How to Create the Perfect Vignette

A few well-styled vignettes can add polish and interest to your home. In terms of interior design, a vignette is a small space that has been curated with groups of objects to make a style statement. 

Here are a few tips for creating your own striking vignettes.

1. Mix design styles 

Placing a more contemporary object, such as this sparkly silver sculpture, on top of a traditional antique chest adds interest and punch. Also notice the pattern play of the striped wallpaper, herringbone floor, and the chest's marble top. All are in similar tones, but the mix is what makes it exciting!

 

Source: Lonny

Source: Lonny

2. Combine the elegant with the casual

Adding a more casual element to your vignette lightens the mood and makes your design more approachable. We love how the formal red chairs here flank a very rustic console. And while the antique mirrors add an ageless quality to the space, the zebra rug offers a dash of contemporary flair. 

Source: Veranda

Source: Veranda

3. Highlight a collector piece

If you have a piece of artwork or a sculpture that you love, why not make it the focal point of your vignette? Here, the giant floral print forms the ideal backdrop for the homeowner's sculpture, which is balanced with the candle hurricane atop the stack of books. We also love how that luscious rosy pink hue is pulled from the artwork and reappears on the chair. 

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4. Vary heights and depths

Make sure all of the items in your vignette are not the same height and are placed throughout the setting and not all in a row. Your eye needs to travel throughout the space and not over it. This is a great example of disparate objects of varying heights that work so well together. And fresh flowers always add something special to a space. Love the pop of orange in this neutral, natural palette, too!

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5. Incorporate mirrors and lighting

Mirrors or any kind of reflective surface catch light and bounce it around a space making it feel more spacious. Adding light from a table lamp or a pair of sconces makes the vignette have a warmer feel, too. This gorgeous vignette makes use of all our tips! The rough texture of the creamy brick wall is unexpected and beautiful and is the perfect canvas for the more contemporary sconces. The light from the breathtaking candelabra lamp balanced on the right by two candles in varying heights is reflected in the antique mirror. And what about that console and the little shiny metallic candleholder beneath? Just perfect! 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridge the Gap

“The wise man bridges the gap by laying out the path by means of which he can get from where he is to where he wants to go.” - John Pierpont Morgan

Don't you love that old saying, "I'll cross that bridge when I come to it?" In other words, "I simply don't have the answer right now."

Everyone wants to create a masterpiece. We all have visions in our minds of the perfectly constructed building, space, product, idea, or even sentence. The difficulty is getting there. Let's face it, creativity on its best day is frustrating. But...that's the journey. It's not easy. It's not meant to be. It's a process. A sometimes arduous, yet very eloquent process.

Of course, there are real moments of true inspiration. Times when the plan becomes clear, when the answer seems so plain, so simple. More than likely, however, it's been the real work that has taken you from A to B -- the hours of putting your head down, the time spent laying out the paths. And, even more likely, it's been the input, critique and suggestions of trusted colleagues that have refined your work and made it complete. There you have it...collaboration. Your best ideas are never yours alone, but for the efforts, inspiration and strong connections of those around you.

I promise, you will always walk away a better designer, artist or storyteller when you allow the community of those who participate in your craft to help you bridge the gaps in your work.

Today, we are inspired by a group of creatives, fully embracing the art of collaboration: Commune.

"Commune is a Los Angeles-based design studio founded in 2004 with a reputation for holistic work across the fields of architecture, interior design, graphic design, product design and brand management.

The studio values the strength of the collective mind, believing that authentic creativity and innovation come from collaboration. The true virtuosity of their work comes from their collaborations with each other as well as with other members of the community. Since its inception, Commune has worked with artists and craftsmen across the U.S. and beyond.

Commune is noted for its eclectic assemblages that work in harmony with their surroundings, while paying homage to historical, traditional, and international design. The firm’s environmental sympathies are expressed in their conscientious selection of materials, and echoed in their appreciation for original architecture and its elements." - communedesign.com

 

A well-rounded portfolio of Commercial and Residential interiors by Commune:

Ammo at the Hammer. Westwood, California  

Ammo at the Hammer. Westwood, California
 

Farmshop. Brentwood, California  

Farmshop. Brentwood, California
 

Farmshop. Marin, California  

Farmshop. Marin, California
 

Residence. Moreno Drive, Brentwood, California  

Residence. Moreno Drive, Brentwood, California
 

Residence. Carnation Street, Silverlake, California  

Residence. Carnation Street, Silverlake, California
 

Residence. Catalina Street, Los Feliz, California  

Residence. Catalina Street, Los Feliz, California
 

images via: communedesign.com  

images via: communedesign.com
 

 

