Industrial Chic – Longing For A Loft


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Loft living…..there is nothing else quite like it.  It is a unique environment of open space that is breathtaking, especially in older buildings, often warehouses long abandoned by industry.   The interiors provide a dramatic and charming rustic environment with elements of wood, concrete and old brick.   Today, there is also the urban trend of bringing people back into the inner cities, building lofts anew,  with living spaces created over office complexes, restaurants and shops.

Although I have never had the opportunity to live in a loft, I have always wanted to be the adventurist, living and working high above the streets and sounds of the city, preferably in an ancient building with open rafters, huge expanses of windows, and exposed pipes over my head.   So why are some of us so inspired by these vast spaces?   Let’s take a look at a few.  By the way, I have been accused of being a bit “wordy”, so  I will try to keep it a bit shorter.  Sorry, I just get carried away sometimes!

 

A RUSIC LOFT IN BARCELONA

Barcelona Loft

Barcelona Loft

Rustic appeal…….this loft has lots of it.  Concrete, wood, brick and metal all blend here to create a fabulous backdrop for an intoxicating interior!  “Rough Luxe” is a good description here, a raw background with  modern furniture and a glam crystal chandelier.  I love the mix of mottled concrete and aged brick with the overhead concrete and wood beams, and exposed pipes.  All of these elements add great character to an otherwise cold space with concrete floors.  The brick pillars divide the living space nicely, and the owner has also accented the living area with an assortment of area rugs, and has left the floor bare in the dining area, which adjoins the kitchen, for carefree maintenance.  Another nice convenience is the open air patio, out the door to the left, which is actually the rooftop of another building section.  Lots of tall windows and skylights and a cool grey neutral palette create a light filled warm and inviting space.

 

ENTICING INDUSTRIAL LOFT

Loft With Partition Wall

Loft With Partition Wall

I’m not sure if this loft space is actually a living space or a furniture showroom, as there are three separate sections, all filled with seating arrangements.  Nevertheless, it is a raw, old industrial building with lots and lots of character that would make a fab living space!  Super tall ceilings, tons of old brick, concrete, wood and metal beams left unfinished add a rustic urban feel to this space.  There is an abundance of light from multiple tall windows and overhead track lighting.

* IDEA FOR YOUR LOFT:  Install a partition between two areas to help define separate living areas.  This works if you want a bit of privacy as well.   I am also really loving the elevated area in the back.  Although this section shows another seating arrangement, wouldn’t it make a fabulous dining room with those tall doors that open to a balcony?   I could really have a lot of fun designing this space!

 

NEXT………INDUSTRIAL LOFT BEDROOM

Industrial Loft Bedroom

Industrial Loft Bedroom

This loft bedroom is modern, edgy and masculine, yet, is quite appealing!  Enveloped in cool grey concrete with overhead exposed pipes and large windows, the owner has designed this space in contemporary, artsy style.  A modern elevated platform bed is taken a step further, with open lighted stair treads leading up to a small built-in open office area suspended out from the wall on metal pipes, creating an alcove under the stairs, making a cozy canopy nook for the bed.

There is plenty of lighting here, with wall mounted down lights  and a single large drum ceiling light above, partially hidden by a metal mesh screen suspended just below ceiling height  Also, the elevated bed platform is back lit underneath, softly illuminating the sleeping space at night.  The bed platform also has the added convenience of a large built-in drawer for essentials and an installed electrical plug……..a well thought out design.   A simple square block style headboard, covered in a deep black fabric, plays up the geometric of the rectangular pattern created by the cinder block walls.

The large art installations, along with the bed cover which is a bold stripe in black, grey and red, add life to an otherwise colorless dwelling.  The floor of this loft is a wide plank, glue-down faux wood in weathered white wash, a good choice that goes with everything.   Intriguing space!

 

NEW YORK CITY LOFT KITCHEN

NYC Loft Kitchen

NYC Loft Kitchen

I am really loving this modern loft kitchen!   Although new walls and partitions have been built-in, as well as the added laminated wood flooring, look above……the original overhead wood ceiling, beams and pipes gives this spacious loft great warmth and rustic vibes!   The brick walls, painted a soft grey, are great backdrop for this spectacular space accented with cool stainless steel .   It appears the designer encased pipes or a heating and cooling system located above, using the same laminate as the flooring, which created an “L” shaped alcove jutting out from the wall.  He took advantage of the space by building a sheetrock encased partition, which also became the back wall for a “floating galley” type kitchen.  A walkway and storage/appliance area is hidden out of view behind the wall.  There is also a metal door to the left which could possibly lead to a pantry/utility area.

