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Villa Nova (and random thoughts on color)

Print + Pattern blogged about Villa Nova out of the UK and since I found some of their images to be a source of inspiration (along with a mega dose of color, refreshing), I thought I’d post a bit of beauty for you to enjoy. I found these rooms to be so typical English, do you? I love the bold, patterned drapes – those take courage, don’t they?!? And check out the pink spaces. Imagine having the guts to go all out like that and create a pink living room? I am in awe when I see interiors that have such a strong color palette. Sometimes I think I’m going over the edge incorporating teal or pear into my own space, but then I look at how the English, German, and Dutch use color and I sit back and think of how I may be a bit more fearful of color than I care to admit to. Maybe I’m a color wuss.

What about you? Are you a risk taker or do you play it safe?

(images from villa nova)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, inspiration on March 06, 2007

The Independent London: Store Guide

Look what Joy found: The Independent London: Store Guide. This is perfect, I can’t wait to see it. I purchased it online, they ship worldwide, and you can pay via Paypal. I’ll be in London later this year, so I plan to put it to good use. Anyone else planning on visiting London this year? Isn’t this cat the cutest?

(images from the independent london)

Posted in Books + Magazines, shopping, travel on March 06, 2007

Reader Q: Bedroom Help

Reader help alert! What to do with this bedroom? Emily has a plate (exhibit b) she wants to put on the wall but feels it is too lonely. I suggest she start a collecton plates and arrange them over the bed in a pattern that creeps up the wall. Pick up some of the plate patterns in the bedding. I think Emily has a pretty duvet, but she could do more with it. Layer the bedding with coordinating colors in different prints and patterns.

Find a single piece of art to install over the bed, something colorful, in blues, greens, yellows, and then place the plate on the wall to the right (or left). Use teal or dandelion yellow as an accent color. With a bedroom this size, I’d DIY crown moldings along the top of the walls in the same white as the rest of the moldings. I would wallpaper the wall behind the bed, but that’s just me. The painted walls look gorgeous as is, too. Especially with a nice piece of art over the bed.

As for the bedside tables, I first suggest finding two that match, and place two matching lamps on top. Think symmetrical here. Emily could even place two small dressers (that match) on each side of the bed. I see the teal spindle lamps from Urbans (or something along that line) in Emily’s future… Minus the lampshade they show it with – go with a creamy white.

I may slipcover the headboard or paint it white, I’d go with something more serene than the black, it doesn’t seem to fit the look you’re trying to acheive. If you cover the headboard, you could find a pretty floral print that is small and understated, or you could use linen in a solid color that you like.

I would most definitely add a bench to the foot of your bed and a throw folded neated at the end of your bed. The possibilities are endless, I think most of us would die for this space.

So readers, if this were your room, how would you decorate it (and incorporate the plate)?

(images from emily)

Posted in reader questions on March 06, 2007


Time for some pillow talk. These affordable finds from Joom won’t break the bank, and they’re stylish and colorful, the perfect accent for any room. The hummingbirds and cherry blossom pillows are my favorites, but Joom also stocks cards, clothes, totes, and wall art so you may fall in love with something entirely different. Pillows sell for around $30, totes for around $40, so deals are in the air. And it’s always nice to support an artist out there going it alone. Yeah Joom!

(images from joom)

Posted in Etsy Faves, Objects on March 06, 2007


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