Sunday, December 11, 2011

Chevron Shutters

Walking around Lausanne this morning and fell in love with the chevron pattern shutters on this building. Makes a plain looking building more interesting.

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Moodboard for My Lovely SIL's Salon

 My SIL in the USA loves purple, so this is my inspiration Moodboard that I made for her (via  The Ethan Allen sofa, fireplace, brown leather chair are already in the room currently.  I just thought adding a few major items might help complete the room.

 I love this beige and black wallpaper from Graham & Brown here, I would place the wallpaper on thin wood panels.  I would then place three panels on top, three on bottom, placed perfectly together like frames on walls on either side of the room.  This makes using wallpaper in such a huge room more affordable and easier to place on walls with out all the fuss and mess of applying directly to the walls.  Plus it's instant art work on the walls!
I love this pillow from here, it would bring a modern print to such a traditional damask covered sofa.
I think two faux silk purple curtains fixed on either side of the beautiful windows would make a statement.  Found them at Target here for a steal of $24.95 per panel!

 I love this white elephant side table from here, it is $245.00 but getting faux silk curtains makes it affordable!  I am sure you can find something similar at another store too. 
 This rug would really compliment the beige wallpaper in the room and look amazing with the hardwood floors they currently have in the room.

 I love this ikat fabric by the yard from here, the purple would pull from the faux silk curtains and the black in the pattern would go with the black in the wallpaper.  I would make two square pillows for the sofa and one oblong on for the brown leather chair.
I am really impressed with Target, I found this great lamp here, it really just pulls all the colors in the room together with it's beautiful shade.  If possible I would get two of these babies, one to place by sofa and one by leather chair.

A brown faux fur throw on the damask sofa would compliment the brown leather chair across the room.  Found one here for $52.99!

I think gold accents in this room are a must, two gold side tables and a gold barcart would rock this room.  These are items you can find at any home goods store in the USA.  A transparent white drumshade covered chandilier in the center of the room would be the cherry on top.

This is my vision of decorating my SIL's salon with purple.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Love these!

I was walking around St Francois today and walked into a little shop that begins with a C, but can not remember name.

They were between 30 to 40CHF. Really lovely glass candle holders, although I prefer them without the candles. These would look amazing inside a fireplace or on a mantel.

UPDATE: I think the store name is CACHET in St. Francois - Lausanne, CHE
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Freaking Out!

Why is it when you ask mover to be super delicate with something they do the opposite?

This is my Roche Bobois table laying long ways up on it's delicate French curved legs! Seriously!?!? I am so upset!

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Let's Move It, Move It!

Moving day! 80% is going into storage; I am going to miss you stuff!

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Furniture for Sale!

Only two weeks until we have to leave our beautiful flat and we just now found a new place to live.  Thank goodness!

The bad news, it's a much smaller FURNISHED flat and makes me feel like I have died and gone to Ikea Hell!   

I like Ikea, but to live in a flat where every single item is from Ikea down to the's just too much for me.  It's only for 6 months, it's only for 6 months, I can do this!

Any who, we don't really have room to store all my hords of furniture and must sells loads of items.  Please visit here if you need a sofa, table, baby furniture, etc:

Considering any and all offers!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Feeling Kinda Blue....

...about moving from our flat we have been in for the past 4 years.  We have to be out in 4 weeks and have had zero luck finding a new place to live for the moment.  Totally not stressed.  No really I am freaking out! Trying to find another awesome huge flat in Lausanne is like impossible.

So I went shopping, with the hubby's okay of course.  I saw this yellow rug at Ikea for my office!  Not sure if I will have an office at the next place we will call home, but rugs you can take with you anywhere.

 My youngest son loves this rug!  Would not stop laying on it.

Rug via Ikea.

My cure for feeling blue, is adding a little sunshine/yellow to your life/room.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Ikea Rug Frustration

Many, many moons ago I wrote about the Ikea Stockholm rug here.  I needed a huge and affordable rug to go under my big a** dinning table here in Swissyland. 

Affordable and Swissyland normally do not go together, but I found a large rug at Ikea (250 x 350cm) for only 399CHF!  Really good deal to me.

image via here

Is it the softest and most beautiful rug ever?   No, it's really rough actually. 

Is it large enough to cover all 9feet by 3 feet under my dinning table and then some? Yes. 

Will it keep the chairs from scratching the floor?  Yes.

