INSPIRATIONAL INTERIOR

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With so many new design and fashion books hitting the market this month, I’m dreaming of a being stowed away for about a month in a relaxing and gorgeous library like this.  If you love books as much as I do, check out my post here, on all the new reads hitting the shelves of your local bookstore! 

RIBBON DETAILS

Each of us has that one thing (maybe more), that makes our heart beat a little faster and our palms sweat.  Believe it or not, ribbon is one of those things for me.  I just adore ribbon!  Ribbons of all sizes, colors, textures, materials and patterns. 

I’ve collected ribbon for many years and have more of it than I’ll probably ever use in my lifetime, but I just can’t help myself.  I love to use ribbon in my craft projects and come Christmas season, I become a maniac with ribbon on my gift wrapping. 

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One of the other great uses of ribbon is in decorating.  A little ribbon can turn an ordinary object into something really beautiful.  Check out these photos of items that have been enhanced with ribbon.

How cute are these pillows with ribbon detail?  This is a great DIY project that doesn’t even call for a sewing machine…just a little fabric glue. via

 

This ribbon draped bed skirt would be really cute for a girls room.  I also think a darker bedskirt with more sophisticated ribbon would look great in an adult bedroom. via

Diana at Fine Diving sewed ribbon together to make a fabric of sorts and covered these chairs. Complete tutorial on her site.

Here’ a simple bulletin board has been draped with ribbons to give it a bit of flair.  What a great way to dress up an office space or that bulletin board in the kitchen. via

 

I love this ribbon wall for a child’s room.  Just imagine it in navy for a boy’s room.  via

 

A great way to dress up plain curtain panels is with a little ribbon detail.  The stripe layout on these sheers really give the curtains a modern feel.  

Check out Midwest Living for DIY instructions.

 A little detail goes a long way in dressing up a piece of furniture, like the ribbon detail on this ottoman. via

Decorating with ribbon can be so much fun. Give it a try!

If you love to decorate with ribbon, check out one of my favorite ribbon resources, here!

DIAMOND BARATTA DESIGN

 

The diamond pattern is an obvious choice given the design team's name and color is their calling card.

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I recently came across these interior photos while surfing the web.  These gorgeous rooms were designed by the dynamic duo of William Diamond and Anthony Baratta of the New York design firm Diamond Baratta Design. Known for their use of color, bold patterns and unexpected design elements, the Diamond Baratta team’s work has graced over 25 magazine covers. The work of this talented team is not limited to the use of bold color, they have also designed some incredible rooms with traditional, contemporary and cottage styling.  Read more about Diamond Baratta Design and check out more of their work, here! 

VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE

When it comes to decorating dining rooms, I am really against the matching table and chair set concept.  I think dining rooms are treasured spaces, where family and friends gather to share and create memories. And, being such a sacred space, I think dining rooms should boast an abundance of style and personality.

One of the looks that I am really into these days is a dining room where the dining chairs are a mix of styles and or finishes.  I think  this is a great way to jazz up your dining space and give it lots of character.   I just love the collection of chairs below, not only the different chair back styles but also the mix of fabrics.  Totally cute!

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If you want to create an eclectic look in your dining room by mixing up your chair styles, there are several ways to do it….

1.  Create a statement with just the Host and Hostess chairs by using a different chair silhouette, and by upholstering the chairs in a bold fabric.  The colors used in this dining room are so fun and energetic.  I love the Chartreuse used on the parson chairs and the tufting really adds a lot of style.

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2.  Use a different color on a single chair style.  This look is great if your style is a bit more classic but you still desire a bit of whimsy.  These classic farm style chairs look more updated with painted finishes and contrasting fabric seats. 

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 3.  For a more eclectic look, use a variety of chair styles but keep the finish consistent.  This look is very easy on the eye while still adding a lot of style punch.  I’d love to create this look around my kitchen table. 

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How fun is this look?  The mix of chair styles gives this farm table so much more personality.

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4.  For ultimate personality and character, go all out and combine upholstered chairs, wood chairs and benches.  Depending on the color scheme and chair styles, this look can be elegant and formal, or casual and comfortable. 

This is such a beautiful and elegant look. I adore the upholstered banquette combined with the open back black chairs.  So chic!

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 If you’re looking to make a few changes to your dining room, spice it up a bit and  mix-and-match your chairs!  I know you love the look. I know you’ll love the look!

 

I’ve Died And Gone To Shoe Heaven

Did you hear the news? 

 The mecca of all shoe stores has opened in London. 

Selfridges, one of the UK’s most prestigious department stores is opening the Shoe Galleries which will have over 100,000 pairs of shoes at any one time.  I can’t even begin to imagine what 100,000 pairs of shoes looks like.

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The shoe offering will include everything from the world’s largest Haviana wall to the latest designer collections by Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Chanel and Gucci.

