Friday, July 30, 2010

{the dog days of summer}

It’s official, I saw the first ‘Back to School’ commercial the other day. WAIT! Summer, I’m not done with you yet.

We’ve had nothing but beautiful sunshine here in Vancouver, and with a long weekend ahead of us, I’ve got images of lounging poolside on the brain.

Here’s where I want to be this weekend...those lounge chairs are calling my name (a summer family home, Southampton New York - via Ashley Whittaker):

How bout this lovely estate in the Hamptons? Not bad.

And if I was in the Hamptons this weekend, I would definitely hit up the Hamptons Designer Showhouse in Sag Harbor (open until September 5th)! If your lucky enough to be living in NY, go see it for me and tell me ALL about it, I hear the pool is fab!

Happy long weekend to all you Canadians! I’ll be hanging on to the sultry dog days of summer as long as I can.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

{kelly wearstler’s dream project}

It’s no secret that I am quite smitten with Kelly Wearstler’s sense of style. She is one of the leading trend-setters in interior design today. To me, she is a modern-day Dorothy Draper in the sense that she has truly mastered the art of bold and unexpected style. Ms. Wearstler has designed spaces for private residences and top-notch hotels around the world, such as the Viceroy Miami pictured below.

But what is her one dream project? Why, the White House of course! Vanity Fair asked the interior designer what she’d do with the official office of the president if given the chance.

“For me, redesigning the White House would be a job of a lifetime. As it stands, the Oval Office is a bit of a dud. The U.S. is the world’s most progressive country, and the White House design should follow this lead. The Obama administration is going to be sophisticated and confident and needs an Oval Office that reflects this. I suggest throwing off the symmetry with De Sede’s 1960s Non-Stop sofa, along with a set of violet Jacobsen Egg chairs, the Brass Kaleidoscope I designed for Bergdorf Goodman, and my Tracery Rug for the Rug Company. I would also include a heavy and modern desk with a chartreuse empire chair and a modern screen.” - Kelly Wearstler, Vanity Fair.

Sounds intriguing doesn't it? Here's a rendering done by Kelly showing her vision for the space.

Let’s dissect her description of how she would spruce up the historic residence:

So … any chance the Obama’s are reading this post? ; )

Sunday, July 25, 2010

{gallery wall or art shelves?}

I’ve always been drawn to gallery walls, even though thus far I’ve been a bit timid to try one myself. There is something that intimidates me, even though it seems that anything goes! However, a large wall in our home office is crying out for a little attention {ok, so that's not the only thing crying out for attention!}, and I think a gallery wall would do just the trick.

I’ve heard many tips, the most obvious being to cut out newspaper or craft paper in the size of each piece and tape them on the walls until you find a layout you like. Also, to be sure to measure twice,  and make a hole once! But if you mess up, to try making the hanging wire shorter or longer instead of making another hole. Any tips that you have learned that may help me in my endeavors?

Here are some of my favorite gallery wall inspiration photos, many of which are in offices, as I seem to have home offices on the brain!

One of my favorite gallery walls; simple, classic, and tres chic! This beautiful arrangement was created by designer and blogger Karla, of Kerrisdale Design Inc. To see more of her stunning portfolio click here.

via Houzz

Maria Fe of Layers of Meaning even incorporated her puppy in her gallery wall! Side note: I love the touch of Imperial Trellis on the chair.

Another lovely gallery wall created by Janell of Isabella & Max Rooms:

Ok, so it's official, bloggers are uber talented! Yet another blogger, Emily of the lovely blog Emily A. Clark designed a gallery wall in her own home office:

So here's the dilemma: I thought I knew exactly what I wanted, and then I came across the image below over at ABCD Design, and I was quite smitten, to say the least! The photo below inspired this post. I love the look of the art sitting on these floating shelves, and now I feel confused...

So what do you think, are the floating shelves a nice alternative for someone who is afraid to start a gallery wall? Maybe this is a good option for those afraid of commitment as well, as it allows for constant change. Or if you are renting and can't poke 15 holes into the wall!

If you are interested in creating this look, there is a great floating shelf DIY article over at House & Home.

Here’s an interesting combo of art on shelves, and art hanging just above:

I now can’t decide whether to attempt a gallery wall or the art shelf look, I love them both! Which of these looks has you swooning?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

{hot color combo for 2010}

Pantone LLC has crowned Pantone 15-5519 Turquoise as the Color of the Year for 2010, and while this is probably old news to many of you, one of the most popular color combinations of the year was a surprise to me! I was reading a lovely post by Tobi Fairley, where she mentioned turquoise and orange were the hot colors of the season. I then realized that without being conscious of it, I had tons of turquoise and orange spaces saved in my inspiration files! Amazing how we can be influenced without even realizing, isn’t it? Pantone’s decision is probably the reason why I recently added turquoise accents to my own living room.

Pantone explained that the color "inspires thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a comforting escape from the everyday troubles of the world."

A coincidence during a time of recession? I think not.

Ann Mack of the creative agency JWT predicted:"Saturated carnival colors - blues, oranges, greens and yellows - will replace 2009's paler palette; think Cirque du Soleil and Alice in Wonderland."

The turquoise and orange combo fits this description perfectly!

via Homes & Gardens

I love the variety of styles created with the same color palette: everything from the relaxed beach cottage feel to tufted tailored glamour! And one thing pops up consistently in each of these rooms; white! I think the touches of white {whether through accessories, furnishings, or on the walls} does so much to enhance the palette. One thing’s for sure…whether bold and punchy, or soft and subtle, I am loving this color combo!

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