Monday, January 31, 2011
I love, love, love the home of Marion Philpotts Miller. With tightly edited rooms that speak with a fresh graphic style she effortlessly captures the unique indoor-outdoor connection that embodies tropical living. It is the perfect mix of indigenous materials, older furnishings and contemporary flourishes: daybeds on the porch (lanais), graphic fabrics, organic flora, Asian influences (Chinese wooden chairs, Balinese red lacquer and Japanese lanterns- not all pictured). There is no formal pretense- just beautiful tropical design that is as wonderfully lush, as Hawaii itself. Have a wonderful week everyone...
*Photography via Traditional Home
Friday, January 28, 2011
This makes me insanely happy... Japanese washi tape, or colored masking tape, is made of Japanese washi paper and is perfect for almost anything you can dream up. I have seen it matted and framed and turned into art, decorating a special package as cool, personalized gift wrap, used in scrapbooking as trim & boarders and adorning office files as instantly fresh, homemade labels. Personally, I use it while on installations to map out wall grids where artwork and frames will hang. It doesn't leave a mark, is easy to tear and is strong enough to write on. So many possibilities... have a wonderful weekend everyone.
(to buy visit: Happy Tape , Uncommon Goods and Ginko Papers)
*Photography via Traditional Home Magazine
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Okay, I am loving this! Revamp your plain ceramics and glassware with the simplest of D-I-Y techniques. Perfect for a rainy-day project of a personalized gift. What a stroke of genius...Love it!
1. Create a flowering teapot from your own doodled art. How very cool!
"Use a porcelain paint pen to embellish a simple pot with a modern floral bouquet. Keep acetone (nail polish remover works well) and tissues on hand to remove any mistakes. Bake the pieces according to the paint manufacturer's instructions to set the paint." Brianne Sanchez for Do It Yourself
2. Plain servingware serves new duty as chic organization for office supplies.
"Use a porcelain paint pen to repeat a simple circle chain pattern on each dish. A cohesive, modern design and color scheme unifies the eclectic mix of thrift shop pieces into efficient office organizers." Brianne Sanchez for Do It Yourself
3. Add a graphic pop to a plain glass pitcher and matching cups with circle label stickers and white glass paint.
"Use a foam pouncer to apply white paint over the labels and up the sides of the glassware for a faux-frosted look Avoid the rim of the pitcher and glass, so no paint is ingested when they're used. Peel the stickers off while the paint is still wet, scratching off any that seeped underneath." Brianne Sanchez for Do It Yourself
4. Transform a colored lamp with a white Sharpie oil paint marker by sketching your favorite pattern onto it's base. This is great for creating a lovely lace-inspired look.
"Start at the top and work your way down for the best results!" Brianne Sanchez for Do It Yourself
*Images and instructions via Do It Yourself | Spring 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Maybe it is all of the white covering the ground and knowing what lies underneath but I have been inspired by green lately. To me green symbolizes growth, nature, pureness, harmony, peacefulness... It can be calming in sage, celery and chameleon; rich in moss, olive and forest; or sparkling in jade, lime and celadon. It is wonderful layered and paired as a secondary color. I love mixing it with bright white and navy blue or pairing it with rubies, yellows and deep browns. It is the perfect harmony, nature's symphony, a sweeping field of grass, a sum of all it's parts, not just a single shade. ... happy week everyone!
*Photography via (Image 1) Carla Lane Interiors, (Image 2,4 &5) "Perfect Palettes" by Stephanie Hoppen, (Image 3) via Anthropologie
Friday, January 21, 2011
I am once again turning to Home Shopping Spy, one of my absolute favorite home sources, to bring you this week's product info: Seems the folks over at H&M Home have released another collection of festive home accessories full of crisp, cheery, very All-American influenced designs ( just perfect for summer accessorizing). I am loving the black cutlery silhouette tea towel and the white "self-labeled" table cloths and runners (very tongue & cheek and helpful at the same time). Also great are the nautical stripes and Mediterranean-influenced painterly pillows. Can't you just see them spilling out of a hammock with on a warm, sunny day... Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
*Images via Home Shopping Spy
Thursday, January 20, 2011
NSD&S has been nominated for... The Homies: Best Home Design Blog of 2011
*A competition that celebrates new and exciting home design bloggers around the world*
Thank you for nominating us... it is with such love and inspiration that we bring our design thoughts, finds and ideas to you each week. We strive for continual improvement and fresh content and hope that you will stay with us as we grow. To submit your vote please visit Apartment Therapy. Happy week everyone...
