Friday, April 29, 2011

touch of the unexpected

I was first drawn to this home due to it being location in Madrid, where we will be spending two days book ending our trip to Italy. Then I could not help but be drawn in my the amazing and incredibly unique textures that are layered throughout. I have truly never seen anything like these interior sliding screen doors....

...or sea fans applied to a mirror.

And yes I know that tile is common in kitchens, but floor to ceiling tile throughout the entire room--I think not.

It just goes to show that even the most unconventional idea can create lovely visual interest and elements. What is the most unique textural element you have seen used in interior design?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

event inspiration {simple + subdued}

Many people don't know where to start when creating a theme or palette for an event and my advice to them would be to start simple or choose one element you love--from there everything will begin to unfold. In this case, I was inspired by the muted tones of a loose floral arrangement by Saipua. I then pulled the warm and cool tones (that seems to be a theme this week) from the flowers into the other elements.

(invitation via green wedding shoes, heart pie via sweet and saucy, favor bags via 100 layer cake, napkins via elizabeth messina and dress via j. mendel)

Monday, April 25, 2011

open living {frosted glass and golden wood}

Golden wood tones and softly frosted glass are the perfect touches in this loft. These elements keep the clean lines, metallic touches and ductwork from looking cold and sterile. Having the contrast between warm and cool is always something to keep top of mind when designing a space, and an industrial one in particular.

(via chicago home and garden)

Friday, April 22, 2011

the great outdoors

Happy Earth Day! I hope you all find a way to celebrate the natural environment we live in--even if it is just an al fresco dinner with friends (even better, one that is made using locally grown ingredients).

(via country style)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

morning eye candy {moroccan magic}

I don't think someone could walk though this doorway and not find instant serenity. This is one of the more beautiful Moroccan inspired entryways I have come across. I love the use of the gauzy curtain with just that hint of blue, single blooms on the sill, whimsical shell sink and the rustic Moroccan light fixture. All of the elements work together beautifully to create a room that seems almost magical.

(via pieter estersohn)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

plum perfect

Deep plum is a daring color that is well suited to be used as an accent. The color exudes a sense of luxury and royalty –making it an excellent choice if you wish to create a sophisticated and dramatic look. If you are unsure about what pieces to purchase in order to inject this regal color into your home, may I suggest these options as a good jumping off point …
(bungalow 5 beveled glass mirror, Madeline Weinrib Atelier rug, Kartel table lamp, Trina Turk embroidered pillow)

Monday, April 18, 2011

kitchen crush {a grand scale}

When listing the qualities of an ideal kitchen rarely do "high ceilings" find the way on the list. After finding this charming kitchen full of modern touches I wonder why. The exposed chimney is the perfect visual cue to draw your eye up and show off the grand scale of this kitchen...

(via nuevo estilo)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

eye candy {playful restraint}

It is always fascinating to see the homes of interior design professionals (like the one of Susan Hornbeak Ortiz, owner of Shine by S.H.O.) and see which colors, trends, textures, styles and textiles they choose as they are so immersed in the world on a daily basis. Susan shows great restraint in her home. It is not overdecorated and features unique textures and touches--from the cabinetry details, perfect peacock color palette, studding on furniture and whimsical lighting.

(via angelo interiors)
And you can get many of the pieces in her home though her store, Shine by S.H.O.

Monday, April 11, 2011

home crush {daring drama}

I love designers that aren't afraid to use vibrant color, unique treatments or bold patterns--which is exactly why Christina Murphy Interiors may be my new favorite firm. All of their work beautifully shows that here is no reason to be afraid of making a statement. This home in particular is excellent inspiration for anyone looking to add a bit drama or touch daring to their home...

Which bold touch would you be willing to try?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

first blooms

Despite the fact that my daffodils are emerging through snow--it is indeed spring and with it comes an influx of floral in fashion and home decor. I am particularly fond of these bold and beautiful uses of the motif...

Thursday, April 7, 2011

room to wardrobe {subtle + bright}

There is a something mystifying about this seating area--that subtle and perfect balance of warm and cool. The pops of mandarin make a lovely statement against the creamy neutral backdrop.
The feel and color scheme are the perfect inspiration for this spring ensemble.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

featured home {well divided}

The use of paned glass walls, a neutral palette, mirrors, area rugs to define seating areas and low back seating are all excellent ways to create a home with defined spaces while maintaining the feeling of openness. These are all great solutions for loft style living when square footage is limited.

(via nuevo estilo)

Monday, April 4, 2011

branching out

I just bought some forsythia to spice up my dining room and was amazed at the difference it made. The height of the branches completely transformed the space. This time of year branches are a lovely way to add the feeling of spring while also creating texture and whimsy.

(via jay jeffers and veranda)
Such a simple and inexpensive way to add some flair to a room.