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Ain’t Life a Birch.

I’ve long since been lured to any tree-oriented aesthetic. Re-purposed raw wood materials, black and white photography, and things of that nature (pun!).

So the idea of capturing a silhouette of a birch tree grove – inspiring maximum tranquility – and plastering it on the walls – appeals to me greatly. Lets explore some of the possibilities.

Delighted by the yellow accents – but get that squirrel out of there immediately. This Is Next.

The perfect minimalist tones. Charlotte Fancy.

Covering a door? Genius! Couture Deco

We Heart It.

Love the life-like coloring of these trees – love the idea of birch trees in a children’s room. Tilly Cottage.

Is it me or are these birch trees ILLUMINATED?! Innovative Stencils.

Blinds-Wallpaper.

Decal My Wall.

I could do without the green leaves. Or perhaps just a more olive shade of green? Innovative Stencils.

Love the stark white with black contrasts. Honest To My Blog.

My personal favorite. Love the natural tones. Kaboodle.

Pewter on white. Kaboodle.

And taking it to a completely new level of intensity – an actual wall of birch trees. I know. Stop it. I’m already working on mine.  Plumsiena.

xx SP

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…And put it riiiiiight here.

For all those times you invite people into your home and they insist on imposing their design opinions on your living space.

(I, for one, would never impose in such a way.)

Okay maybe once. Okay on occasion. Okay every time I enter someone’s home. Or office. Or retail space. Or public bathroom.

xx SP

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Glamouflage 2012.

I nearly spit out my chocolate cream pie  last week in Idaho City when I overheard a young couple talking about the camo themed wedding they had just attended. “The bride had a camo sash and all the guests wore camo accents” she gushed.

I imagine the spectacular sight looked a little something like this. The social event of the season, no doubt.

Then suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere (perhaps because it blended in so well? Gaffaw, Gaffaw) camo appeared everywhere in fall fashion.

I immediately found myself wondering whether or not this print would translate well to interior trends. There are whispers of imagery sprinkled throughout the web suggesting that I am onto something. And love it or hate it, I see big, square, fluffy down-filled camo accent pillows in Suite Potato Store’s future…

Camo wall accent. A definite statement but the grey scale keeps it surprisingly subtle. Home Designing.

Modern meets manly.Nylon Guy.

Canary yellow! This conjures up all sort of possible combinations. The yellow accents could just as easily be a shade of florescent pink to be used in a girls room. Houzz

PB Teen.

I’m swooning over these Lima-bean-green chairs. I am very on board with camo as a detailed accent (displayed in lampshade.) It’s not the first thing you notice when you see the room but it makes second and third glances more interesting and dynamic. Suite 106 Blog

How would you incorporate camo print pillows into your setting, you ask? I was thinking a little something like this:

Sofa: Joss and Main.  Canvas Art Trio: Didgi Widgi Non-camo pillows: Furbish and West Elm. Side table: West Elm. Tripod floor lamp: Target.

xo SP

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Mid Century Facelift

When Craigslist postings started popping up left and right for mid century furniture in Boise, it waas reason enough to investigate further.

What I found was Broadway Vintage – A refuge for unappreciated mid century and Danish Modern finds rescued from estate sales, thrift stores and – as one of the owners recently told me – even bought right off the front porch of houses.

Both inventory and patron were filled with the usual suspects; Eames and Wassily  replicas, Arch lamps, Lane coffee tables and thick-framed, vintage-briefcase-toting hipsters eye balling console tables to house their collection of antique SLR cameras and Jesus and Mary Chain records. Since their arrival on the scene in winter of 2011 I’ve watched as their audience, knowledge and quality of pieces have risen.

I found this hiding in the basement in a room of unfinished pieces on one my first visits.

I enthusiastically made the purchase, deciding to tackle the issue of missing foam later.

A few weeks later I came upon this ottoman at a thrift store.

A perfect mate! Looking past the scuffed legs and disaster of polyester upholstery was challenging but if I  found the right fabric, I new I could resurrect it.

Out came the staples and off came the legs.

I toyed with color choices – first red, then matte grey, but ultimately  the clean modern lines wanted themselves a little satin black.

Before I proceed it is imperative that I explain the tragedy of photo quality is thanks to the suicide of my camera.

Boo. Boo hoo hoo.

But the show must go on.

Ta-da!

That’s a wrap, folks.

xx SP

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…So I made some more pillows.

You want them? Do you want them? Do you want the pillows? Do you?

They’re for sale.

At Suite Potato. In Forget Me Nots.

xo SP

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Claim/Reclaim

Industrial Chic? Let’s call it industrial chic.

1 part modern

1 part sustainable

1 part rustic

1 part minimalist

3 parts awesome

At the heart of industrial chic is the reclaimed wood box frame coffee table.  So please advise.

Houzz

Rustic Chic.

Global Homeny

The Lettered Cottage

Mix and Chic

SF Interior Design

Iometro

Hewn and Hammered

Love it layered. Houzz.

Archdeco

West Elm

So when I came upon the perfect version on sale at Ennis, I couldn’t help but submit to its sexiness and grace my own living space with its presence.

There were only two remaining.

Just as you could never stare into a kennel and choose to give a home to one of two motherless puppies –  I had to take them both. Good thing Tayler’s living room was still crying out for the perfect centerpiece.  Two birds, one coffee table.

That was a lot of nonsensical metaphors.

…and a little bit of suite potato’s rusticmoderneclecticminimalistmaximamist home imagery.

xx SP

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Winging It.

I love a good chair. I love a good pattern. I love a good before/after challenge.

So when a client approached me with the task of outfitting her new living room – building off of just one sofa – It was clear that I had my work cut out for me.

To me, the immediately obvious set-up yearned for a fabulous pair of patterned wing-back chairs. Luckily for me, Tayler was all-too willing to hop on board with the funky train so very little convincing was necessary – although a bit of fabulous inspiration board-sharing was still compulsory.

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With my mission clear, I set sail on the Craigslist seas in search of the perfect fixer-uppers and came upon these steal-of-a-deals and started to brainstorm upholstry….

Tayler was particularly fond of their somewhat squatty stature…

…(although the novelty of their petiteness waned slightly upon the sit-test performed by her not-so-petite but oh-so-tolerant husband. All 6″7 of him).

I’ve been big on contrast backing so we decided to really go for it here with a green and white chevron and bold grey ikat. This took some major faith and visualization.

“Yuk!” Exclaimed a judgy Mamma Sally.  “I don’t get it.” stated a perplexed Special Man Friend.

Don’t worry. Both statements were immediately retracted when I pulled these puppies out of my car three weeks later.

BAM!

And all the elements fall into place….

So, to review:

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