Sliding Barn Doors

These have been around for awhile, but the moment I really fell in love with them was when I saw them in Elle Decor’s feature on Meg Ryan’s Beach House.

Since then I’ve been noticing them everywhere – houses and apartments alike.

Below: Apartment Therapy kindly featured this instructional post from House Tweaking.

Below: This salvaged door propped in front of the pantry adds a lot of character and adds an interesting focal point for the kitchen. Image via myhomeideas.

Below: A heart-stopping bright red sliding door by architect Barbara Bestor.

Below: A country kitchen by Hutker Architects via Attic Mag.

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Jarring Lights

I grew up in a commune with a good culture of recycling, and a correspondingly robust love of wine, Perrier, (bread) and jam. Sunny days were made for walks to the glass recycling bank with my step father, paper bags of clonking bottles in tow.

Rainy days however, were reserved for craft projects.

If you’ve ever admired the way light passes through glass, you’d understand the fascination everyone’s been having with mason jar lights and wine bottle chandeliers. The future of glass vessels has never been so bright!

Mason Jar pendant lights featured on Laura Fenton’s Blog, Jug Lights by tbDsf on Etsy

Jar of Flashing lights from Instructables; Jar Light by Greg Hatton via Remodelista;

Mason Jar Chandelier and Christmas Lights from Treasure Again on Etsy

Sun-powered fairy lamp from Comparestoreprices, you can see a homemade version at Kootoyoo. lithium cell versions by Evil Mad Scientist

Wine Glass Cluster Chandeliers: a usable glass holder design via Remodelista, and a freestyle version using clear clips by Gitta Gschwendtner.

Wine bottle chandelier from Pottery Barn

Glass Lamp Terrarium via Design East from the glass design studio of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.

Bjorn Stillefors, Jorgen Pudeck & Gunnar Cedervall

Bjorn Stillefors, Jorgen Pudeck & Gunnar Cedervall

Blue Kitchens

Blue isn’t traditionally a colour used for the kitchen but more recently I’ve been coming across many kitchens going lighter and cooler with sky to tiffany blue walls, glass tiles, white marble and frosted glass cabinetry to name a few. Here are some to pique your palette.

Blue Subway Tile Backsplash from Becoming Home

Seaside escape in the kitchen! from Elle Decor

Blue-grey gradient subway tiles with marble top from House Beautiful

Cool blue-grey tiles mixed with cherry wood and grey tops at The Kitchen Designer

Marble Tops ideal for chocolate making from Blossom Interiors

The back of these old cabinets were given a bright coat of blue at Martha Stewart Homes

A similar treatment featured in Hooked on Houses

Kelsey Grammar’s Mediterranean Tiled Kitchen featured on Decorpad

Floors and ceilings at Coastal Living

I just adore this teal porcelain sink featured in Country Living

Shades off white

The little white room could be the home decorating equivalent of the little black dress. It’s a classic that goes well with everything and is hard to get very wrong. Nevertheless, a little bit of thought into the different shades of white, and the accents within it, can make all the difference between wah and blah.

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