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Friday
Nov212014

BLACK.

a color i live by,...

--my closet: a sea of black, my daily uniform............

--my home: black moments scattered throughout............

--my design mantra: add touches of black to give rooms substance, grounding, sophistication-- that exclamation mark in a room................

YET, black painted walls? hmmmm,...i have not-- neither on the home front nor in any client's homes, as YET! (have done black accent walls, black interior doors, black wallpaper).......

a quick share, my back-in-day black room experience: a friends' older brother (a total hippie & a charles manson look-alike) lived in his black bedroom w/crazy black-light velvet posters tacked to the walls (& of course, all the accoutrements: a beaded curtain door, musky incense wafting,..)-- it was just plain old creeepy to me! NEVER, i said...........

 

...really, these were plastered all over even on his ceiling!

and just yesterday, cool goth was trending,...

on-point & happening now: black rooms,... take a look, let me know what you think: yes, no, maybe?

#1-- bedrooms: a logical spot; dark rooms are sleep-inducing.........

...i spy mustard yellows~

...there's NOT one uncool piece to this room: a gilded framed-chalkboard as headboard & love the mistletoe hanging,... a sexy idea~

a girl's room

a boys...

...a bob dylan poster & framed, a yes,~

& without getting all rosemary's-baby on you-- a nursery,...

...sweet & simple wall art~

 #2-- dining rooms & kitchens are a close second, no-brainer.........

...ebony floors, blk lattice print wallpaper, lots of bling & reflective sparkle~

...instead of one large centered chande-- three blk pendants in a similar size & design is unique~

...black with some rusticity warms things up, not-to-mention a roaring fire~

...an astute mix of vintage & modern, yesssssss~

...that prouve wall lite is to die for-- it doesn't always have to be a chandelier~

...clever use of blk chalkboard paint gives off a suede-like, matte finish & comes in extremely handy~

#3-- the bath........

...a mix of metals (a shout out to brass, esp), those herringbone bones floors & the claw foot~

...uniquely shaped brass framed mirrors add warmth~

..that white marble double floating sink, 'nuf said~

#4-- the living room.......

...a suspended rope swing espouses casual & a come-hangout vibe~

...touches of pink pop~

...elegant mustard yellow panels flanking the windows~

...the ultimate by windsor smith-- a ping pong table, a fireplace & round side table for drinks & apps because WE LIVE IN LIVING ROOMS~~~

#5-- the office, the entry.........

...think about adding natural greens to a black painted spot for a touch of friendliness~

 

...i'm just a sucker for old frames,... & my collection is taking up much needed real estate in our attic~

 

..chalkboard paint once again & that gallery wall tells a story of the people who live there~

..this is one small off space yet feels larger than it is thnx to white trim & ceiling~

...natural wood accents & no-brainer chalkboard paint~

...quite luxe-- glittery chande, leopard, brass, velvet~

...a really creative use of hangers & loving this office nook!

if this post has you running to the paint store for a gallon of black paint, here are my go-to's (fyi: black, like white, has many complex shades):

quiet home's vintage tux, farrow&ball's pitch black, benjamin moore's jet black, & sherwinn william's tricorn black.........

~try a ittle BLaCK MaGIC-- it is ONLY paint

 

IT'S coming soon-- i'm already listening to christmas music!

~HAPPY almost BLACK FRIDAY~

 

 

Friday
Nov072014

it's baaaaack,.............

 

macrame!

as a child of the '70's, i grew up with dark-wood walls, our living room bay-window was filled with suspended macrame planters that overflowed with ferns, philodendrons, spider plants and --i kid you not-- two macrame swings hanging from the ceiling beams! AND those were my favorite seats EVER! we were a pretty with-it home!

 

and,... i even had one of these guys--

  

...in thinking back, most of my neighborhood friends had at least one of these hanging in their house!

ok,... so this may be over-the-top, even for the '70's! ...check out the shag & naugahide sofa (we had one of those too)!!!

in the world of design everything old is new again,... yes, the '70's is making a comeback (ie. mustard yellow, last week's post & copper prior post)! honestly, even back in the day, i didn't really LOVE macrame-- except for those swinging chairs!!!! well, i may have had a macrame belt, a bag,.... but that was the extent. seemed like the macrame pieces were dust magnets and quickly looked grungy!

fast-forward 2014-- and there's a new twist on macrame in interiors....

 

#1-- planters, but of course........!

 

...neon pink makes this macrame all new~

...ceramic, leather, & rope-- yes!

...updated with geometric styling,.. how'd they do that?

