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Friday
Jan182013

rock a (nursery) rhyme

While searching for some inexpensive art for a gallery wall in a client's nursery the other night, I stumbled upon these ADORABLE nursery rhyme prints on Etsy and they were too cute not to share!  Never thought I'd be posting quotes from Snoop and Dr. Dre for a nursery, no less, but these prints are funky, fresh and add just the right amount of whimsy and humor to a little one's space.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday
Jan172013

rattan dining chairs + a great find!

World Market has, surprisingly, been knocking it out of the park lately! I've had my eye on these rattan dining chairs since I first saw them last year.  I love the shape and the high backs, and the darker tone and texture would look beautiful against a distressed wood table.  They retail for $159 per chair, which isn't too bad, but I was beyond thrilled to see them on sale for HALF OFF right now! 

It would be super simple to beef up the cushion padding and definitely recover them in a fabulous fabric!  And just in case you think these style chairs only work in coastal decor, here are a few examples, from a mountain home to desert and traditional decor, and they look equally amazing in each one!

Atlanta Homes + Lifestyle

Tim Clarke

M. Elle Design via Elle Decor

Amber Interiors

Tim Clarke

Leibowitz and Mclachlan

Wednesday
Jan162013

it's O.K. to corral

Thanks to my O.C.D. tendencies and overall anal retentiveness about organization, I am not a fan of clutter.  For me, everything has a place and there is a place for everything, otherwise I cannot rest (it drives my husband CRAZY).  As much as I would love my home to be perfect all the time, it's simply not realistic or practical...there are many items that get used far too often to store them out of sight constantly, so I love to use trays to corral them for a beautiful, pulled-together alternative.  Cooking utensils, perfume, makeup, souvenirs, liquor bottles, jewelry, trinkets, books, magazines all look more collected when displayed on a beautiful tray:

Cupcakes and Cashmere

Mark D. Sikes

Style at Home

Bobby McAlpine via House Beautiful

remodelista

Seagrass Interiors

High Street Market

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Moth Design

Ryan Korban via Domino

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday
Jan152013

winter whites

Winter time, and January in particular, always makes me want to curl up under a soft, fuzzy blanket in front of the fire with a cup of tea and my nose in a good book.  Unfortunately, we've been experiencing temps in the mid-to-high 70's lately, so it's shorts and tee shirts for me, boo!  I strive for calm, quiet and peacefulness this time of year and interiors with winter white tones, lots of natural texture, warm wood furniture and beautiful brass and gold accents definitely help in creating a cozy and inviting space.  There is nothing like a well-executed all-white room (or outfit, for that matter!).  Here are some beautiful examples:

Houzz

Christopher Peacock

lonny

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Muskoka Living

Cote de Texas

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lonny

Darryl Carter via Country Living

hello, fashion

At Home in Arkansas

Country Living

Lindy Weaver

Monday
Jan142013

new england kitchen

If you follow me on Pinterest, you know I love me an all-white kitchen and this amazing beauty in a home in Kennebunkport, Maine, has currently got me drooling all over my keyboard!  With white glassfront cabinets, a blue beadboard ceiling, antique pendant lighting, soapstone countertops, a farmhouse sink, polished nickel hardware, subway tile and built-in, banquette seating this kitchen is just oozing New England charm.  The blue and white striped runners add just the right dose of color and that butler's pantry with its swinging door and brass porthole window....be still my heart!!  Oh, and did I mention this is a VACATION HOME? 

Here are my picks for creating a similar look:

Gooseneck faucet / Striped rug / Farmhouse sink / Barstools / Nickel cup pulls / Chandelier /

Brass porthole / Bamboo blinds / Benjamin Moore Alaskan Husky / Globe pendant light /

Nickel pull / Dining table /