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Rustic Elegance

I am totally in love with gray right now and I’ve always been a fan of mixing luxe items with rustic or industrial pieces. So, today I bring you some of my favorite recent finds in gray, both industrial and luxurious.

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From top left: Foothill Wool Rug, $700-$1500 – Decorarugs.com; Bubbled Beverage Dispenser, $298 – Anthropologie; Spool side table, $199 – Crate & Barrel; Wood Alphabet by Bookhou At Home, $50 – Etsy; Piecrust Dinnerware in Cloud, $12-$20 – Anthropologie; Bachelor’s Steel & Wood Cabinet, $1245 – Clayton Gray Home; Ceramic Stallion, $99 – Z Gallerie.

Coral Line

I’ve seen some really pretty housewares in shades of coral this last week. I’d thought I’d sure them with you today.

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From top left: Magnolia tablecloth, $58-$78 – Anthropologie; Small Egg Lamp with Washed Coral shade, $270 – Inside Avenue; Colossal Dots curtains, $138-$198 – Anthropologie; Strut Medium Table in Watermelon, $699 – Blu Dot; Mod Links Pillow, $85 – Clayton Gray Home.

Do you like coral? What colors are lighting up your summer?

Friday Finds: Consoles

Until I started delving into the world of interiors, I never would have given a second thought to owning or using a console table. Mostly because I’m an equal opportunity key dropper. Actually, since my keys are on a lanyard, they spend a lot of time hanging from doorknobs… when they aren’t still stuck in the door. (The door at my house has to be locked with the key from the inside after you’re in… but I digress.

I’ve seen some really cool examples of what can be done with entryway or even making an open floor plan more functional with this little bit of “throwaway” furniture. Below are some of my favorites from recent searches.

Simple, with an Asian flair and an old world vibe:

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Treasured Sage Chinese console, $999 – Wisteria

Rustic and modern, this piece could fit in several different decorating styles, from country to industrial:

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Ettore console, $2998 – Anthropologie

Sleek and streamlined high gloss look would be Glam with bold colors and Hollywood Regency accents:

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The X console, price on request – Plantation

IKEA offers up it’s take on mid-century modern with a modern finish:

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IKEA Stockholm console, $199 – Ikea

There’s always great vintage pieces out there. Jenny Komenda from Little Green Notebook has an excellent example on her blog:

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Repainted vintage console – Jenny Komenda’s office via Little Green Notebook

If you’re looking to make a bold statement, you can’t go wrong with this silver leafed cast resin beauty from Z Gallerie:

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Sequoia console, $999 – Z Gallerie

Well, that’s my roundup. Do use a console table in your home?

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

A More Perfect Bath

Bathrooms. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them.

OK, that may be a little harsh but no other room in a house (with the possible exception of the laundry room) is so purely devoted to function. Many people renovate their whole house and leave the bath for last or don’t do it at all. For my part, I’m just not a fan of bathrooms. But lately, I keep seeing some wonderful examples of beautiful and functional bathrooms that are making me change my mind about the worthiness of renovating/redecorating them.

I’ve discovered that I like a clean, uncluttered look: lots of gray and white, minimal furnishings, with interesting details… nothing too fussy or frou.

Two examples of my favorite bathroom layout:

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Fixtures and fittings all down one side, dark floors, white walls, an uncovered window and a glass short enclosure instead of a tub.

I love gray and white bath schemes:

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The master bath in Ellen Rakieten’s Chicago home. Designed by Nate Berkus and Anne Coyle. Picture from Elle Decor.

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A rustic, industrial look prevails in the bath on the left, refined elegance rules in the bath on the right. I like elements of both looks. (sources unknown)

Some bath elements I love:

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Clockwise from top left: Natural stone vessel sink, Pegasus – $380, ‘Chantilly Vines’ mirror, Anthropologie – $128, ‘Perpetual Blooms’ towels, Anthropologie – $9-$62, ‘Strut’ medium table, Blu Dot – $699, ‘Tex-Tile’ in Cotton (12″x24″), Emser Tile – $8/sq ft, ‘Henry’ bath fittings, Waterworks – price varies by finish.

I’d love to have a sleek, elegant gray and white bath someday. In the meantime, I’ll keep dreaming! What are your favorite bath styles/color schemes?

Watercolor Summer Wear

This has been a weird day! A window in my bedroom got mysteriously broken. It scared me pretty badly. And I’m still not sure how it happened exactly. All I know is after that trauma, I needed something fun to distract me from being distraught.

I decided to see if I could find find some pieces to make an outfit out of this skirt I just bought from Ashley Stewart (plus size clothes):

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Camera phone pic alert!<<

It’s a dirndl type skirt that buttons down the front and has cute little side pockets and a sash tie belt. I couldn’t find a pic of it online but Old Navy has some similar skirts (in regular women’s sizes, you’d need a belt though).

