Rosey Posey Trellis
I have a thing for wallpaper. Big, BIG. If I wasn’t renting, I might even cover every inch of my walls in it (this also includes winning the lottery to finance said wall-coverings). Other options until I find myself in a more permanent living sitch? Framing large pieces for hanging. Covering the insides of bookshelves. Sitting in my bed and pining over the day I can swathe my walls in this gorgeous stuff designed by Anna Spiro for Porter’s Paints.
Brisbane-based interior designer Anna Spiro and author of the blog Absolutely Beautiful Things has a great eye for mixing colors and patterns in her spaces, with some definite kookiness thrown in here and there. Her collection with Porter’s Paints offers three patterns, each in a variety of colors. I love their fun and youthful, yet still sophisticated look, and am dying to see any of these in a bedroom or bathroom – or maybe even lining the back of a built-in in a family room (I’m picturing the graphic of the rosey posey trellis in blue, lining crisp, white bookshelves, coupled with deep, blue walls).
What are your thoughts on wallpaper? It can be polarizing. I’ve heard many a tale about how it’s a PITA to take down. Even still, I can’t shake my infatuation. Wallpaper can be a great addition to the dimension in pattern and texture within a space – and there are just so many beautiful options out there!
Higgeldy Piggeldy Stripe
Round and Round the Garden
Check our this video by Society Social, who teamed up with Jamie Meares of Furbish Studio in Raleigh, NC. Fantastic, am I right? Jamie, you are a genius. Your house is amazing (as featured in Lonny a few months back), and I am seriously considering planning a trip to your neck of the words just so I can visit the Furb. The Society Social bar carts aren’t too shabby either.
Here are just a few of the far too many things sitting in my Furbish cart right now:
Black and White Spotted Pillow
Tortoise Shell Lowball Glasses
Faux Python Tray (in three sizes!)
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NYC apartment acquired! And boy, are the bedrooms small. The move-in date is creeping up pretty quickly, so I’ve been gathering inspiration for how to really get the biggest bang for my buck.
Lamps to add warmth: Small pools of light create a feeling of warmth and can combat the stark brightness of overbearing overhead lights. Try to find a spot to squeeze in a table lamp, desk lamp, sconce, whatever you have room for. Couple it with some reflective surfaces (think mirrors and framed pictures on the walls, a mirrored tray on the dresser) to really help the light bounce around and let the space glow.
Statement behind the bed: In lieu of a traditional headboard, try hanging a unique printed blanket or painting an accent wall with a bright and cheerful color. Feeling a DIY? A slim, upholstered headboard in a quirky print adds interest and makes for a fun weekend project.
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Think vertically: When faced with limited floor space, think vertically. Unless you’re living in a glass cube, I can almost guarantee there will be at least one wall where some serious shelving can, and will, come in handy. This is invaluable – providing tons of storage to help make up for any furniture you may have had to forgo.
Layer color, pattern, and texture: Don’t be afraid of a pattern packed room that delicately toes the line of ‘do those really go together?’ A small space can be great for trying it out and finding the perfect balance. Michelle Adams, of Lonny Magazine, plays with pattern in her small NYC bedroom (bottom right). She makes use of the available floor space by adding a graphic stripe that contrasts with the yellow ikat of the bedspread and the floral of the headboard. Designer Nick Olsen (bottom left) mixes it up by maintaining a consistent color scheme throughout the room – all tied together by the floral print of the headboard.
If given a small, intimate space, what would you do?
Earlier this week, Apartment Therapy featured the underwater ink photography of Alberto Seveso. I was floored. The dimension and beauty of each shot is so unique – I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like it before. There’s something other-worldly about the endlessly folding layers of color. I’d love to have any of them hanging in my home and would totally end up staring at it for hours. Maybe two or three blown-up and displayed side by side? Holy statement piece.
Intrigued? See more of Alberto Seveso’s work here.
Pinterest has become an invaluable resource for gathering endless sources of inspiration, but I find that nothing truly beats the act of physically flipping through a book and discovering new ideas one page at a time. I love tagging DIY projects, unique furniture pieces and arrangements, beautifully styled shots, and each time I pick up one of these books, something new always pops out at me.
