Monday, February 22, 2010
It all started with a week of kids valentines parties that took more work than most design projects. Remember how fun valentine's day was when you were a kid? Making your mailbox and filling out your valentines. The good old days....
Then on the 13th I left for mid-winter break with the family where I was going to relax, read, snowshoe, eat and drink wine. My husband couldn't come at the last minute so I went with the kids by myself. Not the most relaxing way to spend a week.
My dad's cabin in Oregon doesn't get AT&T cell services so I'm disconnected from the world as I know it. I think my iphone was in shock. Really, I have a problem...
Then, I get one of the worst colds I've had in years. Seriously, I'm coughing up a lung and my eyes water all day. Needless to say, I've had it for almost a week and I still don't have a voice.
So, I apologize for disappearing. I hope to be back to my normal blogging self soon with some design inspiration for the rest of you addicts!
I know I'm in need of some inspiration right now.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I love the juxtaposition of the dark walls with the modern art and eclectic, french furniture. This room is young and hip, yet so comfortable and inviting. I'd love to retire to this room to catch up on T.V. viewing.
I love the whole vibe of the whole house. It's so personal and looks like it was decorated over multiple years - not 20 months. I loved that the owner, the executive producer of the Oprah show, wanted a very personal space. She didn't want a house that looked like a showroom or a designers signature look. She wanted a space that was one part Babe Paley, one part Ralph Lauren and one part Twiggy. Now that's a woman I'd like to meet.
She turned her guest bedroom into a basketball court for her two boys. What a great idea if you have the space and the money. I made the mistake of showing this to my oldest son and he is determined to turn our guest bedroom into a basketball court as well. I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon.
So, while the cover of Elle Decor stopped me in my tracks - the rest of the house made an impression on me. I love that the owner could have had anything she wanted based on her position, and she wanted a personal and eclectic space that reminded her of family and her travels.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
I love how this house uses it in the main living room as well as the master bedroom. It helps highlight the beautiful woodwork and windows, while also making the space feel more intimate.
There's a grass cloth color for everyone. Shimmery blue, silver, chocolate, light purple, dark purple, red, apple green, damask print, stripes...the list could go on and on.
They need new fabric and a new paint job as it's a dull matte finish, but otherwise they are perfect. Now, will I be able to give them up to a client or do I need to keep them myself? The never ending challenge for a decorator.
Time to rent that storage unit.
Hope you had a good weekend.
picture from craigslist posting
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
It's situated on 4,200 acres 25 miles outside Knoxville, Tennessee. It's a working farm with livestock, gardens, orchards, even an on-site creamery where cheeses, jams and pickles are made. You can take part in the farm activities or just sample the results in their outstanding restaurant. I love the concept of taking a vacation on a working farm. Learning about the connection between the food on your table and the land. It's something we take for granted by just walking into our huge mega food stores. Buying and eating locally makes so much sense.
What better place to experience this connection than at a luxury resort. After you get dirty in the garden you can go to the spa. Not into taking part in the farm activities, Blackberry Farm also has you covered with the usual resort activities like golf, tennis, hiking, swimming and lawn games. What more of a sporting vacation - they offer fly fishing, horseback riding and clay shooting as well. Sounds like they offer a little bit of something for everyone.
Seriously, this wine cellar makes me want to hop a plane right now. ( I digress as usual)
While the scenery is breathtaking and the activities endless, what really caught my eye was one of the charming bedrooms. This is what I call a relaxing hotel room. For once, it doesn't look like a standard hotel room. Gorgeous four poster black bed, crisp white bedding, chocolate pudding walls, sea grass rug, linen drapes and fun graphic printed pillows and throws. I'd take this over the sleek, now so overdone, W decor any day.