Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New paths

My last post suggested I had some news coming your way. Hop on over to my newest blog, Romantic Prairie, to find out about just one of several paths Mr. Ella and I are headed down during the next year.
I am excited to have you come along with us!

Friday, January 14, 2011

It's going to be a busy year

Mr. Ella and I are fastening our seat belts for a fun and bumpy ride this year! We have some BIG changes coming our way over the next several months.
I will let you know more about some of these soon.

A small hint of what is to come...

We will have a little romance, all things quaint and a few growing pains sprinkled in.
Stay tuned for more to come!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What's Old is New for 2011

I was so excited when I picked up the Dallas Morning News last Saturday morning.
- Top home decor trends for 2011-
Something old, something new. Something borrowed, something blue. While typically the refrain for most brides, this adage holds equally true for the top home decorating trends for the new year.

Well, this had my attention. In a nutshell, the article said that vintage will be hot this year.

That was sweet music to my ears!

Reading this started my mind to stirring. I began looking through my photos of Ella-ments I had snapped pictures of hoping they could be the inspiration to pull a new look together for 2011. The vintage light pictured above hangs in one of the Historic Homes in McKinney. I love the contrast of the glass crystals and the rough ship lap boards.

Another one of McKinney's homes has this gorgeous pressed tin ceiling.

I found some photos I took when I visited one of the best stores in North Texas to buy cool architectural stuff,
Industrial Chic is one of best styles out there right now. (In my opinion.)

Of course this old screen door with the bird caught my eye. I saw this on an earlier trip to the store, but it was gone the next time I was there. Go figure.

You really can't tell in this picture how huge these corbels are. They had another matching pair too.

Now, for a few ideas of the look you can create using reclaimed, vintage, industrial chic and repurposed goods... Most of the next photos of from

I must admit, this kitchen tempted me to want an old house again. I am calling this the Romantic Prairie Style. This kitchen could easily go in the house I am using for my blog banner. So many of you have asked about this beautiful house. I don't know where it is located.(Read Theresa C.'s comment about this house.)
I had someone email the photo to me and I borrowed it...

Who says the lights have to be matchy matchy?

Industrial Chic

Believe it or not, my Aunt Clara had a pink refrigerator. She always had such style.
I miss her and all of her charm
So, I am bursting at the seams from eating too much and mostly from the decorating inspiration I have seen coming at me from all directions.
Bring on the new year, baby!!