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Saturday
Feb142015

in lieu of,.......

happy v-day!

 

...love those fairy lites! xo, deb

Thursday
Jan292015

pottery barn,............

 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....

~bedding~

...their asher organic duvet and bedding

~bath~

...a fresh look (not at all boring) marlo jacquard~

 

~reclaimed wood pieces~

...asher coffee table and side table~

~recycled~

...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~

PB=the-girl-next-door

...furlicious beanbag, did i forget Fun?...go PATS!!!!

~take her home today~

Friday
Jan232015

because winter life in NH is made up of..............

simple pleasures and small rituals~

....embrace it!

  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..........

...these from horchow, yet can also find them at: PB, IKEA, HG...

 

..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!

Friday
Jan092015

out with the old and............

in with the new,... happy 2015!

well, new-ish.......

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,............

not!

..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"

~happy 2015~

 

Thursday
Dec252014

home.....................

for the holidays~

 

...enjoy this special time with those you love~