A Little Rustic

I love where some designers are going with the rustic look these days.  Sometimes I think rustic can be kitschy and dark.  While I don’t mind an animal head mount every now and then (I have a few in my own home, thanks to the hubby), this look can look very manly and rough. But I feel there is a new wave of rustic. Many of the designs have beautiful exposed beams and lighter walls.  The neutral grays and tans are really lovely.  Here are some pictures that I find soften the look.  It looks more livable and bright than ever before.

The cream walls make this space so much brighter.  The light floors help as well.

The light wood makes it so warm despite all of the rock.

Eclectic Island Style Cream kitchen, oak cabinets, $100,000 and over, Linda McDougald Design/ Postcard From Paris, Charleston
Designed By: Linda McDougald Design/ Postcard From Paris
Photographer: Rachael Boling Photography
The grays in this mountain kitchen give it that modern feeling.
Wow!  So much to talk about here!  Color, texture, shine…  The white cabinetry and backsplash keep this room from looking heavy and dark.  Beautiful!
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Same with this open kitchen and living area.  If these cabinets had been stained, it would be way to brown.
I love the color of these beams.  The creamy walls brighten up the space.  It feels light and airy despite the heavy beams.
Mediterranean Living Room Design, Pictures, Remodel, Decor and Ideas
Of course, I love this Mediterranean, rustic look.  The stucco walls make this room so soft.
Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!



Antiques de Provence in New Orleans

When we were in New Orleans in April, I stumbled across this amazing store Antiques de Provence.  This is the real deal folks.  Beautiful antique pieces from France.  It is truly amazing, and I could have spent all afternoon day dreaming.  Most pieces are way out of my budget.  A girl can dream…














Antiques de Provence

Cynthia W. Nunez


 623 Royal St French Quarter
New Orleans, LA 70130

(formerly located at 525 St. Louis)
504.529.4342 tel
504.529.4406 fax


Designers Guild

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never been a huge fan of wallpaper. Once you tried to peel wallpaper off of a wall, you say to yourself, “I will never put up wallpaper again!”  Well, I guess I’m far enough removed from my last horrible wallpaper experience because I ordered four rolls for my powder bathroom.  Even my husband (the wallpaper hater) loves what I’ve chosen!  I chose this wall covering from Designers Guild:

It is a light purpley-pink.  The marble on the floor is purple, grey and lilac.  I decided not to hide from the crazy marble.  I’m just going to play it up.  It’s going to look fun and elegant at the same time.  I’m excited to have some color in my home!

Designers Guild is a fabulous company out of London.  It is owned and run by Tricia Guild and her brother.  If you love color and pattern, you will love all Designers Guild products.  The patterns and colors speak for themselves, so I’m just going to post a lot of pictures for you!  They carry everything from linens and pillows to designer fabric and wall coverings.  AND they’re having a big SALE right now, so find something beautiful for yourself!

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Are you in love yet?  I know I am!  I know that it’s kind of wild, but the colors and patterns are just exquisite.


Decorating a Mantle

How is your mantle decorated?  Most likely it is the focal-point of your living room.  It’s a place to put a beautiful mirror or piece of art.  So I have two questions… Are you symmetrical or unsymmetrical? AND Do you treat your mantle as the beautiful display piece that it is?


Unless otherwise mentioned, photos are from Decorpad.

living rooms - mantle mirror  faux fireplace Vintage fireplace, slipcovered slipper chair with caster legs and sisal rug

living rooms - yellow black white b&w  Yellow and black, but I like how it's simple and streamlined.

living rooms - fireplace turquoise blue botanical photo gallery white faux branch lamp living room  Blue botanical photo gallery over fireplace!

living rooms - Benjamin Moore - Revere Pewter - white drapes fireplace built-ins sofa trellis pillows window seat brickmakers coffee table  Living

living rooms - Benjamin Moore - Pale Oak - Crate & Barrel Rug Sabor Coffee Table green sofa  Started decorating our living room for Christmas

living rooms - blue white brown coffee table silver lamps lilac gray throw pillows white sofas white wingback chair wall art fireplace blue walls

living rooms - white cream brown gold starburst sunburst mirror nailhead trim beige chairs wood coffee table stone fireplace living room  Thanks

living rooms - upholstered damask chair white walls fuchsia  white living room w/ fuchsia accents from Ideal Home  fuchsia pink wallpaper, fireplace,

living rooms - gray painted French chairs white bust white fireplace milk glass vases black candlesticks brass sconces black silk shades black Victorian mirror vertical botanical art gallery sisal rug living room

living rooms - blue walls silver drapes venetian chandelier starburst mirror grey sofa mirrored table  living room  blue walls, silver drapes,

living rooms - Charcoal walls Sunburst mirror marble fireplace white sofa  Lovely french inspired living room.    Charcoal gray walls, sunburst


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Victoria Hagan

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Michael S. Smith

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Michael S. Smith

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Bunny Williams

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James Michael Howard

And the queen of symmetry is Phoebe Howard. Here are a few of her mantle designs.

