Well, it’s finally here, Election Day, a day we’ve all been looking forward to or dreading I can’t decide which. While we wait and see what the outcome is going to be of this crazy election year I thought we would take a look at the White House through the lens of Architectural Digest. Recently the design magazine did a story and photo spread on the Executive Mansion and specifically on the rooms used by the first family as their personal space. Whenever we elect a new president they are allowed to redecorate the area on the second floor of the White House that’s designated their private family area, in 2009 when the Obamas moved in Mrs. Obama asked for design help from designer Michael S. Smith and the results are stunning. I love when designers are able to combine antique elements with newer contemporary elements and it all feels cohesive, of course, that is paramount when moving into a home that’s filled with antiques from the past 240 years and have been used by all Presidential families. Mrs. Obama and Michael Smith were able to warm up the rooms of this old house using things like grass cloth wallpaper, contemporary rugs and an amazing collection of modern art on loan to the White House from the collection of the country. Smith says Mrs. Obama’s first priority when decorating their personal space was to get the rooms done for their young daughters so this major transition would feel less crazy and more smooth. The results are beautiful and timeless with lots of warm colors that provide a beautiful backdrop for antiques, art, and contemporary lighting. Here’s a look behind usually closed doors at these beautiful quarters from Architectural Digest. Enjoy!!!
November 8, 2016
October 26, 2016
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!!!
October 6, 2016
We’ve talked about Damask patterns on the blog before but the new ones from Cole & Son in their latest wallpaper collection, Mariinsky Damask, are stunning. I think it’s wonderful when companies take something old like a Damask pattern and breathe new life into it and bring it into the 21st century with bright colors and metallics. Cole & Son also have a wonderful tile pattern in this collection as well as some stripes. I can totally see these patterns being used in a dramatic space, whether it’s a powder bath, a dining room or even a bedroom. I also love to use old patterns like Damask and pair them with contemporary furniture and art, the juxtaposition of an old pattern in a bold color with current furniture and accessories creates beautiful tension and beautiful rooms. Here’s a sampling of the new patterns available from Cole & Son, to see all their beautiful papers visit their website. Enjoy!!!
September 30, 2016
Juan Pablo Molyneux is known for the luxurious interiors he creates as well as his “maximalism” aesthetic, so you can imagine the new book Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home from Assouline Publishing is filled with beautiful images of colorful rooms filled with gorgeous objects, wall treatments, and fabrics. Molyneux is a Chilean-born interior designer with the focus of his practice being in America and Europe, he has created beautiful homes in Chicago and New York as well as Moscow. Today Molyneux and his wife Pilar live in an NYC townhouse as well as a home in Le Marais in Paris and Château de Pouy-sur-Vannes outside the French capital. In Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home, we get a taste of what it takes to put a Molyneux project together and a look at the work by master craftsmen and artists, such as detailed lacquerwork, decorative painting, carved woodwork, and straw marquetry. There’s even a peek at scagliola which is the use of colored plaster to imitate marble. Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home is written by Laura Verchère, a luxury lifestyle brand artistic consultant. Photography is by Harald Gottschalk, a photographer who has had more than 60 exhibitions of his work as well as collaborating on other projects and major publications. Juan Pablo Molyneux: At Home is available now for pre-order from Assouline Publishing, a wonderful gift for the upcoming holiday season, especially for the person in your life whose motto is “More is More”. Here’s a look at some images from this beautiful book, Enjoy!!!
August 24, 2016
Yesterday I shared some bedside wall sconces that I’m thinking about doing in our Master Bedroom and I mentioned doing some wallpaper as well. I’ve always had a soft spot for wallpaper, even though it seems to come and go as far as being in style I always like that you can get a whole new look with color and sometimes texture from installing wallpaper. I think I’ve decided on a wallpaper from York Wallcoverings that has the look of cork and the feel of suede, thus Sueded Cork Wallpaper. The paper has the colors I’m using in the room of mostly gray with accents of brown and some metallics and will look great with our tall brown leather headboard in front of it and gray and brown bedding, I also like the natural look of cork. I’ve gathered a few pics of cork wallpaper as well as an example of what I’ve picked out. I’m looking forward to sharing the completed project with you, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
May 2, 2016
Happy Monday and Happy 1st Birthday to Britain’s Princess Charlotte, I thought in recognition of the smallest royals big day we would take a look at bedrooms fit for any little Princess. When most people think of decorating a bedroom for a little lady their thoughts usually turn to the color pink, but that doesn’t need to be the only color associated with little girls, think how beautiful a soft blue or yellow room would be for a little girl or a lavender or soft purple room would be. Little girl rooms are a great excuse to bring on the drama which you can get from fun fabrics, bright prints, canopies, chandeliers, and artwork. There are lots of beds out there that can grow with your child from baby to teenager, you can also go ahead and get that desk they’ll need during their school years and use it as a changing table and storage and no child’s room is complete without some bookcases because no child’s room is complete without books. Join me for a look at wonderful rooms for girls and wishing our Princess inspiration a Happy Birthday, Enjoy!!! (above image via)
January 28, 2016
We continue to look at accent walls today and the different ways you can treat that one or more than one wall in a room that will make them stand out and make us smile every time we enter a room and today we are going to look at what can be done with paint.
Paint is one of the easiest, quickest and least expensive ways to change the way a room looks, every color you can think of is available and if you paint something a color and don’t like it you can always paint over it. Today there are so many ways to spice up our walls with paint along with a little help from painter’s tape you can achieve stripes, arrows, random shapes and the list goes on and on. The only thing that limits what you can accomplish with paint is your imagination, here’s a peek at some ideas of accent walls done up with paint, Enjoy!!!
January 27, 2016
It’s day 3 of looking at accent walls and today we are talking about and taking a look at creating accent walls using wood. Unlike the wood paneling you may remember if you’re a certain age, you can use any and all kinds of wood to create accent walls from barn boards, new boards and even wood flooring installed on walls (and ceilings) instead of on the floor.
Wood used on walls is a great way to warm up a room, you can paint or stain it or if it’s old or reclaimed wood you can leave it in its natural state. I love the gray and tan colors that you see in old reclaimed wood. I’m going to share some images with you of accent walls done with wood, both old and new. Have a great Wednesday and Enjoy!!!
January 26, 2016
One of my very favorite accent wall treatments is with stone, I love how it looks and feels, it’s really like bringing the outdoors inside.
There are so many wonderful colors in stone and of course, there’s the whole texture thing that stone brings to the game. Today you can buy stone panels that you can adhere to your walls, it comes in smaller sizes much like what’s used in tile to create backsplashes, as well as large sheets of stone in sizes of 4 foot by 8 foot. I really want to do this somewhere in our home, the stone just adds a totally different look and feel to a room. Here’s a look at what can be accomplished with stone, it’s not just for fireplaces anymore, Enjoy!!!