Wednesday, April 28, 2010

sweet, sweet storage solutions . . .

1. Vintage Suitcase, 2. Crocheted baskets--my 26th Explore!, 3. Untitled, 4. this morning; cleaning up in the tin cupboard

i am an inveterate hoarder of things, and so are my little and not so little ones.  but we like order, and not just any order, but pretty, interesting, imaginative order.

so . . .  i'm always looking for sweet, fun, unusual ways to reuse old things to store other things in, and i find there's no better place to go for inspiration than the lovely photostreams of my talented flickr friends. . . . just click on the links above to be transported to these positive goldmines of ideas . . . -- and have a wonderful time exploring  . . .

(ps don't you just love that tiny craft suitcase?  i just picked one of these up in a charity shop, -it is so adorable- and now i know how we will be using it!)

don't stay up all night looking!

x lynn-anne

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

sweet memories

teds and i shared a rare quiet moment this morning looking at these old christmas  ornaments we got at a tag sale last week. it's so sweet to hear a five year old reminisce about his christmas-y memories past, and to listen to him ruminate on the christmases past of the family who once placed these ornaments lovingly on their tree . . . sweet memories.

Monday, April 26, 2010

turquoise: the new black?

so, what do you think? it's everywhere (including all over my house, but i made those decisions several years ago . . . ) so . . .is turquoise the new black?! let me know!

x la

in the garden

so we finally did the potting yesterday, and i love all the color.  this morning, the sunlight was so perfectly golden, and the air so fresh after the weekend rain and wind -- all in all, a glorious morning.  i can't wait to put this old table and thrifted chairs to use again  -- i think i won't wait for dinner -- maybe i'll work outside this morning. 


have a perfect day . . . x lynn-anne

Sunday, April 25, 2010

inspirational high point finds 2010

inspirational high point finds 2010
Originally uploaded by lakbdesign/fergusandme

more inspiration from high point last week. trends: natural materials; shell, crystal, wood; lots of mirrored pieces; turquoise is the new black (i'm soo glad -- if you don't see why, take a look at my flickr photostream and all will be revealed!); handmade and vintage is huge; and velvet, velvet, velvet -- but in fresh colorways ~ i hope you're as inspired as i have been . . . lynn-anne x

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Originally uploaded by Ingthings

isn't this a pretty idea for a centerpiece from the creative and talented ingthings' flickr photostream. if you can't do crochet flowers, it would be just as lovely with felt ones, i think. just use the sharp scissors :-)

at home in april

what we've been up to around here this month . . .

Friday, April 23, 2010

highlights from high point

my quick trip to the high point market was perfect -- these are a few of the lovely things
i found there yesterday; jamie young company's always perfect lighting, kevin o'brien's imaginative linens and textiles, madegoods' spectacular mirrors, new morrocan tables, and stunning pendants, and blissstudios perfect furnishings and accessories (check out those rock crystal hearts!), and so many other gorgeous things i was too busy to photograph . . . and, i got to meet and re-greet a lot of amazing people from terrific companies, and i even brought home a few 'market samples' -- i wish i had gotten more!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

At high point, loved so many things today -- found an awesome source for perfect midcentury pieces like the bubble chair and the eames kids' rocker; drooled over all the stuff at madegoods and blissstudio; loved some new stuff at Jamie young, and adored the folklore and velvet bois pillows at Kevin o'brien studios - pics to follow. So much creativity, thank goodness for that !!

Monday, April 19, 2010

for a little boy

for a little boy
Originally uploaded by lakbdesign/fergusandme

this is teddy's room, a tiny under-the-eaves, cottage-y space. like all kids' rooms should be, it's thrifty (hand me down furniture, osborne & little space linens and shades from his big brother's little boy room, tag sale red rolling cart and thrift store blanket), "green" (see hand me down, above, and the vintage star signage, and handmade things), it's bright and fun to be in (no explanation needed!), and it's reflective of the child's life (teddy's art is on the wall, his books are in his red cart, and he chose the color - orange is his favorite!) . . . let me know what you think :) and thanks!