Have I been trying to buy this rug since November 2010?  YES!!!

Ikea is teasing me.  Everytime they show it's in stock, I show up and they just sold the last 250 x 350 size rug.

Seriously does every household in VAUD have this rug in their home?  How can this rug be sold out every single month?

My poor wooded floors that will no longer be ours in 4 more weeks, I tried, I am sorry but you are kind of strached up now.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Oh Quinny Buzz, How I will miss you.....

I just sold my apple green Quinny Buzz I purchased five years ago in Amsterdam and I am feeling kind of sad.  Is this normal?  As I was showing the super cute new to be parents the stroller and all it's gadgets, I was thinking of seeing my kids as infants in the Dreami Cot and how cute they were....

I think the couple could feel I was sad and joked about sending me pictures.  At least the stroller is going to a good home.

Good bye Quinny Buzz, it was lovely while it lasted!


Friday, June 10, 2011

Sorry Charlie....

...for the major lack of posts.  We were moving to Minnesota this July and now we are staying in Switzerland.  My life is like a yo-yo, up and down and all around.
image via here

We terminated our current flat lease in Feb and now have to move out by July 31st.  It's not possible to get our lease extended either, our flat has been sold and has new owners moving into it August 2nd.

Where the heck are we going to find an equally awesome new place in Lausanne to live on such short notice?  Where are my kids suppose to go to school.  Ahhhhhhh!

Just a little busy at the moment.

Please excuse while I take a little break from home decor.


Friday, May 20, 2011

Moi Chaussures

Okay, so last fall I put all my spring/summer sandles in a garbage bag.  Next I placed this bag of shoe treasures by our front door for my hubby to place in our cave for safe keeping.  Oh I had some fabulous comfortable Born and BCBG wedge sandles in this bag that I had just brought back from the US from our holiday last summer. I had not even had a chance to wear most of them.
image via here

This same day we were also using these same black garbage bags to put unwanted clothing and shoes in to be donated.  Can you see where this is going?

Low and behold I have been searching for this bag of lovely shoes for over a month now since the weather has been so warm this spring in Lausanne.  I finally broke down and paid our babyitter to come by during the afternoon and watch the kids for FOUR hours while I tore our cave apart trying to find my bag of beautiful summer wedges.

image via me - my kidos

The cave is now cleaned out, but still no bag of shoes to be found, BUT I did find an old bag of clothes that were suppose to be donated last fall. 

Now hubby is away on business and guess what he is bringing me back this weekend!

These COACH black wedges! Woo Hoo!
image via here

It is only one pair of shoes, but a fabulous comfortable pair and it matches one of my bags!  Always an upside to things!

I am keeping my eye out for someone wearing my 'accidentally donated' NEW wedge sandles around Lausanne!

Found Something Cheaper in Swissyland then in USA!

Ok this has nothing to do about decorating, but as I was at Toys-R-Us in Switzerland yesterday stocking up on diapers and baby wipes (seriously best prices on name brand diapers and wipes) and my two year old started going nuts for this this German brand toy, BIG - Bobby Quad car.

image via here

They have all kinds of models at Toys-R-Us here ranging in price from 59CHF to 98CHF, which I thought was very expensive and had to drag my two year old away from the car. 

I come home to search to see how much cheaper the car ride on toy might be in the USA and was shock to see it was outrageously expensive in the USA.  Just do an Amazon search!  Price ranges from $238.00 to $298.00 US dollars for this brand of ride on toys!

Next week I am going back to buy my two year one of these and they sell so many nifty accessories, which ones to buy!  Think I more excited about it then my son will be.  Will post a pick next week!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Grange - Comfort Lit Furniture Store in Lausanne

My friend just advised me of another good furniture store in Lausanne called Grange - Comfort Lit.  It's just up the road from Flon.

Their address and phone number is:

Rue St-Martin 34, 1005 Lausanne
Tel. 021/323 30 44

I am going there tomorrow to check it out.  Here are some pictures from their online site.  It seems they sell mostly traditional, classic and antique looking pieces. 

all images via here check out their site, a great selection of furniture!

Lausanne Chic Furniture Store

I previously posted about this furniture store, Anna L'art de vivre, here.  I am not being endorsed by them in anyway, I just love their furniture and nic naks.  This is where I also got my side table last year that I posted about here.

