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Tara Larkin, Interior Stylist

I’d like to highlight the work of Tara Larkin, a London-based Interior Stylist. With over ten years of experience styling for magazines such as House Beautiful (UK) and Real Homes (UK), along with companies and private clients, her portfolio contains a few images that I’m fond of, especially since I’m big on pinks and greens lately, so I’m soaking up everything that inspires me and putting them here on decor8. I hope you don’t mind.

Building a room is all about layering in one element at a time, careful arrangement, and as you live in the space and time goes on, editing it from time to time to ensure that things remain somewhat neat. Of course, I couldn’t live in any of these rooms, I need some of my magazines scattered about, lots of art on the walls, and piles of pillows everywhere (just ask my husband, I never tire of pillows). Although this simple, scaled down look is comforting to look at and gives me ideas — I can see where I’d love to add or remove this or that to infuse my own style.

In the following rooms, how would you edit them to show your style? I’d love to know!

I’d replace the wood coffee table with a round glass top or a white or marble top saarinen low table. I’d also pull the side table closer in so that it’s closer the sofa.

In this room, I’d add a drum pendant over the table, perhaps a geometric or leaf motif. Of course, fresh flowers in the table center, and a huge graphical plush rug to ground the space, I’m thinking 8 x 10 would work. I’d hate to cover those beautiful floors, though. I’d like to see a little more color on the bookcase, too. I love the arrangement of everything on it left alone, it’s perfect.

I’d change the bedding and turn this room into an Indian escape. I love the wall as is, perfect. The tea set would be replaced by a napping kitty. The lamp would have a more substantial base, and in a color like yellow or turquoise to play off those I’d introduce through my new bedding. Lots of pillows, too! I may make a slipcover with a padded insert to conceal the headboard, unless this is a room for a little girl, then I may leave it be. I’d shop for everything at Layla, John Robshaw, Kerry Cassill, and Nomad. Remember Pink Shrink that SFGirlByBay Victoria blogged about? Something like that.

I’d love the see the wall behind the entertainment center in either tulip yellow or green (kelly or lime) OR with a big, bold wallpaper pattern in yellow and white or green and white — geometric or a floral print. And a cozy rug of course, I love rugs against hardwood. I also think that the end table either needs to be higher, or needs a stack of books with brightly colored spines, topped with a succulent in a pretty pot.

I don’t know about this room. She did a great job pulling together these two strong hues, but I’m a bit scared of them used together in a single room, both almost fighting for the spotlight. I know, I know, it’s the American in me. If given the choice over a beige/cream space or a purple/red space, most of us would take the former, admit it. I’d settle somewhere in the middle with pink. :)

So, what do you think? How would you add your personal style to these rooms? Of course, Tara’s work is invigorating and inspiring as is, but it’s fun to play. The more you take rooms apart with you look at them, the more you are training your eye and peering a little deeper into all the beautiful images you love – there’s great benefit in careful inspection! I hope you’ll check out Tara’s website and view all the images she has in her portfolio. Enjoy!

(images from tara larkin)

Posted in designers, shopping, travel on June 06, 2007

Oras Modern Mobiles

Vilija from Oras Designs wrote in about the modern, geometric wall mobiles that she recently launched (Fall ’06) out of her design studio in San Rafael, California. Available in a myriad of colors, your choice of either squares or ovals, these mod mobiles are fresh and unique. Learn more about Vilija over on her website, Oras Designs. She’ll even commission a custom piece just for you!

Thanks so much for writing in, Vilija!

(images from oras)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, bedroom, designers on May 14, 2007

Kerry Cassill *New* Online Store

I can’t believe it! Kerry Cassill now has an online store with home goods and fashion so shout it from the rooftops! To me, there’s nothing better than combining a little Bombay/Mumbai influence with a touch of California sunshine for Summer ’07. I love how Kerry layers patterns and colors, I think I’ll pick up a few pillowcases to cut apart and convert into a simple ottoman cover… Oh, how you inspire us to do great things in our homes, Kerry!

(images from kerry cassill)

Posted in bedroom, designers, fashion + accessories, textiles on May 14, 2007

Brooklyn Designs 2007: Round-up!

Brooklyn Designs 2007 kicks off tomorrow, so in support of all the amazingly talented design collectives participating, this shout out is for you. Here’s a mini roundup of some of my favorite exhibitors (see them all here), I’m sure you’ll love them too. Known as the coming out party for the hottest furnishings designers, don’t miss this exciting event. Best part, it’s not trade only, it’s open to all.

The Puzzle Conference Table from 4-Pli, this funky sofa
from a+g, and amy helfand rugs.

Andrea Claire lighting, the Hovering coffee table from City Joinery,
anything at all made by Brave Space (wow), and the Bentboard table
designed Daniel Moyer Design.

The Marsh table and Symbol coat rack from DESU, the Title Danish chair
from elucidesign, or this gorgeous Bandwidth table by Eric Manigian.

An Eames-inspired Orville maple table (love this!) by McCullah Designs,
and Maureen Nollette’s fine art prints.

Of course, I have to mention Paul Loebach, whom I have a huge design crush on right now because, well look at his work, doesn’t that alone explain my adoration? The man is pure genius and in my eyes, has the potential to become huge. Then there’s Pryor & Williams, I like their Daily Bread board. I wish I had more images to share with you, but I am dying to see more images from Re-Surface. Their lighting is quite intriguing. Robert Martin is another talent, all of his tables interest me.

And last but certainly not least, Uhuru, Wud, and Zia Priven. God. More talents to watch. Can I just hire all three to come into my home and fill it with their amazing work? I would love to use the stoolen by Uhuru as a coffee table. By the way, these aren’t the latest from Zia Priven, in fact, their new lighting is all about exotic woods and will debut tomorrow at the show. I can’t wait to check them out, I’m hoping they’ll send me some photos so I can share it will all of you.

If you would like to attend Brooklyn Designs, it’s open to the public (vs. trade-only as so many design fairs are) and only $12* for admission and may be purchased at the show. Show hours are Friday, May 11th froom 10-8 pm; Saturday, May 12th from 10-7 pm; and Sunday, May 13 from 10-6 pm. Click here for additional information about shuttles, parking, directions, etc.

*Pre-registered members of the trade will receive free admission.

Posted in designers, furniture, shopping, travel on May 10, 2007


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