WEEKEND ROUNDUP: SUNDAY BEST

As the weekend winds down, we thought we'd share with you a few of our favorite links we found this week around the web. We hope they inspire you as much as they did us. Enjoy!

DESIGN & DECOR

IMAGE SOURCE: Lonny   PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Attic Fire Photography

IMAGE SOURCE: Lonny   PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Attic Fire Photography

Textile designer Chanee Vijay and interior designer Sarah Chiovarou give Vijay's centuries-old Philadelphia colonial home a stunning contemporary update,  and we loved the final result! CLICK HERE for a house tour.

FOOD & DRINK

IMAGE SOURCE: The New York Times   PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Tony Cenicola

IMAGE SOURCE: The New York Times   PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Tony Cenicola

Cucumber salad is showing its trendy side in Manhattan these days. The standard technique of smashing cucumbers in many Asian countries has made its way Stateside, and the result is nothing less than delicious. CLICK HERE to read more about this technique and get some recipes to try.

TRAVEL & LEISURE

IMAGE SOURCE: Ayana Resort and Spa Bali  VIA: Veranda

IMAGE SOURCE: Ayana Resort and Spa Bali  VIA: Veranda

Room service is so yesterday. If you really want to vacation in style, check out these over-the-top amenities at luxury hotels around the world. Yes, one hotel even has a floating brunch so you can keep cool in the pool, while nibbling and sipping.  CLICK HERE to discover some of the most luxe and creative hotel experiences around.

STYLE & FASHION

IMAGE SOURCE: Camp Design Group   RETAIL DESIGN: Camp Design Group

IMAGE SOURCE: Camp Design Group   RETAIL DESIGN: Camp Design Group

This is not your grandma's Goodwill. The thrift store giant has jumped on the trend of upscale discounted retail outlets and has opened more than 60 RARE by Goodwill thrift boutiques nationwide, most recently in southern California. CLICK HERE to read more about this exciting new shopping destination that will save you money, but let you splurge on style.

ART & ARCHITECTURE

IMAGE SOURCE: Collosal   ART IN IMAGE CREATED BY Jake Weidman

IMAGE SOURCE: Collosal   ART IN IMAGE CREATED BY Jake Weidman

Artist and Master Penman Jake Weidman is the youngest to excel in his extraordinary craft. The stunning works of art he creates with his delicate penmanship will amaze you. CLICK HERE to watch a video and read more about Jake and his work.

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: SUNDAY BEST

As the weekend winds down, we thought we'd share with you a few of our favorite links we found this week around the web. We hope they inspire you as much as they did us. Enjoy!

DESIGN & DECOR

Look what we found on My Domaine! 8 breathtaking balconies that are calling our names. Cocktails at 6?  Or maybe a latte and a good book on a peaceful summer morning? Whatever you decide, any of these special spaces would be the perfect place to perch. CLICK HERE and start swooning.

IMAGE SOURCE: My Domaine   Photography by Rees Roberts

IMAGE SOURCE: My Domaine   Photography by Rees Roberts

 

FOOD & DRINK

IMAGE SOURCE: The Kitchn

IMAGE SOURCE: The Kitchn

Say "chartreuse" and a distinctly bright greenish yellow hue comes to mind, right? Well, did you know that before the color came the liqueur? Yes, Chartreuse is a unique alcoholic beverage with a rich history that dates back to 1605! CLICK HERE to read more about this liqueur that is as special as the distinctive color that bears its name.

HEALTH & BEAUTY

IMAGE SOURCE: Muse    VIA: YAHOO! Health

IMAGE SOURCE: Muse    VIA: YAHOO! Health

The digital revolution has definitely influenced almost all areas of our lives, and how we keep in shape, both mentally and physically, is no exception. CLICK HERE to learn about 6 new generation health and fitness innovations that are bridging the gap between information and action. 

STYLE & FASHION

IMAGE SOURCE: Pasotti   Via: Hadley Court

IMAGE SOURCE: Pasotti   Via: Hadley Court

Our friends at Hadley Court shared a glorious piece on the luxury, artisanal Italian umbrella and parasol maker, Pasotti, and we had to share! Used by some of the world’s top celebrities and style icons, these gorgeous creations will have you singing in the rain . . . and the sun.  CLICK HERE to read the post, which also includes a nice little history of the umbrella and it’s classy cousin, the parasol. 

TRAVEL AND LEISURE

IMAGE SOURCE: The Lush List

IMAGE SOURCE: The Lush List

Have you been to Telluride, Colorado? I haven't, but after experiencing its splendor through the eyes of The Lush List's creator, Alicia Wood, I can't wait to go! In this interesting and beautiful post, Alicia shares her favorite things to do and places to eat and stay in Telluride. CLICK HERE to be inspired!

 

 

 

Inspired By: Mother Nature

Whether it’s an azure blue glacier hugged by majestic snowcapped mountaintops, a burnt sienna sunset blanketing a golden beach, or even an exotic bird resplendent in a feathered kaleidoscope of colorful hues, let nature be your guide when designing beautiful spaces in your home. 

Hubbard Glacier, Alaska   Photography by Judy Uelk

Hubbard Glacier, Alaska   Photography by Judy Uelk

Have you been to Alaska? If not, I highly recommend it!! Having just returned from a relaxing, invigorating, amazing trip to the “final frontier” myself, I can say unequivocally that this state is one of the most breathtaking of all.  More than twice the size of Texas and rimmed by more coastline than all of the other states combined, Alaska’s sheer size makes it dramatic and impressive. No wonder the Aleutian people call Alaska “the Great Land.” But the scenery . . . ah yes, the scenery is unmatched.

