Saturday, March 30, 2013

Serenity in the Hamptons...

As I was meandering around on the computer this morning I stumbled upon this adorable home in the Hamptons that belongs to Sue Devitt, makeup artist/entrepreneur- sorry, she does not appear to have her own site, but her makeup is sold at Barneys and various other places - on Cottages & Gardens.

She painted the brick exterior of her 1940s home white. I would totally do the same thing. Freshens it up and makes in more cottagey feeling.

She converted her garage into a home office. From the outside it looks darling. I could get a lot of work done out there.

Love the white upholstered furniture with the more primitive feeling pieces. Those large windows make it feel so open and airy.

A bathroom that leads out to the garden? How divine? Love the marble tiles ins the shower and the long linen drapes.

Great cabinetry in the kitchen. I love the combination of dark countertops and wood floors with white cabinets. Nice contrast, yet, it still feels so open and bright.

all images: Cottage & Garden

The pièce de résistance: this AMAZING meditation room.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

It's a wrap...

I have been on this DIY kick lately. My weekends have been filled with little projects which I do plan on sharing. Just finished some roman shades for the bedroom and will move on to the living room next. Simultaneously I have been working on a stool for my studio. One hint: it in involves mohair. I will share that once it is complete. The painting process is taking the longest for each coat needs to cure and I only have the weekends to work on my projects.

Moving on...

LOVE the look of fabric wrapped furniture. It added another textural dimension to a piece and it is a nice change up to painting it which is usually my first thought. 

These little cubes by Liz O'Brien are gems...easy to move around and love the agate pattern she has affixed to them. Little jewelry for any room. Check out her site because she also has coffee tables and mirrors using the fabrics. Gorge!

This little waterfall table by Johnson3 is fabulous. Love the print and again, a great piece that can move about the room. I picture a really great cocktail on this. 

Of course the piece I want to attempt to cover with fabric is not a cute little table with simple lines. No. I seem to think that I can fabric wrap my dresser which right now is in a glossy black and I am OVER it. I am slowly working on our bedroom - A. has not picked up on it yet - by softening it up with various shades of whites and creams with some blues.

Thinking of covering it sort of like the one above, but definitely more in the line of the one below which wrapped in raffia. Totally loving this.

I have looked around the internet for raffia fabric and have found some possibilities, but not totally sure. If anyone knows of a great resource please share. Also, if anyone has any tips on how to fabric wrap furniture, especially a dresser, I would love to hear them. I know this is sort of a daunting task, but I am game!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Having Fun with Flowers...

Finally...spring! Although if you live in the Northeast like I do you would not know it. It is so cold! However, last night I brought a little bit of spring into my home.

via my iPhone

I have been wanting to take a floral design class for some time now, but before I enroll in one I decided to take a one evening course held at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. The class was titled Floral Fun Visit England so all of the flowers we used are what you would typically find in an English garden - it is all about color and texture. Each student got their own bucket filled with flowers: Delphinium, Tulips, Dianthus, Snapdragons, Iris, Bells of Ireland and Daffodils. We also had a selection of greens to choose from: salal, ferns, and bear grass. According to the instructor you should chose Salal or Fern, but not both, for an arrangement. I am not sure why, but I opted for the Salal. I love a hanging Fern, but I tend not to like it my floral arrangements. I also offered my Daffodils to another class member for I wanted to stay focused on the pinks, whites and purples that were in the other flowers I got in my bucket. The picture below is the finished product at the class - the container was also provided (would have selected something else, but that is okay) - while the picture above shows it in its home environment.

via my iPhone

It was really interesting to see how everyone's arrangements looked so different from one another and yet we all used the same flowers. Some people went really tall, some people grouped like flowers with like to give a focal point, some people went symmetrical (wish I took pictures!). Me, I have been an admirer of the work of Saipua, a Brooklyn-based florist, for some time - their work has been all over the blogosphere, so you may be familiar - so my arrangement is definitely inspired by their work. I went asymmetrical by extending the Salal on the left side and swept up the height (a little) with the Bells of Ireland on the right.

I love the asymmetry of the arrangement above which is just one example of many GORGEOUS arrangements that Saipua creates. I realize that mine does not look like this, but again, I was inspired. As a textile designer I love to paint flowers and I love the idea of creating arrangements for it is about color, texture and composition. Somehow I would love to marry the two.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Totally Tortoise

I have a confession...I downloaded a few of the episodes of Millionaire Decorators the week I took off from work between Christmas and New Year's. I was curious. 

 via Bravo TV episode 1 I saw these faux tortoise shell tables (above) from Hollyhock and I fell in love. I have always had a thing for tortoise shell. So much so that when I had my first apartment way back when I had painted the facade of my dresser drawers in a faux tortoise shell effect. I wish I had pictures of that dresser...

A. is a furniture and cabinetmaker so when I saw the above tables I thought that he could make the forms and then I could faux paint them in a similar tortoise effect. Then I saw the table below...LOVE!!! 

The table is made by Alpha Workshops and is simpler in form than the ones above and I love the pattern. Not only that, I respect and appreciate the work that Alpha Workshops does which is to provide jobs decorative arts to those that are HIV-positive. Please visit their website to learn more and to see more of their beautiful work. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Wondrous White

I had planned to blog about something else today, but as I was wandering through my usual blog roll I stumbled upon these wondrous beauties over on Stylebeat. Designed by Codor Design, a design duo based in Seattle, these two mirrors are just a sampling of their assortment. Although I love color, I am in love with white. There is something so pure and beautiful about white. Whether it is a beautiful linen, an object d'art, white jeans (just ordered a new pair by the way), you name it, white is beautiful.

via Codor Design

via Codor Design

When I saw these mirrors I could not help but to think of the Chanel 2009 Spring Summer Couture Show with all of those GORGEOUS white paper cutouts which took my breath away. I imaging it was much more spectacular to be there in person.

via various boards on Pinterest

via various boards on Pinterest

via various boards on Pinterest

I adore BHLDN's precious porcelain flowers below which look to be a small nod to the Chanel show as their own. They would make beautiful napkin rings, an embellishment to a belt, turn in to a broach, whatever, the ideas are endless.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

hello again...

via Hello 

Hello there! It has been a while for sure. I am resurfacing after a crazy few months at work. Spring is just around the corner and I have a list of DIYs to do starting this weekend. 

Before I go there, isn't this sweatshirt so cute? It is from Hello Apparel  which I first spotted over at Moth Design. I would prefer it more so if it were a sweater (hint hint), but really, I am 
getting tired of wearing sweaters and ready to bring out the Spring wardrobe. How about you? I have been eyeing some things to add in...more to share later on those.

Meanwhile, I must dash to begin my busy weekend of projects (which I intend to share later), breaking in our NEW washing machine (long story), making some homemade pizza (would you believe that mastering the art of pizza making is one of my goals for 2013?), and heading to the Philadelphia Flower Show (tomorrow is the last day!) which I am super excited to go to. 

Enjoy your weekend!