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    Archive for August, 2010

    Where do you blog? Party!

    Kate from Centsational Girl had a great idea and started a “where do you blog party”.  I was so excited to see the invitation and I love seeing where everyone else blogs!

    We are #192 on the list…..

    My husband started his new business, moved into a new office space and the “dude” room was doomed the moment the golf “stuff” left in a box.

    I wasted no time painting, shopping and changing out the dark room into my home office and “studio”!  I think to really appreciate the room, you have to know what it looked like before!

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    Want to see more details? …..Check them out HERE

    A few weeks ago I began to organize the heap of papers, fabrics and randoms in the office and just decided to re-arrange the entire space. It feels more open and I love that I’m not looking directly at the T.V. now, I can be easily distracted!

    The girls are always hanging out with me, I love this Jax and Bones bed with Mod Green Pod Fabric!

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    Rustic Glam…Sneak Peek

    Here is a little sneak peek of a new living, dining & sitting area that was recently photographed! I can’t wait to share the rest of the images with you soon as well as more of the room details too!

    Wall Pods: Chiasso Wallpaper: Cole & Son Mirrored Buffett: Zgallerie

    Mirrored Side Tables: West Elm

    Accent Chairs: West Elm Rug: Stanton Carpet X Benches: Ballard Designs Art: Simply Silhouettes Paint: Sherwin Williams / Happy Camper

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    Looking trendy, 2011

    It’s hard to believe that 2010 will be calling it quits in just a few months.  2010 was full of the color turquoise, ground breaking patterns, wallpaper and taking the old and making it new again. Want to know a little more about 2010 trends?  Check out Decorator Secrets.

    Image: DominoMag

    Image: DecorPad

    Image: Graham & Brown

    Image: Design Envy

    Wandering what will be  the top  2011 interior design trends? Think nature, ethnic colors, casual chic and cheerful.  Experts’ forecasts for 2011 vary and include everything from cool neutrals and muted colors to deep rich colors ranging from icy grays and chocolate browns to bright reds, fuchsia purples and sapphire blue or a washed out denim. Whew…that’s a lot to keep an eye on but I can’t wait to see what designers come up with!

    Although we can always expect to see neutrals to remain a staple in fashion and interior design, the turquoise, orange and fuschia color palettes of 2010 are not going anywhere!

    Image: House of Turquoise

    Image: Decor Pad

    From what I have been seeing, Coral looks to be a huge color trend for 2011

    Image: Amanda Nisbet

    Image: Massucco Warner Miller

    Images: Jeffers Design Group

    Not sure you can commit to a room that painted coral, turquoise or orange, here are a few furniture and accessory ideas to bring a touch of color to the space.

    The Marilyn Side Chair

    A garden stool makes a great accent table and really adds a punch of color to a room.

    Color and Pattern! Accent Pillows are also another great way to mix up the color palette.

    I LOVE this Arabesque Rug from Shop Ten 25

    Cheer up a simple table with these Trina Turk Place mats and matching napkins.

    Looking for trendy fabrics that won’t break the bank? Here are a few affordable options that will add that pop of color to your space.

    Fabrics.Com

    Image: My Designer Fabrics

    I’m a HUGE fan of Gray and especially paired with marigold/yellow!

    …And Pink

    And…Turquoise

    Images: House of Turquoise

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    Accessorizing with trays

    My latest shopping obsession….decorative trays.  Large, small, colorful, metallic and even patterned.  They are a great way to bring a pop of color into a space and a great way to display fun and unique accessories. Of course there are always the ways you can actually use them in your home too.  Use them to carry drinks around for party guests,  to serve cheese & crackers and of course the more basic trays are great for those trips to the BBQ grill!

    Image: DecorPad

    Image: DecorPad

    Image: NY Post, Olivia Palermo’s Apartment

    Here are a few trays that might catch your eye! All available from SHOP TEN 25

    Arteriors H0me Asher Mirrored Tray.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Cinchwaist mirror tray from Arteriors Home!

    These turquoise leather trays from Global Views are available in two sizes!

    This black and white Hollywood Regency tray is super chic!

    Barbara Barry recently launched a line of accessories with Global Views! This Oval Tray is fabulous, don’t you think?

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    Project Sneak Peek

    I am so excited to be finalizing the finishing touches on this stunning project! Black, white, turquoise and pops of yellow…not to mention tons of fabulous patterns, textures and bling!

    Here is a list of some of the sources we used for the home.

