14 October, 2009

~~ Furniture by Oly

Sienna Chair. There is nothing I don't like about this chair.

Pierre Chair. Love the scale and no frills attitude.

Etta Chair. What a great side chair or even a dining room chair. I could easily see this around a simple dining room table. Love the distressed leather too.

Benjamin chair. Sleek and has a retro or even Art Deco feel. Perhaps it's the cream leather that gives off that vibe. Love this!!!

I have given up on having a true formal dining room. We just do not use our dining room table. It only collects 'stuff'. So I've gone rogue and removed the table and chairs. I put in place of them two comfortable chairs that used to be in our living room. (They have been regulated to our guest quarters.) I love the look and idea of a sitting room connected to the kitchen. The animals are enjoying it as well! Much more casual and I really dislike unused spaces.

I want 2 new chairs... thus the reason for today's post on chairs. Any of these would work however, I'm leaning towards Sienna and Benjamin...

02 October, 2009

~~ Thibaut Wallpaper

Look at this adorable bedroom. Very very traditional with lovely plaids in chocolate and blue and furniture. And notice the wallpaper. Traditional damask in that seafoamy blue and white. Perfect. Adds a bit of pizzaz without feeling stuffy. Drapes break at the floor perfectly and I love the hardware in the silvery tone. Thankfully the designer/stager did not try to match the hardware with the wood tones of the furniture.

More contemporary here. Love the butter yellow OMG how comforting and the soft white drapes that gently connect with the floor.

Solar Disk is the pattern name and not only is the pattern dynamic but the color. The color is perfect! Notice the ivory/cream drapes in a soft silk with a beautiful trim on the leading edges. Also notice the nail heads on the table and chair.

29 September, 2009

~~ Undeniably Beautiful

So Pretty, So Romantic. How can you not love this? It may not be your 'style' but appreciation of these fabrics and draperies is a must!

Love the lavender/pink and the striking green. Feminine and Versailles like!

All from Designers Guild.

22 September, 2009

~~ Designers Guild Bedding!

Leblond - I'm not a 'blue' loving person however, I will admit a weakness for this particular bedding. Love how it's almost traditional and almost contemporary. Hmmm isn't that transitional? :)

Darly - Isn't this just so old fashioned? I remember older homes with wallpaper so very similar to the pattern you see here. Love the colors too. Charcoal, pink and chartreuse.

10 September, 2009

~~ Just take a Look.

Lots going on here but notice the window treatment. A lovely drape in what is probably a linen fabric with a nice drape on the floor and the leading edges are in a crisp stripe on an angle, this ties very nicely with the carpet/area rug (can't tell which here). Then notice the fabric next to the window. Looks like a pretty sheer roller shade but could also be sheer fabric pulled straight and not shirred on a rod. Whatever it is I really like this look. Combines structure and a bit of tailored effort with softness.

Isn't this amazingly sweet? Despite the slightly cobbled look it has reason. There is a purpose here. Perhaps a little too many collectible items but that is personal preference in a home. I love the crazy quilt over the sofa and the throw over the chair one is not afraid to sit down and curl up. See the pretty kitty? She/he has the right idea.

04 September, 2009

~~ Please, please be mine!

Don't you just love this chair? *sigh*

The lines, size are just two things I adore but look at the upholstery and fabric used. Absolutely stunning! From Desire to Inspire - Jennifer Worts.

01 September, 2009

~~ Black & White!

Desire to Inspire posted this and other pictures by photographer Simon Brown. I had to steal this one! Love the serene white and I mean look at all those whites! Then to make it dramatic the black and white wallpaper on that lovely abstract floral. The ceiling light fixture may not be your cuppa tea but it is bold for something so ethereal looking.

25 August, 2009

~~ Powder Room

This small powder room needed an elegant treatment for the window. Let me say that I really dislike bathrooms without windows, just doesn't seem right.

Anyway... the window was fairly large for the room and faced the driveway. We put up a grasscloth weave woven shade in a black/dark cocoa color. The trim is stained a reddish color and is the same throughout the home. We mounted two tab brackets for the swag to rest on. The fabric is a shimmery gold with a slight small pattern noticeable in the weave.

We lined the gold fabric with a black knowing that the back would show some. Having an expert installer guarantees beautiful results. It takes time to position the fabric and create the swag effect.

And having an expert workroom is just as important for I often 'overthink' and she brings me back to earth!

18 August, 2009

~~ Picture in Banner

You will notice the photo embedded in the banner at the top of my blog. Had a teenager do that, since I'm technology impaired. Yes, it's true but I'm ok with it since I've got teenagers to do that stuff for me!

Back to the photo... I love this treatment style, roman shade. Fabric is a very pretty iridescent pleated pumpkin color but not too orange. We chose it since it worked so well with the fabric on a sofa that was in the room. This is actually an office with two windows. The sofa has a floral pattern and is in front of the windows. The braided trim and tassel are a basic gold but really lend to the fabric and it's shimmer. Putting the simple valance over the trim not only topped it off nicely but made it a bit more important over all. This particular room has no real trim detailing and is relatively small.

We repeated this basic style for roman shades in two other rooms in the home. However, the valance detail and trim was modified a bit.

And? I just love the color!

14 August, 2009

~~ Oh, Oh, Oh!

Love the boldness. And adore the horizontal stripes in the drapes.

Pretty wallpaper in the nicely frames niche. I love that the designer matched the paint to the wallpaper background. Pretty nightstand too!

Oh and be still my heart look at the gorgeous shades with that outline in red trim!

Lori Graham!
Another great find by Desire to Inspire.

07 August, 2009

~~ Door Latches

Beautifully Simple!

Love the rustic look, looks so perfect with the door, with BTW I really want!

