GLAM Living Spaces (12.2020)

Kicking out 2020 with a GLAM BANG!

This year there was no shortage of beautiful interiors for me to drool over. (Thank you Vogue, ApartmentTherapy, and LivingEtc.) Which is not surprising since most of us spent a great deal of time in our homes.

‘Kayso, for your viewing pleasure (Drooling pleasure?), here some of my very favorites from 2020. (Skulls, animal prints, rock & roll, KITTIES, and plenty of bling!)

and I can’t let New Year’s Eve go by without including a Disco Ball…

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Bedroom Reboot ~ Part 1

As you can see from this 2017 Post, I’ve pretty much stayed with the same layout. (So glad that lovely gray wall was left untouched during my absence!)

I really needed drawer space and wanted something that would double as a bedside table AND fill-up that space between the bed and the closet. The chests I looked at were either too high or much too large. This chest, which is designed for a child’s room, was not only perfect in size and color but was on sale at Overstock. After applying a 15% coupon (Thank you, USPS.) and getting FREE delivery I paid just under $300 for a very well-made piece. It arrived a few days later in a box that was too heavy to get up the stairs so I had to unpack each piece and carry them up one-by-one. Easy to assemble, it only took me a couple of hours. (Ramses helped.)

Perfect! Well, almost. I felt it needed a bit of “bling” which I found at my neighborhood Big Lots. This set of Badgley Mischka crystal drawer knobs was on clearance at $9.00 for a set of four. I grabbed two sets.

I love my lamp and was heartbroken when Ramses broke the original shade. (You can see it sitting sans-shade on my new chest, above.) Lampshades come with three types of fitters:  Spider (the most common), clip-on, and uno. I needed a medium-sized shade with an uno fitting. Easier said than done… I bought the lamp many years ago at Target so I took a chance and went there first. As luck would have it they had discontinued carrying the medium size. I tried the large but it looked absolutely ridiculous on the base. I had no luck online either and had just about given up when serendipity happened as a result of a spur-of-the-moment trip to Bed, Bath & Beyond. (I’m not always good with patience, but sometimes you just gotta have it.) I like it better than the original one.

I didn’t want to drive to hell and back looking for a comforter with a white-and-black pattern. I knew I wouldn’t find what I wanted anywhere around here. (Back in the 80’s I wouldn’t have had this sort of problem.) Amazon to the rescue with the perfect bed-in-a-bag ensemble. But I needed more than one set of sheets. So back to Big Lots where I not only found a reasonably-priced set of solid gray sheets BUT I also found an even cooler set of black-and-white animal print sheets for $8. (I’m all for buying on-line when you have no other alternative, but this is a perfect example of why it pays to browse brick-and-mortar stores. Neither the crystal drawer knobs nor this sheet set were listed anywhere on Big Lots’ website.)

What do you think? So far so good?

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GLAM Living Spaces (12.2019)

The last GLAM Living Spaces Post of 2019. I’ve got a mix of decorating ideas here:  Christmas, jewel tones, animal prints (Natch), whimsical, one skull, and a hint of Spring to come. Enjoy!

I’m all over the leopard-print stair runner…

not to mention this poster!

I’m also IN LOVE with rich, jewel tones – and they work wonderfully with the holiday season.

This vintage file card cabinet functions beautifully storing shoes (or other accessories).

A claw foot bathtub in PLUM!?! Fuck yeah!

Although a bit too colorful for my taste, this entryway brought a smile to my face.
One could always replace the galoshes with a collection of unexpected items
(Stuffed animals? Vintage toys? Antique dolls?)
The message here is to ditch the usual flower arrangement and “think outside the box”.

The right kind of SKULL accessory is appropriate any time, in any space.

These purples and greens just scream SPRING to me.
(This time of year I keep telling myself “It’s just around the corner.”
Maybe if I click my heels together…)

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GLAM Living Spaces (10.2019)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Yep! Halloween’s coming. But if you’re as big a fan of the holiday as I am, you want it to last all year long. There are many ways you can celebrate your sinister and strange side without putting up paper skeletons or covering the house in fake cobwebs. A few carefully-placed accessories may be all you need to set the mood. Keep it tasteful by reminding yourself “less is more”.

I like using framed posters as artwork; they’re inexpensive yet make a big statement. If you have a collection of oddities show them off! Grouping them together – especially if they’re on the smaller side – will create more of an impact.

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