Book Review: Fabulous! The Dazzling Interiors of Tom Britt

One of the legendary interior designers that I admire most is Tom Britt.  He is a master of designing rooms with bold color palettes, strong graphic style contrasts and stylish innovations.  When asked to describe his own design aesthetic and he uses words like brilliant, confident and sexy.
Fabulous! The Dazzling Interiors of Tom Britt written by Mitchell Owens and published by Rizzoli chronicles this legendary designers’ work over the past 50 years.  From Exotic and Modern to Historical and Classic, each chapter in the book showcases his portfolio of work from around the globe.  Take a peek at a few of my favorite images.

Book Review: Fabulous! The Dazzling Interiors Of Tom Britt

“Pretty rooms are pretty boring.  My preference has always been something totally different:  bold, brilliant, even monumental.”   

Book Review: Fabulous! The Dazzling Interiors Of Tom Britt
Book Review: Fabulous! The Dazzling Interiors Of Tom Britt
Book Review: Fabulous! The Dazzling Interiors Of Tom Britt
Book Review: Fabulous! The Dazzling Interiors Of Tom Britt

“Ask yourself:  Do you really want your house to look like somebody else’s?  Do you really want to play it safe?  I don’t think you do.  Who would?  Why not be fabulous?

Book Review: Fabulous! The Dazzling Interiors Of Tom Britt
Book Review: Fabulous! The Dazzling Interiors Of Tom Britt
 
As one of the countries most recognized and awarded interior designers, the design advice that Thomas Britt has shared over the years is worthy of a mention…

If you’re a design enthusiast, you’ll definitely want to pick up a copy of this book to add to your collection.
 

Favorites Of The Week { A Little Of This & That}

Hi friends.  I hope everyone had a great weekend and have fun plans for the long weekend ahead.  Crazy is the only word I can use to describe the last two weeks of my life.  I was ‘crazy busy’ packing for the move to our new house.  And once we got all the boxes and furniture moved in there was craziness with new flooring being installed.  And add in a little ‘kitchen crazy’ since we haven’t been able to use the dishwasher in two weeks and having to cancel our order with Lowes. #servicefail  And did I mention the hubby had to re-wire the dyer with a new electrical cord.

Things are finally settling down and good things are happening. We purchased a new dishwasher from Home Depot and had an awesome buying experience.  It’s being delivered today and I can’t wait.  We’ve unpacked some of our boxes and are finally getting settled into the kitchen and bedroom.  And the best news of all…we are heading to the Caribbean tomorrow for a little rest, relaxation & rejuvenation.

Even though I skipped out on blogging last week, I’ve been working hard to get back on schedule and have a line-up of new blog post to share with you next week.  Until then, enjoy a few favorites from the week and the long weekend ahead.

Favorites:  Design & Style…

Great advice for decorating at any age.

I shared this gorgeous tablescape on Instagram and immediately went on the hunt for black plates.  H and M has these black plates which are a great price.

I loved taking a look inside Erin Gates’ design studio.

15 ways to layout your living room.  If you study these images you’ll find lots of design inspiration.

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Favorites:  Shopping list…

There are lots of great new design, entertaining and style books coming out this fall.  I’m looking forward to this fun book all about styling your bar cart. {affiliate link}

Have you noticed that Amazon is really stepping it up when it comes to their clothing selections?  I’ve seen lots of bloggers posting about items they’ve purchased.  I spotted this cute ruffle sleeve sweater and I’m considering it.  I can’t believe it’s less than $25! {affiliate link}

 

I’m still searching for the perfect bar cart.  This one might be a good option.

Favorites:  Pins

This table setting image led me to my new favorite Instagram site, The Chinoiserie Collective.  So many gorgeous images.

I love the color palette and design details in this kitchen.

