November 19, 2010 § 1 Comment


it is said that variety is the spice of life

so why not spice up your walls with a variety of prints, paintings, and photographs?

In my opinion, bare walls = boring. An artwork display not only adds visual interest but it is the perfect place to show a little personality and introduce some color into a space. Here are some examples below:

While there might me A LOT going on, this display injects a huge dose of personality into the space. It also does a great job of maximizing the wall space in a room with really tall ceilings; low furniture (as pictured above) could have easily come across as miniscule in comparison to the ceiling height, but the artwork display keeps everything in balance.

Using different frames definitely gives any display an eclectic look.  The display above does a great job of keeping your eye moving from wall to wall.

While the previous example used a variety of frames to create an eclectic look, this interior uses matching frames on a grid and a distinct series of prints to create a display that is very traditional. I’ve recently seen a lot of displays like this in design magazines and t.v. commercials (Ethan Allen) and they all seem to use prints of antique gardens, maps, and buildings.

I love this Molteni&C ad. This artwork display helps make this den extra cozy.

This photo gallery does a great job of defining the eating area in this dine-in kitchen. While they’re only displaying one medium, the home-owner has used a variety of frames and backing in shades of black, white, and grey which are all unified by the black & white photography. Overall, the kitchen area & display do a great job of achieving a modern look with a country twist.

pictures via pinterest, apartment therapy & Elle Decor


raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

November 15, 2010 § Leave a comment


step aside Maria… here are a few of MY favorite things

St. Mary Mead

falling in love with early twentieth century England- I think I’ve been watching too much Miss Marple

i. English country home & garden of Stella McCartney

ii. Brideshead Revisited

factory windows

despite their industrial origin, I find these factory windows work surprisingly well in a refined traditional setting

dark glamour: libraries and galleries

this is a look I love but not one I could necessarily live with- after a while I think I’d start to feel a little claustrophobic

amazing architecture

i. love the warmth of the wooden deck juxtaposed to the coolness of the water on this rooftop pool

ii. absolutely stunning vaulted ceilings; it almost looks like origami

iii. beautiful art nouveau door; talk about first impressions…

furniture & lighting

i. 1950’s Norwegian chair

ii. Art Deco wall sconces

hope you enjoyed some of my recent musings

I apologize for being M.I.A. this last week- Look out for another post soon!

Have a great Monday!

images via Pinterest, Habitually Chic, 1st Dibs

old hollywood

November 6, 2010 § 2 Comments

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there’s nothing more glamorous than old hollywood

I came across some pictures of a movie set and instantly fell in love. While the art deco style might seem a little over the top for some people’s taste, one can’t help but be inspired by the grandness in scale, bold geometry, beautiful wood detailing and lots and lots of silk.

take a look and enjoy!

I can’t get over that massive chevron-esque headboard. The diamond shaped bed covered in silk linens is also very glamorous. The ceiling height is incredible, and beautifully accentuated by those floor to ceiling draperies.

Notice the differences in scale of this space. I love love love the geometric patterned door!


and just for fun I included some pictures of actresses during the early years of the hollywood golden era:

I might not be old enough to recognize this actress but that wouldn’t stop me from stealing that metallic brocade coat of hers.. So so elegant!

I’m sure this was a look that was rather risque at the time but I love this fun and flirty dress

Greetings from Hogwarts

November 3, 2010 § 1 Comment

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sometimes I can’t help but wish that Hogwarts was real

now I have to admit, I’ve never read the books… but its not the plot that keeps me watching movie after movie- its the interiors. On a trip home this past weekend my parents and I decided to watch Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; I’ve seen the movie before but it wasn’t until this weekend when I remembered how truly magical and captivating these sets are. There’s an old world sort of charm to these interiors- the colors are rich, the wood is dark, the light is warm, and everything is just a little bit tattered. Two and a half hours later, all I could think about was hanging out in the Gryffindor common room and how cool it would be if there really were such things as floating candle sticks.

set design by Stuart Craig

Great Hall

Gryffindor Common Room

Harry Potter’s Dormitory

the Astronomy Classroom

bedroom at the Leaky Cauldron’s Wizard Pub

the Shrieking Shack

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