Beautiful Ottomans

How to choose the perfect ottoman and some things to consider:

  • It’s important to choose the right size and height for your other furniture- the top should be about the same as the seat height of your sofa and be the same size and shape of a coffee table- if you have a narrow space consider a bench as it may fit better than the wider ottoman options you see.
  • Consider the material and make sure it’s durable and a different texture than that of the other upholstered furniture. Leather is a great option for durability if your other pieces are fabric.  Outdoor fabrics in a pattern or weave can look great paired with solid furniture and also stand up to wear and tear.
  • If you want to use a tray on top to store magazines, remotes and such make sure the top is flat not curved so it sits flat- otherwise it will always wobble and make you crazy.
  • If the piece has casters on it, make sure they lock to avoid it rolling when you put your feet up.

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From Elements of Style

 

Beautiful Dramatic Apartment Interiors

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Now for a little drama this Monday…Love the dramatic feel of this beautful apartment.
Perfect conrast between light and dark and modern and classical details. Swooning.

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Photography by Anders Bergstedt

Beautiful Reupholstery Project

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In a recent post
I gushed about my obsession with blue velvet and it just wasn’t going away so I decided to do something about it. Enter an old worn out but very comfortable chair that has been the favorite lounging spot for no less than 3 dogs along with numerous humanoids. Not one to let it go to waste, I decided to reupholster it in none other than a vintage blue velvet. Seattle has many wonderful places to shop but is very lackluster when it comes to fabric stores. Somebody please open a fabric warehouse, but I digress. This minor hitch gave me the perfect reason to visit MOOD in LA and lucky me I got there 15 minutes before they closed knowing exactly what I was looking for. Not realizing how huge it was I could have spent an entire day perusing the place if it weren’t for my single-mined journey to find the perfect blue velvet; albeit an affordable one.

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These images are before photos. A couple of things I discovered about the reupholstery business is; as a profession they are in decline but the flip side to that is the ones who are still in it have a long backlog of work to do and it’s not something you can “speed up”. My chair is at least 8-10 out before I can post after photos unless I get lucky and find someone who can do it sooner than later. I am so excited to see the end result.

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Beautiful Blueberries

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I love random excursions such as the Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm in Bellevue, WA of all places. A beautiful “off the side of the road” U Pick oasis in a residential neighborhood for blueberry lovers and for those, who like myself, love to meander every now and again.

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I really wanted to sit on this swing all afternoon and meditate. Love the old pine wood.

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Fields of blueberries where you can pick your own for hours on end but if
you are lazy like me you can purchase them onsite.

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And little did I know that there were so many different varieties
of blueberries! I think I’ve only eaten one but for those who want
to know here is a list.

Emerald
Jewel
Misty
O’Neal
Sharpblue
Sunshine Blue

And speaking of blue, I am currently in LOVE with blue and in fact will be covering an old
chair in blue velvet. Here is some inspiration.

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Beautiful Los Angeles

I never much appreciated LA area much having lived for quite some time in SF. But this month I spent a week with 2 beautiful people and was endeared by what it has to offer. So many contrasts; this time I took a closer look and was enthralled.


City of great architecture. Not nearly enough time to explore fully.


Beautuful Laguna Beach. I so miss the quietude.


High Scool of performing arts. Wow wish I went to such a fabulous HS!


Jamming in Chinatown


Wonderful Broad Museum. Had some fun with this image.


The Getty Center is spectacular!! I need to return soon. The landscaping is a work of art as well.


Views from the top. Loved the Friday night festivities.


Drive along PCH and enjoy the endless sand and water.


Huntington Beach and Newport Beach; life doesn’t get much better.