I flipped through some of my catalogs to see if I could find inspiration there and… I did! Spiegel has this cute cami and matching cardi in a beatuiful blue, green, yellow, and white watercolor print. Super summery, right? Here’s the look I pulled together:

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Clockwise from top left: Floral Print Tunic Cardigan $49 ($54+) – Speigel.com, Floral Print Tunic Cami $34 ($39+) – Spiegel.com, “Ananta” earrings $98 – Anthropologie.com, green and yellow flower bracelet $21.95 – Braceletgirl.com, Kate Spade “Felice” tote in citron $295 – Zappos.com, “Strung Packages” sandals $98 – Anthropologie.com.

The cardigan has such a strong mix of colors that I really wanted the accessories to pop and be fun. I love those yellow sandals with their green beads and the texture on the Kate Spade bag keeps the mix fresh. I know it’s a little matchy but… I like that!

Anyway, that’s my attempt at fashion for the time being. Think I did OK?

Brassy

I am really loving brass right now! I love the kind of worn, golden glow it has about it. I’ve been sort if inadvertently collecting pics with lots of brass featured and thought you might enjoy them as much as I do! 🙂

Dark & Light: Brass looks good in both dark and light color schemes. I think it brings a luxurious warmth and texture to both.

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Clockwise from top left: Brass pendants and footstool – Atlanta Homes & Gardens, a brass topped iron bed – (source?), chic office with custom brass etageres, ceiling pendant, and side table – Amy D Morris/Atlanta Homes & Gardens Christmas House, Scala Klismos chair from the Brass Collection – Elle Decor Showhouse 2010.

Desk Set: What an elegant way to bling out your desk, right!?

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Phoebe Howard etagere – Atlanta Homes & Gardens, Colored Pencil and Brass Holder Set – Jayson Home & Garden, desk with brass pulls and desk lamp – (source?), vintage chalkboard globe – Etsy (similar).

Light Brigade: I don’t think you can go wrong with a well placed brass lamp. I’m gaga over Anthropologie’s $1800+ floor lamp… its swoon worthy!

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Tulip Family – Hive Modern, Etch Light – Tom Dixon/DWR, Gilded Glow Floor Lamp – Anthropologie, ‘Jana’ desk lamp – Arteriors Home.

That’s my roundup! What are your favorite brass pieces?

Favorite Five

These are my top five likes for the week:

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“drawn” -Art print by Olivia Jeffries (restlessthings) @Etsy

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“Bugs and Butterflies” wallpaper in Ice Blue @Barneby Gates

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Parachute Journalists “Umbrella Girl” poster by Jeff Finley @Society6

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“Old Country” bookshelf @UrbanOutfitters

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“Gilded Glow” floor lamp @Anthropologie

Looking Glass

I love mirrors! Especially if they are not your standard run of the mill, beveled edge, hallway specials. Here a few mail order beauties that knock my socks off!

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Bamboo Curl – Horchow

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Gilded Knot – Horchow

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Many Mirrors On The Wall – Wisteria

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Pierre – Z Galleries

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Axis Floor – Z Galleries

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This one doesn’t have a name but is a dead ringer for the Mrs. Howard mirror featured on the March 2009 cover of Trade Home. – Lamps Plus

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Angles & Orbs – Anthropologie

Friday Finds

Here is the rundown of some of my favorite discoveries This week:

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More of Sandra Suy’s artwork. It’s official, I’m hooked! I was turned on to her artwork by a N.E.E.T. magazine article and I’ve been a fan ever since. She has an Etsy shop where you can buy select prints or you can view some of her portfolio work on Dripbook.

I’m sure this has been around for a while… but it is new to me: Kelly Wearstler’s china collections for Pickard.

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Hillcrest Pattern

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Mullholland Pattern

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Trousdale
There is another pattern available at Pickard… totally mix and matchable, right!? She’s also got a blog now!

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Anthropologie’s Arthurian knobs. These filigree beauties would be really pretty on a gray, greige, or black lacquer furniture piece. Or a nude pink – my new favorite color!

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Speaking of nude pinks – Benjamin Moore’s Bashful is a lovely example.

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The Voliere Drum Table Lamp at The Conran Shop. This whimsical little lamp is also available as a floor lamp or a large or small pendant.

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I love anything and everything to do with Anthropologie… so I was excited to learn that they now have a dedicated online wedding shop called BHLDN. Their amazing aesthetic is evident in all the pieces here, definitely check it out! There is tons to coo over.

That’s all from me this week; I’ll see you on Monday. Have a fabulous weekend!

Mr. Telephone Man…

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Not sure what it is with the song and (fictional) band references lately but it’s working for me! Today As Is goes back to a time before the instantaneous communication provided by cell phones. Yes, back to a time when you had to go to a specific room in the house and sit down next to a telephone that was connected to a jack in the wall. You could only get so far too; receiver cords had a finite length.

But for all their limitations, some of them had a certain amount of style. These days, when the usefulness of your phone is quantified by how much you can do with it that doesn’t involve talking and they all sort of look generally alike (iPhone and clones), the retro simplicity of older, pre-cellular models, built for talking, stand out.

Vintage Rotary – Anthropologie
Sculptura – Ericofon.com
Scandifone – Velocity Art & Design
Princess – (try Etsy.com > Vintage > type in “vintage princess telephone”)

Happy talking and I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day yesterday!