 

Pattern mixing perfection!  I never thought of mixing different chinoiserie patterns until now.

via One Kings Lane

In Other News…

Voting ends Sept. 15th for the Interior Blog Awards.  If you haven’t voted yet, I’d love for you to cast your vote for ConfettiStyle here. #IBA17

Favorites Of The Week {a little of this & a little of that}

This is going to be an exciting (and stressful) weekend.  My brother is going to be setting up all of our electronic and computer stuff today (which always results in a few new gadgets) and we’ve got a little more packing to do.  And tomorrow the movers come to move all our furniture.  As of Monday we’ll officially be in our new house and the unpacking will begin.

Even though I didn’t manage to do a lot of blogging this week, I did find some down time to round-up my favorites of the week.

 Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Enjoy a few of my favorite links from the week…

Maybe the most gorgeous laundry room I’ve ever seen.

A great tutorial on How to Style Flat Lay Photographs.  And don’t forget to pre-order KariAnn’s new book, So Close To Amazing. It’s fabulous!

Here’s a great design portfolio that will have you swooning.  So many ideas!

It’s never to early to start Christmas shopping so check out all the goodies in this sale.  I just ordered these and this.

A gorgeous dutch door.

Great tips for hanging wallpaper in a bathroom.

Are you ready for fall?  This beautiful fall tablescape and fall decor might get you in the mood.

I just discovered this new online store which has everything from home decor to fashion.

 

Favorites Of The Week | All The Beautiful Things

Another week has flown by and it’s hard to wrap my head around that fact that we are almost half way through the year. Wow, where does the time go?  Even if time won’t slow down, I hope you’re able to enjoy a relaxing and leisurely weekend.  Here are my favorites from the week.  Enjoy!

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FAVORITE POSTS

This bathroom makeover shows you how a few cosmetic changes can change the look and feel of a space.  Wow!

One of the best things about summer are fresh berries from the farmers market, perfect for this summer recipe.

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A lesson in JOY.

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FAVORITE PINS

This week all of my favorite pins are from the Alice Lane Home Collection portfolio.  So many beautiful images.

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS

At Home has tons of great decor right now.  This picture frame,  this mirror and this desk (I’d use it as a console table) are my favorites.

I’m loving the Stockholm Serving Bowls from Ikea. So many ideas on how to use these.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

Favorites Of The Week Vol. 58–Inspiration

 

Happy Saturday friends!  I hope your week was good.  I had a crazy week which actually felt more like a month.  I’m hoping to enjoy a little downtime with weekend, do a little purging around the house and binge watch the new season of Orange Is The New Black.  Enjoy this weeks favorites from around the web and have an amazing weekend.

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FAVORITE POSTS:  DESIGN INSPIRATION

KariAnn’s home is especially beautiful during the spring and summer and I loved her summer decorating tips.

p.s  I’m part of the book launch team for KariAnn’s new book, So Close to Amazing and all I can say is…it’s amazing.  The book will be available Sept. 5th but don’t miss out and pre-order yours today.

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My brother-in-law has a pop up camper and after seeing this transformation, I want to buy it from him and fix is up.

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Holy cow, this kitchen is simply stunning, right down to the quirky piece hanging over the island!

via Style At Home

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FAVORITE PINS:  INSPIRING WORDS

My high school yearbook motto was to “live without regrets”.  I’ve tried to stay true to this throughout my life and this quote served as a gentle reminder.

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Remember that you and only you are in control of your happiness, your success and your life.


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Believe in YOU!

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS:  ENTERTAINING INSPIRED

So many cute melamine plates at Target right now including these teal and yellow ones.  Perfect for outdoor entertaining.

These acrylic tumblers are on sale for a great price right now.  And they are available in 4 colors.


Just added these Blue Pagoda paper placemats to my shopping cart.  Too cute!

 

Design Chat: Sectional Styling & A Family Room Refresh

 

 

I continue to get emails from people who have read my blog post or found my pin How To Style A Sectional Sofa. I wrote the original blog in 2014 and there are over 25,000 re-pins on Pinterest.  And when I wrote the post, I didn’t realize so many people are challenged with decorating around a sectional sofa.

