DIY project: gorgeous lighting al fresco

I have obviously DIY projects on the brain! It's 2am in France and I'm still up, blogging about some jars...err hello!!

Well, I couldn't help sharing this lovely idea....I'm looking at these gorgeous jars and I'm thinking casual al fresco parties with my friends, romantic diners with Steve on our terrace or even weddings like Ben and Chelle did it for their wedding.

Alternatively, you can also use the beautiful Cap-Ferret tea-lights and hurricane lamps currently at 20% OFF in the Summer Sale.
(C) Photos Ben & Chelle Kutil/Chelle paperie

BODIE and FOU Summer Sale

Fantasy Flower Bookshelf

Oak Background, Birch Stems & Cherry Bulbs

Loving this...

For more stunning images of this super talented French stylist visit Desire To Inspire.

Birthday Buffet à la Versailles

Let's make a party like this?
Simple but amazing decoration.

* Vamos fazer uma festa assim?
Decoração simples mas fantástica.

Table Decor

Pretty parties decor by Chelsea!

* Lindas decorações de festas da Chelsea!

Beach House

Isn't beautiful this house by the beach?

* Não é linda essa casa na praia?


Can this room be as gorgeous with tiles?

I totally love the relax vibes of this room, the light, the space and the white metal lockers. I've seen a couple in the brocante nearby and I may check them out again to see if they would work inthe kids bedroom but I can't help wondering if this room would look as fabulous and relax with tiles or carpets for instance.

I'm asking this because I see a lot of gorgeous, inspiring rooms but they all have wooden floors and frankly even if your floorboards are old and distressed, with wooden floors, your decoration job is half done.
So I'm really interested in finding out what you've managed to achieve with your house when the Decoration Fairy God mothers were not on your side.
How creative were you to overcome something that you felt was a major eye-sore without breaking the bank?
(c) Polly Wreford

Blue, blue. blue and more blue

Frankly doing DIY with a laptop nearby may not be the most efficient way to get things done but it is certainly the most fun and inspiring...
I keep taking breaks from my painting jobs to get ideas and inspirations from the net since all my decoration mags in London. I was planning to paint the small window in the toilet in pale grey but I've just seen this on Danielle's blog and now I'm totally in love with the blue from this Italian house...

Does it scream holidays or what?? It's just perfect for the look I want to achieve in our holidays house...
Once the walls I've just painted are dry, I'm planning to glue pages from a book on one wall only to achieve this kind of look....

So painting the window in blue should finish the job nicely...
(c) Photos: 1) Living Etc, 2) Bedroom of Shanna Murray, Designer


Alternative library stacks books and publications on their sides. Bruno Rainaldi design in lightweight laser-cut steel with bright new orange powdercoat adds literati edge to a room. 14" footprint is a find for tight spaces. Italy. Also in aluminum.

DIY projects - Gorgeous ideas

At the beginning of the year, I mentioned these two gorgeous DIY projects from Dutch magazine 101 Wooniden. The bathroom cabinet was a very simplified version of the Inside Out bathroom cabinet which won the Elle Decoration British Design Award Winner in 2007 and I loved the simplicity of these lights.

Today, I came across this gorgeous, contemporary piece of art that you can make too.

With a bit of help from Babelfish free translation service, I translated the Dutch instructions so to do this, you will need:
* To buy a large piece of MDF from your local DIY store (not too thin so it doesn't bend, I reckon 2.5 cm thick as a minimum should do the trick but go thicker if you can afford it).
* Paint the board with magnetic blackboard paint.
* Buy stencils from your local art supplies shop or online or magnetic letters and then make your own meaningful sentence like 'Today is the perfect day for a perfect day' which I read somewhere but can't remember where (sorry!)
My experience is that you can get alphabet stencils with the CargoD font at a relatively small cost but it's a bit too bulky for my taste.
If like me, you prefer a more contemporary & creative font like Arial ou
courier, it's going to cost the earth especially if you want the letters to be big like on this board. So I suggest you type each letter you need on your computer to the size you want, print them and spend some time cutting them out to make your own stencil.
I'm also loving this coffee table made out of an industrial pallet and fitted with wheels, especially since we have a few of those in the B&F warehouse.

Thanks to Apartment Therapy for tagging us.

Art to download

I have no idea what it says since it's written in Dutch but I thought it was a nice little piece of artwork you can download and frame or to pin to your mood board.

Available to download here from 101 Woonideen magazine.

Gorgeous interiors shot by James Merrell

James Merrell, is a photographer who is credited for many of the gorgeous photos found in Tricia Guild's books. He also regularly contributes to magazines such as Elle Decor, Vogue Living, Domino, Elle Deco. I love his interior shots but looking at his website, I was seduced by his portraits too and how personal, unique and beautiful each of them were, but don't take my word for it, just go and check his site for more eye-candy.
Here are my favourite interior/lifestyle shots...pure, simple lines.... a bit of vintage, wood....a touch of white, blue, grey and black....

(c) Photos: James Merrell

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