Bridging the gap from history to modern interpretations, and literally filling the gaps with grout and metal, this teracotta tile collection is a perfect example of the exciting and innovative products coming out of Commune:

 "Our first tile collection for Exquisite Surfaces was inspired by Brazilian landscape architect and artist Burle Marx and California Modernist geometric pattern combinations. The terracotta tile is hand made and glazed in Mexico. The patterns are slashed into the tile to receive the grout. There are six slash designs allowing for an endless variety of custom patterns.”The Sitio Tile Collection” is named after Marx’s home outside Rio de Janeiro, the tiles are a modern interpretation of those found in his garden." - Commune

 "Our first tile collection for Exquisite Surfaces was inspired by Brazilian landscape architect and artist Burle Marx and California Modernist geometric pattern combinations. The terracotta tile is hand made and glazed in Mexico. The patterns are slashed into the tile to receive the grout. There are six slash designs allowing for an endless variety of custom patterns.”The Sitio Tile Collection” is named after Marx’s home outside Rio de Janeiro, the tiles are a modern interpretation of those found in his garden." - Commune

 


 

Ace Hotel. Los Angeles, CA.   Notice the installation of "Sitio". Perfecto.

Ace Hotel. Los Angeles, CA.   Notice the installation of "Sitio". Perfecto.

images via: Communedesign.com

images via: Communedesign.com

Be inspired...cross that bridge with confidence when you come to it. It was designed (by collective minds) to get you where you need to go.

Uniquely yours,

Kimberly
 

Use Your Words

"My task, which I am trying to achieve, is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel -- it is, before all, to make you see.” – Joseph Conrad

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it is a fitting time to utilize one of her go-to phrases: "use your words!” When we were small, throwing tantrums and tempted to use a left hook instead, she taught us the importance of communication.

Of course, the struggle began from that day forward of what to say, how to say it and exactly when and where we should even attempt to speak. But with time, trial and error, many loving corrections and countless "looks" (you know the one) hopefully we have found our voices. Now, we use our words and tell our stories.

If you are like me, you don't mind borrowing someone else's take. I adore a good quote, a beautiful lyric or an amusing quip. The written word is one of life's greatest treasures. Nothing in all the world makes you think longer, deeper or more passionately than a few letters strung together creating the perfect summary of your emotions. It is an amazing thing when words make you see.

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Images via: Pinterest  

Images via: Pinterest
 

Available through Savvy: Wonderful Folk Art-inspired prints and pillows made from linen...and heart. Book Collection Art Prints (below) - hand framed in reclaimed wood. Each print is available in White, Cream, and Charcoal.  2' x 3'  and 3' x 4'.

Available through Savvy:

Wonderful Folk Art-inspired prints and pillows made from linen...and heart.

Book Collection Art Prints (below) - hand framed in reclaimed wood. Each print is available in White, Cream, and Charcoal.  2' x 3'  and 3' x 4'.

Thank you to all the women in our lives who by grace, love and "a good talking to" made us who we are today. We honor you. 

Be inspired....for you have certainly inspired us. Happy Mother's Day!

Uniquely yours,

Kimberly 

 

Ready, Set...Renew!

"Here's an idea for a blog post: How to update your home for Spring. I am currently looking for this -- pack up the fur throw and bring in more plants. Open up your shades. Get fresh throw pillows. Rearrange furniture to face a window or be more open to the outdoors. Switch out heavy embroidered rugs for natural or light-colored ones. Have fresh flowers." - Savvy Client

Perhaps you are like our dear client, eagerly searching for inspiration on ways to lighten, brighten and reenergize your space for Spring. We understand, and as is our policy - ask and you shall receive!

We have pored over Pinterest board after Pinterest board, carefully curating the coolest and chicest ways to usher in the new season. Take a moment to enjoy these fresh ideas (stop and view the roses, as it were) then go out and buy a bunch, because Spring has indeed arrived, and it's time to, once again, "ready", set and renew your abode!

Peonies are my favorite flower, they never disappoint - but, these books also add great color. Set bright bindings about for a little lift.  

Peonies are my favorite flower, they never disappoint - but, these books also add great color. Set bright bindings about for a little lift.  

