Friday, September 16, 2011

Style Makers

Happy Friday to everyone!  We woke up to cooler temperatures this morning and a bit of a breeze.  It is a nice relief.  If it keeps up, I'll finally be able to think about Fall decorating.  Now if we'll just get some rain, I'll be even happier!

A big THANK YOU shout out to Brenda at  Cozy Little House for her help with my new blog header!  I really appreciate your time and talent!

I wanted to share some design elements in my home that help define my style.  I have recently started adding some industrial touches to my kitchen.  I like how it contrasts with the country feel I've already got going on. 

I know most of you (who follow my sisters blog) have already seen some of this before, but humor me while I post it on my blog for a moment.  Ha!  I added some much needed lighting above my cabinets by using inexpensive clamp lights from Walmart and Home Depot. 

The undercabinet lighting we once had kept needing to be replaced.  So, I thought of trying this and, voila, I like it better than the undercabinet lighting I was using anyway. 

My latest industrial style addition to my kitchen are these barstools from 

                My sister uses alot and got me started using them too. 

Above my refrigerator sits this wire basket.  I found it, over a year ago, at a consignment store. 

                                It's what started my industrial revolution!  Ha!

Another design element that I love is typography.  I have many items with it and use it scattered throughout my home.  I don't have any in the bedrooms though. 

              One example is this apron made out of a burlap coffee sack.

                                   I also have these burlap pillows in my kitchen.

               I  love typography on the wall.  This french sign is in my kitchen.

             And this burlap coffee sack is attached to a bulletin board in my hallway.

This black and white sign reminded me of subway art (without the subway words).  If you read it, you'll think it's a bit odd, but I like it nonetheless.

           In my family room, I framed a pillow cover.  It has french writing on it. 

I found this cute black and white pillow at Hobby Lobby with a word definition on it.   It makes its rounds throughout the house. Ha!  I guess that's one of the advantages to having neutral colors.  It's in a chair in my sitting room.

I also love monograms.  They fit in this typography category. I applied this monogram to a plain lampshade. It was intended as an iron-on monogram. But I didn't feel safe in putting a hot iron on this lampshade fabric. So I just used fabri-tac glue. It is my favorite!

I think combining these elements in my home help create the industrial farmhouse style I like.  It's not for everyone, but for me, it's what I gravitate towards. It's all about the mix of style makers in our homes. 

I hope everyone has a super weekend.  This has been a fun first week as a new blogger.  It's been such a pleasure to meet everyone and I feel certain that great relationships are already being formed. 

My dog, Max, wanted to make an appearance today too.  This is his early morning "sleepy" look.  Anyone that has a Boston Terrier will tell you that they play hard and sleep hard. 

~ Kelly ~

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Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I love the industrial touches you added. I'm a big typography fan too. Beautiful photos.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

Hi Max! Nice to meet you too cutie pie. I love all the industrial elements you have. They really do work well together. Loving the framed burlap too. Brenda did an awesome job on your header, I noticed it right away!

Anonymous said...

We have two of those bar stools, from overstock, at the lake and really like them.

I love your clamp light idea. Might have to "borrow" it.:-)

Have a great weekend Kelly.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Kelly I could never get tired of seeing your kitchen, I love all the changes you made to it! Love the framed burlap pillow cover too. You really know how to make a house a home! Have a great weekend, Martina

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Love the idea for the clamp lighting...really smart and super industrial cool! Love seeing all your elements of style, lovin' your blog, Kelly!! xoxo

Embellishments by SLR said...

Hey Kelly! Great photos of your home! Your blog looks great! Love seeing all of your details. Great job!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great post, sis! You are getting the hang of this blogging thing down. It will all become much easier as you do it, but never less time consuming. You know I love that wire basket that can float my way when you tire of it.

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Love the industrial stools and would love to have the basket over the fridge. Great kitchen:)

Deserae said...

Love all the industrial touches you have added to your home! Great new header too! Max is such a cutie his sleepy look :o) Have a great weeekend!

Michele Smith said...

I love all the industrial elements you've added. They work well together. I'll have to check out overstock! Your new header looks great.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

Love those stools!

rvelazquez said...

I love all your pillows and how you framed the small french pillow cover, it looks lovely~ I also have the french flea market sign in my living room. You have a great mix of things in your decor, it looks great!


Richella said...

I like all your typography! And I loved your comment about the "industrial revolution" in your kitchen. So witty!

Your home is beautiful, and I look forward to getting to know you better. So glad you enjoyed your first week as a blogger!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Kelly, I love the way you spice your decor with the industrial pieces!! And, I have told Kim before that I really like that 'rise up and be thankful' saying! Pleased to meet Maxx. blessings ~ tanna

Natasha in Oz said...

Your blog header looks wonderful! I also love those bar stools. They really suit the area.

We used to have a Boston. She was certainly a party animal and when she finally crashed and slept she snored the house down!

Best wishes and happy weekend,

GerryART said...

Oh. Oh. Your clamp on lights are the same I have in my darkroom.
Do I need to get them out of there and use them elsewhere?

Brenda thought I might enjoy your blog. I love her blog Cozy Little House.

My daughter gave me a dozen or so burlap bags from the local coffee house. Haven't created any thing YET!

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

Very cool stuff! Especially loving the wire basket that started it all, and the framed pillow cover! Have a great weekend :)

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

You have a lovely home, Kelly! I especially like the industrial touches you have going on in your kitchen (industrial revolution~hehe!) The clamp lights are really cool, and I'm guessing that you ran the cords to a plug, or are they hardwired? I really like that look and would love to find some.

Shelia said...

Hi Kelly! Love your industrial looks in your home. Those clamp lamps look great over your cabinets. Your kitchen is gorgeous!
Aw, your little Boston is adorable. We had one named Sugar and she was 15 when she went to doggy heaven. Oh, my heart still melts when I see one!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Cozy Little House said...

Okay, I'm in love with your lights idea! I may have to steal that one for the little blue house.

Becca said...

I *thought* this wonderful kitchen looked familiar! LOVE seeing it again ... your use of the industrial lights is fabulous ... love your newly painted black cab and your pillows are awesome! *Becca* (newest follower) ... come see me sometime!

LuluD said...

Everything looks great. Max is a real cutie, too! Have a good weekend!

Betty Sneeringer said...

You have a very nice look going on!Betty @

Becky in SC said...

Hi Kelly, I have followed Kim's blog for sometime now. I always looked forward to her posts featuring rooms of your home (you two must definitely have that tasteful decorating gene!!)
It was because of Kim that I developed a love for pillows, and I just recently purchased two almost identical to your "Enjoy" pillow, except mine reads "relax" and "imagine". I found them at Country door...very reasonable:

Anyways, can't wait to see what you've got coming up in your posts...I really enjoy your blog so far!!
♥ Becky in SC ♥

Ellen said...

Very nice decorating touch. Just love all the burlap pieces. Very nice.

All That Glitters said...

okay, comment overload from me today! ha!

You and Kim need to come to my house to help me decorate! I love everything and I hope you have that wire basket glued to your fridge!

labbie1 said...

That wire basket--well, if I figure out where you are, it just might disappear! :) Just sayin'...

I have found over time that I tend towards the industrial, metal gears and such of steampunk mixed with a kind of primitive country with barn stars and such. I just love the way you can mix industrial and country and it just seems to WORK! You have really great ideas...