How cool is this one? Two tone with great lines.

Rocky Mountain Hardware advertises in many shelter magazines and for some time I have removed those ad pages for my files. Love the simplicity and care they put into the design. They offer much more than just door latches by the way.

03 August, 2009

Diggin' this lighting!




All from Ironware International. Love the gold finish. It seems fresh. We've been led to look down on gold finishes from the over use of polished brass but this gold is light and softer.

Also am enjoying the style of each of these. I see restraint and whimsy but not garish. And? Enjoy the names too! :)

29 July, 2009

~~ Little Gem!

This is a tiny guest bathroom, to the right is the tile for the shower, lovely tile so rustic looking and with a pearlized finish. The walls are newly wallpapered in a commercial grade vinyl with a subtle texture and finish. The window treatment: A small swag held up by tab posts. Fabric used is a woven texture. When you look at it up close you see all the shades and colors, very pretty but not delicate. Love the trim by Stout Trimmings, lovely bead work with the tape showing due to it's beautiful pattern.

The design for this treatment is asymmetrical. Something I don't often get to do when it comes to window treatments. So this was a treat for me. Due to window placement we felt confident of using this style. Notice that one of the tab posts is on the window trim and the other is on the wall.

24 July, 2009

~~ Roman Shade Window Treatment

This fabulous fabric almost a batik style print matched the blue tile in this master bedroom perfectly. The treatment is stationery. We added a gros grain ribbon to relieve the print and designate 2 windows.

New wallpaper in a faux grass cloth weave style (which just simply did not photograph well) replaced a very lively ivy and floral pattern. Trim was all painted a soft gray throughout the bathroom, covering the oak which really updated the look in the room.

19 July, 2009

~~ Michael Smith

Now there looks to be a comfortable chair. Love the linen slip cover and the casual feel it offers. The throw pillow is beautiful as are the pretty floral drapes. Gives an English cottage appeal. The vase for the forsythia is amazing just like the forsythia! I do love those spindly yellow blossoms.

Now for the 'what I don't care for'. That side table. Not sure I get it. It's got a 3 leaf clover thing happening in a granite look? Anyway, I'd prefer a small wooden chest of drawers that would be a bit time worn. Or? Or a more modern table chrome and glass to give the cottage feel some edge.

16 July, 2009

~~ Beautiful and Bold

OMGoodness! Just love the drapes and the bold striped but what really needs your attention is the designers detail for the hemline. Taking the same fabric and turning the stripes horizontal. Stroke of genius with the lovely tall slender windows.

As for the furnishings, eh. Kinda bland for me. Sofa is in a nice style and color I suppose but the room has a very unfinished look and feel. Hate the green carpet. Please put in a hardwood floor, you can choose the type of wood just do it!

13 July, 2009

~~ JMH's Last Bedroom

This is the photo that caught my eye when I first visited his website. I love the room. Plenty of windows in a dark trim and the furniture is dark as well. The rug is beautiful as is the bed. Not too thrilled with the settee, not sure it it's the fabric color choice or the style...

However, what caught my eye is the window treatments. The windows are gently arched on a much wider scale than you typically see, more horizontal. And what I especially love is how the treatments don't overpower the windows/room they truly balance. Drapes are full and I'm pretty sure pull across the windows for privacy. I took a second look at the corner and how the valance treatment was handled - Very Nicely!

Oh! And the night stands don't match, woo hoo! :)

10 July, 2009

~~ CUTE!

Isn't this adorable?

09 July, 2009

~~ I know, I know but... JMH yet again!

So soft and pretty not to mention incredibly restful. Love the little chair with the intricate back with the small writing desk/nightstand.

Quite Colonial in style. Very homey and comfortable. Not sure about the nightstands... different yes but they feel too small next to the bed and in a room with such high ceilings. Lamps are cool and the rug looks wonderfully well worn. And of course I love the window treatments, perfect for the room in proportion and style. Perfect!

OMG can we say turquoise? What a bold statement for one color. And? What makes the room grounded? The pieces on the wall above the headboard. They act as a stabilizer, I have no idea what they are but enjoy them for their role in the room. Also? Love love the bold, bold fabric on the chair and decorative pillows on the bed. Perfect!!!

03 July, 2009

~~ James Michael Howard - Bedrooms

Soft and pretty. Just adore the chair and the fact it's in it's very own special fabric, not gray or the light blue. Notice the use of soft pastel colors with the exception in this room of the pillows on the bed and the throw. Drapes and beautifully graceful and are a bit more traditional in style which differs from the much more modern looking bed.

01 July, 2009

~~ James Michael Howard - Bedrooms

James Michael Howard creates very elegant, restrained and calming bedrooms. I will be featuring more bedrooms by him in the next few days but I wanted to start with these two. JMH uses a very calm and subdued color palate and typically only 2 colors.

Feminine palate and very pretty. Soft and calm nothing jarring or out of place. Love the floors and wall color, the bed is fantastic as well. I question the need for all the chairs and sofa at the end of the bed but I suppose if you are like me any chair or bench fills up with either clothing or pillows.

Now the photo above - I have to ask, why the need for all the seating? Or maybe I don't want to know? Love the styling especially the rows of framed art, it's just... nice. I like nice. I enjoy the colors and fabric choices I am having a hard time though with the sofa. Doesn't it look a bit large for the room? I mean shouldn't the bed be the focal point? Also love the bed against the wall of windows, wish more people would feel the need to do this.

20 June, 2009

~~ Antique Jewelry

Garnet Brooch in what is described as a Bohemian setting.

Love dragonflies! Garnets in a gold setting.

Different from both the garnet brooches above but I just thought this was so pretty, delicate and yet makes a nice statement if a quiet one.

All here at the Antique Jewelry Mall.