It started with the mosaic. Then I stumbled upon the hexagon tile. That was all it took. I dropped my bag and coat, quickly pulled a great cabinet door from the displays (oh, I forgot to mention that I was out shopping for a client at one of the trade resources in town. I made myself at home with all of their goodies), and hunted for the largest piece of white marble I could get my hands on to represent the countertop. I would probably go for Thassos in real life - polished or brushed, I can't decide. Or a white body quartz for durability. This large carrara tile was the best I could do at the time, and for an on-the-fly conceptual presentation, it does the trick. Anyway - this the just to get you started on your own Ethnic Chic kitchen design!
How comfortable are these spaces? And interesting and inviting and so very livable. No worries about having a dog. Or kids, for that matter! Invite people over and they may not want to leave. You wouldn't have to stress about it until you got sick of them in your house. Understandably, that may not take very long, so keep that in mind before doling out invitations. ;)
I can't get enough of that mosaic. Natural and organic but with a little flare. And I really just mean a little. Silver and I go all the way back to my toddler years and pierced ears, but too much bling makes me squirm. This has just the right amount and is balanced even more with the otherwise rough texture, and the medium-dark stained wood cabinets.
I have the hardware, lighting, barstools, and accessories all selected. Need the dining and living rooms pulled together? Ok! I have that, too! Unfortunately though, that isn't on the house. A girl's gotta make a living, but if you're interested in a mood board or a shopping list for these things to make your own home Ethnic Chic - email me. That is what my E-Design service is all about. :)
Have a great weekend,
What makes for a stunning powder room? Easiest answer ever - and I would bet my right arm 90% of my designer friends would agree with me - wallpaper!
Obviously, more is more, but the initial shock value that an all over pattern, color, and/or texture provides is the most effective place to start. The definition of stunner is: "a strikingly beautiful or impressive person or thing."
Need help finding "strikingly beautiful" wallpapers? Well, here you go...
This isn't a close-up. In fact, they may have had to shrink the image down. Ellie Cashman's designs are over-sized and perfectly overwhelming. I need to pull a mood board together with this wallpaper. It is extraordinary. The space just completely designed itself in my head.
Click to enlarge because these are two over-sized murals, as well. Brought to us by Phillip Jeffries, these multi-panel (indicated by the vertical lines) scenes are calming and serene. I recommend using this in a powder room with the largest wall opposite the doorway in order to see the most of the image. Beveled glass tiles on either or both short sides of the room (or perhaps just on the ceiling??) would be an equally stunning addition.
Wallpapers made by hand with real feathers. Oh, yes - it's real. Strikingly beautiful and impressive.
Yesterday I walked away from a dark green, antique, pagoda style console table. It was not an easy decision. I stared at it for 15 minutes arguing with myself - there HAD to be a way to incorporate it somewhere. In the end I gritted my teeth and soldiered away.
Today I recalled the ideal wallpaper for the table and now I need a client to make this little dream of mine come true. If you are out there, please email me. I have a stunning powder room for you!
An updated version of the banana leaf/palm tree prints of 2015/16. You could say that green is my signature color, so this would be more than welcome in my home. I think the hits of blue instead of black where shadows would be is a great detail.
More green and blue with Fragment Moss from West Elm; a mural that would do splendidly in a small space. Continue the angular element with sharp lined lighting and plumbing, a console vanity with a rectangular vessel sink, and a minimalist toilet. Stunner!
I know this won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it is mine! I LOVE this wallpaper. And it's removable, for you commitment-phobes out there. I suggest adding a white or pink lacquered vanity, cobalt blue sink, an antique chandelier dripping with crystals, and fresh flowers with plenty of greenery. STUNNER.
There are SO MANY amazing wallpapers out there. And powder rooms are a perfect space to play with lots of color and pattern (says the queen of neutrals and solids. Don't worry - the irony is not lost on me). If you're having a hard time selecting a great wallpaper, or need a different way of livening up your tight spaces, give me a shout. The possibilities are endless!