Phoebe Howard - hanging pictures 2

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living rooms - turquoise black and white chevron rug blue  Jonathan Adler

living rooms - christmas tree fireplace slipcovered living room  our living room all decorated for the holidays.   we still need something over

living rooms - Benjamin Moore - Romantic Pink - chandelier sofa chairs ottoman photo gallery  Thanks to DM! Don Freeman Photography!

living rooms - built-ins fireplace sofas coffee table yellow white living room  Lovely!    Lovely built-ins:  cabinets and shelves! White & yellow

living rooms - tufted beige sand sofa fireplace mirror lucite coffee table  Living Room on Apt Therapy  tufted sofa, fireplace, chair, acrylic

living rooms - fireplace wood coffee table white sofas blue walls beachy coastal  Thanks to Decor 8 flickr.    White sofas, espresso square coffee

living rooms - rug tufted button ottoman fireplace mirrors pillows  Thanks to Decor by Jennifer  sofa, tufted button ottoman, rug, fireplace,

living rooms - gray ivory fireplace built-ins taupe sofa slipper chairs  BHG   love the soft gray walls, built-ins, dark furniture - airy/casual

living rooms - white branch lamp white painted brick fireplace white chairs brown pillows  Bear Hill Interiors.  white painted brick fireplace,

living rooms - white wingback chairs zebra ottoman bench white gray striped settee marble fireplace  JK Place Hotel    Marble fireplace, white

living rooms - gold klismos chairs gray fabric gold mirror gold leaf frames fireplace sisal rug  Courtney Giles  Gorgeous gold klismos chairs



So what are you?  Symmetrical or unsymmetrical?  I have two mantels in my home.  I think I’ll do one of each.

New Pottery Barn Catalogue

Usually I’m underwhelmed with Pottery Barn.  I get the catalogue, flip through it, and throw it away.  It seems like they have the same things year after year.  They just tweak it a bit.  Today, I got my new January 2011 catalogue in the mail today, and I was surprised to find that I really liked so many of their new items!  I want to share a few of my favorites.  And the prices are really reasonable also.

Alahambra Tile Dhurrie Rug $139-$499


Granada Tile Dhurrie Rug, 2.5 x 9'

Diamond Kilim Rug $139-$499

Diamond Kilim Rug, 2.5 x 9'

Terra Cotta Kilim Rug $139-$499

Terra Cotta Kilim Rug, 2.5 x 9'

Chunky Wool and Natural Jute Rug $119-$649

Chunky Wool & Natural Jute Rug, 2.5 x 9'

Architectural Salvage Lamp Bases $100-$200

Architectural Salvage Lamp Bases

Penelope Table Lamp $189

Penelope Ceramic Table Lamp, Tuscan White finish

Devon Office Organizer $119

Devon Office Organizer

Found Turkish Ceramics 459-$149

Found Aegean Ceramic, Small

Found Oversized Wine Bottles $99-$279

Found Oversized Wine Bottle, Small

Architectural Salvage Chandelier $299

Architectural Salvage 6-Arm Chandelier

Bolton Lantern $399

Bolton Oversized Lantern, Bronze finish

Pomegranate Vases $59

Pomegranate Jar, Large, White

Tuscan Urns & Cache Pot-White $24-$89

Tuscan Urns & Cachepot - White

Silver Plated Trophy Vase $68.99

Silver-Plated Trophy Vase, Antiqued finish

Rustic White Vases $29-$49

Rustic White Vases

Gabriella Footed Bowl $55

Gabriella Footed Bowl,

Sausalito Medium Serve Bowl $34

Sausalito Medium Serve Bowl, Amber

Glass Drink Dispenser $59-$79

Glass Drink Dispenser

Mason Jar Drink Dispenser $69

Mason Drink Dispenser






Blue Bamboo Chairs

I was on a mission to find bamboo chairs.  I’ve been seeing them on the blogs and in magazines.  Well, today, I found them!  I thought I wanted black chairs, but I found blue.  Here are some of my inspiration pictures.

From Ron Van Empel via Cococozy Interiors Design Blog.

Jonathan Adler via Cococozy Interior Design Blog

Jonathan Adler via Horchow

Jonathan Adler Each Chippendale Armchair

Jonathan Adler Each Chippendale Side Chair

From Peices and Heritage Lane via Design Sponge Blog

Turquise La via Design Spong Blog

From http://www.everythingfab.com/2010/05/jadore-chippendale-faux-bamboo-chairs.html

Photographed by Alexa Rowley for Southern Living via http://www.mydesignchic.com

Designed by Kimberly Ayers via My Design Chic

Designed by John Jacobs

Designed by Waterleaf Interiors

From Decorpad

From Decorpad (Notice my kitchen lights!!!!)

From Simply Seleta

From Decorpad

dining rooms - breakfast room with bamboo chairs  breakfast room  white faux bamboo chairs and art gallery

dens/libraries/offices - white sofa yellow drapes silver faux bamboo chairs floor lamps  Kim Fouquet  Butter yellow drapes, white sofa, floor

dens/libraries/offices - black faux bamboo chairs stainless steel desk bulletin board  Nate Berkus & Anne Coyle.   Black faux bamboo chairs,

dining rooms - faux bamboo chairs round dining table pendant lighting Chinoiserie silver black brown red yellow dining room  Chinoiserie!  Metal

bedrooms - bedroom Chinese Chippendale faux bamboo blue chairs blue lamp blue bedding  From Elle Decor  blue faux bamboo chair, white desk, art,

living rooms - gold faux bamboo chairs green cushion black white striped rug brown mushroom sofa velvet brown French accent chairs silk green brown throw pillows vintage subway art floor lamp black shelf blue silk drapes

dining rooms - white lamps lucite acrylic console table green garden stool Asian black lattice dining chair white glossy lacquer dining table

I could go on and on!  Aren’t they all gorgeous?  Here are my chairs I bought today here in OKC.  These chairs came from French Market Antiques on Britton.  I don’t know if I’m going to use them in the formal living room or family room.  I also will have cushions made for them.