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Places and Spaces | White Rooms

16 Feb

I’ve never really though of myself as a white person someone who wants to live in a white space, but I’ve noticed that I am particularly drawn to them and I’m starting to think that I may have been getting it wrong this whole time.

White is the perfect backdrop for color: If you use bright colors as accents, you can change the whole scene and tone by just swapping out a few smaller pieces as opposed to changing everything. This particularly appeals to me, because, as you know, I get obsessed with things in waves. Right now it’s coral, but next week/month/year it could be fifties green, neon pink, lavender… All of which would go really nicely with white!

Now that I’ve blown my own mind by kind of deciding what to do in our next home (thinking ahead here), here’s some beautiful, warm, soothing and inviting white spaces to feast your eyes upon… I love how you can go cool or warm, mod or vintage, pristine or shabby chic… And how a little bit of color really stands out against a white background. Love it…


Interiors | Rooms With Plants

18 Jan

If anything will help cure the winter blues, it’s a little greenery! Feast your eyes on these spaces… and if you want to elevate your experience you can simultaneously heat yourself with a blowdryer while spritzing yourself with water, to achieve a botanical effect. Or something.  So are you ready to head down to the local greenhouse yet…? (spritz spritz)

Interiors | Freshen Up Your Space

12 Jan

This time of year there’s one thing constantly on my mind: CHANGE. Without the Christmas tree taking up the entire living room I’m suddenly irritated with the layout, my bedroom needs a feng shui alteration, the guest room has turned into holiday storage… You get the idea. Think of it as pre-spring fever.

If you’ve got the sickness as well, here’s a few ideas and links to help you tweak your space (physical and mental) a little without painting an entire wall navy blue chalkboard or just flat out moving. Ha.

Use this Color Palette Generator found via Creature Comforts to dissect your favorite photos for color inspiration (before you slap that navy paint down). I read somewhere that people like to surround themselves with colors they like to wear (i.e. look good in), so ponder on that as well – maybe your space doesn’t feel right because orange isn’t your color! And yes, I wear a lot of grey. Scour Shelterness for cool DIY projects you can use to revamp the things you already have, like vintage teacups, random garage sale finds, cool new ways to display your jewelry and more. I like this site a lot because they do a lot of IKEA revamps… Feverishly turn the pages of these fabulous online design magazines for ideas and inspiration. They left out one of my favorites, though: AnthologyGet a Pinterest account and start pinning!!! Everything that makes you happy – colors, themes, rooms, recipes… It’s a great way to get your thoughts organized and you can just follow other people’s links down the rabbit hole until you feel sufficiently inspired. And when you’re done with all that looking at awesome scenery and cabinetry you don’t have and have little hope of getting any time soon, re-arrange your living room furniture and settle in for a winter marathon! You can spend the next few winter months vacationing in the islands, caught up in the advertising world of the 1950s and 1960s; traversing the fantastical land of Coeur de Coeur, being a bit ahemaheamahem at the manor, exercising some gorgeously flagrant vocabulary out West, traveling with the freakshow in the dustbowl, laughing at Tine Fey’s hilarious oddity, learning about the streets of Baltimore, or rumbling in the Bronx (okay, Jersey), all from the comfort of your own home. And some of that is even on Netflix instant view.

Interiors | Arranging Books By Color

29 Aug

I’m getting my guest room re-configured this week, and part of that project involves taking all the books off the massive IKEA shelf/room divider. Which means this week would be a perfect time to try out something I’ve been thinking about doing for a while now: Arranging the books by color! (This might also be a way to integrate ombre into my decor more. ha.) By craftzine  San Francisco’s Adobe Bookshop  Man this room looks great! This room‘s a little more “Whee, I’m Fun!” Speaking of “whee,” the white shelves really bring out all the great colors! I’m wondering if I have enough prettily-colored spines to pull this look off… Hit me with the neutrals – I love it! Another cute girly room, with a chaise lounge to die for. Like the one I Don’t have. I’ll be wrapping all my books in brown paper if you need me… This one feels a bit OCD, but I still like it; and I love the white ones! All the blogs mentioning color-coding bookshelves speak about it in kind of a hushed way… …And then probably go on to make an art installation out of sun-bleached book covers… Looks awesome, doesn’t it? I think we’ll stop with the all-white shelves because I need to buy some more spray paint…

