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Homes & Gardens Inspiration

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 UK

(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 UK

(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 UK

(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 UK

(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 UK

(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 UK

(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 UK

(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 UK

(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 UK

(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 UK

(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)

Posted in Books + Magazines, Decorating Tips on September 22, 2009
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What Is Country Style To You?

I wrote a little introduction today over at Real Simple to an online shop called Patchwork Harmony (based in England) where they stock things that are very typical “English” country style. And after writing the post I sat here with my green tea staring into space thinking, “well wait… how does English country style differ from say, American country style”.

Country Style

And then I thought of Swedish country style, and German, and French and Irish and it suddenly made me realize just how many country styles there are out there that are really country-specific and so if you say on a blog that has international readers that you like country style, they may interpret it to mean the style they are accustomed to associating country style with in their land. I also thought about this style and how it differs per country because of the landscape, language, culture, even religious beliefs and the various arts and crafts movements of the past. It also made me wonder what Japanese country style looks like, and what elements define Russian country style. It’s a pretty neat topic to ponder.

Country Style

Now I will put this topic on the floor and ask for your opinion. Can you comment with where you live and what elements define country style in your part of the world. Maybe you can write about the most popular country styles, colors, old-fashioned customs that influence your local country style, etc. Also do other cultures influence country style where you live (I see a lot of “New England” country style here in Germany along with Scandinavian country, French country, and a more folksy country style that is more local I think), etc. Of course in the states we have a variety of country styles influenced by craft movements from the past, but there is also retro country that is very “American” specific. And of course, in American we have shops that carry only French country products. Then there is this New England country style which has a more coastal vibe. Another idea is that you can post all about this topic on your blog and then leave the link to your post below so we can all pop over to visit you and read about your impressions – maybe you can post photos or something to support your impressions?

(images: patchwork harmony)

Posted in Decorating Tips, real talk on September 16, 2009

Urban Outfitters Fall Preview ’09

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 2009

Urban Outfitters Fall 2009

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

Urban Outfitters Fall 2009

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 Faves

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)

Posted in Decorating Tips on June 12, 2009

Canadian House & Home

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)

Posted in Books + Magazines, Decorating Tips on June 05, 2009

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