Sunday, May 23, 2010

Vignette Eye Candy


I am endlessly fascinated by the way objects can be arranged.  The composition, the objects themselves, the balance… so many variations.  I love a layered tablescape.  Just look at the arrangement above.  Framed pictures behind vases of flowers flanked with small lamps all accented by elegant bibelots.  Looooove this  look.

Let’s take a little tour of a few striking and creative tablescape vignettes, shall we.


Love the color and composition of this arrangement.


The balance, the symmetry , the classic marble bust…perfection.


Sea fans , coral and hydrangeas, what’s not to love.


Never underestimate the power of a single branch in a simple vase.  Of course, an oversized shell filled with succulents doesn’t hurt.


image  Love the natural dried arrangements.


Not too sure about the use of FOUR lamps, but I always love a large table stacked with books.


A simple arrangement but with three refined oil paintings , two classic lamps , one fabulous mirror,  flanked by a pair of slipcovered black chairs, what more could you ask for.


One of my sales reps just gave me a calligraphy brush like the one above and I can’t wait to create a beautiful vignette to showcase it.


Now I just have to find the perfect little crab to place on a book!!

I hope you enjoyed this tour of creative tablescapes.   Even the simplest of objects can become so much more when displayed with imagination.  Look around your own home.  Open those closets and cabinets and pull out items you tucked away and forgot.  Place them all together and start playing .  Be inspired… go forth and create!  You might be pleasantly surprised with the results. 


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Friday, May 14, 2010

The Bold and the Beautiful

As I was trolling through my inspiration file I noticed something…a definite lack of color.  Have you noticed this?  So many of the design magazines seem to be obsessed with neutral…neutral…neutral!  Now don’t get me wrong, I love me a neutral room , but this is the south after all and we CRAVE color!  Lots and lots of color!  So with that in mind, let’s take a tour of rooms with at least a  shot of color to add a little spice. 


Yellow anyone?  I think I have posted this picture before.  I don’t know what it is about this room, but it just calls my name.


More happy yellow…. love it with the charcoal grey.




Red, red, red…..yum!

Now how’s that for some color!     {images via VT interiors}

Let’s all think pink…………..


and blue… yoo-hoo for color!!  {images via chinoiserie chic}

I hope this happy little tour of colorful rooms brightened up your day, it certainly did mine.


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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Evolution of a Room…Part Two

Now that prom season is behind me (year 32!!!) and my prom store is hibernating for the balance of the year, I am finally ready to get back to blogging.  Sorry for the delay on my follow up post to the study I am redesigning for a young family.  If you didn’t read the previous post, please take a look to see the before pictures and the desk that will live in this cozy room.

Next stop… my favorite design element of a room… the fabrics!  I usually start with fabrics as my inspiration.  In most cases it is the first step in choosing color, as well as, the feel and attitude of a space.  If you have ever visited Perfect Home you know that the upstairs is dedicated to my extensive fabric collection and most days I can be found there surrounded by a mountain of sample books pouring over choices for windows or bedding.  Sometimes overwhelming, yes!  Inspired by fabric… always!

Now  a peak at the choices for my study project….

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accent pillow fabrics

My client and I knew we were looking for fabrics with a fresh clean feel.  Not stuffy or too traditional but with a classic look.  Understated, but with a little pop.  She was instantly attracted to the circle fabric at top and we decided to use it as large pillows in the pair of club chairs.  The loopy green and green and brown tweedy fabrics will work together to create a lumbar pillow probably for the wonderful tufted leather chair that just arrived.

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These are the club chair fabrics.  The textured creamy oatmeal is the main fabric with chocolate brown linen as a contrast welting.  I think these are going to be great looking chairs in a classic, and very comfortable club style.  Can’t wait to see them!


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And our last fabric.  This green and cream geometric linen will probably go on a round skirted table, or possibly a parsons chair behind the desk.  Not sure yet, but wherever it goes, I love it.  This is a great fabric I have used before in other color ways and it has a really modern feel without being too contemporary.

We will be working with the existing window treatments which are a neutral color in a very classic style.  Possibly a three inch banding of green linen will be added to the leading edge if they need a bit of jazzing up.  To be determined…

As you can see, only a few fabric styles will be used in this room.  This will not be a rich, layered library look (which I also LOVE), but a more subtle and youthful feel for this active young family.  Can’t wait to see it all pulled together.  Stay tuned… next time I will reveal our choices for seating. 


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