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Totally Inspiring Room

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The library in the home of Jackie Astier via Elle Decor.

My taste is changing… Again! For a while there I was leaning towards the Hollywood glam revival (epitomized by decorator Mary MacDonald). I still like elements of that style: bold patterns, lacquered surfaces, and blingy metals. But, as I mentioned yesterday, part of me loves the relaxed and collected refinement of (personal fave) Thomas O’Brien.

I think today’s room captures a little bit of both. This is the library of stylist Jackie Astier. I love the mix of textures and shine, faux Bois wallpaper and the mirror (a screen?) on the corner table. It looks inviting and comfy… and sexy.
See the rest of the apartment here… and have a great Tuesday everyone! 🙂

Totally Inspiring Room(s)

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Sometimes when you’re looking at interiors, you come across a space that speaks to your soul. Perhaps that’s a little melodramatic but I was so entranced by Darcy Miller Nussbaum’s home in the February 2012 issue of Architectural Digest that I’m sure woke the dead with all my oohing and aahing. There is loads more of this winning design by MR Architecture + Decor at Architectural Digest.

Mirror, Mirror

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I just picked up the July/August issue of Elle Decor. I’d sort of flipped through it at the grocery store and I wanted to pick it up for the amazing photos in an article called Swept Away that features gold and brass bath fittings. Trust me. You HAVE to see that one!

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But the feature that had me drooling was a Manhattan apartment decorated by Steven Gambrel. There is this amazing mirror in the main entry that just blew me away. It’s a vintage, hand carved Italian piece and it looks smashing in the foyer, dont you think?

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Another favorite piece is the Scratchout rug by Carini Lang in the home’s family room. It looks amazing with the mix of neutrals and that fabulous orange.

See the whole apartment at Steven Gambrel’s site and drink in the amazing awesomeness of this place!

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?

Digging for gold.

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A couple of years ago I spotted my first silk floral arrangement made to look as if the stems are actually in water. I wondered where I could find some that were better looking than the cheesy discount store versions I was looking at. My internet hunt turned up online catalog Inside Avenue. They carry the now ubiquitous silk-flowers-in-faux-water arrangements, home accessories, furniture, fabrics, wallpapers, rugs, and lighting. Pretty much a treasure trove of cool home decor stuff.

Somewhere along the way I lost track of the link. I couldn’t remember the name of the company either. All my attempts to find it again went awry until I remembered what led me there in the first place: faux floral arrangements. That did the trick.

It was fun rolling through the mountain of cool stuff available at there, though there is so much that at times looking through everything takes the patience of Job (especially since their categories aren’t subcategorized in any way). But, like many a brick and mortar store, sometimes half the fun is “unearthing” something amazing… if you’re just willing to go beyond a cursory glance.

Above are a few of my favorite items from my last surf. At the top of the list is the beautiful brass and marble lamp that reminds me of a miniature version of the Arco Lamp (@DWR).

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Brass and marble desk lamp
White Tulips silk flower arrangement
Silver round side table
Raffles Chandelier by Currey & Co.
All – Inside Avenue

First impressions.

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I was looking through my inspiration file and I ran across the pic at the top of an entryway using IKEA’s Stockholm sofa table. I’ve seen and admired the table in the store many times but wasn’t really sure how to put an entry together. But looking at the photo gave me some ideas… so, here’s what I came up with:

IKEA Stockholm sofa table – IKEA
Chantilly Vines mirror – Anthropologie
Flora jute rug – Jonathan Adler
Ghost Tree coat rack – Erich Ginder
Mid-century ceramic lamps – FabulousMess (on Etsy)
Ceramic Lamp – West Elm (as a mass produced alternative)
Porcelain hippo – Rose and Radish

I’d paint the wall behind it a rich dark grey with a brown tone to it. Hippo would go under the table, along with a basket for shoes. A leather tray in a camel color would look nice on top.

What do think? Can you see these pieces working together?

It’s back…

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Once upon a time there was a mirror coveted by Domino/Anthropologie/Hollywood Regency fans everywhere. But alas, that mirror went the way of the dodo.

Or so we thought. 

“Copperwood” is BACK! With the name “Chantilly Vines”. Same great look, same great price.

I LOVE Anthropologie!