Lisa Corti Textiles

If flowers and geometric patterns are your jam, then I have something you will love.  Enter Lisa Corti, an incredible textile designer who conceptualizes everything from tapestries to bedding, clothing to shoes.  There really is no limit on what she can do with her stunning trademark patterns, and she clearly knows it!  🙂  Think of the style of her textiles as a more youthful MacKenzie Childs (although I love those designs, too!), blending floral motifs, geometric lines and shapes, and jewel tones.  She designs everything in her seventeenth-century studio in Milan (sounds fabulous, doesn’t it?), and then the textiles are handmade in India by local artisans using ancient printing methods.

Corti’s inspiration comes from ornamental Florentine Medici frescoes and the simpler geometry of Nagaland shawls.  Use these textiles as artwork, room accessories, or become a boho-chic goddess while romping around in one of her dress designs.  Simply put, this is a line that packs the perfect unforgettable punch.

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Mae West Lips Sofa

When I was in school studying interior design, we had a whole unit where we discussed all sorts of iconic furniture.  This was definitely one of my favorite times in school — learning about the designers, the history behind each piece, why these pieces are still popular today, etc.!  By far, one of the pieces that I loved the most (and still do!) is the Mae West Lips Sofa.

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This is a surrealist sofa made of wood and satin (or, of course, the original was), designed by Salvador Dali.  Isn’t it fun?!  I don’t think there are many people that could hate this sofa…at the very least there is a certain amount of appreciation that can be felt for it and Dali, too, since this design was incredibly ahead of its time.

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You may be wondering where the idea for such a sofa originated from!  The answer is that Salvador Dali was much inspired by the lips of actress Mae West in 1937, and so what better way to appreciate those lips than to create something.  He didn’t ever intend it to be a functional or produced piece of furniture.

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Studio Designs

But then 1972 came along, and with that year, so did an Italian Designer Group called Studio 65.  They created an updated version of Dali’s original design and named it the Marilyn Bocca Sofa, after Marilyn Monroe, of course.  This is really the piece that became produced for mid-century homes and became iconic!

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I love the whimsical and fun feel that this sofa adds to any interior.  Although you’ll see this piece most commonly in a more contemporary setting, can we just take a moment and appreciate how amazing this looks in such a classic aesthetic?  Such a stark contrast, but absolutely perfect!

Square Subway Tile Trend

It’s always fun to see what trends are on the horizon for interior design — what is popular now, what is coming back in style, etc.  Square subway tile is something that I have noticed is gaining ground in the trend department, but I love it because it’s not altogether trendy… Just a new take on an old classic.

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This tile shape and style is perfect because it will lend itself to any application — traditional, contemporary, and everywhere in between.  It adds just the right amount of modern to keep things feeling young and fresh.

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Do you see the interesting texture these tiles add, while still keeping a subtle vibe?  That’s talent!  😉  Using white grout will obviously keep things really soft, while darker grout will have a more impactful aesthetic.

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Keeping the tiles applied on a grid is one option if your goal is a more streamlined look, however offsetting the tiles like the above photo is a great way to add a little more visual pattern to your space.

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Use these neutral tiles to complement a focal point — like a really great and special inset on a kitchen backsplash, or floor tile with pizzazz.

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And these square tiles don’t only look awesome in white — neutrals look perfect, especially against white cabinetry, which is nothing new, but still!  I love the mix-and-match of the shapes in this kitchen backsplash, and how there are classic, industrial, and modern elements all in this one vignette photo.

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Don’t forget a small application, too — how cool does this look?  I feel like the smaller the tiles get, the more modern they look.  Especially all on a grid like this.  But I love it!

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Obviously a little color never hurt anyone, either.  🙂  Have fun with these glazed colored subway tiles as accents in your space.  A little goes a long way!

What Reflects In the Mirror Counts

When I was in design school, there was a whole unit on ‘basic design’ where my instructor taught us a lot.  One thing that was mentioned and discussed at length was mirror placement!  Basically, as a designer the thought process is that we want to elevate beauty, and that means that ‘what reflects in the mirror counts.’

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If I could put this rule into one sentence, it would be this — don’t reflect your ceiling fan in a mirror.  Think interesting wallpaper or wall texture, a pretty light fixture, artwork…  Whatever will add beauty to your space.

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Doorways can be difficult — especially in these powder bathrooms.  Sometimes these views are lovely, though.  This mirror reflects that gorgeous library.

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Window treatments!  Another great detail to reflect.

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I love tall plants (orchids are my favorite!) for reflected height, and pendant lights are pretty to look at.  They also will double the amount of light you get in your space.

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A mirror image is always a cool way to showcase dimension and sort of create a fun trick of the eye.  This bathroom is full of cerused oak and is pretty amazing.

