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Inspiration: On Track

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I'm always thinking about ways to create more privacy in my home office and I love the idea of a "barn door".  It's a simple solution when in need of a door.  You don't have to deal with a contractor breaking in to walls to create pocket doors and it creates privacy while preserving space since you don't have to accommodate a door swing.  And really, barn doors can become a beautiful point of visual interest in the wall.  No art needed!

There are so many different types of doors you can use on a a track.  Using antique doors is a way to bring a bit of history and character in to your home.  And the hunt can be lots of fun! 

These are just gorgeous!  {Via Pinterest}

These are just gorgeous!  {Via Pinterest}

Beautiful French antique doors. {Via Real Sliding Hardware}

Beautiful French antique doors. {Via Real Sliding Hardware}

A young couple remodeling their lake house made their own barn doors with these salvaged doors and home improvement store hardware {Via Country Living}

A young couple remodeling their lake house made their own barn doors with these salvaged doors and home improvement store hardware {Via Country Living}

Second Chance Inc. up in Baltimore is filled with inventory of doors... "some standard and some unique".  

The Washington Post highlighted a few other architectural salvage venues around the area, including Old House Parts in Front Royal, and Habitat for Humanity Restore where you have to be "willing to dig."

For an even more rustic look, live edge doors and wood doors - including reclaimed barn doors - are perfect.  

The Strong Oaks Woodshop out in Manassas is a wonderful source for custom live edge and reclaimed wood doors.  Their Etsy shop is filled with some wonderful selections.

Wood in it's natural, unstained state can always be very beautiful.

This natural wood door is very zen, isn't it? {Via Kelly Deck Interiors}

This natural wood door is very zen, isn't it? {Via Kelly Deck Interiors}

I am always drawn towards the colorful barn doors that are all over Pinterest. What a great way to bring a splash of color in to a space! 

{Via House beautiful}

{Via House beautiful}

You know how much I love yellow.  {Via Remodelaholic}

You know how much I love yellow.  {Via Remodelaholic}

Barn doors can also be very practical providing space for message boards and the like. 

{Via Better Homes and Gardens}

{Via Better Homes and Gardens}

This is so perfect in this kitchen!  {Via Pinterest}

This is so perfect in this kitchen!  {Via Pinterest}

These sliding doors can also provide privacy while still allowing light to filter through.  

{Via Pinterest}

{Via Pinterest}

{Via Pinterest}

{Via Pinterest}

So versatile!  Have a great day!

Slettvoll... NorwEGIAN INSPIRation

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Summer flew by and admittedly we were gone for more than a week... The weeks just got away from us.  Lots of travel and great projects in the works kept us away from the blog world, but we're back!  I thought I'd start by sharing some photos chock full of inspiration from this fabulous furniture store I visited while in Norway, Slettvoll.   A bit of a Restoration Hardware vibe, but even better, in my opinion.  It's a mix of rustic and sleek contemporary.  Lots of textures, neutrals, natural materials... it's perfect!  

Layer and layers of neutrals.  I want to jump in to that bed!  The photography vignette on the wall is super cool.  I know there's debate over whether gallery walls are still in, but I happen to love them.  Not a lot of color in the store, but this seems typical of Norwegian interior design (see my Norway post)

Layer and layers of neutrals.  I want to jump in to that bed!  The photography vignette on the wall is super cool.  I know there's debate over whether gallery walls are still in, but I happen to love them.  Not a lot of color in the store, but this seems typical of Norwegian interior design (see my Norway post)

This large scale task lamp was just too cool and talk about classic Norwegian.. those horns wrapped around the glass hurricane.  And hydrangeas seem to abound in Norway in the summertime.  

This large scale task lamp was just too cool and talk about classic Norwegian.. those horns wrapped around the glass hurricane.  And hydrangeas seem to abound in Norway in the summertime.  

Isn't this a great idea?  These floor mirrors behind the sofa?  What a great way to open up a space.  And also, it's versatile.  You're not attaching anything to the wall, so you can rearrange as much as you want (which I am known to do).  I also love the cluster in pendants in the corner rather than a typical floor or table lamp.

Isn't this a great idea?  These floor mirrors behind the sofa?  What a great way to open up a space.  And also, it's versatile.  You're not attaching anything to the wall, so you can rearrange as much as you want (which I am known to do).  I also love the cluster in pendants in the corner rather than a typical floor or table lamp.

