Friday, May 31, 2013

Be Inspired No. 45 - Flamingo Pink

So here is where one needs to go back to that childlike-innocence way of thinking. Where we are looking at inspiration as if we are seeing it for the first time.  This is where, though it will be hard to do, we must remove all images of the plastic pink flamingo, and marvel at the true beauty of this fowl.  Did you know that a well-fed, healthy flamingo is more vibrantly coloured and thus a more desirable mate?  

Take a look at these "well-fed" inspired rooms.

Proof that pure innocence can inspire a stunning room.  Boo to limitations!

The gracious welcome one's guests will feel is inspiration enough to 
look at things from a different perspective.

The subtlety of color is just brillant and fresh.

Even the inspiration of the "well-fed" is controlled, yet fun!

Image Sources: Tim Duru, A Thoughtful Eye, House Beautiful, Elle Decor

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Gotta Love No. 30 - Anthropologie Spring 2013 Windows

The creative minds that are the masters of the Anthropologie windows are pure genius.

  Seriously, what would you do with a pile of old tire, paint, and paper? Gawking allowed.

From a wheel barrow, a pile of dirt, and paper, no garden gloves required!

From glass bottles and paper, truly amazing!

From soda bottles, paint, paper - eggplant for everyone!

From an old watering can, a wooden cart, and some paper - prize winner!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Rooms I Love No. 5 - Crushing on These

Sometimes a room just draws you in and when you try to figure out why, it becomes evident it isn't for just one reason, or one item, or a color, or a's just because what has been created just draws you in, period.








It's just rooms I love, period.  To try to explain it would just be love lost.  I'm drawn in - therefore, I love, period.

Image Sources: Robert Couturier, Chad Eisner, Design Chic, New Victorian Ruralist, VT Interiors, Henredon

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Be Inspired No. 44 - Explore

Explore stillness...

Explore solitude...

Explore calmness...

Explore reflection...

Explore quietness...

E X P L O R E.

Image Sources:  Hotel Villa Fontelunga, Will Wick, Melanie  Turner 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Color Palette No. 12 - Chocolate and Vanilla Twist

Yup, it's summer time and I'm your typical chocolate and vanilla twist cone girl.  But when the rest of the line is gawking at the long list of creative concoctions available at the local ice cream shoppe, my ice cream is already in my hands.  Sorbet is a bit different - but that's for another conversation.

The pureness of chocolate and vanilla as a color palette is not one that demands restraint.  I love the backdrop this combination offers for exquisite carvings, marvelous objects d' art, graceful curves, and delicate pattern.  Even still, with all that, holds a clean and calming effect on the room's character.

Okay, so once in a while you decide you will see what all the fuss is about, and add a few sprinkles or crushed pistachios to your cone.  The innocence of this color palette hasn't been lost.

Are you seeing that ottoman at the fireplace?  Vanilla is anything but boring!

Okay, so you ask for a cherry on top of the cone, just this once.

Careful, your sorbet is showing!

My paint color picks for this color palette are easy.  And please, don't think too easy means you have to keep looking.  It doesn't.  Plain and simple.

Benjamin Moore BM2113 Chocolate Sundae

Benjamin Moore OC090 Vanilla Ice Cream

Image Sources:  Barry Dixon, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, AD, Benjamin Moore

Thursday, May 23, 2013

At the Window No. 6 - The Lambrequin

The window, the blank canvas of the room.  If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you know I am not a fan of window treatments that make no statement.  The lambrequin does not fall into that category.

The design not only encapsulates the fabric but also the shape.  The lambrequin is not for the weak, it is for the one who knows that a room is not complete unless it is evident that every part of the design was given just as much attention as the inspiration that started the dream in the first place.

Hail to the lambrequin!

Loving the transitional flair.

What partners the roller shade and lambrequin make!

The simplicity almost brings me to tears.

Image Sources:  Elle Decor, Rowley, House Beautiful, Perch, Chez Elza

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Gotta Love No. 29 - Molten Metallics

The imagery that comes to my mind when I think of molten metals is one of industry, hard work, factories, huge pots, brilliant colors ablaze with intense heat, and...I'm not going to lie...workmen with muscles.

Benjamin Moore has introduced  the Molten Metallics high-gloss paint collection which creates the illusion of hand-hammered metal.  The color palette offers gold, copper, bronze, gun smoke, silver, and charcoal.

This is a no-brainer is a must for the ceiling! 

The effect of the molten metallic paint brushed on 
a board ceiling - give me a moment to recompose.

But do not limit this marvel to just the ceiling - the possibilities are endless - wood trim (yum), backs of built-in bookcases (be still my heart), a table top (shut the front and back doors), picture frames (give me an amen), wooden cornices or lambrequins (okay if you aren't grabbing your keys to buy a gallon...).

Image Sources:  Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Decorista, Apartment Therapy

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Rethinking the Look of Things, No. 26 - Sea Legs

The memories of watching our son and daughter running in the sand with their buckets to collect the prettiest (our daughter) seashells and the most unusual (our son) early in the morning are  part of my fondest of summer.

I suppose that is why the discovery of an amazing piece of coral while antiquing a few years ago was a day I won't forget.  It's one of those pieces you clutch all the way to the front counter so as not to have it stole away by a jealous treasure hunter.  

These sea treasures can evoke a story in our home in many forms.  

Loving this brave display of many travels to the coast - especially the magnifying glass, 
to catch all the wonderment of the treasures.

Yes, this room will give you wrinkly fingers because you won't want to exit the water.

When books are just so predictable - sea legs conquer.

This Spore Mirror - l.o.v.e.

Find your sea legs and add your story with a special piece of this wondrous part of nature!

Image Sources:  Arteriors, Architectural Digest, Florida Design, Elle Decor

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