Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sweet Elegance...

All these rooms are simply gorgeous. Sweet. Soft, classy and very expensive. I know many whom read this or come across the images think "who can afford that!" Well some can and some can't and some wouldn't spend the money on decorating even if they did. However.. I find inspiration in these photo's and I'm hoping you will too. You can very easily get these looks for so much less if you take the time to shop. It doesn't have to be exact but the concept is there. The colors, classic, not TOO much, no THEME just pretty things. Pieces from all over.The painted pieces from things around your home or junk stores etc... Having a monotone color scheme and simple touches of elegance can make all the difference. Can't afford window treatments.... get fabric from local stores, even Joanne fabrics, wall mrt type IF you can not afford it. Just getting enough length and ironing with fabric glue adhesive stuff... YOU can make your own. So you cut holes anyway you can. Using Hot glue,fabric paint, ribbons and whatever else trims... YOU can make a Magical retreat for you or your little ones. Hide your mistakes with sweet ribbons and pearls and yummy details you can find everywhere. ~ even your old ear rings that are missing the match. Get creative how you hang them. Use coffee hooks in ceiling. 2 on each side of a window to hang down from ribbons and look Fantastic. Get White denim/canvas wash it first, paint Pink dots all over & use Pink french ribbon. Not expensive but sure super pretty. Tar get & Martha have very inexpensive sheets, Buy everything in white! Great to keep clean & Bleach away! then add sweetness to it all with your favorite trims: ric rac, buttons, ribbons, scalloped trim, eyelet,gingham etc... Or dip die in very pale Pink YOU created & get sweetly creative! & buy tons of ribbon, roses/flowers in that color. Your color! Get extra fabric in coordinating color & if YOU do not sew, get someone or get out that Hot glue gun, iron on adhesive & play around. HIDE boo boo's with yummy details.
recover lampshades with your creative ideas & favorite trims.
Well girlie's... I'm off to paint a few goodies for Lollishops and I am using these Photos for inspiration! And what may that be..... Well, I have heard some say, ohhh those rooms are too perfect or not enough child friendly & fun for little ones... well that's when you get some fun artwork from ME! : ) Take bits & pieces of elements YOU like for your children and have the BEST of both worlds. Your children learn to appreciate the good things in life by learning from you at an early age. Stylish things do not mean they have to be TOO stuffy, TOO elegant or not fun for little ones... they can be, just find wonderful fun Magical artwork & unique decor pieces that NO ONE else has. Need help ask me. Have a sugar plum Vision but do not know where to start. I'm right here. Dream some incredible yummy ideas and let me know what your thinking and I would LOVE to create a magical piece for you & your loved ones. Dream away ~
I'm off to get creative. Maybe a Magical sweet picture frame with sprinkles of glass glitter & French Gilded leaves with Sugar plum berries touched with magic? Its Happy Holiday Times & we all need some Sparkly things surrounding us, right?
Bonne Nuit ~ Joelle XO

11 comments:

Shell said...

Pretty, dreamy and romantic pictures. I so love it. You advice is so great and right. You posts are always full of beauty and inspiration.

Renée said...

Love these photos!! The rooms are gorgeous! Great inspiration! xo Renee

MichellesCharmWorld said...

soooo true! I love buying big expnsive magazines with big expensive rooms in them and making them for so much less! That in iteslf should be an entire publication!

sassy stephanie said...

Oh how heavenly!!

Thanks for sharing in my SITS day with me!

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Couture de Papier said...

OO! always loved your photos! Question I recently moved into a cottage that has dark knotty pine and I cannot paint because I am a renter..any ideas besides fabric?
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Thankful Paul said...

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Cindy said...

Oh, my goodness! These are such gorgeous rooms....very inspirational. Love your blog!

Shell said...

I have something for you over at my blog, Joelle. When you have a chance, come on by.

the voice of melody said...

Just beautiful! The first bedroom is my favorite. I like that it's feminine but not over-the-top, and seems so cozy and warm.

I used a similar inspiration for my tearoom at home. Girly and cozy. But, the price was nothing compared to any of these rooms! Thanks for sharing these inspiring photos. :)

Joelle said...

I find inspriation in so many things. It is not too hard to get the same look for a fraction of the cost. You just have to know how to do it or ask around, or just keep looking at wonderful photo's until you figure it out.
I think its actually fun & challenging to get "THAT LOOK" for tons less, even if you have the money.
I still find it so funny that people can't see beyond the "Perfect Picture" and get ideas from it. Magazines do not want to show clutter & typical everyday pictures/rooms ... Take the ideas and make them your own.~ the clutter will come ; )