Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My bags are packed....

I'll keep this short and sweet since I'm leaving for the hospital to have my baby {eek} in about twenty minutes. First off, thank you for all your kind messages, baby name suggestions and well wishes over the past week! I appreciate every one of them!!

Secondly, I thought I'd leave you with a little eye candy while I'm gone...I don't know about you, but I am definitely a bit weary of the over the top "Hollywood Regency" look.. What never grows old though is a sense of fabulous, sophisticated style. The home pictured below is the epitome of chic but still contains a sense of calm, order and fun! Enjoy and Cheers....I'll be back to posting in about a week or two!!!! Julie

New York designer Philip Gorrivan helped Victoria Webster with her home. I've long admired his use of color and ability to mix period pieces and patterns.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

If it's a boy...

So the "big" week is here..I'm having my baby at the end of this week. I'm of course, a bundle of energy and nerves. I wanted to share my baby boy ideas..I simply can't wait to find out what we are having gender wise..oh and please do feel free to share your favorite boy names in the comment section. I have three girl names I adore but we're having a tough time finalizing our boy names..

My creative starting point for the room was this painting shown above along with vintage nautical references. I don't love thematic rooms so I tried not too push it too far in that direction. I will mix in a number of various elements but the overall concept was boating and the sea!

This third board represents a mix of paintings and drawings I found on eBay. I am going to hang a salon art wall with a number of boating inspired paintings..I like the quirkiness of this mix!

From top to bottom left to right:

1. Large Painting - ebay

2. Monkey Knot - Door or book stop

3. Flame Stitch Pillow - Dransfield and Ross

4. Polar Bear Print - Linnea Designs

5. Crib Bedding - Rickshaw Design

6. Bamboo Pillow - Annette Tatum

Board Two:

7. Green Headboard - will be custom designed by Shelter

8. Shade idea - Custom by Shelter

9. Lamps - 1st Dibs

10. White Lantern - tbd. I do want to use an oversized white hanging lantern

11. Ship Print - ebay

12. Rug - Dash and Albert

Ten Things I Can't Live Without..

Today Paloma, from the fabulous blog La Dolce Vita is featuring my "Ten Things I Can't Live Without List". It's been a fun series to follow...check it out here...

Monday, January 18, 2010

A cheery space on a snowy Monday...

I know Sabrina Linn's home has been posted before, but I enjoy looking at amazing spaces again + again because I tend to notice something new every time. I love this loft's mix of high/low, old/ new, and refined/rustic. It's unexpected, fun and lived in.. Isn't exactly that the way a home should be?

{this is one of my favorite shots}
Images: Canadian House and Home + via Peacock Feather events {great blog btw}

Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Finds..Blank Walls?

I love adding a diverse selection of art to my home. I don't have an unlimited budget so sometimes a fabulous print works really well!...If you agree, you've got to check out Wall Blank, it's a printing company that sells new prints daily in limited quantise. Here's a sample from their vault! Sadly most of these are still not available but they update their selection regularly.

I'm just loving oversized floral photographic prints lately!!
Happy Weekend to all!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Project Sneak Peek

Isn't this finial gorgeous?
I love transforming furniture..It's a very important part of the creative process for me! I have a great set of craftspeople lined up who help turn my ideas into reality. Here is a snapshot of one of my latest project pieces for a client. It is a vintage Chippendale chair. We had it sprayed and sealed to match a turquoise necklace I happening to be wearing the day of our design meeting! I love the details of this chair, the finial, the color the, final seat fabric. I was very happy with the end result, as was my client! (which is the most important part of my job!) Be sure to check out my website in a few weeks. I am going to include a section that actually sells some of my vintage transformations and along with a small custom furniture line...eeek..I'm very excited about it..


Fabric on seat: Kathryn Ireland, Style: M6550
Here's another piece of the project. We had the panels for the client's credenza covered in one of my favorite wall coverings..

This wall covering is simply amazing isn't it? It comes in a number of colors and is part of the Osborne and Little vintage collection!

sorry about the blurry image..but you get the point..right?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Feeling Inspired - Spring Florals Trend..

It's been very, very chilly in Boston {all over a good deal of the U.S. actually}. I like to cozy down by a fire and fly down a slope now and then, but I'm really a warm weather girl at heart! I don't have any travel plans this winter so I often day dream about the sunny + warm Spring days ahead. I'm currently loving that flowers are popping up everywhere for Spring 2010!
Happy Tuesday!

Images: Necklace found via mrs. Lilien styling house - designer is Marlaina Stone, Marni Rug for The Rug Company, Harper's Bazaar, Fabric: Lorca for Osborne and Little Spring 2010, Dress Floral Collection H+M Spring 2010 via The Style Files

Monday, January 11, 2010

The queen of baubles, chic + more...

Iris Apfel is so unbelievably chic! See this style icon's rare + glamorous closet on view right now at the Peabody Essex Museum. Her wardrobe is the ultimate mix of high and low and knack for putting it all together is truly inspirational.
The Peabody Essex Museum is actually located about 1.5 miles down the street from my house. I'm ashamed to say I haven't been to the exhibit yet but I plan to sneak it in this weekend!!!

and for all those baubles you are amassing...{one of my favorite, favorite, favorite things to purchase is accessories} here are some brilliant some storage ideas.

top left: Kelly Wearstler's collection and storage solution! I will someday have a velvet lined drawer much like this for all of my jewelry!!! Image: Hue, Kelly Wearstler
top right: Love the idea of using vintage china to display and store a jewelry collection -Martha Stewart


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