#2-- swinging chairs,... so fun and it would definitely add a whimsical, playful touch!

anthropologie sells this one!

...urban outfitters has a similar version

don't dig swinging from above? then, you can plant your feet ground level in a hip rocker version

...i like the mix of colors which cold add some excitement to a space~

#3-- window curtains, door curtain, room divider,....

...this one is so pretty & tidy-- like! fyi: this is crafted by sally england, artiste!

#4-- creative thinking,....

...this macrame shade would shed macabre shadows on your walls~

...and macabre macramed hair ( steve mccurry photog)~

 ...super-cool minimalist lighting idea, minus the spider plant!

...an organic-styled tablescape~

...soften & add texture to your wood floors,... (a doily on steroids, hmmm!)

#5-- wall hangings-- definitely where macrame shines,.......

ok,.... just joking!

...ahh, this is more like it! love as a headboard laid upon a black wall~

keeping it simple & clean-- love!

sally england, again-- really gorgeous pattern,... this feels fresh to me!

...naturally dyed & asymmetrical shape-- yes! this is in the Ace Hotel, London~ 

...lobby @ Ace Hotel~

whoa,....a show-stopper (owl love)!

andy harman, artiste-- big big $$$

ok, so who else but jonathan adler & simon doonan (at their shelter island vacation home)!

...against black brick-- enthralled!!!

taking it back down a notch,......

...sorta dream-catcher, anyhow, i like fresh take-- dip-dyed, circular framing~

 

...blue & white roping, thumbs-up! ...oh, & another trend: the dark-painted walls (that,... i'm all on board with!)


...DIG?

 

...out there, ev-er-y-where!

Friday
Oct242014

pass the MUSTARD,........

pretty pleeeeease!

my condiment of choice, for sure (...mayo, not for me)!

mustard yellow is now my fave wardrobe-condiment as well-- this is NEW for me!

it all started with a cardigan purchase in THE color (it was the largest stack on the shelf at target, bought it anyway),.. i now wear w/everything, really!

(yah, not me!)

...but in interiors, really? you're prob thinking something like...

yikes......a 70's throwback shag-upon-shag (btw: shag is BIG BIG BIG right now, just not this variety!).

~5 ways to rock the mustard yellow in your interiors-- think: interior-condiment~

#1-- start small, noncommittal (i.e. my target mustard purchase),...

a few earthen-ware bowls stacked on your counter top

 

...luscious vignette (pairs well w/eggplant, slate,...)~

...just A pillow (love this fam space for its eclecticism)~

..a small lumbar pillow sitting in the crook of your fave chair (note how it picks up the mini daisy's eye-- perf!)~

#2-- choose a mustard yellow paint color like this one....

...ben moore's #2154-20 and paint-it-up (it's only paint)~

an old hutch given new life

...these are a dime-a-dozen in consignment shops; what was once an old & dark mahogany~

or try a tiny side-table...

...non-committal, right?

#3-- or,.... you could go ALL-IN with that can of mustard yellow paint...

 

...a stairway to heaven~

...a tired, old window (albeit w/good bones) now commands the  attention it deserves-- an architectural feature~

walls, esp a small space such as a guest bath, powder room,....

...so pretty when paired with teal & brass hardware~

a door...

...love how the striped runner continues the color~

#4-- i love textiles & have incorporated mustard yellow in spaces that way.......

i used this fun kravet print in a client's guest room as window panels to rave reviews (no pict, tho)

from casual striped shades 

to elegant, dressy bedroom panels (love love)

or maybe yet, just go with a noncommittal tie back (so pretty)

...note color pairings: gray is a sure thing w/mustard yellow~

sew up a slip-cover (yah, i know, IF you are so skilled!)

a cute, simple pillow (from a diy simplicity-type pattern)

...lamp too!

...love those artichoke lamps from stray dog designs~

try upholstering a headboard,... not that difficult, really!

#5-- what color to pair with mustard yellow? i know that this is THE HARD-PART for most (me included--past tense)......

warm taupes, greys (neutrals),...

rustic wood tones,...

...ok, i'd do coffee here any day!

blues, teals (complimentary colors),...

...blue transfer-ware plate wall (have i told you that i LOVE a plate wall!!!)


...awwww!

#BUT-- what i love most about this interior-condiment is....

 

IT commands attention, steals the show, doesn't steal the show, pairs with just about any color (w/exception of brown-- i think--unless it's wood), can usually find it in the "clearance" zone (i.e. affordable), feels warm, and,............?

