Saturday, August 25, 2012

Words of Wisdom: Courage

Never underestimate the importance of quiet strength:

Source: via Connie on Pinterest

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Decorating Ideas: Creating a Beautiful Vignette

Why I love a good vignette: wall colors set a room's mood, and furniture selection and placement creates flow and comfort [or a lack of it...] in a room. However, creating one or two beautiful little moments in a room [and that's all a vignette is] tells a story and pulls all of the decor together.
Here are a few tips for creating a "moment" in any space:

Start with a "backdrop." This can be anything: a piece of artwork, photography or a mirror.
Remember... you're telling a story, so make it personal, like the retro black and white photo as shown below. It could even be an old letter from a family member that's been framed- get creative! 

This mirror is simple, but it it really creates a beautiful backdrop and totally works for this vignette.
Here is a much larger "backdrop" that is very grand and beautiful. Your back drop really can be anything, just make sure it is a good scale and draws people into the rest of the vignette.

Next Step: Layer it up! Once you've established a solid background, add depth by layering a second or third smaller item. Just lean them against the wall... couldn't be easier!

Personal photographs framed beautifully:


You can also layer a decorative mirror over a larger mirror as I did in my foyer... anything will work so just experiment to see what works in your space.
Next step: Add fresh flowers and/or a potted plant. This adds color, texture and a wonderful natural element.

This orchid adds great height, structure and color.

Not the best at keeping plants alive? [me either] Fresh cut flowers work too!

I love the texture, color and repetition of these potted plants, so pretty.
Now it's time to add accessories. You can add anything that you'd like, [of course] but if you need some suggestions, here are a few tried & true items that always work:
Trays. They help "ground" miscellaneous items in a sophisticated way.

Books. Look back at the vignettes in this post... [go ahead, I'll wait...]. Almost every one has books. I use them all the time too, it's a great way to add height while keeping your favorite books out and accessible.
Chachkies. [Yup, I said it!] You need a few little decorative items... but please don't over do it [and don't say that the Salvage Savvy lady condones them... one or two special pieces are all you need!]

And those are the basics... add or subtract ideas as your style dictates, but don't leave that dresser haphazardly decorated- turn it into a beautiful little moment in your room! 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday [P]inspiration: Clever & Beautiful Organization

Personally, I like organization that is just like me- clever & beautiful [haha! someone really needs to invent a sarcasm font...].  Anyway, here are some great ideas that I've discovered on Pinterest- enjoy :)

Isn't this linen closet amazing?! Those towel racks on the door are genius, the subtle lined wallpaper on the back wall makes everything feel crisp and clean, there are dividers to keep all of the towels in line, multiple baskets on the bottom keep bulky items contained and then it's all labelled to perfection [now they're just showing off!!].

 Here's a tiny space that you can tell works hard for the entire family while looking fabulous! The striped walls add a strong graphic element [which I love] and all of those hooks are soooo very handy [which means there's almost a chance that the kiddos will actually use them!]. This is really an inexpensive little mudroom that looks amazing.

Here's a craft closet where one might actually be able to find any item that one is looking for... I've heard of such an area before [but I thought it was just a legend, I had no idea it really existed!!].

Sometimes ya' just gotta have your stuff out in the open for everyone to see... so here's a great idea to make it look nice! These adorable bathroom containers of various sizes are actually vintage planters- very pretty and very clever.
 Skirts on tables = awesome & inexpensive hidden storage area. You can make it adorable under there [like this photo], or you can just shove junk that you don't want to deal with under there [not that I do... I'm just sayn'... it's possible!]. Either way, no one will know unless you show them [or they're SUPER nosey!].
 As always, if you want to see what else I'm pinning these days you can follow me on Pinterest!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Check me out!

Guess whose DIY Dropcloth curtain tutorial was selected to be featured on Remodelaholic today?! [yup, you guessed it] THIS GAL'S!! If you're a regular here at Salvage Savvy, then head on over and check it out along with all of the other awesome tutorials.

And if you're visiting here for the first time then I have only one thing to say... Welcome!!
I'm thrilled that you've stumbled upon my little blog- if you enjoy thrifty living, re purposing at its finest, mind-blowing DIY projetcts, beautiful design and just general awesome-ness [oh, and a sarcastic comment or two] then you are in for a treat ;)
Here's an example of one of my DIY rooms... my Home Office check it out for all kinds of great tutorials!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Words of Wisdom: Vulnerability

Vulnerability isn't easy for me, so I can appreciate this reminder from C.S. Lewis about its only alternative...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Thinking Outside the Box: Canvas'

Being thrifty [without looking thrifty] often means ya' gotta get creative and think outside the box... and this artwork next to our bed is a perfect example.

I was shopping at Pier One and discovered sling back chair canvas' that were on major clearance. Now, I don't own a sling back chair... but I was super excited anyway because what I saw was really inexpensive canvas' that would make long, unique wall art.

I purchased several and have used them for multiple projects, including the leaf prints that I shared last fall.  
They come with slots on the top and bottom, so to hang them I simply cut PVC pipes to the width, slid them in and used a ribbon to hang the piece.

I'm so glad that I thought outside the box and purchased this canvas... look around and see if you can find any after summer sales on sling back chair canvas'!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday [P]inspiration: Neutral Palettes Go Glam

I just love using high glamour within a neutral color palette because [in my opinion, anyway] they help balance each other. You can go even more fru-fru [yes, that's a technical design term] in a room without making it feel like Barbie decorated it :)

This is a perfect example. You are looking at zebra print, faux fur and silk... but it totally works because of the simple colors and texture. It's totally fabulous, darling!

This room uses minimal colors and clean lines, but it doesn't feel cold because of the texture [velvet chairs, tufted couch and gorgeous painting] and natural elements [drift wood and flowering branches]. What a great way to make simple look and feel elegant.

Oooo, how I love this one! This is neutral done beautifully! All those textures are scrumptious, and the bold geometric pillows keep it fresh and current. Love!

Neutral color + Metallic finish = Yes, please!!
 I want this room. 'Nuff said!!


Once again, this room has such a simple color palette, but the patinas and textures add so much interest... so, so pretty!

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