Tag Archives: art

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

Posted on

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.
ribbon bedskirt table, ribbon table skirt girls room

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:

fabric-hoops, fabric-hoops-art, fabric-embroidery-hoops, kids-room, kids-room-art, fabric-art, fabric-art-kids-room, lovely-art-kids-room, fabric-art-girls'-room

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

fabric-hoops, fabric-hoops-art, fabric-embroidery-hoops, kids-room, kids-room-art, fabric-art, fabric-art-kids-room, lovely-art-kids-room, fabric-art-girls'-room

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

fabric-hoops, fabric-hoops-art, fabric-embroidery-hoops, kids-room, kids-room-art, fabric-art, fabric-art-kids-room, lovely-art-kids-room, fabric-art-girls'-room

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…

Do you have an idea for a no-waffle, fantasy waffle or just a regular old waffle? Click here to find out more about waffles or on the button below to contact me and get started.

Advertisements

Waffler Wrap-up and Recent Poll Results

Posted on

Remember when Sarah was having trouble deciding which pictures of her kids to blow up and hang in her living room? Readers loved all of the images, but the top two vote-getters were a pair of the kids looking up (36%) and a pair of them in the foyer (30%).  Here’s what Sarah said about her decision:

Looks like we’re going to go with the pics of the kids in the foyer.  It’s my favorite of my son and the colors seem to fit the best with where we’re placing them. Thanks for all of your input!

yellow-front-door, yellow-door, bold-front-door-colors

HGTV

With the arrival of spring, I posted a waffle about whether you would ever paint your front door yellow. 45% of voters replied with an enthusiastic ‘Yes!’ 45% would go for yellow if the exterior of their house was different or if they didn’t already love their front door, and only 10% checked off ‘Nope.’ If you didn’t get a chance to vote, what about you — would you paint your front door yellow?

Fire Station 38

When I posted this picture of an old fire station in my neighborhood which is being auctioned off, 86% of voters thought it would be cool to renovate.

I’m on board with the whole reno thing — just imagine those high ceilings — but I’m actually hoping it will be turned into a great restaurant or bookstore. Or maybe a calorie-free dark chocolate shop…


While we’re (okay, while I’m) on the topic of magical foods, when I asked readers whether they would prefer a zero calorie (but nutritionally balanced) snack food, 73% wanted it to be sweet while only 27% choose salty.

Most of you know by now that I would choose dark chocolate in a heartbeat.  And even though it doesn’t have the nutritional value of kale, researches have found that dark chocolate can prevent heart disease, protect your skin and improve your mood (um…no duh!)

Have a great weekend!

Sarah’s Waffle: Pictures of the Kids

Posted on

Some kids are cute. Some kids are ridiulously cute, like Sarah’s.

Sarah has already purchased a Groupon for two 16 x 20 convases; she plans on blowing up pictures of Jackson and Sadie and hanging them side by side above above the couch in her family room.

She just can’t figure out which pairing of the kids to choose. Can you help her out?

Option 1, the kids looking at each other:

Option 2, the kids with props:

Option 3, silly faces:

Option 4, kids looking up:

Option 5, kids looking away

Option 6, kids in the foyer

PS — Sarah’s friend, Emily, from Emily Ann Designs took the gorgeous pictures of Jackson and Sadie.

Do you have an idea for a no-waffle, fantasy waffle or just a regular old waffle? Click here to find out more about waffles or on the button below to contact me and get started.

Waffler Wrap-up and Recent Poll Results

Posted on
reclaimed-wood-wall-covered-in-reclaimed-wood

Design Sponge

Remember this waffle about the trend in reclaimed wood art? It turns out 75% of you like this trend and only 14% disapprove. So here’s the next question: would you want a whole wall of reclaimed wood in your house?

Modern Family living room

In one of the closest waffles yet, readers slightly preferred the decor in the Modern Family house to the Up All Night house, 52% to 48%.  I’m not sure about you, but I’ve been seriously tempted to paint a room in my own house Labrador Blue, the color of the Dunphy’s stairway.

