Thursday, May 27, 2010

Nate strikes again

I'm not usually into the makeovers done on the morning shows, but this one from Nate Berkus and the Today Show was terrific.
He transformed a bedroom/office of one of their newlywed couples into a beautiful and functional master bedroom. He also used one of my favorite items from his HSN collection - the dhurrie zigzag rug.

Check it out here.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Design Crush - Shawn Henderson

Today I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by New York designer Shawn Henderson.

While I was a fan of his sophisticated modern interiors before meeting him, I'm a bigger fan now. (Let this be a lesson to us as designers - humility is never lost on an audience). He was so humble, warm and gracious. Not to mention, incredibly handsome. I had to keep reminding myself to pay attention to what he was saying.

This interiors are a perfect complement to his personality. Honest, straight-forward, sophisticated, serene and unique.

Here are a few of my favorites. To see all his work check out his website.

It was a true pleasure having the opportunity to meet a designer of his caliber and integrity. And, did I mention, cute? I think I did, but I better tell you again :) Not a lot of that happening in the Northwest.

I can't wait to see the projects he's currently working on. You darn lucky folks who've hired him!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Romo, where have you been all my life?

I'm married to grass cloth. And happily I might add. It's always my go to wallpaper for any room of the house that needs texture or a little color. But, I may have to have a little side fling with Romo Wallpapers. They are gorgeous and just the right amount of pattern to make an impact but not overwhelm the room.

Grass cloth meet Romo. I think you two can live happily ever after together in one house. A little suburban and a little city. A marriage made in heaven.

You can check out the entire wallpaper and fabric collection on their website.

Here are a couple of my favorites.

Mimas - I love this pattern. So fun and hip yet so timeless. The colors are amazing too.

Caruso - A great modern take on a traditional stripe. Looks incredible applied horizontally as well. Go ahead, break out of the box.

Kiku - So glamorous. A nice modern floral. It would be amazing in any room. Especially a bedroom. Yes, please.

Kenzan - This is the one that tempted me to cheat on my first love of grass cloth. The perfect understated statement.

Marenka - This one reminds me of Hollywood and my dearly departed grandma, mom-mom. She would have done her Los Angeles breakfast room in this floral. A little California glam and East Coast tradition rolled into one.

What do you think? Do any of these tempt you to try a fun pattern? I'd love to know.

Hope you're having a good week.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Last to know

I must be the last person in blogger land that hasn't already seen or commented on Suzanne Kasler's office that was featured in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.

It's times like these that I realize I need to keep on my on daily blog reads. Lately, I've just been trying to keep up on laundry. Yes, it's true and here's a story to prove it. My kids and I really want a dog. My husband and I have been telling the kids that they can't have a dog until they become more responsible around the house - sleeping in their own bed, putting their clothes in the laundry basket and not on the floor. Basic, expected things. Well, yesterday he told me that I can't get a dog until "I" learn to be more responsible. Code for "until I figure out how to work, shuttle the kids and, yes, do the laundry!" It's true so I couldn't be angry. He's just stating the obvious. So until I figure it out my blog and others have been falling to the back burner. Guess it's time to start getting up a couple hours earlier to try and fit everything in.

I read about Suzanne's office on Nest Egg's blog. While I died over the pictures, I laughed at Rachel's post. If you haven't seen it - check it out. I love her candor about her office space. Anyone who knows me personally will get a chuckle out of it.

All pictures from Nest Egg and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle Magazine.

Great functional (meaning washable) chairs paired with a stylish work table, seagrass, and gorgeous oversized drum shade. Sigh.

The always chic, Suzanne. Her work table sums it up. Classic.

Dying over the organized baskets. I will be dreaming of these for years. Not kidding.

Dreaming of a crew too. A girl can dream can't she? I was excited when I put a flat screen t.v. in my studio. I might have a heart attack if I had a crew. And a crew all dressed in black!

I'll also be getting a subscription to Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. There's nothing better than clean, simple designs that come out of the South.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Must have...

I stumbled upon this beauty today. Vintage McGuire chaise. Needs to be reupholstered and maybe painted a neutral color. Down cushion. So comfy. Need I say more. It had me at "Vintage McGuire" - it just makes my heart patter.

You. Must. Be. Mine.

At least long enough to return you to your original glory.

I promise, I'll find you a good home.

Excuse the pictures. You can't always ask for beautiful merchandising when you're looking for a diamond in the rough.
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