1960s Georgetown Town House

Posted 8 May 2012 at 4:37 PM | Comments (2)

House Beautiful describes this Washington, D.C. town house as having “Mad Men” style. I’ve never actually watched that show, but I’m familiar with—and pretty enamored by—the photo stills. I’m equally enamored by this town house, decorated by Hillary Thomas and Jeff Lincoln to maintain a “sophisticated salon feeling” with “black-tie panache.”

I especially love the idea of an Americana color palette of reds and blues in the nation’s capital, but reinterpreted for a sophisticated space with pinks and turquoises.

1960s Georgetown Town House Black-and-White Striped Foyer

1960s Georgetown Town House Black-and-White Striped Foyer with Kitchen Beyond

1960s Georgetown Town House Kitchen with Turquoise Turkish Tiles

1960s Georgetown Town House Blue Living Room

1960s Georgetown Town House Salon-Style Blue and Red Living Room

1960s Georgetown Town House Game Table with Turquoise Leather Chairs

1960s Georgetown Town House Blue Living Room with Zebra Benches

1960s Georgetown Town House Elegant Dining Room

1960s Georgetown Town House Pale Blue Master Bedroom

1960s Georgetown Town House Morocco-A-Go-Go Guest Bedroom

1960s Georgetown Town House Feminine Pink Solarium Sitting Room

1960s Georgetown Town House Red and Blue Lacquered Library

1960s Georgetown Town House Backyard Terrace with Black-and-White Striped Chairs

I also love how so many motifs are repeated throughout the space. For example: black-and-white striped wallpaper in the foyer, black-and-white striped outdoor seating, black-and-white zebra prints, and a black-and-white kitchen. Red and gold accents also repeat throughout the entire home. I aspire to this kind of thoughtful continuity!

A Mens’ Shirt at Alexis Mabille

Posted 7 May 2012 at 3:34 PM | Comments (0)

Alexis Mabille’s spring 2012 collection restructured menswear into feminine shapes, like on this model, who has a mens’ shirt tied around her like a bustier. It’s cute, it’s creative, and because it’s the subject of an Internet meme that dates as far back as 2008, it’s also pop-culture-relevant—which makes me think that Alexis Mabille has a great sense of humor.

Alexis Mabille Spring 2012 Runway Mens' Shirt Worn as a Womens' Bustier

Gray and Yellow Inspiration from Crate&Barrel

Posted 6 May 2012 at 9:06 PM | Comments (2)

Posted especially for those of you still obsessed with this color palette.

Gray and Yellow Home Inspiration: Kitchen: Crate&Barrel Avalon Extension Table

Gray and Yellow Home Inspiration: Kitchen: Crate&Barrel Paterson Cabinet

Gray and Yellow Home Inspiration: Mudroom: Crate&Barrel Brighton Storage Bench

Gray and Yellow Home Inspiration: Guest Room: Crate&Barrel Scholar Twin Bed

Gray and Yellow Home Inspiration: Bedroom: Crate&Barrel Brighton Dresser

Gray and Yellow Home Inspiration: Bathroom: Crate&Barrel Unikko Shower Curtain

Gray and Yellow Home Inspiration: Bathroom: Crate&Barrel Brighton Floor Mirror

Gray and Yellow Home Inspiration: Guest Room: Crate&Barrel Santoso Baskets

Preppy, Candy-Colored Boat Shoes

Posted 5 May 2012 at 2:40 PM | Comments (0)

Boat shoes are chic again. My feet would be so happy in a pair of these! Click on the image for details on where to buy your own.

Preppy, Candy-Colored Boat Shoes

Clean, Modern Kitchen Fit for a Farmhouse

Posted 4 May 2012 at 9:10 PM | Comments (2)

Hmm. Interesting. It seems I’m particularly drawn to these clean, modern kitchens that also have a bit of warmth and friendliness. This one, in particular, has a great balance between reflective surfaces and natural textures. I could see it in an urban loft or a renovated farmhouse.

A Clean Modern Kitchen That's Still Fit for a Farmhouse

I copied this image from a very useful article just published in the Chicago Tribune about kitchen island trends. Here are excerpts from the article worth noting when planning a kitchen remodel:

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (nkba.org) recommends at least 42 inches of aisle space surrounding an island, and 48 if there are multiple cooks. As for the island itself, the minimum surface work area is about 3 feet by 4 feet. Anything less and you’re defeating the purpose. There are also reasons not to get too big.

