Friday, August 27, 2010

What I'm Loving for Fall

Hermes Blanket

The Hermes Blanket (sigh) is one of my all time favorite classics. They cost a small fortune but are (I'm sure) so worth it. A luxury worth it's weight in wool and cashmere. Can't wait to splurge on one for myself someday. Until then, I'll just wrap myself in my boring, non-designer blankets.
{Design Studio}

Eclectic-ness (is that a word?)

I think that Eclectic-ness is always in style. In the fall, though, it's so fun to play with the rich colors, fabrics and textures that the season brings. In this Miles Redd room, I love how he uses the high gloss, bold indigo blue with the camel upholstery. Such a lovely combination. The antique chairs beside the modern art is just so classically eclectic. He does an amazing job with the bookcases, too.

Menswear Inspired Fabrics

On the runway and now, on your chair! I love that this rather serious Ralph Lauren-esque fabric is juxtaposed with the fire engine red. Makes it fun.
{Artichoke Designs}

Deep Purple

Let me go on record as saying that I usually loathe purple. Hate it. I have to say, though, lately, in small doses, it has been growing on me. Like in this lovely dining room, it is very rich. It's not going to be showing up in my house anytime soon, but never say never.

Sumptous Fabrics

Velvet can, at times, come off a little, shall we say...Elvis-y? But when you use it as an accent, especially with an on-trend color like this rich turquoise, it adds amazing texture.
{Country Living}

Friday, August 13, 2010

Going Wild: Zebra Rugs

{Elle Decor}

I just recently decided that my living room looks too much like my mother's. I love my mother and her house, but I'm thinking I need to young up my space a little so I went crazy and got a zebra rug. I love it but am having the hardest time incorporating it. I know what you're thinking, aren't you a designer? Shouldn't you be able to do this? Let me tell you something, designing someone else's space and designing your own space are two totally different animals. Thus, I am now searching the net for some inspiration and I think I've found some great ideas.

{House of Turquoise}
Everyone knows how much I adore turquoise and all shades of blue. Look how striking the rug looks against the bright color! It's so chic.

{Photo by Jose Picayo}
This is interesting. The moldings in this home look very traditional, so the designer has incorporated more traditional wing back chairs with the spunky zebra rug, low slung, modern sofa and oversized mirrored framed mirror. I always love the juxtaposition of the new and the modern.

{via Decorpad}
The chartreuse and navy accent pillows are unexpected and fun.

{photo via Apartment Therapy}
I love how fresh and clean this room is. The rug really pops.

Happy (my birthday) weekend...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hot (Haute?) Rooms

As someone who combs the internet and magazines for the freshest and most unique designs, I am always floored by the amount of creativity out there! It's SO inspiring. The designers out there right now are nothing short of genius. Here's a collection of some of my faves.

Breakfast area designed by the one and only Kelly Wearstler. I'm always impressed by Kelly's mixtures of styles. The antique French chairs with the modern art is truly inspiring.

Designer Todd Klein is SO talented. This room is so refreshingly modern but it's not stuck up. Love that in a room!
{House Beautiful}

I actually have this picture hanging on my inspiration board in my office. Chocolate brown is SO versatile! The bright turquoise really brightens it. And how cool is that bulletin board?!?!
{Beach House Decor}

I am SUCH a houndstooth girl. Thanks to Coco Chanel, it's classic and will always be in style. It is so chic in classic black and white but I also love it in bright colors like this lovely turquoise.
{At Home Arkansas}

Loving the juxtaposition of the sweet pink with the chic zebra print.
{House Beautiful}