So not everything Slettvoll has is dark, but this is just the collection I happened to see in the store in Alesund.  Slettvoll's catalogue pages are light filled and gorgeous.  

 The large scale sofas are so inviting and I love how cozy the space is even without a ton of color.  That painting is fab too... totally squeezed in to that space, but it works! {Via Slettvoll}

 The large scale sofas are so inviting and I love how cozy the space is even without a ton of color.  That painting is fab too... totally squeezed in to that space, but it works! {Via Slettvoll}

Can I please go here.... now?  {Via Slettvoll}

Can I please go here.... now?  {Via Slettvoll}

The juxtaposition between  these relaxed slipcovered chairs and the stunning chandelier lets each element shine.   {Via Slettvoll}

The juxtaposition between  these relaxed slipcovered chairs and the stunning chandelier lets each element shine.   {Via Slettvoll}

The simplicity in this room is perfect. So Zen.   {Via Slettvoll}

The simplicity in this room is perfect. So Zen.   {Via Slettvoll}

So my kids would destroy these dining chairs in 5 minutes flat, but one can always dream.  This is almost California in it's vibe, but as I learned this summer, perfect for a Summer Cabin in Norway.  {Via Pinterest}

So my kids would destroy these dining chairs in 5 minutes flat, but one can always dream.  This is almost California in it's vibe, but as I learned this summer, perfect for a Summer Cabin in Norway.  {Via Pinterest}

Please contact us for more information about our design services.  We'd be thrilled to help you create a space you love!

Design Lust: Metal Canopy beds

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I know everyone loves the upholstered headboard and I do too.  So many shapes to work with and details to add, but I am also having a moment with metal canopy beds.

Draping fabrics around the canopy bed creates such a soft, romantic feel.  A gorgeous Niermann Weeks  canopy bed was used in this little girl's room.  {Via Elle Decor}

Draping fabrics around the canopy bed creates such a soft, romantic feel.  A gorgeous Niermann Weeks  canopy bed was used in this little girl's room.  {Via Elle Decor}

This one is so cute and probably a much better price point than the Niermann Weeks bed above. {Via RH Baby and Child}

This one is so cute and probably a much better price point than the Niermann Weeks bed above. {Via RH Baby and Child}

You can skip the drapes and let the bed speak for itself.

 I've loved the Janelle Bed ever since we spotted it at market! {Via Made Goods}

 I've loved the Janelle Bed ever since we spotted it at market! {Via Made Goods}

Dying to use this Brennan Bed in a project. {Via Made Goods}

Dying to use this Brennan Bed in a project. {Via Made Goods}

Metal canopy beds can totally work in more masculine spaces, as well.

Oly Studio's Marco Canopy Bed is just gorgeous.  {Via House Beautiful}

Oly Studio's Marco Canopy Bed is just gorgeous.  {Via House Beautiful}

This Portica Bed is a much better price point and so perfect for a masculine space.  {Via Room and Board} 

This Portica Bed is a much better price point and so perfect for a masculine space.  {Via Room and Board} 

Please contact us for more information about our design services.  We'd be thrilled to help you create a space you love!

Wait...white?

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You all know how much Philippa and I love color - especially on walls.  But all of a sudden I am finding myself attracted to stark white walls.  I don't know that I'm ready to take the plunge myself, but I can certainly admire the look.  Check out some of these spaces.

Gorgeous.  Those wood legs on the table bring in just enough texture and warmth.  {Via Amber Interiors}

Gorgeous.  Those wood legs on the table bring in just enough texture and warmth.  {Via Amber Interiors}

Soft sheepskins add an element of cozy.  {Via Houzz}

Soft sheepskins add an element of cozy.  {Via Houzz}

Again, natural wood keeps the space feeling warm. {Via Elle Decor}

Again, natural wood keeps the space feeling warm. {Via Elle Decor}

Color, color, and more color... but those walls are white and they are perfect.  They keep the space feeling crisp and clean in spite of the crazy mix of color and pattern.  {Via Amber Interiors}

Color, color, and more color... but those walls are white and they are perfect.  They keep the space feeling crisp and clean in spite of the crazy mix of color and pattern.  {Via Amber Interiors}