Have a great weekend,
I have had an internal debate regarding modern fine art photography's use in interior design for the longest time. Stemming from my own preferences towards painted works, I can't seem to make the jump to using straight images from everyday life/pop culture un-softened by brushstrokes and interpretation.
Janet, for example, will never make an appearance in any of the work I do...
Stranger still is imagery that I can't understand wanting in any part of my house. Ever. I realize that as art, these images are intended to make the viewer think. The designer in me still feels that anxiety inducing need to maintain a... feeling (at the very least).
That photo makes me physically uncomfortable, like I'm choking. WHY??? Why put THAT photograph there?? An incredible antique vessel sink (originally part of a fountain), solid slab counters and stone floors, and that beautiful wood screen - give them something exotic. Give them seductive. Give them tranquil. Hell, give them humor!
Give them anything but an old t.v. in the corner of an ugly room!!!
On the up side, I do enjoy family photos. Just not the ones straight from the point-and-shoot. I am a huge fan of Photoshop. Crop, edit, enlarge - manipulate away! Make it black and white and I'll put it just about anywhere.
Since I have known for some time that fine art photography and I are not always real chummy, I've been practicing. I created a board on Pinterest where I collect images of anything I can imagine framing and hanging in a room someday. Favorites...
(this cracks me up!)
This one I found and fell in love with while living in Newport, RI. The photographer is Alexander Nesbitt. I didn't know that before I moved away so I only recently re-found the photo...
I react when I look at these images with feelings ranging from fondness to love, experiencing awe and hilarity and wonder. This is my pre-requisite for art in someone's home. They must react positively.* Professional artwork is an investment (read: freaking expensive) so it better mean more to you than just a pretty picture! And if it makes you feel like you're choking (the way that stupid tv does me), or repulsed, or depressed, or self-critical - drop that thing like a bad habit (metaphorically - remember this stuff is expensive), because who wants to feel like that every time you look at it?
Do you know what I mean, people? Can I get an amen?!
What's your definition of photocrappy and does anyone respond to art like they're choking? This one really took me by surprise.
*Disclaimer: I am aware that art is personal and subjective and that not everyone would look at a photo of a tv in an ugly room and react like I do, but I just don't see how you couldn't. And I really hope that the designer of that bathroom or the photographer that snapped that photo never happens to land on my little blog. But if they do, please know I mean no disrespect!
I don't know about where you are, but Connecticut has rushed headlong into fall. I woke up on Monday and the drive was covered in leaves. It smelled like fall and I needed real shoes and another layer of clothing. Immediately I thought, "Ok, its time to re-decorate!" The grocery must have been studying their almanac because they set up a table of those tiny pumpkins and clusters of dried cornstalks at just the right time.
Autumn is the time of year that I don't remember that I love until its here again. I dislike that it is the end of warm and wonderful summer, but then again, it is something of a relief to turn off the AC and snuggle under the covers with the windows open at night. Plus, it is so beautiful. Vibrant, saturated ruby and mustard colored leaves are shockingly surreal. (They were just green!!!)
Of course, the weather will break for at least another week and we will again be in summer, but it will be short lived and Autumn will fully encompass us all. It isn't too far now. Are you ready?
It is nearly time for apple orchards and decorative gourds and Hot Toddies.
Falling leaves and rosy cheeks, football and tailgating.
Flannel blankets and plaid shirts, thermoses and apple pie.
Sweaters and scarves and boots and wool socks.
Earth tones and natural wonders.
I'm ready, if a little sad to see this summer go. Maybe an extra Hot Toddy to push this bittersweet feeling away.
Yes. That's exactly what I need.
My Favorite Hot Toddy:
1 good sized mug
1-1/2 oz. Jameson
1 bag of Lipton black tea
Top with hot water
2-3 lemon slices
honey to taste
Sip for about 10 minutes then feel the warmth that reaches all the way to your toes.