The overhead lighting is a modern, single long metal light bar suspended from the ceiling, illuminating the space.  This design gives the kitchen a clean contemporary uncluttered look with an almost  sculptural  feel to it.  In fact, the owner has played on this feeling, hanging a single large modern art installation on the back wall.

The back counter of this galley kitchen is topped in white stone or quartz and also is a cutting/prep area.  The front counter, also partially covered in stone or quartz, is longer and deeper than the back counter, creating a sit-down island for eating and serving.  The base is sheathed in stainless steel to match an adjoining steel counter,  which also houses a double sink and cook top, and allows guests to sit in the kitchen for conversation while you cook.  The designer has chosen mixed stool seats, two of dark wood and two of steel, pulling together both of the main materials used in this loft.  The “area rug” in front appears to also be a laminated flooring material, banded in thin metal, which is great for easy care and spills.  All in all, this makes for a very modern kitchen that is sharp, crisp and oozes tons of style!

 

TWO ELEGANT ARCHITECTURAL LOFTS

Elegant Loft

Elegant  Architectural Loft

Wow!   An absolutely amazing, breathtaking space!   This loft is so appealing and beautiful with a barrel ceiling and a huge expansive glass wall leading to an outside terrace.  This owner has chosen to leave this loft area as one large open living space and has furnished it in an eclectic style. using earthy colors that blend with the warm color of the original brick walls.  He has defined the open living areas with furniture groupings and used an area rug to anchor the living room seating.   The dining area is located towards the back of the room, separated from the kitchen by a partial brick wall.  Simple warm wood floors flow throughout the space.

The main attraction here is the actual loft space, with its amazing architecture.  Any style of furnishings would work here, and I could definitely feel very much at home here

Below is another great architectural loft, located in West Seattle, WA, that is equally as spectacular and definitely worth mentioning.  It is located in a newer building but also has a great industrial feel, due to the high wood ceilings and lots of steel beams.  It s an amazing contemporary space with a breathtaking view of the western coast!

West Seattle Loft

West Seattle Loft

 

LAST……..another great loft space located in Atlanta, GA, a trendy, open airy space created in an old industrial building.  I love the fact that they painted all of the steel beams and brick  in white, with contrasting exposed pipes.  There is tons of light flooding in from the bare windows, creating a beautiful sunny room.  The designer played upon this airy feel with soft lightweight white drapes, and wonderful bare wide planked wood floors.   

LOFT IN ATLANTA, GA

Loft by Jill Sharp, Atlanta, GA

Loft by Jill Sharp, Atlanta, GA

DETAILS:  Wood paneling added beneath a long window wall adds classic architectural interest.  The white bookcase has an open shelving top, and the accessories are also in whites, making it visually disappear into the background.  The furnishings are also in light fabrics and have beautiful black iron and wood bases, creating cohesion of an eclectic mix of pieces.  Consistent with the garden inspiration, she has also added wonderful red rose trees in vintage urns and matching rose red bedding, the only color in an otherwise neutral loft.  This space is fabulous and to die for!  Now……I really wish I could live in a loft, but I guess a cottage will do for now!  :)

All the best,

Sheryl

Green With Envy


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GREEN……the color of the grass, trees…..nature.  A wonderful, luscious color all around us outside, equally enticing when we bring it indoors.  For me, looking out a window, drinking in this beautiful color makes me feel happy and alive, yet bestows a sense of peacefulness.  The color takes on many shades, from cool and refreshing to comforting and warm.  Green has been used in interiors for centuries and links our surroundings with the outdoors. Its nurturing to the soul.  As in Ireland, it is a color associated with “luck and prosperity”.   Its also a great transition color from the blues of summer to the orange shades of autumn, mixing well with either.

Below are a few of our favorite green rooms:

LUSCIOUS GREEN AND RED

Green Living Room by Ellen Hamilton

Green Living Room by Ellen Hamilton

This is a gorgeous formal living room by designer, Ellen Hamiton, with so many great details!  The walls are painted a yummy olivey green with a slight hint of gold.  I like the way the sunlight plays against the color.  The crisp white wainscot, trim and the beautiful quatrefoil patterned ceiling sets off the color nicely and makes the room pop!  Its a happy, comfortable place.