The beautiful, draped fabric adds a lovely softness to the space.{Via Elle Decor} 

The beautiful, draped fabric adds a lovely softness to the space.{Via Elle Decor

Remember this gem? Different woods, textures, warm metals, and plenty of soft, touchable fabrics offset that white wall {Via My Domaine}

Remember this gem? Different woods, textures, warm metals, and plenty of soft, touchable fabrics offset that white wall {Via My Domaine}

Wood, a touch of color and texture, plant life, and white walls.  Love.  {Via Bloglovin}

Wood, a touch of color and texture, plant life, and white walls.  Love.  {Via Bloglovin}

Here's a mini inspiration board for a dining room.   

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White walls, touches of yellow and blue, warm metals, some eye-catching art, and natural woods.  1./ 2./ 3./ 4./ 5./ 6./ 7./ 8.

Happy Monday!

Haint blue

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We had lunch yesterday out at the Ocean Course Clubhouse Ryder Cup Bar on Kiawah Island.  While we were there - in spite of the AMAZING views - I couldn't help but notice the blue ceiling out on the porch. 

See that beautiful blue?

See that beautiful blue?

A few years ago, I went with the kids and my mother-in-law on a horse and carriage ride while we were in Charleston for the day. The kids were dying from the heat, so there was a lot of tugging and whining that day, but I vaguely remember that the tour guide said something about blue porch ceilings being some kind of tradition. So I had to google it.

Turns out that many people painted their porch ceilings a specific shade of "Haint Blue" - a soft blue green - to ward off evil spirits called "haints."  While modern-day homeowners may not be as worried about ghosts, the tradition has survived in the South and even in other parts of the country.  I think it's rather charming.  Plus it also supposedly wards off insects.  For that reason alone, I'd totally paint my porch ceiling blue!

{Via Pinterest}

{Via Pinterest}

{Via Pinterest}

{Via Pinterest}

Here a few lovely blues that would be perfect for that "Haint" blue effect on your porch ceiling.

From top left, clockwise: For a truer blue-green, try (1) Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue; or (2) Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue; If you want to go with more blue, (3) Benjamin Moore Sweet Bluette; or (4)  Benjamin Moore Polar Sky.

Have a great weekend!

Cover that up

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Glass front cabinets are so pretty and can really open up a space, but it means there's a lot of pressure to keep everything behind that glass looking pretty, too.  If you have little kids in the house, you aren't the best at keeping  spaces perfectly tidy, or you just can't deal with the thought of this type of perfection, then glass front cabinets may not be the best option for you.  

We're working on a project right now and while we are trying to work with the cabinet manufacturer to replace the glass front cabinet doors, we're also exploring options to cover the glass without having to replace the entire door, which could add a fun detail to the kitchen.  If you have them in your space and you're ready to cover them up, here are some inspirational photo and ideas. 

These cabinets look gorgeous.  From what I understand, frosted windows are etched with acid to properly cloud the surface.  But for a faster, more economical change, it's worth checking out Decorative Films for films that can mimic the look without the cost.  {Photo Via Pinterest} or even Rustoleums Frosted Glass Spray.  Check out this blog post for some guidance.  

These cabinets look gorgeous.  From what I understand, frosted windows are etched with acid to properly cloud the surface.  But for a faster, more economical change, it's worth checking out Decorative Films for films that can mimic the look without the cost.  {Photo Via Pinterest} or even Rustoleums Frosted Glass Spray.  Check out this blog post for some guidance.  

Try replacing your glass front cabinets with mirrors.  They'll keep the space feeling open and light, but you won't have to have a perfect vignette behind the closed doors.{Via Houzz}

Try replacing your glass front cabinets with mirrors.  They'll keep the space feeling open and light, but you won't have to have a perfect vignette behind the closed doors.{Via Houzz}

Some inexpensive fabric from Joann fabric creates a whole new look for this space and conceals clutter like no ones business.  {Via Apartment Therapy}

Some inexpensive fabric from Joann fabric creates a whole new look for this space and conceals clutter like no ones business.  {Via Apartment Therapy}

Corrugated metal is an inexpensive material that can dramatically change the look and feel of your cabinets, and most importantly... hide that mess!! {Via Houzz}

Corrugated metal is an inexpensive material that can dramatically change the look and feel of your cabinets, and most importantly... hide that mess!! {Via Houzz}

You can always change out the glass inserts to a nice textured glass that conceals more of the clutter.  This allows you to keep the open feeling in your space without having the stress of maintaining perfection behind those cabinet doors.  I came across this blog post that did a rundown on some textured glass options.  Here's my favorite from the post.  

