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Pin and Tell: Bold Entrance

10 May

This week’s Pin:

Why?

An entryway is your first chance to impress your guests, why not make a statement?!

The space itself isn’t overly large or grandiose on its own, however the designer used scale perfectly to maximize the space visually.  The large console and oversized frame serve to make the entry feel much larger than it actually is.  The pattern on the floor not only draws you into the space, but it’s an optical illusion, again making the entry seem more spacious.

This entryway is a stellar example of filling a space to make it seem larger.  Less isn’t always more, interiors-wise.

In addition to all the entryway’s amazingness, that drum light is also calling to me.  It’s telling me that it wants to be in my dining room.  I think it’s right, don’t you?

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Pin and Tell: Conflicted Feminine

18 Jan

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This week’s Pin

Why?

As the title hints, I’m conflicted about this room.  There are elements that I absolutely adore which is why I’m showing it today, but there are also elements that leave me scratching my head.

Adore: the couch.  I’m kind of in love with it.  It looks cozy and chic, plus I’m a sucker for tufting.  I wish I could curl up into a ball in the corner of that couch and never leave.  At the very least, I want to pet it.  Its pretty and looks soft, so I want to touch it.  (I know that probably sounds a tad nuts…)  The coffee table is the perfect compliment- elegant, but current.

I’m on the fence about the amount of art, but leaning toward love on that.  I think if they just took away one or two pieces I’d be totally convinced.

The head-scratchers: wtf curtains, you ruin the room.  I like the graphic impact of the curtains… in a different room.  In this space, it seems a little schizophrenic.  The sofa, coffee table, and art have an effortless collected look to them.  The curtains look like they’re trying too hard.  Same thing with the ‘chandelier’.  It just seems flat in a space with decadent textures (pardon the pun, but its true).  Take away the curtains and the chandelier and I’ll give it thumbs up.

Bottom line?  Can I take that sofa home with me?  Maybe in another color, but **swoon**.

Pin and Tell: How Do You Stack Up?

4 Jan

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This week’s Pin

Why

It’s not a secret that have organization on the brain, so you can probably guess what drew me to this latest “Pin.”

I swoon over that storage unit.  I love the asymmetrical stack on top of the simplistic wooden legs.  Not only is it the most interesting piece in the room, its also the only introduction of color.  The rest of the space would borderline on too simple if it wasn’t for details like the lucite chair.

Now I just have to figure out how I can build an amazing unit like that for my basement.  It can’t be that hard….. right?

Pin and Tell: Graphic Novel Antique Geek Chic

7 Dec

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This week’s Pin

Why

Does this room look familiar?  If you watch Secrets from a Stylist it should.  I have a confession: I have a HUGE girl-crush on Emily Henderson (HGTV stylist extraordinaire and Design Star winner).  I think she’s fantastic- I love her personality, LOVE her rooms, I’m envious of her talent, and I want to be her bff. (Emily, if you’re reading this, I’m probably not a stalker, we should be friends!)

Anywho, today’s amazing room was her creation for a fantastically fun couple.  I wish I could take credit for the title of today’s post, but that was Emily’s genius concoction too.  It aired over the summer, but Pinterest reminded me just how much this room made me swoon.  Check out Emily’s break-down and sources here.

Why am I obsessed with it?  As always, her styling is flawless.  The chic vintage accessories seem effortlessly timeless.  Mix that with the graphic letter  on the dresser and the black and white sketched figures on the wallpaper and you have a space that’s got personality, sophistication, and just makes me smile.  I’m totally in love with mid-century dressers lately, so she gets major points for that amazing piece, too.

Bottom line? It’s graphic, its antique, its geeky (in the best possible way) and it’s sooo chic.  Emily hit the nail on the head again.

Pin and Tell: Baby Chic

1 Dec

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This week’s Pin

Why

Just because you’re a newborn, doesn’t mean you can’t be classically chic, right?  Style knows no age.

I’m not gonna lie, I’m totally jealous of this kid.  The first thing that draws my eye is the divine mid-century dresser/sideboard turned changing table.  This is a piece that he will never out grow.  The moody gray and bright pops of color are fitting of a kids room, but will easily grow with him as his tastes change.

The designer of this room also did good with the curtains.  Ask any of my friends, and they’ll tell you, I have strong opinions of where to hang curtains (which has also made me the resident curtain hanger).  If you hang curtains as high as possible and wider than the window, you’ll be surprised what effect it can have.  The height of the curtains will accentuate the height of any room (even if the ceilings aren’t high) and will make it feel more grand.  Hanging them wider than the window will accomplish 2 things: it makes the window look larger, giving it more presence, AND when the curtains are pulled back, it actually allows more light into the room because the opening is wider.

There’s really so much positive about this room that I don’t have time to discuss it all in depth.  The art is cute but not cutesy, the furniture styles are mixed so well, and get a load of the wall above the crib- it has painted trees and 3d branches elements above the crib.  Thumbs up chic baby room designer!

Pin and Tell: Dark and Stormy

23 Nov

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This week’s Pin

Why

I love tufted sofas, I love bolster pillows on tufted sofas, and I love that artwork.  The art sets the tone and the colors set the atmosphere- its moody and deep in the best possible way.  The mirrored coffee table and light accessories in the mix keep the space from becoming heavy.  Plus, how comfy does that sofa look?!  I just want to curl up and enjoy the beauty.

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Have a happy Thanksgiving and try not to eat too much!

Pin and Tell: Regency Rustic

16 Nov

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This week’s Pin

Why

I love the balance of this space.  Half the elements are very formal and traditional, and the other half are weathered and rustic.  The balance of these two seemingly opposite aesthetics creates such a sophisticated, relaxed vibe.  As a color-phile, I do want to throw in a few bright accessories, however, but that’s just me.  The map is amazing, don’t you agree?  I’ll admit, though, I don’t quite get the karate-chopped pillow look that I keep seeing everywhere…  What did the pillow do to deserve such violence??

I picked this space today because my personal obsession focus has really switched to my bedroom.  Since the introduction of my amazing new bench, I feel like the rest of the room needs to live up to it!  I got new bedside lamps (the jury’s still out- I’ll blog about it later this week), and most of the elements in the space are currently kinda formal.  Since we’re not formal people, I need to find items that will add a relaxed aesthetic into the mix.

What room is your current design focus?