You don't have to run out and buy a pink sofa (although I'm considering it), but toss pillows with color, texture and pattern are definitely good things to change with the seasons. 

You don't have to run out and buy a pink sofa (although I'm considering it), but toss pillows with color, texture and pattern are definitely good things to change with the seasons. 

When is enough, enough with pillows? Never. 

When is enough, enough with pillows? Never. 

Don't neglect your walls. Artwork sounds like a huge investment, but it doesn't have to be. Make your own art! I'm doing that very thing right now (stay tuned for a future blog post).  

Don't neglect your walls. Artwork sounds like a huge investment, but it doesn't have to be. Make your own art! I'm doing that very thing right now (stay tuned for a future blog post).  

Easy, breezy, beauti...oh wait, that's something else. Still, white sheers on your windows create a sense of ease, breeze and beauty. Don't cover, girl! 

Easy, breezy, beauti...oh wait, that's something else. Still, white sheers on your windows create a sense of ease, breeze and beauty. Don't cover, girl! 

Yellow = sunshine. Simple equation.  

Yellow = sunshine. Simple equation.  

More yellow, more sunshine. Keep adding. 

More yellow, more sunshine. Keep adding. 

Alright, play this little game I enjoy: place one thumb over the fuschia flowers and one over the pink embroidered pillow. What's left? Not a lot of color, right? A small amount can pack a powerful punch.

Alright, play this little game I enjoy: place one thumb over the fuschia flowers and one over the pink embroidered pillow. What's left? Not a lot of color, right? A small amount can pack a powerful punch.

So, I'm not a hundred percent sure if the flowers in the foreground of this image are supposed to be doing this, but look at how the floor lamp in the background mimics their shape and color. Coincidence? No idea, but the point is the same - even if those orchids have met their demise and will consequently be tossed, that lamp still references nature and just feels like Spring.

So, I'm not a hundred percent sure if the flowers in the foreground of this image are supposed to be doing this, but look at how the floor lamp in the background mimics their shape and color. Coincidence? No idea, but the point is the same - even if those orchids have met their demise and will consequently be tossed, that lamp still references nature and just feels like Spring.

The thumb game. It applies here, too.  

The thumb game. It applies here, too.  

If nothing else, a giant plant works well. 

If nothing else, a giant plant works well. 

Don't ignore the room in which you slumber. A colorful throw, fresh bedding, a fun lamp and gorgeous flowers all contribute to alleviating the heaviness of dark woods, rugs and upholstery. 

Don't ignore the room in which you slumber. A colorful throw, fresh bedding, a fun lamp and gorgeous flowers all contribute to alleviating the heaviness of dark woods, rugs and upholstery. 

Turn your focus to the outdoors - all the decorating is done for you! Your doors and windows are like built-in picture frames. Free art - even better than cheap art! 

Turn your focus to the outdoors - all the decorating is done for you! Your doors and windows are like built-in picture frames. Free art - even better than cheap art! 

I just like this room. Maybe it's that tiny bull on the console that's buying me. But, bull or no bull, it's rather cool.  

I just like this room. Maybe it's that tiny bull on the console that's buying me. But, bull or no bull, it's rather cool.

 

Be inspired...revive thy style.

Uniquely yours,

Kimberly

 

Images via: Pinterest

 

No Words...

"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence." - Ansel Adams

 

Speechless. The unembellished beauty of this Alys Beach dwelling has left me just that. And when words escape the mind of a designer, "the eye" takes over. Perhaps we are best heard through what we create visually, and our stories are best told through form, texture and light. These three guiding principles were most assuredly followed here. I am in awe of the perfect restraint...and at least for today, I have no words...

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Images via: Veranda Magazine  

Images via: Veranda Magazine  

Be inspired...silently. 

Uniquely yours, 

Kimberly

Val-YOU

 

 val·ue

/valYOU/

the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.

 

 “In all the world there is nobody, nobody like you. Since the beginning of time there has never been another person like you. Nobody has your smile, your eyes, your hands, your hair. Nobody owns your handwriting, your voice. Nobody can paint your brushstrokes. Nobody has your taste for food, or music, or dance, or art. Nobody in the universe sees things as you do. In all of time, there has never been anyone who laughs in exactly your way; and what makes you laugh, or cry, or think may have a totally different response in another. You are different than any other person that has ever lived. You are the only one in the whole creation who has a particular set of abilities. There is always someone who is better at one thing or another; every person is your superior in at least one way, but nobody can reach the quality of the combination of your talents. Throughout all of eternity, no will ever walk, talk, think or do exactly like you. You are rare, and in rarity there is enormous value.” – Alistair Begg  

 

Every space has a personality, and every personality - a space. As designers, we value that space which makes you, you.

