Monday, June 29, 2015

Digs Design Company

I'm having a mini vacation this week in Narragansett, Rhode Island. We're staying at the Break Hotel and I'm drooling everywhere I turn in this gorgeous hotel.

They just opened this month and the interior design is by Jocelyn Chiappone, the  lead designer at Digs Design out of Newport, Rhode Island. Everything has an east coast, nautical vibe and I can't get enough of the fabulous light fixtures and colors.

  Take a peek at some of their work and you'll see what I mean...
Such a great use of mixing patterns...
a lot of texture in the wallpaper and light fixture...
calming and understated...
beautiful wallpaper and shell framed mirror.

Gorgeous, right?  Time to hit the beach!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Painting Wood Blinds

I guess the neighbors think I'm crazy but I've been in our backyard most of this week spray-painting wood blinds for the girls room.
They started out brown and I wanted them white—I checked Pinterest and found another blogger who tried this and said it worked, so I hooked mine up to a ladder outdoors and started painting.
They each took a coat of primer followed by two or three coats of semi-gloss white.
Below is a pic of the brown wood blinds. The good news? They are excellent quality and custom made to fit four windows in the girl's room. The bad? The brown looked so masculine in a little girl's room decorated in corals, soft grays and blue/greens.
At first I tried to cover them with white Ikea curtain panels...
but decided it really wasn't working.
So I keep painting...I'm on the last one. At least this is the last major thing I'm finishing in their room so stay tuned for the reveal!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Wedding Chuppahs

I've got weddings on my mind.
This week I'll be speaking at an event from our local Jewish Historical Society about the history of Jewish weddings. In August, we'll be attending the wedding of our good friend's son (who we've known since he was a toddler!)  

For me, one of the most exciting parts of a wedding is the chuppah. The chuppah is a public declaration that the couple now stands under one roof as husband and wife.  It is also symbolic of the new home they will establish as a married couple. There are so many directions to go with this...simple, rustic, decked out with flowers...the possibilities are endless and can set the tone for the whole wedding. Only a few rules apply: the four sides must be completely open, with a cloth attached to the tops  of four poles.

Here are ten of my favorites.
B E A C H  I N S P I R E D


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Which is your favorite?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Teacher's Gift

Today is the last day of school for Moussia and Yosef and they asked for my help to put together gifts for their teachers.  
We found this idea on Pinterest and thought it was perfect...cute drinking glasses for summer filled with colored Sharpies. (Who couldn't use a set of colored Sharpie pens?)
They presented them on Thursday and the teacher's loved them!  Happy weekend and Shabbat Shalom!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Art Over the Sofa

I know, I haven't blogged for a while.
It's not that I'm a bad blogger
—it's that I'm a good Savta!  Our three grand-children have been visiting here for two weeks and it's hard to get to the computer when you're playing the Funny Face board game five times in a row with a two year old!

So, after many hits and misses, I finally finished the "art wall" over our living room sofa.
Below is the "before"...the taupe colored walls were crying out for some art and color.
My first plan was to paint two canvases in the style of Mark Rothko but after working for hours I hung them on the wall and they were just. so. wrong.
So it was Plan Busing a group of art I already owned mixed with some new pieces I created. The first step was cutting Kraft paper to the sizes of the framed art and taping onto the wall.
I worked slowly replacing each piece of paper with the art making sure I liked the way it was working.
The new art makes such a difference and really finished off the room!
You can see how I made the ring mirror here, and the "finger painting" artwork here. The top left print is from Minted, (a great place to find affordable art) and others are originals from art school friends.

Gotta run...time to play the Funny Face game with Zelda.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Art From Israel

An important concept in Jewish life is hiddur mitzvah, the beautification or enhancement of religious practice. In that spirit, Jewish homes are filled with ornamental ritual objects such as candlesticks, kiddush cups, hannukiyot (Hanukkah candelabras), and other items.  Many Jewish homes also often include art by Jewish or Israeli artists. 
Israel Framed is a website where you can find beautiful artwork from Israel. Above is a mixed media drawing of the Temple Mount, one of the holiest sites in all of Jerusalem.
Here is their story...

We're passionate about Israel, and it's our mission to bring the Promised Land into your home. We do this through beautiful images, including photographs and reproductions of original art. Israel’s a country where people from diverse backgrounds are living in a Jewish state and treated as equals. Christians, Druze, Arabs, Muslims and Jews live and thrive within the borders of this Biblical land. Israeli innovation and ingenuity have enhanced the world beyond this tiny state.
Despite the too-frequent negative headlines, regardless of the never-ending need to defend its citizens, and notwithstanding its imperfections, Israel is a model of democracy and strength.

We have created Israel Framed to show this side of Israel. We wish to “frame” the discussion in a different context, one that focuses on the natural beauty, people, and culture within the land.

Whether you have been to Israel or not, have a Biblical-inspired love of Israel and its people because you know this to be God’s message, or simply appreciate the only true democracy in the Middle East, we hope you find joy in what we offer. If a photo on our site brings you happiness, makes you smile, reminds you of God’s gifts, we’ve done our job!

Women of Valor is shown above.  All prints are available in various sizes, unframed or framed and stretched or framed canvas. 
Check out their website for over 43 choices of beautiful artwork...and, Israel Framed has set up a special discount code for you! Simply use the code "DesignMegillah" to receive 15% off of all orders.
I'm excited to be teaming up with Israel Framed...thanks for sponsoring this post.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Party Planning

Our youngest granddaughter is turning three!  Whenever I'm with her, Zelda tells me several times a day that her favorite color is pink and she wants a pink birthday party.  Luckily for her there is so much cute pink party goods out there right here's the plan.
1. Three different shades of pink will look so pretty...balloons from Oh Happy Day Shop  | 2. When they're three years old they'll still wear party hats so these will be adorable  |  3. Color block spoons from Sucre Shop are a must!  |  4. Party horns in tasseled pink  |  5. How cute are these favor bags| 6. Colored straws in sherbet tones  | 7. Adore the dots and scalloped edges in these napkins | 8. Old fashioned paper cups are perfect for a sweet little girl  | 9. Pink plates with dots are too cute.

According to custom, when Zelda turns three she will light her own Shabbat candle every Friday night (with adult help, of course). Wouldn't these candlesticks be perfect for a three year old?
 I know, they're not pink.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

What We Can Learn from Pottery Barn

Whether you shop at Pottery Barn or not, by studying their beautifully styled photos on their website and in their catalogs we can all learn a thing or two about styling our own homes. Here's what I mean:
If you have a large flat screen TV mounted on a wall you don't want that big black screen to dominate the room. Instead, treat it like a piece of art in a salon group. and surround the TV with other framed pieces of art.

Think in multiples. Two floor lamps will often look better than one and similar multiple framed artwork like these maps will make a powerful impact filling the entire wall behind the sofa.  

Every room needs a touch of something organic. If you don't have plants or flowers, there are some great fakes out there...even bare branches, a bowl of stones or sea coral will do the trick.

Styling a bookcase seems easy until you try to do's not! Study the beautiful styled bookcases at Pottery Barn for a lesson in scale, texture and shape.

Think pictures are only meant to be hung on wall? Check out these framed prints in the china cabinet and leaning on the top.

When hanging a group of photos and art, vary the shapes...break up all those rectangles with round and free-form shapes.

Thanks Pottery Barn!
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