Sunday, August 31, 2014


Adding something unusual, unique, or just a bit odd, to your home can be fun.

An unusual piece of art, a unique piece of furniture, or an odd but kind of cool object would be great. I don't know how daring you may be willing to go…but….

….YIKES! …the head of a real giraffe may be a little too far. It's odd alright, but also just a bit creepy. The last time I was that close to the head of a giraffe was when a friend and I took her young son to a small drive-thru safari park. She had a sun roof, and when the giraffe saw the bucket of feed sitting in my lap….suddenly, his GIANT-GIRAFFE-HEAD was also in my lap. AHHHH! We all screamed with a nervous laugh as I was literally eye to one very big eye with that giraffe. It was unexpected and also kind of frightening, but it did make for a much more exciting visit. That's one way to get close to a giraffe, but a stuffed head in the dining room…oy! I didn't even want to stand very close to it. Well, on the other hand, if you don't want company to stay in your house for very long…it's an option.

If you like the idea of adding a life-sized, but not real, animal into your home…here's a great option that I discovered at the Scott + Cooner showroom in Dallas. 

It would take any room from just a "pretty room" to "WOW!" And nobody would notice if you forgot to vacuum or something was out of place when there's a giant-red-horse-lamp in the room. Think about it. It could solve some issues.

But all kidding aside, homes are more fun with a few interesting pieces thrown in here and there. For Example: This boat hanging from a ceiling at the beach house would be perfect. 

So, where can you find something fun? Try the eclectic, but not to fancy, antique malls or a fun flea market. And remember, sometimes the junkier ones have cooler stuff.

The crazy giraffe head, this horse sconce, and the vintage ice cream sign are from Scout in Dallas. That replica of a British phone booth was actually at a HomeGoods store in Allen, Texas.

So, what are you supposed to do with your odd or cool new find? Hang it up like a piece of art or maybe turn it into a mirror.

Here are a few other interesting possibilities. 

In McKinney, Texas, hangs this funky chicken on a building that I always think could also look pretty great hanging in someones living space. What do you think?

As for my home, I may not have any giant animals, but I do have some old sign letters (that I collected years ago before they were "in") and my big star, and we hung an outdoor basketball hoop in my sons room…which he's only allowed to use soft nerf balls or pillow balls…or else. Plus, we have some other interesting stuff here and there, but I'm always on the look out for something really great.

A fish tank with a yellow submarine…or a 30 foot tall eyeball.

Friday, August 29, 2014


I've been inspired to forge yet another new creation?

I shall call it "The Color of Inspiration".

Are you asking yourself, "I wonder how she did it?"
Well, I'm going to tell you…anyway.

First I gathered up my weapons.

I've had this idea for a while. I had planned to create it in a very large size, but then, one creative day, while browsing through the art supply store, I saw this pack of a much smaller sized moulding…and… Lightbulb!

I arranged my assorted collection of moulding into a random, yet inspiring… of course, order.

Hmm...I kind of like it just like this, but that will have to be for another project.

Next, I began painting each stripe of moulding in a different, and very colorful, color.

Wow! That's a bit bright!

After I put the frame over my very-vivid colors, I knew I needed to tone those puppies down just a bit. I grabbed a small can of glaze/stain. I brushed it on, and then wiped most of it away.

Much better!

Where will I hang it? Not sure yet, it's currently resting on the sofa…getting acquainted with a few of my past creations.

Maybe I'll sell it to the highest bidder…all offers can be e-mailed to Inspiredyetagain@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Wondering what designers like to fill bowls with?

At Mecox, they put moss spheres in bowls.
Spheres of any sort usually work well in a bowl.

They also put big turquoise eggs in a bowl. 

At Ceylon et Cie, I found bowls filled with shells. Gold leafed shells add a bit of pizzazz.

And starfish! 
Yes, it's technically an urn filled with starfish, but they would look equally great in a bowl… hope that's not Patrick in there.

Or…how about a bowl of bolsters? On the floor in a corner, or under a console, it could look pretty good. And if you like pillows in a bowl….