My most recent email was from MJ who is looking to update her family room.  She wants to trade in her current sofa and loveseat for a new sectional with chaise.  And she wants to  replace the recliner with two accent chairs.  Here’s how MJ posed her design challenge to me…

“Hello, I came across your article on Pinterest and was hoping to get your advice.  I have attached two pics of my great room as I want to purchase a new sectional (would love a chaise), but with a corner fireplace, I am not sure how or if that would even work. Also get confused on how to determine if I need a right arm facing or left arm facing chaise. One picture shows the wall across from the stairs where the chaise portion of a sectional would be placed with the longer sofa portion obviously along the area across from stairway. My plan is to purchase two complementary accent chairs to be placed in front of window wall. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!

Here are the photos of MJ’s family room now. As you can see, MJ’s family room is not large and the brown/beige color palette that takes it cues from the carpet and wall color.

After studying the room layout, I created an inspiration board and outlined a few suggestions that will help MJ execute a new look for her home.

  The Inspiration

 

Design Cha with ConfettiStyle: Family Room Refresh featuring a Sectional Sofa

 

Family Room Refresh:  Design Suggestions

FIND FURNITURE THAT FITS:  With the size of MJ’s family room, a large sectional will fit with ease.  I recommend a left arm sectional which will position the sectional on the long wall opposite the TV.  Selecting the right size sectional will allow for side tables and lamps on each end creating a cozy sitting arrangement.

tip: When looking at sectionals, left facing and right facing refers to the arm placement when looking at the sectional sofa head on (not when sitting on it).

CREATE A COLOR STORY:  The foundation of every room is its color palette. The current color scheme in MJ’s family room is somewhat flat.  The main color in the room is brown with a little deviation in tones form one brown to another.  What I recommend is combining more shades and variation of tan and brown which will give the room depth, dimension and visual interest.  Since the sectional will be the largest piece in the room, a lighter color fabric will provide a contrast against the walls and carpet.

PUMP UP THE COLOR:  I also recommend pumping up the use of accent colors in the room.  Right now the only significant accent color is the teal lamp shades o n the table lamps.  Using the teal as the accent color I would bring in more of this color with patterned pillows and drapes.  Curtains will add softness to the room and  define and create a focal point around the windows.

tip:  when adding patternwork to a room, combine patterns in different in scale so they don’t fight with each other and each individual design stands out.

tip:  hang your drapery rod as high as possible to maximize the visual effect of taller ceilings and a more open space.

MIX UP THE MATERIALS AND FINISHES:  Another way to add depth and dimension to a room is by using pieces that are made of different materials and/or  finishes.  My suggestion is to replace with wood side tables with tables made of iron and glass.  The glass will not take up any visual space and the iron will keep the tables from looking whimsy.  For additional contrast, I’d place a painted wood accent table between the chairs in front of the window.  Painted furniture will introduce even more color and another finish in the room.

ADD STYLE WITH SHAPE:  Having little to no variation in the shape of furniture within a room is a common decorating mistake. Having too many elements in one shape (i.e. square or rectangular) can result in a room that feels heavy and overloaded.  A combination of square, round and other shapes creates visual interest and movement for the eye.  In MJ’s room I’ve suggested round side tables to add that needed contrast.

PERSONALIZE YOUR STYLE:  In addition to new furniture and a pumped up color palette, here are the other suggestions I had for MJ…

  • Hang the mirror over the mantel versus leaning it.  Hanging the mirror will balance the fireplace and create separation between the mantel and the mirror.
  • Hang a larger piece of artwork on the long wall facing the TV.  A larger piece of art will add color, visual interest and create a secondary focal point within the room.
  • Replace the lamps with a style that has more substance and shape.  Your lamp base and shade should feel proportion to the scale of the furniture in the room  Lamps are also an easy way to introduce more color into a room.  Note how the lamp shade color in my recommended style picks up the lighter neutral in the pillows and curtains.
  • Upsize the TV cabinet with a larger piece.  The current TV console is a bit small and makes the entire TV arrangement feel diminutive.  A larger tv cabinet will work better with the scale of the fireplace and furniture within the room.
  • Paint the inside of the front door an accent color.  Painting MJ’s door will add so much visual interest within the entire entrance/family room space.  And the color will visually link the two areas together. The inspiration photo for the door is below.

