Glam, Modern, or Rustic?

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These sitting areas are bursting with personality. You should view the above image larger to really take it in. And if it wasn’t already obvious this is our “glam” sitting room. From the chandelier to the ornate chest-turned-coffee-table to the fur seat on a gold chair to the malachite ceiling this space is positively bold and flashy. What do you think, is it too much?

Glam, Modern, or Rustic? | |

Traditional architecture with modern decor. One of my favorite combinations. Compared to the first room this looks so simple, sleek, and masculine. Am I the only one that likes both, though? What I’d really like to do is combine both of them and throw in a bit of this last one too.

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I’ll take this room’s soft, weather-worn textures and dark walls plus the first room’s lighting fixtures plus the second room’s architecture and bar cart. I find mixing styles so often produces the most interesting and lovely rooms. It isn’t always easy to pull off, everything still must feel somehow cohesive. You can achieve cohesiveness in other ways such as the color palette.

For me the real key to decorating is to simply go with what you love. Don’t confine yourself by any particular style or theme. Don’t assume that the gorgeous tufted Victorian sofa that you fell in love with at the antique store would never work next to your rustic brick fireplace or your modern rug. The tension between pieces like this creates excitement and interest in a room! So in answer to the question posed in the title of this post: Glam, modern, or rustic? All of the above, please.

one | D Magazine
two | Idha Lindhag
three | The Design Files via desire to inspire

Still Some Summer Left

You must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that. Break out! – Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society

Still Some Summer Left | | Still Some Summer Left | Country Style Australia | design-vox.comStill Some Summer Left | |

one Jimmy Schönning via desire to inspire
two | Lisa Cohen and Heather Nette King for Country Style Australia via dustjacket attic
threeLa Fete + Alixann Loosle via Style Me Pretty

Children’s Room Designs

Children's Room Designs | |

Well if that isn’t the most glamorous child’s room I’ve ever seen. It could easily be an adult’s room; the dolls on the bed tip us off to the true occupant. Doesn’t this design just make you smile? Perhaps you have to have a certain level of girliness in you to appreciate it. I qualify. I love how it is largely neutral yet plenty playful.

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Just plain old good, adorable design. Again there is a lot of neutral white in this room but it is more than adequately punctuated with colorful elements. I love the framed photography. It gives the room an unexpected maturity that really elevates it. Kids’ rooms deserve art just as much as the rest of the house and it doesn’t have to be “kiddy” art either!

Children's Room Designs | |

This looks like toddler heaven. What can I say other than “bravo” about this design? Wonderful colors and plenty of whimsy. Appealing to both children and mom and dad. That’s the goal!

one | Christine Dovey, photo by Ashley Capp via Style Me Pretty
two | Sarah Lavoine via desire to inspire
three | Peppermint Bliss

Simple Style for the Bedroom

Simple Style for the Bedroom | |

It doesn’t take much to make this bedroom feel so classy. The winners for me are that wonderful industrial style sconce (an excellent solution if you don’t have room on a bedside table for a lamp) and the plants. Over and over again I see how much life and texture plants bring to a room and yet I’m still still totally failing at using them in my own home.

Simple Style for the Bedroom | |

This is just simple loveliness at its best. While stylistically it’s a little tame for my tastes, I love all the texture in the window treatments and bedding. I also completely approve of unmade beds, you just need the right kind of bedding to make it look romantic and casual instead of just a mess. Say yes to linen.

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Ah yes there’s the touch of edginess I was craving. Not only are the walls dark, they’re textured which is a treatment I love almost every time I see it. It seems like something that would be harder to pull off than it looks though. Eye catching art and layers and layers of what looks like a treasured collection of blankets and pillows make this bedroom cozy and unique.

P.S. I went temporarily insane earlier this week and painted my entryway and living room all by myself in just two days. FINALLY. I am currently grappling with how to rehang art (I tired of the gallery wall arrangement I had previously) so I will probably wait until I’ve got that figured out to share the before and after with you. Eeee!

one | Miss Clara Hotel by Est Magazine via dustjacket attic
two | Ali Harper via dustjacket attic
three | Sibella Court via the design files


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