It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

it has sleek accents with comfy firniture
via | The Urban Cottage Files
as always, happy weekend!

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Guy Spaces

When I think of guy spaces, these things comes to mind… inflatable beds with jersey fabric bedding {preferably from Wal-Mart}, a huge TV that is of course disproportionate to the space and non-plush towels that fades with just one wash. I may be partially talking about my husband prior to us living together {although aside from a few things I don’t agree with, his bachelor space was pretty good}, but I have seriously seen bachelor pads that looks so grim, I wonder how their date life is like. So guys, take some cues, I think these spaces are masculine without too much testosterone, have character without trying so hard.

A deep blue hue with graphic art is a sure winner!
Masculine textures, suede & leather abounds in this space.
Minimalist yet with a pop of color.
Just a few ideas to impress that girl. I seriously think a big screen is not the answer to that ho-hum space.

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It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

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the bathroom has a loft-like feel with a piece {clawfoot tub} that evokes the past

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Project Update | The Yellow + Gray Space

Ok folks! Here’s a little update form one of my projects here. It’s all coming together slowly but surely & I’m having so much fun! During my last visit with the family, I took a few snapshots of the space, remember, we started with a clean slate. The images are via my trusty iphone {yes folks, I finally got over my Blackberry fetish & decided that with iphones, I just get more apps}, so sorry for the crappy images.

We went with a wall stencil instead of wallpaper. Much cheaper! And definitely a labor of love! Well, I only helped with the first few ones. I think the homeowner above is pleased. He didn’t say much but I betcha, he approves!
I call this a lifestyle shot! When the kiddos are having fun in their new space, I say it’s a success!
The bones are good so accessorizing will be a breeze!
And voila! We got this headboard with the fabric of our choice.
Here’s it is again in all it’s yellow glory!

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Guest Post: Weathered & Distressed Tables

I am out of town yet again folks, this time for two weeks. I’m so glad that the bloggers are kind enough to post on my small {but thoughtful :)} blog. Enjoy Lindsey’s post and the adorable images!———————–

Hello, everyone! My name is Lindsey and I’m a writer for Arcadian Lighting, a website that provides wonderful lighting options for any home. I get to look at gorgeous things all day long and write about them. I work as a guest blogger, focusing on interior design, home furnishings, lighting, and art. I love Maureen’s approach to interior design: comfortable cottage living in the city.

There’s something about weathered and distressed tables that makes them perennial favorites of the design world. Perhaps it’s their quaint, antique quality that hearkens back to a time when everything was handmade? Maybe it’s the fact that no matter how modern our light fixtures, accent furniture or home decor gets, a weathered table adds a rustic, human touch?

Or maybe they’re just really gorgeous pieces? Whatever the case, a weathered or distressed table can be a great addition to any space. They are lovely pieces with any style of home decor; from traditional or shabby chic, to mid-century modern.

Weathered and Distressed Tables
Skona Hem (via)

It must have been easy to fall in love with this cabin in the Norwegian woods of Hemsedal. The weathered pine dining room table, as well as the mixed antique wood dining room chairs and wood plank flooring and walls reflect the home owners’ love of nature. A silver pendant light and upcycled floor lamps add an interesting touch of industrial chic.

Weathered and Distressed Tables
Brown Dress, White Spots (via)

This gorgeous kitchen is open, inviting, and humble, with plenty of wood used throughout. A weathered dining table acts as the kitchen island, and provides additional storage for pots and pans.

Weathered and Distressed Tables
Decorology via Domino Magazine

A lightly distressed dining room table looks very chic and modern when paired with white plastic dining chairs. It really does look like a great setting for a morning coffee, doesn’t it?

Weathered and Distressed Tables
Adore Vintage via Domino Magazine

Here is another example of how well a distressed table pairs with wooden chairs. In the dining room of this small apartment, the designer paired a tiny wooden table with reupholstered chairs, a Panton S Chair, and modern pendant lighting. The result is very eclectic.

Weathered and Distressed Tables
Apartment Therapy (via)

This dining room is too perfect for words. A weathered pine dining table and a set of white Panton S chars (again!) look so simple and so chic.

Want the weathered or distressed look for your tables? The easiest way to do that would be to scavenge an estate sale for a well-aged wood table. If you’re feeling DIY, then consider upcycling a large piece of wood or a picnic table.

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It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

There’s vintage galore but it’s not overly done.

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Project at the W

So, ever since I’ve lived in Austin [a whopping 1 3/4 years], there has been a lot of buzz about the W. It’s hopping & right where the action is on 2nd St. District, Austin. Compared to where we live, which is only a block away, this is the mansion. I thought there was too much hoopla about it until I went inside just a few weeks ago. The carpet is plush, the wallpaper is well thought of…and shut up, even the elevator plates [you know that little box where the push buttons are] has a chevron pattern! Details! Details! They’re all so important…and what?! Their fitness center has a sauna and spa…I’m so jealous!Anywho, I’m helping a friend | client with their place. Not that they need much help, this couple is young, beautiful and style-savvy. So, these are the initial mood boards I made for them. And may I say, the couple loved it..and well, with a few tweaks here & there. The inspiration? Bali, Hotel St. Cecilia, the shop Red.

Inspiration and Source Sheet:

The Foyer:

The Bedroom | Bathroom:
The Kitchen & Dining Space:

The Living Room:

Throw Pillow Fabric Selections:

It will all come together soon & I’m so excited. We just found some one-of-a-kind things at Austin Antique Mall [this antique shop is huge!]. On another note, I just lost a project I was doing in one of the downtown condos as well. Bummer, I cried on this one. Apparently, dealing with clients is harder than it looks. 🙂 See you all soon!

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Kanga Room

No, it’s not Conga Room [although that sounds like a fun space] but Kanga Room Systems, what they are, are prefabricated stand alone outdoor rooms. I just recently saw their ad in a magazine & I thought, I want a sweet space like that. My little home office away from home, my craft house, the creative asylum or as what my husband would like, the poker room, the cigar room, the get-away-from-the-house cave. Works for me! We can have each of our own.

Top to bottom: The Modern, The Bungalow and my personal favorite, the country cottage!
Adorable and functional right?
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Have you Checked Out the New BHG Site?

Have you checked out the newly revamped Better Homes & Gardens website? I’ve been a fan of their website for a long time, but now, moreso than ever. More eye-candy, more helpful advice and information…I can’t imagine how better becomes even better. Here’s just some of the new posts I absolutely love:1. Vintage Wall Art Inspiration

2. Decorating with the New Neutral

3. Savvy Design & Decor Ideas Under $50

You can join the website here to get weekly updates & information. Enjoy!
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New Objet Trouves at The Shop

Hello there! Just sharing a few new things from the shop 🙂 Forgive me but I absolutely adore wired, zinc & galvanized stuff. They have an industrial but oh-so French Country feel as well. These are just some of the new things:

      Wire Card Wheel                                 Wire Basket-Tier
         Industrial Basket                            French Wire Chandelier
Enjoy!

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