One other thing I wanted to point out is that while MJ’s room could benefit from a patterned area rug, I wouldn’t recommend it because of the plush wall to wall carpeting.  It’s fine to layer a rug over a low pile carpet with plush carpeting an area rug tends to crawl.

Do you have a design challenge?  Leave me a comment and your space just might be featured here on ConfettiStyle.

SHOP THE INSPIRATION BOARD:

Sectional Sofa // Round Pedestal Table //  Floral Pillow // Teal Velvet Pillow // Plaid Tattersall Pillow 

Abstract Art // Brown Accent Chair // Glass Table Lamps 

Geometric Blackout Curtains // Round Glass and Iron Side Table // Black TV Cabinet

 

Favorites Of The Week | Inspiration For Spring

Happy weekend friends.  Enjoy a few favorites from the week.

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FAVORITES POSTS

Have you ever wanted to try upholstering walls?  I love the idea and was this how-to tutorial on One Kings Lane.  They make it look easy and the end result is fabulous.

I’m sure most of you are familiar with Etsy, the marketplace for vintage and handmade item. Etsy just made the whole concept of handmade and DIY more fun with the introduction of  Etsy Studio.  Etsy Studio is a marketplace for DIY supplies and projects. All of the unique materials, parts and components you need to create one-of-a kind items will now be shopable at one place. I’m super excited and can’t wait to try some of the projects featured on their site like this gorgeous clutch.  And I’m going to make my own version of this tassel necklace–so cute!

Such a beautiful home tour.

FAVORITE PINS

Love how the Ikea Expedit bookshelf was used to create this simple but chic cocktail station.

If you follow me on Pinterest you may have noticed that I’ve been pinning lots of images of boxed flower arrangements like these.  I think this is such a unique gift giving idea.

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FAVORITE PRODUCTS

A little something pretty for your kitchen from Anthropologie. 

Lots of cute new arrivals at H and M Home, including this blue and white bathroom rug.

And this round glass vase is another favorite.

These personalized necklaces are just some of the cute items I spotted in JillMakes Etsy shop.  

Single Initial Personalized Necklace

Round Acrylic Initial Necklace

Book Review: New York Living | Re-inventing Home


 

A couple of weeks ago I received a copy of the book New York Living | Re-inventing Home from the publisher.  I couldn’t wait to check it out.  When I was in college, I wanted to live in New York and pursue my love of fashion.  While I never made it to the Big Apple, my love for the city has never faded.  There is just something so magical and dynamic about New York.

This book gives you the opportunity to explore the city in a new way  and see the unique design styles of homes in the city as well as the surrounding boroughs.

The book showcases homes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx.  As you turn each area you get an inside look at how these city dwellers decorate and style their homes.

The 26 homes profiled range from an apartment on the Upper West Side to a French Second Empire House in Staten Island.  Page after page, there is design inspiration ranging from the traditional and classic to the modern and contemporary.  And you it gives you the opportunity to see the New York skyline through the eyes of those living there.

One of the first things I recognized about this book was how large it is. There are over 290 pages of photos and home descriptions. The profile for each home starts with somewhat of  a history lesson about the area as well as insights into how the design of the home came to be.

Along side each photo are details about the design elements within the space and why they were chosen.

The photos are bold and bright so you’re sure to find inspiration in even the smallest vignette within a room.

Beyond living spaces, some of the owners’ studio, office and creative spaces are featured.  If you’re a creative you’ll love getting an inside look at where New Yorker’s live and work.

The last three pages of the book provide a summary of each home listing the designers, artifacts and others involved in creating the spaces.

New York Living | Re-inventing Home

“Beautiful living spaces exist in all five boroughs, and in the right hands, when they are carefully chosen and imaginatively envisioned, they indeed embody New York living!”  –Adele Chatfield-Taylor 

I highly recommend this book if you’re a design enthusiast or have a love for New York like me. New York Living also makes a great gift for someone living in the city or looking to move there.

You can purchase New York Living | Re-inventing Home here. 

disclosure:  I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.  All opinions are mine

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