Remember these Andrew Yes sphere pillows from Forty Five Ten? They inspired me to make sphere pillows of my own. (Here)

At Restoration Hardware, they put rolled up books, sans the book cover, in bowls. Although, I don't recommend destroying any good books, this would be a good idea by the fireplace. Kindling!

A bowl of antlers is always a cool idea.

In my home, I have lots of bowls of…stuff. I have a bowl of colorful diamond shaped crayons.

And, remember my bowl of color-blocked-rocks from my 'How to make Rockin' Rocks' diy project?

You can also fill a bowl with silver spheres that you drove all over town to get enough of for a chandelier diy project that you STILL haven't completed. 

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Monday, August 25, 2014


Take a seat while I share a little chair inspiration.

Like this beautiful white lacquered chair with the vivd colored silk ikat. A pair of these fabulous chairs would look excellent flanking a great console or credenza. Beautiful!

Or…this bright orange lacquered chair with the teal and green houndstooth check. It would make a statement in any space, but I like how they paired it up with this desk.
By the way, I took all these great chair photo's while admiring the Ceylon et Cie showroom in the Dallas Design District.

What a difference some great fabric can make. This yellow slipper chair is lovely, but I also have my eye on those great brass frames just behind this very pretty little chair. Brass is back baby! Just thought I would mention that incase you've been hiding out in a cave somewhere, and hadn't heard that very important news. 

Wow! How many beads does it take to make a chair? You count and let me know later. Don't worry, I'm not going to be posting a how to diy your own beaded chair. I don't even have the patience to string together a simple necklace with these tiny beads.

Malachite fabric and nail heads. This pretty chair is in the same display as that gorgeous malachite desk from yesterdays post. The lacquered orange credenza…that's definitely a wow! piece. Don't be afraid of color. Putting these two together is inspiring.

Love the great brass detail on this chair. I don't know if it's just me, but every time I look at this chair, I picture a very chic 70's woman wearing a long dress with a groovy scarf wrapped around her giant afro.
If you're a fan of the green, but modern groovy ain't your thang…

Then…how about this stunning little gem. Olive is also back. Don't get excited, I'm not talking about those olive green kitchen appliances…I know you love them, but I mean…Olive paints and fabrics. This chair is a great inspiration piece to start off that new olive inspired space you may have been dreaming about. 

But…if you've just got to have a modern chair in your space, here you go.

If you love your metallics and dig lots of color…. This one is pretty cool!

I end our little chair session with another orange lacquered piece. The black patent leather (maybe vinyl?) on this piece gives a modern flair to an antique chair.

Friday, August 22, 2014


I'm loving, and wanting, this malachite painted desk. This is one of my favorite pieces that I discovered while visiting Ceylon et Cie in the Dallas Design District. It looks especially great in this very eclectic setting of some odd, but mostly interesting, items.

White famed mirror within a white frame hanging from a chain.
It's art.
It's a mirror.
It's Inspired.

A gallery wall of art is always a great idea when you have a rather large collection.

There's always a place in the home for a beautiful bench. This one is lovely, and it looks even better with those great pillows. I've always had a thing for pillows made from vintage rugs. If you happen to have or find a great old rug that has a bit to much damage to put on your floor, make a fabulous pillow instead.

White stuff, crystal things and pretty mirrors always make for a beautiful space.

I'm a fan of all white linens. It's clean, crisp, and works with every look. This bed is looking especially cozy.

I may like my white sheets, but I also enjoy a lot of great color.
If you happen to need a lovely lavender lamp, now I know where you can find one, and it looks like there's also a great collection of colorful ikat fabric under that table.

I especially love a great colorful chair, and these chairs look pretty great to me.

I'm liking that pendant lamp. It almost looks like it could have come out of an old church.

I don't know about you, but I think every room can use just a bit of leopard. Okay, this is much much more than just a bit, but I think it looks pretty great in this room. I just may have to have a leopard rug in my office the next time I