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Homes & Gardens Inspiration

September 22, 2009

Looking for a little roomspiration today? I have some beautiful rooms that I’d love to share with you that have appeared in previous issues of Homes & Gardens (UK) magazine. Are you a regular reader? I usually find my copy at the train station here and really love many of the rooms that they feature. Let’s have a look together below at just a few of them. If you’d like, you can tell me which ones you favor and why. I’ll number them to make it easy for you to reference them in your comment. Ready?

Homes & Gardens Inspiration

(1) This space feels very warm and glamorous to me. I really like the trimmed pillows and that mix of lilac and yellow here. The painting marries everything below it. So, so welcoming.

Homes & Gardens Inspiration

(2) I think the person who owns this home clearly has the same obsession with chairs as I do. I laughed a little when I counted 7 in this living room, in 3 separate groupings (which is how, I imagine, the owner justified owning so many chairs). I like the scale of this space too, it’s very grand and palace-like. The crown molding, mirror and curtains are so insanely beautiful! Come into my parlor for tea, ladies…

Homes & Gardens Inspiration

(3) What’s not to love here? First, that green wall. Wow. And those petite chairs, like the ladies perched atop them must be size zero as they look almost like they’d break otherwise. Like dollhouse furniture…  The lighting is extraordinary as well. And then, with so much perfection you have a very imperfect floor and a cover tossed over the table to appear almost like a casual break for tea and cookies… And aren’t the seat covers unexpected?

Homes & Gardens Inspiration

(4) This is so serene and I like how the fabric is acting as a headboard here. A very low-budget DIY way to make a bedroom beautiful with a striking focal point. And it’s smart, because if you tire of the fabric you can swap it out for something different. I also like that the lamps aren’t taking away the powerful print of that fabric – clear glass just seems so perfect for the lamp selection. And then you have all that mint and beige, and the bed that is slightly messy… I want to do a running jump onto it right now in fact.

Homes & Gardens Inspiration

(5) Here we go again, pastel hues that feel so feminine and welcoming… And what a sweet sofa, the bottom cushion looks like silk doesn’t it? Maybe raw silk (my favorite)? Whatever it is, I love this choice for the sofa as it could look too serious otherwise. The stripe adds personality.

Homes & Gardens Inspiration

(6) I think this room comes closest to my style, because it’s very calm and casual, almost beachy-in-the-city and since I was raised on the beach and spent my adult years in the city, I know why my style is a little of both. I love the chair and the curtains, and of course the blues and violets with shades of creamy white..

Homes & Gardens Inspiration

(7) This room is a bit more modern, less relaxed but more curated… I imagine the owner to be a very posh socialite or something. (not me). Doesn’t that rug look like heaven for the feet? Yellow and gray works so nicely in this space…

Homes & Gardens Inspiration

(8) Another well edited space. A little too perfect for me to actually live in, but if I add a few of my own touches here I can see myself enjoying this living room. The shelving is a nice choice for a small room like this, and I like the small white table near to the chair, the scale of it is perfect for placing a cocktail or some magazines.

Homes & Gardens Inspiration

(9) I’m going to cheat with this one because what I like most is the lighting and the view! Look at the balcony railing, it’s so ornate and reminds me of London for some reason…

Homes & Gardens Inspiration

(10) I love this sofa and the pillows on it. I imagine this room much differently if I were to occupy it, but I could see myself working in that sofa somehow. It would be fab in a bedroom that was large enough to have a sitting area, wouldn’t it?

Okay, your turn! :)

(images: homes & gardens uk)






Decorating Tips

Urban Outfitters Fall Preview ’09

June 12, 2009

Urban Outfitters sent out their Fall Preview recently and I couldn’t have loved what I saw more. The preview books reminded me of Lena and Mav’s lovely Lines & Shapes or Mav and Stephanie’s 3191 Year of Mornings. The UO presentation is clean, minimalist and more grown up than usual. Still a younger version of their big sister Anthropologie, but more mature still. And I loved the big poster that they included, the paper smells lovely (I know, sick aren’t I?) and the paper feels divine – I just may hang it on my wall this Autumn with it’s creamy texture and subdued color palette. I’m glad they put such care and thought into their choice of paper, it seems to be recycled.

Urban Outfitters Fall Preview '09

Urban Outfitters Fall Preview '09

I like the message on the mirror, “Take Me As I Am”. A good message for us all, right?

Urban Outfitters Fall Preview '09

I only wish they’d included a press contact or CD inside because I would have loved to share their Fall line up. These images will have to do for now. And of course, you can always snoop around the U.O. website as I’m sure the Autumn goodies will start showing up soon enough.

