Monday, January 31, 2011

black + blue {office} luxury

I have had quite the fascination with black spaces lately, which has taken me quite by surprise. I am drawn to the elegance and impact of black and the lovely backdrop it creates for color. This home office designed by Amy Morris for the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles showhouse is one of my favorite examples of how lovely it can be. The mixture of the black with navy blue adds a lovely element of depth and the gold touches lighten up the overall feel of the room.

And the faded rug softens the black walls beautifully.

The geometry of the shelf is just divine (I have to have it) and the studding of the sofa is just such a wonderful detail.

Ahhh, just a beautifully designed space and in an office none the less!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

retro country style {abodent}

I am completely charmed by the offerings of Abodent, the newest delight by design sponsor. It is a well curated online store of shabby chic decor for vintage inspired homes. They offer a wide variety of homewares...

...tabletop decor...

and charming hardware.

I highly recommend that you all stop by to see the other lovely offerings of Abodent. And yes lucky for me they do ship to the US!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

bold color blast

I am definitely experiencing a case of the winter blues. I needed a little dose of bold (and luxurious!) color to lift my spirits.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

color pops {rust}

I think using complementary colors in a home is great way to make a statement and rust orange and blue has long been my favorite. I also happen to love the statement that rusts makes on its own as well which is why I was draw to the sparing use of it in this home.
Any how fun is that leaning door?

(via vt wonen)

Monday, January 24, 2011

outdoor envy {wendi young}

Usually when I browse through a designers portfolio it is the interior spaces where I find inspiration. However Wendi Young's portfolio reminded me that the design of the outdoor space is just as important. I especially love the multiple outdoor spaces she designed for this Newport Beach home. They are all unique and allow the homeowners to host everything from an intimate evening of cocktails to a swanky soiree.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

noir + pastels

It is that time of the week when I am just wiped, thankfully the weekend is almost here. However, all I want to do at the moment is curl up into this bed among pastels and a black accent wall--a combination I never thought I would pine for in a bedroom.

(via nuevo estilo)
And even though it is freezing outside right now I wouldn't mind a bit not having a rug beneath my feet when I got up--I mean I don't think I could ever cover up such lovely chevron floors.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

why it works {small + smart}

I am always on the look out for smartly designed small spaces. This tiny flat designed by the homeowner, Sarah Vanrenen, is just incredible. It works and feels so much larger than it is for so many reasons. For starters the hanging chair is a brilliant solution for this small bay window--it is functional and creates a much airier feel than a traditional chair would, it saves floor space and not to mention that you can see through it.

The all over bright white palette (the floors, walls and even the cabinetry) makes this flat instantly feel larger.

The white also allows all the bold punches of colors used the home to pop. This was smart, as is it keeps the eye moving around the room and guests noticing things other than the size.

Lastly, mirrors--always a great way to open up a room. She strategically placed a very large (and white) one directly over the dining area which adds a nice hint of architectural detail as well.

(via british homes and gardens)
Besides being a well designed it is full of some many lovely details and just stunning. It also has left me lusting for a plum pom pom pillow!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

beachy dreams

I was just perusing my favorite online stores and all the beach style clothing with a tribal twist at Calyspo Celle just sent me straight to daydreaming about weather that was conducive to wearing a little something like this...

(gieseppe zanotti sandals, dress from Calypso, ijumni scarves, noir ring)

Monday, January 17, 2011

charming clawfoot

Even after having a three day weekend I still feel like I haven't completely recouped and refreshed for the coming work week. Perhaps a nice long soak and a claw footed tub would do the trick...

(scanned via easy elegance)

Friday, January 14, 2011

perfectly mismatched

Mismatching frames making up a collection of art or photographs on a wall has been a trend for some time now. I love when this look is taken to the extreme for an eclectic look but for my own home I prefer just slightly mismatched frames with a common theme in either the subject in or the style of the frame, just like these....

As an aside, how beautiful are the worn fabrics of this rug?

(via canadian house and home)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

home crush {graphic + glam}

I would not describe my personal style as glamorous, either in fashion or my home. However I do love imagining what living a glamorous urban life would be like. The touches of gold, over the top wall treatments, plush fabrics, bold patterns and pure luxury that drip from this home are the perfect backdrop for my daydreaming.

(designed by anne coyle via cs interiors)
And even if glam is not your personal style, there may be an element that you are drawn to or inspired by. So don't overlook a room for inspiration just because the over all feel is not your taste.

Monday, January 10, 2011

bronzed beauty

Since I am not sitting on a beach soaking up rays (I wish!) I thought I would lust for a slightly more attainable bronze, one of these lovely pieces...
(vbh clutch via chalk boutique, mirror drum table from stray dog designs and erickson beamon ring)

a warming glow

It is yet again a very chilly morning and I just cant seem to warm up no matter how many layers I wear or how high I crank the heat, which is probably why I am drawn to the warming glow in these lovely spaces.

(scanned from interior portraits and french home)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

clean slate {of curtains}

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time for a clean slate in every aspect of your life--a blank new calendar (which I just realized I don't have!), an revamp of your wardrobe or a fresh look in your home. And a fresh look in your home does not mean a major overhaul--it can be something simple like adding a crisp cream curtain along a wall to cover up an old wall color or simply to add texture, as in this home designed by Vincente Wolf. Even these little things make a world of difference.

I am also just crazy about the proportions of this light fixture to the dining room table and the way the mirror hangs against the pleats of the curtain.
(scanned from Lifting the Curtain on Design)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

oh, erin martin...

House Beautiful has shaken up the magazine a bit lately with a new editor and new features-I have to say I like it! It does help that a home designed by one of my favorites, Erin Martin, was featured in the latest issue. Her attention to detail is always inspiring--the chains hanging in the fireplace especially delight me.

(scanned via House Beautiful)

Monday, January 3, 2011

color crush {indigo and peach}

I fell in love with this dress from Thread Social a few weeks ago not only for its whimsical style but the amazing color combination. The peach with the deep indigo is so soft and feminine. Then when I saw this room earlier today, I realized that as with most color combinations in fashion that they work equally as well in interiors.

(room via nuevo estilo)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

back to basics {black and gold}

I love finding new color combinations that inspire me but sometimes the classics really are the best, and black and gold will forever be my favorite for invoking timeless elegance.

(new arcadia studio zebra plate, tucker blouse, mawi brooch and marni cuff)