For the window treatment, the designer chose a lovely large scaled floral drape fabric with soft reds, deep greens and matching green background.  They are softly pleated and simple, with thin line rods mounted all the way up against the wide crown moulding.   The windows are tall with just a mere few inches of space from the ceiling.  The hardware virtually disappears and the long line of the drape gives height to the room.  The fabric, in the same background color as the wall, creates continuity as the eye travels around the room, making a small space feel larger.

Now….lets look at the furnishings and accessories.  She has softened the space with furniture in  shades of light sage to the bluish greens of teal, with a deep blue throw on one end of the sofa.  Red is repeated as an accent color throughout.  I’m loving the coffee table which has been covered in a teal dotted chenille upholstery,which could double as extra seating when needed.  The antique accent chair has been re-invented with a large modern print in soft red, echoing the red in the drapes, and adding an eclectic feel to the room.  I also like the collection of small artwork on the wall between the two windows, instead of using one large painting.  Its appears to be a collection of family travel photos and is visually interesting, yet not overwhelming.

The bookcase, tucked away in the alcove created by the fireplace, is also a nice addition.   I love books in a living room….quite cozy!   I am not sure from the photo if the fireplace mantel is deep green, deep blue or black but the depth of color works!   The floor is kept light and neutral with no additional accent rug, also keeping the small space from becoming overly busy.

AND……last, but certainly not least……lets not forget to mention that fabulous leafy chandelier in RED!   What a statement piece!

NEXT….TURQUOISE AND CHARTREUSE CHIC

Turquoise and Chartreuse Green

Turquoise and Chartreuse Living Room

Now, this room certainly has an impact!   Its colorful, fun and fresh, and whats not to love!!   The walls appear to be papered in a pretty two-tone turquoise blue stripe, although a painted stripe would work as well.   As I have said many times, the vertical design of the stripe gives height to the room, making it feel taller.  All of the trim is kept white, giving the space a clean, crisp feeling.

The pleated drapes, a turquoise and chartreuse floral, hang from a thin line metal rod, this time mounted on top of the window moulding.  This is also another window that is tall, but has just a bit more head room than the one previously mentioned.  They could have chosen to mount the rod at the base of the crown and, either way, it would still give the same effect to the treatment.  Just remember the “thirds rule” and never mount the rod in the center of the space between the ceiling and top trim of the window.   They have also chosen to add a chartreuse sheer, hung between the drape panels on the same rod, which can be pulled over the window for a bit of light privacy if needed.

Now….lets talk about the furniture!  The owners have kept to a color palette of turquoise, chartreuse and white, repeating it in furniture, rugs and accessories.   The olivey green sofa is accented with pillows in the same colors and the bright white chair with a chrome base is a modern and fresh attention getter.   The coffee table also is modern with a chrome base and green top. The additional accent chair is covered in a lovely cut chenille floral upholstery fabric that also adds another “wow!” factor to this room.  This may possibly be a chair from the dining room side of the space and, if so, would make fabulous chairs around the table.

The fabrics and colors in this room create a lot of impact and accessories have been kept to an uncluttered minimum.  There is a small, slim sofa table behind the sofa that holds an arrangement of tall green plants in vases and a convenient stack of books to the side for reading, as there is no room for an end table.  Let me stop here a moment and draw your attention to one detail…….the furniture placement in the room.   Normally, everyone centers the seating around a focal point, and usually the fireplace, if there is one.   However…….here they have chosen to ignore the fireplace and have created an off-centered seating arrangement near the window, with the sofa’s back to the fireplace.  And…..I like it.   It appears to be an older home and not a working fireplace, and I think the logs inside are for decoration.  The little round green rug is also perfect for the small seating arrangement and I really like the bare plank floors.   And lastly, the minimal artwork is leaned on the mantel over the fireplace, instead of making holes in the lovely wallpaper!  Another small living space, perhaps a townhouse or just an apartment which is very interesting, comfortable and beautiful!

THIRDLY…..THERE’S NOTHING LIKE A GREEN VELVET SOFA

Green Velvet Sofa

The Green Velvet Sofa

WOW!   An absolutely gorgeous old historical home with tons of personality!  Although this room’s doors and transoms are the real show stopper here, you have to love this green velvet sofa!  With a color scheme of rich green and eggplant, the beautifully tufted velvet sofa is accented with lush eggplant velvet pillows.  An ornate old side chair has been restored and is covered in eggplant velvet as well. The owners have kept true to the formal style of the home with lots of classic antiques and Oriental influences.    Oriental accessories go hand-in-hand with “Old World” decor and, here, include the coffee table and side drum tables.  Underfoot, is a beautiful wool rug, patterned in a classic Oriental design.   The walls and trim finished in crisp white are a neutral backdrop for all of the rich colors used here.  This space just breathes opulence and luxury everywhere and is certainly head turning!

