It’s been a little while since I’ve done an installment of my dream house alphabet, and that is because I’ve struggling with what to do for G. This isn’t to say that I had a lack of options. A huge personal wish is a open-concept great room. But part of me also argues against this since I want and old, character home in the heart of Toronto, and often they are not built like this. I also want some practical G items, like a garage, but let’s face it, a garage isn’t glamorous enough to make this dreamy dream house list (especially since I’d be using it for storage and not anything special). Finally, after looking through my blog, I noticed that a large quantity of the photos that I have posted and reblogged have a GALLERY WALL (so feel free to look around my blog to see many more stunning examples!). And so finally, this is what I’ve decided on for my G must have. Best of all, it’s achievable for any one in any place on almost any budget!
^I’m a big fan of gallery walls going up the staircase.
^ You can add other items to your gallery wall besides just framed images. In the picture above, a decorative mask is used.
An easy way to create a cohesive look is to buy a bunch of frames in the same colour, such as white, and then mix in a few dark and metal frames to add interest. What you choose to frame is really up to you! I like the look of a combination of colour photos, black and white photos, graphic images, and bold texts:
^ Click here for a tutorial on how this beautiful gallery was created so you can make your own!
Enjoy, and if any of you have your own gallery walls, please submit! I’d love to see them. -Tiffany Leigh
Right now, there is a major trend going around of bold, graphic, and geometric prints in bright colours. Also, there is a reclamation of floral fabric, but we’re not talking about grandma’s dated floral couch here…there is a new floral in town and it’s modern, contemporary and makes a fresh statement. I’m always a fan of classic and timeless fabrics like soft stripes and French toile, but the following is a round up of some of my favourite graphic prints!
Trend 1: Lattice or Trellis
Trend 2: Ikat
Trend 3: Chevron (zig-zag)
Trend 4: Modern Floral
All together: Yes, that’s right, all of these individually bold fabrics can be used together to create beautifully unified space, as Sarah Richardson proves in this colourful living room:
I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend! -Tiffany Leigh
Before I joined the tumblr community, I must admit I didn’t think much of white walls. Without any personal experience with them in my own childhood home, I had come to think of white walls as sterile and uninviting; cold even. I also associated them solely with a streamline, modern aesthetic. Although I can appreciate the beauty and simplicity of such designs, I tend to prefer a much more shabby chique, lived-in look.
Then I joined tumblr and a remarkable thing happened… I started to notice that 90% or more of the interior photos I was reblogging had white walls. And guess what? They weren’t cold, uninviting, or sterile, and in many cases they weren’t used to emphasize a modern aesthetic but instead to highlight the eclectic feel I adore.The crisp, neutrality of the white allows colour to pop elsewhere and showcases wooden floors and architectural detailing remarkably well.
It just goes to show you that sometimes initial judgments can be completely off, and sometimes something you think you dislike can end up on your absolute faves list.