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
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
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
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
November 6, 2010 § 2 Comments
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
November 3, 2010 § 1 Comment
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
Gryffindor Common Room
Harry Potter’s Dormitory
the Astronomy Classroom
bedroom at the Leaky Cauldron’s Wizard Pub
the Shrieking Shack