Designer Profile: Sheila Bridges

Sheila Bridges: This designer not only has exquisite taste and an impeccable eye for pulling a room together, she rocks a bald head with grace and style.  Sheila is best know for her “Harlem Toile” as she literally changed the faces of a toile fabric from classic themes of  maids and maidens to girls jumping rope double dutch style and people dancing with a beat box nearby.  She is a fan of what she call “furnishing forward” collecting pieces cheap or pricey, inherited or a yard sale and using them to furnish different rooms in different homes throughout your life.  Great advice for the avid collector like myself.  I’ve always picked up pieces I loved and found a place for them even if it is my garage for a year or two!   Most things can be reworked with a little paint or fabric.  She is also quoted as saying “Most things in life are beyond our control what you choose to put in your home is not.”  I couldn’t agree more choose wisely.

The flooring is amazing!
The pink is pretty without being too prissy
The Harlem Toile wallpaper brightens up this white kitchen
There is some much about this picture that I love, the topiaries, the simple chairs, the rustic table.
I love the airplane. It adds drama and playfulness at the same time. This could move from this family room to a kids, to a media room. It could have so many places in a home.

Images from Shelia Bridges Website.  Quotes from an article in Glamour Magazine  April 09

Forcing Spring

It’s always nice to force a little spring around your house this time of year.  I love to add pops of color now that all the Christmas decorations are gone and it seems so bare.  Here a a few ways you can add color to your place.  Happy Weekend!

A cute set of green trays in lieu of a placement. Great to brighten your morning for breakfast! Set of 4 from the Village Antique Mall.

Cheery pair of lamps from Home Goods

Whole Foods has  great selection of daffodil bunches and plants  for less that $7

I chose a colorful bunch of gerber daisies
Here the are adding a little spring to my front hall

Neighborhood Profile-Arapahoe Acres

I love this neighborhood it was recently profiled in Metropolitan Home as post war era collection of homes that have put on the National Register of Historic Places.  It is made up of only 124 homes that span from Marion to Franklin and Dartmouth to Bates just across the Englewood line south of Denver.  The lots are typically over 6000 square feet and the homes range from 1100-3000 square feet.  It is truly for the mid-century modern enthusiast.  (Which I’ve got on my list of home styles I would like to remodel)  It is so unique to the Metro area especially as you cross the line into the neighborhood out of the rambled ranch style a few blocks away.  It seems like it could be a real close-knit community.  Most of the renovations appear to come from a true appreciation of the time period and updated with restraint and respect.  If you are out and about this weekend check it out you will not be disappointed.  If  you are a mid-century mod fan grab your check book a FOR SALE sign is typically hard to find