Wednesday, March 31, 2010

subtle + subdued {seaside}

Beach themed interiors can very easily be over the top. I definitley prefer a more subtle and neutral nod to this motif and these bedrooms accomplish that perfectly.

The sandy inspired colors, well used shell adornment and driftwood touches create a serene seaside retreat.

(images via veranda)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

tolix + topiaries

While I am on the subject, this space made me realize that there are two requirements that must be featured in my dream casual dining room--tolix chairs and tiny topiaries! And I also wouldn't mind a wall of charming cubbies filled with heavy glassware.

(via vt wonen)
Do you have "must have" accessories for any room in your house. If so, what are they?

Monday, March 29, 2010

evening eye candy {casual dining perfection}

If you are a long time reader you will know that I am a fan of any space that allows accessible and casual entertaining. I have always searched for the perfect casual dining room and I think this one is a solid contender...

(via record the day)
It may actually be too casual, but I love it none the less.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

fashioning interiors {heidi merrick}

Simple sophistication with a twist--that is how I would describe Heidi Merrick's spring 2010 line. Love the soft colors and leather touches paired with feminine pieces.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

eye candy {lovely layering}

I am always on the look out for unique kitchen features and I just found a new favorite-- layering of three different patterns of stone work. Especially love when they are in the same color family.

So simple yet so incredibly elegant--a perfect combination!
(via california home and design)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

event inspiration {seaglass + gold}

Sorry to pop in so briefly but it has been a very busy week! I did have just enough time to put together a board for one of my new favorite spring wedding palettes--gold and seaglass! There is such a romantic but understated quality to this combination that make it perfect for both backyard and black tie affairs.
(via canelle et vanille, elie saab, 100 layer cake, erica o'brien cake design and a hana)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

{freestanding} architectural details

A home doesn't have to have a storied history or crown moldings to have elegant architectural details. These details can be added in a creative manner by freestanding elements such a a leaning mantle as the focal point of a dining room...

...or Corinthian columns flanking a couch.
(images via nuevo estilo)
These unexpected touches add an elegant flair to these otherwise eclectic spaces.

Monday, March 22, 2010

sweet serenity {slate+taupe}

The juxtaposition of warm and cool colors is so appealing to me and the perfect way to create a soothing, unpretentious and inviting space. The ideal palette to come home to after a hectic Monday.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

ravishing in rose

I spent the first weekend of spring in the sun and it has left my cheeks quite rosy! Hoping that if I incorporate a little more pink in my life that no one will notice. Wishful thinking but worth a try, as you can never go wrong with a hint of rosy pink!

(via barneys new york, calypso celle, hable construction, virginia johnson, see be chloe, madelineweinrib and crumpet)

Friday, March 19, 2010

happy first weekend of spring!

Although the official start to spring isn't until tomorrow--I have already been wearing flip flops (I will wear them the second the snow melts!) and even pulled out my pink j.crew pants yesterday (I did get a few funny looks). Just a little loveliness from studio choo to get you in the spring mood...

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

magnificent + multifunctional

I love open living/dining/kitchen areas. These spaces creates the perfect stage for the casual entertainer. I like many of my friends love being able to be working at the stove, be social with guests and keep an eye on empty wine glasses. I know that I would love to be hosting our next sushi night in this inviting space.

The color palette is welcoming, the accessories thoughtful and the attention to detail exquisite.

(interior design from one of my current favorites, erin martin)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

pure summer bliss

I was just about to loose my motivation to go for another evening run but my desire to have the physique for the pieces in the summer 2010 collection from Thread Social is pushing me to get on my shoes and turn up my ipod.

I have never really loved a maxi dress until I saw this one--the colors, elegant stripes and that bow are just too much for me to resist. And a canary skirt with pockets, yes please!
And how perfect are these simple and casual silhouettes for a trip to the farmer's market!?

Monday, March 15, 2010

rest+renewal

A hectic workday, the time change and deciding to start running again has left me completely wiped and longing to curl up with some tea and good book in one of these serene bedroom retreats. The soft light, neutral palette and fresh white linens make them the perfect bedrooms for rest and renewal.

(all scanned from Sleeping Spaces by lisa skolnik)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

fashioning interiors {louis vuitton}

When I saw the fall 2010 Louis Vuitton collection my jaw dropped! It was so refreshing to see such feminine shapes--I especially loved the belted waists and bow detail on the shoes. Truly divine!




(interiors via nuevo estilo, mona hajj and vt wonen)
Wishing you all a lovely week!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

soft glow of spring

Spring is almost here--the snow is melting and daffodils are now for sale in the store! I am honestly not quite ready for the ski season to be over but am very much looking forward to longer days which means rooms bathed in soft warm light...

(via amanda nisbet and interiors magazine)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

event inspiration {bold in black + red}

Looking to create a moody and elegant event ? My new favorite way to create this look is with a black and red color palette softened with whimsical and playful elements.

(via jose villa, style me pretty, oh darling, style me pretty, chewing the cud, simplesong, ink wellsmartha stewart) and

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

loving {soothing seaglass}

When reading the latest issue of Canadian House and Home (it is a wonderful one by the way) instantly was drawn to these two rooms. I love the soothing seaglass color on the walls as well as in the cabinets...


They seemed like the perfect way to welcome Wednesday!

Monday, March 8, 2010

fashioning interiors {fall pinks}

When perusing the 2010 fall lines I was pleasantly surprised to see some feminine colors, especially pale pinks, among the all slate, caramel and black (lots of black!) pieces. Pink is not a color I associate with fall but when mixed with neutrals or in more subtle shades it instantly feels appropriate.


(via lonny, emanuel ungaro, bottega veneta and Atelier AM)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

clean+simple

For better or worse I have always found joy in a bit of clutter--something very cozy and homey about it. However the order, simplicity and clean lines of this home make me want to store away all my knick knacks.


(images via canadian house and home)

Friday, March 5, 2010

lovely opposites {warm and cool}

This has felt like a very long week and these images filled with soft cool tones and dreamy warm shades are a welcome relief. There is just such a rejuvenating effect to this seemingly opposite and subtle combination.

(via nuevo estilo, emerson made and coco+kelley)
Have a lovely and relaxing weekend!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

local style {xowyo paper}

I am thrilled to share with you the work of a very talented duo of local girls, Jenny and Cara, that also happen to be the newest delight by design sponsors. It all started when they worked together to create Cara's wedding suite. They enjoyed it so much that they decided to share their talent and started xowyo paper! They have a flawless design aesthetic and I love the non traditional materials they use and are planning to use in the future!

You can see more of their lovely designs on the xowyo website and on Cara's blog. And don't you just love their company name?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

color pop {mandarin}

I love the energy that bold mandarin orange injects into a space but it can also be overwhelming. This home by Atelier AM features it in the perfect way--just the right pop grounded by the neutral and rustic elements.

Definitely also a home I would love to be om vacation in right now, especially since there are thunderstorms in the weather forecast!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

light in lace

Lace has made quite the comeback in the past year--admittedly it took me a while to get the visions of doilies and tea stained curtains out of my head and find a love for all things lace and lace inspired. There is certainly nothing stuffy about these pieces..

(lulu front necklace, calypso dress, egizia glassware, santi clutch, marc jacobs tops, rosanne pugliese earrings and kristin kahle mesh belt)