Posted 24 January 2013 at 9:32 PM | Comments (2)
I have never been a big fan of homes swathed in yellow-based, beigey neutrals. If color had a smell, I have always imagined that yellowy-beiges would probably smell like old, like mothballs. When flipping through magazines, I actually scrunch up my nose at those houses.
So it’s anyone’s guess why this home appeals to me so much.
My attraction to modernism and light must be influencing my feelings about this house, causing the yellow tones in the wood to smell less like mothballs and more like butter. Because I want this house. I do. I want it about one-quarter of the current size and with a bright color somewhere, or everywhere, but I want it.
*Images from Architectural Digest.
Posted 23 January 2013 at 8:42 PM | Comments (4)
A friend asked me to design an e-mail inviting her friends and colleagues to a personal concert. When she said that the concert was Mediterranean-themed, ranging from Greek folk tunes to gypsy music, I knew immediately that I wanted the image to draw inspiration from Picasso’s vibrant 1952 painting, Mediterranean Landscape:
So here’s my design, rendered entirely in Photoshop:
I knew the design had to be bold and colorful—after all, it was only going to be sent via e-mail—but I also wanted it to infuse it with a sort of storybook romance, transporting the viewer to a different time and place. We’re all really happy with how it turned out.
*Names and details have been changed.
Posted 22 January 2013 at 1:39 PM | Comments (3)
I just bought this Jack White concert poster from one of my favorite designer/illustrators, Tom Whalen.
To some, it may be odd buying a concert poster for a show I didn’t even attend, but I am so smitten with this design. I would regret it if I couldn’t look at it every day.
So now this Jack White poster is part of my collection of unframed art back in the U.S., all accented with light blue hues, waiting to be hung in some unknown home of the future, anxious to inspire my creative work every day.
Posted 21 January 2013 at 3:46 PM | Comments (3)
At first, this plain-white foyer in the Birmingham home of Rachel Hardage Barrett didn’t look so bad to me:
And then I saw the makeover by designer Tobi Fairley:
Hard to believe it’s the same room, isn’t it? It must feel great to come home to this kind of transformation!
I love the cohesive, statement-making color palette of light blue, white, and navy, with a pop of fuchsia to keep the room youthful and warm. (The walls are painted Benjamin Moore’s Marlboro Blue.)
The metal lantern was sprayed with navy paint in the same color as the doors—a trick I must remember when designing my own cohesive space—and also matched to the pleated table skirt.
Notice the other custom details, like the 3-inch band of blue outlining the ceiling, the navy tape trim on the white settee, and the matching rug border. Everything works so well together! And nothing looks like it came from HomeGoods… even if it might have. I am inspired!
*Images from Southern Living.
Posted 20 January 2013 at 8:27 PM | Comments (2)
Happiness exploded when I opened the package and saw the necklace, along with the super-cute Always On Time Bracelet.
I am never taking off this necklace. You can bury me in it. Love you, Mel—you are the queen of the jewelry jungle! x