Color Inspiration

Color Inspiration on

July 5, 2007

Whether you are planning your wedding color scheme, your next dinner party, or a room in your home (yes, really!) I found the color studio tool on the Brides website to be quite handy for those that have a difficult time envisioning certain hues together. Even for those not color challenged, it’s helpful because we often get stuck in using our signature colors so this tool may help us think outside of the box. You know, a little exercise that may encourage us to try a new color combination, one that we may not naturally gravitate towards, I’m all for it. Change is good, my friends!

Color Inspiration on
There’s also a create-a-cake tool that teeters on being more of a toy, but it’s still fun to play around with it. I love browsing their flower galleries because flowers always give me courage. I think seeing them in their many colors makes me realize that no color is wrong and to continue exploring because it’s very easy to find yourself stuck in color ruts (wardrobe, home, even hair and makeup!).

Color Inspiration on I also enjoy looking through the many ideas they have for favors – it’s just the best! I like seeing how they combine colors, paying special attention to which ones play a more dominant role, which are more of the accents, etc. I find this a very helpful exercise.

Color Inspiration on I think inspiration can be found in so many places nowadays that I look at everything for potential ideas, and of course, not everything has to lead to an idea, it can also just be a fun thing to look at and may give you some peace or repair you a bit on the inside so that when you are back at your work desk, ideas flow a little more easily.

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Fashion + Accessories

Looking to Fashion…

July 5, 2007

With so many fashion designers and stores mixing into the world of interiors, my only wish is that J.Crew will expand someday with an entire collection of soft furnishings because I envision most of their patterns in the home. The red and white organic starfish print would be gorgeous on a wingback chair or as drapes puddling on hardwood floors. And the postcard linen print is another favorite when I imagine it as a duvet with yellow piping, with the reverse side in a yellow and white geometric pattern. I see fluffy down-filled unbleached linen pillows, monogrammed in black with swirly initials because I’d need to add some whimsy while maintaining the preppy j.crew vibe. Maybe the pillow piping would be the postcard print. Hmmm… J.Crew if you’re listening, please design a collection for the home. And hire me, along with all the savvy decor8 readers, to work for you. Not everyone wants to wear a starfish mini skirt, but most of us would love the chance at using the pattern somewhere in the home.

Looking to Fashion...

(images from j.crew)

Designers + Stylists

John Stefanidis Design & Textiles

July 5, 2007

I’ve been a bit on a textile kick lately, so when Caroline from John Stefanidis Design contacted me out of the blue with information on Stefanidis fabrics (based in London), one look told me that you’d enjoy his collection, too. Of course, you simply must take a moment to view his intoxicating portfolio. Browsing beautifully decorated rooms is always a treat. The Stefanidis rooms will have you longing for your next vacation. You may even start turning thoughts over in your head about owning a second home in some exotic locale.

John Stefanidis Design & Textiles
Here’s a glimpse of rooms designed in some amazing locations, from the West Indies to Turkey. I’ll take one in Istanbul (one of my dream destinations) and another someplace very tropical and secluded, please. Perhaps a beachfront abode in Cape Town, South Africa. I’ve had my eye on visiting there for a few years now… Or perhaps a spot in Marrakesh so I can run wild with the amazing Maryam, shopping the souks and carrying her luggage as she hops from one country to the next for her job. I would carry her bags and cook her meals and I’d even consider trimming the toenails on her peacocks if I could somehow be lucky enough to experience the world Maryam style. If you don’t already read her blog, drop everything, she’s an American living in Marrakesh and her stories are fascinating. I digress…

Back to John Stefanidis. I love looking at how he arranges things. Some of his clients seem to fancy colorful glassware and he’s certainly not afraid to show off their collections by utilizing every square inch of a space to incorporate their possessions, is he?

John Stefanidis Design & Textiles The chair in this bathroom is perfect as an unexpected touch. And with wall colors so rich and gorgeous, who needs art? Well, in the red room above, I guess they needed it, but in the images below, sometimes a simple mirror is all you need when your entire wall is a glowing canvas of color. The hot pink piping on the canopy bed paired with the yellow floral wallpaper has to be one of my favorite color combinations. If it could have a taste, it would surely be raspberry lemonade.

John Stefanidis Design & Textiles If you could pick a place to set up a house, or at least a second home, where would it be and why?

(images from john stefanidis design)


There’s No Place Like Home…

July 4, 2007

Inspired by the beautiful garden and patio photos shared by Apartment Therapy readers during their June Outdoor Home month, I thought I’d take you on a tour of my backyard so you can see how I live. Click here to take the little tour.

There's No Place Like Home... I lived in Boston for many years and although my parents are still down there and I visit home constantly, my husband and I now live up in New Hampshire about 45 minutes out of the city. The home that you see in this flickr set is an 1875 carriage house bordering a 100+ acre apple orchard and a working farm. Our town is known for horses and apples, and from Spring until late Fall, the smell of sweet corn and apples fill the air. It’s heavenly. I should add that in addition to seeing people out walking their dogs, it’s just as common to see them walking an Appendix Quarter Horse. It’s really beautiful and very green here. I hope you enjoy our little country abode.

See you on Thursday since it’s a holiday here in the states today and most of us are enjoying the day off. :)

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Etsy Faves, Objects

Kirin and Co. Textiles

July 3, 2007

Lara Cameron, the designer behind Kirin and Co., is one talented Aussie. I love looking at all the patterns she tucks away in her flickr folder, all of which are available in your choice of color if you choose to place a custom textile order with her. Or, you can visit her fabulous etsy store and purchase screenprinted fabric from her current collection.

Kirin and Co. Textiles
I really like her prints, they look so fresh and fun, and would work well in so many different interiors. I need to paint and reupholster a vintage stool, maybe the riverstones in raspberry with a crisp white coat of paint on the base? Hmm…

(images from kirin and co)


Modern Euro Country

July 3, 2007

I’m so happy today. Not because tomorrow is a holiday and I’m going to my favorite place on earth, the beach. I’m happy because a new editor friend of mine up at Canadian Home & Country sent me a care package of magazines, and as I skimmed through the April ’07 issue, I fell upon something magical.

Modern Euro Country
Three magic words, to be exact. Modern Euro County. If you have the issue, it’s on pages 56-61, and the article is called, “Le Femme Boheme”. I finally found a magazine that addressed my personal design style to absolute perfection, and gave it a name that sits well with me. It’s the style I’ve had for years, long before the blog, way back when I moved into my first apartment at age 19. The magazine calls it Modern Euro Country. It’s a light, free-spirited approach to design that incorporates some florals, organic shapes, ethnic prints, some wood, some bright colors mixed in with pale ones, “patina meets pristine”, as they put it.

Modern Euro Country
Yes, this is exactly my style. Modern Euro Country. It’s not vintage modern as I thought because I still have my issues with that look. I don’t want to confine myself to one set style, but with MEC, it’s like saying your style is eclectic with more of a focus, if that makes sense. Eclectic can mean anything. But this style immediately calls to mind a visual, at least for me. It’s the rustic farmhouse table paired with my blue Eames ‘eiffel’ chairs, flea market finds, soft comfortable sofas with dainty exposed legs, and a mid century teak credenza throw in. Soaring ceilings, transom windows, architectural details, wood floors, a balcony. And art. Pretty paintings and framed prints with personal meaning. But the overall look is casual, charming, comfortable, and very welcoming and warm. Not fussy. And it allows me to own china in many different patterns.

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Modern Euro Country. I like the sound of that. Any other MEC readers out there?

(Thanks Rebecca for sending me these great magazines!)

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