To make the shoe department even more special, Selfridges has designed the six salons and 11 boutiques that will make up this colossal shoe store into themed apartments to reflect each brand.  The Chanel boutique was designed as a reflection of Coco Chanel’s apartment in Paris, and the Jimmy Choo salon is adorned with hand-painted gold foil wall paper.

When I read the news about this magnificent shoe department, I had to do a little research, just to investigate all the brands that would be under one roof.  

 In addition to carrying some of my favorite brands like Ugg, Marc Jacobs and Elie Tahari , the Selfridges shoe emporium will carry brands like Chloe, D&G and even Nine West.  One of the European lines that will be represented is the Kurt Geiger line. I didn’t know  about Kurt Geiger until coming across his name on the website, but once I saw his shoe designs I had a mad crush.  Check out these lovely’s designed by Mr. Geiger.

Erica stiletto shoes

The Erica stiletto is so fab– Every girl needs a pair of animal print stilettos.

Willoughby lace–up boots

Willoughby Lace Up Boot– Such a cute boot to get me through the fall season.

 Dandy lace up shoes

Dandy Lace Up Shoe–So cute and in my favorite color too!

So, when I just can’t seem to find that perfect little ballet flat, I guess I’ll have to make a trip across the water and endure a few days in London looking at all 100,000 pairs of shoes at Selfridges.  Anyone want to join me for a little shopping excursion?

until next time…

 all images via Selfridges

DESIGN CRUSH: REBECCA MOSES

OMG!  This is one of the most fabulous books I’ve come across in a long time. 

 Rebecca Moses, an icon in the fashion and home design business has penned her first book, A Life of Style, and it is brilliant. 

Combining beautiful watercolor illustrations with her fashion and interior design knowledge, provoking words of wisdom, and an abundance style savvy advice, Rebecca’s book really makes you think about how you express your personal style. 

  Within hours of opening the box, I began flipping the pages, absorbing every word and marking my favorite “words of wisdom” with post-its. 

In addition to learning a few new things about the world of design, I also walked away fully inspired to re-look and re-define my personal style.

Here are few of my favorite inspiring thoughts from Rebecca.  I think you’ll be inspired to.

 There Are No Rules In Style,  Just Good Instincts!

True Style I s Understanding Who We Are and Having the Conviction To Express It.

Style is Not Skin Deep.  It is Soul Deep.  It is Our Most Significant form of Expression.  It is How we Communicate Who we are to the World Around us.  It is a Reflection of Who We Are, Where We Have Come From, and What we want to SAY to the World Around Us!  IT IS OUR VOICE!

If you love design and fashion as much an I do, you’ll definitely want to add this book to your collection.  Enjoy!

until next time…

 all images via Rebecca Moses

ASID AWARD WINNERS

Every year, all across the country, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awards outstanding interior designer projects with their Design Excellence Awards.  The designers here in Georgia really out did themselves this year, creating some of the most gorgeous spaces I’ve ever seen. 

While several of the winning design firms have long been established here in Atlanta, several of this years winners were new to the winner circle.  It is so exciting to see so much fresh, new talent making their way in the world of interior design. 

Here are my favorite winning designs.   Be sure to visit each designers website for more of their beautiful and inspiring work.

 

GOLD WINNER–Residence over 3,500 sq. feet    turnerdavisinteriors.com

GOLD WINNER–Residential Singular Space  peacedesign.org

GOLD WINNER–Model Home  robertgraysoninteriors.com

SILVER WINNER–Show House  carsonguest.com

GOLD WINNER–Historic Preservation   kittytuttleinteriors.com

SILVER WINNER–Residence under 3,500 sq. feet  elinorjonesinteriors.com

BRONZE WINNER–Model Home  howardhouseinc.com and ikaeinteriors.com

GOLD WINNER–Residential Singular  pineapplehouse.com

BRONZE WINNER–Kitchen and Bath   Sue Wislar Interiors

SILVER WINNER–Residential Singular  tduffyandassociates.com

SILVER WINNER–Residence over 3,500 sq. feet  rabautdesign.com

GOLD WINNER–Residence under 3,500 sq. feet  Cheryl Lucas Interior Design

 
 
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MAGAZINES WORTH READING

Just when I thought I’d never see a new design magazine in print, along comes Anthology.

Anthology is a shelter and lifestyle magazine covering the worlds of home, decor, travel, design, entertaining and culture.  The first issue will be out in October, with quarterly distribution there after.  Despite that my mailbox probably can’t handle one more magazine, I can’t wait to get my hands on this new publication.  Check it all out here!

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And, for all you die-hard design fans, make sure to check out Rue Magazine this Thursday (9/16), when the first issue goes live.  If the sneak peeks that have popped up in blogland are any indication, this is going to be one great mag.

Happy Reading!

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