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Today’s Waffle: Cage Lighting

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When I saw these lights hanging in a store on a recent trip to Portland, I was surprisingly drawn to them.  I don’t have any cage lighting in my house or on my “want-to-buy” list, but I found this display kind of cool. Cage lighting has become quite the popular choice for interiors these days. What do you think about this trend?

Cage lights come singly, like these Workshop Cage Lights from Jayson Home

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Jayson Home

and in groups, like this Vintage Wire Caged Chandelier

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and this Cage Chandelier by Tracey Kessler.

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There are cage pendants for the dining room,

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the living room,

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and the bathroom.

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This Vintage Pendant adds a pop of color with a green steel shade.

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Jayson Home

And this Cage Fuel Pendant from CB2 uses a high gloss red.

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CB2

So are you a friend or foe of the industrial chic look of cage lighting?  Is seeing the light bulb a turn off for you — or do you find it an interesting look?

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Today’s No-Waffle: Embroidery Hoops with Fabric in Tessa’s Room

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Tessa’s room used to look like this:
The mattress was on the floor, the walls were bare and there was no bedside table. It was a lackluster room.

In the fall I posted a bedframe waffle and you encouraged me to purchase Land of Nod’s Simple bed. Then I posted another waffle about where to position the bed and you helped me decide to put it across from the window instead of under it. land-of-nod-real-simple-bed The room was improving, but it needed some color. I posted a waffle about whether or not to cover this plain Jane Ikea bedside table in fabric and ribbons and readers voted with an enthusiastic “yes!” My friend, Sarah, and her mother did a lovely job.
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The walls were still screaming for attention. I posted yet another waffle, this time about whether I should try putting fabric on embroidery hoops and hanging them up around the room. Readers encouraged me to try it and I’m so glad I did. Here are the results:

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This is what you see when you first enter the room:

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I think the circles provide a nice balance to the straight lines of the bed frame.

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Tessa loves the new fabric art; when she saw the finished look she gave me a humongous hug.  Yes, it’s a very pastel, easter-eggy, girly-girl kind of room.  But you know what? Tessa thinks it’s the bee’s knees.  And anyway, deciding on the actual fabric, sizes of the different hoops, and where to place them on the wall was a total breeze. Yep, I completed the task without any waffling. And if you believe that I have a very nice bridge to sell you…

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My Waffle: Embroidery Hoops with Fabric for Tessa’s Room

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I have a theory about the term “cute” when used to describe design elements: there’s good cute and there’s bad cute.  Good cute is whimsical, youthful and fun.  Bad cute is cutesy and overly precious.  Think toddler beauty pageants.  Scratch that.  Those are just tacky.

Okay, so I have a theory.  But I’m having trouble figuring out if hanging up embroidery hoops with fabric is good cute or bad cute.

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They’re kind of cool, right? Or am I just reaching for something — anything — because Tessa’s walls look so freaking bare, as you can see below.

ribbon table skirt, girl's room

ribbon bedskirt table, ribbon table skirt girls room

At first I was thinking of decal-ing, or stenciling a tree on the wall above, but I’ve seen so much tree decor in kids’ room lately…I don’t know, maybe this embroidery hoop idea will be just as trendy.

I don’t like the idea of putting glass frames or anything heavy above Tessa’s head and this would definitely bring some color into the room.  On the other hand, it might read as random, weird, or — you knew it was coming — bad cute.

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So what do you think? Cool or cutesy? Should I try DIYing some embroidery hoops with fun fabric on Tessa’s walls, or figure out something else?

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Suzy’s waffle: art for the dining room

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Amazing DIYer Suzy from Worthing Court has sent me a waffle about a tricky subject: choosing art.  In her case, it’s for her dining room.  Here’s what Suzy says about her dilemma:

I’ve been working to give my dining room an updated look on a low budget.  I’m a traditional girl at heart, but have grown to love the look of traditional mixed with a modern take on things and a little vintage thrown in for good measure.  Here’s my dining room “before.”

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So far – I’ve painted my brown metal chandelier an antique gold, removed the shades and replaced them with round bulbs, added updated lamps and a container filled with nature inspired orbs to the sideboard and changed up the table with the addition of a vintage urn and peace lily.  I removed wall brackets from either side of the mirror, pillows that used to reside in the arm chairs and flag pendants that were hung with my draperies.  Here’s the “after”:

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I really like the look so far, but my walls are looking kind of bare, especially the back wall, as you can see here:

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I’m waffling over what kind of artwork to hang there.  I’m leaning toward something with a little bit of a vintage vibe framed in black frames.  I think I need a group of three pieces because of the size of the wall.  Here are my choices.

Group 1:

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Group 2:

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Group 3:

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Today’s waffle: owls

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Owls? Yes, owls. I occasionally pass by an antique store here in Seattle and there are a whole row of these little porcelain owls in the window.

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They’ve been making me think of the long-lasting owl trend in decor. How do you feel about the owl as motif?

This Owls Sheet and Duvet set from Dwell Studios has been around for awhile:

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And of course there are plenty of owl stencils and decals like this one for kids’ rooms:

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But there are also owl smartphone cases:

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Owl umbrella stands:

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Owl wallpaper:

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Owl Calendars:

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And of course, a multitude of owl pillows:

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Are you digging the owl trend or are you ready for it to be over and done with?

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Today’s waffle: fresh flowers

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We’ve had an amazing run of sunny days here in Seattle. Perhaps because of this spring-like weather, I was recently struck by the beautiful flowers outside our local market.

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I paused.  I admired.  I thought about buying some…but then I didn’t, rationalizing that I should save my pennies.  When I arrived home, though, I regretted my stinginess and wished I had grabbed a bunch of tulips.

What about you? Do you view fresh flowers as an essential staple or an infrequent indulgence?

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My waffle: shade for laundry room

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I did it! I painted the laundry room and I’m totally loving it. My sad laundry room used to look like this:

Laundry room, room in need of paint,

And now it’s so much more cheerful with a new rug and a coat of Benjamin Moore’s Moonlight:

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Yellows are notoriously tricky to choose, and if you remember from this post, I was having a hard time finding the right one.  But Moonlight strikes the right balance — not too in-your-face-perky and not too nursery-like. I think the addition of the Olin Rug helps ground the room and give it additional interest.

But…those shelves.  Yep. they’re ugly.  And high. My long term plans include replacing them.  But right now I’m thinking about an easier (and less expensive) addition to the window.  For $10 I can purchase a cut-to-width roller shade like the Saratoga shade from JCPenney:

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Then there are plenty of tutorials on the web that explain how to add fabric to a roller shade to customize the look. But which fabric?

Kaivo is a Marimekko print:

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Unikko is another Marimekko print:

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Unikko also comes in a more colorful version:

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The last fabric option is Dandelion  (ignore that ruler thing on the bottom):

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My final idea is to buy some thick black ribbon and adhere it to the shades’ borders so it looks like this but without the words:

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So what do you think? Should I DIY myself a new shade and if so, with what?  I’m really waffling on this one.

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