Thursday, March 31, 2011

{a few links & musings...}

Lots of eye-candy for you today! A few lovely links to share and a bit of a mish mash of things ... and of course pretty pictures are a must around here :)

1 First, I am guest posting over at Danielle's fabulous blog, Danielle Oakey Interiors {if you haven't discovered her blog yet, you've been missing out!}. She features a fabulous regular series called 'Textiles Thursday,' and today you will find a few of my favorite textiles I've used throughout my home! Here's a little sneak peek, visit her blog to see more:

I have to confess I have been a little tired lately. Stress and work deadlines have got me down. See, I fell in LOVE with Bailey's powder room featured in Rue's 4th issue {just hit virtual news stands last week!} and it was what inspired my 10 tips for a perfect powder room post ... only I forgot to include it in the post. Geesh. I think I need more sleep. So here it is, better late than never!

How fantastic! The whole home is fantastic really {come back tomorrow for the full house tour!}. What caught my eye was the wallpaper, I just wouldn't have thought of this paper for a powder room but it is so pretty. It's Osborne & Little's 'Best In Show' wallcovering:

3 Next up, a fun-tastic little possible DIY project I spotted at a party last weekend, how cute is this vintage lamp? From a far it looked like glimmering jewelry, but look closer and you'll see that the shade is made of old family photos on slides strung together with metal loops!! Love that you can actually see people in the pictures.

4 Sarah 101 wrapped up this week, boy time flies! Did you enjoy the series?? I loved the last episode, Sarah decorated a boring box-of-a-condo with a perfect mix of vintage and modern and a gallery wall to take your breath away! I think the jewel-like dining room and this condo were my favorite episodes {see more of the condo here}. Speaking of Sarah, be sure to pop over to Jen's blog Rambling Renovators for a fabulous Sarah Richardson giveaway!

5  My talented friend Andrea Johnson of the blog From My Living Room just launched a gorgeous new website, check out her porfolio and prepare to swoon! I love her style, classic & pretty with a perfect dose of glam.

6 Finally, just when you thought you already had too many beautiful blogs to's another must read: Canadian designer Meredith Heron has started up a beautiful blog filled with lovely inspiration. Sashay is sure to please, and I am excited to follow along. In case you missed it you can read my Q&A with the fabulous {and fabulously witty} Meredith here. Here's a little taste:

Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

{trendspotting: rosy nudes}

Spring is here, and with the thoughts of baring more skin in the warmer weather we are seeing so many lovely shades of nude! Blush and nude tones dominated the Spring 2011 runways at Chanel and Chloe, and I'm spotting this trend carrying into our interiors quite nicely:

Throw {Barneys}, Heels {Steve Madden}, Pillow {Pier 1 Imports}, Earrings {Max and Chloe}, Blouse {Chloe}, Settee {Jayson Home & Garden}, Bag {Valentino}, Perfume {Chloe}

Have I managed to convince you? This looks like a perfect and pretty spring and summer trend to embrace.

Monday, March 28, 2011

{10 tips for a perfect powder room}

The powder room. The ONE place in your home that allows your guests to shut the door and really take in your decor and style without you watching them. The one place they probably have a little snoop around before exiting. Why not make it perfection?

I've come up with 10 helpful tips that I have learned or picked up here and there, along with some photographic evidence to make you swoon! I have to confess, I have powder room envy ... my current home doesn't have one so in my next home I plan to go NUTS on my very first powder room :)

1. Don't feel restrained by your current decor or color scheme
Even if your home decor is fairly restrained and conservative, the one place where you can use the 'wild card' and go a little crazy is the powder room! This little jewel box can really pack a punch and wow your guests.

2. Don't worry about the amount of lighting
Chances are that no one will be using your powder to do up their whole make-up routine! For a mere powdering of the nose, great lighting isn't totally necessary. So get creative with pretty rather than functional fixtures, and sconces are always a winner in these small spaces!

3. Paneling adds architectural detail
I love the idea of panels or wainscotting for a few reasons: the architectural detail, the brightness {often white} that it can bring, the fact that you can splurge on an expensive wallcovering if the paneling takes up the lower half of your walls, and finally the fact that it can lengthen the life of your expensive wallpaper by prevented it from getting splashed with water if panels are placed directly behind the sink.

4. Go bold with your wallcoverings
If there is a bold print you are dying to try, this is the room to do it! It's a small enough space that you can try things that may be overwhelming on a bigger scale.

5. Use a vanity that is more furniture-like than bathroom-like
Consider refitting a vintage piece with a sink for a glam look, or customize a big box find with fabulous hardware or paint.

6. Keep clutter at bay
Keep the counter top fairly clutter free {as there usually isn't much space}. Having said that, treating your guests to hand cream, perfume, or pretty towels is always appreciated! If you have the space for it, a decorative tray will always keep things looking neat and organized.

7. Hang beautiful artwork
Even though it may seem that you are hiding them away, they will surely be a delightful and sophisticated touch to any one who discovers them.

8. Pick a unique mirror
The powder room mirror doesn't have to be entirely functional, so you can have the flexibility to choose something with an odd shape or vintage patina. Eye catching is the main criteria!

9. Choose flooring that helps your space look bigger than it is
If you can't extend the flooring that is within the rest of your home into your powder room, trick the eye with long tiles laid in a subway pattern, or if your using square tiles simply lay them diagonally in a diamond shape pattern to widen your space.

10. Fresh cut flowers makes every guest happy!
If you're entertaining, picking up a few blossoms makes all the difference in this little space. Alternatively you can use an oil diffuser to help your powder room smell as good as it looks.

Bottom line? Make a statement that is bold, beautiful and creative that your guests will not soon forget!

Friday, March 25, 2011

{house tour: victoria webster}

Two house tours in two days! I thought it would be kinda fun to post a home that is in stark contrast to one I posted yesterday. Do you ever find that you are attracted to very different styles?? I do, I love the refined, light, and restrained esthetic of the home in yesterdays post {designed by William Hefner} just as much as I love the bold, colorful, and unexpected style of today's home which belongs to Victoria Webster and was featured in House & Home last year. These two homes couldn't be more different, but I love them equally!

I wish I could have one house for every style I love!!

Amazing! So many wonderful details, from the laquered walls, to the black trim, to the floor to ceiling tile in the bathroom ... it's quite stunning. There are actually so many more details in the lovely video tour that House & Home has up on their site, check it out here!

Happy Friday to you all :)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

{house tour: william hefner architecture}

A lovely and dreamy space to share with you today, it's designed by William Hefner Architecture and Interiors. I just adore the airy and refined feel of this home, can you only imagine how soothing these rooms would feel? And of course, the millwork throughout is to die for ...

Gorgeous! I am quite smitten with all of the homes featured on William Hefner's website, be sure to check out more here.

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