I am currently helping a friend decorate her flat and I went to my favorite place Anna's in Lausanne to check out the furniture in stock.  It's located at:

Rue du Grand-Pont 8

CH-1003 Lausanne

Tél. +41 21 647 76 69

The manager there speaks English and was so kind to let me take a few photos of some pieces that I really like in his store.

 What a fab chrome and black leather side chair!  Think it was less then 500CHF.

 This bad picture makes the sofa look brown, it's actually a more vibrant color in person.  Very comfortable and clean lines, I would love this in black!  Just need to get rid of all those pillows!

 You can choose any color leather or cloth to cover this sofa.  I even tried to scratch the leather to see how kid friendly it was, let me tell you, it's very kid friendly!  Could not make a mark on it.

 Best thing yet about this sofa is the price!  Only 3,990.00 CHF, which if you live in Switzerland, know this is a steal for a quality leather Italian sofa purchase here in this area.  Normally quality sofa's sell for 6,000CHF or more around these parts.

My friend snagged two of these tri-pod floor lamps at Anna's.  
The lamps have velvety feeling black shades. Very chic.  

 Again sorry for the bad quality of images, need to remember to bring an actual camera next time and not just my phone.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Which Bag and Shoe Combo to Choose?

If you were going to wear this beautiful Monsoon evening dress to a wedding, which shoes and bag would you choose to wear from

I am trying to help a friend pick out shoes and a bag to wear to a summer wedding. 
  • The first look is safe and classic to me, can't go wrong with this combo. 
  • The second look with the coral shoes and bag are so chic and hip, love this look.  It screams 'style'!
  • The third look with the black bag seems more sophisticated and sexy, great for an evening wedding. 
  • The fourth look is more summery and light feeling with the light shoe and bag. Perfect for a summer day wedding.
Which one would you choose?

UPDATE:  I added one more color combo of lilac to the choices, as my friend loved the idea of the splash of color with the dress, but felt the coral was a bit too bright.  The coral is a very warm color to wear with the grey dress and really stands out.  So I tried the dress with a pop of color in the cool family and think it's just the right amount of color, but not too bright.  She just ordered the lilac shoes and bag from Monsoon.  Can't wait till she has the entire outfit all put together.  Here is a peak below.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Maison Francaise Mag

Loving the issue of Maison Francaise magazine.

Trying to locate this beautiful grey modern sofa in the magazine for a friends home I am helping decorate.

UPDATE: Found the sofa online here.

And I am loving these rooms also from the same April/May issue.

Love the mix of brass sunburst mirrors, lucite concole and cool blue colors in this room! The silver lamp so rocks too!  What a beautiful mix of items!

I really love color, wish I had some more of it in my home. Love this decor magazine, they always have such fabulous ideas!  Sorry for the bad photos, have not had time to use a real camera.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My Dream Ring

I will have been married to Mr. Hubby Man 9 years this summer and he always promised to buy me the ring of my dreams for our 10 year anniversary.  I like to plan ahead.  So just wanted to share the ring of my dreams, which will stay a dream as it is so expensive, it's just never going to be seen on this ring finger.

You can buy it here.

It is soooo me, this ring, 5ct of white and real black diamonds on a really thick eternity band.  I love it so much.

Sorry have not had a chance to finish covering the big a** ottoman/day bed thing in my salon yet. Ran out of tacks and have not had a chance to get more. This week has been hectic for me, busy 24/7.

Will post again next week!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Second Project of the Day

.... Is almost complete!  Click here to see what it looked liked before.

I took a square piece of fabric and placed over the stool and started to tac into place.

I then folded down the corners and tacked those into place as well. Easy stuff.

I cut the excess fabric and then used a product to seal the cut part so the fabric would not fray.

Next I used my curved upholstery needle on the folded part of the fabric to make it flush against the seat part.

Here is my almost finished vintage stool (another find from last year) just need to pick up some trim to place around bottom to hide the tacks.

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Happy Mother's Day!

This is how I spent my day and I enjoyed every relaxing minute of it.  Click here for a peek of what it looked liked before (was not loving the wood legs, I know my hubby thinks I am crazy).

I prepped the legs of this day bed or should I call it a huge a** ottoman? It's as big as my sofa!

Then I used paint primer.

First coat of black paint going on.

And the finished product! Love the black finish with the brass!

Stay tuned as I will be putting a new Designer Guild fabric on it tomorrow!

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