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I will leave you with this, because it basically cannot get more beautiful or epic than this reflection here.  Expert mirror placement and chandeliers that appear to go on and on…

Fifth Wall Friday

Good morning and Happy Friday!  🙂

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An amazing and beautiful sight…a literal thatched garden on the ceiling, right above you as you dine in!  Furniture and floor are simple white — your eyes are drawn upward to the magic that hangs over your head.

Have you had one of those weeks recently where you just can’t catch up on sleep?  That’s where I’ve been since Tuesday.  My sweet doggy woke up early-early that morning with tummy problems and ever since then my whole sleep schedule has been off.  Needless to say, I am looking forward to a weekend with a few extra hours of rest and the occasional coffee or two with my husband so that we can enjoy this blessed Spring weather!

Have a wonderful weekend… 🙂

Two Beds, One Room

Good morning!  We’re almost to Friday!  🙂

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a big bedroom with two small beds.  Of course I love the whole master bedroom thing, too, but for secondary bedrooms, gotta love the two-bed scenario.  It’s great for kids, guests, and your vacation home.  With people coming and going, two beds in at least one of the secondary bedrooms is an awesome thing.

Pay attention to color distribution when you’re decorating a room like this.  Consider it more important than ever to choose a color scheme and stick to it.  These rooms have a lot going on in them and usually a lot of furniture.  By keeping your color story cohesive, your eyes will have places to rest and the effect will be a calming aesthetic.

Also — symmetry = your BFF.

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Kate Spade Lighting

Good morning!  Welcome to Wednesday.  🙂

At this point, Kate Spade home decor is nothing new, but what is pretty new is their gorgeous and limited collection of lighting.  I will be honest and say that the fixtures are a bit of an investment as far as price goes, but I am loving the small variety of styles!

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 I think that my favorite of all of these lighting choices are these simple round table lamps, which surprises me!  There’s a subtle style that goes with this modern fixture — it’s really understated but beautiful because of that.  The brass detailing is my favorite part, especially paired with that milky white.

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 The tall and slightly skinny black, white, and gold collection of lamps is funky and reads trendier than the other designs.  BUT the colors are classic, so it’s not like buying something that will go out of style with the seasons.  I love these on a desk or entry table.

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And for the more ornate aesthetic, these seriously do not disappoint.  Think of these fixtures as the jewelry in your room — the show-stopper piece, the source of the wow-factor.  I’m so surprised that these are not my favorite of all of the choices.  I’m still really partial to the first style.

Which one is your favorite?

All images via Kate Spade

Pantone 2016 Colors of the Year

Good morning!  I hope you’ve eased into your week and that Monday was good to you.  I’ve been meaning to write this post for a really long time… the topic has been on my calendar several times but has been switched around with other things.  Today we’re talking about Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year!

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By now you have most likely heard all about Rose Quartz and Serenity.  This is the first time that Pantone has released two colors of the year, as a married inspirational pair.

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I love that you can find these colors in nature — think sunsets (especially of the Arizona variety), flowers and other plants, and leaves like you see above.

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Rose Quartz is such a pretty blush pink, don’t you think?  The best blush.

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And then there’s Serenity, which is sort of icy but evokes a calm feeling and reads intensely ethereal.

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Pantone made a cultural statement of sorts upon releasing these two colors, commenting on the world’s need for peace, equality, and balance.  It’s interesting that something as simple and yet complex as color can create a platform for a discussion about things that our world faces these days.

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Bringing these colors to life in your own home…  Use paint or another form of wall covering for a floor-to-ceiling application; furniture if you’re okay with a pricier investment; or accessories if you’re just looking to celebrate these trending colors without making a big design decision.  Personally, pillows are my favorite way to try out a popular color.

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If you’re looking for other colors to pair with Rose Quartz and Serenity, look for greens, purple, yellow, a variety of pinks (you really can’t go wrong there), and deep browns.  One of my design teachers always said that purple is such a versatile color because you can pretty much pair anything with it.  When in doubt, pair these colors with purple.

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I hope you have a great Tuesday!

Fifth Wall Friday

Good morning, everyone.  Welcome to Friday!  🙂

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It seems we have a new take on skylights!  I’m loving so much about this space, and it is so simple.  Industrial meets rustic; old meets modern — there is lots of inspiration to be had here in such an uncomplicated interior.

This week was a busy one for me — one of those where on paper and in my scheduling book it doesn’t look like much, but I feel a little run ragged.  I have a busy weekend ahead, but I’m hoping to slow down a bit next week and catch my breath.

Happy Happy Weekend!

Fifth Wall Friday

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Imagine that you are walking through this bright and white hallway, and you look up and see this split and spindly tree in all its beautiful and stark glory.  That would be a good day.

Thanks so much for sticking with me all week on this blog.  This is the first week I’ve posted five times in I don’t even know how long.  It was hard, since I still had a full schedule with outside design work, but I feel accomplished and satisfied that I worked hard and was present.  This little blog is a creative outlet for me that lets me explore different ideas and yes, even show off my own little vignettes and holiday bits and pieces.  It brings me joy.

Have a great weekend!