Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Sources of Inspiration

Unfortunately Handsome Hubby and I have been sick the past couple of days. Started with a scratchy throat on Friday and went downhill from there. Nothing like having the flu in the dog days of summer. I think I've left the house a total of two times over the past 3 days which leaves me with not much to say and in desperate need of some inspiration.

One source of inspiration that I can always count on is my HGTV. I love HGTV and could watch it for hours. Thanks to my dvr I don't. :) I have lots of favorite shows but my very favorite of all is Divine Design. Candice Olson rocks! (If you've seen her show you know why!) I love her design ideas so much that I even ran out and bought her book when it launched. She has a way of making everything sparkle and I think I'd let her have free reign on any room in my house.
I, along with many of you it seems, enjoy seeing other people's homes and how they decorate. It's a fun way to get ideas and I think a person's home says a lot about them.
Well, awhile back the super fab Christy at Bon Bon Boutique blogged about 'Rate My Space' on HGTV's website. Rate My Space is the ultimate sneak peak into other people's homes. How fun!
I'm thinking I might have to start snapping more pictures around my home and post them on Rate My Space. I'd love to get other people's opinions. (I think.) :)

Here are a few beautifully decorated rooms that I found but these are really just the tip of the iceberg.

How beautiful are these walls? And the subtle colors used....

Love the 6' beadboard used in this bathroom as well as the rich color used above it.

Just my kind of colors. Love the under cabinet lighting, something I'm looking at for my kitchen. Could do w/out the rooster but I think this room is great.

Since I'm a magazine fanatic over the years I have collected tons of clippings from magazines for what I call my 'dream maker' box. I love going through my box now and again to get ideas. Some of my favorite magazines for inspiration are; Southern Living, Better Homes & Gardens and Country Living.

What are your sources of inspiration?


hqm said...

Candice is my favorite, too!!!!
I am also hooked on do like Design Star?
My "FILES" are your equivlant of your Dream Maker Box...been collecting clipping since college!
It is the OCD in full force...but, they have served me well, especially working with contractors!

Preppy Napkin said...

I am glad to find your site. I feel the same way. Love Candace. I am also loving "my house is worth what? with the ex-apprentice host. I don't know where I have been but I have never seen "rate my space". Something else for me to get hooked on.

Thirty-One Trendy said...

Love, love, love, and by the way, LOVE Candice. I have a room in my house that's driving me nuts and I need her to come help me decorate it.

Same here with the magazine files. I keep magazines and pictures stockpiled. I can't get enough of decorating magazines.

CJ said...

I will say that I enjoy Candice's designs, but she drives me up the wall! How funny!

I'm addicted to HGTV and my DVR is swarming w/ HGTV shows. My favorite is 'Color Splash'. I really like 'Get it Sold', 'Designed to Sell', and 'Secrets that Sell'.

I have been looking at 'rate my space' a lot over the last 3 weeks as I gather ideas for my master bath.

HGTV is addicting and before long my whole house will be in pieces! :)

Seeker said...

Love Candice Olson here too! I think your style and hers are similar in some ways...clean lines, bold accessories, rich colors, and just the right amount of sparkle.

I've tagged you for a meme if you want to play along while you continue to recuperate!

Get better!

Kerry said...

Candice is my fav too - I just watched an episode of Divine Design tonight!

Splaneyo said...

I really like the walls in the bedroom. I have often thought of doing something like that in Laney's room, but it looks like a lot of work! Maybe someday...

Christy said...

Divine Design is my favorite too. Everything she does is exactly what I would want.

Sorry to hear you have been sick..hopefully your over it now.