Monday, January 30, 2012

Name Design Studio

Have you heard of Name Design Studio?  Not to worry if you haven't, because today we will be looking at some fab finds from this beautiful studio. Based in Istanbul, Turkey, Name Design Studio upcycles furniture using beautiful upholstery and patchwork.

I love how bold and graphic this chair is, with all the lovely, bright colors. The chair is cleverly covered in fabric using glue. They would make great accent chairs, in a corner somewhere, or used as a nightstand. I can easily see it as a night stand, with books or magazines stacked on it, and topped off with a simple reading light.

 This blue settee is no shrinking violet, love the lines and the choice of colors. So simple, yet its presence cannot be missed.

This chair was inspired by blue and white porcelains, and it is so easy to see. Such a gorgeous interpretation.

I find their use of patchwork upholstery so fresh and exciting.  I absolutely adore this floral covered wingback sofa. For some body like me, who loves floral patterns, this would be a dream to own. Put it in a quiet, white room, and it will awaken the space in a heart beat.

See anything you like? Are the wheels in your head turning? Hopefully you've seen something that got you inspired to try something new, and different in your own home.

Happy Monday, and have a beautiful week!

(Images: Name Design Studio)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

NEW - Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily is one of my favorite online shops to peek into every once in a while. They always have beautiful collections to inspire good design. I am really liking their collection of African finds. I love the prints, patterns, bold colors that is oh so African. Adding even one of these into your space will add something special to it.
These beautiful baskets will look great as wall displays.
I love the unusual shape of this basket.

I am a sucker for beading, and these little handcrafted beaded animals are the cutest things! These will be great clustered in a kids room/playroom. They have a wide selection of animals (a lot of it sold out :-( )

(Image: Serena & Lily)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Creme de la Creme

Ida Overby of Creme de la Creme is one talented lady. I am completely enamored and once again inspired by someone so inventive and talented. I always like it when people are able to make masterpieces out of the everyday items that we take for granted. Especially when those items happen to be broken or "trash".

These chandeliers are made out of broken tea cups and plates. Brilliant huh?

I immediately think of shabby chic, but I think these will be a nice break in a modern space. I can see it in a country cottage too, how charming will that be!

Have a great weekend!

(Images: Creme de la Creme)

Note: Site is in Swedish but you can do a google translation.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Fabulous Apartment Therapy House Tour!

I can't help but think that I have one of the most confused sense of style when it comes to interiors, even fashion, sometimes. I like almost a little bit of everything, I like minimalist and maximalist, I like modern clean lines, but also love the bold prints, traditional, and bohemian styles. Scandinavian designs always make me go now I want my house exactly like that, then I see a home full of color, tribal prints (African, Indian, Ikat, Persian, Greek etc. ) and I'm like wha wha!!! Eclectic doesn't even begin to describe my style, but that is okay. I have finally come to terms that I don't have to fit neatly into one box, I like what I like, and that is just that. 

Coming across Nancy & David's home on Apartment Therapy, awoke every single design sense in my body. I mean I was/am ridiculously excited by their amazing home. Their mix of tribal prints, colors, Indian aesthetics, white floors and walls, not to mention the gorgeous natural woods is very inspiring. They incorporate so many of the things I love and they did it magnificiently. 

The light in this house is to die for! I want every single rug, pillow, and the benches in this house! 

I want a house just like this on the ocean when I grow up. :-)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Yellow Interiors

It is no secret that I love me some yellow. Really, how can you not! It is the happiest color, and brightens up any space.  It can be loud and in your face, or soft and gentle. I like it in almost all of it hues. I am on a roll here as far as showing beautiful cheery homes go, no reason to stop now. :-)

Via Style at Home
I love how bright and airy this space is, and the combination of pink and yellow doesn't hurt at all. Pink and yellow always works - or am I biased because they are my two favorite colors.

Via Sarah Richardson
Via Sarah Richardson
If the bolder yellows are too much for you, but you still want to bring it into your space try adding it with accessories. Paint an old chair, desk, table to add to your space. You can also try the softer yellows, and combine with neutral tones. Yellow and grey also make a good pair, and when both hues are on the softer side, they create a nice soothing space. The same is true for a nice soft blue - think colors of the ocean.

Via Style at Home
This room is a great example of using a piece of furniture to get the pop of yellow. The rug has yellow stripes, but because the side table is so bright, you barely notice it. I suddenly have the urge to paint something yellow :-). I'm actually painting our entry yellow soon - can't wait to see how it looks, as I have a pretty picture made up in my head already.

Apartment Therapy Via Pinterest
 Obviously, if you have a room like this, you are not afraid of color.  One of the million things I love about room, is that even with all the stripes, and gorgeous colors, the yellow still pops, like it does so well.

This is for the person who likes things nice and mellow - mellow yellow (couldn't resist).

Via Coco & Kelly
Via Pinterest
Achados de Decoracao via Pinterest
I like how the yellow takes on a more rustic feel in the last three images. I love the use of that beautiful fabric as headboard in the first picture.

I hope you find something that has you inspired, and ready (if you already hadn't) to embrace this beautiful, welcoming color. I'd like to hear your thoughts on yellow, or any other colors that excite you like yellow does for me. Do you have a color that can instantly lift your mood?

(Images: linked to sources)

Cheerful Interiors

One of the best things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the gorgeous greenery. Like the saying goes though, everything comes at a price and our price for the beautiful nature is LOTS of rain! It has been raining non stop for the last few days. That means cold grey weather over here. I am in need of some cheery colorful spaces. I need to be transported. :-)

If any of you are in a similar predicament, I hope these spaces have gotten you energized. If you are one of the lucky people living in a gorgeous sunny part of the world, then don't tell me! :-) What is going on in your part of the world? I'd like to hear.

(Style at Home)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Powder Room Makeover

This has been the longest project ever, from planning to getting it started, and done. OH, but am I happy with the results!

It is all about the details when it comes to this bathroom - those are my favorite anyway. From the cabinet knobs, the gold stencil  and the painted mirror.



I knew that I wanted a Moroccan feel without being too literal and keeping it as me as possible.
I painted the cabinets, drilled holes to add the knobs. Painted the mirror that I blogged about here. Painted the walls white (Behr - Polar Bear), then stenciled it with a brocade pattern that I got from Cutting Edge Stencils. I knew that I wanted gold (Martha Stewarts Metallic - Tiger's Eye) pattern from the moment I started thinking about doing the bathroom. This was my first time using stencils, and it was challenging at first as I was too worried about not getting it right, which ended up working out in my favor. I ended up with "different" patterns in the sense that I had some bleeding, but each one is a bit different. I really like the smudgy look as it individualized each stencil. I think it also made a very traditional pattern more modern.

I am beyond happy with the results. My older daughter who hates going to the bathroom has been there a million times today, as I type this she just said she needs to pee again :-). She goes and just sits there for a while then comes out and tells me how nice it is. I call that success!

I wish you a great Monday and week!

(Images: Fatou Bah)