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Recently I revamped my home office space using an eclectic mix of storage options and color to create a functional and fun working space (on the cheap). I started by painting the inside of my unused, and now converted, pantry a preppy, kelly green. This bold, unexpected color creates a great visual impact that inspires and energizes me. The result was more delicious than I imagined! The next task I turned to was organizing. If there's one thing I love more than organizing, it's a beautiful storage container. Wicker baskets for towels, canvas bins for blankets or a punchy, fabric-covered magazine holder for your favorite glossies. I quickly filled the shelves with great finds from See Jane Work, The Container Store and Target, carefully creating continuity with blocks of color and pattern. One of my favorite storage bins is a repurposed fuchsia and orange Kate Spade shoe box which holds my bundles of greeting cards. (This is actually a great storage tip: If a shoe box, hat box or shirt box is well-made they make great storage containers. Nothing beats a beautiful shoe box... thank you auntie!) For the final touches I used an old robin's egg blue, patio chair I had on hand and fluffled it up with a fun floral pillow, hung artwork in the new color scheme and added a whimsical coat rack for aprons and smocks. The result is refreshing and easy on the budget. So next time you're in posession of a fabulous box, basket or chair, don't toss it...revamp it!
*Photography via See Jane Work and from Katie Brophy
Rediscovered Treasures: A New Life for Old Objects (available on Amazon 2/7/11) is a true gem. Written by two Norwegian stylists: Ellen Dyrop and Hanna Kristinsdottir, the book beautifully unfolds showing readers how to transform old objects into beautiful, and purposeful, housewares. I am absolutely loving the reuse of silver shown throughout the pages. Using heirlooms in interesting, fresh ways throughout your decor immediately gives your modern day room a soul. There is a great step-by-step "how-to" guide, which includes templates for stenciling projects (as shown above on the refurbished teapot and wash bin), found at the back of the book. So go ahead and rediscover all of your hidden treasures lying around... you never know what you might find!
*This book personifies the shabby-chic look I adore and is perfect for those who have an interest in, junk-shop decorating and antiques.
*Photography via Home Shopping Spy and Amazon
Monday, January 17, 2011
Let's just pause for a moment (a long moment) and admire the amazing home of furniture designer and maker Mark Tuckey; perfect attention to detail, great restraint, gorgeous wood, interesting textures. The house feels hip but livable, masculine but welcoming, modern yet quirky. I love the great, controlled color pops & beautiful artwork by David Bromley... ah.... isn't it fabulous?! Have a inspired week everyone.
*Photography via desire to inspire
Friday, January 14, 2011
I am loving these hand-stitched "Suzani" patchworks from Wisteria. Inspired by tribal textiles originating in Central Asia, the designs are intimate with their touch of hand quality yet bold with their amazing patterns. They look simply amazing when combined with dark woods, crisp whites and hand-etched metals; or pair them with Moorish decor & natural linen and they transform a space as if it is from another time.
Have a warm weekend everyone!
*Images via Wisteria
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I can't be more excited about this... in conjunction with the ever-fabulous & trend-establishing New York fashion week, the color gurus at PANTONE announced their color picks for the coming year. Ringing in first place is PANTONE 18-2120 TCX: Honeysuckle. For me this hue brings to mind the fantastic, strapless Dior gown Cameron Diaz wore to the Met Ball a few seasons back. (to die!) I just love pink! Pink in any hue... But what makes Honeysuckle so interesting is its rich-red, base color that exudes warmth & energy. It is the grown up version of hot pink and it's warmth makes it the perfect partner to almost any color. Use it in a great IKAT print, as an accent wall, a side chair, chandelier or in fresh blooms bursting from a centerpiece. These small flourishes will add vibrancy, confidence and that extra something special to just about any room. Yeah!
*Pantone swatches via fresh HOME, Image 1 from O at Home via my little apartment,
Image 2 via coco+kelley, Image 3 via carla lane interiors
Monday, January 10, 2011
In this season of winter chill it feels good to be a little bold and do something fresh... I am loving the idea of wallpaper right now. Wallpaper inside a cabinet or backing kitchen shelves, geometric paper dramatically covering a small interior space, or the use of a color and print pairing that one would normally shy away from (I particularly LOVE the fantastically, amazing color schemes of deep blue+black+coral+white | green+tangerine+mahogany+taupey grey). Sure, I love all the little details of decorating a space... but sometimes the best detail of all can come from one dramatic pop of print.
*Image 1 via Coco+Kelley, design by Alessandra Branca, Image 2 via Coco+Kelley, Image 3 via Apartment Therapy , Image 4 via Elle DECOR, Image 5 via Coco+Kelley, design by Massucco Warner Miller