Cafe Curtains

Happy Friday, friends!  It’s been a busy week for me and I’m looking toward another busy weekend.  Summer is wrapping up and I really cannot wait to bust out my Fall decor.  😉  Someone is going to have to contain me until mid-September.

So…let’s talk about cafe curtains (aka short-tier curtains).  Throughout most of my time as an interior designer, I have kind of been against these window treatments.  They always seemed really dowdy to me and lacking in personality.  I was big on the folded roman shade and tailored long drapes, but not so much the cafe curtain.  Until I started noticing that I was seeing all sorts of interiors with cafe curtains that I was just a little bit obsessing over.  And then came the idea for this post… a collection of interiors with cafe curtains that are decidedly perfect.

If you’re looking to maintain privacy while not losing out on natural light, cafe curtains are a great option.  They can also be customized per your style — so if natural and breezy is your thing, or pleated and tailored is your jam, they can be made to suit your interior.  As far as fabrics go, I’m partial to a white or off-white variation, but obviously colors work and don’t forget the option of trimming the leading edge.

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Architectural Digest

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Heidi Piron

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At Home In Arkansas

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Home Bunch

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Sarah Bartholomew

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Collins Interiors

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Mark Hampton

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Kara Mann

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Home Bunch

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Sarah Bartholomew

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Brooke Chamblee Interiors

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Country Living

Master Bath via South Shore Decorating Blog

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Design Inspiration: Concrete Sinks

While visiting a showroom a couple of weeks ago for some client work, there was so much new inspiration to be found regarding kitchen and bath design.  It was great to walk through that showroom and see so many same-olds made new again.  I wandered around, taking it all in, collecting topics for blog posts and Google searches.  Pinterest, too.  🙂  Something that I saw in person that I hadn’t before was a concrete kitchen sink!

Concrete is making its way into homes in a purposeful way from flooring to wall treatments, and of course sinks — kitchen and bath alike.  I also love a good concrete laundry room sink.  😉  When it comes to these sinks, customization is key because no two are alike.  They are incredibly durable and difficult to damage, making them perfect for a space that will endure a lot of wear and tear.  These sinks can be stand-alone or integrated into countertops, creating an entire workspace requiring little up-keep, besides the occasional sealing process.

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Home Bunch

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Obly

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Design Milk

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The Hunted Interior

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Yellowtrace

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The Owen Group

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Molly Frey Design

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House Beautiful

Pantone Color of the Year 2017: Greenery

I know I’m not the only one who gets really excited each year when Pantone announces their Color of the Year.  A color that we see in interior design, graphic design, fashion, etc. — it’s a fun prediction for what’s to come.

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Pantone

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Lucia Litman

A color that has been designed for freshness, neutrality, revitalization… I can get behind that.  After a year that was so difficult for so many of us and then a brutal election season, I say bring on the reinvigoration!

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Meg Braff Designs

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Ashley Whittaker Design

It really is a great hue of green, isn’t it?  It’s incredibly lively, even in this room with a more muted palette.  That sofa makes it!

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Oasis

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BRABBU

This color clearly works beautifully with a variety of neutrals — colors, patterns, etc.  I’m loving seeing this color on so many upholstered and stationary pieces, too.  It’s a bold move but this color is so fresh that I can’t see it going anywhere for a while.

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BRABBU

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Mi Casa

I love how versatile this color is, and how it can be applied in any type of interior aesthetic.  Ultra-modern, cottage chic, right down to this beautiful kitchen with a Southwestern flair.

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Humbert & Poyet

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One Kings Lane

A color that is truly found in nature.  Sort of makes me excited for Spring…  🙂

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Country Living

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Alma Thomas

I am, admittedly, the daughter of a former art teacher and not at all art savvy.  But every now and again I come across an artist whose work resonates with me and evokes a feeling within me, and so I then feel compelled to share.  🙂  This happened while perusing July’s issue of Vogue when I stumbled upon a small article written about Alma Thomas, a late but prominent artist who was born in Georgia in 1891, became an art teacher, and didn’t start painting full-time until after retiring — proof that it is never too late to fiercely pursue a passion.  I love that.

She is the first African-American woman to have a solo show at The Whitney, and she has a beautiful work showcased in the White House dining room.  Seemingly inspired by Matisse and her mother’s profession as a dressmaker, her works contain abstract shapes and patterns in energetic colors.  Bright, happy hues are expressed with dabs of paint that speak merriment and vibrancy.  I think you will feel the same thing, too.  Her pieces are fun to look at, fun to study, and just make me smile.

Images via The New York Times & Artsy

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Wiggle Chair

Frank Gehry is one of my favorite mid-century architects, so it is no surprise that he also designed one of my favorite mid-century chairs — the Wiggle Chair!  Part of Gehry’s Easy Edges series during the years of 1969-1973, this design gained him notoriety for its whimsical appearance and inventive construction.  It is made out of layered corrugated cardboard, which is flexible to work with but also strong and durable — ideal for furniture, as it turns out!  The Wiggle Chair and Easy Edges series showcases Gehry’s self-proclaimed “fundamental concern with manipulating basic materials in unconventional ways to produce objects that are functional yet also visually striking.

This chair looks fabulous and is semi-expected in modern interiors, but paired with extremely classic interior details, the contrast is stunning — plus, you know I’m all about the mix.  🙂

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Floor & Decor

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Unlocking Litchfield

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Architectural Digest

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