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The Beach Studios

September 20, 2007

Let’s continue the theme of white for a moment with a glimpse into the properties offered to the film and photography industry by The Beach Studios in the UK. They have some of the most outstanding real estate where white is the “it” color and quite heavenly.

The Beach Studios
I enjoy looking at spare spaces, especially since I’m not sure if I could live in one without splashes of bold color and pattern, but for those that can I tip my hat to you because I don’t think I could survive amidst a white canvas without doing something to it. Again, it’s design ADD. At the rate I change things around in my own home, I think an all white space would last about a week for me. Funny thing is, I feel the most relaxed and focused in a white room. So why don’t I have at least one in my home? It’s a question I’ve asked myself for some time now.

The Beach Studios
Let’s enjoy these white spaces for a moment, shall we? Be sure to study each image, examine placement of objects and why white ‘works’ in each room. Perhaps there’s a beautiful view, various tones of white being used, texture, a slight burst of color…

The Beach Studios I’m not one to gravitate towards leather furniture, but this worn leather chair looks so cozy, it really warms up the space. I also like seeing twinkle lights around mirrors, I do the same thing but not for holidays, year round. I also arrange entire strands of them inside of large glass vases, they look pretty on top of tall cabinets, on the fridge, or in the corner of a living room. Just be sure to purchase the lights with the white cord, green looks dreadful!

The Beach Studios Shots of pink! Yay! This space is so glamorous, a modern day Marilyn Monroe. I picture a very successful leggy blonde at this table. Gwen Stefani, perhaps?

The Beach Studios More delicious pale pink. And a shot of seafoam green. Yum. Of course, these rooms all have the most amazing bones, from the floors to the ceilings, so how can you go wrong decorating a space like this?

The Beach Studios Now we’re seeing the space with black accents. Nice combination. Black and white consistently wins awards, it’s such a classic.

The Beach Studios More mini shots of seafoam green. Wouldn’t you fancy a spot of tea at this well arranged table? I see more and more bench seating at tables than ever before. I like a bench like the one shown above against the wall, paired with two chairs. I’ve been thinking of trying this look, it’s a nice mix. My friend Crystal in Montreal has a very rustic farmer’s table paired with a church pew and a few chairs. The pew came from a church that had closed, she grabbed it, cleaned it up a little, and made a cushion for it out of white linen.

The Beach Studios Not much to this simple shed space (perhaps that’s the appeal?), but I can imagine it transformed into the most lovely guest house or art studio. This setting speaks to me on every level. It’s so serene. I want to own a shed like this someday.

The Beach Studios A shot of blue overhead (canisters) gives this kitchen some personality. I like the birdcage on the back cabinet and the chandelier, but it seems a bit high for my taste. I wouldn’t be able to stop there though with my accessories, I’d stack vintage tea towels on the counter and add a colorful stripey rug beneath that table. Fresh flowers on the table in a vintage pitcher (yellow?). And a painting. Must have art.

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(images from the beach studios uk)






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Reader Q: Patio Help

June 29, 2007

Blair from Wisecraft wrote in looking for some help from decor8 readers in regards to her patio space. She is looking for, “Inexpensive ways to add some color to the furniture and walls (with fabric, DIY things, and the like).” Blair continues, “The garden itself is established and doing well, but its the patio furniture, walls, and other things that look bare and drab to me.” Looking for some fresh perspectives, Blair sent in photos seeking our help.

Reader Q: Patio Help “We are lucky to have a large backyard for city living, and this patio is part of the more adult area of the yard (where we can sit, but still see the kids in the other part of the yard). I have worked on establishing the planting beds (completely empty 3 years ago) with maintenance free plantings and they have grown like crazy (probably too much) and established themselves well. The idea for the garden beds was interesting foliage plants, mixing chartreuse greens and purple-ish black plants. I love the contrast. There are red tulips in the beds in Spring, but for the most part this particular part of the yard is flower free.” – Blair

Reader Q: Patio Help “Recent garden inspiration has come from Jane Cumberbatch’s Pure Style Outdoors” – Blair

Reader Q: Patio Help “The table and chair set is from Martha Stewart, we like how it blends in with its surroundings and it works well for us. Again, its easy maintenance, we hose it off! When I look at this patio, I would really like to wake it up with some color, pattern, etc and my hopes are that you, Holly, and your readers can provide some ideas.” – Blair

Reader Q: Patio Help “The exterior walls of the house are cedar shingles, and our house is a traditional craftsman that we are apparently trying to modernize via furniture and accessories. So, even I am confused about what our style is! I would like some kind of color out there as well (although not paint, more like accessories). Color that would compliment the planting scheme, as well as maybe fill up the patio area with some interesting and inviting ideas.” – Blair

Reader Q: Patio Help “I have put in some pink fuschia plants and realize I really love the bright pink pop against the more somber colors. We do not have a huge budget for this little area. OK, we don’t have a budget at all! But we do have lots of DIY ability, the drive to want to make our surroundings pretty, inviting, with fabric, DIY accessories, etc…Your readers always have such great ideas, I would love to get a fresh perspective on this area of the yard from them.” – Blair

Okay everyone, we’re on a mission to help Blair! Leave your comments below. I’ll lead the discussion by doing the same.

(images from wisecraft)






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How To Display Artwork

April 16, 2007

Domino posted a fantastic guide on displaying artwork, you must check it out. It answers so many questions, and the presentation is stunning, motivating, but above all, so helpful! Here’s a sneak peak below, but you’ll need to read their tips and see more images right here.

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(images from domino)






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Follow The Yellow Brick Road…

April 14, 2007

More yellow to love, refreshing, energetic bursts of joy! From shoes to fashion, brides to stationery, there’s so much out there in sassy, classy yellow. Be inspired!

Follow The Yellow Brick Road...Brides magazine

Follow The Yellow Brick Road...Weego Home

Follow The Yellow Brick Road...Alicia Bock on Etsy

Follow The Yellow Brick Road...Simply Photo on Etsy
Follow The Yellow Brick Road...Living Etc magazine







Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips

Yellow Interior Inspiration

April 13, 2007

You can always count on Domino magazine to deliver some of the best spaces. Here are a just a few of my favorites… Pay attention to the fabulous use of yellow in these rooms. Some with just a touch, others that really pile it on. From sunny yellow, to lovely jewel tones, this color cheers, warms, welcomes, and ushers in a positive feel-good mood.

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QUICK BITE: If you don’t have a touch of yellow in your space and you’d like to change that ASAP, visit the grocery store. All you need at home is a bowl or glass vase. Pick up a bag of beautiful lemons and some tulips. The lemons can go in the kitchen, dining room, or living area in a vase or bowl. If you have an entry, you can place a clear vase with them inside on your entry table. Tulips look good anywhere. And don’t forget to cut a few lemons and let them infuse your home with zesty goodness. You need not invest in a gallon of paint or a new duvet to bring this color into your home – lemons and some tulips will do just fine for now. :)

(images from domino)






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Zara Home Inspiration in White

April 4, 2007

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!

Zara Home Inspiration in WhiteLots 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…

Zara Home Inspiration in WhiteZara Home Inspiration in WhiteThis 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…

Zara Home Inspiration in WhiteThis 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.

Zara Home Inspiration in WhiteWhat 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?

Zara Home Inspiration in White(images from zara home)






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