Love this "Crocodile Hide" pattern.  Such a great texture and really conceals the clutter.  {Via Kelly Morriseau}.  There are plenty of glass companies that mass produce these inserts (like this one). 

Love this "Crocodile Hide" pattern.  Such a great texture and really conceals the clutter.  {Via Kelly Morriseau}.  There are plenty of glass companies that mass produce these inserts (like this one). 

Enjoy your day!

nautilus

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There's so much beauty on Kiawah Island.  In the mornings, my daughters like to go hunting for seashells.  While you won't find nautilus shells on Kiawah Island, I can't help but think of these beautiful specimens and just how much incredible design is inspired by their perfection.  

Stairs.

Spiral staircase designed by Antonio Gaudi in the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain,  The project was started in 1883. {Via Pinterest}

Spiral staircase designed by Antonio Gaudi in the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain,  The project was started in 1883. {Via Pinterest}

The Monument stairs, Central London {Via Flickr}

The Monument stairs, Central London {Via Flickr}

A more modern and gorgeous, nautilus-inspired staircase {Via Freshome}

A more modern and gorgeous, nautilus-inspired staircase {Via Freshome}

Furniture and accessories.

Nautilus shell-shaped storage and divider unit designed by Paula Rodriguez.  {Via Detalia Aurora}

Nautilus shell-shaped storage and divider unit designed by Paula Rodriguez.  {Via Detalia Aurora}

Eclipse Lamp {Via Espasso}

Eclipse Lamp {Via Espasso}

Lyaeus Chair {Via Pad Style}

Lyaeus Chair {Via Pad Style}

An entire home!

The Nautilus House designed by architect Javier Senosiain {Via Atlas Obscura}

The Nautilus House designed by architect Javier Senosiain {Via Atlas Obscura}

Please contact us for more information about our design services.  We'd be thrilled to help you create a space you love!

If I had an extra $15M

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When we're in Kiawah, I can't help but scope out the beautiful properties.  I came across this exquisite, ocean-front property that recently sold. 

The property was designed by award-winning architect Scott Anderson, with interior design by Tammy Connor.  

{Photo courtesy Kiawah Island}

{Photo courtesy Kiawah Island}

Love the live edge on the island countertop. {Photo courtesy Kiawah Island}

Love the live edge on the island countertop. {Photo courtesy Kiawah Island}

That view! {Photo courtesy Kiawah Island}

That view! {Photo courtesy Kiawah Island}

This room strikes me as more mountain retreat than beach house, but it's still gorgeous. {Photo courtesy Kiawah Island}

This room strikes me as more mountain retreat than beach house, but it's still gorgeous. {Photo courtesy Kiawah Island}

I love the feel of this space.  {Photo courtesy Kiawah Island}

I love the feel of this space.  {Photo courtesy Kiawah Island}

These bedrooms are light and airy and welcoming.  I would love to spend some time here.  

The blue and green palette harmonizes beautifully with the view outside. And speaking of the view... isn't that window seat just perfect? {Photo courtesy Kiawah Island}

The blue and green palette harmonizes beautifully with the view outside. And speaking of the view... isn't that window seat just perfect? {Photo courtesy Kiawah Island}

{Photo courtesy Kiawah Island}

{Photo courtesy Kiawah Island}

This is such a great space for the kids! {Photo courtesy Kiawah Island}

This is such a great space for the kids! {Photo courtesy Kiawah Island}

Yes, please!!! {Photo courtesy Kiawah Island}

Yes, please!!! {Photo courtesy Kiawah Island}

Glass Vignettes

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A few years ago, I went to High Point Market and picked up a beautiful vintage seltzer bottle like these. 

Vintage seltzer bottles {Via Food 52}

Vintage seltzer bottles {Via Food 52}

I combined it with some vintage apothecary bottles and it created a beautiful, little vignette in our living room.  