“I don’t like to make an island larger than 48 inches because then the reach becomes too large for cleaning,” [Mick] De Giulio says. “Five feet or wider exceeds the ergonomics of cleaning.”

Samantha Emmerling, a senior editor at House Beautiful who covers kitchens and baths, says that the trend is toward smaller islands…

De Guilio says he’s not seeing any scaling back on the popularity of islands. People aren’t foregoing the island just because of budget; they see the kitchen as a place to do it right and do it long term. So an island—one piece of furniture that offers a dependable return on a homeowner’s investment—makes financial as well as practical sense.

Modern Beach House Kitchen

Posted 3 May 2012 at 11:29 AM | Comments (2)

My heart always flutters at the sight of kitchen cabinets in my favorite color, light blue. But I’ve wondered if I could actually live with them. In this L.A. beach house, there’s a perfect compromise: light blue cabinetry below, all-white open shelving above.

Modern L.A. Beach Kitchen with Light Blue Cabinets by Rachel Allen

“The kitchen features architect Rachel Allen’s favorite combination of Mercedes blue cabinets, white Heath subway tile and CaesarStone countertops. Allen prefers sparkling color of the quartz counters because the ‘light makes it jump.’” —Los Angeles Times

Open and Modern Seattle Kitchen

Posted 2 May 2012 at 11:00 AM | Comments (0)

I’m in a kitchen mood! I’ve been looking at kitchens all morning and have a feeling you’ll get to reap the benefits all week.

This bright, open Seattle kitchen designed by Louise Durocher has me especially captivated. It was featured in the May 2009 issue of Metropolitan Home (man, I still miss that magazine) and manages to be ultramodern and sophisticated but with cheerfulness.

Open, Modern Seattle Kitchen Renovation by Louise Durocher

Open, Modern Seattle Kitchen Renovation by Louise Durocher

Open, Modern Seattle Kitchen Renovation by Louise Durocher

Open, Modern Seattle Kitchen Renovation by Louise Durocher

Open, Modern Seattle Kitchen Renovation by Louise Durocher

Open, Modern Seattle Kitchen Renovation by Louise Durocher

Some interesting points from the original article:

Stainless steel “ribbons” bind the edges of the countertops, which makes them look slimmer and sleeker.

Notches at either end of the kitchen island aid circulation and provide leeway for the breakfast table.

Large serving dishes are concealed in the toekick cabinets. “Although toekick drawers are common in upscale cabinets, they’re also often available in mass-market lines, if you ask for them. Be sure to install flooring first (otherwise the toe kicks might not open), and make certain the floor is level (because drawer outlines will magnify any discrepancies).”

Sauvie Island Tiny House

Posted 1 May 2012 at 4:51 PM | Comments (2)

I’ve alluded to my love for small living spaces. We’re a family of four living in 700 square-feet, which keeps all of us in constant, close proximity, and I love it. It’s intimate, and it feels appropriate for raising small children; plus, it’s manageable (we have to keep it clean, after all).

This tiny house on Sauvie Island, designed by Portland interior designer, Jessica Helgerson, is even smaller (540 square-feet) and uses nearly all reclaimed materials.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Kitchen and Dining Room

Kitchen and dining room.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Living Room

The living room features built-in sofas that double as beds for guests, pull-out drawers for storage, and a wall of shelving for books and more.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Parents' Sleeping Loft

The parents’ sleeping loft is accessible by a walnut ladder.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Children's Room

The children’s room features two bunk beds and a pull-out closet that makes maximum use of the narrow space near the bunk beds.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Bath Tub

Bath with wood-block-foot tub.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Bathroom

Bathroom.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Front Door from Kitchen

Front door from the kitchen.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Front Porch

Front porch.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Exterior

Exterior with green roof.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Family Vegetable Garden

Family vegetable garden.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Outdoor Summer Dining

Setting for a summer dinner party.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Hoop House

Migrating the Hoop House on the property.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Hoop House in Snow

Hoop House in Winter.

Jessica Helgerson Sauvie Island Tiny House Chicken House

Chicken house.

Admittedly, this style—what would you call it? Shabby eclectic? Shabby minimalism?—isn’t my thing, because I like my home to be a little more, for lack of a better word, fashiony. Yet from both a visual and spatial standpoint I can definitely appreciate it. I love this house.