Here are a few things I found from their current collection that I would consider adding to my own nest if I weren’t packing up to move. I’m not exactly college age so I tried to find things that I’d say would fit the post-college crowd. ;)

Urban Outfitters Fall Preview '09

a. Tiny Ceramic Basket by Perch! in Brooklyn, b. +oo chair by Blu Dot, c. Double Wire Basket, d. Rattan pouf, e. Desk Tidy, f. Granny Smith Container and g. Ceramic noodle cup.

By the way, have you noticed the crazy selection of off beat cameras they’re stocking lately? LOVE them.

(images: photos by holly becker, all from urban outfitters)






Books + Magazines, Decorating Tips

Canadian House & Home

June 5, 2009

Do you browse (aka stalk) magazine websites? Add Canadian House & Home to your hit list – it’s my new Domino when it comes to an amazing design website in North America, in English. Their design galleries are gorgeous and so well organized! I was reminded of them while reading Four Walls and a Roof earlier this week and wanted to make sure to mention not only this lovely blog but House & Home too where you can find gorgeous spaces like thes to inspire some of your decorating choices. I started reading H&H over ten years ago when they were first available at my local Barnes & Noble and have been a loyal reader ever since — they never cease to deliver gorgeous rooms and accessible design.

Canadian House & Home

Canadian House & Home

Canadian House & Home

Canadian House & Home

Canadian House & Home

Canadian House & Home

I’m seriously loving all of this turquoise and yellow and these gorgeous bathrooms!

(images: canadian house & home)






Decorating Tips, Travel

Indiska

May 26, 2009

Indiska is this lovely shop that I discovered recently and knowing that you also love this bazaar/boho style of things you really should go have a look. Indiska is based in Sweden and they sell all sorts of gems for the home in addition to fashion and accessories – and I can’t read Swedish but it even looks like they have a restaurant called Hurry Curry which offers catering services. I have to make sure I look for this place the next time I find myself in Stockholm because I love their quirky, colorful style, don’t you?

Indiska

These are a few of my favorite things, especially the picnic blanket with the pom pom trim for a Saturday in the park. Ah, so cute!

Indiska

Indiska

Indiska

I wonder if this Hurry Curry sign shown above is an actual poster you can purchase because I want one!

The Indiska blog is fun because they take you a bit behind-the-scenes of photo shoots, fair visits, and trends that are hot currently in Sweden. It’s only in Swedish though, unfortunately, but you can at least enjoy the links and photos which you can find here.






Decorating Tips

Showpony – Save 15%

May 14, 2009

I was talking to Emma Henderson over at Showpony earlier this week who just announced the launch of her new website and online shop. She designs and creates screen printed accessories for mostly the home that includes totes, pillows and tea towels. Emma is also dedicated to using organic and fair trade materials and only ink that is water based.

Showpony - Save 15%

Showpony - Save 15%

To celebrate her grand opening, she’s offering a 15% discount for the month of May. Just enter the code helloshowpony when prompted at the checkout. Emma is also offering free UK shipping with orders over £30.

Thanks for the discount, Emma!

(images from showpony)






Decorating Tips

Rice – Summer Collection

May 13, 2009

I love me some Rice. What a great Danish company, I own a bunch of things from them – I particularly like their kitchen items and ceramic bowls because everything is well made and happy looking! They’ve just rolled out a new website with photos in full on saturated color and oh boy, oh boy! You practically need sunglasses it’s so bright.

Rice - Summer Collection

Rice - Summer Collection

Rice - Summer Collection

Rice - Summer Collection

Rice - Summer Collection

Rice - Summer Collection

Rice - Summer Collection

Rice - Summer Collection

Rice - Summer Collection

Notice who is shown in the picture frame on the shelf? Cute, isn’t it?

Did you know that Rice is now in America? Oh yes. I joke you not. I started writing about them three years ago and always wondered if someday they’d end up at some local Anthro store and sure enough… I bet a store could curate 100% of their merchandise these days from reading blogs because let’s face it, bloggers report on trends and talk about what consumers want. Reading blogs keeps their finger on the pulse of consumer buzz and that is a hot little pulse to monitor because it means potential profit. Look at Orla Kiely for instance, unknown in America a few years ago and now she’s practically a household name. Not a coincidence. If you want something bad enough just blog about it a couple thousand times. People are out there watching. They’re listening. To us. The bloggers and the blog readers. Kind of cool, don’t you think?

You can buy lovely Rice products in America — click here (type in USA) to view where they’re available.

(images: rice, denmark)






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