Monday, August 30, 2010

COLORFUL CONSOLES

These tables are awesome! By now you must know I'm not afraid of color, and these pictures are a perfect example of how I would dress up your basic console table. 

These symmetrically placed fuchsia lamp shades pop against the neutral wall paper and stand proud above the delicate floral table. The table, as delicate as it may appear is outlined with metal nail heads giving it a bit of an edge.  

On a lighter note, this green distressed console needs nothing more then a soft bouquet of flowers and a silver ornate mirror to offer a classically romantic welcoming.

And then there's the punch...blue...on blue...on blue. A monochromatic statement can be unexpected especially when unexpected accessories are used (love the old phone). However, I would rather see that bold statement continued on the floor. The washed out grey "totally" gives it a dated, 1980's feel.







Saturday, August 28, 2010

OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING

As I prepare my apartment to host a small gathering of lovely ladies for brunch tomorrow, I can't help but day dream about the perfect outdoor gathering spot. I constantly go back and forth between wanting a small yard or a rooftop deck (which might not be an option in my current city). If I had a small yard I would love a colorful pergola just like this...



I love the layered table linens, turquoise plates and warm yellow canopies of fabric draping from striped poles. The wooden folding chairs, jute rug, and wicker side table gives this a Mediterranean vibe in the middle of your own backyard. 


However, sipping mimosa's on a rooftop deck surrounded by tall sky scrapers and a clear blue sky would be fantastic. The clean lines and crisp white couches are perfect for a relaxing Sunday.


Tiled platforms with mattresses are a great way to create a  southwestern style daybed. Large clay pots filled with cacti add a touch of greenery to the sandy colored pallet of this rooftop terrace. 


I could read (or nap) for hours under this wooden canopy. 
Aahhh...someday...


  





Tuesday, August 24, 2010

FALL COLORS

Just as I was about to begin a new home project consisting of multiple picture frames and a can of light blue spray paint, I came across this picture from the Nasty Gal blog. I am in love with the color pallet (and the outfit)! 



I may have to rethink my art project since I am now on a mission to introduce these colors into my fall apartment makeover. 




I would love to go bold with an art piece like this fabulous plum colored "Peacock Chair" made of three layers of woven felt (designed by Dror Benshetrit)...


But I may have to settle for more practical and affordable accessories such as these...










Let the search begin!












Monday, August 23, 2010

WISHING FOR A SIMPLE OFFICE SETTING

I will NOT post a picture of my current desk and the mess I have surrounding me on all sides, but here is space I would love to be working in right now. Perhaps a quick cleanup session is in order before I continue on with the rest of my day. 









Monday, August 16, 2010

Fabulous Prints: Madeline Weinrib

I happened to stumble upon this wonderfully colorful website today full of vibrant floral, geometric, and striped rugs, pillows, furniture, and even clutches. I've tried to narrow down a few of my favorites, but I may have gotten carried away. Visit the Madeline Weinrib website and get lost in a beautiful and inspiring world of textiles.
















Hmmm...I might need to do a little rug (or clutch) shopping soon. 









Thursday, August 5, 2010

GRAY SKY'S AND GRAY HOUSES

As I scooted the windy roads of Block Island yesterday I found myself desperately searching for design inspiration. It didn't help that the day started off with a rocky ferry ride and overcast sky's, and I couln't help but notice that the grey shingled and weathered houses all lacked a little personality. 



After a quick lunch (and a delicious Bloody Mary) the sun came out and I began to notice a few subtle pops of color among these neutral oceanside homes.




I managed to snap a few pictures as we drove back to the bike rental (at a whopping 25 miles per hour).  


I was a little late with my camera as we whizzed by a quaint symmetrical house painted a warm gray with light gray trim and shutters accented with a fuchsia front door. The color combination was so fun...a little color can go a long way!



The majority of the houses were shades of gray, but this house was a crisp white with a beautiful aqua door. This house really popped against the bright blue sky.




Blue and orange can go terribly wrong, but this is just enough to make this house stand out above the rest. The blue door alone would work just fine, but the funky orange chairs give it a little something extra. I'd love to get my hands on those chairs. 



 

Again, there's that gorgeous aqua, but this time against gray siding with accents of wrought iron hinges on the doors. 



The Gothic Inn had great architectural details, but the light pink Adirondack chairs lined up out front added a whimsical touch. I picture happy couples sipping lemonade as they watch the tourists pass by.



Although this is not my favorite shade of red (or coral), I applaud this owner for adding some color to the island. I know the luscious green hills, sandy beaches, and miles of water should be enough, but why not use those elements as a backdrop to your brightly painted vacation home? 

Overall, the ride was relaxing, the day turned out to be beautiful, and I found some new color inspiration on this quaint little island.