From the Bottom of the Sea

April 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

I would love to derive an interior color palette from this cute, little guy.  Aren’t the color combinations cheerful, sophisticated and fresh?  I would include the color of the ocean bottom in various tones along with the beautiful colors in this new species of purple octopus.

Fall Fashion Wishlist

August 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Seems like everyone is out shopping to update their fall wardrobes,whether it’s schoolchildren looking for the latest trends or adults looking to fill in for clothing that has worn or gone out of style.  Budgets have been cut back for many and they are non-existent for some.  Times are tough but, hey, a girl can dream, right?

Here’s a few looks I’d like to pick up to add to my fall wardrobe…despite the fact that I have absolutely nowhere to wear these full-length gowns.  And keep in mind these have all been found online while surfing, wearing no makeup but sporting a Guns N Roses t-shirt and shorts with bleach stains on them.  Those pieces are from my casual weekend collection.

Aren’t these new selections gorgeous, though?  And also very inspirational.  Interiors inspiration can come from many sources–music, fashion, nature, travel, culture or even food.


Elie Saab

Elie Saab





Vivienne Tam

The COOLEST Shades (thank goodness)

July 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m currently in the midst of my most challenging project yet.  My almost 11 year old daughter is finally getting to add some of her personality to her bedroom after 6 years of living with the previous owner’s pink walls.  I call it challenging because she has strong opinions (she must get that from her dad ;)), I have a limited budget (doesn’t everybody?), and she needs practically everything.

We have managed to settle on a color palette, find a duvet cover and spent many hours poring over photos of horses.  She wants to have an artist paint a life-sized foal on her wall so she feels like she is outside in a horse pasture.  The other decorative pieces can be fit together as we go along, but my next task is to figure out how we’d treat the windows.

She doesn’t like full drapes, doesn’t like fabric shades, doesn’t like roller shades, doesn’t like blinds….what’s left?  See what I mean about challenging?  The only thing she is sure she loves is a horse.  And her mommy.

I think I hit the jackpot this morning when I stumbled across a website by a company called OrangePiel.  They make roller shades with images printed on them and the sky is the limit!  They have a large selection of images by artists on the website, or you can use an image of your own.  They also have options for sheer to black-out shades.  Take a look at some of these great images from the gallery:

They also print the images on canvases and can handle large scale sizes in shades, murals and canvases.

Don’t you love it?!   I hope she does, too.

Innovative Rug Design by Kyle Bunting

May 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Decorati had a feature last week that left quite an impression on me.  Kyle Bunting has a very special niche in the design world; he makes rugs out of one material–cow hide.  I’m amazed at the high style he can achieve with a material I would typically associate with a clichéd ranch or cabin decor.  I also think of the naturally shaped hides designers use in a contemporary or eclectic design.  Not that it doesn’t look cool, but it’s been done.

Kyle Bunting rugs are custom.  Never done before with innovative use of a familiar material.  Now THAT’S cool!


May 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Metropolis published an article about the link between lighting in health care settings and the effect it can have on patient recovery, employee satisfaction and staff turnover.  This translates directly into dollars saved in the amount of medications administered, training new employees and productivity in the workplace.  Also affected are the patients’ sense of well-being or the number of days spent in the hospital.  This is interesting stuff and a good example of what an interior designer might face in a day’s work.

It’s not all about pretty pillows and curtains, folks!

Kips Bay, Decorated and Curated

April 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

The New York Times published an article online featuring rooms in the Kips Bay Designer Show House, and I’ve copied a few of their photos to whet your appetite (click on the link to read the article and see the rest of the photos).  If you know me at all, you know that for me, the art is the icing on the cake, and I have a taste for the modern mixed with the traditional, whether it’s furniture, art or architecture.

Kips Bay Show House by Amanda Nisbet

Kips Bay Show House by Brad Ford

Take a closer look at the coffee table–it has a built-in turntable and a hefty price tag of $45,000!

Frédéric Malle in Architectural Digest

April 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

This photo was posted on Architectural Digest‘s website and it stopped me dead in my tracks.  I LOVE this living room!  The color palette is subdued but still lively, the mix of contemporary art and traditional art is so exciting, and can you imagine how comfortable the seating is in this room?  Not only does the orange leather on the Egg Chair have a gorgeous patina, I imagine it to be soft and buttery.  And the sofa is one of those that look chic yet beg you for a nice, long nap.  I’m in love.

Does anyone know the meaning of the sign hanging above the fireplace?

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