the girl-next-door of interior styling!
you know-- a natural beauty, low maintenance, reliable, always smiling, espouses family values-- the kind of girl you can take home to mom & dad........
#1-- the natural beauty....................
you can shop from their special "eco shop" line which are all certified, organic cotton, reclaimed wood, and recycled pieces like....
...their asher organic duvet and bedding
...a fresh look (not at all boring) marlo jacquard~
~reclaimed wood pieces~
...asher coffee table and side table~
...casa recycled glassware, a smart addition to tabletop~
#2-- low maintenance: a kimmy k she-is-not........
...message pillow cover on sale~
...sweet & classy basket filled with healthy yet yummy treats for an impromptu picnic in the park~
....quality, classic, & cozy is her m.o.~
#3-- reliable but not boring,.........
...sturdy, attractive & comfy upholstered pieces like the pearce sectional, one of many steady, proven quality pieces~
...the marni mirrorred collection-- lacquered & reflective, one of many living room collections~
...the lincoln home office collection-- on point with industrial chic, again one of many take-the-guesswork-out- of-it collections~
#4-- always smiley schmily........
...voted "most likely to brighten your day", the emilia table lamp-- come on, even that name~
...who doesn't love a gilded (but not too shiny) sunburst mirror, a staple in my book~
...how can you not smile when you set your eyes on this wall art~
#5-- family first: and that means you, of course (if you are lucky),........
...fam photos elegantly framed proudly displayed~
...family holidays are a BIG deal always celebrated~
...the meal table time is sacred, and always opened to all friends, family & those who need~
...furlicious beanbag, did i forget Fun?...go PATS!!!!
~take her home today~
simple pleasures and small rituals~
below zero wind chills, yes, icy sidewalks, yes, snow drifts, yes, dagger-sized icicles, yes, power outages, yes,.........
new hampshire winter gives us all an excuse to slow down, stay put, and enjoy the hibernation period in our warm & cozy homes,...
~5 cozy elements to add to your winter interiors~
#1-- pillows: my winter requirement (we are not talking bed pillows here, ok?) comfy, touchable (like you have to touch it) and attractive...
love a few warm, furry mongolian pillows, these from west elm
...or these knitted pillows just like grandma's-- similar here
...kilim pillows are strong and soft-to-the touch from PB~
...moroccan wedding blanket pillows (here)~
...sumptuous velvet also does the trick from Pier1
pillow tips: where to find: shop the above stores, yet your local homegoods has an amazing selection of affordable, down-filled preferably for the squish-factor, larger than 18 sq'' for lying on, warm touchable material, stash in a basket and/or stack them nearby for quick access,...
#2-- throw blankets: pile them on, drape them casually over a sofa arm,.......
...you get the idea-- same pillow rituals also apply to throws~
...do you change out pillows & throws seasonally?
#3-- sheepskin rugs draped over chairs, stools, benches, poufs, invite..........
..a fun romantic dinner in front of the fire, why not switch-up the routine?
...a sheepskin throw is also an ingenious way the ramp-up an inexpensive & not-so-comfy chair~
...black & white simple elegance~
...they do come in assorted colors (no neon please!)~
.. .already upholstered x-stools~
...a beanbag, any one (note: knitted stool for xtra coziness)?
...linking several skins together creates a semblance of one luxe large carpet!(btw: love the unique gnarled, coffee table base, don't you?)~
~i do pack them up for the humid summer months-- just for winter use, here~
#4-- wood & books, a perfect pairing, always speak warm to me.............
...more sheepskin throws, pillows, tiled-cowhide rug~
...books stacked neatly~
...tone-on-tone wood color~
...how creative is this nook?
...without the focal wood-paneled wall, this bath--although beautiful--would feel cold, add books, please~
...OR you could just haul in the tree from the backyard!!!
#5-- fire light, if you are so fortunate to have.........
...abigail ahern a british designer, love her aesthetic~
...a handled basket is handy~
...wood, wood, wood; books, books, books, clean minimal fireplace~
...candles everywhere (just be mindful,...)~
...lanterns, all the time~
...string lites mounted casually for romantic ambient light~
...drape & cascade them to highlight a beautiful architectural piece~
...contain them under a cloche~
~don't pack up those christmas lites, just yet-- i use them all year 'round~
#bonus-- warm the soul........
