12/4/12

Curtains

So I’m on a roll with all these online finds. I wanted to share some good curtains I’ve found that I love:

1. World Market: Slate Blue Velvet Curtain: $49.99

2. Urban Outfitters: Magical Thinking Swaying Triangle Curtain: $39.00

3. Anthropologie Soraya Curtain:  $158-$218

4. Crate and Barrel Petra Neutral Curtain Panel: $88.95-$109.00

5. Urban Outfitters Magical Thinking Triangle Chain Curtain: $24-$34.00

6. Crate and Barrel Teramo Curtain Panel: $79.95-$99.95

7. Urban Outfitters Plum & Bow Falling Garden Curtain: $39.00 (my favorite!!)

8. World Market Smocked Top Panel Curtain: $26.99

9. World Market Mocha Bisque Velvet Curtain: $34.99

10. West Elm Sullivan Woven Window Panel: $54-$65

Alright! There you have it. Hope you found something that works for you.

08/13/12

Inspired by Balconies

Happy Monday folks! I’ve been very excited lately because I found a new place to live come September and it is quite the beach house. My design mind is overflowing with inspiration and creativity. I can’t wait to get in there and start tackling the space one project at a time.

Today, I am inspired by balconies. Our new home has a beautiful balcony which looks out onto the beach (which is 3 houses away… How did I get this lucky?!) My idea is to create a few different zones on the balcony since it is large enough. Some cozy seating, a dining space and a space for a fire pit/bbq. Check it out:

These 2 spaces inspired the modern designer in me. I love the metal chairs and rustic metal table on the left and I am loving the long rectangular outdoor dining table on the right.

How zen are these spaces? You know what makes them zen? Well besides the modern and clean elements like the dark wooden platforms on the left, the plants create a calming environment which create balance. (Image sources: here and here)

I love these 2 spaces because both seating arrangements are looking out. The one on the left brings in a lot of color through those fabulous chairs and the one on the right brings in comfort with the never ending amounts of pillows and blankets. (Image sources: here and here)

I love L-shape seating because it creates immediate conversational seating. It also makes it really easy to lounge and I’m a big fan of lounging. (Image sources: here and here)

I love both these spaces because a small table and chairs creates a beautiful intimate seating arrangement. It is kind of romantic. (Image sources: here and here)

Ahhh, the ultimate lounge-fest. Some DIY crate seating on the left and a straight up mattress on the right. I’m happy. (Images sources: here and here)

Here is a shopping list and mood board I created to help along the way:

1. Ikea’s Arholma sofa= $700

2. Ikea’s Platta Flooring= $34.99/ 9 pack

3. Urban Outfitters Cafe Chairs= $149/ set of 2

4. Anthropologie La Versha Chair= $248

5. Ikea Brommo Chair= $59.99

6. Crate and Barrel Lyle Side Chair= $199

7. Crate and Barrel Alfresco Dining Table= $599

8. Ikea Lacko Table= $49

9. Pottery Barn Tori Outdoor Rug= $129 for 3′x5′

10. Pottery Barn Palace Pillow= $39.50

01/27/12

Window Displays

One of my professional dreams is to design stores and store fronts.But I want to design creative smaller, boutique stores.  As you might imagine, I am constantly finding things that inspire me and I have piled up quite a few folders of inspirational window displays. Surprise, surprise. Most of them come of Anthropologie. Why are they so cool? Anyways, check it out and see what I mean.

So, those people that create these window displays. I want to hang out with them.

Also a quick Feng Shui note: Store fronts are crucial. Just like front doors to a home, store fronts are what either pull you into the space or keep you moving.

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