These apothecary bottles are perfect on their own or to house some simple buds for an additional splash of color.  {Via Houzz}

These apothecary bottles are perfect on their own or to house some simple buds for an additional splash of color.  {Via Houzz}

I was flipping through one of the shelter mags today and came across these stunning glass bottles by manufacturer Vetro Vero.  

Apparently the designers were inspired by vintage apothecary bottles, but changed the scale and the colors. I'm loving these rich, saturated colors!  {Via Vetro Vero}

Apparently the designers were inspired by vintage apothecary bottles, but changed the scale and the colors. I'm loving these rich, saturated colors!  {Via Vetro Vero}

A softer, more soothing palette.  {Via Vetro Vero}

A softer, more soothing palette.  {Via Vetro Vero}

Colored glass bottles are a lovely way to add color to your space, without adding a lot of visual weight.  

{Via Houzz}

{Via Houzz}

{Via Houzz}

{Via Houzz}

A collection of beautiful colored bottles, including some Blenko glass. {Via Vogue}

A collection of beautiful colored bottles, including some Blenko glass. {Via Vogue}

Etsy and eBay are great ways to source vintage apothecary, seltzer, and mid-century modern glass bottles to create your own unique, vignette.  

{From top left, and clockwise: Vintage Blenko turquoise bottle - Via Etsy; collection of vibrant, vintage seltzer bottles - Via Etsy; Via eBay;  via eBay}

There are also plenty of vendors out there that offer some present-day, spectacular glass pieces.

Pixie Vase {Via Taigan}

Pixie Vase {Via Taigan}

Join Vessel {Via SkLO}

Join Vessel {Via SkLO}

Hope this is the start of a great week! 

I've got the blues

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It was a design filled day yesterday in New Jersey.  We came home exhausted, but so excited for the direction this New Jersey project is taking.   This particular client loves color and design with a little edge, so we are having a blast.  One of the bigger projects in the home is the transformation of the kitchen and butler's pantry.  It's not a complete gut, but definitely a cosmetic overhaul.  We're transforming the space from an extremely traditional kitchen (think Tuscany) to a clean, fresh and more modern vibe.  One of the elements that we love is the introduction of a beautiful blue island, which will tie in with the butler's pantry penny round backsplash.  

{Benjamin Moore Symphony Blue is a contender for the island color.  Looks great with the penny rounds and quartz countertops with subtle blue veining we selected!}

Painting your island a beautiful color is a great opportunity to add some fun to your kitchen.  And blue kitchen islands are hot!  Check out these inspirational pics.  

{Via Pinterest}

{Via Pinterest}

Gorgeous kitchen designed by Sasha Adler and Lauren Gold of Nate Berkus Design {Via Pinterest}

Gorgeous kitchen designed by Sasha Adler and Lauren Gold of Nate Berkus Design {Via Pinterest}

Check back for updates and transformation pics.  Have a great weekend!

 

Look Up

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Philippa said her father used to always say, "don't forget to look up!"  And he meant at ceilings.  People often forget about the fabulous ways to have some fun up above.  Ceilings don't just have to be "ceiling white".

This is pretty incredible.  Jeff Akseizer filled these coffers at the 2015 DC Design House with a surprising element - birch branches.  What a beautiful texture and a lovely contrast to the modern light fixture. {Via Washingtonian}

This is pretty incredible.  Jeff Akseizer filled these coffers at the 2015 DC Design House with a surprising element - birch branches.  What a beautiful texture and a lovely contrast to the modern light fixture. {Via Washingtonian}

A paint color on the ceiling (besides white) in a matte finish or a high gloss is a way to make a statement while keeping the workload to a minimum.

I still love this pink ceiling (actually this whole room) that I spotted on Houzz years ago.  

I still love this pink ceiling (actually this whole room) that I spotted on Houzz years ago.  

A high gloss, black ceiling is just stunning! {Via Elle Decor}

A high gloss, black ceiling is just stunning! {Via Elle Decor}

Painted coffers don't require a massive budget and they are quite eye catching.  By the way, I am crazy about this space, especially those windows.  Love.  {Via Houzz}

Painted coffers don't require a massive budget and they are quite eye catching.  By the way, I am crazy about this space, especially those windows.  Love.  {Via Houzz}

For those of you with a steady hand, a striped ceiling brings a very fun element to a space.

