I wish I could explain why I am so drawn to old decrepit things. Some of course are just ugly or outdated, but there’s something about certain objects and rooms. Despite crumbling bits and worn corners they are brimming with charm. I suppose it has a lot to do with a feeling that they have a story to tell, that they’ve been around a while and are therefore imbued with the character and personality of the people and events that have touched them. Public vintage bathrooms have never been so lovely as the one above. 😉 I have a particular fondness for cracking and peeling walls. Time has turned it into art.
Just adding a few vintage touches to a room can transform it from bland and unexciting to welcoming and intriguing. The vintage-style mirrors in this bathroom are adorable. And how about that tile? Pretty much everyone likes subway tile and I love how this has the same basic look but the tiles have a handmade, wavy and uneven look. Super charming.
I found some seriously stunning tile recently when I was looking for ideas for our kitchen (which may or may not be remodeled some time in the near future). Check out these lovelies that could work just as easily in bathrooms as on a backsplash.
All from Tabarka Studio: one | two | three | four
That tub. That tile! The perfect vintage touches in a clean, modern room.
If you can plop giant wild flower arrangements on the sinks in your vintage bathrooms that always helps too. 😉
one | Yatzer via blood and champagne
two | source unknown
three | IAMU Collective via Bohemian Diesel
four | source unknown
five | Design*Sponge
I have a bit of exciting news! Last week I spontaneously decided that I was finally going to move design-vox to self-hosting, rather than being hosted by WordPress which it is currently. I’ll still be using WordPress as a platform but this will allow me a lot more freedom with customizing the blog. Also, as part of the change design-vox is getting a brand new look! I am hopeful that by the time I post again it will be up and running! It will be the same web address, and nothing should change as far as any subscription that you may have to the blog. That is something that I’m still a little mystified by that I think I need to get help with. If you notice anything odd with the site as the transition occurs I do apologize and feel free to let me know. Now back to our regular programming…
I love rustic elements in any room of the house but something about rustic kitchens really make me swoon. Worn wood, vintage copper pots, natural touches. I need my country house now, please.
Normally I would say my dream kitchen involves white marble and black cabinets but a kitchen like this one sure verges on coming out on top.
one | Eve Wilson for The Style Files
two | Local Milk
three | blood & champagne
four | source unknown
five | Eva Kosmas Flores via Design*Sponge
six | Heather Hester
Hello! I’m alive! I’m blogging! I’m married! That happened. As I suspected, in the weeks leading up to my wedding on May 23 I was forced to put the blog on one of many back burners. I’m amazed how some bloggers manage to keep blogging right through big changes or events in their lives, though I suppose if it’s your full time job you find a way to make it happen. Alas, I am back at my actual full time job as of this Monday. The good news is that our wedding was about as perfect as you could hope for; perfect weather, everything fell into place, and our guests had a blast. I am so stinkin’ excited to see the photos from Kelly Sweet. In the mean time here is a little sneak peak of me and my amazing bouquet by Shelby Ferguson. I will definitely be sharing more photos once I receive them!
Now let’s get back into the reason you come here: design! I have three lovely shots of work spaces for you today accompanied by images I thought complimented them. I’ve been having fun the last few posts finding these extra photos to deepen the feeling the interior design shots invoke, or just to play around with color schemes.
Oh how I love a chalky matte black wall. Matte black anything is appealing to me lately.
Sleek white walls paired with rough, worn antiques is a beautiful juxtaposition. I’m less of a crusader for white walls than I used to be though I will still happily defend them against those who find them boring or just ugly. The key is to pair white with good design. A white room decorated with little thought or care is going to be boring and probably ugly (sorry not sorry). But a white room decorated with personality and patience can be stunning.
Wowee wow. This is why I’m less into white walls than I used to be. Dark blue and black are colors I am itching to use more of. While this room is a bit more colorful than I would personally go, it’s undeniably awesome and fun, would you agree?
one | My Wedding photographed by Kelly Sweet
two | Modern Hepburn via irordoco
three | Linda Lomelino via 79 ideas
four | Architectural Digest via nicety
five | Kelly O’Connor
six | Hillary Thomas via desire to inspire
seven | original source unknown / vintage image
I am forever daydreaming about moving to the country. Fresh air, open fields, long country roads, and beautiful country homes that show their age and offer a simplicity and sense of calm. Just being surrounded by more nature would improve my daily mood.
I’m not quite as in to all white rooms as I used to be but this collection of white serving dishes and linen is a dream. Because everybody needs three big soup tureens and four matching pitchers, right?
I’m not the only one that positively swoons over ragged old perfectly aged architecture, am I? I wish there were any homes as old and classy as this where I live. The US is just too young of a country. I want more old things. I realized that so many of my favorite Etsy shops are selling vintage items from Europe, particularly France. That’s where all the good old stuff is.
Although some new build homes in the country are pretty alluring too!
I hope your weekend is as warm and comfortable as these images make me feel!
one | Pine & Cuttlebones
two | Jeanne d’Arc Living
three | Felix van de Gein via blood and champagne
four | Free People Blog
five | Arch Daily
six | Unable to find source
It has been a little too long since I last blogged and for that I apologize although those of you with keen memories may recall that I am getting married next month holy crap. Pretty much as soon as I realized it was March my brain went severely into wedding mode and almost all of my free time has been spent on either planning or decompressing from all the planning. I have missed so much in the blog world and today I dipped my toe back in and remembered why I love reading and writing about interior design! There’s something about beautiful images that I find so therapeutic. Even though I’m not lying in that perfectly undone bed, imagining it is calming and puts a smile on my face.
One of my favorite things to do is scroll through my Pinterest pins because it puts me in such a delicious, mellow, inspired mood. Obviously I love photos of interiors but all sorts of things inspire me so today I thought I’d interject a little bit to flesh out the visual story of this post and give you some more pretty things to enjoy.
It seems most people could use more sleep than they’re getting and I am no exception. A long vacation spent lounging on a gorgeous bed like this sounds about right.
Ready for that nap yet?
one | Brigette Muller
two & four | Anna Ławska + Piotr Czyż via Miss Moss
three | desire to inspire
five | sf girl by bay
Classy wallpaper and a lucite crib. Wow. I wonder how many fingerprints they are constantly wiping off that crib. I can’t quite decide if it would be worth it.
I adore the palest pink hue of these walls and the rustic styling.
Now that is what I call a bassinet. Everything about this space is just perfect. For a lot of people the wallpaper may be too “out there” but I absolutely love it. It’s so perfect for a whimsical nursery.
one | Emily Henderson
two | Tamsin Carvan via The Design Files
three | The Hostess Haven photographed by Jamie Street via 100 Layer Cake-let