...with hot cocoa in your favorite mug~
...with your cuddly warm furry best friend (note: herringbone!)~
...with your besties~
.....polar vortex-- bring it on!
in with the new,... happy 2015!
my first post of 2015, i love a chance at a clean-slate. throughout the year i've brought you design trends, updates,...
my top five for 2015 and longer.............
#1-- bullion fringe.......
i love my trims, tapes, braids...! they add so much ooomph to soft treatments, it's that one-of-a-kind, no-one-else-has-this, touch (details designers love). bullion fringe is making a come-back! i like this trim in a more natural & less shiny fiber AND mostly on furniture,...
not-so-much on draperies.........
...just NOT seeing this type of heavy window treatment~
~in lieu of a skirted sofa or chair~
...insta-elegance & just grazing the floor~
...very french-chic, super long~
...love a natural fiber bullion~
...pretty much perfection in all aspects~
...a plush finishing touch on a pleated table skirt~
...well, as soon as a stylish family is shown all cozy & happy, then it becomes "real" *(note: ginormous art canvas behind sofa-- see below)~
...no doubt about it, when the beautiful liv tyler is lounging upon, it's definitely an "IN"~
#2-- wall art, as in a monster-BIG size,.........
what a major impact this super-sized canvas makes!
...AND, more bullion & fluffy shag carpeting (still going strong)~
...unframed canvas keeps it less fussy not to mention, less costly~
...another "leaner" this time a photo (yes, a gorge one at that from here), also note that flooring~
no need to worry about navigating placement as in a gallery wall, right? in that respect it is super easy, although a large canvas can cost (if you are a creative, paint your own!).
#3-- herringbone and more herringbone,......
on the floor, on the walls~
...the classic pattern in a stair runner, black & ivory, in a natural sisal fibre (extremely durable)~
..the contrast of a darker-stained wood floor against white walls is pure drama~
...glazed brick indoors is a yes~
...look up as well: great bones~~~
...in a narrow hallway a herrigbone pattern breaks it up diminishing the bowling alley feel~
...floor & wall tile in this bath, beautiful, practical & draws your eye to the focal point~
...colored: stella mccartney's london store~
...herringbone lineage, & sooo so clean~
herringbone pattern (aka parquet, chevron, basket weave, fish-tail,...) is a bit more pricey due to the labor-intensive installation, yet it adds architectural & old-world panache!
#4-- barn doors: yee haaa,............
..a fresh take on the old barn door in a lacquered orange (note: herringbone runner!)~
...a more rustic feel in natural wood, yet the area rug gives the space some color~
...in seeded glass,... provides natural light to shine thru yet also privacy~
...not as much wall space? a single door also does the trick,... love how they recycled this old office door & left the signange~
...another single door-- get a load of the hardware, simply jaw-dropping!
#5-- wallpaper in all its glory,...........
...a colorful, stylized schumacher classic~
in the powder room: open the door and ahhh a special little gem of what otherwise could be a very utilitarian room-- guests will love~
...one of my faves-- a farrow&ball lotus pattern~
...for an exotic feel~
...sophisticated in a carrara marble paper~
in the entry/foyer: for the initial welcoming impact (sets the tone for your home)~
...neutral quiet elegance~
...a bold, red-white-and-blue yet it doesnt feel 4thof july a smashing impact in a smaller entry~
...this trellis pattern feels smart (geometric) & country-ish (mossy green), it also cleverly plays off the diamond-paned windows~
wallpaper in a bedroom, my other fave room, for a cozy, enveloping feel~
...a touch of black in the background, yet doesn't feel stark nor cold~
...wrapping the ceiling with it, ramps up the cozy-factor (another fave, classic from schumacher)~
...the books add to the warmth (& a boho feel) of this light-filled bedroom~
...a neutral, naturalistic print is soothing & peaceful (a breath-taking chandelier!)~
...and you never can go wrong with a classic chinoiserie toille (tip: use the same print in a fabric on the windows)~
as you can see, wallpaper is ab-so-lute-ly a game changer: transform a room one wall at a time!
it is here to stay!
my cardinal rule of design-- you have to love it, trending or not-- if it (wallpaper, bullion, chevron, a door or two, art...) puts a smile on your face, then it's "in", regardless,................
~follow your heart when it comes to your home,...
whether it's "out" or "in"