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Be inspired…distinctively.

Uniquely yours,

Kimberly

Sweet Dreams

"We had a beautiful dream and that was all..." - Marie Antoinette
 

Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film, Marie Antoinette, stylishly depicted the nineteen years the queen spent at the palace of Versailles. It was filmed largely on location, where the stunning surroundings and costumes became characters in their own right. Exquisitely costumed by Milena Canonero, she was given a box of macarons from Paris’ famous confectionary shop, Ladurée, as inspiration.

No doubt, after the film’s release, macarons actually became trendy. There was something about their lovely pastel hues and feminine packaging that made us want to dab on rouge and powder our hair (in a parlor adorned with gilded boiserie).

In Coppola’s film, history is seen from a very feminine, young woman’s point of view. The queen’s love for fashion and decorating particularly interested the director. “You’re considered superficial and silly if you’re interested in such things,” Coppola says. “But I think you can be substantial and still be interested in frivolity.”

Indeed, we need to be frivolous at times. We need to enjoy delicious desserts, dress in frilly gowns and frolic about. We need to find inspiration in unlikely places, where our imaginations are allowed to be abundant, even lavish. Of course, discipline and subtlety are important for achieving the balance. Still, one can indulge in beautiful, opulent dreams.  

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images via: Paris in Four Months; IMDb; Laduree.com  

images via: Paris in Four Months; IMDb; Laduree.com
 

Be inspired...sweetly.

Uniquely yours,

Kimberly


{Miner} Details

 

"I want to live,

I want to give

I've been a miner for a heart of gold." - Neil Young

 

As designers, we are constantly searching for true artists that contribute to giving our clients more beautiful and unique spaces. Every so often, we come across one:

Katy Briscoe began her career in the jewelry industry in 1980, working part-time for a Fort Worth mom-and-pop shop. Later, Katy worked in the jewelry department of a major department store and then entered the world of high-dollar jewelry sales upon being hired by the internationally renowned Fred Joaillier of Paris.  With her love and extensive knowledge of the industry, she became one of Fred’s top-producers and was groomed for an assistant directorship -- the youngest and only female in that position at the time.

After her success at Fred, Katy was approached by a representative of David Webb of New York in 1985, where she furthered her knowledge of fine jewelry and gained insight into the preferences of the world's wealthiest clients.  Five years later Katy realized that she really wanted to create her own designs and left to establish her first home-based atelier called “Chinati the Jeweler”.

Grasping the fundamentals of the jewelry business was a rite of passage neither glamorous nor romantic, but with hard work and an unerring determination she set up her own full-service jewelry company in June of 1994. 

In 2010, Katy’s publicist proposed that it was time for the brand to have a new product line, and said “I think your bracelets would make the most amazing napkin rings”.  In that moment, Katy saw her stacks of bangles on dinnerware, and the idea for a gift collection was born. Soon afterwards, Katy partnered with a longtime friend to create Katy Briscoe Home. In 2014, they launched The Bangles Collection (American-made home accessories, featuring bone china with hand-painted gold and white bisque finishes). - katybriscoe.com

The simplistic beauty of white, Grecian china, joined with intricate, jewelry-inspired details, makes Katy Briscoe Home one of the most refined, yet exciting collections we've seen in a long time. 

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Be inspired...dig deep. 

Uniquely yours,

Kimberly 

Transformative Style

“Each of us is carving a stone, erecting a column or cutting a piece of stained glass in the construction of something much bigger than ourselves.” A. Clarkson

Can furnishings be life-changing? Yes, if they are produced by the house of Christopher Guy. Christopher Guy designs are a rare combination of elegance, invention and worldliness that reach true artisanship.

Christopher Guy Harrison is the Englishman who created it all. Born in Britain, raised in Spain and France and currently residing between Singapore, London, Los Angeles and New York, he has an abundance of influences. "My international background allows me to draw on inspiration from everything I experience around me, taking elements from different periods of history and transforming them into designs of what I hope are elegance and sophistication."