I love the way the ceiling stripes echo those on the floor.  The larger scale on the ceiling keeps the space from feeling overwhelming.  {Via Elle Decor}

I love the way the ceiling stripes echo those on the floor.  The larger scale on the ceiling keeps the space from feeling overwhelming.  {Via Elle Decor}

You can't go wrong with wallpaper on the ceiling... or the walls... or just about anywhere!

Hygge and West's wallpaper - Daydream - is the perfect ceiling treatment in this little girl's room.

Hygge and West's wallpaper - Daydream - is the perfect ceiling treatment in this little girl's room.

Every surface seems to have a special detail, including the ceiling.  {Via Southern Distinctions}

Every surface seems to have a special detail, including the ceiling.  {Via Southern Distinctions}

Kelly Wearstler magic in Cameron Diaz's guest bedroom.  Some metallic wallpaper on the ceiling that continues the brass tones seen throughout the space.  {Via Elle Decor}

Kelly Wearstler magic in Cameron Diaz's guest bedroom.  Some metallic wallpaper on the ceiling that continues the brass tones seen throughout the space.  {Via Elle Decor}

A bold choice - Schumacher's Chiang Mai wallpaper - on the ceiling.  {Via Houzz}

A bold choice - Schumacher's Chiang Mai wallpaper - on the ceiling.  {Via Houzz}

It's like a jewel box! {Via AD}

It's like a jewel box! {Via AD}

I LOVE this stenciled ceiling by Martyn Lawrence Bullard.  {Via Elle Decor}

I LOVE this stenciled ceiling by Martyn Lawrence Bullard.  {Via Elle Decor}

Have a great Thursday and don't forget to look up!

CAn I eat that?

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Andrea and I often have giggle moments here at the office and the other day it was over a vase that made Andrea want fettuccini for lunch.  On the other hand, I saw art.  I appreciate unusual pieces, so I thought I would share some of my recent finds that make me hungry.

The vase below is what started this whole thing.

Pasta anyone? VIA: Linda Dangoor

Pasta anyone? VIA: Linda Dangoor

You have to appreciate the texture on this one, or maybe that it has you thinking of red velvet cake?

I have always enjoyed the work of Ursula Morley. The pieces are so delicate, but have so much movement. 

Sliced pear?  Or a beautiful sculpture made of glass.  VIA: 1st Bid

Sliced pear?  Or a beautiful sculpture made of glass.  VIA: 1st Bid

Sliced apple?  Or simply a stunning piece of art.  VIA: 1st Bid

Sliced apple?  Or simply a stunning piece of art.  VIA: 1st Bid

Squash?  The oxidization is lovely.  VIA Courtier Gallery

Squash?  The oxidization is lovely.  VIA Courtier Gallery

Coffee with cream?

VIA: Pinterest

Cheers!

Philly B

I'll take that with a side of mustard

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Purple and yellow are a classic complementary color combination.  

Cate Blanchett rocks this beautiful color combo at the 2011 Oscars.

Cate Blanchett rocks this beautiful color combo at the 2011 Oscars.

Last week Philippa shared this photo with me and we were both drooling over these lovely mustard color walls.

The drawing room in one of the Kit Kemp designed Suffolk Suites at the Haymarket Hotel {Via Instagram}  We LOVE Kit Kemp.... talk about uber talented!

The drawing room in one of the Kit Kemp designed Suffolk Suites at the Haymarket Hotel {Via Instagram}  We LOVE Kit Kemp.... talk about uber talented!

The color mustard is not the obvious first choice for too many people (especially on walls), but after seeing this picture, Philly and I are a bit obsessed.  Especially with the purple and mustard combo and we are dying to use this palette. 

The colors don't have to fill the walls to make an impact.

Just a bit of these superstar colors in the chairs and rug.  Loft Suite, Covent Garden Hotel {Via Instagram}

Just a bit of these superstar colors in the chairs and rug.  Loft Suite, Covent Garden Hotel {Via Instagram}

Too sweet not to share... {Via Runway Daily}

Too sweet not to share... {Via Runway Daily}

Another fab Kit Kemp space with just a dash of purple mixed in with that lovely mustardy yellow. {Via Pinterest}

Another fab Kit Kemp space with just a dash of purple mixed in with that lovely mustardy yellow. {Via Pinterest}

The teals/blues are a lovely addition.  {Via HGTV}

The teals/blues are a lovely addition.  {Via HGTV}

Love.  {Via House and Home}

Love.  {Via House and Home}

{Via Angie Hranowsky}

What do you think of this mix of colors?

