I’m engaged!

I meant to say this in my post last week and somehow completely forgot. I got engaged! On October 18 my sweet Chris asked me to marry him and of course I said yes. As you can imagine, wedding planning has already started to take over a good part of my brain. We have a couple appointments to tour possible venues this week! Originally we were hoping for a date in October 2014 but so far all of the venues I’ve inquired to are completely booked for 2014… so we’re realizing it might have to be some time in 2015. Neither of us really want to wait that long but on the other hand it does give me more time to figure things out and save up!


Hopefully wedding planning won’t completely take over my life to the point that I can’t still blog at least once a week. It’s been about two and a half years since I started design-vox and despite my sporadic posting I still really enjoy blogging and finding awesome images to share. I’m still kind of surprised that there’s anyone out there who even reads this, haha.  Thank you for being one of those people! :)

Bertrand Benoit | design-vox.com

Of course I’m not going to leave you without some inspiration today. The architecture in the above room is really what makes it so amazing. Those floors. I am super super SUPER over chevron, like I can not handle it on a pillow or backsplash to save my life. But something about a more subtle use of it in beautiful dark wood flooring is permissible to me. I don’t pretend to understand the whims of my own taste in patterns.

Katie Tarses for One Kings Lane | design-vox.com

This is amazing on so many levels. Again, the architecture is fantastic with those high ceilings and beautiful arched window/doors. The element that really makes this design stand out as unique is the excessive use of rugs, which have actually been stitched together. It adds so much to the room. It’s opulent, bold, and playful at the same time. You can see little bits of the red tile floor underneath, and I’m wondering if the intent was to cover that up as much as possible, haha. It doesn’t look overly attractive from what I can see. Would you ever use this many rugs in one space?

Design Within Reach | design-vox.com

This is something I can really get behind. I would love love love to have this dining space in my home. Simple white walls, comfy modern chairs, abundant natural light, and of course that chandelier. Wowee wow. The only thing I would change is the rug, it seems a little dumpy and out of place to me. Let’s get something supah chic and luxe on that floor please.

oneBertrand Benoit
two | Katie Tarses for One Kings Lane via Amber Interiors
three | Design Within Reach via dustjacket attic

Pizzazz Inspiration for the Dining Room

pi·zazz [puh-zaz]
1. energy; vitality; vigor.
2. attractive style; dash; flair.

Pizzazz Inspiration for the Dining Room | elledecor.com | design-vox.com

Pizzazz isn’t a word I use often. But it’s a good one. The dining room is an excellent opportunity to push the boundaries of your own personal glam factor. I’m sure some of you must hate the above room, and not too long ago I would have said the same thing. But if I’ve learned anything from exploring the varied world of interior design over the last few years it’s that wacky can be wonderful and often the loudest, boldest, most unexpected spaces are the most fun and invigorating. We can certainly take some pizzazz pointers from this room.

Pizzazz Inspiration for the Dining Room | degournay.com | design-vox.com

Less crazy, but still exciting and bold. Let’s be real here: the absolute best part of this room bar none is the amazing chandelier that looks like it was custom made for this ceiling. Or possibly the ceiling was custom made for the chandelier. Either way: wowza. A statement chandelier is a sure fire way to add flair to a room!

Pizzazz Inspiration for the Dining Room | nateberkus.com | design-vox.com

Now this is something that I both love and could live with. Even if you don’t have stunning architecture working for you there are ideas to be stolen here. We have a statement chandelier again. Round tables are not as common and therefore visually interesting. The beautiful dark teal walls are dramatic and feel particularly masculine when juxtaposed with leather and steel. Filling the walls with art instantly makes this space personal. The strong masculine feel is perfectly thrown off balance by a simple pink bouquet. It is astonishing the difference flowers can make.

So what do you think? Ready to add some pizzazz to your dining room?

one | Susan Hable, Richard Powers for Elle Decor, via Dicordia Design
two | de Gournay via My White Room
three | Nate Berkus

Casual Dining

Casual Dining | stadshem.se | design-vox.com

Mid-Century Modern furniture lends itself to an easy, casual vibe. That credenza in particular is pretty dang handsome. The plant on the windowsill also contributes to the laid back attitude with its sprawling natural form. The chandelier busts in with some ornate shimmer to mix things up. Well played.

Casual Dining | milesredd.com | design-vox.com

While there’s nothing simple about this little dining space, it still feels very casual largely because it only seats two people. I’ve never really thought about how nice it could be to have a secondary dining area designed to seat no more than two or three. It creates such an easy sense of intimacy. I mean, plenty of people have little breakfast nooks but they often seem to be neglected and not thought of as a big design opportunity. This proves that a table for two can be a really special thing!

Casual Dining | esteestanley.com | design-vox.com

Cozy central over here. Benches are a sure fire way to make things feel casual, even paired with fancier chairs. And of course art is a huge force in setting the tone of a room. That adorable polar bear adds such a sweet playfulness to this lovely space.

one | Stadshem via Feel Inspired
two | Miles Redd
three | Estee Stanley, photo by Laure Joliet, via Because It’s Awesome

Drama In The Dining Room

Quick shout-out: My day was absolutely made when I saw HouseBeautiful chose my blog post “Fancy Ceiling Details” to feature in their Top 5 Blog Posts of the Week. Little old me?! I am giddy and beyond honored.

Drama In The Dining Room | jhinteriordesign.com | Featured on Design-Vox.com

Dining rooms are such a great opportunity to go BOLD. Something about them is just well suited to dramatic moments and showcase pieces. The above room has a fantastic chandelier, the likes of which I’ve admired for a long time. I love the water drop-like glass. I’ve seen many versions of these lights, here is one by Robert Abbey.

Drama In The Dining Room | magnusmarding.com | Featured on Design-Vox.com

If glamorous chandeliers aren’t your thing (Really? How can they not be your thing?), you could opt for a stunning statement with your table and/or chairs.  This table looks like a woodsman hacked it right out of a tree with a few swings of his ax. Such an intriguing and lovely rustic piece. The chairs with their antique form are a wonderful match to the table. Though they’re quite a different style they seem perfectly at home.

Drama In The Dining Room | skonahem.com | Featured on Design-Vox.com

And shabam. Can you even handle this drama? A big ol’ fancy chandelier really is the easiest route to waking up your dining room. This space takes it further with a unique and huge wooden table and the most loveliest of muted lavender rugs. I would switch out the chairs, these seem cheap and out of place. Then plonk some vibrant flowers on the table to top it off. What do you think, would you change anything?

one | Jessica Helgerson, photo by Lincoln Barbour, via desire to inspire
two | Magnus Marding via desire to inspire
three | Skona Hem via 79 ideas


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