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.
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!
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.
Of course, I love this Mediterranean, rustic look. The stucco walls make this room so soft.
Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!
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)
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!
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.
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.
Michael S. Smith
Michael S. Smith
James Michael Howard
And the queen of symmetry is Phoebe Howard. Here are a few of her mantle designs.
So what are you? Symmetrical or unsymmetrical? I have two mantels in my home. I think I’ll do one of each.
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
Diamond Kilim Rug $139-$499
Terra Cotta Kilim Rug $139-$499
Chunky Wool and Natural Jute Rug $119-$649
Architectural Salvage Lamp Bases $100-$200
Penelope Table Lamp $189
Devon Office Organizer $119
Found Turkish Ceramics 459-$149
Found Oversized Wine Bottles $99-$279
Architectural Salvage Chandelier $299
Bolton Lantern $399
Pomegranate Vases $59
Tuscan Urns & Cache Pot-White $24-$89
Silver Plated Trophy Vase $68.99
Rustic White Vases $29-$49
Gabriella Footed Bowl $55
Sausalito Medium Serve Bowl $34
Glass Drink Dispenser $59-$79
Mason Jar Drink Dispenser $69
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
From Peices and Heritage Lane via Design Sponge Blog
Turquise La via Design Spong Blog
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 (Notice my kitchen lights!!!!)
From Simply Seleta
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.