Here’s a dining room painted in Labrador Blue.  What do you think?

labrador-blue-dining-room, benjamin-moore-labrador-blue, great-blue-color, dining-room-blue

Apartment Therapy

And while we’re on the topic of paint colors, you can still vote on Jessie’s Waffle about which color to choose for her basement and Kelly’s waffle about whether or not to paint the inside of her Billy bookcase.

Have a great weekend!

Waffler Wrap-up and Recent Poll Results

Posted on

Remember when I posted this waffle about whether to hang one large picture in my dining room, like this:

Dining room art gallery wall, figuring out art arrangement

or two or three rows of smaller ones, like this:

Dining room art gallery wall, figuring out art arrangement

Readers voted overwhelmingly for many smaller pictures, which won with 84%. I like this idea as well, and I found some great photographs from artist Grace Knowlton. How do you think these would work as a series?

grace knowlton photography

grace knowlton photography

grace knowlton photography

In real estate news, when I posted this waffle about three current listings in Scottsdale, Arizona, this new build edged out the ulta-modern and Tuscan style houses with 47%.

patio, beautiful patio, lovely outdoor living room, pool, scorrsdale, AZ house

I think this gorgeous kitchen was one of the reasons why it won:

Scottsdale, AZ house kitchen, silver pendants, kitchen pendants, stainless kitchen pendants, shiny pendants, white kitchen

As for me, I wouldn’t say no to any house in Arizona these days. It’s been raining in Seattle for the past week and I wouldn’t be surprised if an ark showed up. With any luck, it will be ark with WiFi and a stocked fridge.

Have a great weekend!

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

Posted on

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.

embroidery hoops with fabric

Spotlight

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.

embroidery hoop fabric, embroidery hoop fabric wall art

the Purl bee

Embroidery hoops with fabric, fabric art, kids room art

Megan Creates

fabric art, embroidery hoop with fabric, nursery art

the b-line

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?

What have you been waffling about lately?  Whether it’s wallpaper or a new pair of wellies, let me know by clicking on the button below.

<a href=”http://thewaffler.com/send-me-your-waffles/”><img src=”https://thewafflerdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/send_a_waffle.png&#8221; alt=”” /></a>

Today’s waffler wrap-up and recent poll results

Posted on

Do you like this West Elm Owl Table Lamp?  If so, maybe you were part of the 50% or voters who said they love the owl trend in decor.

Owl Table Lamp West Elm

27% of voters are ready for the owl trend to get the ax, while 23% could take it or leave it.

From owls we now move on to birds. A few weeks ago Suzy from Worthing Court appeared as a guest waffler.  Her problem? Art for her dining room. Suzy presented readers with three groups of bird art; the grouping below received 48% of the vote and was the clear winner with readers.

bird artbird artbird art

I caught up with Suzy recently and asked her what she plans to do. It seems like she’s taking a bit of a style turn:

Thank you, Molly, for helping me out with my Waffle and thank you to everyone who took time to vote and to leave suggestions for which art I should use it my dining room! It really helped to focus my direction. Believe it or not, my very first inclination was to go with modern art. Sooo…I think I’m going to take some more time looking around to see what I can find in the way of modern art. I’d love to find a book that I could pull pages out of to frame. Anyone have any suggestions?

And while we’re on the topic of dining rooms, remember my waffle about whether I should paint mine yellow?

dining room

59% of readers encouraged me to go for yellow, while 41% think I should hold off.

And what am I going to do? You know that song, Love the One You’re With? Well, I sort of changed my mind with each new reader comment. When Carol from The Design Pages talked about how everyone (even her mailman) loved her yellow dining room, I was sold. But then I got cold feet when Sarah warned me that painting a room yellow might make the room look too sunny in the summer.

My brain was getting whiplash.  But then I remembered those 18 x 18 inch sample sheets Benjamin Moore offers now.  So that’s my new plan: I’m going to get my butt over to Benjamin Moore and bring home some of those huge sheets so I can get a sense of what yellow might look like. You don’t need to ask — of course I’ll keep you updated!

yellow-retro-simple-green-white-beautiful-sunny-dining-room

I’m leaving you with one of the great images I found in my yellow dining room research. Have a great weekend!

What are you waffling about these days? Click on the button below to let me know.

%d bloggers like this: