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Winter. I hates it.

December 11, 2013

Have I ever mentioned how much winter sucks? I just… hate it. I mean yeah sure softly falling snowflakes can be pretty. But I spend no more than 3% of the winter months cheerfully watching snow fall outside. More often I’m glaring at the driving gusts of whiteness and the poop colored slush on the roads and the layer of ice on my windshield. Not only do we have to put up with freezing temperatures and dangerous driving conditions for several months here in Michigan, the sun decides to set at freaking 5 o’clock. This is not acceptable. I can not be a functioning adult under these conditions. This is me during winter:

hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com

hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com

(These drawings are from Hyperbole and a Half, the best blog ever.)

We’re not even half way through December yet, it’s not even Christmas yet and I’m already bumming hard over this weather. All I have the energy to do is look at pretty things online. Pretty rooms and pretty wedding ideas. And honeymoon locations in Italy that I probably can’t afford.

Hotel Onda Verde

Hotel Onda Verde

Villa La Massa

Villa La Massa

Gorgeous, right? The Amalfi Coast + the Italian Countryside is pretty much the stuff of dreams. Now how about some dreamy dark living rooms that look just perfect for curling up into a little ball on the sofa and hibernating the winter away.

Dreamy Dark Living Room | realestate.com.au | design-vox.com

Dreamy Dark Living Room | paulraeside.com | design-vox.com

Dreamy Dark Living Room | jhinteriordesign.com | design-vox.com

one | realestate.com.au via desire to inspire
two | Paul Raeside
three | Jessica Helgerson

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Living Rooms with Personality

September 13, 2013

Living Rooms with Personality | thedesignfiles.net | design-vox.com

What’s my most favorite thing to decorate with? Personality. I hear you saying, “But Christina, personality is an abstract concept. You can’t plonk a personality down on your coffee table.” But you know what I mean! Exactly what objects qualify will of course vary from home to home, because it’s personal. It’s easy to yawn at this concept but truly, the best designs always seem to radiate with the personal flair and character of the homeowner.

Living Rooms with Personality | insideways.com | design-vox.com

I love how this room is modern but with almost a grandma twist in the details. And so cozy! Fiddle leaf fig trees have been the darling of the design world for years, and now suddenly I badly want a cactus too. It’s so sculptural and interesting and likely hard to kill which is a major plus.

Living Rooms with Personality | elledecor.com | design-vox.com

I am mildly obsessed with how daring and FULL of personality this room is. I just noticed that the wall color is very similar to that of my bathroom, and I’m thinking I need to take notes on how to inject some maturity in there. (It reads a little too baby blue sometimes.) How do you feel about the very worn-in look of the seating? It takes a certain kind of home and a level of commitment to make that look deliberate. How about that bar cart? Ready for a party I’d say! Finally, to me the stars of this room or those portraits. Any kind of portrait but antiques in particular are a weakness of mine. Just the right dash of creepy. They have a way of saying that this homeowner doesn’t take themselves too seriously, which is ironic considering how serious their faces are!

one | Suzy Tuxen and Shane Loorham, photo by Eve Wilson for The Design Files
twoJennifer Bewerse via A Beautiful Mess
three | Elle Decor via Trendey

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Living Rooms from Soft to Bold

August 20, 2013

Living Rooms from Soft to Bold | weekdaycarnival.blogspot.com | design-vox.com

Good morning. I feel like my neck is trying to kill me. 😀 I woke up this morning with shooting pain in my lower-neck upper-back region and it has only gotten worse and stiffer as the day goes on. So now I’m going about my business wincing and holding my head down and to the right like I’m perpetually pouting. Which I kind of am. Cause ow.

Anyways. Check out these fabulous living rooms all shot from a similar angle interestingly enough. I love the soft nearly-neutral colors in this first one. The tight little cluster of art on the wall is so cute and unexpected.

Living Rooms from Soft to Bold | sarahcave.com | design-vox.com

Living Rooms from Soft to Bold | lillybunn.com | design-vox.com

Holy moly I am so enamored with this room. It’s got it all! Brass, a beni ourain rug, a green velvet sofa, etc. Also there’s a hippo, which I find simultaneously bewildering and delightful.

one | Weekday Carnival
twoSarah Cave via desire to inspire
threeLilly Bunn via desire to inspire

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Balanced Eclectic Living Rooms

July 25, 2013

Balanced Eclectic Living Rooms | ingerstedt.se | design-vox.com

Eclectic is definitely a word I would use to describe my favorite designs. A little bit old, a little bit new, a little bit sleek, a little bit plush, a little masculine, and a little feminine. Or possibly a lot of feminine, when the mood strikes. The above room really excels at balancing masculine and feminine touches. It has a great vintage vibe mixed with the more modern white wall and art. It’s pretty clear that whoever lives here is a fun, creative person. The sofa is not something I’d choose but quite a showstopper nonetheless. I really don’t like the rug though.

Balanced Eclectic Living Rooms | anthologymag.com | design-vox.com

Country, Mid-Century, Bohemian, Scandinavian, etc, etc. I can point out so many styles being touched upon in this room and yet it is entirely cohesive. That is quite a feat. A restricted color palette works wonders, folks.

Balanced Eclectic Living Rooms | stylebyemilyhenderson.com | design-vox.com

Le sigh. This is classic Emily Henderson. So comfortable, so fun, an excellent use of plants, a Mid-Century influence updated to feel fresh. I like really want a navy blue velvet sofa and it’s all Emily’s fault. She is notorious for using blue a lot but that’s because it really is such a good color. It’s widely liked by both men and women, it’s calming and cooling, and it’s practically a pseudo-neutral the way it goes well with virtually any color. And it’s purdy. Especially in velvet.

Speaking of blue velvet! My boyfriend convinced me to watch Suspiria (1977) this week and whoa, that is quite a film. The part that is heralded as the most horrifying murder scene ever filmed was not exactly my cup of tea but over all it was an interesting watch largely because of the incredible sets and use of light. Check out these colors.

Suspiria

Suspiria

Suspiria

These my friends, are blue velvet walls. I definitely shouted, “Are those walls velvet?!” The Suspiria sets are probably a tad grander and over-the-top than most of us would actually want in our home, but man are they fun. If you can stomach some grisly, bloody murders and a deeply disturbing soundtrack, it might be worth watching this movie just to see the set design!

one | photo by J. Ingerstedt
two | Anthology via desire to inspire
three | Emily Henderson
Suspiria screenshots found here.

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Busy Beauty

July 9, 2013

Busy Beauty | fernandosantangelo.com | design-vox.com

Busy Beauty | katteutsch.com | design-vox.com

Typically the word “busy” when referring to interior design is not going to be a good thing. But I submit for your consideration that busy isn’t always bad. When it comes to the use of lots of accessories and knick-knacks, there are strong opinions for and against busy rooms. My eyes crave both simple, minimal spaces as well as rooms filled with interesting bits and bobs.

Busy Beauty | stylebyemilyhenderson.com | design-vox.com

The key, when using lots of accessories, is to be very deliberate about your color palette. In the second photo, blues and greens are the focus. In this last living room, the color palette is a little looser (which I prefer) but it is still very thoughtfully put together. The largest areas of the room (the walls, the rug, etc.) are neutral, allowing for a plethora of accessories in several fun colors. This is Emily Henderson’s living room so of course I love it. I would jump out of a moving car for that sofa.

oneFernando Santangelo via Abigail Ahern
twoKat Teutsch via desire to inspire
three | Emily Henderson

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Fancy Ceiling Details

June 10, 2013

Fancy Ceiling Details | 47parkav.blogspot.com | Featured on Design-Vox.com

It is a coincidence that all these living rooms share similarly ornate details on the ceiling. I love them for many other reasons as well. Of course the above room’s ceiling medallion is fabulous. In addition it has amazing black walls perfectly balanced with pink decor. A light ceiling, light floor, and big door letting in natural light also help to balance out all the black. Things to keep in mind if you decide to try black walls.

Fancy Ceiling Details | elle.es/elledeco | Featured on Design-Vox.com

More pink! All over! Does this room say “princess” to you? It doesn’t to me, which is worth nothing since most people think pink walls should be reserved for a little girl’s room.

Fancy Ceiling Details | catherinekwong.com | Featured on Design-Vox.com

The ornate detailing on this ceiling feels very appropriate in this glamorous room. Isn’t this an amazing mix of traditional architecture and modern decor? I just can’t get over that gold filigree molding on the ceiling. I might stare at it all day if I lived here.

one | 47 Park Avenue
two | Elle Decor España via desire to inspire
three | Catherine Kwong via Shop Talk