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Heidi (Stationery + More!)

After the Zara Home images (a heavy dose of white overload), and now seeing tons of snow falling outside of my window (it’s April, hellloo?), I needed a jolt of color to cheer me up. Color and pattern in bold, geometric prints is what our girl Heidi is all about. She has some stylish papers and cards; I’d love to blow up some of these patterns and paste them on a wall, what swank wallpaper some of these would make. Fresh!

Thanks Mona for the tip!

(images from heidi)

Posted in stationery on April 04, 2007

Zara Home Inspiration in White

I wrote about Zara Home this time last year, and despite how it pains me that their home stores aren’t in the states (yet), I’m thrilled to at least catch a glimpse of their catalog online because the images are gorgeous and packed with styling ideas. Plus, there’s a lot of things I see that resemble pieces that I can find here in the states from stores and flea markets, so it’s just a matter of pulling everything together to create the relaxed, soft look that is Zara Home. It’s a little bit of the Beachy Keen and the Nurturing Naturalist combined, don’t you think? And Miss Victoria from SFGirlbyBay was right, white is too a color!

Lots of antlers, texture, shells, bird cages, painted wood floors (white-washed), white furnishings, hints of blue, white in many shades keeping the look warm vs. cool, ceramics, driftwood, flea market finds, it’s all gorgeous, isn’t it? Click on any of these images to enlarge…

This is my favorite room (below), I love everything about it. It actually reminds me of this living room in Linda Gregoriou’s home from Australian Vogue magazine. I love how they filled the fireplace with books, and this gorgeous cut out rug…

This kitchen feels so Scandinavian to me, it looks so clean and warm, which is sometimes hard to accomplish with an all white palette because too often it can read as sterile and cold.

What a gorgeous entry, it almost looks like the railing is an ornate wrought iron. Don’t we all dream of a balcony or patio like this?

(images from zara home)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, inspiration on April 04, 2007

DWR’s Miss Gana Ottoman [Hot or Scary?]

Is this thing hot or hairy scary? Resembling a Muppet and badly in need of google eyes, only 50 are available over at Design Within Reach, so if you want your eco-friendly Miss Gana ottoman made from unworn, overstocked flip-flop sandals for $250- act now before it rolls away… Or walks. Or ends up with an acting career on some Nickelodeon show.

Hot or Scary? Would you own this thing? I cast my vote like this… If it was in one of those massive, swank Elle Decor style homes with all the right billion dollar furnishings, it would work. If it was in my home, just plain scary. And you?

(images from dwr)

Posted in uncategorized on April 04, 2007

*eBay Find* Dorothy Draper Style Dresser

This is such a cool eBay find from seller Mod Avenue (one of my faves), and I think with the right knobs, it would make a great accent piece. I just love the price– Buy It Now for $300 and it ships to your home straight out of Brooklyn. I love it because I had an entire bedroom set just like this growing up, only it had cane trim and was white.

If yellow isn’t for you, paint it your favorite color, it has such great lines and detail, and you can find knobs over at Anthropologie to dress it up to look totally girly, grown, ornate, tame, whatever you like – hardware can transform this piece into something unique just like you. Paint it in a few colors, outlining the details. Line the drawers with your favorite vintage wallpaper. Use it in the entry to store paperwork, bills, scarves, mittens, keys… Or in the more common places, like a walk-in closet, bedroom, living room, etc. It’s so much fun to find pieces like this on eBay, such a great bargain and so much potential to perk it up and have fun.

(images from ebay seller mod avenue and anthropologie)

Posted in Objects, vintage on April 04, 2007


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