I am linking this post up today with The Inspired Room and her What Inspired You This Week Party. This is definitely a space that inspires me.
I love houses. When I watch a movie I sometimes miss the action or plot because I am too intent on studying the house in the background.
I'm checking out the wall colors, the furniture or what's on the mantel and the coffee table. I don't think I'm alone. From what I am seeing out here in blogland this is a common affliction. We love so many different styles: cottage, contemporary, the Pottery Barn look, and traditional. We are like sponges taking it all in.
I am either just so lucky to have friends that share my love of houses or maybe I am drawn to people that also like to make a statement with their decorating choices. As a result I am surrounded with an abundance of creative decorating energy. I am beginning what I hope will be a the first in a some what regular series of posts that I am calling Spaces That Inspire. To kick off my series I am starting with #1 - Ta Da
-The House of Sally.
Sally is not only one of my besties but she is also a designer and an artist in our Traveling Door group. Even before I first saw Sally's home I knew that an artist and designer would have one of those spaces that inspire and would not be your typical Iowa home. Nothing though could have prepared me for the sassy whimsical style that is Sally's house.
So here we go. Drum roll please ( too bad Typepad doesn't have sound effects) :0
As soon as you enter the front door you know this is a space that is going to make you smile. The foyer greets you with taupe walls that have been painted with randomly placed metallic squares of color and happy wall art.
and one of the tables that Sally designed.
From the foyer your eye is led into the coppery domain that is Sally's living room.
As pretty as this room is in the daylight, in the evening those walls literally sparkle.
I love the chunky furniture and the drama of those polka dots.
I also like the way she has used the contrasting style of the pine armoire as a display piece. Her art choices make me swoon.
I may just have to steal this.
This Ann Royer is an especially great piece.
I have always been fascinated with her dining room and its horizontal stripes of chocolate. I thought her originality showed through with this branch that she painted and hung in the corner at Christmas time and then bedazzled with ornaments in lieu of a Christmas tree.
Now I don't have too many pictures of this room because in true artistic form Sally is in the process of totally revamping this space and it is currently a work in progress. I will definitely be revisiting it for you in the future but for now here is a sneak peek of where she is headed.
Now who but Sally would think to paint a room black and white with a copper ceiling and then have it turn out so amazingly. I can't wait to see the finished product. She is not afraid to take a risk. I thought I made some bold choices but when it comes to thinking outside of the box she is my idol.
I love that we share that affinity for black and white. She will be using these colors in her dining room and adding more of it to the living room. She has also repeated them in the master bedroom. I covet this bedding and these pillows.
And she found this lamp at TJ Maxx but didn't like the shade so she painted it. Yes, she is a girl after my heart ( Fuzzy alert. Sorry about the bad picture).
My favorite touch in this room, though, is a very personal one on her hubby's side of the bed and right above his night table.
I really wish I had thought of this first and it honestly kind of makes me feel badly that I didn't. Honey if you read this I love you too.
But the room that really exemplifies Sally and her unique sense of decorating style is her kitchen. From the bright pops of color -
To her painted and wine label embellished table.
But this next photo is the piece de resistance because absolutely no where else have I seen dishes hanging from the ceiling. This is whimsy at its best. I don't know how long she had to look to find that light fixture, but I can't think of anything that could work with this vignette any better.
Really? How does she even think of this kind of thing? Again, mixed with a Grant Wood print and the red pillar. I love that contrast of styles. It is difficult to see here but the spoon on the yellow plate looks like it is sitting in melted ice cream. Inspired!
Thank you Sal for letting me showcase your home, for letting me barge in not once but twice to take pictures, but most of all thanks for being a friend that continually encourages me to take a leap and just follow my creative instincts.