NOW ON TO ….GREEN WING BACK CHAIRS

Tobi Fairly Green Wingbacks

Tobi Fairly – Green Wing Back Chairs

Another very lovely space by Arkansas Designer, Tobi Fairly.  She has styled a pair of beautiful wing backs with a large geometric print fabric in rich emerald green and white, with ebony wood legs.   This room has warm sand walls with beautiful cream and green print bird toile drapes and a green and white quatrefoil design banded area rug underneath.   The drapes again are simple pleats with thin line rods of brass, mounted directly underneath the crown moulding.   The panels could remain stationary, as the windows have beautiful white plantation shutters for privacy.

She has mixed silver and gold accents throughout the room, such as the lovely silver framed botanical artwork, a green and white lamp with brass fittings, and the brass finished metal coffee table featuring an openwork Greek key design and glass see-through top.  Glass top tables are wonderful when space is a concern because the eye sees through them and they don’t take up space visually.  The console and sofa are in crisp white and I like the combination of different shades of green and white in this room.   The vignette created on the console is simple, elegant and uncluttered.   This room definitely has a garden feel and I would love to see more!

NEXT……DINING IN GREEN

Green Dining  Room

French Country Dining Room

This is a pretty cottage dining room which was featured in Better Homes & Gardens magazine.   It conveys a very fresh feeling with hints of the French countryside, in a color scheme in olive green and mustard gold.  I must say, I do so love cottage homes.  There are usually lots of added details in cottages, such as beautiful woodwork, deep window sills, nooks and crannies and, of course, hard wood floors!

Here, we find a coffered ceiling (fabulous!), and beautiful wainscoting painted in crisp white.  (Have you noticed how all of these rooms we have focused on here have white woodwork?)    Now….let me say this.   I myself do live in an old historical 1930′s cottage with wainscoting in my kitchen and bathrooms.  I have lots of great woodwork in this cottage, but my wainscoting only comes up just over half way of the wall height.  I have always (and always will) wished the wainscoting had been taller, as in this lovely room.  It is so appealing when it comes three-quarters of the way up the wall!   They brought it right up to the bottom of the little window, a great idea!  The window is small and high on the wall, and would have looked lost and out-of-place alone.  They blended these design elements beautifully!  So, if you are going to install any, please consider this fact.  It really makes a great design impact in a room!   I also like the wide panel pattern done here.

Now the details………The drapes are again simple pleated with thin metal rods.  We are seeing a lot of this lately!  I think the days of overdone windows are gone, thank goodness!  I prefer windows that let in light, that I can actually see out of!  This window treatment is definitely French country with a pretty Provencal print in mustard and red, with the rods crated in black iron with scrolled finials.  Love it!    The high backed dining chairs are upholstered in a lovely green diamond dot fabric, with a large scaled plaid table cloth set on a diagonal for more visual interest.   The table also conveys the French county style , set with rustic ceramic plates and bowls in mustard and earthy green, candle sticks, wine glasses and a floral centerpiece of vivid sunflowers.  There is no rug underneath and no need for one.  I love the look and feel of the bare wood floors.   The pendant light overhead is simple, not fussy, and in keeping with the cottage style.   A very pretty and inviting dining room!

MOVING ON……THINKING GREEN IN THE KITCHEN

Green In The Kitchen

Green In The Kitchen

How beautiful is this!   Earthy olive green in the kitchen, a very appropriate color that conjures up images of food and whets the appetite!  I will begin by saying that I love, love mixed cabinet colors in a kitchen.  There is something very appealing about this, giving the space a sense of “look at me” style and more furnished.

The lovely olive green wood island stands out against the mix of white washed and deep brown cabinets.  This island has plenty of appeal with lots of drawers and open shelving for storage, carved legs, storage baskets and a beautiful wood top.  The perimeter cabinets are surfaced in stone and the back splash is subway tile, providing ease of care for everyday use.  The main focus here is on the island and the window treatment, but I will mention that I also like the details of the custom cabinetry.  They lend a furniture feeling with dark bronze hardware and paneled details, including furniture feet and carved faux legs that mimic the legs of the island.

