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
Lately I’m finding myself drawn to old things. Old objects, old furniture, old architecture. Even if something isn’t genuinely antique but it’s made in that style, chances are I’ll favor it. Sometimes new things are just too shiny and pristine. They don’t have the same character and depth.
Starting with an older building makes a huge difference in accomplishing this sort of lived-in vintage look. I had a bit of a moment yesterday when I was thinking about this and realized that when Chris and I start looking for our next home I am probably going to have a mental struggle with the age of the homes. I’m fully aware that the older a home the more likely it will have all sorts of problems and be a headache, but I can’t picture myself in some cookie-cutter brand new digs either. We’ll have to find some sort of happy medium, I suppose. Man would I love some original crown molding though.
We stopped at a local bookstore yesterday and of course I wandered over to the interior design books. There was a used copy of “Really Rural” that I kept picking up. The photos of the few remaining (in the ’90s) authentically rural homes in the French countryside were so enchanting. We’re talking seriously rustic homes with stone walls and fire pits in the kitchen. There is a part of me that would happily move into a home like that and spend my days cooking and cleaning and tending a garden. As long as there’s wi-fi. Got to have wi-fi. (P.S. Apparently you can rent the above home from Sibella Court?! Oh my. I was just drooling over one of her books at the store yesterday.)
one | Studio MRS via desire to inspire
two | The Design Files via Design Stiles
three | Sibella Court via blood and champagne
A dimly lit cozy living room sounds brilliant to me right now. One cup of coffee is not cutting it this morning. Can we talk about that crystal ship chandelier? What a fun way to bring some whimsy to a room. I even know where you can buy that thing. For something so unusual it isn’t as crazy expensive as you might think, though still definitely an investment.
Dark blue walls, a Moroccan rug, and aged camel colored leather. A recipe for great success in my book.
Ah and then there’s cognac leather. I used to find this shade off-putting but now I love it. Of course you could put the most beautiful leather sofa in an otherwise boring or poorly done room and it wouldn’t have nearly the same effect as one in a well designed room like this one. How high are those ceilings anyway?! Yeesh. Also a pop of pink is perfect next to this color of leather. Get yourself some peonies.
one | Jonathan Adler via Abigail Ahern
two | via My Favorite and My Best
three | Architectural Digest via Coco + Kelley
Awesome art collection. Awesome chairs. Just awesome. This is a great example of colorful accessories keeping white walls far from boring.
I’m not sure which aspect of this space I like best: the perfectly pink drapery or the incredible gold chairs.
I am madly in love with the wall paint in this room. You know I love deep moody grays and I would be just as happy if the dark color extended all the way to the ceiling, but this two-tone look creates easy visual interest. It’s a modern paint treatment that ties in with the modern dining table and chairs while the rest of room feels deliciously antique and time-worm. The only thing I would change is that particular shade of fuchsia upholstery is not doing it for me. Maybe coral or gold or burnt orange. What do you think?
one | Jonathan Adler via Abigail Ahern
two | Emily Henderson
three | Dirk Jan Kinet via desire to inspire
I feel particularly grateful for Friday’s arrival this week and these gorgeous, dark bathrooms look like the perfect place for some weekend relaxation. The above room is near perfection to me. I’ve been very drawn to rustic elements lately. Repurposing an old piece of furniture as a vanity works so perfectly here. The use of vintage hardware and lighting gives the room an authenticity and warmth that can not be matched when everything is new. Any room that can pull off two completely different colors of wood flooring is a winner in my book.
Hello blue tile! Not only is the color and fish scale shape of this tile gorgeous, the fact that it is floor to ceiling absolutely makes the room. Floor to ceiling tile is pretty much always a good idea in my book, as long as you really love the tile and it isn’t too busy.
I’m about ready for a weekend nap now, how about you?
one | Jersey Ice Cream Co via Design*Sponge
two | Faye Toogood via 79 Ideas
three | Melanie Acevedo via Camille Styles