It’s that time of year again where I’m on the hunt for a chair that needs some major re-loving. The nephew’s school auction is soon approaching so I better get on it stat. Above was the chair we donated last year (sorry for the horrible pix), but it’s all I got, and I can’t even find the before photo. It was literally hot off the press delivered straight to the auction table. And you may remember this chair that got the Mend makeover the year before. It was a hit and I loved it so much, I had to make one for myself (which I am happily sitting in as we speak). Wish me luck!
My mail has been held captive for a week due to a broken garage door, but my patience was rewarded with a big stack of magazines, including the new MS Living Home Issue! One of the featured homes belonged to Martha’s daughter, Alexis, and it is a great display of soft minimalist.
Love the terrazzo floors throughout the home.
Oh, to one day have such an orderly kitchen…
Just sitting at this beautiful, vintage Italian vanity would probably make me look ten times better.
Images via Martha Stewart Living
I’m still obsessed with the Olympics and have gone through quite a few tissue boxes because when watching the games, just about everything makes me cry. I’ll be sad when the games are over, but I guess I could continue my country pride with some red, white and blue in my decor. According to House Beautiful’s “America’s Favorite Paint Color” survey, blue takes home the gold (harhar).
Image: House Beautiful
Oh Kelly…what can I say? I’ve been following the work of Kdub for the past seven years (since the very first day I officially started in design) and have enjoyed watching and been inspired by her metamorphosis of style. Her style and design of this Mercer Island, Washington home is decadent and eccentric, not exactly how I would describe my own personal style or preferences, but I definitely love seeing that stimulating decadence come through in her interiors.
Mint colored walls are the perfect backdrop for this custom, antiqued brass stairwell.
Kelly’s use of pattern mixed with luxe finishes and materials is perfection.
The onyx slabs used in this bathroom are out of this world. I want to give a big hug to the installer of these floors…I can just picture him delicately cutting and piecing each piece of marble together to form this amazing geometric pattern.
Images via Elle Decor
I just finished up this lovely, custom ottoman for a project and am elated with how it turned out! My client had been looking for a new ottoman to replace her too big, brown leather storage ottoman (one that made her very sad every time she looked at it). I gave her some color direction, she bought this fabric and left everything else up to me. The gratification I feel from making something with my own hands and a happy client are things I can’t get enough of. Can’t wait ’til this gal is comfy in her new home!
Workin’ on a cool, beachy and serene palette for a master bedroom. A sanctuary with a play on texture and neutrals.
Schumacher’s new collection of wallcoverings has wow factor written all over them! These beautiful papers come in an array of vibrant colors, glamorous metallics and quiet neutrals and are the perfect connection between east and west. They are a great way to dress up that wall behind your sofa or transform your powder room into a little jewel box. I’ve been obsessed with these old world patterns lately because of their unexpected modern qualities and organic features. Thanks to the Byzantine collection from Schumacher, I’ll be quitting my day job and booking a flight to Marrakesh stat!!
Images via here
With some color…
Images via here
I had a dream last night that my Designers Guild rep came into my office in the middle of the night and filled my library with the most amazing sample books from their new collection. I also dreamt that I should wear a fabulous headpiece to this New York summer wedding I’ll be attending. Well, the headpiece is TBD, but DG’s Kimono collection is very dreamy and makes me wish I had a summer cottage in England.
The Havana collection is influenced by old Havana and folk art traditions.
I’m also loving the painted quality of their Howard Hodgkin collection.
Images via here
Ikat, pronounced ee-kaht (not eye-kat), has been on trend for some time now (it’s everywhere!), but can you really say it’s trendy when it’s so timeless and classic? It’s certainly not the first time I’ve posted about it…remember that amazing tile, or how about that showstopper sofa?! This exotic motif has had it’s place in the design world for hundreds of years with its ancient roots, but it’s looking fresher than ever. Whether in a retro, contemporary or traditional setting, ikat has a place almost anywhere.