Thursday, May 31, 2012

Kitchen Inspiration: Moonrise Kingdom

Although the kitchen doesn't have much screen time in the movie Moonrise Kingdom, it really stuck out to me for such an amazing replica of a beach cottage kitchen from 1965. 


1. The walls in the kitchen are a buttery yellow similar to Farrow and Ball's Farrow's Cream
2. Stainless Steel Rods for hanging kitchen utensils and gadgets, IKEA
3. Butcher Block feels cozy for a beach cottage's kitchen counters, IKEA
4. Bead board painted in a baby blue lined the walls of the kitchen. The perfect blue is Martha Stewart's Living Aegean Blue
5. Shaker Cabinetry is a simple backdrop for all of the other color and details happening in the kitchen.
6. Jadeite dishes were very common for this time and you can revive this style at Fishs Eddy
7. The Big Chill stove in white 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Living an Over-Propped Life? Certainly Not


A few weeks ago this article was published in the New York Times proclaiming that following trends isn't design and we are all trapped in an over-propped and stylized life that isn't realistic. The article is quite a rant on a group of people who simply want to live in a nice habitat. The photo above contains two of the writer's so-called offenses. Offense #1: The bar cart which he proclaims is a dust collector and he has yet to use his own bar cart. Offense #2: The faux taxidermy
Check out the article and see what absurd offenses you have in your home, I am proud to say that I have had them all at one time and I certainly do live in my space.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom Set Tour

I saw Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom on opening night last week and it is now one of my favorite movies of all time! Here is a video of Bill Murray giving a tour around the 1960's styled set.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Color Story Monday: Patriotic Red, White, & Blue

Between Memorial Day, 4th of July, and the Olympics this summer the best colors for festive accents will be red, white, and blue.

The perfect color palette: Farrow and Ball Pitch Blue, Benjamin Moore Decorator's WhiteDunn Edwards Red Ink

1. This retro white bar cart is perfect for festive summer BBQ's.  CB2
2. Perfect for giving an outdoor space a larger look. Wisteria
3. This book will help you keep track of the political scene before the election in November. Archie Grand
4. Loving these pinwheel plates for lite bites. West Elm
5. Keep warm in the summer night air with a U.S. Navy wool blanket. Three Potato Four
6. A more permanent patriotic symbol Long Island Stripe wallpaper from Graham and Brown

Friday, May 25, 2012

Found Door Friday

A couple of weeks ago I posted a photo of a very unique door that I discovered in my travels. It has inspired me to start a series of posts every Friday called Found Door Friday. Each Friday I will highlight a unique door found by me.
Today I am featuring this lovely hot pink door found in Notting Hill

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pimp your Outdoors

If you are getting ready for a weekend BBQ, but need a quick and cheap way to pimp out your outdoor space, head over to Luna Bazaar for an array of paper lanterns. I still have a few sitting in my closet that never made it outside last summer! I think the warm weather is prompting me to work on my outdoor space this weekend.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Final Decision

A few weeks ago I posted a mockup of a brick fireplace as I was making the decision to paint it out white. Here is the final result:
We went with the white to modernize the room especially with the glass ping pong table.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Clerkenwell Design Week 3.0

This is my third time attending Clerkenwell Design Week and I am very excited as this year is expected to be bigger than ever. I can't wait to attend the showing of Eames: The Painter and The Architect at the Vitra showroom.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Color Story Monday: Royalty Purple

Royalists everywhere are preparing for the Queen's Jubilee celebration in England in a couple of weeks and purple is the original color of royalty.

1. Purpleheart by Little Greene Paint Company
2. A bold aubergine pattern for Spring. Brinjal Bolster from John Robshaw
3. Combine several of these crusty, vintage looking bottles. Z Gallerie
4. Add color to your bar with amethyst glassware from William Yeoward
5. Manila Hemp Wallpaper in violet. Phillip Jeffries
6. Kartell Francois Ghost Mirror. All Modern

Friday, May 18, 2012

Summer Reading

A bit of Summer reading, at least for the coffee table.

1. Travel the U.S. with the NY Times 36 Hours (even Telluride is featured in this encyclopedia of travel guides)!
2. For the dog lover, the French Dog ( or for the cat lover, the French Cat)
3. From the naughty London ice cream boutique, The Icecreamists
4. Perfect for summer BBQ cocktails or as a graduation gift, Mrs. Lilien's cocktail swatchbook
5. Perfect for small space gardening straight from London, The Balcony Gardener
6. A travel blog turned into stylish book format, Paris versus New York

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Home Tour Day

Time to put the pencils down, the home tour is today and my latest project is complete!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wallpaper Headboards

This is one of my favorite projects that I worked on so far this year. I found this amazing flocked trellis wallpaper made out of Star Wars characters. Instead of going overboard and covering a whole room in this, it made the perfect backdrop for twin headboards.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen and Bath Ideas

Check out the June issue of Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen and Bath Ideas where you will find the master bath from the Nautilus project featured...
**Dislaimer: I did not style the photoshoot and would not have added the gold vase with tropical flowers.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Color Story Monday: Ombre

Ombre is popping up everywhere for Spring and I love that it can be done high-end or DIY. Textiles and Glassware are the most common ways to add some ombre to your home life.

1. Ombre in Glassware, Z Gallerie
2. A dip dye rug from West Elm
3. A blended vase of purple hues, Heals
4. Subtle Dinnerware in aqua, Designers Guild
5. A fun and temporary bathroom addition in the form of a shower curtain, Target
6. An ombre throw pillow from DreGetsCrafty

Friday, May 11, 2012

Found Door

Love this Mondrian inspired door in one of London's up and coming neighborhoods...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wedding Design

I have been MIA for the last week due to some negative events in my life, so to reflect on happier times, here is a look at the gorgeous flowers and design from my wedding back in February. I worked with the amazing Gardenstore in Telluride. I was so lucky to have such a talented florist who completed my vision in a small town. 
I picked up the vintage buttons at Liberty and love how they transformed ordinary burlap.
The gorgeous linens came from La Tavola.
The image are courtesy of the amazing Figge Photography.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Visualizing a Before and After

Often it is hard for clients to visualize major changes to their home and I sometimes use photoshop as a way to get an idea of how a new paint color might look. After living with this fireplace for 15 years, it was especially hard to think about changing it out by painting the brick white. Stay tuned to see whether they plunged ahead with the white or kept it as is...
BEFORE

AFTER

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