Interiors | Mismatched Chairs

25 Aug

Everything is about this is right. From the Right BankI like the patterns and the wire chair together… The DecorologistI’m a sucker for modern rustic. Both from Splendid Things. Used as a headboard – crazy! I like it! Natural Home and GardenThis is what I want my life to look like. Vignette DesignThis room is like architecture heaven – you really notice the shapes. Eye SpyI’m definitely convinced that white walls and floors are the way to go… Furnishing My HomeAgain with the modern rustic. I love it. Eat. Live. Shop. An instance in which I like solid color. Apartment DietThis room has a lot going on, keeping my eye pretty entertained! The StirAnother instance of doing color well (and a similar chair design – coincidence?). With an IE.

Linklove | Norskeinteriorblogger

8 Aug

This page doesn’t really translate from Norwegian to English worth a snort but the lady understands how to use IKEA in her design scheme without letting it completely overwhelm the overall aesthetic. She’s got all this great overall shabby chic/rustic business going on that I’m really liking the look of. See the whole spectrum of her Shabby Goes Modern Concept images on her blog, Norskeinteriorblogger. You’ll find yourself attaching your metal IKEA baskets to the wall in no time! {As will I.}


Won’t you be my ombre.

8 Aug

Design Sponge seems to be hearing the ombre call as well with this bench from  Anthropologie {ONE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED AND NINETY EIGHT DOLLARS. *GULP.} inciting a mad desire to spray paint the hell outta something, quick! Why is The Ombre so alluring? It could be the degree of near-impossibility. {See hair} Or perhaps the feeling that you’re getting more than you paid for, a way of  having every shade instead of choosing…

This Maggie Austin cake is amazing. I doubt that mine would have turned out the same way. I have (since first seeing this cake) made a dyed-coconut cake with hydrangea blossom accents that looked pretty awesome, although there are no photos and apparently you should staunchly avoid eating hydrangea blossoms because they are allegedly poisonous whatever… but it really looked nice.

I almost put all my girls in this dress for the wedding, but thanks to Rock-N-Roll Bride (who ordered it and then blogged about the way it actually fit non stick-like humans) they ended up in “macaron colors” from JCrew instead and we all had ombre flowers.

Trader Joes, by the way, is possibly the best place to buy wedding flowers – a dozen roses for $4.99. God I miss that store.

Speaking of Rock-N-Roll Bride, probably they all just needed petticoats anyways… teehee.

Perhaps most importantly when evaluating the ombre craze: Martha digs it!

Maybe I’m going about this ombre thing all wrong… although I’m currently of the mind that a woman’s 30s are not the time to be sporting pink hair…

Although it’s important to note that I rocked some pink ends in early 2006, so I’d say I was a little ahead of the trend. ha.

Never mind my 30s, I hope to be like this delightfully quirky italian woman when I get old. Really. Of course she is a fabulous fashion writer. The more I think about it, the more sure I am that the ombre allure, if you will, is a combination of just being straight-up visually interesting, and getting a little biut of everything. I love each one of these colors on this dresser. I more love having EVERY one of them!In fact I love these colors so much I’ma need to WEAR THEM. ha. So what I learned today is that (1) I love ombre, (2) A little pop of each color goes a long way, and (3) I’ll be re-designing my color scheme/arrangement now. This bannister rocks, by the way. It’s from Martha Stewart.. MY GIRL!






DIY | Clothes hangers make great art frames

7 Aug

From The Style Files.

Now you can follow me on Pinterest…!

2 Aug

Pinterest is this awesome new website where members can create online inspiration boards by simply installing the “Pin It” icon in their toolbar. It’s really a lot of fun and I’ve been using it as an outlet to not only collect images and projects but to also catalogue sources of design inspiration. Just joined a week or so ago so I’ll pick up steam and organize as I go along, but it’s getting pretty addictive! Follow me!

Design*Sponge Book Pre-Order Sale!

27 Jul

I love this chick’s blog and now she has a book coming out in September! And if you pre-order between now and Friday,  it’ll be half off at Barnes and Noble. That’s a seriously sweet deal. Here’s the link to her blog post about the whole exciting news-business, and the pre-order link if you’re interested in purchasing the book. I just got one and I can’t wait until it gets here! *squeal*