Why Camp When You Can Glamp?

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With the summer nights finally here, it makes me want to get out into nature and camp. I believe my love of camping started when I was a little girl in Africa. I have many fond memories of being out in the bush for weeks at a time.

VIA: Siyabona

VIA: Siyabona

The newest craze in camping is "glamping", or glamorous camping. This is the idea that roughing it is no longer needed. Even the traditional tent is now being decked out with the luxuries of home.

Last year while I was looking for a new tent I found this camper, The Opera.  Inspired by The Sydney Opera House this camper has major design style and it will definitely make you the coolest camper at your camp site. 

In my search for a new and innovative tent, I also came across the Bubble.  With plenty of space, you can deck this tent out with all of the comforts of home and then fall asleep under the stars without all of the insects.

VIA: BubbleTree

Maybe some wouldn't consider this concept as glamorous, but I've always wanted to sleep in the trees.  A little research and I discovered there's a tent for that, too. 

VIA: hangingtentcompany

Whether camping or glamping, I hope you're looking forward to some amazing camping experiences this summer!

Cheers, 

Philippa

One of those days

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Image courtesy of Dallas Clayton

Image courtesy of Dallas Clayton

Do you ever feel like time is slipping through your fingers?  Yesterday was the last day of school.  Suddenly I have a rising 5th grader (?!?!?!), 3rd grader, and Kindergartener.  Sometimes I just want to hit the pause button and stop that racing clock.  Starting tomorrow, I'm taking a break for a week. Philippa might pop in with a few posts and I might, too, but mostly I'll be hanging with my precious kiddos and savoring some lovely time together.  

{Via Flickr}

{Via Flickr}

Have a great week!

Local Artist Christy Bishop

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Christy and I met when my oldest was just a baby, so we've known each other for almost ten years now.  I can't believe it's been that long... where does the time go?  Christy is such a humble individual that I didn't find out about her INCREDIBLE talent until some time into our friendship.  I was blown away by her work!  I decided to blog about her because just yesterday she delivered this beautiful HUGE commission to a client's (and very good friend's) home.  It's so, so gorgeous in person and I think more people should know about Christy's artistic talents.  

The piece is going into this living room, which, as you can see from the photo, is still in progress.

It's hard to tell form this photo, but the colors in the painting are just perfect in the space. I can't wait to see this space completed!

It's hard to tell form this photo, but the colors in the painting are just perfect in the space. I can't wait to see this space completed!

Christy also did a commission for another client for over her mantel.  

Christy took all of the fabrics we incorporated into this family room to create a perfect palette.  

Christy took all of the fabrics we incorporated into this family room to create a perfect palette.  

Christy is multitalented.  Not only can she create these soft and serene works of art, she also can create some lovely, more realistic depictions.  

View from Christy's sister's window during her year studying abroad at Trinity College in Ireland.  


View from Christy's sister's window during her year studying abroad at Trinity College in Ireland.  

How sweet is this elephant mural?

How sweet is this elephant mural?

And even striking sculptures!

For more information about Christy, you can check out her Facebook page for her company CreARTive.  She's truly amazing!

A Perfect Blend

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We're gearing up to begin a project in an absolutely gorgeous home that definitely leans more traditional while the furniture and decor that will be moved into the home definitely leans more transitional.  Not to fear! What I love about design is that it's often a considered blend of styles that results in the most lovely spaces.  

