Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!


  puhlmann-parasol via paris atelier

I hope running into 2010 brings wonders to you all!    

Happy New Year!

{Photograph by Rico Puhlmann via Paris Atelier}

Monday, December 28, 2009

White on White Bedrooms

There’s something so calming, clean and fresh about white bedrooms.  While the first reaction of some people may be that white is lacking in color/excitement/interest, I think these rooms absolutely prove otherwise.  There are so many ways to enhance a white room without saturating it with another color.

brabourne farm white bedroom with canopy

I adore this pretty bedroom with it’s canopy curtains and elegant headboard.  The ceiling height shelves running up the back wall heighten this room and frame the bed further.  The room may not be that wide given the camera shot of this photo, but how can one say this room isn’t grand?



If fabric is creating the interest in your white room, invest in a fabric that is worthy and hire the right person to do the work.  Notice the layering going on this room- underneath the canopy and curtains is an upholstered headboard and at the foot of the bed is a curvy bench.  The contrast of color and curviness of this bench definitely becomes a focal point.


blueprint bliss whtie bedroom 2

Varying shades of white can create a very soothing palette.  This pink tinted white fabric softens this bedding and the gathering of the ceiling canopy is a pretty feminine detail.  The scalloped canopy edge is a great detail.  This bed has exceptional tailoring- who could say it was was lacking in thought!?!


emily j followill photography white bedroom

Curtains don’t always have to be heavy- these gauzy sheer ones give an ethereal feeling to this bedroom.  The masculine bed frame and dark desk contrast this airiness so well.  I love the icy silver/blue undertones in the white paint and bedding.


surroundings blog white bedding with iron canopy bed

When a bed’s frame is left exposed it can become THE focal point in the room.  Campaign beds are excellent for this.  The linens actually becomes secondary to the lines of this iron bed.  And if you wanted to change the look you can easily dress it in panels a la Mimmi O’Connell:

cdt mimmi o'connell campaign bed


Veranda Jan Feb 2009 - Donna Temple Brown Pam Pierce0006

Contrast can be very subtle such as this beautiful floral arrangement and tapestry pillow.  I think the footstool next to the high bed is so cute.


Traditional Home Holiday 2007- Joan Colangelo interior0009

This is one of my favorite bedrooms.  The painted screen backdrop is gorgeous behind the crisp & fluffy white pillows.  Love the bleached herringbone floor too! 



Instead of one statement art piece, white can be a wonderful backdrop to a collection of smaller wall hangings.

 The White Home 10004


bhg creamy bedroom

This room itself is rather plain (at least what we can see of it) but the cheetah print carpet definitely livens things up.  I think the great shape of this headboard is emphasized even more because of it’s cream upholstery.


bobby mcalpine house beautiful nov 2002 bedroom

Another favorite room, I love the subtleties and layers Bobby McAlpine has created in this room.  The half-height screen behind the bed is a great way to float a bed in the middle of the room and still keep it grounded.  The nail head trim on the headboard and the tone on tone white linens add just the right amount of pattern.



If I had a fireplace like this in my bedroom I probably wouldn't care if I had tarps for bed linens!  Slight exaggeration, but still this is a beautiful fireplace!


 vicente wolf 1

Vicente Wolf knows how to design one heavenly looking bed, doesn’t he?  The white doors add so much to this space- can you imagine how different they would look without their molding?  Another very cool detail in this room is the floating shelves in front of the window. 


Thomas O Brien

The doors in this room are what make it as well.  While reflecting mirrors towards a bed can be a little Vegas-y, these are done in antique mirror to diffuse the reflectivity and add lots of character. 


chez vous voltaire bedroom 2 angle b1 copy

Lighting fixtures can also become a wonderful focal point in a white room.  These French wall lanterns are such beauties.


  Decorno Stacey Bowers Bedroom 2

    Shiny crystal always looks good and adds some glamour.


   Decorno Stacey Bowers Bedroom

Another favorite bedroom, this headboard and Italian chandelier are stunning accents to an otherwise neutral room.



Clearly, white rooms are anything but dull!

To spice up a white room without color:

-Fabrics as canopies or bed draperies can create instant architectural interest

-Focus on the rooms architectural details such as a fireplace mantle, wall molding, or windows and doors

-Use a furniture piece that contrasts the white and becomes even more of a statement

-Let the artwork/wall hangings become the focus without competing with the artwork

-Accent with a fantastic and subtle pattern, i.e. an area rug or an antique tapestry pillow

-Accent with a statement lighting fixture

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas


Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope you’ve survived the chaotic month of December and are enjoying a peaceful and joyous day!

While holiday shopping is not always a pleasure, one of it’s perks is checking out the store displays of Christmas decor.  This year I saw so many delightful tree ideas… so many different types, color schemes, and styles to go ga-ga over!


A pretty red and green traditional tree is so festive.  Look at all the pretty pine boughs Willows Home & Garden has used in their backdrops, and especially those on their chandelier! 