The designer has also made a great use of space, with the addition of smaller cabinets and open cubbies on top, in what, otherwise, could have been wasted space.  In so many homes I have seen upper kitchen cabinets mounted with three or more feet of space left between the tops and the ceiling above.  They turn into a “cluttertastrophy” where people tend to throw things they don’t use everyday, in the name of decoration. (This includes baskets and fake ivy).  I like kitchens that make use of every inch of usable space.  We never have enough storage space!

Also notice that the cabinet opposite of the prep areas finished in dark brown.  This is probably best used as a serving and refreshment area in the kitchen.  A lot of attention to detail went into this kitchen, including the little glass door cabinets over the sink used for display.

Other details include the tongue and groove wood ceiling, applied on the diagonal and painted a softer shade of mossy green, with can light fixtures for plenty of work light and the addition of rustic dark wood rough hewn beams.  The floor, which is covered in 20″ square porcelain tiles in a neutral beige, creates an almost seamless look and is also easier to care for, with less grout to clean.

The window over the sink is a large triple window letting in lots of natural light, and the window treatment of choice is a pretty fabric roman shade, of matching green solid linen or cotton with dark brown and white braid banding set just in from the edges.  A smart choice and a crisp, tailored look.

All in all, as I said, I do love this kitchen with all of the thoughtful planning that went into it, the color combinations, and  its rustic appeal!

AND LAST…..we will close this discussion with A GARDEN GREEN BEDROOM

Green In The Bedroom

Garden Green In The Bedroom

What’s not to love about this bedroom?  It feels like the outdoors with all of the lovely shades of green and accents of white! From the lemony green walls, grass green linens and mossy subdued greens of the headboard, rug and stool, this room is a mix of warm and cool colors and they work wonderfully together!   I am also enjoying the pattern play and textures in this room, in lots of mixed prints and solids.

This space demonstrates how you can use prints on prints, counterbalanced with larger scaled patterns and solids.  With all of the smaller print mix in the bed linens, the large scale pattern of the cut chenille rug is a beautiful statement.  And instead of using heavy drapes, the window treatment is kept simple, yet interesting, with a short panel in a bold medallion print with just a touch of turquoise blue for interest.     NOTE:  A GREAT IDEA……… this window treatment is good when space and furniture placement is limited and requires the bed to be placed alongside a window in the room.  The warm gold finished bedside table is also a beautiful accent.

This bedroom is fresh, cozy and, with all this green,  you would think you are sleeping in a garden!

I hope you enjoyed this short study of green rooms and until next time………

All the best!

Sheryl

 all images courtesy of Pinterest

Portfolio not working……..


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For those of you who have been looking, we have been having some issues with our Portfolio Slideshow not working.   :(

For now, only the first picture is available for each project.  We are working to correct this problem and, hopefully, will have the bugs out next week and the thumbnails working!

Thanks everyone for your patience and please check back!

Kim & Sheryl

Red, White and Blue


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Since we are celebrating our Independence Day this weekend, we thought it fitting to address these colors used in home interiors.   Red, white and blue are stately, classically rich colors and definitely a winning combination however you use them!  Finding the right shade of color for a particular room is the visual key to how the room makes you feel, whether vibrantly alive and excited, or comfy warm and cozy.

SO…. lets begin with the color red:

Red Dining Room

Red Dining Room

Red.  Tomato red…….the color of food.  This beautiful dining room has style and elegance with classical details.  The red and grey color palette, ornate moldings and trim, marble fireplace, stellar crystal shaded chandeliers and exquisite formal table setting all create a warm welcome in this home.  We love the vibrant shade used on the walls, repeated in the chairs and table arrangements.  Red is a great color for a dining room, as it is visually stimulating and, thereby, is said to stimulate the appetite and the conversation.  The cool grey woodwork and marble is a good counterbalance that keeps the red from being overpowering.   We also really like the chairs with piped detail and loose skirts.

 

Red Office For Her

Red Office For Her

Red can be a wonderful color for an office.  It is stately and rich, and can look great for either his or her workspace.  Here, it is rendered in feminine detail,  making a fun and fabulous creative space for her.   This small space has lots of visual impact with beautiful De Gournay  wallpaper, an Ikat print fabric office chair, oriental and brass accents, and an additional pull-up chair of mahogany covered in rich red leather.  Underneath is an oriental rug in shades of red, overlaid with an exotic zebra accent rug.  Anyone would love working here!