Most interestingly, Christopher designed and built a one million square foot workshop on the island, Java, in Indonesia, to accommodate the 1,400 carvers, woodcarvers and artisans that craft his designs. The complex is nothing less than spectacular, and the work that is produced there...masterful. Watch simple wood and stone transform into intricate style.  

images via: christopherguy.com  

images via: christopherguy.com
 

Be inspired...shape your life.

Uniquely yours,

Kimberly
 

Altruistic Art

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”

 -  John Bunyan

 

Artists relinquish pieces of themselves without reason for gaining anything in return; and art is simply shared for the joy of involvement with those who choose to interact with it.

Lourdes Sanchez is a brilliant painter and textile print designer who works in hand painted watercolor media.

In her words:

“Luli Sanchez is the name I use for my design work. My full name is Lourdes Sanchez, and Luli was a childhood nickname. I worked designing prints for the fashion industry in Manhattan for 18 years, until knowing that my heart would break if I showed up to work in the garment center one more day, I rented a teeny tiny workspace in NYC's East Village, a few blocks away from my teeny tiny apartment at the time, and basically painted nonstop and sold designs to designers of both fashion and home furnishings for 2 years straight. When I finally came up for air, I was thrilled to know I would never have to go back.

My work is still hand painted, in inks or watercolor. My objective with my designing has been to capture an organic and moody, yet optimistic spirit, and have designs out in the world that in their own small way may invoke a feeling that underneath it all, it is a benevolent universe.”

images via: www.lulisanchez.com  

images via: www.lulisanchez.com
 

Be inspired...and charitable with your gifts.

Uniquely yours,

Kimberly
 

Functioning Formally


"Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union." - Frank Lloyd Wright

COUEF.

What is COUEF? COUEF is an acronym for: Chair, Ottoman, Upholstered, End Table and Function

Developed by designers Jamie Schachtel and Danielle Yucht, COUEF is an inventive line of functional accent furniture. Encompassing elegant shapes and practical usability, each piece is the ideal room accessory, going from easy, everyday staples to formal furnishings.

COUEF has developed the perfect union between form and function, reassuring us that Wright was...well...right. In the end, the two shall be one.

Be inspired...purposefully.

Uniquely yours,

Kimberly
 

A Sip of Marsala

“Now and then it is a joy to have one's table red with wine and roses.”  -Oscar Wilde
 

"While PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

"Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.

Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered furniture." - pantone.com 

Best used as an accent color, enjoy a sip of Marsala in your décor. Cheers!

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Be inspired...drink your life in.

Uniquely yours,

Kimberly
 

Merry Stylish

mer·ry    merē

adjective

  1. cheerful and lively

    synonym: without a care in the world

“I do not consider a room complete until it has the right balance of vintage and modern elements. Trends and whimsy are not a focus for me. I strive to create a feeling of timeless elegance and gracious living in soulful environments. Rooms should feel as though the furniture and art within them were collected over time and curated with a sense of personal history.” - Tommy Smythe, interior designer

Tommy’s contagious enthusiasm and fun loving approach to décor have made him an international design world favorite. Known for his unique mixture of fine, vintage, antique and modern furnishings, Tommy never lets it all feel too serious.  “If it's not fun, it's not worth doing!” And that's his final word on style.

images: Sarah Richardson  

images: Sarah Richardson
 

Now, Tommy Smythe shows us how to maintain our personal style while decorating for the holidays. He creates a festive space with accents that are both elegant and edgy.

A few tips from Tommy:

Mix Traditional With Unexpected Elements

White slipper chairs with turned legs give this space a traditional feel, while the skull pillows keep it from becoming too formal.

Keep Holiday Items on the Edgy Side

The black and red feather wreath, mismatched plaids and animal skulls offer an offbeat approach.

Add DIY Items for a Personal Touch

Black frames with collected patches create a refined, curated look, while the custom red and black check mirror adds to the warmth of the room by the virtue of its handmade artistry.

My tip:

Have Fun

Enjoy the opportunity to play around with your décor. The holidays are temporary, so why not push the envelope a bit. It's a good time to express yourself.

Be inspired...and carefree with your style.

Uniquely yours,

Kimberly

Drawing Straws

"Behold the child, by nature's kindly law,

Pleas'd with a rattle, tickl'd with a straw" - Alexander Pope

 

Considered the quintessential traditional Finnish holiday decoration, himmeli are fascinating structures.

"In Finland, himmeli have been made for centuries, though folklorists are unclear when the tradition began. The word himmeli is believed to have derived from the German word for heaven (Himmel) which in turn derives from the Old Norse word himinn, variously translated as heaven or sky. Himmeli were traditionally hung over the table during the harvest festival to ensure a good harvest the following year – the more elaborate the himmeli, the more abundant the next year’s crop. 