On the other side of the store is a silver stunner.  Mercury glass and twinkle lights are so elegant, especially in a French or Gustavian inspired interior. 


     And now for my favorite unusual tree… a french wine drying rack tree!

This one is at Trouve, one of my favorite shops in town for anything and everything gorgeous.  It’s over 6’ tall and so unique.  I absolutely love it, don’t you!?! 

Lisa in the background did the decorating for this one and as usual she outdid herself!  The bow topper had already come down from this tree, but it still is very cool isn’t it!


Another wine rack tree at the chicest grocery/eatery/hip spot in Phoenix, La Grande Orange, this one slightly smaller in scale, and just as charming.


And who can forget adorable mini trees.  Don’t these tinsel ones look fantastic as a centerpiece?!?

Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!!

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  Luke 2:14

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Elegant & Understated Christmas Decor

My favorite Christmas decorations are those that are simple and fresh- lots of live greenery, white accessories and blooms,  and a little glitz of silver & gold. 

Habitually Chic pointsettias

White poinsettias for some class and a jingle ball wreath for some glamour- love it!


Villa Anna Christmas tablescape white

Mini boxwood wreaths can be used in so many ways- hanging in front of windows or mirrors, on the back of chairs, around candles…  


country living black buffet and wreath

Green apples, pears, and limes can be great accessories. 


Habitually Chic florals

And of course, flowers are one of the easiest accessories!  White blooms work for me anytime of year, but add a few pinecones or pine branches and it is the perfect balance of rustic chic.

Habitually Chic tablescape


Habitually Chic wreath

Simple green pine or boxwood wreaths get me every time.  Not only are they so pretty but also so easy to assemble (for those of us who can’t manage a fancy craft project this time of year!!).


martha stewart cushion moss wreath 

This is a wreath I loved at first sight and could be used at many times of the year too, minus the garland and Christmas Tree topiaries of course.


small tree via surroundings blog

Are you a sucker for great ribbons?  Me too!  This one seems to add just the right festive touch.

Keeping it simple appeals in so many ways.  I find these colors are a breath of fresh air… especially after a trip to the mall and being bombarded with overwhelming store decor! 

What’s your favorite color to implement this season?

{Photos via Habitually Chic, Villa Anna, Country Living, Martha Stewart, Surroundings}

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Hello again!

blue board

Long time no talk!

I’ve been working on a project for a new client who’s been keeping me pretty distracted lately even though I haven’t officially met him yet.  He’ll be moving into his new digs this April whether I’m ready or not!  Yes, our family is going to have a real baby instead of just a furry canine one!

So instead of searching for style lately I’ve been searching for everything there is to know on babies, baby products (which is a whole education in itself!), and of course nursery decor! 

Thank you for being patient during the first trimester blogging hiatus and hope you’re doing well!


Hopefully the new baby will sleep as well and easily as this one does!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

In the Kitchen: Stainless & Satin

petersham nursery kitchen

I wonder what gown she wears on Thursday nights?!?

{Photo via Petersham Nurseries}

Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday Flowers: Pink & Purple Hydrangea Love

 pink hydrangea by 416 florist dot com

brabourne farm white jugs with pink hydrangea

google pink hydrangeas in conservatory

flickr andrew henwood pink hydrangea


Provencal Escapes 10019

country living purple hydrangea

    villa anna starirway with hydrangeas

martha hydrangeas

 veranda cover with hydrangea

petersham nurseries hydrandgea       

{Photos via 1. 416 Florist, 2. Brabourne Farm, 3. Google Images, 4. Flickr, 5. Provencal Escapes by Caroline Clifton-Mogg, 6. Country Living, 7. Villa Anna, 8. Martha Stewart, 9. Veranda, 10. Petersham Nurseries}

Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday Flowers

endless inspiration gerber daisies

Love the mirror, love the demi-john turned lamp, love the flowers, love the weekend!

{Photo via Endless Inspiration}

Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday Flowers

About this time of year when I was a teenager, my family would go to Cape Cod with some of my parents best friends.  We’d enjoy long days at the beach, read lots of books, and oogle at the beautiful hydrangeas that are everywhere. We’d also debate whether it’s pronounced “Hydr-ann-gea” or “Hy-drain-gea” (according to a certain Bostonian as well as the Minnesota hy-drain-gea authority)… But to-may-to to-mah-to, hydr-ann-gea, hy-drain-gea nobody could debate that they weren’t gloriously beautiful!  And for one week the only family bickering would be about which color is the prettiest.  I think you can guess which side I took…

domino blue hydrangea


  veranda cover with stiped chair


 cdt blue hydrangea 



 shannon fricke Blue Flowers


 simply seleta blue and white tablescape


    fifi flowers blue and white tablescape via ballard deisgns

flickr hokiechick01 hydrangea




{Photos via Domino, Veranda, Cote de Texas, Martha Stewart, Shannon Fricke, Simply Seleta, Fifi Flowers, Flickr}

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