write the month and days of the week across the top row, then fill in the dates in the correct squares. I used a Sharpie marker on my frame because it dries quickly and doesn't smudge. To remove sharpie marker from glass, just wipe with a rag dipped in alcohol.
When you have all of your dates marked, fill in with info like appointments, due dates (hello August 9th, I'm soooo behind in writing this post for Brooke!!!), birthdays, etc.
Then just plop that baby down somewhere you'll see it daily so you won't forget important dates! 
I put ours on the kitchen counter so I'll see it every morning when I make food for the pups.
I might just spray paint the frame or cover it with something to make it fit the kitchen decor a little better.
That's all folks! I hope y'all like this project. And if you did, please stop over and visit anytime!
Thanks so much for letting my guest post, Brooke!! Now hurry up and finish moving/unpacking so we can see how your decorate your new place!! just kiddin'... take your time. We'll just be here patiently waiting :)

Thanks so much, Liz!! I can't wait to make one! I guess it'll have to wait though, till I get my picture frames unpacked....


15 August 2011

Cool products alert- Gummy bear-inspired home decor!

Today I'm in the midst of moving so Jessie from one of my favorite blogs Mix and Chic is helping me out by doing a guest post. I love her "cool products alert"s because she's always finding the most amazing things, so I am so excited that she did one for me! 

Hi all! I am Jessie from MixAndChic, who blogs about chic and inspiring interiors, cool home decor products and anything interior design related. I am thrilled that Brooke asked me to guest post for her lovely blog. 

Today, I will be featuring a few beautiful and cool home products inspired by gummi bears. Let's take a look at some of these wonderful products inspired by the popular chewy candy below:


It is spectacular, isn't it? Believe it or not, this gorgeous chandelier is made out of real gummi bears! Unfortunately, it is a private collector's item and it's not available for sale. Up next is another beautiful light fixture named 'Candelier'.


This amazing chandelier is made out of approximately 5,000 hand-strung acrylic gummi bears and it took the designer about two months to complete. A limited edition, only 10 of these available! Next is the delightful 'GummiCone'.


These ice-cream beauties are made with solid rubber with LED light source and has 8 pretty colors for you to choose from! I think it would look great in a kid's room for a touch of whimsy. Up next is the 'GummiLights'.


These soft and rubbery candy-inspired lights are absolutely cool and adorable. They are fully battery operated so there are no cords to worry about. A perfect addition to any kid's space or for anyone who enjoys gummi bear candies!

Which product is your favorite?

For more information regarding these products, please visit www.jellio.com.

I am so, so smitten with that first chandelier! These are so cool; thanks Jessie!! To see more unique products for the home, visit Jessie's blog!

13 August 2011

Update on my striped table....

 It finally got it's new knobs! 

Here it was after paint job but before new knobs:

Now it's totally done, and I'm so happy with it!

12 August 2011

Book page pictures of sea creatures

 You know how I love me some book page pictures....they're so cute and easy I can't stop making them! Here are some that I made for my sister's bridal shower.

{Please excuse the mess- we're moving.}

I wanted the prizes for the games that we were playing to reflect the coastal theme of the shower, so I made three to give out to the winners of the games and then a fourth one to give as a thank you gift to a lady who helped me out in a huge way by making all the food for the shower. 

I printed up pictures of sea creatures that I found on The Graphics Fairy.

I flipped them over and covered the backs of each picture with pages torn from an article about the ocean that I found in an old National Geographic magazine. It was just too perfect. 

{Quick tip- the National Geographic is also where I found the map of the ocean that I used when I decorated my sister's house for the shower- those magazines are my best resource for finding cool maps!}

When I had the backs covered, I flipped the pictures back over and very carefully cut them out. The octopus and all those dang legs had me wanting to say some choice words...that thing was a pain!

Then I used Mod Podge to glue them down to these canvases:

Here is each one finished:

sea shell

sea horses



I just realized that every book page picture that I've made, I've given away. 
Time to make myself one!

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