Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Trend Spotting: Low Modular Sofas

Lately I have been loving this low, loungy look. Perhaps because with a wild 2 yr old, the softer and lower furniture can be the better, or because this style is just so inviting and cool! These chunky sofas can seem too heavy and retro, but I think when done in the proper proportions and accented with more delicate pieces, they can have a chic, modern vibe. One tip is to be sure to balance their low silhouette with some taller items close by to draw the eye up, such a standing lamp or potted plant. Do you think this look could work for you? 

For those of you in the market, I adore this Living Edge Modular Sofa here and this Cube Article sofa here, or for more inspiration here is a fantastic retail roundup! 

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Dream Getaway: Halcyon House

We spend a wonderful week in Sydney last month {more on that later!} but while researching Australian hotels, I came across the amazing Halcyon House at Cabrita Beach. Located an hour outside Brisbane, in an old surfers motel, these costal yet refined interiors are gorgeous! Breezy, welcoming spaces filled with collected art and layers of patterned textiles creates the perfect beach getaway and looks more like a chic home than a hotel. And of course the spaces and unified by the endless shades of blue and white . . . . such a dream! I hope to make it to Cabrita Beach one day!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Design Daydreaming: A Modern Farmhouse

Dear friends of ours recently bought a piece of land in the California wine country and we began chatting and day dreaming about the house they hope to build there one day. I love the endless possibilities and natural beauty of empty land! And when I happened upon this amazing modern farmhouse by Nick Noyes Architecture, I thought it was just perfect. I like the contrast of the clean, modern architecture with plenty of organic textures and a few traditional elements (like the pitched roof and the shiplaps ceiling).  The whole design beautifully integrates indoors and outdoors, with light filled rooms, open walkways and a gorgous backyard. It is at one time both so simple and so warm. I wonder what they will build in the end . . . happy day dreaming! 

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Trend Spotting: Slipcovered Beds

I am always on the lookout for fresh takes on classics, and lately I am loving the chic style of slipcovered bed frames. Upholstered beds are so inviting and lend such a softness to a sleeping space, but can feel out of place in a more modern interior - but slipcovered beds are the prefect blend of traditional comfort and clean style. I especially like the causal but tailored vibe the covers give, and even embrace a few winkles! As an added bonus the covers are easy to wash and change out. Here is some inspiration . . . .

For those in the market, Anthropologie and Restoration Hardware both carry beautiful slipcovered bed frames!   

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Design Dilema: A Dark + Stylish Bath

A very dear friend is tackling a full house remodel in the US and asked me for some help, they have selected timeless finishes with a modern farmhouse aesthetic but wanted the powder room to be dark and dramatic - so much fun! People often worry that dark tones will make a space feel cramped, but a powder room is actually the perfect place for a dark wall or bold patterned paper.  I love the depth and sophistication dark walls can add, but be sure to temper them with wood tones, whites and other light neutrals (otherwise the space can start to resemble a slick nightclub restroom, haha). 

Here are our inspirations . . .  so excited to see the finished product!

The texture of the subway tiles is a great way to give a lovely, more rustic feel

I love the use of white ship's lap below to help break up the rich charcoal walls above! 

A perfect last image, even just a peak into the dramatic bathroom gives the whole home a bit of edge! 

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Week in Pins: My Fav Five

My favorite bits of inspiration this week . . . even after over 4 thousand pins (wow!) I am still always surprised at all of the gorgeous and interesting finds. 

Here's to many more Pinterest travels! 

This grand but casually cool entry - stunning front door! 

This amazing looking Thai glazed salmon + noodle salad from A Beautiful Plate

This breezy but cozy summertime bedroom by Amber Interiors

The stunning water of Blue Caves in Croatia (putting this on the bucket list!)

This fantastic pillow collection from Citizenry

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