ROOM OF THE WEEK 4.10

Since moving into my loft, I’ve been consuming inspiration for open plan living like crazy. It’s such a different form of decorating.

Granted, my little urban oasis is nowhere close to being as grand as this converted barn in Malibu belonging to cinematographer Darius Wolski and his wife Rebecca – who happens to be a set stylist…

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malibu barn neutral living room

Their living area is actually multiple areas – with plenty of room to spare, as you can see. I love that they kept the upper floor open to below too, with little nooks that look back down into the kitchen, living room and dining areas…

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What a dream it must be to entertain guests here! I love how the space feels very well put together, and yet very collected from over the years. And, while I normally don’t love this neutral of a palette, there is something very soothing about it. I think it would be far too much dark grey for a home here in Seattle, but in sunny LA, a space like this would be a welcome oasis on hot summer days.

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I have a feeling if this were my home, this little nook would be one of my favorite spots to perch. The decor in this home is some of the most consistent I’ve seen – the combination of hide rugs, raw woods and baskets, layers of linen textiles, and plenty of well placed art is the theme throughout.

To see the entire home, visit photographer Martin Lof’s site, and read the article at Elle Decoration. 

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HOUSEWARMING NOTES :: AFTER THE PARTY

Last week we showed you a quick and fun DIY for a housewarming party (or any party, really!) but what happens with these sweet (or humorous!) Post-it Notes after the party is over? Well…

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I love the idea of asking your guests to find some fun places to tuck their notes for you to discover later, or you could gather up all the messages yourself and place your favorites around the house for a fun little reminder of the evening!

The Post-it Notes layered over artwork add a fun dimension to the pieces, and are a nice reminder of not to take anything – not even art – too seriously.

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I could also imagine them layered into a booklet, stuck to the fridge, or even framed into their own little pieces of art!

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What creative ways would you keep these memorable messages around?

*this post sponsored by post-it brand. all styling and ideas my own

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TIGER FLOWER STUDIO :: COLOR + WHIMSY FOR YOUR WALLS

I have a bad habit of getting a bit ‘matchy’ in my decorating (and wardrobing for that matter) and there’s no place that this bothers me more than when it comes to art. Sometimes I see pieces I love only to think ‘well, that’s not going to work in my house’.

Of all things, art purchases should not be based on color schemes, but purely on emotional response. So, I’ve  been spending more time lately hunting down pieces I truly love, which brought me to this site – Tiger Flower Studio….

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The variety of artists – and colorful selections is one of my favorites right now. It helps that their selections include some for the more fashion and interior inclined. But my favorite pieces are actually these imaginative chinoiserie scenes by Harrison Howard

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The colors and scenes make me smile, and that is what art is all about – eliciting some kind of emotional response. It doesn’t always have to be happy, but some sort of reaction should always be felt when picking out pieces for your environment.

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I also like the ridiculousness of this little gem – it seems to perfectly capture some form of crazy in my life that I adore.

You can choose from several sizes of giclée prints, framed or unframed. Check out the entire gallery of artists on the Tiger Flower Studio site.

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  1. franki

    Personally, I believe it takes “all of the above” to enjoy art…first..I gravitate to the scene and then I find..it has all the colors I adore…and then it has to “fit in” with the surroundings. Done deal!! franki

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  2. Life On Hill Street

    I love the idea that art should be purchased based on an emotional connection to the piece, not the fact that it matches your couch. Good point!! As we finish up our renovation and start to think about decorating, I will definitely keep that in mind! This was a helpful (and adorable) post – thanks!

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INTERIORS TO INSPIRE :: BOLD + BEAUTIFUL IN THE BEDROOM

I have always been drawn to this bedroom belonging to Samantha Knapp. The layers (between pattern, texture and even furniture) feel light and welcoming in true bohemian style, but the layers themselves are – for the  most part – quite classic….

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On the bed, tartan meets florals and fur. Mod dressers hang with Venetian mirrors and antique tables.

As a designer, I’ve always been challenged by interiors like this, where one too many additions to the mix can send the whole room toppling over into crazy town. This is on the verge – a serious balance between glamorous and boho.

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70′s lamps are topped with Gucci-esque lampshades. And on top of all that, a vibrant palette of red and blue, punctuated with brown and pink somehow all sort of makes sense…

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Squeezing mirrors between windows and tables under tables are all a part of this layered room. She’s even mixed a little lucite over a patterned rug with a dash of rattan. This is fearless decorating.

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Oh, and naturally, there’s a bedroom bar. Of course.

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I wanted to take on a ‘get the look’ today that felt more of a challenge to me, and I think I succeeded in pushing myself a bit! What do you think…?

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I rarely use the shades that actually come with the lamps I purchase – so pop the neutral one off this turquoise beauty, and replace it with this coral shade. If you want to get more of a red or orange in there, consider lining the shade with a contrasting ribbon for more interest.

To me the custom drapes make the room here, but for a similar color and pattern, I love this garden stool. I have little tables and stools all over my house and they always seem to come in so handy!

The hardest part of this board was finding just the right pillows. In this secondary palette, the brown helps tie in the heavy antiques and the pink alleviates the intensity of the red. But, there still has to be a bit of red and blue in there. These aren’t perfect, but they’re a good example of how to mix things up. In fact, perfect is kind of against the point here.

So, what do you think? Could you get this eclectic in your home, let alone your bedroom?

images :: via lonny magazine

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  1. Steven G.

    What a bold space. Love all the saturated colors and mixtures of patterns. Its great to see the antiques in there as well. Everything in this space definitely feel like it is loved. Thanks for sharing.

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LABEL LUST :: FOR LOVE + LEMONS

It may be my constant craving these days for sunny climates, but my infatuation with the line For Love & Lemons suddenly has no bounds. I pretty much want every piece (totally disregarding the fact that I probably can’t wear half of them) in the collection…

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Their citron lace pieces are sold out practically everywhere – this color is so hot right now. But you can find some of them here.

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I’m obsessed with having an off-the-shoulder piece for this summer. Sadly, I can’t find the red, but their lacy white version will do just fine.

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If you are going on vacation this summer, or live anywhere where throwing a dress over a swimsuit and hitting the town is appropriate, please please please buy this dress for me. I’m in love. (Oh, it comes in black too).

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With dresses like these, a killer tan, and a plane ticket, I could be a very happy girl.

My picks ::

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  1. Diana

    Beautiful pieces, now I’m obsessing! This is the perfect collections and dresses for my trip to Riviera Maya, especially that white stunner!

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  2. franki

    What IS IT about lace…I just want to sew it on hems of shorts, skirts, sleeves…well…napkins, etc. franki

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  3. Teri

    What amazing inspiration! Victoria’s Secret has some off-the-shoulder dresses you may want to check out. Nothing like this beautiful editorial, but simple and stylish nonetheless…

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