 

red bedroom

Red Bedroom

Red is a stimulating color and usually not a favorite color for use in a bedroom, where we go to escape and relax.  That said, it can work quite well when used in smaller doses and the right shades.  This bedroom is very appealing in soft, deep rosier tones of red, counterbalanced with lots of neutral white and accents of khaki tan. A solid white matelassé,  red fabric headboard and  tailored bed skirt make good backdrops for the mix of prints used here.  The beautiful bed canopy and crown carries the color and eye upward, making the  room feel taller and more expansive.  We’re also loving the cozy neutral fabric chair and the addition of the red lacquered dressing screen.

NOW…..moving on to white.

In most white rooms, you will find accents of color, whether in a chair, rug or small accessories.  Few white spaces are truly all white, with the exception of minimalistic décor and modern contemporary living spaces in monochromatic color schemes.  In the latter case, all white can work, making a cramped space feel larger and dark spaces feel lighter.  Yet, most of us crave color in some sort or fashion.  It makes us happy.

Here are a few white rooms:

White Living Room with Green

White Living Room with Green

This is a beautiful white living room with pops of earthy greens.  It is casual and restful, and the addition of green nurtures the soul, bringing the outdoors in.

All White Cottage with Blue

All White Cottage with Blue

This lovely cottage is decorated in all-white, with soft blue accents,  reminding us of water and sky.  It is calming and restful.

 

White Dining Room with Natural Elements

White Dining Room with Natural Elements

This lovely dining space brings the outdoors in  with a rustic vibe.  There are elements of patinated  metal, driftwood, stone,  fresh green fruits and natural arrangements.  We also love the slubby linen slipcovered chairs.

 

white wash french bathrm

Who wouldn’t want this gorgeous French style bathroom!  With patina white washed walls, a beautiful French console becomes a bath sink with the addition of a stone vessel.  The water tap is wall-mounted, allowing for deeper sink space.  We like the owner’s clever use of the top half of an antique hall tree as the mirror.  Two lovely French candle sconces mounted on either side complete the look.  LOVE IT!

AND……turning blue:  Deep, rich beautiful blue.

Dark Blue Modern Living Room

Deep Indigo Walls

This living room has wonderful deep rich blue walls.  It is a fabulous backdrop for the white sofa.  Accents of rich brown complete the look, giving the room warmth and coziness.  We like the use of the two square ottomans instead of a single coffee table, which can provide extra seating for company.

Blue Cottage Living Room

This pretty cottage living room sports a casual, nautical seaside feel with crisp white walls, dark blue sofas, floral chair and a striped dhurrie rug.  A natural tree trunk coffee table base, garden seat and collected memorabilia complete the look.

 

Blue & Grey Bedroom

Blue & Grey Bedroom

We really like the addition of deep blue in this grey hued bedroom.  The dark grey walls and softer grey bed come to life with accent colors of vibrant blue, green and white.  A modern style space, the rich tones add luxury to the room.  The contemporary chandelier gives the room a young fresh feel.

Deep Blue Kitchen Cabinets

Deep Blue Kitchen Cabinets

We are seeing a trend for blue painted cabinets in the kitchen again this year.  Paired with Carrrara white marble countertops, white subway tiles, and stainless steel,  this color adds a rich vibrant tone to this kitchen.  Equally at home in the city, country or seaside home, its growing on us!

NOW……..THE GRAND FINALE:    RED, WHITE AND BLUE

Red, White and Blue

Red, White and Blue

This is a truly Americana style living room featured in House Beautiful.  Red, white and blue all come together with a bit of yellow thrown in to create a lovely space that is welcoming, fresh and vibrant!  We also love the seating arrangement in front of the stone fireplace. Rustic, comfortable and chic with lots of light, lofty ceilings and an American flag to boot!

HAPPY 4TH EVERYONE!

Close The Barn Door


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Trending in home design right now is the use of sliding barn doors.  Once used on stables, this idea has become a hot commodity for home owners today and are a real attention getter.  There are many available styles to choose from, both old and new.  They are great for space separation in an open living plan, as well as providing cozy ambiance to a dining area, bedroom or living room.  They can also be a stylish replacement for usually overlooked spaces such as pantries and laundry rooms, and an interesting addition to hide a media center or TV.

Old weathered antique doors add great warmth and rustic appeal to a room.  Painted ones can virtually disappear, adding only architectural elements, or pop with bold color for that wow factor.  However you use them, they are a practical, yet stylish, solution when you don’t have sufficient floor space for doors that swing out.  We love them!

Here are some of our faves, old and new.