If you’re looking to build a collection of home inspiration basics, I highly recommend investing in one of these. Some may be no surprise, but they’re important to note nonetheless. Each one is packed with ideas!
domino: The Book of Decorating
Shabby Chic Interiors
Katie Ridder Rooms
Design*Sponge at Home
What are your go-to tomes for home inspiration?
[Colorful and collected collage]
A few days ago, I wrote about our upcoming move. Although it’s not quite June – the boxes have yet to come out – we’ll begin packing soon. There is so much
crap stuff here, I can’t even fathom how we’re going to get it all out, but I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it…
Before we say goodbye to our little apartment, though, why not document a few moments here and there? This was our second “home” out of college, and we (more like me) definitely experimented with ‘pops’ of color. Living here has been great (can’t beat a loft with an entire wall full of windows) – we’ll be sad to go!
[Two stellar books; West Elm, Jonathan Adler, and vintage vases; Fabulous print via this Etsy shop]
[Quirky collection of bracelets on the dresser]
The May 2012 issue of Lonny? I die. The feature on Jamie Meares, of Furbish Studio and I Suwannee, is nothing short of perfection. Jamie whimsically mixes prints, colors, and styles, while maintaining a beautiful, sophisticated elegance. It’s pretty much everything I hope to emulate in my own home. Please, Jamie! Teach me your ways! A coworker and I were drooling over these dalmatian chairs during a break yesterday [Yes, we enthusiastically discuss the latest Lonny to break up the day, don't you?] – the fabric and pink piping are ah-may-zing. After some web scouring, she found this similar fabric at Spoonflower. Now, what needs some upholstering around the apartment these days? Huh? Need to find a way to incorporate some of this ASAP.
If you haven’t checked out Jamie’s shop - GO NOW. You won’t regret it.
See more of my home inspiration here.
SO, I’ve been admiring this Olin Rug from Crate & Barrel for quite some time, but have yet to take the plunge and just buy it. At $149.00 for a 5′ by 8′, this guy’s on the affordable end of rugs, too (don’t even get me started on how sad it makes me that anything semi-goodlooking over 3′ by 5′ is expensive-city. Why rugs, whyyyy?).
Yesterday, however, there was something special in the air – the Rug Gods were shining down during my lunch break visit to Homegoods. What to my wandering eyes should appear? Pretty much an EXACT replica in a perfectly kitchen sink-sized 30″ by 50″ for $12.99 and a 5′ by 8′ for $49.99. $50 buckaroos, you say? Homegoods, FOR THE WIN. Don’t mind if I take the little guy, too. I knew there was a reason I waited. Patience is a virtue. HA, I have soo much of that.
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Mmm, gold. Glamorous, fabulous, shiny – it pretty much stands for everything regal and royal. For some unknown reason in my younger years, I wasn’t a fan and thought the color to be somewhat gaudy. Whoo, girl was wrong. Let’s just say that drastically changed – a magic switch went off, and I can’t get enough. Need. More. Gold.
The surge of gold toned home accessories has me pretty excited, and I’m slowly looking to incorporate some pieces. (Key word ‘slow’ – how much is too much?) We’re not talking 80′s brass bed frames or builder-grade faucets and drawer pulls here. Rather, a modern twist – like the accents in this Glitter Guide feature on Erika Brechtel of Small Shop Studio (her home office is amazing!) or this little guy that seems to be popping up all over the place (here, here, and here, to name a few). I can see it now – curled up with a faux-fur throw and reading something über-intellectual under the light of a swanky brass and marble arc lamp? This is the stuff dreams are made of, people.
TOP: Butterfly, $10,000 A Day, Lust BOTTOM: Ipanema, Big Sur, Mod Love
Leave it to Happy Chic mastermind Jonathan Adler to up the ante on the classically preppy needlepoint pillow. Incorporating unexpected graphics and text, Mr. Adler’s pillows are a bold and colorful statement, with an especially playful twist. Unfortunately for me, they are also a bit on the pricier side of things. An investment piece nonetheless? Maybe? Must find a way to justify… I’m itching to go for the “I don’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day” option, seeing as that motto clearly describes my life. Riiight.