The mix of modern lucite tables with a dark, English coffee table creates an unexpected, but striking visual.  {Via House Beautiful}

The mix of modern lucite tables with a dark, English coffee table creates an unexpected, but striking visual.  {Via House Beautiful}

Rather traditional architecture painted in stark white becomes the perfect backdrop for the more contemporary furniture in the space.  {Via Houzz}

Rather traditional architecture painted in stark white becomes the perfect backdrop for the more contemporary furniture in the space.  {Via Houzz}

The traditional tufting on this sofa provides a nice softness to contrast with the sleek lines of this beautiful kitchen. {Via Houzz}

The traditional tufting on this sofa provides a nice softness to contrast with the sleek lines of this beautiful kitchen. {Via Houzz}

Sometimes just throwing in an unexpected and contrasting piece - like this modern art in this very traditional space - can bring a fantastic freshness to a space. {Via Southern Living}

Sometimes just throwing in an unexpected and contrasting piece - like this modern art in this very traditional space - can bring a fantastic freshness to a space. {Via Southern Living}

LOVE the  juxtaposition of the classic fauteuil chairs and the modern, clean lines throughout the rest of the space.  {Via Domaine Home}

LOVE the  juxtaposition of the classic fauteuil chairs and the modern, clean lines throughout the rest of the space.  {Via Domaine Home}

How perfect is this classic, navy chesterfield sofa in this otherwise more contemporary space (that light fixture!!)? {Via Domaine Home}

How perfect is this classic, navy chesterfield sofa in this otherwise more contemporary space (that light fixture!!)? {Via Domaine Home}

We'll be sharing more about the space as the project progresses.  Happy Wednesday!

Reclaim it

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I was reading through House Beautiful yesterday and came across this gorgeous kitchen with this fantastic reclaimed wood island.

The built in Cararra marble cutting board isn't too shabby. {Via House Beautiful}

The built in Cararra marble cutting board isn't too shabby. {Via House Beautiful}

I love the look of reclaimed wood.  It really adds such a wonderful warmth and texture to a space, which is why we thought it would be perfect for a pilates studio that we are working on in Northern VA.  The reclaimed wood will be a perfect play against the industrial vibe going on in the space, including these super cool turbine pendant lights in the reception area.  

Zentique Turbine Light {Via Shop Candelabra}

Zentique Turbine Light {Via Shop Candelabra}

Of course this meant searching for a vendor that could build some really cool pieces for us - a reception desk and shelving unit for clients' stuff -  using reclaimed wood.  Enter Strong Oaks Woodshop.  I found this vendor on Etsy (I LOVE Etsy!) and Mike, the owner, offered up his talent and some lovely grey reclaimed wood from a barn in upstate NY.  Sold!

The reception desk will look something like this:

This is actually a reception desk from another vendor on Etsy.  Unfortunately, they are out of Canada, which meant insane freight charges.

This is actually a reception desk from another vendor on Etsy.  Unfortunately, they are out of Canada, which meant insane freight charges.

I went to check out the reclaimed wood from upstate NY in person and to see their workshop and the quality of their work.  I wasn't disappointed.

The workshop is housed in a beautiful, old building out in Front Royal, VA.

The workshop is housed in a beautiful, old building out in Front Royal, VA.

The reclaimed wood... the color is just perfect.

The reclaimed wood... the color is just perfect.

The workshop was buzzing and they had some really lovely pieces in progress, including these two custom tables.  

And a bar with a cool metal base and some custom chairs.  

I just heard from Mike that the reception desk and the shelving unit for the pilates studio are nearly done.  I'll update with some pics as soon as I have them, and of course pics of the pilates studio when it's complete (a couple more months).  

 

Please contact us for more information about our design services.  We'd be thrilled to help you create a space you love!

Watercolor Wonder

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Last week I posted about having fun with paint on your walls... stripes, ombre, and even watercolor.  I've worked with watercolors and I find them incredibly difficult, so you won't find me attempting that particular DIY.  I love the look, though, and there's a super fab custom wallpaper company called Black Crow Studios that "pushes wallpaper into the realm of art."  Their watercolor wallpaper is amazing.  Take a look... 

{Via Pinterest}

{Via Pinterest}

I love the combination of colors.  Gorgeous.  {Via Black Crow Studios}

I love the combination of colors.  Gorgeous.  {Via Black Crow Studios}

Wow. So striking.  {Via Black Crow Studios}

Wow. So striking.  {Via Black Crow Studios}

I think this might be my favorite... {Via Black Crow Studios}

I think this might be my favorite... {Via Black Crow Studios}

You don't have to break the bank.  Just a single, accent wall will do.{Via Black Crow Studios} 

You don't have to break the bank.  Just a single, accent wall will do.{Via Black Crow Studios

Check out their Etsy shop for more fun ways to incorporate the watercolor look into your own space.  Have a great Monday!