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Inspired Rooms: Add some fun & whimsy

by | Mar 11, 2010 | Decorating Inspiration, Kitchens

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Inspired Rooms: Add some fun & whimsy

Coastal Living

I love to see a little fun and whimsy in a room.

The artwork of the dog and even the big over-sized buttons on the whimsical slipcovers bring loads of personality to this kitchen! To have a home inspired by YOU, don’t stop at just thinking about THINGS you love. Think on different levels, think about your personality and how that can translate to your home and style. Think about the people and pets you love and the places you have been.

How could you incorporate those happy parts of your life and the nuances of your personality?

What small details could you add to your home to make people smile?

What has inspired YOU this week?

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  1. Liz

    What a fun way to add a smile to any room!
    Glad to see MckLinky is working this week! I keep missing it when you post, are you posting early now?
    Thanks for hosting!
    .-= [email protected]´s last blog ..Shamrock Almond Cookies =-.

    • Melissa

      Hi Liz. Someone asked WHEN I post and I had no schedule. I’m kind of a free spirited poster :-) but for those who like to be FIRST, I told her I would try to do it at 7PM PST on Thursday nights. Last week was my first attempt and I failed and then McLinky failed. :-)

      This week I was only a little late. Next week, I’ll try to be ON IT.

  2. Tracy

    Love this post, Melissa. I could never have a super serious, oh so beautiful home like we see in design books and mags. As much as I admire them and the talent behind them, my rooms want to have fun!
    .-= Tracy @ Comfort&Luxury´s last blog ..What’s Up, Up There? =-.

    • Melissa

      I’m with you there Tracy!! They are so beautiful in a photo but I just can’t live in one that is too serious! :-)

      Happy weekend !

  3. The Virginia House

    That transom inspires me! What a great room and such fun seat covers. Great “McLinky” party!

  4. Marianne

    Hi Melissa, I am proud to present to you my first PB knock off! And I think I even added a little whimsey in that too. Life is already way too serious, if we don’t have humor what else will get us through :-)
    .-= [email protected]´s last blog ..My Very First Pottery Barn Knock-off =-.

  5. Jeanne

    Melissa, I think this has to be one of my all time favourite photos since I started blogging. I am definitely saving this one!
    Have a great weekend!!
    Jeanne :)

  6. Karla

    Thanks so much for hosting!

    I’ve loved that photo from Coastal Living ever since the first time that I saw it! The green cabinets, the paneled walls, the stained wood front door, transoms, and stair rails…gorgeous!

    We added pink knobs onto the armoire that we just created for our daughter in her bedroom. Definitely adds just the right amount of fun and whimsy that I wanted for the piece! And the best part is that she loves that they’re pink! It makes her smile, and she makes ME smile! :)

    ~Karla @ It’s The Little Things…
    .-= Karla´s last blog ..A Giveaway – Dimples And Dandelions… =-.

  7. Rhoda

    Hi, Melissa, I was inspired by Ballards and the Suzanne Kasler collaboration this week. Happy Friday to you!

    • Melissa

      That was such a fun catalog, I loved it too! I’ll pop by to look at your link! Thanks Rhoda!

  8. Lyndsy

    I love this image and I think it is a great way to get inspired for the weekend! The Dog painting is one of my favorites and it is from SugarBoo Designs ~ They do amazing work! If you are interested you can contact me for info! Have a wonderful weekend!
    .-= [email protected] L Kae Interiors´s last blog ..Friday Fave: MGandBW Custom K9 Bed =-.

  9. cathy

    Love. Love. Love… that dog art, mostly because my dog sits just like that.

  10. Leanne

    I love the cabinet color and the walls are beautiful. That ceiling is amazing, but my house wouldn’t be able to pull that one off. Thanks for the beautiful picture.
    .-= Leanne´s last blog ..What’s In Your Baskets? =-.

  11. Annelise Wilcox

    Instead of a bowl full of fruit I have a bowl full of cricket balls and baseballs. I love the reds and whites and it adds whimsy to my desk. The kids love it too. Plus fruit goes way too fast in a house full of six people.
    .-= Annelise Wilcox´s last blog ..Weekly Want From Walmart =-.

  12. Mary Joy

    I am SO excited this week. I am inspired by time with my family and fiance this week. And getting to start my very own blog!!! I have launched into a new world of my own…Life Moments! I would so love for you to stop by…since it is a new location its a bit hard to help folks know that I am there.

    I LOVE this post of yours!!! I have an article that is similar about stops of joy in my house. I completely agree that it is important to have fun with your home…so you can relax and enjoy it!
    .-= Mary Joy @ Life Moments´s last blog ..Its Official!!! Life Moments is my new blog ministry!! =-.

  13. Tim

    I’m so in love with that picture. I keep coming back to look at it! Great kitchen!
    .-= Tim´s last blog ..Art Hardware From Hoapley ARTware – Review and Giveaway! =-.

  14. Vee

    Love the pop of color inside the cabinets and love the slipcovers with the giant buttons. The dog? Not so much. I’ve been trying to imagine what I’d prefer there because I think it might help me to know myself better…since it is painted wood and that was the look I was after when the addition was put on. (Wouldn’t you know that everyone to a “t” says, “Oh how could you possibly paint it?”) Oh what a great ceiling shown there, too. Let’s see, I’m still having trouble with what I’d really want there. Perhaps some architectural salvage or a farmland scene. Yes, I want a more traditional painting there or a large shelf that I could decorate. Okay, what does that say about me, beyond hopeless? Ha! Have a great weekend, my dear!
    .-= Vee´s last blog ..Paska Party =-.

  15. Irene

    Hello Melissa,
    I have not figured out what to do to join in the fun, but I just added your button to my blog so that I may stop by more often! I love houses that are real, yet elegant and fresh. I love this picture (and the painting of the dog!)
    Have a refreshing weekend.

  16. Lamp Tramp

    Love that kitchen with those adorable aqua slips. Thanks for the fun post and linky! I adding my most whimsical thing in my home, besides my oyster shell lamp, ha ha!
    .-= Lamp Tramp´s last blog ..My slipcovers =-.

  17. cindy

    what a great kitchen!
    I love this post….i like to think that every piece in my house could be a conversation piece. at least when i purge things this crosses my mind…how much do i REALLY like this? what does this add to my home? does this say Cindy? most importantly, listen to the answer.

  18. Abbie

    I can’t decide if I love the dog picture or the buttons on the chair covers more!
    .-= Abbie´s last blog ..My big girl =-.

  19. ClassiclyAmber

    Hehee…I like that doggie pic! And I really like the splash of light colors in this space against the white canvas. It’s fun but not overwhelming.

    Here’s another vote for fun and whimsy in home decor! I just love it!

  20. Lana Manis

    I know this is an old post, but I found it while looking for photos of whimsical rooms. I love the entire look from the white walls and cabinets to the high ceilings and the farmhouse table and chairs. I also love the over-sized artwork which reminds me to make larger pieces of my own art! Your blog is always inspiring, Melissa! :)



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