 

Living/Dining Area

Living/Dining Area

 

Open Space Divider

Open Space Divider

 

Dining Room

Dining Room

 

Dining Room

Dining Room

 

Living/Dining Room

Office

 

Kitchen

Kitchen

 

Bath

Bath

 

Bath

Bath

 

Laundry Room

Laundry Room

 

TV/Media Wall

TV/Media Wall

 

And last but not least:
Exterior
So beautiful!

Images via Pinterest  and Google

 

More Pillow Talk


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So, yesterday, we were discussing bedrooms……here are a few more!

MASCULINE VIBE

masculine bedrm

MASCULINE VIBES

This, to me, is a masculine bedroom that even a woman would be comfortable in.  The winged fabric covered bed frame in deep grey makes a nice statement and is a dark neutral that would go with most any color of bedding.  Here, they chose white tailored linens; a clean, crisp look.  A brown leather chaise is placed horizontally at the foot of the bed, acting as a bed bench as well as a place to relax with a good book.  This color scheme is basically white, black and browns, all masculine colors but, also, could be zinged up with any vibrant color and still look good!   Leaving the walls white  and the wood planked floor basically bare, with the exception of a small oriental area rug at the bed, gives you a neutral backdrop to work with.  The rug carries the same colors used in the room and coordinates nicely.

The window treatment is tailored with pleated drapes in solid grey linen to coordinate with the bed, suspended on a simple skinny iron rod.  The rod is small in diameter and in black, minimizing its appearance and not calling attention to it.  It is mounted  1/3 of the distance of the measurement from the top of the window to the ceiling.  Not placing the rod on the window frame, but on the wall above it, gives the illusion of more height.   You can either place your rod 1/3 of the distance down from the ceiling or, as they did, 1/3 above the window frame.  Never mount a rod centered between the ceiling and top of the window.

Lastly….love the panoramic artwork over the bed and the balanced vignette created around it.  Although the two side tables are different, they are the same height, with matching lamps, making them work together.  Notice the height of the lamps:  they are tall and thin, do not take up any table space, and the height is really good for reading in bed.  They are clear glass with thin rod centers, repeating the lines of the window hardware and the overhead lantern light.  Simple…..not fussy or heavy.   I love this room and would be very comfortable here!

 

CASUAL ELEGANCE IN THE MASTER BEDROOM

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CASUAL ELEGANCE

Here is a great look for a master bedroom with a relaxed elegant feeling.  This one is in brown monochromatic colors, accented, again, with whites.  This is a room that is easy on the eyes, and would look  good in most any style home.  I really like this sleigh bed, covered in dark brown linen with tufted rolled ends.  A great statement piece!  All of the furniture added is in dark, warm wood tones with a softer, lighter berber carpet that almost matches the pale mocha walls (I definitely see an undertone of pink here).

There is one large, tall window to the left of the bed, featuring simple tailored pleated drapes of brown linen with white sheers underneath.  Notice then the drop of the ceiling height on the wall behind the bed.  Instead of using a drapery treatment here, which would have looked way too heavy and an overload of fabric, they chose to do inset matching roman shades.  So now you have created a “vignette” around the bed:  matching shades either side and matching bed tables and lamps, with two art pieces over the bed, tying it all together.  It works.  Again, a bed bench is placed at the foot of the bed.  I cannot say enough about bed benches.  If you have the space, use them!  By the way……the twig chandelier is a nice touch!  Love it!  :)

 

SOPHISTICATED APARTMENT

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ITS A DOG’S LIFE

OKAY……now this one is way fun for me!  For some reason, I’m really lovin’ ths look!  Its sooooo simple and modern, yet so cozy and fun! (The dog seems happy too).  What can I say…………….!

So to start this discussion, I like the greige wall paint, not too beige, not too grey, and what a fabulous bed!  Again, it appears to be a sleigh bed that is covered in a linen fabric, with great rumpled beige linen bedding.  I’m diggin’ the bit of modern vibe to the style of this one!  Clean and uncluttered and so comfortable!

This room may be in an apartment, old brownstone or a small house, as the bed is in a sort of “nook”  and is placed on the diagonal to create more usable space.  Evidentally, this is a living space with no separate bedroom.  GREAT IDEA:  If you don’t have a wall for the head of the bed, place a large, tall folding screen behind it!

Here again, a large window (this one may be looking at a street view)  and the window treatment is kept at a minimum.  For space’s sake, they have installed a large blind and what appears to be a traverse drape that draws over the window at night.  They also made use of a tiny nook created in the window and installed clear glass shelving for accessories, an interesting addition!

