Archive for Inspiration

European Garden + Modern Porch Inspiration

I am content to say that this summer has been all about being outdoors, fresh air, swimming and European vacation is on the not-so-distant horizon. I wanted to share with you the Modern European porch that I have been designing along with a few gorgeous photos to leave your Monday feeling inspired.

You may remember Mary Anna’s Porch refresh from a few weeks ago. It is coming together as realized from our Inspiration Board above. We are still in search of the perfect garden stool table. I am really leaning towards the white one in the photo above. .

Here are some leafy reddish plants that my client had potted an placed near her charming boites aux lettres.

Below at left, is an arrangement that I adore! We just had it custom made for her dining room table. At right is one of my favorite combinations of potted lavender and and tiny white blooms.

One last little morsel that I found on Pinterest (oh yeah…I’m hooked!) This is something that may guide my design for our Restoration Home in Kentucky. Looking to put in a more charming and narrow pathway leading from the front of the home to the back. I’m imagining a combination of these two, with large flagstones and moss in between. Which one do you like best…and why? 

Happy Monday folks!

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Linen Inspiration Board

This is quick and relatively simple DIY for your Monday morning. I have two large museum style frames that a friend gave to me when she was moving with the hopes that I could find an interesting application for them. The results are in: A linen wrapped cork board.

For this project, you will need:

1). Museum style frame

2). Insulation board (less pricey than homasote with the same texture and thickness) I asked my local lumber store to precut mine with their table saw. I brought the measurements ahead with me.

3). Linen or fabric

4). Plenty of staples and staple gun

I wrapped the linen in a similar way that I would prepare a canvas, pulling all sides taut and stapling each side in a circular rotation. This is to ensure that no edges up to loose or to tight in the end and the fabric doesn’t look overly pulled to one side. The whole thing took about 1.5 hrs.

Lastly, I attached a wire to the back using a home hardware kit and it is ready to hang!

I will be offering it’s red and gold fraternal twin in my shop later this week!

Although I am tempted to do a chalk board in the other one, I think I will just stick with the look of the soft linen. Now, onto collect images for my new board! I’ll show you pics next week, plus I have garden inspired before and after in the studio later this week.


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Fine Art Friday: Postcards from Yosemite

Time to delve back into the relaxing trip that we took last weekend! Here are a few highlights from our vacationing.

My husband, Ashish did lots of breathtaking photography. Although, he isn’t a photographer by trade, I think he has a real talent for capturing scenes. I hope you enjoy the beauty as much as we did.

Tenaya Lake

Mono Lake

Frozen lake up near Tioga Pass

Waterfalls on the Mist Trail (where we had a black bear sighting!)

I hope you’ve caught this breath of fresh air too. You can see more Postcards series here.

Have a fantastic weekend to all of you!

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Postcards from Abroad

Namaste and Hallo! I’ve been trying to come up with a clever way to encompass all the places I’ve been this past month. I wanted to share with you the feeling of inspiration I found in such beauty-filled surroundings. These are the best photos from the trip.

The artful flowering bowls arranged at Ananda Resort, Rishikesh.

I’m hoping you feel like you took a mini-vacation just by looking at these. I think that they would make great postcards. I always intend to send some in the mail, but rarely get around to writing them amidst the backdrop of an adventure.

Next up this week, I will share a Before an After piece and a home I visited on my trip.


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Mary Anna’s Front Porch

I’m loving how it’s all coming together at Mary Anna’s front porch. We are going with crisp white and gray two of my favorites colors. The gray chevron will cover the seat of the wicker armchair and we will do two solid gray Sunbrella pillows for the all white bench!

I can’t wait to start shopping. I’m planning a trip to Rolling Greens, one of my favorites for planters+ indoor/outdoor accessories.  Have a great weekend, everybody!

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Monday Mood

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Our place: Dining room update

From the bottom of my heart <3

Out with the old, and in with the new!

We inherited this table and chairs as part of a lucky Craigslist find. The look was midcentury and a bit heavy. We have considered getting a walnut table or lacquering our current one in black, down the road. But for now it has character;) I’ve been looking forward to buying new dining chairs and CB2 was a great place to start. Here is the completely updated look.

Overall they are excellent buy, sturdy and easy to assemble. Check. So, I’m thinking about other resolutions.

In 2012, I plan to blog more and take better photos!

How about you, what are some of your resolutions in the new year?

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