As a part of my vow to refresh our living space this Spring/Summer, I have also promised to do a quick spring cleaning of my blog as well. (ahem! anybody notice the new banner?!) That was all me;) I guess fiddling around with Photoshop for the past 5 years has started to pay off. Although, I do need the expertise of a pro graphic designer for the remaining look and feel.
Many of you have asked to see the results of a client home restyle that I did this Spring. I am happy to finally share the results of the photo shoot with you.
In this case, all of the waiting and hunting around really paid off in the end, when I came across this metal porthole mirror. It is steely with a tinge of blue and really reminds me of something from the side of a ship. I just love how she captured the reflection of the books in the mirror peeking through.
In my opinione, the juxtaposition of the warm walnut and cool blue is what makes this really work.
This project was all about working with we had and streamlining the look with accessories. For example these custom walnut sofa wraps can be made to fit any size sofa and really added warmth and interest to the IKEA KIVIC sofas that my client already owned. The wide arm works so well with a wrap!
Other accessories included custom slipcovers, pillows and throws. I really like the combination of cobalt blue with the brown walnut wood.
If you’re looking for more living room design ideas, head over to see the almost completely updated version of my design portfolio here.
I will be sharing some clicks of this fruitful photo shoot.
I know I’ve been teasing you all with the Guest Room pics that I have been working on.
In fact, in a September post I released the inspiration board for this project. Well, alot has changed since then. The design has evolved into something far more sophisticated (as things do) and now our board includes a Lucite desk, black nightstand, and inkblot art.
I am partnering with Annie May of Yolksy on this project and here is what she had to say about our design process:
“The client had a suzani she purchased a couple years ago, when we were working on phase 1 of the design of her house. We decided to make this suzani into the coverlet for the queen size bed. It turned out even better than I could’ve imagined. We purchased a high thread count white sheet set and had a seamstress add the border with the mitered edges, so it would fall nicely over the corners or fold perfectly to wrap under the mattress. The adorable blue velvet pouf accent pillow looks so great with the Suzani”
Annie found Kerry Cassil’s Fall 2009 collection of fabrics on the windows which really pulls out the blue in the suzani. It was our second choice to Blue Chevron fabric or Ditto Bluefrom Madeline Weinrib. We couldn’t justify the costs of the Weinrib fabric for this room, so the ikat panels from Cassil really worked! Love them! We added sheer linen panels from West Elm underneath for layering and a little sunlight.
The fab mid-century nightstand is from TINI, one of my favorite stores to shop at this year. Last year, I found myself constantly checking their online shop and I’m so glad they now have a showroom close-by!
To find out more about the bed, artwork, and accessories visit Annie’s site for the full scoop.
I will also be sharing a boy’s room in this same residence once all is finished up!
Another sunny day! Makes me want to bask in the glow of this farmyard. Picnic anyone?!
I’ve been serving up the Shaker style lately and adoring the simplicity of the lines and the natural beauty of the wood.
These next pieces remind that well made furnishings are sometimes best when left with the bare bones carefully polished.
Photo courtesy of Apartment Therapy
A room in the city. A table on castors for the urban shaker.
Image Courtesy of CocoandMe
A shaker bench infused with the classic windsor rod back stands alone or pairs nicely with a few throw pillows to soften it up.
What I like most about the Shaker’s is their craftmanship. Their philosophy about quality which defies the IKEA mentality where everything is disposable and falls apart quickly (don’t get me wrong, I do still shop at IKEA). Shaker furniture is and was made to stand up to the test of time. This bench found at ShakerStyle featuring tenon to socket joinery.
Later this week, I will share a sofa obsession of mine that I spotted this past weekend at the Room and Board showroom. It fits in perfectly with the quality over quantity philosophy that I am fixated on!