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Fresh White Dining Rooms

I still have a thing for predominantly white dining spaces and one of my favorite magazines, VTWonen, shows plenty of them month after month. I think I’ve pinned at least 20 of their rooms on my Pinterest boards! I met the editor-in-chief this summer and felt a bit like a fan girl before the celebrity she so much admires, it was a real highlight for me. VTWonen is my favorite magazine at the moment and I dream to someday have my home in it when it’s finished and even though I cannot understand a lot of Dutch (though my German studies have helped me oddly enough!) I still find it so forward and fresh.

Dining Rooms

Check out these dining rooms though…Some are a little too white for even my taste, but I do love the sheer pureness of them all, don’t you? They seem so clean and refreshing. I think the only change I would add to these spaces is to add a large wall mural, a gorgeously painted wall or a great wallpaper on a single wall as a feature. Overall though, these spaces really draw me in and make me feel at home. I think I’d also add some brightly colored accent, something that would be a real show stopper — like a canary yellow bright, neon orange lampshade or a hot pink chair.

Dining Rooms

Dining Rooms

Dining Rooms

Dining Rooms

Dining Rooms

Dining Rooms

What do you think? Is a white dining room for you?

(images: vtwonen)

Posted in Decorating Tips on January 04, 2012

Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

There is this amazing space in 101 Woonideeen magazine, a decorating mag out of the Netherlands, that I’ve been dying to share with you ever since I first saw it in their November issue. I love the space for many reasons but primarily, I’m nuts about this amazing DIY wall unit that the homeowner, Tinta, made for her dining area. There is even a DIY tutorial in the issue as well as on their website (in Dutch). I think it’s the absolute best shelving unit ever because of all of the little nooks and the sheer quirkiness of it. I also really like how she has styled it, so many fun things to look at.

Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

Sorry the photo below isn’t super clear, it’s all I could find online and the resolution isn’t so hot but at least you can see the display unit that I’m so ga ga over.

Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

Do you spot the fun kid’s book on the shelf, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly? from Chronicle Books? I do, and it’s such a lovely book I highly suggest picking one up for decorative purposes AND to read! I own one and love it.

Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

I really like the mood board above that Tinta shared in the issue showing the overall palette for her apartment design. Such a fresh and inspiring mix of color, texture and pattern. She is also a fan of Tara Hogan’s work over at INK + WIT which made me so happy since Tara is a friend of mine. Tara’s work is more and more popular in Europe, I see it in magazines from time to time and hear people talk about INK + WIT whenever they speak of stationery that they love from the US. Go, Tara!

Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

Here’s the shelf again, I know, but I’ve added an image from the living room which is laid out so beautifully I think. Ah, what a sweet home.

By the way, I’ll be in their next issue for February so if you get this magazine look for me! :)

(photography: ernie enkelaar)

 

 

Posted in Decorating Tips on January 04, 2012

Stylist Lo Bjurulf

Talent, style and purely inspirational gorgeousness – BRING.IT. These were all styled by the talented Lo Bjurulf for Agent Bauer and good golly don’t they give you a wave of yum scrumminess?

Stylist Lo Bjurulf

Stylist Lo Bjurulf

Stylist Lo Bjurulf

Stylist Lo Bjurulf

Stylist Lo Bjurulf

Fantastic. I love a little eye candy. Or in this case, a whole lot of it. Perfect way to kick off a lovely and festive weekend. Enjoy your time with family and friends and I’ll see you again soon! xo

(images: agent bauer)

Posted in Decorating Tips on December 23, 2011

Beautiful Delicious Marie Claire Maison

These images from Marie Claire Maison made me drool like a fool today. The walls! The art! The quirk! The organized chaos! Ah, yes Marie Claire Maison you have once again made me walk away inspired. Hope these images do the same for you today, too. For fans of red and bold color in general, you’ll particularly love these inspiring rooms.

Most of these homes display such a clever balance of soothing neutrals and bursts of energetic color, mixed together carefully to form a most delightful cocktail of style. Delish!

(images: marie claire maison)

Posted in Decorating Tips on December 22, 2011

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Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

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