April 22, 2010

louboutin-inspired paint job

Posted in color, decorating, inspiration tagged at 3:11 pm by Brit

photo by living etc.

A sliver of paint along the door edge is a great way to add a little pop of  accent color.

It’s like the interior version of a pair of Louboutins.

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April 9, 2010

friday lovely

Posted in inspiration, Lovelies tagged at 2:03 pm by Brit

photo from james merrell

I just love a little unexpected pop of color, don’t you?

February 26, 2010

yellow is happy

Posted in color, decorating, inspiration tagged at 12:42 pm by Brit

Don’t you just think yellow is the happiest color? If colors had personality, yellow would be that overly cheerful-at-all-times (albeit slightly annoying) chick.

Well, it’s super icky outside, so I need a little overly-cheerful-at-all-times pick me up.

photo from lucyina moody

photo via a passing feeling

via cowgirl blues

from atlanta homes & lifestyles magazine

This last one, I believe, is from the apartment posted here of Pieces owner, Lee Kleinhelter.

Have a yellow Friday!

February 12, 2010

inspiration board, er, inspiration

Posted in inspiration tagged at 5:04 pm by Brit

Back in college, I would spend literally hours on end putting together inspiration boards for design projects. This work caused me to have a bitter hatred towards the darn things, and I’ve yet to create one out of pure pleasure.

This isn’t saying that I don’t enjoy viewing others’ hard work. For my job, I basically write, all day every day. I love it but sometimes I need a little kick-start in the morning when my coffee just isn’t cutting it, so I have found the perfect use of pretty inspiration boards I find online: desktop wallpaper.

please excuse the messiness of my desk...it is a Friday afternoon.

This particular inspiration board comes from black_kat1 on flickr.

My desktop will be ready to inspire when I groggily stumble in after the three-day weekend.

February 3, 2010

inspiration: book side tables

Posted in Apartment Project, inspiration tagged at 4:45 pm by Brit

I have run out of room on my bookcase for all my beloved hardbacks and magazines. Obviously, I refuse to throw any of them out (don’t worry domino, I will keep you forever), but I definitely do not have the room for another shelf. Anywhere.

So where will my tales of Bella, Carrie, and countless other characters live?

I kinda love the idea of just stacking them on top of each other right there on the floor. Just bare.

Ooo that sounds naughty.

from young house love

But to pull it off without it looking cluttered in my tiny Manhattan apartment is the challenge. But if successful, I may even get a little side table out of it.

from domino

Love it when function dances with style so harmoniously.

January 25, 2010

bloomingdale’s big window challenge

Posted in designer, inspiration tagged , , , at 6:26 pm by Brit

Installed last week, Bloomingdale’s Big Window Challenge is now set up in their flagship store here in Manhattan and voting is underway! The competing windows are designed by Eileen Joyce, Eddie Ross for ELLE Decor, and Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan representing Apartment Therapy.

by eddie ross for elle decor

by eileen joyce

by maxwell gillingham-ryan for apartment therapy

Gah. I think each room has it’s own perfection.

  • Eddie Ross’s: Titled The Modern Woman, it’s typical Eddie Ross-style, mixing old with new in daring patterns. I like it because it looks lived-in. The day’s paper cast aside on the side chair, reminiscent of a Dorothy Draper interior, the champagne, chilled, ready to be popped for expected guests, and I like to imagine that the blue-and-white Delftware collection was put together over years of scouring the Chelsea flea market. In contrast though, there is a lot going on, and my eyes have a hard time resting.
  • Eileen Joyce’s: The Urbane Traveller is simple, with her worldly findings taking centerstage in this design. While her design looks effortless, I think it also looks safe. Complete opposite of Eddie’s.
  • Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan’s: The Writer’s Romantic Supper has a masculine appeal to it, centered around the Ralph Lauren chair, that has been toned down with the Neisha Crosland wallpaper, giving it a nice balance. The trompe l’oeil bookcases are a nice touch, though wouldn’t a writer have actual bookcases? I’m also completely turned off by the shag rug (ick) and the room overall feels very bottom-heavy.

Sigh. I can’t decide though I think I’m leaning towards Eddie’s. Which is your favorite? Tell me, and then cast your vote here.

January 22, 2010

sweet & chic nursery design

Posted in inspiration, nursery tagged at 6:47 pm by Brit

Personally, I’m about as far away from having a baby as one can get, but I do have tons of friends with a bun in the oven or that have already been blessed with their little bundles of joy.

I’ve never understood why nurseries often lack design. Every time I see a “cutesy” animal-theme I want to gag as if I just took a big whiff of poopy diaper. Just because your baby can’t understand the importance of design doesn’t mean she shouldn’t be surrounded by it. Hey, I’m not pulling this out of my ass, there have been studies done that show surroundings¬† effect babies’ early development…of course, I think that more or less pertains to their colorful play items and whatnot, but that’s neither here nor there.

And goodness knows it would make those late nights breastfeeding be a tad more enjoyable to handle (this coming from a non-mom…obviously, right?).

For all those struggling with your nursery design, take heed, there is such thing as a sweet and chic nursery. Here are some examples (and forgive me for lack of crediting…I pulled them from my inspiration folder and have no idea where I originally found them. Let me know if you know!):

I love the modern lines, lime green paint, and you can’t go wrong with that fab Audrey Hepburn art.

Simple and sweet. And beautiful perforated chandelier.

This one might just be my favorite. It’s so childlike and whimsical, yet not overdone.

How elegant is this gender-neutral nursery? I adore the canopied iron rod crib.

This one is designed by Windsor Smith and I believe I came across it on my dear friend Jennifer’s blog.

Love the little splashes of color in this, otherwise, all white nursery. Found via House of Turquoise.

Found in the January issue of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, this nursery is for expectant mother Lee Kleinhelter, owner of Pieces (Southern design fiends, I know you know that store!)

Clearly, when I am ready to start my family, you better believe my baby’s going to sleep in chicness.

January 8, 2010

anthropologie photo styling makes me swoon

Posted in inspiration tagged at 12:22 pm by Brit

I would love to meet the stylist behind Anthropologie’s photoshoots.

And become their friend.

Because their work makes me weak in the knees.

Check out the rest of Anthropologie’s January ’10 catalog here.

January 4, 2010

windsor smith lovely

Posted in designer, inspiration, Lovelies at 5:53 pm by Brit

Just browsing through some of my favorite designers’ portfolios and came across this home, designed by Windsor Smith. It’s just so lovely, I had to share.

She uses lots of different elements in this little bungalow: jute, bamboo, and (what appears to be) velvet. But honestly, she could’ve stopped with the pendant lighting and nailhead trim…I still would’ve loved it.

December 16, 2009

christmas tree lovelies

Posted in holidays, inspiration, Lovelies tagged , at 5:46 pm by Brit

Linus: (after Linus and Charlie Brown discover the little tree) Gee, do they still make wooden Christmas trees?

Charlie Brown : This little green one here seems to need a home.

Linus: I don’t know, Charlie Brown. Remember what Lucy said? This doesn’t seem to fit the modern spirit.

I don’t care. We’ll decorate it and it’ll be just right for our play. Besides, I think it needs me.

– A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

via casa sugar

via home shopping spy

via the design blog

via studio g

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