    Kravet Fabrics / Windsor Smith Riad in Jet

    Vanguard Furniture

    World’s Away Furniture and lighting

    Custom draperies and cornice board with black and white greek key trim

    I hope to have the space photographed soon and can’t wait to share the pics.

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    What to do with that pesky ceiling fan?

    Most American households have at least one ceiling fan. They lower energy bills by providing a cooling breeze during the warm months, and by circulating warm air during cooler weather. Since ceiling fans replace a room’s ceiling light fixture, it’s not surprising that one of the first improvements made to fan design was the addition of a light kit. Light fixtures are available for almost all ceiling fans, with designs that complement any style of fan or room decor.

    This addition works perfectly in the space. Image: Better Homes and Gardens

    It looks like you can add more than just a drum shade or chandelier to a fan these days. Really? I’m not so sure about this one. Image:

    Looking for a great “how to” when installing a drum shade on an existing ceiling fan?  I feel inspired but not sure how that will work in our house, we have low ceilings. Image: Young House Love

    Another great example of a drum shade as an addition to the existing ceiling fan. Image: Apartment Therapy

    Here is a GREAT before and after from Gail at My Repurposed Life!

    Here are a few chic / unique options if adding a shade to your fan won’t work.

    Images: Haute Decor

    The Propeller Fan

    The Ribbon Fan

    From Lumens, this Halo ceiling fan is modern and affordable!

    Maybe your not into adding a lamp shade or drum shade to your ceiling fan. How about a chandelier or unique light fixture?

    The Mustard See Collective rocked out her fan with this diy teardrop addition

    This fixture is from Fantastic Fans, it’s girly for sure but would look perfect in a little girl’s room.

    Image: Fantastic Fans

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    People who live in glass houses

    California-based designer and developer Steve Hermann finished a home in Montecito and it is now for sale. Aaaaaamazing! 14,000 square feet set on a 3.5 acre estate of oak groves, this almost entirely glass home allows the outside to come in while still allowing privacy.

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    Design Crush – W&R

    My latest design crush….Woodson & Rummerfield .

    Hollywood Opulance & decadant glamour….yep, that pretty much sums them up!  The fabulous pairing of Jamie Rummerfield and Ron Woodson have been one of my design crushes for a while now.  Look how chic these two are!! I also love how they take a picture of themselves in the designed space.

    Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield are interior designers, co-owners of the boutique Woodson and Rummerfield’s House of Design in Los Angeles, as well as designer of fabrics, furnitures, and home goods. Their interior design clients include The House of Versace, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Courtney Love, Christina Aguilera and many more. Wow, that’s quite the resume right?

    This home is by far my favorite. I LOVE the rug and the hip yet comfortable vibe in the space.

    Here are a few more images of their interiors

    Christina Aguilera’s Home

    Ron Woodson was named one of House Beautiful’s Top Young Designers for 2005 and Jamie Rummerfield has become one of LA’s most sought after designers! Ron and Jamie joined forces in 2005 and soon opened Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design in LA that houses their design studio and retail store.

    Here are a few of my favorite pieces

    The Chasens Entertainment Center

    The Bella Donna Mirror

    The Laurella Chair

    The Woodson & Rummerfield Wallpaper Collection

    Rare Chair in Red

    And…it doesn’t stop there folks! They recently released a new book, High Style. With over 300 stunning photographs, High Style packs all the glamour of Los Angeles–where modern fashions meets Hollywood antique–into a book as attractive to display as it is compelling to read.  Pick up a copy here.

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    Sleek can be chic

    Minimal and modern don’t have to mean cold and boring. These sleek spaces kick it up a notch with a punch if color!

    Clean lines an neutral furniture are great basics, they allow you to easily add accent colors and change accessories out easily. These rooms prove that sleek can be chic!

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    Let's dish

    Looking for a unique way to add interest to an awkward, boring or feature wall?  People have been using plates as wall decor for some time now, so there is no lack of inspiration out there.

    Check out this great “how to” on ehow.com complete with step by step instructions.

    Looking for more of an eclectic look? Mix and match plates in multiple patterns and colors to achieve that  collected “over time” look. Places like Etsy are great to pick up fun pieces here and there. Most cities have local flee markets or antique stores with tons of hidden treasures.

    Image: Sunset

    Image: Country Living

    Going modern is also easy. Try mixing up the sizes but keeping the plate color the same.  Keeping all of the plates the same pattern and style is also a chic way to bring a pop of color and pattern to a simple space.

    Image: Kelly Wearstler

    Image: Decor Pad

    Image: Coco & Kelly

    Image: Courtney Giles

    Image: Apartment Therapy

    Image: Wall Decor

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