Thursday, February 25, 2010

Not Your Grandmother's Wallpaper

Ronald Redding

Ronald Redding

Ronald Redding

Candace Olsen
Ronald Redding

Ronald Redding

Ronald Redding

Ronald Redding
Ronald Redding

Nina Campbell

Nina Campbell

Nina Campbell

Nina Campbell

Wallpaper is still a wonderful decorating tool.  These looks illustrate how wallpaper brings an element to design that no other medium does.  Used judiciously, not covering every surface like we did in the 80's and 90's, it can introduce pattern and color as well as set the tone and define a motif for a room.  I never stopped completely using wallpaper in my work and I am really excited about the new looks out there.  New and improved substrates make hanging and stripping easy, but my advice is to let a professional do it if possible.  Next time you are surfing design sites or reading magazines, look closely.  Wallpaper is making a comeback.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Put Some Romance in Your Bedroom

(Canopies, people, we're talking canopies!)

Being a more-is-more kind of girl, (as hard as I try to reform), I am really drawn to fabric and the liberal use of it.  So canopies over beds are a natural fit for me. I just think nothing is more sensual and romantic.  Here are a few images for your enjoyment.

It just doesn't get any prettier than this.

A soothing and relaxing retreat.

A slightly more tailored look.

An interesting and unique design.

A tent canopy.

Dramatic twin canopies.

More twins.

Just a short synopsis of one of my favorite design elements.  I've never met a canopy I didn't like.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Winter Blues

Here in East Tennessee we are blessed to have the joy of the four distinct seasons. Usually all four are fairly mild and temperate.  Not so this winter.  It has been rainy, snowy, gray, and really cold.  We're out of salt and snow days.  Green grass and daffodils fill our dreams.  As an escape, I compiled some beautiful rooms showcasing the color blue.

Beautiful shade of blue on the sofa.

Some combinations of blue and brown are getting tired, but this one is stunning.

Blue and white is so crisp in this dining room.

Blue walls with all-white bedding and upholstery make for a soothing bedroom escape.

An interesting placement of blue and white temple jars.

Eye-catching blue dining chairs pop in this neutral setting.

Blue and white checks become the fous on the bench and headboard in this bedroom.

A favorite image of mine.

So serene.

Blue and white with a coastal feeling.

Blue and white is classic and clean.  Always current and well-loved.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Monday Inspiration

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.
                                                                                                                                          Joseph Chilton Pearce

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

(I love this image, but don't have the source.  If you know, please let me know.)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Trend Alert: The Bird Motif

A huge trend I spooted at market is the bird motif.  I saw it in lots of places, but two of the most recurrent were lamps and pillows. 

I really love the black and charteuse combo here.

A lot of the pieces have a botanical, Audubon kind of feel to them.

Here is a triple-trend; the bird motif, charteuse, and the uber-hot turquoise color on one pillow.

A very airy fern and bird lamp shade.

Again, bird+turquoise

Being a designer, I really like the partial chandelier and bird design.

This is one of my favorites.

A bird in the hand....

I like this shade with the green-turquoise coloring, the bird motif, and the slim horizontal shape.

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