Traditionally, himmeli are made from specially selected and prepared straw in an octahedron, an eight-sided polyhedron. The straws must be straight, clean and unblemished." - etsy

The fact that himmeli are still made in Finland (and similar mobiles known as pajaki in Poland) is a testament to the remnants of old agrarian traditions, and the fact that simple, minimalistic design is still significant, and more importantly, everlasting. Because, when everything else is broken down and stripped away, it is the simplest structure that remains. Even a straw, in the end, is quite beautiful, when seen in a new way. 

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Be inspired...draw the short straw, who cares...make something of it.

Uniquely yours, 

Kimberly

 

A "Peak" Inside

 

“A window—it’s more entertaining than TV. Just ask a cat looking out, or a man looking in on a life he desires.” ― Jarod Kintz

I have long had a fascination with window displays. There is something incredibly delightful about the ability to visually tell a story within the confines of a small space. Enclosed in glass, they are a peek into another (nearly tangible) world, where the desire to 'step right in' becomes so strong that the viewer is able to escape for a brief moment. 

Upscale Canadian department store, Holt Renfrew, is known for its incredibly detailed holiday windows. Last year's "Northern Noël" was especially charming. Consisting of 11 endearing vignettes that captured holiday moments, the story began on the slopes and ended in a warm ski chalet. Inspired by vintage posters, one scene conveyed a lumberjack rescuing a woman wearing a long evening gown, while another comically depicted men attempting to wrap Christmas gifts and untangle lights. 

As I prepare to design holiday window displays for a 'sweet' local business, I am gaining insiration from Holt Renfrew's whimisical approach to merchandising, and their desire to mesmerize an audience.

Here's a glimpse inside the enchanting exhibit: 

 

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Be inspired...captivate. 

Uniquely yours, 

Kimberly

Unerring Composition

"Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, this life..." - The Verve 

If you were to ask about my favorite style of design, I would most likely answer according to my mood. The fact is, it changes. One moment it's austere contemporary, the next it's classic chic, followed by rich bohemian, and on and on. That is why I become enthralled with designers who masterfully combine various styles. In my opinion, they are the true maestros, conducting a blend of distinctive components into one harmonious masterpiece. 

"Eric Cohler is highly acclaimed for his distinguishing ability to fuse classical and contemporary elements. Dubbed 'The Mixmaster' by industry editors, Cohler’s interior spaces display layers of unusual texture, color and verve". - ericcohler.com

Take a peak inside the visual symphonies Cohler brilliantly composes:

 

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Be inspired...compose your own arrangement, it's perfect. 

Uniquely yours, 

Kimberly  

Graceful Bend

 

"I was an oak, now I'm a willow, now I can bend" - Until it's Time for You to Go, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Lyricist 

Cultivated varieties of willow have been the material of choice in basketry for centuries. A strong and flexible material, the nature of willow to "bend" gives tightness and resilience to the finished product, allowing the basket maker to weave elegant, yet sturdy vessels. 

With their inherent ability to add warmth and sophistication, baskets have always been one of my favorite pieces of décor. Someone once told me that every room needs a touch of willow. In other words, a space does not feel inviting until a woven element has been placed. I have found much wisdom in that advice. If we think about it, there is nothing quite as hospitable. Gifts and goodies are traditionally presented in such (Little Red Riding Hood taught us that). We associate them with abundance and generosity, as well as comfort and contentment. 

My advice: If a room does not immediately welcome you, bend it back toward "cordial" with a touch of willow:

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Images: Lucas Fox, Barcelona.

Images: Lucas Fox, Barcelona.

Be inspired...bend gracefully. 

Uniquely yours, 

Kimberly

Live Lightheartedly

“Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can; all of them make me laugh.” ― W.H. Auden

Nothing touches my heart quicker than laughter, and there are few things I adore more than design. So, when the two are combined, perfection is near. My best advice: Don't take your interior too seriously. A wink and a nod is always helpful to break the monotony, and a touch of whimsy can lighten the mood of any space. 

Over the years, I have admired many designs, but the ones with which I have fallen in love, were the ones that made me smile:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Accessorize in peace.

Accessorize in peace.

Be inspired...amuse.  

Uniquely yours,  

Kimberly  

 

 

 

 

images via: houzz