Spring! It's almost here. It feels like it where I live already. My garden is starting to sprout up and I just prepped my raised beds for zinnias and a mix of perennials for my cut flower garden. This collection was inspired by warm neutrals and hints of copper, leather and simple patterns. I could design a whole space just around that chair and the ceramic chime would look great hanging out in my garden. Are you ready for Spring?
I've got an obsession with house plants. I currently have almost 40 plants in my house and I love each and every one of them. Plants just make me happy! I've actually gone through probably hundreds of plants over the years, trying to get just the right plant for the right light. If you are obsessed like me with houseplants, then you probably also love planters and well anything botanical. I've picked out just a few of my favorites featuring concrete, ceramic, brass and copper.
In our post last Friday titled dining al fresco, Cinne created a virtual outdoor dining environment that would inspire anyone to pull out the tea lights and set the table! Cinne's post got me thinking about one of the things I adore about summer - dinner gatherings! Summer is a time when people here on the east coast come out of hibernation and life becomes busy with a variety of social activities. I love having friends over for dinner and wanted to create my own version of Cinne's post centered around "dining". For my dinner gathering, I wanted to explore the intersection of modern and vintage - I love the idea of having a beautifully modern table with weathered vintage chairs as my foundation and then building upon that core design. I stayed with a very earthy palette of blue grays and wood tones to set the stage for the colorful summer foods that would fill bowls and plates. I wanted the modern and vintage decor to create the perfect setting for lively conversation and lots of laughter - a welcoming space for a party!
What do you think of mixing modern & vintage - let me know in the comments below!
I live in a very quiet rural setting with 500 other island residents, but sometimes my heart wants to take an urban adventure. I dream of a city flat in a beautifully restored old mill with tall ceilings and big windows that look out onto the streets. I would ditch the sawdust covered work clothes for hip and trendy outfits with clean modern lines. The decor would be minimal, yet always focused on beauty and timeless design principles. My love of all things handmade would follow me and I would naturally surround myself with handcrafted decor and fashion. I think I'd like to take a vacation to my urban chic daydream - what about you? I'll meet you at the cafe for some tea!
I've recently been researching different ways to cook with herbs and spices as a way to move away from using so much salt. I love to cook and I admit that sometimes I get lazy with my seasoning repertoire and rely on my go-to flavors - garlic, soy sauce, ginger, thyme, salt and pepper. Pretty boring, right? My spice cabinet is filled with other goodies, but I never think to use them. Some spices are in a drawer and others in a cabinet - I wonder if I had them displayed before me if I'd venture to grab for more unique flavor combinations. Designing a spice rack is a fun process where you get to consider not only the display, but the containers to hold them - the result being both a visual and functional treat! I'm ready to get my spices in working order, put my apron on and whip out some awesome creations in the kitchen - join me with my handpicked selections to help you get organized and inspired!
Next up for my spring interior design reboot is the living room - a continuation of my post from Monday titled SPRING :: ENTRY DECOR. I started with a search for a new couch and when I found the refurnished pair of MID CENTURY ARM CHAIRS, I was hooked! The gorgeous lines coupled with the beautiful white fabric just made my heart swoon and my interior designer heart go pitter patter. I just knew I had to pair it with one of Jillian's fabulous COLOR BLOCK PILLOWS - yummy, yum-yum right? Once I had my signature pieces in place, I simply added to my core design and - voila! A modern, yet colorful and inviting living room space is on the way!