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Originally uploaded by lakbdesign/fergusandme

~At The Basement Door~ . . . . this weekend's project was to be potting. in the end, no potting took place as we were busy with one play and six soccer games. next weekend brings state science olympiad, two soccer tournaments, and prom. ~potting may never occur ~

Monday, April 12, 2010

here comes the sun, little darling

wythe blue room
Originally uploaded by lakbdesign/fergusandme

here comes the sun, so frumpy family room, begone . . .

it's so easy to add zest with fab thrifted finds -- like here, with just

. . .a couple of tablecloths (one vintage, one newer) swagged over hooks at the top of the window,
. . .a lemony pillow from a mass market retailer,
. . . and a brightly granny chic knitted throw (2.99!! - why DO people get rid of these???) tucked around a plain mitchell gold square chair cushion,
you can bring some sunny sparkle to a so-so space . . . :) smile. it's spring. here comes the sun, little darling.

so spring-y

1. Dosie Imagery, 2. as the sun sets the friends come out to play, 3. tweet, 4. tumble tuesday, 5. The black sheep of the family, 6. Mother Goose, tea and tarts, 7. Jadite Alice teacups & Easter chick, 8. Spring has Sprung, 9. GO OUTSIDE

just some bright, inspiring stuff to brighten up a monday morning . . .

Sunday, April 11, 2010

vintage stitches

vintage stitches
Originally uploaded by lakbdesign/fergusandme

and another use for an embroidery hoop. . . . . i do love these crazy sixties/seventies creatures! at least i know this one's an owl -- right?! quite cool as art, though, i think!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

the art of the display

the art of the display
Originally uploaded by lakbdesign/fergusandme

. . . mantles seem to stump a lot of people . . . they are such a focal point, a 'shelf' that everyone looks at, that i think people are a little worried that what they do won't be right, but it's really not that hard -- so i thought i'd offer a couple of suggestions for mantles, the art of the display~
first, find something you love - an anchor for the grouping, a mirror, or a piece of art
second, look around for some things that echo shapes, or motifs, or colors, or textures in your focal point
third, work a little with your things -- develop some symmetry, then shake it up a little .. . . you can do it ~ good luck!

Friday, April 9, 2010

for a sweet tomboy

for a sweet tomboy
Originally uploaded by lakbdesign/fergusandme

don't you just love bighugelabs?

from the farmers' market

from the farmers' market
Originally uploaded by lakbdesign/fergusandme

teddy and i went to the farmers' market this morning for the first time this year, and we got some lovely things; apple pie bread, two small watermelons, new potatoes, and these gorgeous flowers from a mom and daughter shop. it was wonderful.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

evening light in a wythe blue room

evening light in a wythe blue room
Originally uploaded by lakbdesign/fergusandme

i posted this picture to my flickr acccount tonight, and i thought i'd share it here, too. the light was sort of interesting, and teddy was zooming around chasing the dogs and generally being rowdy -- i was busy redoing this room and tidying away toys. all this creativity was sparked by my discovery in a small town target store of the out-of-stock chinoise yellow toile silk pillows i blogged about last week . . . . fun.

in just spring

in Just-
spring    when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman

whistles    far   and wee

and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and 
piracies and it's 

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer
old balloonman whistles
far    and     wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and 



balloonMan      whistles

ee. cummings

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

kid heaven: a swinging chair

so, over the weekend i posted a bunch of pictures of caroline's room, including this one, to my flickr photostream, and i have been surprised and amazed by how much people seem to like it.  the 'star' (besides the quilt, of course) seems to be that swinging chair.

henry likes to sleep underneath it. anyway, this swinging chair is from habitat in the u.k., and is sadly no longer available.  but there is an alternative -- ikea's very affordable svinga chair, which swings like mad.  just look at teddy swinging this morning on one of the two we have hanging in our back porch . . . 

don't you wish you had one?  i had a hammock (from habitat) in my room when i was little, and i remember it quite fondly.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

vintage stitches

vintage stitches
Originally uploaded by lakbdesign/fergusandme

at last, i found a use for one of my giant pile of thrifted embroidery hoops ! -- this sweet vintage embroidered hand towel is 'framed' in the hoop. but the big question remains: what is this animal? ideas, anyone?! :)

Friday, April 2, 2010

some sofa love for spring, target style

is your sofa sad? needs a little lift? new pillows are always an option, and target has some sweet ones right now. but you'd better hurry, as the really cute ones seem to be out of stock :( as soon as they come in  . . . .