Monday, August 30, 2010

Oudoor Garden Inspirations for Outdoor Living

I can never get enough of gorgeous outdoor inspirations - especially when
there's a gorgeous garden and greenery to go with it.  Isn't the backyard
above just gorgeous?

The white curtains in the background are so romantic in the summer breeze.
The lavender fabric is also a perfect color to complement the surrounding

Indoor lamps really make this gorgeous garden setting look polished and chic.

Chips and salsa on a barrel...

Colored glass vases make this garden pop.  At night, all you
need are some tea lights in the vases for it to give a soft
magical glow with color.

The fabric makes this dining area so cozy.  Candles really
top it off.  I can just imagine what this would look like at

What a great difference just a pink runner an pink flowers can make!

Love the pillows on the hammock - it really creates
a pop of color and gives the scene an exotic look.

Photos from DIY magazine

Thursday, August 26, 2010

New York City Abodes - A Sampling of Blue & Green Diamond Baratta Designs

Diamond Baratta Design is a fantastic interior design
firm based in New York City.  This post shows selections
of their work in New York City from the magazine New 
York Spaces.  For those of you Turquoise, Teal or Blue
lovers, this is a great post for you.

Such a gorgeous rug and carpet!

Beautiful blues.

Pattern on Pattern.

Perfect way to match wall art to hardware 
(in this case the pendant light fixture.)

A pop of turquoise with brown.  Not a color combinaton
one would normally think of but it definitely works.

I'm a big fan of using photography as wall art.

This could have been such a drab space but 
Diamond and Baratta did no neglect it - 
instead they really dressed it up with glass
panel walls in blue.

If you like the aesthetics of Diamond Baratta designs,
you'll really enjoy this book that has great samples of
their work.

So what was your favorite item or room?

Photos from New York Spaces magazine

Monday, August 23, 2010

Displaying Collections in the Home - Ben Brougham's New York City Studio

Isn't that a wonderful collection on the wall with a fantastic paint color for
the background?  This is Ben Brougham's studio in New York City.  Ben 
is from over the pond (the UK) and is a prop stylist who moved to the Big
Apple 5 years ago.  He now also helps curate for Jonathan Adler stores.

Wall Paint = Benjamin Moore's Surf Blue

Notice that he did not paint all the walls in the room Surf Blue.  This
is the other side to the bedroom.  As you can see Ben is quite the collector
with all sorts of collections from pillows to wall art, glass and much more.
You can see his mirror collection on this wall.

A wonderful image of the opposite wall 
through the view of one of his mirrors.

Ben also collects all sorts of rugs which he uses to completely cover
 the floor of his studio.  He scours Ebay among other sources to purchase
his rugs.  Exceptions are the Union Jack and Zebra rugs which are from 
Jonathan Adler.

Ben has some fantastic tips for collecting that he follows.

I love that the kitchen and hallway are painted in a dark color.
It really brings out the color of the paintings and other items
and fabric in the room.

Ben hangs his prized Liberty print bike on the wall.  You'll notice that his drapes
are from IKEA but customized with vintage fabric.  That's a great tip right there on
 a super economical way to dress up any window on a budget.

His collections are curated and displayed in groups.

Midcentury Modern Glass (which I collect as well)

Colored glass bottom vases and a vintage yellow straw phone.

Just a few of the types of items that Ben collects.

I love the different tiered night
stand and portraits on the wall.

I hope you enjoyed Ben's apartment and gleaned some 
ideas for collecting and displaying collections.  I do 
recommend Jonathan Adler's book if you like interiors
that have a bit of whimsy and eclectic flavor.  Adler's 
interiors or chic but fun at the same time.

So do any of you have collections?  I think I'm addicted
to collecting things (not good since I'm probably a hoarder.)
What sort of items do you collect?  I've dabbled in everything 
from vintage Christmas ornaments to mercury glass, midcentury
modern glass, vintage costume jewelry, tea cups, Fireking... I 
wonder of shoes, clothes and books also count as collections...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

5 Inspirational Images to Carry You Over the Weekend

I just fell in love with this image.  What a way to make 
the outdoors like a fantastical and wonderful place! 

Dining outdoors under stringed lights and candles?  Can 
it possibly get any more beautiful and romantic?

The countryside in England and the Cotswolds are definitely not overrated.
Who can resist the gorgeous country side and quaint villages that come 
straight out of history?  Many of the wealthy and stars like Madonna have
homes in the Cotswolds.

What a wonderfully plush and feminine room.  Beautiful
lighting in the room with gorgeous hardwood floors.

Who can resist a bed in a nook?  Not I...  When I was young, I loved
building tents indoors to sleep in.  This bed in a nook is absolutely

Photos:  1.) Space For Inspiration via Just Splendid 2.) Everything Fabulous 
3.) Conde Naste Traveler 4.) Domino via Plush Palate 5.) House of Turquoise

Monday, August 16, 2010

Antiques and Flea Market Shopping in London England

Continuing off inspiration from Lonny magazine, there
is a section in their latest issue on flea markets and
antiques.  I don't know about you, but I am totally a 
self professed flea market, antiques and thrift shop
addict.  I can spend literally hours or a whole day 
shopping at an antiques or flea market. 

If you're in London, there are some famous streets for 
antiques shopping.

Cath Kidston's suggestion above which names the
most well known antiques shopping arcades and
open air antiques and flea market on Portobello

Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic gives
her tips for shopping on Portobello Road.

It seems to be a unanimous tip to shop 
there on Friday and to avoid Saturday.

Rachel Ashwell navigating Portobello Road.

If you're going to be in London any time soon and 
you're interested in visiting antiques stores, this book
is a great book that gives good details to the flea and
antiques market in London.

Any of you have gone antiquing or flea market shopping
around the world?  If so, where have you gone and where
are your favorite places?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cath Kidston's London Home

Cath Kidston is a textile and home accessories mogul from London. 
She is well known for her vintage inspired floral prints and polk-a-dot
textiles and accessories.  In the most recent issue of Lonny magazine,
she opened her London home up and it I must say that it is a very fun
home filled with all the items she loves.

She is not shy when it comes to using bold colors.

I love the chartreuse fabric on the chair.

Her home is very much a home that is lived in.

Classic Cath Kidston styled pillow.

You can tell that Cath loves to scour flea markets
for many of her treasure and inspirations.

Cath had a small toilet room done up in a collage. I 
suppose one certainly wouldn't be bored in this bathroom...

Cath Kidston started her line with exactly this type of floral
designs and motifs - around the door and inside the room.

The floral pattern is not dense and it is tempered 
by a white floor and white accessories.

The bathroom is classic white and has a 
very clean and comfortable feel to it.

Of course paired with Cath Kidston toiletries...

Cath Kidston plate.

Now that is one expansive dining room - 
one could definitely hold a party here!

She has a gorgeous backyard and a large one at that for being in town.

Cath Kidston has a number of books in print but I think
this book of hers fairs better in my humble opinion. 

Here' a sneak peak into her book.  She has great ideas
and inspiration for what to do with vintage fabric.

I personally would have trouble doing up an entire room
in floral patterns, however I do love having a touch of
floral here and there.  Cath Kidston has a wonderful and
fun home.  I hope you enjoyed the tour of her home as 
much as I did.  

Thoughts?  Opinions?  Could you do an entire room in
floral patterns?