Welcome to my first blog post! I am excited to be working on my decorating business and to have the opportunity to share design ideas, inspiration, and advice. I truly believe that you can find design inspiration anywhere. Anything that appeals to you can be transformed to fit into your home – nature, music, animals, clothing.(nature wall decals; record framed mirror; zebra tealight holder; sweater pillows)
Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m inspired by sweets! So for my first post, I decided to take one of my favorite places around Richmond and make that my inspiration. Sweet Frog is a fairly new addition to the area dessert shop line-up, but it is all the craze here. It’s even become a hot topic of conversation: “How do you Sweet Frog?”. For those of you that don’t know, Sweet Frog is a self-service frozen yogurt bar. You pick your flavor, or flavors, of frozen yogurt from the ‘wall-o-yogurt’ (as I like to call it), and then proceed to the toppings bar to pile on as many toppings as you can fit into your cup. There is quite the art to creating one’s perfect yogurt sundae, and everyone seems to have their own unique way of doing it.
All that aside, I wanted to use Sweet Frog’s modern take on an ice cream parlor to be inspired for a room’s décor. When you first walk into any Sweet Frog, there are 3 main things about their décor that stand out:
1. The giant pendant lights
2. The bold pink and green color scheme
3. The playful iridescent tile that surrounds the ‘wall-o-yogurt’
I decided to use Sweet Frog’s décor to be the inspiration for an entry foyer. Out of their 3 main design elements, I opted to use the lighting and the tile for my inspiration. I adjusted the pink and green color scheme for a pallet of blues and yellows.
So here you have it, a Sweet Frog inspired foyer:
- I was able to find the same pendant light that they use in the shops. It is from Ikea: Fillsta pendant lamp, white, $29.99 It would make a grand statement in any entrance way or foyer!
- The next thing I looked for was a mirror inspired by the iridescent tiles in the shop. I found this mirror from The Tile Gal, $40. The tiles add a little glitz and glam to the space while giving you a spot for one last look before heading out the door.
- I decided that a soft, yet sunny, yellow paint color would be perfect on the walls in order to allow the mirror to pop and to make the homeowner and guests alike feel welcome upon entering the home. I mean, with a name like ‘Sundance’ (Benjamin Moore ~ 2002-50), how could it not make you feel happy and cheerful?
- Next it was time to find a console table. I wanted one that was more traditional than the pendant light, but that would still have a nice shape. I was able to find exactly what I was looking for in this Cottage White Console Table by Cooper on Amazon. At $498.00 it’s more expensive than the other pieces in the space, but having a nice sturdy console table that will take a lot of wear and provides some storage, is worth it. I love how the curves of the legs and underneath the drawers tie into the curves on the pendant.
- With most of the main pieces in place, I was able to look for accessories. This laminated Marimekko tray, $55, from Crate and Barrel provides the perfect place to drop mail, keys, sunglasses, etc. I love the fun floral pattern, and the colors are perfect to connect the blues of the mirror and the yellow on the wall.
- I also found this yellow pitcher by Emile Henry on Amazon, $54.49. I can imagine it filled with beautiful blue hydrangeas or white tulips.
- To add a blue accessory to the space, I went in search of votives from www.Glassybaby.com. They have such unique pieces that can be used in a variety of ways. I picked 2 colors to tie into the color scheme of the foyer, ‘Pool’ and ‘Dolphin’, and I envision them being used in their traditional way, lit from within by a votive candle.
- As a nod to the whole ‘ice cream parlor’ idea, I wanted to find a vintage ice cream parlor chair that would sit next to the console table. I originally found the one above on eBay, but it sold before I could make my post. I know one could easily be found at a local antique store or on eBay and spray painted whatever shade of blue or yellow speaks to you.
- The last element to tie the whole foyer together is the rug that would fill the space. I found these 'Yeah, Baby' carpet tiles in 'Cool' for $26.99 / tile from Flor.com. Because they are carpet tiles, they can be made into whatever size would be needed for the space. They can also be replaced one tile at a time if they get worn or stained.
° Which of the 3 main Sweet Frog elements – pendant light, iridescent tile, or pink & green colors – would you be most likely to incorporate into your house? ° How do you Sweet Frog? ~ I always have to have Reese’s Peanut Butter cups in my sundae, yum!
*Comment on this post with your answers for a chance to win a $10 Sweet Frog gift certificate!
Congratulations to Erin ~ she was the winner of the Sweet Frog gift certificate!(Winner will be chosen at random. One entry per person. Gift certificate valid at the Forest Hill Sweet Frog location only. Comments must be posted by Wednesday, November 9 at midnight to be eligible for the gift certificate.)