Saturday, March 16, 2013

We've Moved!

The new site is up and running. So is the online shop! AND a new blog!

Check it all out HERE.

I won't be updating ye old blogspot anymore - so make sure to update the feed in your reader: http://www.stylekeywestblog.com/

Thursday, March 31, 2011

A New Site and Some New Items!

Did you link here from stylekeywest.com today?


Well if you did, you will have seen that we have a new site coming soon! In fact, it should be live by April 8th.

The new site will include an online store, so anyone can visit us and do a little shopping, whether they're in Key West or Alaska. We're so excited about this new venture and we hope that you'll love our Key West inspired products as much as we do.

Here is a preview of what you'll find...


...And here are a few close up shots of some new pillows and mats we've started carrying in the shop (which you will also be able to purchase online):


I probably won't have time to post until the online shop is up and running. In the meantime...have a great weekend. Can't wait for the unveiling next week!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Plümo Home Accents

Yesterday on Wishing True, I featured, Plümo, a lovely site I discovered on An Indian Summer.

As I said before, there isn't much detail about the company on the Plümo site. But it says that they procure all of their products from "artisans, co-operatives from Africa to Asia, designers that have just come out of college and any kind of creative people that just make beautiful things."

The first thing that grabbed my attention while browsing the House & Home items was the abundance of bright colors and bold motifs:







Having a cheerful green teapot on the stove top or placing colorful jars on a bookcase or putting your feet up on a fancy pouf...these are all things that make a house feel like home. Whenever I've moved into a new place, I've arranged some of my favorite objects before even unpacking most of the boxes. Just having one lovely corner to come back to is far more satisfying than a cabinet full of organized pots and pans.

(Okay - so that light isn't colorful...but isn't it fun?!)

See more HERE. And if you haven't already visited, check out my Wishing True post for my favorite Plümo fashions.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Fresh Spring Look from Lee

Have you seen the new Lee ad that ran in the April issue of House Beautiful?


Love that green! It reminds me of the new shoots that are sprouting everywhere, announcing the end of Winter. While it's never Winter in Key West, I live in the DC area, and we're SO ready for some warm sunny days!

From what part of the world are you visiting? Are you waving goodbye to snow and ice?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday Color: Red and Blue

Today, I'm thinking about blue and red palettes...





...So much so, that I did a Blogging Your Way "mood board" project with that theme:


I had to throw it together in about five minutes with kids running around so it's not perfect. But I think it captures what I was going for well enough.

The class ended today and I can't tell you how much I recommend taking it when they run it again in the future. It's given me so much inspiration for the new Style Key West website and online store. That's right - we're FINALLY getting that shop up and running. More on that later...

Images via: A Creative Mint (one of the BYW instructors!), Country Living, House and Home and The Paris Apartment.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

How To Paint a Refrigerator

Seriously. You can, and Caroline has directions and pictures to prove it! Check it out...

A client had a little refrigerator with the pretty standard, ugly wood grain paneled front. Not something that you would particularly like to showcase... I didn't take "before" pictures - but I think you can envision what I'm talking about.

Here is the finished product:


Want to know how to do this? Here you go...

Materials:
1 Quart of Stix primer
1 Quart of Benjamin Moore Ocean Deep
1 Custom spray can of Ocean Deep
Stencil
Acrylic paint
Acrylic sealer

Directions:
1. Clean the fridge and apply one coat of Stix.

2. Lightly sand all surfaces to be painted.

3. Begin to spray on color.
[Since this was not over-the-counter spray paint, each coat has to be sprayed very lightly and horizontally on each side. It will run if you try to spray it on a vertical surface. The number of coats required will depend on the paint color you choose and how dark the surface is.]

4. When paint job is completely dry, paint on an acrylic stencil of your choice.

The stencil and colors were chosen based on inspiration from this Mucha print.


I have an old Arts & Crafts Stencil book from 1925 where I found the perfect stencil. I blew it up on our copier and cut it. The actual image on the front of the fridge is four panels, and the vines in the middle are four "branches." The color of the stenciled image is just a mix of red, cream, and gray acrylic paint that I mixed to the desired shade.


A nice little face lift for a "dorm room" refrigerator. Perfect for chilled beverages and snacks in an office or craft room!

**Thanks to Meaghan at Strunk Ace Hardware who told me everything I would need to paint the refrigerator.



Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday (Pop of) Color

After adding black and white to the mix last week, I've been giving more attention to the "pop of color" effect in some of my favorite images on file.






I generally gravitate toward more color - painted walls and furniture covered in richly hued prints... But lately I've been admiring these spaces with their spare elegance. The lack of competing colors and patterns creates a very serene atmosphere. And the dash of color here and there brings warmth and personality that satisfies my typically color-craving tendencies.

What about you? Would you consider trying a new approach to color in your own home. Maybe just room...we don't need to go crazy here!






Images via:
An Indian Summer, Christina Murphy Interiors, Design Sponge, Martha Stewart, and Tracery Interiors.
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