The interior design images I am most consistently enthralled by are the quirky ones. The ones full of personality and bold pieces. The ones that give you the impression that the person that lives there is cuckoo in the best possible way. This of course should be tempered with a certain level of taste and grounded with some timeless elements. I say that somewhat reluctantly because truly I believe you should decorate in whatever way makes you happiest, even if many might not call it tasteful. You do you. Especially if that includes little clothed duck dolls perched inside a glass cloche display.
There are not many who have the gumption to use a wallpaper like this. I don’t think I do. But man do I respect it. You can see that the entire room is not wallpapered (at least the wall to the left is white) which was definitely a good call. Stepping into a whole room of that might feel like what I imagine taking acid feels like. The floor is also a clean white, so clearly these folks understand the benefit of balancing quirky with timeless. The Andy Warhol hearts artwork perfectly breaks up the wall of flowers creating a welcome break and focal point for your eyes.
This bedroom vignette isn’t too wacky, but it definitely has personality to spare. Can we talk about the “cat” artwork with a man’s face superimposed over the cat’s? So silly and usual, and undoubtedly can make a person smile every time they see it. I’m realizing that that table lamp is a lot like one I just bought for a song at the antiques mall. It’s also a brass base but in a different shape. Didn’t come with a shade. I popped a vintage style Edison bulb on it and suddenly it’s the most charming little table lamp you ever did see. The base literally cost like two bucks. When I saw the price tag I said out loud to myself, “Why yes I will buy you for two dollars adorable little table lamp!” Please tell me I’m not the only one that gets goofy at the antique store.
one | Milk via desire to inspire
two | Lonny via desire to inspire
three | Old Brand New
If you live somewhere that’s seen a lot of snow this week, you’re probably already sick of hearing about and dealing with it. So I won’t elaborate about how much it sucks and instead let’s focus on the lovely idea of curling up at home and ignoring the swirling snow globe landscape out the windows.
This rooms dark walls are very appealing to my eyeballs today. All that bright snow reflecting outside is giving me a headache. Draw the curtains, dim the lights, and get to know your sofa a little better.
I love the personality of this room and it certainly looks like a place I could hibernate in, though I require a comfier sofa and the ability to put my feet up. I never tire of textural treatments on walls and the subtle two-tone look applied here elevates everything. A cozy, quirky room is just what the doctor ordered for me right about now.
one | Pennyweight
two | Jake Curtis
three | Design*Sponge
Usually the design for children that catches my eye is on the neutral side; cute and comfortable but with a sophisticated grown-up undertone and maybe just some pops of color. Then every once in a while I see rooms like these that are brightly colorful and definitely “kiddish”. When done well they are wonderful too! I mean, ice cream cone bedding? Adorable.
This is honestly a little too much color for me. It’s the peach wall that puts it over the top. If it was a super soft, light peach I’d be more on board. But that rug is so fun and of course the tent is awesome.
The color in this room is dialed back but it’s still very playful and sweet. Say yes to mint green hutches. I love wallpaper for a kid’s room. Anewall has some very cool options, I adore their affordable murals!
one | Sack Me! via The Design Files
two | The Design Files
three | Lantliv via Lina Ostling
While I love and appreciate rooms that are minimalist, rustic, or laid-back bohemian, I also love and appreciate maximalism and refined luxury. The room above is a bit of an enigma for me because when I focus on individual pieces there’s actually quite a lot I don’t love. Those curtains are giving off an odd yellowy glow that seems to throw off the the color scheme of the whole room. The artwork on the left wall is meh. The chairs while nice look like you could find them at a cheap furniture outlet. And yet it all works together somehow. Or maybe I just really love that chandelier because I do really love that chandelier.
Now that is some maximalist luxury. I would like to shake the hand of the person that had the guts to combine all these elements together and in a building with such traditional architecture. Would I decorate like this in my own home? I can say with some certainty no, I would not. But I love examples of decorating that are so bold and personal and fun. If you love it, just go for it! Of course to get a chandelier like that you will need to be filthy rich, keep that in mind.
This room is less traditional, but still luxurious and wonderful. I wish we had more than a peek of that crystal chandelier because you know me and crystal. A moth to the flame. Can we talk about this wall treatment? First of all the deep blue is a gorgeous color, and I am so mesmerized by the seemingly free-handed texture and stamping. Risk taking really really pays off sometimes. Gorgeous mid century furniture and pretty vintage portraits don’t hurt either!
one | Blair Harris, photo by Nick Johnson
two | NY Mag
three | Dirk-Jan Kinet for Spanish Architectural Digest via desire to inspire
If you work from home and spend a lot of time in your office, I strongly recommend decorating it to the nines. This office space has me swooning with its impeccable mix of modern and traditional. A crystal chandelier, slick modern furniture, a warm wood wall, and fabulous antique portraits. I don’t care how creepy some people find them I can not get enough of old portrait paintings. It’s funny, in the grouping above I can totally see how someone would find either of the men a little creepy but Grandma’s kind face seems to diffuse the creep factor.
Maybe you don’t need a big desk for long hours of working but just a spot to sit and write a letter or do your makeup occasionally. That’s another opportunity to make a lovely little workspace. I must admit that when I first started getting into interior design I was not a fan of leopard print, but I’ve been worn down by some really fantastic examples. And paired with an elegant brass chair frame? Be still my heart.
And then there’s this dream-like room. The architecture is the star with those huge windows accented perfectly by breezy sheer drapery. Beautiful flooring installations are still the only place I can handle chevron anymore and this blue and white tile knocks it out of the park. It would be so easy to feel inspired working in a space like this. Or just reading the paper and sipping some coffee!
one | Jake Curtis via desire to inspire
two | Studio Mrs via desire to inspire
three | photo by Robert Holden for Architectural Digest RU via dustjacket attic
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.
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.
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