November 18, 2013
Ok, Ok… I spend more time on Instagram and Pinterest these days than I do writing blog posts. I’m sorry. In an attempt to satisfy my hunger for interior eye-candy and to share here with you I am combining in today’s post.
Here are just some of the images I pinned, or re-pinned today on Pinterest. I’m searching to a commonality, a theme and what stands out to me is a conscious “undesigned” vibe, as if these rooms just happened (they didn’t, btw). And, I think they all have a masculine vintage-modern vein to them… something old something new?
I want to label these images, most have some mid-century element but the look ranges from mid-century, 70’s loft-style, minimal, and a whole lot more. There is a spare yet eclectic aesthetic that I think I’m responding to. No pattern per-say, earth tones, it’s decorating made (to look) easy. I for one have a hard time stopping, I like to just keep adding but I have to say I aspire to less is more. Let me tell you that all these undecorated spaces were thoughtfully stylized, edited and controlled. Theres a big payoff if you can just say no to prints, and all the other bells and whistles available to us all via the design market place.
Let the furniture say what you want the room to say. Invest in quality sofas, chairs and case pieces… and by that I don’t mean expensive ( although expensive is often built well, and I wouldn’t say no to it). Buy it because it’s right, buy it because you love it.
October 29, 2013
I’m in the market for a day bed. These images reminded me of one I had seen in the pages of Elle Decor. I love the high-sided coziness, the relaxed look… not quite a sofa not really a bed. You get all the guilty pleasure of being in bed, but sitting – or laying – on something that a whole lot nicer than a twin mattress with a few big pillows on it.
This day bed shown in grey and flax are available from West Elm. The upholstered Nailhead Trim Daybed comes in your choice of brushed heathered cotton and is finished with a nailhead trim.78″w x it is 41.3″d x 34.5″h. and has a solid and engineered wood frame. It is recommended for use with Twin Mattress (sold separately). I think I’m going to need a full-sized day bed so I can’t buy this one but you should. It’s great looking, buy two for a guest room / media room. Here’s the one that started this whole thing… pretty right?
October 6, 2013
If I am ever lucky enough to have a second home near the ocean, I promise myself to not overdecorate it.
I swear I will do my best to keep the furnishings simple and clean, understated and comfortable. I’ll keep the finishes low sheen and matte, the fabrics soft, light and easy. I won’t insist on trendy patterns, I won’t use strong trendy colors and I won’t make so perfect that it’s not easy to relax in.
I vow to keep interesting books on hand for guests and renters, and firewood near the fireplace to cut the chill on cold nights. I will honor the bones of the structure, and celebrate the quirky oddities. I won’t remodel with the latest and greatest, I won’t insist on marble countertops and stainless steel appliances.
and…I’ll paint everything white (Simply White – Ben Moore).
October 5, 2013
My family owns a small cabin on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, and it has stood largely unchanged for the past 70 years. I love the cabin just as it is and I’m thankful that the knotty pine interior is intact, the original stove and refrigerator are still there and in use and that it has never been stripped of its charm, raised or even added on to. But, I do think that it would be a very cool up date to the little house’s exterior by painting it black.
I don’t tend to use a lot of black in my design work, accents mostly but It always seems to be “current” it all depends on how you use it. These days a black room is not unheard of. As you all know I covet a black bathroom… I will have a black bathroom. Dark colored walls are very current and black has not been left out. The bedroom above however relies on black to be an accent, and it works. Black acts like good punctuation, for any room, any color palette.
I love black mixed with these camel and wood tones. A hardwood floor would work as the foil to the black walls but if you happen to have something other than hardwood, mix in some lighter neutrals. I like the mix of browns, tans and other neutral tones to keep the space warm.
I could even find my way to a black kitchen if there were plenty of white walls around it (like the one below). Black is sexy, mysterious and strong. It works in urban settings, but I’d love to see it used to play against the natural (like a cabin in Tahoe) such an interesting ying yang. Where would you use black?
August 21, 2013
A: Creating a black bathroom.
Our house is circa 1907 and it has lovely details like leaded glass, quarter sawn oak floors, built-ins and plenty of room for the two of us and our dogs (and guests) BUT it doesn’t have 2 full baths. Who builds a 5 bedroom house and only puts in one full bathroom? Victorians I guess… it’s not working for me. The good news is that I get to be my own client and I want black. I think it’s very sexy and masculine like the above bathroom designed by Mark Sikes. I love his use of mirror to “lighten” visually where there isn’t paint but I know I want a stronger floor like this one I found on Pinterest.
Here are a few more black bathrooms I plan on using for inspiration. If you think black seems risky, my advice to you is it’s only paint. Why not take a risk on something that can be changed for under $100 and in a day (or three, black might take several coats to cover) and yet make such an impact?
Just for the record: It does bother me that I could’t get the last image to line up with the one above it.
May 6, 2013
It’s been a while. I’m sorry.
I’ve been distracted by, I’ll admit it, Instagram. It’s so narcissistic and a bit voyeuresque… but for a kid with a little ADD, it’s great. I still troll design sites, blogs, retailers, vendors, and manufacturers of blog worthy design. I have a desktop full of images I had intended to say something about over the course of time I have been neglecting this blog. So here is a deposit of chic white rooms, with black and natural wood tones dominating the aesthetic.
I do love a clean and serene environment but damn if I don’t fill up every table top with birds nests, twigs, stones form trips to beautiful beaches and do-dads I pick up along the way. These rooms for the most part have a un-designed design to them, intentionally “thrown together” creating an environment that is comfortable, feels organic, and is beautiful to experience.
I should mention two things: There is not really anything new about black and white in design with the exception that it seems to go along with the quirky anti-design design and feels current and clean and edgy. 2. Black and White was the strongest trend to come out of High Point ( the furniture and lighting and home show in North Carolina).
The rooms shown here are curated, found objects, collections… each item chosen for it’s color, texture, shape value and visual weight. A balanced room dosen’t feel like a museum, or shed for that matter. Don’t over do the amount you decide to display or live with. Less is typically more (unless however, the pieces used in the simpleset of vingettes must be of stellar quality beauty and form. Put your best feet forward kids!
March 8, 2013
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