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During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women’s History Month by looking at some of the amazing women who have made their marks in the world of Design. Today we are looking at the life and career of interior design legend Syrie Maugham, a woman who developed her own style in design and living, click here to see the more in-depth post I wrote on her birthday in 2014.
The above picture for me is heaven in a home, I love a ceiling that isn’t flat. One thing I really want to do on our house on the inside is to raise the ceilings, our home was built in 1962 and the ceilings are your traditional 8 feet high. We don’t have a high or tall roof line on our house so it wouldn’t take the ceilings up a lot, but any height added would be a great improvement. I always think it’s amazing when you enter a home, especially one that’s an older home, and the ceilings have been raised, it really makes a difference in the feel of the home and makes it feel much more spacious. Another thing I really like are ceilings that have been planked using boards or beadboard paneling, I love when you look up and see all those lines going in one direction and the feel of uniformity it adds. Another think I like are exposed beams, I love seeing the architectural elements of any building. If the beams are thick I like them to be stained if they are usual 2×4’s or 2×6’s used in construction I would paint them to go along with the rest of the ceiling. I really want to explore this option more when we get to that phase in our house, as for now here are some great pics to ponder and let me know what you think. Do you have raised ceilings in your home or have you had them done? Enjoy!!! (above image via)
More and more we are seeing people come up with wonderful ways to repurpose and reuse materials instead of throwing usable materials into the trash and eventually landfills, one of these ways is reusing wood. Wooden slat walls are becoming more in vogue all the time as well as more attractive. You can go out and buy new wood at the lumber yard to create a slat wall, or you can repurpose wood from wooden pallets used for shipping. I have a friend here in Oklahoma City that’s doing amazing things with wood in the way of walls and barn doors for the interiors of homes. Wooden walls can be done in any color, just depends on what color of paint or stain you want, or if you’re using weathered wood you can let the natural color and grain of the wood shine through. Let’s look at some inspiring ways wood is being used to decorate homes and in many cases being reused, Enjoy!!!
It’s 24 days until the first day of Fall and I wish it was today, I get over Summer very quickly and am totally ready for cooler days and nights, pumpkins, jeans, and soup. I thought over the next several days we would look at the color forecast from Pantone for Fall/Winter 2015-2016 and see what ten colors they are forecasting to be seen in our homes and on our backs, today we are starting with Riverside. I really like this color, basically because it reminds me of denim and to me that is the best blue there is. Riverside goes with so much and pairs nicely with so many of the other colors from Pantone. I think Riverside will look beautiful with black, yellow, of course white, orange, and gray. Check back with us every day this week and next as we focus on each of the ten colors a little more in-depth, in the mean time dive into Riverside and Enjoy!!! (above image via)
I was shopping this week for a client and I was in one of the local design centers and kept noticing these really cool collage art pieces throughout the center, I inspected a little closer and found out they are all by the same artist, Alex Zeng. Zeng is a Chinese artist who is taking pages from magazines and art books, cutting them into the shapes he needs, layering them and creating these wonderful pieces of Collage Art. Viewing these Zeng creations comes in two parts,first, you stand back and enjoy the created image as a whole then you get closer and begin to notice the details of the paper used to create the art, the more you look the more detail you see and the more amazed you’ll be. Zeng is represented by Empire Art Direct which is a wholesale only company but you can contact them through their website and find out the closest retailer in your area selling Zeng collages. For now, here are some images to give you a better idea of what Alex Zeng does. Enjoy!!! (above image via)
I LOVE chairs and I think they can definitely make or break a room, chairs can add a lot from the pattern of their fabric, their shape and the turn of their legs of lack of turn. Chairs are also a great way to infuse your room with some fun depending on the fabric you choose and the same can be said for glamour and elegance, the right choice of fabric makes all the difference in the world. I love reusing furniture and having it recovered to bring it up to date but there are a lot of great looking new chairs out there, especially from specialty stores like Anthropologie. Whether it’s prints or velvets, side chairs or dining chairs chances are you can find something to suit your taste in Anthropologie’s current collection of chairs, join me for a peek, let your mind wander and Enjoy!!!
Recently I’ve seen Antilocarpa pop up on blogs and in magazines, while this isn’t the Latin name for a genus of the species it is the name given to a pattern of carpet and it’s beautiful. Antilocarpa is from Stark Carpets and it’s meant to mimic the coat or hair of the Antelope, and I’m thinking this may be my new favorite “neutral”. This pattern looks great with everything, it can be used in conjunction with modern home decor as well as traditional decor and design. An Antelopes hide has browns and gold in it with white spots, the Stark Carpet version has several colorways available that I’ll share with you today plus show you how it’s being used in homes. I would love to have this as a living room rug or a runner down our hallway, it’s definitely something to add to the “must have” list, Enjoy!!!
Balmoral Castle is Queen Elizabeth’s “vacation home” of sorts, it’s located in Scotland and has been owned by the British royal family since 1852. Every year the Queen and other members of the royal family retreat to Scotland and Balmoral for much of July and August, this is a tradition the royals have followed since Queen Victoria and Prince Albert first bought the Scottish estate and built the castle. Initially, there was another castle on the property but Victoria and Albert found it too small ( 9 children) and decided to build the castle that today stands on the 20,000-acre estate. According to everything I’ve read the castle is very traditional in design and the interiors are done very Scottish, with tartan plaid making up the basis for a lot of the decorating scheme. It’s hard to find very many photos of the interior of Balmoral, which tells me that her Majesty hasn’t allowed a lot of photos to be taken of her private Scottish home. Here are some images I’ve found of Balmoral, both inside and out. Enjoy!!!
Last week we took peek into a gorgeous home in the mountains around Lake Tahoewhile researching the house I found out the interior designer was Jamie Bush from Los Angeles, so I thought today we would take a little more in-depth look at Mr. Bush and his work. Jamie Bush grew up in NYC in a family made up of designers and artists so it was only a natural way to go in life, studying architecture and design in New Orleans and Italy Jamie headed west after completing his degrees and started his own design firm in Los Angeles. Jamie Bush is recognized for his ability to mix and layer, whether it’s a contemporary kitchen with an antique wooden bowl on the island or layering textures and colors on top of each other to accomplish a certain look. Jamie’s work shines in Mid-Century homes (from the last century) or new creations of his own design, here you can see his ability to combine antique furnishing with contemporary art and textiles. Join me for a look at the design world of Jamie Bush and dream. Enjoy!!!
One of the man things they do at Oliver Gal that I like is the Blueprints collection, this is where they’ve taken normal everyday things like a chair or a child’s toy and done a technical blueprint drawing of the subject. They’ve also done this technique with lots of items from pop culture like certain elements from Star Wars and Apple computers. I think these would be great in a child’s room, a man’s office or study, a playroom or game room. I’ve recently ordered some that I’m going to use in our bathroom that I’ll share with you as soon as they arrive and we get them installed. Let’s have a look at everyday things in a blueprint world, Enjoy!!! ( above, Stethoscope 1882 )