Sunday, April 26, 2009

Make This A Room #2

I got a lot of great comments about the “Make This A Room” post I did a couple weeks ago, so I thought I’d do it again.  After all, it was fun, and it’s interesting to see how fashion and interior design play off of each other and really do have universal rules.

Again, most of the beautiful dresses are from Blanka.com.

 

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Designer Robert Kaner.  I love how the black and white checks in the floor pick up on the design in the dress.

 

 

Thad Hayes

From the very talented Thad Hayes, Inc. Interiors.    Wow!   A lot of yellow!  Could you sleep in this room? 

 

I love the dresses from Blanka.  They are incredible!  But, where would I wear them???

 Purple Room

From Color in the American Home.  The purples and golds of this room emulate the same colors in the dress.  They compliment each other beautifully.

 

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Georgian Revival Home designed by Robert Kaner.

 

 

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  This seating area is surrounded by a mirrored wall treatment, which reflects the streamlined lights that run the length of the room.

 

Hamilton Design Associates.  Just enough purple.

 

Happy Sunday everyone!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Alison’s been busy!

My Little Happy Place

Alison, my friend over at My Happy Little Place just emailed me with her latest design project and you simply have to pop on over to her site and check out her fabulous results!  (OMG Alison…. I LOVE IT!).

Alison has the greatest blog…. while you are there, stroll through some of her recent posts and see what goodies she has to share!  Whenever I get a chance, I grab my cup of tea and relax while reading her posts, because she has such a wonderful spirit of authenticity and good karma about her!

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The beautiful Alison of My Happy Little Place

Finally, I must apologize for my tardiness in getting this week’s post out.  It’s been an extremely busy week for me and hopefully you will enjoy Alison’s offerings while I put together my next post.  Look for it in the next day or two!

Hope the universe is going your way!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I’ve been Tagged!

Callie  Grayson from Grayson:  A Different Shade of Grey tagged me today with the challenge to pick an image that best describes my style!

Hmmmmm………… Can I cheat?  Can I set my own rules here?  How about styles for how I feel?

Bathroom Designer Thad Hayes, Inc. 5th Avenue Residence

For when I need some balance and harmony in my life…  The symmetrical lines of the mirror and the screen on the right, coupled with the simplicity of this room and the dark woods feel so relaxing.  I don’t know what’s going on in the back room there though!  Just ignore that part! 

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For when I’m in a romantic mood… there is nothing like a claw foot tub, with a simple chandelier hanging above to put me in a romantic mood.  Well, o.k., maybe some Amos Lee on the Ipod and a glass of good red wine at arm’s reach.

 

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For when I feel in a tropical mood….  This photo comes pretty darn close to the style I love.  British Colonial, dark hardwood floors and shutters, white slip-covered furniture, personal effects throughout the room.

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For when I’m in a natural, clean, uncluttered, everything must be in it’s place mood.  I found this pic on Joni's website and I just love the elements in this space.

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For the sophisticated side of me.  A simple headboard, dark hardwood floors, a large piece of custom artwork on the wall to fall asleep to and some outstanding beside lamps.  Already been there, done that with the babies, so I’d have to nix that from the picture!

 

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For the contemplative side of me…  There is something about this reading corner that relaxes me… perhaps the branches or the perfect chair.

AND….

I don’t know if Callie realized she tagged me twice this week (lol….), but I’ve been tagged to answer the following questions….

Hopefully this won’t bore you to death!

What is your current obsession?

Running on my treadmill.  Trying to get in shape for summer!

What is your weirdest obsession?

Right now checking for spiders on the ceiling before I turn out the lights, because I saw one up there the other day!  eeek!

What are you wearing today?

Jean capris, pink camisole, blue cropped sweater overtop, and my cute slipper flats.

Why is today special?

It’s my birthday today (14th).

What would you like to learn to do?

Speak French fluently, become an incredible cook (I’m not too bad now), be able to sing and not hurt people’s ears!

What's for dinner today?

Chipotle Grill Salad with Chicken!  It’s so good!  I have it about once a week!

What's the last thing you bought?

Airline tickets to San Diego!

What are you listening to right now?

My latest favorite music… Melody Gardot.

What is your favorite weather?

No brainer here… Sunny, slight breezy, about 80 degrees!

What is your most challenging goal right now?

Trying to finish up my Commercial Design class (challenging), while working for a local developer and keeping several side jobs going, all while taking care of my kids and keeping up with the house!

What do you think about the person who tagged you?

I don’t know Callie really well, but the several email conversations that we’ve had have been so nice!  She seems like SUCH a sweet person and so authentic!

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?

I think along the coast somewhere in Santa Barbara or Montecito, California.  That area is so beautiful.  I want to live there someday. 

Favorite vacation spot?

Maui, Hawaii and Japan…  so far.  There are many places that I’d love to visit that I haven’t had the chance to yet.  High on my list are Scotland, Australia, England, Italy and Jamaica.

What would you like to have in your hands right now?

Keys to a new car.

