Thursday, September 30, 2010

{trendspotting: lovely lacquered walls}

High gloss paint adds a liquid-like lustrous sheen to any space! September's issue of House Beautiful highlights an apartment designed by Todd Klein that boasts lacquered walls in almost every room. I love that you can see the reflection of light bouncing off the walls, it really gives a dreamy look.

Todd Klein via House Beautiful

Todd Klein via House Beautiful

Aren't these walls as shiny as glass? It really adds warmth to the space. Fabulous!

Rob Southern

Can you imagine a candle-lit dinner in a room like this? I bet it would be spectacular.

I love pretty much everything about this feminine office space, from the black glossy walls, to the desk, to the gallery wall, oh my!

Before you run out to buy some high-gloss paint, be warned that it sounds pretty tough to get it just right! Todd Klein explains, "High-gloss paints highlight every dimple and rough spot, so the surface has to be absolutely perfect. You have to have at least two coats of plaster, sanded in between. The lacquering requires layer upon layer of thinned oil paint, with each of those coats sanded in between." Hard work, but I'd say from the evidence above that it sure seems to pay off!

Monday, September 27, 2010

{louis has learned the art of texting}

Louis-style chairs have been spotted sporting lovely script fabrics, and I am a big fan of this trend. What a perfect way to add a touch of pattern and femininity!

Style at Home's November issue features two chairs with flirty script fabric on the back {Elte and CamillaHouse}, and I think they bring just the right amount of glam and sophistication to the table {pardon the pun}!

Carolyn Quartermaine is the queen of French script fabrics. I love her sumptuous use of bold color, silk, and romantic scrolling text. Quartermaine is an artist, fabric designer and stylist who has worked on projects for Hermes, Vogue Living, and Louis Vuitton. As you can see in her work below, Louis XV chairs become sculptural pieces in modernist settings!

I could think of endless possibilities for these gorgeous script fabrics!

{my beauty bag}

Happy Monday everyone!

Today I am guest-blogging for the lovely {fellow Canadian!} Liz over at Wallpaper, where I share my "beauty secrets" for her Beauty Bag series! Head over to find out what products are on my must-have list, as well as the one item I wouldn't dare walk out the door without!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

{inky blue is the new black}

I love the glamorous and cozy look of black walls, and don't let the title of this post fool you... black paint is still a big trend right now.

However, I've been noticing another little trend popping up; dark, inky blue walls create a similarly warm, den-like feel. The rooms below might be enough to convince you to move on over to the dark side {at least in a library, bedroom, or any other space that doesn't require a lot of light}.

The current issues of both House & Home and Style at Home have great examples of this, they've got me wanting to run out and buy a can of inky blue paint for my home office!

The October issue of House & Home

The October issue of Style at Home

The November issue of Style at Home

It's even cozy in the bedroom:

Glossy inky blue walls, books, and herringbone floors. Perfection.

These inky indigos seem well-suited to a den-like space, I'm loving this look!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

{fashion meets interior design}

I just love examples of interior decor directly translating into fashion {or the vice versa}, and this one here is a keeper! It's no secret that I am smitten with medallion prints, especially when it comes to lovely wallcoverings. Check out this glamorous gold medallion trench coat from the Spring 2010 Dries Van Noten collection:

Romo carries a medallion print wallcovering that is to die for, you might recognize it from the first season of Sarah's House:

Kiku via Romo

Medallion prints are so lovely, and especially in metallics. So ... I'll take the trench coat, and one wall of the Kiku paper in my master bedroom please!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

{pretty poufs are everywhere!}

While in Egypt I tried to keep my eyes peeled for any decor trends I could spot. On thing was for sure, I came across poufs everywhere!! These little creations are often referred to as Moroccan poufs, although as far as I am concerned they are as Egyptian as they are Moroccan, because I can remember having them in our home growing up {Mom, if you're reading this, I remember them in dark green...does my memory serve me right?}

A street market we visited in Sharm El Sheik

Sources from left to right: Moroccan Prestige, Authentic Morocco, and Calypso.

Poufs have been trendy in North America for the passed few years, and they are still going strong. They come in so many colors, there is surely one to fit your decor! You can pick one up from John Derian's shop for $285 a pop, or grab a more modest version from Ebay seller Crafts of Egypt for only $19.99.

I was excited to see a lovely pouf from Table Tonic featured in the premier issue of Rue, they carry such a wide variety of colors!

These mini-ottoman's are ideal for additional seating, they make great foot rests, and they can add color and prettiness to any room! Just look at the evidence :)

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

If Kelly Wearstler placed them in her kid's rooms, you know poufs are cool.

Kelly Wearstler

Metallics are particularly hot right now:

Amanda Nisbet

Jonathan Adler

How about white poufs for a nursery?? Dreamy! {And you can probably wipe them up easily when things aren't that dreamy}

Serena & Lily

via decorpad

I think if it were me I'd go for the classic and restrained look; simple black with contrasting stitching to show off the structure. Yum.

via decorpad

Which would you choose??

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