Friday, July 20, 2012

3 Simple Ways to Create Warmth and Character

Hi Friends!

So glad you popped by!

Two spring weddings meant a
newly vacated room for me to
do with as I please!


We LOVE that, don't we??


I am beginning to create my
studio/guest room!!
{mostly studio, though}

I want it to be not just
a pretty space, but one
full of warmth and character.
{and a little ambiance, too!}

Let's start with character.

1.)  Incorporate vintage items that
show signs of their previous life and purpose

I absolutely adore this
vintage French oyster basket!!

It's big, crusty, rusty and wonderful!
And it looks fabulous filled with
vintage linens!!
  Which is exactly how I
am going to use it in my studio!


There is nothing in retail stores
that can compare to the rich, timewashed
character of vintage pieces!

2.) Add some ambient lighting.

In creative spaces, good task lighting
and natural light are a must.

But I believe that to

nurture inspiration and creativity we also need to incorporate some ambient lighting, which adds a wonderful warmth to any space.

Candlelight is one of the best

ways to do this!  And if you use
candles that have a scent you love,
that's even better!!

I created these little doily bowls

that I use as tea light holders.  The tutorial is in my sidebar.  Soooo easy and lovely!

And yes, I very often keep candles
lit during the day!!

3.}  Repurpose vintage items to decorate

with or use for storage. 

Timeworn, tarnished, chippy,
and rusty accessories add so much
warmth, charm, and character!
One of a kind, made by you...
even better!

 I made this flower using a
vintage door knob,

and some vintage lace,trim, and
a rhinestone button center.

Not only one of a kind,
but also a reflection

of me and what I love.

I sold this one, but I'm creating
a two blossom one for my studio!  It's
half way done, and I can't wait to 

finish it!

Decorated repurposed cans for 
one of a kind storage!

So easy and fun!

The tutorial is also in my sidebar!

If you haven't discovered the joy

of adding vintage decor to your home,
I hope you will give it a try.

Be careful, though!  

You might end up like me...
Loving it, and not hardly even
thinking of buying new!!
Partying here:



Everything is just so soft and pretty and white! what a delight to visit your blog. thanks for sharing.

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Susan @ said...

Ooooh so lucky to have some extra room! Our spring wedding only yielded one down and 3 to go... still not enough room in this house! LOL
Beautiful inspiration!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your room is going to be beautiful with all these things, Becky! I can just imagine it, but I look forward to seeing the real thing!

pballard said...

Love it all. Keep it coming.. Cant wait to see more.. Enjoy your weekend..

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Such a pretty post!!Stopping by from Romantic Home~ would love for you to come share at Feathered Nest Friday sometime too! :)

French and Sparrow said...

Love your vision for your new room Becky... I've got to get one of those French oyster baskets! I always admire yours when I see it!
Can't wait to see the finished room. I'm hosting a giveaway at French & Sparrow & would love you to enter!
Best wishes Kerry xx

The Polka Dot Closet said...

It looks fabulous...Where is our shelf???


miss flibbertigibbet said...

Just love those things! That basket is wonderful and you are SO can't beat vintage ANYTHING!!

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the pretty! Also love the storage cans and the doily bowls...thanks for sharing how you made them.
Can't wait to see studio/guest room.

~ Liz ~ said...

It's all romantic and soft and wonderful, and I especially love the doorknob flower. How intriguing!


Following u now too...BEAUTIFUL blog!

marie said...

I love your blog discovered by providence and it feels good to come on nice blogs ..
a beautiful day to you

Faded Charm said...

I think you have all three down perfectly! Enjoy creating your space:-)


Shabby chic Sandy said...

New? I hate new--unless it is a good reproduction:) I am loving your projects. I really like those doily candle things--going to go check out the tutorial. TFS!

Elena said...

The decorations for your room look so lovely. My favorite are the doilie bowls with the tea lights!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Becky,

What fun decorating your new studio/guest room. I love all the cream and pretty things you have shown.

Happy weekend

Steve Finnell said...

you are invited to follow my blog

NanaNor's said...

Hi Beck, It does seem like just yesterday your girls were getting ready to walk down the isle. Hope you got rid of the spiders! Love every detail of your studio/guest room-is that where I'll stay if I come visit?
Have a great evening my friend.

Jane said...

So much beauty on this page... I am totally in love with the oyster basket! I can see it in my studio, filled with beautiful things.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

How fun to have a blank palette!
Can't wait to see the reveal, you are off to a great start!


Your inspiration is just heavenly! Can't wait to see your finished product.


Ethereal PLUS what I Love said...

I'm with you ...I love that basket:)
New follower here and pinterest :)

elizabeth said...

So lovely! Thanks so much for your kind comment on my "Seashells" post!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Love it all, Becky! I so want a place I can call my own once again. Haven't had that since we moved to the farm almost seven years ago.

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you again this week.

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Barbara Jean said...

great ideas.....
off to check out your tutorials...don't you just love sharing??

barbara jean

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