Guest Post ~ DIY inspiration

Today, I am excited to have a guest post from the very talented Heidi from Saffron Marigold! Heidi & Saffron Marigold

Heidi Muller is an enthusiast for all things creative. A mom by day and artist by night, she currently blogs for Saffron Marigold - a boutique maker of high quality, hand printed Indian textiles.  She delights in unique, eclectic decor that is eye-catching and not bank-breaking.

Heidi found my blog when I posted the Cous Cous inspired bedroom, and we have become blog pen pals since then.  Heidi and I share a love of beautiful textiles, colors, and DIY projects.  I am so happy to have her with us!


Hi everyone! My name is Heidi, and I am visiting today from Saffron Marigold. I'm so honored that I have the opportunity to guest blog on Cathy Green Interiors! Cathy has a wealth of (amazing!) DIY inspiration that she shares with you regularly, so I thought I'd join in the fun with a bit of my own.

My design inspirations and ideas:

  • I LOVE textiles- I find that they add instant color, texture, warmth and personality to my space.
  • I have 5 (yes, 5 :)) kids, so fun, functional, simple and thrifty decor is a must.
  • I have always loved a good "find", and tag sales, thrift stores and antique shops are favorite resources.

Room 1: Color Blocked Living Room

This room is convergence of inherited antiques, Craig's List finds and DIY art. Interestingly, they all hang together as independent blocks of color - primarily purple, red, yellow and green. As long as colors are equally bold, and are given equitable visual space, they will all play together nicely.

Easy (thrifty) DIY's:

  • Painted Chargers - I found a set of bamboo chargers at Target several years back. They have a wonderful natural texture, were quite solid and perfectly priced - $6 for all! The chargers did, however, beg to be painted. The bamboo surface responded beautifully to several layers of rubbed acrylic paints. (Somehow, I didn't notice that these were "stop light" colors until I hung the pieces in a column!) I do love to hang pieces in groups...same-size/shape objects create wonderful graphic impact.
  • Framed Fabric - I have a problem with frames. More specifically, I love to collect them second hand, rip out dated artwork, and fill them with paintings, collages and fabric. This huge yard-square black frame needed to be filled with a suzani print, so when the fabric store had a 1/2 price upholstery sale, I knew my moment had come! The print has 3 of my 4 primary colors, and adds a new one: turquoise. Even in a color blocked space, one can use an accent color... I pulled out an antique planter to tease out a bit more turquoise (but not too much!)

Room 2: Global Glam Office

My small office is part library, part art studio, and part "blogger work space". Ultimately, it needs to work hard, but be very welcoming and inspiring. (You know us creative types - we have to be inspired! :)) So while this room contains a desk, book shelves and art-supply storage, I'm sharing my favorite part with you - a cozy window seating space where I plop down with a book or laptop to read and work.

As a Saffron Marigold blogger, I have at my disposal 30 or so gorgeous, global, hand-printed cotton swatches which I keep on hand in my office. I love to move them around and use these large pieces in my decor, changing them seasonally or as the mood strikes.

In this scenario, I am using elegant Vanilla Glacé atop a sweet little mid-century table (with a rotating top) which I found at the thrift store. Over another unique thrifty find, dubbed "the princess chair" by my kids, I have draped one of my favorite prints: Dance O Peacock. I can't believe what a perfect match the gold-ochre is for the gold velvet in the chair!

Finally, India Rose is embellishing one of my favorite objects, an original sunburst clock frame which I literally found in a closet when we moved into our home. I removed the clock face from the piece and have replaced it with a bit of fabric. I like the result - part opulent, part eclectic and perfectly inspiring.

Now for a Pop-Quiz...

Just kidding, but I do have a couple questions for you...

  • What special finds (thrifty or otherwise) have inspired design in your home?
  • How have you used fabric to change the feel of a room? Have you used it in any "non-traditional" ways?
  • What colors are you drawn to again and again? Do you use different palettes to evoke different moods?

If you have a minute, share your thoughts in the comments! I know both Cathy and I would love to hear from you.


Thanks so much Heidi for sharing your ideas and inspiration with us!

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