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
This is now the third time I have posted about using black in kitchen design. It hadn’t occurred to me before but it seems pretty clear that I should try to work black into my next kitchen. One of the random little things I remember from the interior design classes I took is the idea that every room should have at least a little bit of black. I’m not sure if this is something most interior designers live by but my instructor seemed pretty confident about it and I think she was spot on. I find black to be grounding, dramatic, modern, and somehow calming. My eye likes to rest on black. It’s a fantastic neutral that works beautifully with of course white and virtually any other color as well. Yes even brown wood tones.
A lot of people are a little afraid of black. It wouldn’t be classified as a “safe” color and it’s not commonly used where I’m from, certainly not in large doses like on cabinetry. To avoid making your room feel too dark you can balance it out with plenty of lighter surfaces as they’ve done in the above kitchen. Good natural light (and artificial as well) also keeps black from feeling overly heavy.
Honestly I kind of like the heaviness of black. As long as the rest of the room is well decorated, moody dark walls or cabinets can create a cozy feeling. If you’re not convinced check out Kim of desire to inspire’s near-black living room. So lovely!
one | Blair Harris via desire to inspire
two | Blakes London via blood and champagne
three | Claire Delmar via french by design
These images are mocking me today because the only place I feel like being is in bed. I was bit by a cat (not my own) two days ago, which might not sound like a big deal but deep cat bites can get infected very easily. According to the doctor I saw 85% of them do. Fortunately so far I am not seeing signs of a serious infection, and I’m taking antibiotics to keep it that way. The worst part has been the pain in my arm from a tetanus shot. I feel rather pitiful.
I am enamored with “messy” beds. Certainly someone did take the time to style these photos but it’s not too hard to pull off the half-fixed bed look especially if you have bedding that works well for it. I registered for some nice black linen bedding and I’m so hoping we receive it. That would be a major upgrade from the cover-less white duvet and scratchy pink blanket we’re currently using.
This bedroom is a little too pristine looking for me but all is forgiven when black walls, fuzzy throws, and hints of brass are involved. Phenomenal use of varying textures here.
one | The Design Files
two | Petra Bindel and Emma Persson Lagerberg via blood and champagne
three | Holiday House Hamptoms via dustjacket attic