...whether it's-- a city scene

...or-- a country scene

taking a cue from mother nature, is  ALWAYS right,...

you absolutely CANNOT take pass-on-the-mustard here in nh's fall season!

(all photos here)

Friday
Oct172014

tangled up in tartan.......

 

this week's germ-spi-ration came as i was surfing thru some of my fave bloggers (i.e. my "blog friends,"... though we have never met!) and happened across this gorgeousness...........

 

orange & charcoal-- feminine & masculine love in a bedroom (not easy to deftly blend all these design elements w/out looking like halloween!)

............a tartan trend is in the air!

BUT with a twist........

MIX IT UP... 

#1-- with stripes........

i've had this pinned for over a year,.. follow me on pinterest

 

no need to commit when it's only pillows and plates, right? (btw: plates are one of my fave ways to add art & dimension to a wall)

...& polka dots & florals-- yet it all works!

#2-- with feminine touches,........

 

 

#3-- with unusual color pairings.........

 

...keep your eye on royal purple~

...just THAT CHAIR is all~

#4-- with black (of course, my fav-or-ite!).........

...those legs~

...that lamp, that dog~

 

...that tub~

...i'd happily sip a cab & nibble on 'za here~

...love a floor-to-ceiling mirror propped up~

...traditional, old-school RL~

yes, i'm infatuated w/black walls~

#5-- with a wrap............

...it's that black (leggings/leg),... once again

...as a table-topper~

...draped on chairs-- effortlessly chic~

...stair-side at the ready~

~cozy-up to tartan in any way you see fit~

...it's that old black magic (gearing-up for halloween in a few weeks)~ 

 

Friday
Oct102014

easy, simple fall decorating,..........

how lucky are we new englanders? there is perhaps no more beautiful season in new england than fall........ nor a more fun, no fuss home decorating season-- quick, affordable, and simple: my five rules of thumb for autumn decorating...........

#1-- bring out the welcome mat....

 

so simple to do-- a neat & clean coir matt to herald your guests. i do like to change ours out with the seasons. its an affordable "do"-- throw some pumpkins in the mix, a seasonal wreath and your good to go all the way thru thanksgiving (i spy "copper").

target has a large selection (click on image for info).........

 

...i have a sweet-spot for thewise-old OWL!

 

if you are not finding one you like,..... & are up for a quick and really inexpensive diy (here) try-- 


 

the possibilities are endless.................

...sorry, couldn't resist-- kinda funny!

 

#2-- open the door, welcome in autumn's hues via nature's bounty,.... this is one of my favorite things to do all year 'round! and doesn't cost a cent = bonus,...........

 ~bittersweet grows wild, snip a few branches and viola!

... feel free to add more seasonal touches-- quite a beautiful aged butcher block, and that throw (spying: copper)!

`~wheat grass in an earthy vase~

style note: change out your clear &/or milk glass vessels to hearty earthenware

~perhaps my favorite fall flower is the hydrangea, snip & place in your vessel of choice (no water needed)~

 

...i love how they age in color, they're fluffiness, & large-scale size (fall's lilac)~

...prefer not to place neatly in a vessel-- hang them! what a pretty tableau: aged denim, straw hat~

#3--  pillows and throws: purchase pillows with removable covers, keep the inserts (down, if you are not allergy-prone as they squish up nicely & are more comfy), rotate seasonally. throws-- think nubby knits, soft & warm cashmere, chunky chenille...........

...orange is the perf autumn color imbuing insta-warmth~

...or a goblet of pinot noir could also do the insta-warmth thing!

...an orange hermes throw, if you are so fortunate,... an investment item for sure!

...more orange (note: bittersweet, earthenware vessels!)~

...not an orange fan? these hand-knitted throws in warm neutrals give off the same cozy vibe. you can find these here (a fave!) 

#4-- add props that you have kicking around, like.............

well-worn fryes~

or such,...... like--
 

...those wellies, & the straw hat, & the beat-up denim, & the straw market tote!

  

...the key is use what you have,...autumn perfection!

#5-- smells of the season, perhaps the most satisfying part of fall,......

freshly picked macs~

...just so damn tart, crisp, & pretty!

ohhhh, the cooking that follows,... nesting aromas wafting throughout the house~

...a fam fave, for sure! .. the aroma of rich gooey caramel on the stove~

...they present well, also!

caramel apple spice mug cake, yummmmm,... a new one i'm going to try!

...recipe here

and,....... the quintessential apple pie~

...absolutely no one, & i mean no one's apple pie is better than my mom's (sorry, folks!)

hurry, they're fallin'-- get out, harvest, gather & enjoy our breathtaking fall season~