Gorgeous Dining Rooms

Gorgeous Dining Rooms | virginiamacdonald.com | design-vox.com

For some reason it has been just shy of a year since I posted any dining room photos. Where all the luscious dining rooms at? Well here’s a few for you. I just love this room’s simple, understated look that still feels personal and special. And the way they hung the art from strings attached to the ceiling? Such a neat idea that adds subtle visual interest. And when in doubt, add some pink flowers.

Gorgeous Dining Rooms | jhinteriordesign.com | design-vox.com

My mind is slightly boggled by all the different wood tones here. It can be a little scary mixing woods but time and again I see examples of it working beautifully.

Gorgeous Dining Rooms | blairharris.com | design-vox.com

I adore this. Creamy white walls paired with black window frames is a big win. I honestly love everything about this room. Get in my house!

one | Virginia MacDonald via desire to inspire
two | Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, Lincoln Barbour, via dustjacket attic
three | Blair Harris via desire to inspire

Wood Finishes in the Bathroom

Wood Finishes in the Bathroom | design-vox.com

Wood is a material that most minds don’t leap to when it comes to bathrooms. We all know that wood is susceptible to water damage and the bathroom is the wettest room of the house. But it is possible to treat wood to be more resistant to moisture and the payoff can be huge in terms of adding warmth and texture. The floor is the most obvious surface to install wood but there’s many more options as well, like the ceiling! Don’t you just love this rustic bathroom?

Wood Finishes in the Bathroom | thedesignfiles.net | design-vox.com

Here they’ve (perhaps wisely) foregone wooden flooring and instead used unpainted wood for the cabinetry as well as what appears to be plywood on the ceiling. Plywood is somewhat of a trendy material right now but I’ll be honest, I’m not a big fan. I understand the cool factor of leaving something looking unfinished, I just do not find plywood attractive. The rest of this bathroom is heavenly, though. Here the brick wall works in tandem with the wooden finishes keeping the room earthy and warm despite its concrete floor.

Wood Finishes in the Bathroom | thedesignfiles.net | design-vox.com

A wood-clad tub is an even more unconventional use of the material, and it’s lovely! Hopefully they sealed the wood thoroughly and dry splashes immediately… probably not the most practical tub for a family with children. But ooo so pretty. I’m particularly fond of this bathroom’s hanging towel bar. I’ve never seen anything like that before and it feels both luxurious and whimsical. Fun!

one | blood and champagne
two | Alex Kennedy, photo by Eve Wilson, via The Design Files
three | Wood Melbourne, styling by Stephanie Stamatis, photo by Tara Pearce, via The Design Files

Glamorous White Kitchens

Glamorous White Kitchens | interieurs finnie & ward | design-vox.com

I am consistently drawn to white kitchens. Or near whites like off-white, cream, or very light gray. When done right white kitchens feel so classy and clean, and of course bright. The above kitchen is a little traditional for my tastes but who am I kidding, I’d be thrilled to cook in it.

Glamorous White Kitchens | peppermintbliss.com | design-vox.com

And then you add brass and I’m like “awww yiss”. It’s funny, I have some acquaintances who are notoriously a little stuck in the ’80s with their decoration choices so naturally they love brass. When I’m around people poking fun at them for their outdated style and the topic of brass comes up I always want to leap up and say, “No, they actually have that one right!” I have come to their aid before trying to explain that there’s a difference between nasty, overly yellow, cheap-looking brass and gorgeous, rich, quality brass finishes. One day they’ll all believe me… one day.

Glamorous White Kitchens | christinedovey.com | design-vox.com

And then you add a pop of pink flowers, an ornate vintage chandelier and a waterfall of Carrara marble and basically we all have to give up because no one is going to top this. I’m kidding, to a point. Because seriously this kitchen is so delicious. Very near my absolute dream kitchen. Would you agree?

one | interieurs finnie & ward,  leona mozes photograry, via dustjacket attic
two | Bailey McArthy, photography by Kimberly Chau, via Style Me Pretty
three | Christine Dovey, photography by Ashley Capp, via Style Me Pretty

Living Rooms You’ve Never Been In Before

Living Rooms You've Never Been In Before | hm.com/gb/department/HOME | design-vox.com

For many people including myself, the living room is the most lived-in room of the home (so I suppose it’s rather aptly named, har har). Obviously we want every space in our homes to feel decorated and personal, but if you’re short on time, funds, or inspiration, it’s always a good idea to focus first on the room you spend the most time in. And yet how many living rooms have you been in that feel decidedly un-inspired, not bad just not very good either. Where’s the interest, the personality?

Living Rooms You've Never Been In Before | oldbrandnewblog.com | design-vox.com

I’m not trying to knock people who genuinely are just most comfortable decorating in the basic, “safe” way that they’re used to seeing. Not everyone cares as much as I do, ha. But if you’re reading this blog you probably care at least a little bit. I love this collection of living rooms today because when I look at each one I think, “I’ve never visited a home that looked like that before.” That’s not say there aren’t hundreds of homes out there with styles like this, but it certainly isn’t common and you can tell that these homeowners have gone out of there way to create lively rooms with interesting details.

Living Rooms You've Never Been In Before | lonny.com | design-vox.com

This last one is certified cray and not something I would ever copy, but if I walked into a home and this was their living room I would bow down to their decorating gall. It’s traditional granny with a liberal use of leopard print and a Chinoiserie/Asian influence. Who on earth thinks to combine these things? This sort of unafraid, highly personal design is what I find most exciting in interiors.

I challenge you to find something to decorate with that you love but that your hypothetical neighbor would never consider. Plop that down in your room and just see how much of a transformation it makes. It could be something as simple as a wildly colored throw pillow or a big fine art photography print on the wall. Or maybe you’re a more subtle chap and something like pom pom fringed drapery would send you over the moon (I know I love it). Bottom line: go with what makes you happy!

one | H&M Home via 79 ideas
two | Old Brand New via desire to inspire
three | Lonny Magazine

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