What would you like to get rid of?

Hatred, war, shallow people, sarcasm, my extra weight, my cat’s liter box, my gas-hogging SUV.

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?

Well, considering it is midnight right now, I think the only place I want to go right now is to bed.  But, in the morning, if I could go someplace, it would probably be to a great shopping district in England or Paris.

Which language do you want to learn?

French.  The language of love!

What did you dream of last night?

I hate to answer this question, because for the past two nights I’ve had nightmares!  Wierd, because I don’t ever have nightmares!  I dreamt I crashed a bus and then I dreamt I saw a plane crash.  It freaked me out.  I woke up and had to go do something to get my mind off of it!

Who do you want to meet in person?

I think it would be neat to meet Barack Obama right now.  I would also really love to meet and spend some time with Sir Richard Branson, Maya Angelou, and Tim Roth.

What's your favorite part about the city you live in?

It’s a relatively small town and that familiarity with everyone and everything is comforting.

What's the favorite piece of clothing in your own closet?

I hate all of my clothes right now.  They only thing that I really like are the capris I have on!  I need to do some shopping!

What is your dream job?

Interior Designer, which is what I am doing now.  But, I would like to become more established and gain some more great clients that have trust in me to design some great spaces for them and also the budget to go along with it!

If you had $150.00 now what would you spend it on?

New clothes!  But, I’d probably get to the store and end up buying something for my daughter or son instead!  Maybe this is why I don’t have any clothes I love!

Fashion pet peeve?

I agree with Callie… women dressing scantily in their 40’s trying to be sexy.  It just looks trampy people!

Do you admire anyone's style?

I think that Sharon Stone always dresses so impeccably.  Or at least in the photos that I’ve seen of her.  She has had some very classy ensembles that I’d love to emulate!  I also love how they dress Jennifer Love Hewitt on Ghost Whisperer. 

Describe your personal style:

Relaxed (beachy), classy, timeless, somewhat reserved with a trendy accessory or two at times.

Who's fashion show would you want tickets to?

Change of question…

What interior designer would you like to spend a day with?

At the moment, Celerie Kemble.  I love her fresh take on design. 

Okay, here's the rules:

1. Respond and rework: answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention.

2. Tag seven other bloggers who you would love to learn more about :)

Vicki at French Essence

Ronda at All The Best

Erin from House of Turquoise

Kirsten at Simply Grove

Sherry and John at This Young House

Rebecca at Loving. Living. Small.

Charmaine at Beautiful Things To Share

My added rule to the game…. do this is you want.  If you don’t want to… no worries!   We are all busy.  But, it is fun to read about you and it helps us learn a little bit more about what goes behind your blogging genius!

 

 

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Another One Bites The Dust

Ironically enough, I’m sitting here watching Queen Live at Wembley Stadium (1986 concert) and surfing the net while I’m doing it.  And, much to my dismay, I’ve discovered that yet another shelter magazine is “biting the dust”.

Yes, Western Interiors and Design just published its last issue.  New owner Sandow Media will merge it into Luxe, a national network of 11 regional luxury magazines.  14 more are planned.   Western Interiors was readable online, which I loved if I couldn’t get to the store to get the latest copy.  I’ll miss it!

Here are some images that came out of this wonderful magazine…

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From their current issue.   Designer C. Renea Abbott.  Home in Houston, Texas.

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Spa Luce.  Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, 1755 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles.   Designer Kerry Joyce. 

 

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Beverly Hills home.  Designer Mary McDonald.   I love everything about this space.

 

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Same Beverly Hills home as above.  Designer Mary McDonald.

 

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One more room from the same house.  I just love Mary McDonald’s style!

 

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Bedroom from home in San Jose’ del Cabo, Mexico.  Designer Kara Mann.

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Same home as above.   Designer Kara Mann.  Look at that fabulous headboard!

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Los Angeles home.  Kenneth Brown designer.

 

Have a wonderful blessed Easter!

Easter Tulips Happy Easter Lunch Napkins (16 count)

Friday, April 10, 2009

By the way….

 

Fifi from Fifi Flowers graciously invited me to join her Fashionable Friday Party today with my “Make This a Room” post this week .... so without further adieu, I would like to link you over to Fifi Flowers Design Decor.

Fifi Flowers Design Decor

Happy Friday!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Make This A Room

Fashion and Interior Design have always gone hand in hand.  Colors of the season, fabrics that are hot, designers that influence the trends.  So, in keeping with fashion and interior design’s partnership, I’ve created some matching ensembles for you.

All of the beautiful dresses are from Blanka.com.

 

 

Metropolitan Home, April 2009

 

 

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Carter & Company Interior Design

  

 

Hamilton Design Associates

 

 

 

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Carter & Company Interior Design

 

 

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House Beautiful

 

 

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Juan Montoya Design, Private Residence, Philadelphia

 

 

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Greg Lanza NYC Interior Design

 

 

 

 

 

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Metropolitan Home, October 2007

 

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Elle Decor, October 2007

 

Have a great week!

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