Kelly Christakos Stivers
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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 /

Tuesday
Jan082013

designer love: lee ann thornton

I'm always drawn to light, bright spaces that are fun and fresh, but I'm especially so every time a New Year rolls around.  There's something about clean, classic design that makes me want to go crazy de-cluttering and painting everything white for a fresh start.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover that quite a few spaces I've admired for a while now all belong to designer Lee Ann Thornton.  With a style that is decidedly classic with modern twists thrown in for good measure (my fave!), all of her spaces are bright and airy with subtle pops of color and the most amazing, sumptuous fabrics and wallcoverings.  Here are some of my favorite spaces from her portfolio:


To see more of Lee Ann's work, check out her website here

Monday
Jan072013

bachelor pad

When a friend's younger brother closed recently on the purchase of his very first home, he turned to me for help decorating it and I jumped at the chance to design an amazing bachelor pad for him! To start, we're working on the living room, which is open to the kitchen- the perfect setup for a guy in his late 20's who loves to entertain.  It was such a breeze to work with him - from the start, he knew he wanted a similar feel to designer Jimmy Stanton's living room, so we used that as a jumping-off point:

His parents offered to buy a new sofa as a housewarming present and, after much debate, this gorgeous leather chesterfield sofa became the basis for which the design for the rest of the space was based.  Carpet is getting replaced by beautiful handscraped, wide-plank floors with an espresso finish and walls are getting new life with charcoal gray paint. We're going for a masculine, moody feel with industrial touches, reclaimed wood accents and warmth and texture from a seagrass rug, bamboo Roman blinds, linen curtains and antique brass sconces.  Inexpensive reproduction subway roll signs add interest and patchwork pillows and a tripod lamp keep the vibe fun and fresh.  Here is our plan, so far:

Up next is the dining room plan and progress pictures of the living room...hope you're off to a great start this Monday!