Tuesday, May 31, 2011
What a glorious, long, holiday weekend... and at long last, the un-official start to summer! I, for one, am so happy to have the longer days and humid nights... spaces bursting with vibrant sounds and delicious colors. A tactile season with a palette of melting sorbets, saturated blues, cool, icy whites... bits of warm, metallic shimmer & pops of grassy rattan. As always, I am loving the spectrum of corals, melons and honeysuckle paired with creamy whites and turquoise galore. It is endlessly fabulous, preppy or exotic, chic and always relevant without trying too hard. I could live forever in summer. It is relaxed and worn-in, fresh with a casual ease. Ah, yes, welcome back!
*Photography via Coastal Living (image 1), Terrain (image 3), House of Turquoise (images 4) & Elle Decor (image 2)
Monday, May 30, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
And at long last... hello summer!!! Foaming seas, warm sun, fresh cut grass, the taste of salt in the wind, cotton candy, shiny red balloons, outdoor living under a clear blue sky. The pickets stand taller now, trees are blooming everywhere and bicycles start to line the market streets. Summer is in the colors and senses. It sparkles with bright whites, royal blues, flourishes of hot coral and earthen olive. Bursts of sunshine yellow and classic red are always just right too. Ah.... have a wonderful holiday everyone and welcome to summer!
*Photography: Images 1 & 3 via West Elm, Images 2 & 5 via Boden USA, Image 4 via Anthropologie
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Ragtag curtains, handkerchief panels, sheer, plain fabric with little grommet corners... I am loving this idea right now, especially as we head into the glorious days of summer. Think of them as soft, simple gestures that will blow to and fro with the warm, gentle winds.
(Examples above use: Sunbrella panels with grommeted corners & small cup hooks to hold them in position and cotton voile cafe curtains hung with clip rings on a tension rod for perfect placements. Old tablecloths would work quite nicely too. So pretty and simplified!)
*Photography via House Beautiful
Monday, May 23, 2011
Although I am not a huge lover of red, I am adoring Redcurrant. It is so vibrant & luscious... fresh and interestingly, graphic. A comprise of fruity cherry and tomato tones that can span the spectrum into crimson, poppy and scarlet shades, Redcurrant breathes heat and life into any interior. ... when paired with it's color opposite, the popular and peaceful blue, the collaboration creates a beautiful and striking harmony where the colors seem to sparkle & dance off of one another. (In the images above I love how red feels very modern, like pop art, and how the turquoise translates balance & calm as a brilliant accent color. Together the combination is cheeky but grown up, sophisticated and cool, at the same time!) Have a wonderful week everyone!
*Photography via Style At Home, Artessen (wreath by Design Shimmer), BHG
Friday, May 20, 2011
A few weeks ago I was gifted with a gorgeous batch of fabric samples from Waverly's new fabric launch. A festive mix of Mod & Tribal prints in yummy corals, hot pinks, brilliant reds, rich yellows, deep browns and frothy creams... they are all so fantastically beautiful I have been lugging them around to every project in a serious effort to decide what piece of furniture, pillow or design needed upholstered. Then I found this... it is a perfect way to showcase an array of fabric you love without looking cluttered. (Tip: Choose patterns and prints that work together in a harmonious colour palette and use a solid color in the grouping for a moment of visual pause) I can't wait to start. For details see text below!
"Use scraps of coordinating fabrics to create a modern patchwork-effect headboard. To make the headboard, cut 8-inch squares from stiff florist's foam and 1/4-inch plywood. Cut 8-inch squares from quilt batting and place over foam squares. Glue all layers with Styroglue. Cut fabric into squares large enough to wrap the foam squares with at least a 1/2 -inch overlap on the back. Staple fabric to the back with a staple gun. Cut a piece of 1/4-inch plywood a few inches wider than your mattress on both sides. Line up the squares facedown in your desired pattern and attach them to each other with heavy-duty tape. Top them with the plywood, and drill wood screws at 8-inch intervals to secure all the layers. Attach ring hooks to the back of the plywood to hang the headboard on the wall." BHG
*Photography & quoted text via BHG and Waverly
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I really should be working but.... the salty breeze is calling, the sand is at my feet and the waters are starting to warm... happy mid-week dreaming everyone!
*Photography via Kate Spade (Deborah Lloyd image), pinterest, Nick Agin, Beach Bungalow 8
Monday, May 16, 2011
Welcome back everyone! What I am loving now... decor that doesn't match. Embrace what you love and take a few chances, throw abandon to tradition and it might look absolutely perfect together. Here is to a magnificent mix of graphic pattern & playful color that somehow just gets better with each delicious layer...
*Photography via Head Over Heels & RUE
Friday, May 13, 2011
I love taking time out of a hectic day to flip through the virtual pages of Lonny. I usually find really inspiring, urban design in it's mix... modern, fresh, often pared-down cool or glam-luxe. It's all pretty great. So today as I was sifting through the site I stumbled into their self titled "Lonny Shop". Housed by etsy, the shop offers exclusive prints and illustrations straight from the pages of Lonny itself. Lots of yummy interior (beauty) shots and some really beautiful black and whites. Love it! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
*Photography via etsy
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
"Yvonne Jacquette depicts our urban world from a vantage point high above us. From her perch, she brings order and context to the crazy world we have made. Neon signs, strings of cars on dark highways, bright lit windows viewed from the top of a skyscraper or from an airplane window become the dashes of color Jacquette uses to describe light and space in her paintings and prints." For me, her landscape painting is so vivid I almost feel as if I am back home looking out over the dark, saturated beauty of the Manhattan skyline. Such a tactile depiction of our modern times. Just beautiful...
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
A lovely mix of Contemporary, Colonial, Dutch and Americana. I love how the refined rooms (by Patrick Printy) are stately, yet relaxed... and how every detail helps to create a crisp, masculine space that pays beautiful homage to Old-World treasures.
*Photography via Elle Decor
Friday, May 6, 2011
As all of you know I love natural elements in a room... jute, wood, burlap, sisal... in small touches they keep things relaxed, grounded & authentic. (If you overdo it they can look gimmicky.) The options above are perfect ideas for adding just the right amount of pop and warmth into a space. They are right on trend, oh so chic and terribly timeless. Love it! Have a happy weekend everyone!
*Photography via Easy Decorating
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Maybe it is the fact that my little guys have not been the best sleepers lately and my brain is starting to turn to mush but I am becoming obsessed with children's room decor. I particularly love the idea of not decorating down for a child. Rather give them all the style and flair you would your own bedroom. Embrace their personal tastes and choose worthy pieces the kids will love and time will appreciate. Try finding sophisticated forms with modern flair, pop some fun prints (they provide great graphic appeal!), throw in a few classics & unify everything together with great swaths of their favorite color. The kids will love it and maybe a good night's rest will follow!
*Photography via Elle Decor (image 1 & 6), Barbara King for House Beautiful (image 2), Bumper Crop Blog via ohdeedoh (image 3), Domino The Book of Decorating (image 4 & 5)