Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Katie Ridder Tips

The lovely Ms. Ridder gave some fab tips in her Town & Country piece on how to escape the sea of beige!


Tip 1: Candy-hued Venetian-glass chandeliers. According to her colored glass helps add a vibe of casualness to a room.


Now the one she recommends is over $14,000! You know I’m a budget girl so I searched high and low and found a chic one in clear (ok so it’s not colored, but still glass) for $449.



There is also a red version available for $844.


Tip #2: Brighten up a living room or library with pillows and ottomans in vintage fabrics.


Searching for vintage fabrics on ebay is one of my favorite  things to do!


Here are some recent favorites of mine:


I’m loving floral on blacks so this number fits that bill:


So does this one:


And this one:

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Tip 3: Grass cloth wallpaper. Because the grass cloth wallpaper has variation in the color intensity people are more open to using it in a bold shade then painting a wall in a bold shade.

Loving this green (Only $38 per single roll) ! Available at my go to source for wallpaper… Steves Blinds and Wallpaper they always have the cheapest price!

greengrass cloth


Tip 4: Moroccan tiles. They come in a variety of amazing shades and due to the colors and patterns add a great touch of interest to a space. Use them as a kitchen backsplash or around a fireplace.


A quick search on Overstock and you already have many opinions to pick from.

moroccan tile

Hope you enjoyed all of Katie’s tips. I know I will be using them in my decorating. I’m now itching to get my hands of the great green grass cloth.



Blogger Laura PARING DOWN said...

My eye is always drawn to color and texture. My favorite is probably the grass cloth. I love green!!!!

April 27, 2010 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger LindsB said...

such great tips- I love all the vintage fabric you picked too- lovely colors!!

April 27, 2010 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Thanks for the tip on where you like to go for wallpaper. I had to spend $160 on wallpaper for my dining room and I was only papering a few insets under a chair rail.

April 27, 2010 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Great tips from Ms Ridder and love your low-cost finds too.

April 27, 2010 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Scientific Housewife said...

I love the green wallpaper, so fun!

April 28, 2010 at 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the tips! And the vintage fabrics. I think I need to develop a new hobby of scanning ebay for fabrics.

April 28, 2010 at 11:10 AM  
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