Friday, December 30, 2011

{a very happy new year ...}

Happy New Year everyone! Do you have big plans for the weekend? I'll be spending time with family & friends and soaking up the last moments of the holiday. I cannot believe 2011 has come to an end. I look forward to all that 2012 has in store ... it's a very big year for me in my life, I'm turning 30 in 6 months, graduating with a PhD in Biochemistry this spring {I know ... pretty far from interior decor right??}, hoping to travel to Europe for the first time, starting a career and chasing my dreams. I've got a laundry list of things I've written out that I'd like to accomplish before turning 30, some are small - like reading 5 books for fun, or making a point to accessorize more - some are large, like delving into my artwork more seriously and traveling to at least one new place. To mark this important year I've treated myself to a little gift - Kate Spade's 'This is the Year to' Idiom bracelet - cleverly engraved with cheeky resolutions to keep close at hand!
The inside is engraved with 'This is the Year to ...' while the outside reads ... 'play your cards right, lose yourself in a good book, add a twist, make sparks fly.' Cute right? I'm hoping to add a couple of my own phrases engraved to the inside to make it even more personal :) I'll be taking a few moments to reflect on what 2011 meant to me and what I wish to accomplish in the New Year, I hope you will too! Wishing you all the best as you celebrate, xo

Thursday, December 29, 2011

{lusting: sofas with contrasting details}

I am a lover of piping on a sofa. The way that it outlines and emphasizes the shape of the piece is amazing. Currently I am swooning over those sofas with the contrasting square details on the backs ... no idea what to call them so here are a few examples:

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Any one know what these lovely square details are called or the source of these sofas? I know that the sofa in the last image is a William Birch piece, but I have no idea about the others and can't seem to find much info in my searching! Either way they are all lovely, I'd place a sofa like this on my dream home list for sure :)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

{fashion meets decor: kelly green & leopard pt 3}

This is my third kelly green & leopard post ... can anyone say obsessed? {See previous posts here and here}. I've got a pretty kelly green blouse that I have been wearing with a leopard print pom pom scarf and I love the combo!

Christine's {of Bijou and Boheme} fab pillows

Love it all!

PS. If you have the chance, pop by Rambling Renovators to check out my favorite posts from 2011!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

{trends of 2012: bathrooms & doorknobs}

Today I've got the final two picks for my list of predicted trends of 2012: bathrooms that don't immediately scream 'BATHROOM!' and centered doorknobs. I posted about the concept of bathrooms in disguise a while back, and have been seeing it everywhere lately. Incorporating artwork, lighting, and furniture you wouldn't normally think to place in the bathroom is all the rage!

And secondly, centered doorknobs are making their way from Europe to North America. I posted earlier this month about circular moldings on doors, but the centered doorknob can be present with or without the millwork. Let's take a look at these two trends:

Love it! Now let's take a peek at those centered doorknobs. Apparently some are cosmetic, while others have a mechanism running the width of the door to allow them to function. Either way they are chic!

Ok, so now that I've shared 5 trends I predict for this upcoming year {warm metals in the kitchen, watercolors, tangerine tango, and the two listed in this post}, I want to get some dialogue going and hear what all of YOU think! What did I miss? Something you feel like you've been seeing everywhere??

Let's give this a try, here are a few Q's you can copy and paste into the comments below to get the conversation started, I'd love to hear what you think!!

What was your favorite trend of 2011?:
What trend was over-done this year?:
What trends do you expect to see in the New Year?:
What's the next project you're tackling at home?:

Here are my own answers:

What was your favorite trend of 2011?: Warm metals! I added a touch of gold to my home & my wardrobe :)
What trend was over-done this year?: Toss up between ikat and chevron, I like both but we sure saw them a lot!
What trends do you expect to see in the New Year?: Pretty watercolors in fabrics, wallpapers, and art.
What's the next project you're tackling at home?: Finally painting all my interior doors black! I don't know what took me so long to decide.

Monday, December 26, 2011

{and the winner is ...}

Sorry for the delayed post today! I've been having too much fun with family & friends, enjoying laughter and food, movies and music .... I could go on! I hope you had a most wonderful holiday and are enjoying the last fleeting moments of 2011. I didn't brave the shops for Boxing Day, but I'm sure I'll venture out later this week ... was anyone brave enough to attempt it? Any exciting finds?

As promised, here is the winner of my art print giveaway:

Hope you enjoy this print Sheila! Be sure to email me with your mailing address. Thanks soooo much to all who entered!! And a big thank you to Ashlina over at The Decorista for posting my artwork as displayed in her bathroom this weekend ...

Friday, December 23, 2011

{from my home to yours ...}

"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were so afraid. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.'"
- Luke 2:8-11

Merry Christmas everyone! Have a wonderful weekend with those you love, and stay safe! I'll see you back here on Monday to announce the winner of my art print giveaway - you can still enter here until then. Happy Holidays and hugs to all of you!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

{trends of 2012: pantone's color of the year}

Pantone has presented their pick for the 2012 color of the year: Pantone 17-1463 Tangerine Tango! This deep shade of orange has red undertones - I would almost call it a blood orange. Last year's hue was a deep pink - Honeysuckle - it seems we are following the same trend of a bright & cheerful, feel-good color ...

Christian Siriano Spring 2012 collection

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Derek Lam Spring 2012 collection

So what do you think, could you see this color filtering into homes, fashions, and marketing this year? I think it would make a lovely addition to my 2012 spring wardrobe!! Funny to think ahead to spring on the first official day of winter :)

Don't forget to enter my art print GIVEAWAY here!! Contest ends Monday December 26th.

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