Eclectic elegance is alive and well done in Brooke and Julian Metcalfe’s Oxfordshire home. Funky disco balls, a model of the Titanic and animal head wall decor juxtaposed with grand millwork and signature Florence Broadhurst wallpaper brilliantly work the room.
I am in Instalove with these slow your scroll images from Instagram. Wrapping up the week with a gallery feature of images from Instagram that visually command and hold my attention qualify as share worthy material.
Some topics of conversation that never go out of style. Conversing about and consulting on the use of the color combination pink and black is one such topic, a house favorite if you will. Sugar and spice, hammer and nail, love and marriage, style and elegance-good things come in pairs.
Stunning images such as this classic example of French Louisiana architecture from architect Ken Tate with interiors designed by Ann Holden of Holden and Dupuy Interiors affirm my love of traditional design and decor features steeped in southern charm.
In an ever-changing world it’s difficult to stay on top of what’s on trend. Think electronic gadgets. About the time you program, master and become proficient with the latest and greatest electronic gadget of choice here comes the newest version down the pike. Does this principle apply to decorating? Nah! Accents and accessories with timeless and classic appeal make sure of that.
The heart and soul of decorating is evident through individual decor style choices. We put a lot of ourselves into the selections and styles we go with. Perusing the blogsophere last year I scrolled through images of a blogger’s kitchen remodel reveal. In the comment section I was taken aback by a comment from another reader. “The _________________ look is so over!” I felt so bad for the blogger. There is no expiration date on what style you, the lead decorator of your domain, deem stylish, relevant and a necessary gorgeous to surround yourself with. The pride the blogger took in sharing the finished project was obvious, and to then have decorative doubt placed upon the heart and soul of decorating choices made- so uncalled for. Comments, like great interior decorating, should be balanced with good taste and careful consideration.
It is my personal and professional opinion that a look, style or decor choice will at sometime in its life be in need of at the very least a freshening up. That’s the heart and soul of decorating. Tastes and decor likes, loves and gotta have it choices change over time. A tweak here and a trend there guarantees it, but it’s the individual tastes and decor choices at the core of it all that makes it a statement of quality and personal style.
And that look, my fellow decoristas, is never over! Embrace, be proud of, and by all means…
I am thrilled to be nominated for the Lamps Plus 2013 Best Home Blog Awards in the category of Interior Design. Lamps Plus is my automatic go-to resource for lighting. I first discovered Lamps Plus in 1999, and the design and decor relationship continues to light the way to stylish and affordable lighting and home decor choices. Stylish looks pair well with an exciting opportunity to win the Lamps Plus 2013 Best Home Blog Sweepstakes.
It is certainly an honor to be in the talented and stylish company of my fellow nominees! I am continually amazed on a daily basis by the talent of so many in the blogosphere. Cast your vote for your top picks for Interior Design, DIY, Family, and Lifestyle blogs on the Lamps Plus Facebook page and you’ll be entered to win a $500 Lamps Plus online shopping spree! Click on the image below to be taken to Lamps Plus Facebook page to cast your vote.
Remember, you can vote once every 24 hours to earn extra entries! Did I mention that for each vote you cast you will be entered for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree! Let’s Lamps Plus!
I would like to humbly ask you for your vote. Your vote and time is truly appreciated, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and wish you all good luck!
My decorative and design energy is fired up for the New Year. I’ve spent the last few days checking things out fresh and new for 2013 aka the design and home decor trends of 2013. As we all know, fresh and new is not always fresh and new. You may spot more than one renewed, refreshed, repurposed, and/or reinvented idea from decor trends pasts. That’s the great thing about good trends- they possess the quality, look, and decorative chops to become even better the second, third or hundredth time around when done very well. Like, love or hate them- the decor trends and forecasts for 2013 are in. Color is color once again, a romantic renaissance is coming back around and look what blast from the past is set to lead the way- the big brass band of beauty.
Layering for warmth also applies to inside warmth, comfort, and coziness. Layers of color on color, texture on texture, pattern on pattern- pile it on! What could be easier than spot updates?
I’m thrilled to see the encouraged use of antiques as art coming around. Last week as I was viewing Million Dollar Decorators I was cheering on Jeffrey Alan Marks. His comments regarding the use of antiques as the final touch of personality in decor made me an instant follower of his train of thought. Unique, one-of-a-kind, unusual, whimsy, conversation pieces- yes, yes and YES! If only one piece brings this to the space then I say bring it! Can you tell I’m a huge fan of antiques as art?
It’s a new year full of new trends. I’m definitely inspired! Are you?
It came to me one evening as I was going over the afternoon spent with family that the walls and windows of a home frame so much more than the house, they frame the life lived within. Think of it in terms of a baseball diamond. The entire game starts and ends at home plate. The bases represent milestones in the lives we lead, the good & bad in between, and the memories made along the way.
Your home should provide the calm in the storm, and reflect the personalities of those seeking shelter. Scarlett O’Hara worked her fingers to the bone in war ravaged fields, and Dorothy walked off a month’s worth of calories on the yellow brick road for it. A rebel with a cause and a Kansas farm girl both knew the score. Home, there really is no place like it.
Each space within the home should have a personality all its own. I feel I’ve done my best interior decorating work when a space stands on its own while creating a key essential- the all important and pleasing interior decorating flow. In the name of all that is tasteful, try not to be guilty of subjecting others to a interior decorating snafu guaranteed to result in Pretty Baby Face Syndrome (PBFS). Allow me to explain.
Your close friends have recently had a baby and all they can talk about is how precious little Johnnie or little Susie is. The proud parents present their bundle of joy and immediately you begin to experience Pretty Baby Face Syndrome(PBFS). It’s too late at this point, and the window of control over your reaction has just closed. Smack dab across the middle of your face is one part fear and two parts shock.
I don’t believe I’m going out on a limb here by saying precious is probably not the first word that comes to your scrambled mind. Being the good friend you are (and an even better actor) you will gracefully pull it all together, aiming in the end to save not only the day, but the friendship as well. Time will bring beauty to the baby. Together, you and I will bring beauty to your home. I’m big on celebrating the homeowner’s individuality and decorating choices. You own, lease, or rent the house- stand tall and own your interior design, decorating and home decor choices. Just remember to go with the interior decorating flow.