Curved Sofas are the Next Big Thing

Posted 26 October 2018 at 8:42 PM | Comments (0)

Linear, Midcentury-inspired sofas have been holding court for a while now, but that’s about to change. ‘70s-inspired curvy styles have been creeping into the market over the past couple of years, and now we’re seeing them at a lower, more accessible price point. And you know what that means.

It’s about to hit the masses.

Red Curved Sofa in Dimore Studio's Paris St. Germain Project

Curved Sofa in Elizabeth Roberts'  Prospect Park West Townhouse Project

Pink Curved Sofa in CB2's Goop Collection

White Curved Infiniti Sofa in Crate & Barrel's Catalog

Ocean-Inspired Kitchen by Urban Grace Interiors

Posted 5 July 2018 at 10:55 PM | Comments (0)

I’ve been considering Sherwin-Williams’ Retreat for my bedroom, so naturally, an image search followed. I came upon this beautiful, ocean-inspired kitchen by an interior design firm in Florida.

I could stare all day.

Ocean-Inspired Kitchen with Sherwin-Williams' Retreat and Aqua Fish Scale Tile Backsplash

Ocean-Inspired Kitchen with Cabinets in Sherwin-Williams' Retreat

Ocean-Inspired Kitchen with Cabinets in Sherwin-Williams' Retreat

Ocean-Inspired Kitchen with Cabinets in Sherwin-Williams' Retreat

It’s the soft, aqua tiles next to the earthy green, isn’t it? And the brass lanterns with the turquoise insides? Those contrasts are irresistible.

Anthropologie Collaborates with Farrow & Ball

Posted 19 June 2018 at 10:25 PM | Comments (0)

As of today, you can now shop for Farrow & Ball paints at Anthropologie. You know that if these 132 colors are Anthro-approved, they’re going to be on point. I’m already feeling Pink Ground and Hague Blue (below).

Farrow & Ball Pink Ground Wall Paint Now at Anthropologie

Farrow & Ball Hague Blue Wall Paint Now at Anthropologie

*Images from Domino.com.

Notting Hill Stairwell by Suzy Hoodless

Posted 11 April 2018 at 11:28 PM | Comments (0)

Current mood.

House & Garden Notting Hill Stairwell by Suzy Hoodless

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Bedroom in Carolina Gull by Tali Roth

Posted 27 March 2018 at 9:48 PM | Comments (0)

I have consistently envisioned my lake house bedroom with a bright, beachy color palette. AND THEN I saw this bedroom by Homepolish designer, Tali Roth, painted in Benjamin Moore’s Carolina Gull, and now I am reconsidering everything. Dangit.

Homepolish Bedroom by Tali Roth in Benjamin Moore Carolina Gull

Homepolish Bedroom by Tali Roth in Benjamin Moore Carolina Gull

Homepolish Bedroom by Tali Roth in Benjamin Moore Carolina Gull

Homepolish Bedroom by Tali Roth in Benjamin Moore Carolina Gull

Brooklyn Guest Room/Office Makeover

Posted 11 January 2018 at 9:27 PM | Comments (0)

Apartment Therapy published this article in 2013, but the design still feels so fresh today—probably because they didn’t follow any of-the-moment trends. Instead, the room was designed around the art prints by Carin Goldberg—man, I love them—which really bring the space to life.

Janel Laban's Brooklyn Guest Room/Office Makeover

Janel Laban's Brooklyn Guest Room/Office Makeover

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Riverside Penthouse Living Room with a Clever Color Palette

Posted 27 May 2017 at 8:21 PM | Comments (0)

I know that Tobi Fairley can be over-the-top, but her interiors always evoke something in me, and I imagine that’s why she’s so successful. You can’t tiptoe past one of her rooms; you stop dead in your tracks.

And because I am obsessed with the idea of a teal velvet sofa, I stared at this photo for a lot longer than is probably healthy. Just look at this room! How luxurious yet convivial! What a clever color palette!

Yes, that’s exactly how I speak when addressing her work.

Riverside Penthouse Living Room with a Clever Color Palette by Tobi Fairley

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‘70s-Inspired Pink Bedroom

Posted 14 February 2017 at 7:53 PM | Comments (0)

Happy Valentine’s Day! I just saw this appropriately pink room in Domino and couldn’t resist posting, not just because it’s pink, but because it’s the same pink as my mother’s 1970s bedroom. The difference is that her bedroom is not exactly “‘70s-inspired”… it’s just ‘70s.

Caroline Lee's '70s-Inspired Pink Bedroom Designed by Anne Sage

Caroline Lee's '70s-Inspired Pink Bedroom Designed by Anne Sage

If I could just convince my mother to get rid of her unreasonably large furnishings, we could simplify her bedroom enough to be cool. The compelling art, sculptural plant, and second seat are all the accessories that were needed to make this room special.

For the full article, click here.

How Deep is Your Window?

Posted 11 July 2016 at 8:42 AM | Comments (0)

One of my favorite architectural details is something you may have never even thought about: the depth of a window. When it is deep, it captures light. Pay attention to it. Even as the sun is moving away from that room, making it dimmer and dimmer inside, the light will reflect upon the deep frame and make it glow. Suddenly you realize you have architecture there.

It is one of the many ways that form and function work together in a home—the idea that what is useful can also be beautiful.

Here is a random photo of a window with barely any depth at all. Obviously, the window itself brings light into the home, but it is not contributing to the architecture in any way (the windows in our new house are just like this):

Residential Window With No Depth

And then there are these windows. Even without trim, and even in the midst of a total room overhaul, you can see how the light around them adds luminosity:

Residential Windows With Depth But No Trim

This window is not quite as deep (I’m guessing three inches?), and it has a sill, but you can see how it is framed in light:

Residential Window With Depth and Sill but No Trim

This one does have trim, and the light has the same impact:

Residential Window With Depth and Trim

And this one has a wood jamb and still the light is beautiful:

Residential Window With Depth and Natural Wood Jamb

We will lose a few inches in our already small bedroom when we deepen the windows, but I know the change will be worth it. My husband is on board, too—not as much for the visual impact, but for the extra space for thick insulation. Form and function. Win-win.

*All photos are from a random Web search.

Give Me Just a Little Color, and I’ll Let You Have Your Beige

Posted 9 July 2016 at 9:45 PM | Comments (0)

I know.

I know you’re trapped in your beige living room. Beige carpet, beige sofa, beige armchair. Or maybe it’s a cross between beige and gray (greige). Whatever you call it, it’s a lot of neutral and zero personality.

A friend in Dallas e-mailed me a picture of her very beige living room and asked for armchair suggestions. But you can’t send me a picture like that and expect one measly little armchair! She needed more than an armchair. She needed color.

So I made it super easy. The terracotta armchair below is so muted that it’s practically a neutral. To keep it sunny and joyful, I added some muted yellow accents, and to bring in glamour and shine, I added gold.

Classy and Neutral Terracotta and Corn Yellow Home Decor Inspiration Board

Now wasn’t that easy? Terracotta, corn yellow, and gold don’t go very far out of a beige comfort zone. This color combination is super palatable, and it looks great in Texas. So, y’all ready to embrace color?