The statement piece in this room is the glam chandelier, beautiful and modern!  And instead of art on the wall, three convex mirrors at varying heights to reflect the light and also help draw your eye away from the centered switch or whatever that is on the wall.

No rug here, just beautiful wood floors, large baskets to hold all your wonderful things, a tiny wood accent table for books and trinkets, a round clear glass modern bedside table that, visually, does not take up any space and again, a tall skinny lamp.  And……fantastic H-I-G-H ceilings!    I could definitely live and be happy here!!  I love, love the old architecture!  (I want the dog too!)

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Today, lets talk a bit about different styles of bedrooms……..

FUN BEACHY GIRL’S BEDROOM

 Beachy Coral & Aqua

BEACHY CORAL & AQUA

You have probably seen this room recently on Pinterest.  I think the color combination is most interesting.  It is fresh, fun and just a bit beachy, but would work equally well in any setting.  The warm coral color looks great played against the cool aqua and white, and makes for a cozy environment in today’s interior spaces.  We love the antique bed painted aqua.  Its a great way to spruce up old furniture and painted furniture is really hot right now.  Notice the mix of scale and pattern proportions  in the fabrics used.  There is a good mix of patterns on each bed and the large scale pattern of the chevron drapes works well with the smaller prints.  The table between the beds is simple and clean with straight lines, and accessories are kept to a minimum.   The banding on the lamp shade is the only dark color used and adds visual contrast and interest to the room.  The pretty fur rug adds a bit of fun and texture.   This room is definitely feminine and very pretty.

 

PATTERN PLAY

PATTERN PLAY

PATTERN PLAY

Again…..more pattern play in a room similar in color tones to the beachy room only, this time,  the coral shades are softer, a bit more to the peach side, and played against white.  There are only four colors used in this room, white, coral, peach and aqua.  The single aqua accent is the floral vase resting on the side table.  There may possibly be more aqua i.e. a chair somewhere, but not visible in this photo.  Everything in this room is in corals and whites, including the rug of interlocking circles.  Its interesting how the rug repeats the pattern of the duvet cover folded on the foot of the bed and the pillow shams.   The scale is very similar, yet they compliment each other well, with the circular design on the bedding more solid and the rug more of an outline defining the shapes.  The window is large and wide, and the geometric window treatment fabric is a nice contrast to the circle pattern.  The cornice board valance over the window draws your eye upward and makes the window feel taller and more expansive.  This helps create an open and airy feel.  This room also has lots of modern touches;  the round textured globe light,  a fun circular mirror over the bed, and two small benches instead of one,  at the foot of the bed.   There is also another great detail if you look closely at the bed frame……it has coral covered button tufts running along the sides.  A great and often overlooked accent!  Again……another fresh, crisp and modern bedroom (and again, slightly feminine in color choice) that anyone would love!

 

TRENDY BLACK & WHITE

TRENDY BLACK & WHITE

Here is a fabulous glam bedroom look that we love!  Not to shabby and ruffled, but sleek and simple with a metropolitan feel.  I have never had a black and white room, but this one is definitely on my future projects list!   The crisp black and white lends a modern, trendy vibe to the room and what we love, love is the stenciled wall!  Here, instead of using an actual headboard, they created a “faux” headboard with paint.  The walls were first painted black, and the outline “headboard” bands and center damask pattern were then stenciled on, creating the look.  You don’t see a lot of people using black painted walls in the US, but it is a quite common practice in France.  I once visited Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, and it has a study with black walls.  I really loved the warmth of it.  President Jefferson loved France and spent quite a lot of time there, bringing back many French decorating trends used in his home here.

With the simple window treatment and the bedding being kept minimally white with touches of black and grey, this room definitely reeks modern style and sophistication!  The pink flowers on the silver drum table and crystal chandelier are also a nice touch.  Again, another feminine room….mmmmmm…..I think I need to find something masculine!  :)

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rustic kitchen

 

 

I am drooling over this kitchen!  What do I not love about it?  All of the elements create a European Rustic look with the beams, island, lanterns, copper hood and pot filler.  The backsplash is simple with the diagonal and broken joint tiles.  And I think the right decision was made with the barstools.  Pulling the copper color from the hood across the island to the barstools ties the room as a whole.  Adding the nailheads is a nice finishing touch.  This is a kitchen that is timeless, not trendy.  A neutral palette goes a long way.  So you would not have to worry about re-designing it in a few years.  This is so my style. Classic!