Mother Nature is certainly the quintessential interior designer. In fact, we should often take our color cues from her when thinking about our own interior spaces. Each composition she creates is perfectly balanced and, more often than not, absolutely breathtaking. 

Here are a few of Mother Nature's best. We think each of them is pretty amazing. We've also included some design inspiration that mirror the natural beauties, giving you ideas on how to bring what Mother Nature deems pretty darn gorgeous into your home.  

Palm Island, Townsville, Australia   Photography by Madeleine Uelk

Palm Island, Townsville, Australia   Photography by Madeleine Uelk

IMAGE SOURCE: GR Interiors

IMAGE SOURCE: GR Interiors

Looking for paint colors to complement this palette?

SAVVY SUGGESTS . . . 

Benjamin Moore "Kendall Charcoal"  IMAGE SOURCE: Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore "Kendall Charcoal"  IMAGE SOURCE: Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore "Orange Burst"   IMAGE SOURCE: Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore "Orange Burst"   IMAGE SOURCE: Benjamin Moore


Flower Market, Dublin, Ireland    Photography by Judy Uelk

Flower Market, Dublin, Ireland    Photography by Judy Uelk

IMAGE SOURCE: Veranda    Photography by Fritz von der Schulenburg

IMAGE SOURCE: Veranda    Photography by Fritz von der Schulenburg

LOOKING FOR PAINT COLORS TO COMPLEMENT THIS PALETTE?

SAVVY SUGGESTS . . . 

Benjamin Moore "Yellow Raincoat"   IMAGE SOURCE: Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore "Yellow Raincoat"   IMAGE SOURCE: Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore "Heritage Red"   IMAGE SOURCE: Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore "Heritage Red"   IMAGE SOURCE: Benjamin Moore

Photography by Julie Huffman O'Connor

Photography by Julie Huffman O'Connor

IMAGE SOURCE: Traditional Home   Photography by John Bessler and Jonny Valiant  

IMAGE SOURCE: Traditional Home   Photography by John Bessler and Jonny Valiant

 

LOOKING FOR PAINT COLORS TO COMPLEMENT THIS PALETTE?

SAVVY SUGGESTS . . . 

Sherwin Williams "Dynamic Blue"   IMAGE SOURCE: Sherwin Williams

Sherwin Williams "Dynamic Blue"   IMAGE SOURCE: Sherwin Williams

Sherwin Williams "Holiday Turquoise"   IMAGE SOURCE: Sherwin Williams

Sherwin Williams "Holiday Turquoise"   IMAGE SOURCE: Sherwin Williams

IMAGE SOURCE: Cathedral Geodes

IMAGE SOURCE: Cathedral Geodes

IMAGE SOURCE: DPages   

IMAGE SOURCE: DPages   

LOOKING FOR PAINT COLORS TO COMPLEMENT THIS PALETTE?

SAVVY SUGGESTS . . . 

Sherwin Williams "Intuitive"   IMAGE SOURCE: Sherwin Williams

Sherwin Williams "Intuitive"   IMAGE SOURCE: Sherwin Williams

Benjamin Moore "Frostine"   IMAGE SOURCE: Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore "Frostine"   IMAGE SOURCE: Benjamin Moore

The Milky Way   Photography by Dave Lane

The Milky Way   Photography by Dave Lane

IMAGE SOURCE: Elle Decor

IMAGE SOURCE: Elle Decor

LOOKING FOR PAINT COLORS TO COMPLEMENT THIS PALETTE?

SAVVY SUGGESTS . . . 

Sherwin Williams "African Violet"   IMAGE SOURCE: Sherwin Williams

Sherwin Williams "African Violet"   IMAGE SOURCE: Sherwin Williams

Benjamin Moore "Rustic Taupe"   IMAGE SOURCE: Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore "Rustic Taupe"   IMAGE SOURCE: Benjamin Moore




 

 


WEDNESDAY WOW! THE 'TANZANIA' FABRIC COLLECTION

We are so excited about the newest collection of gorgeous, ethnic-inspired performance fabrics from Kravet in collaboration with J Banks Design Group! Influenced by designer and founder of J Banks Design Group's Joni Vanderslice's many trips to Africa, the graphically stunning patterns and textures present modern interpretations of traditional African tribal designs. "As I travelled to Uganda, Rwanda, and Ghana," says Vanderslice, "I became aware of how important fabrics are to each individual country. Each region exhibits unique designs that are identifiable to them, thus inspiring the varied patterns and textures offered in 'Tanzania.'"

Ready to add a global feel to your home? Stop by Savvy today and check out this wonderful new collection in person.

IMAGE SOURCE: J Banks Design Group

IMAGE SOURCE: J Banks Design Group

IMAGE SOURCE: J Banks Design Group

IMAGE SOURCE: J Banks Design Group

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: SUNDAY BEST

As the weekend winds down, we thought we'd share with you some of the best links we've found around the web today. We hope they inspire you as much as they did us. Enjoy!

DESIGN AND DECOR

IMAGE SOURCE: Traditional Home   Photography by John Bessler

IMAGE SOURCE: Traditional Home   Photography by John Bessler

We love this sophisticated, yet unstuffy home in Southampton. Click here to take a tour of the swoon-worthy interior New York designer Young Huh created for her lucky clients.

FASHION

IMAGE SOURCE: Trina Turk via Fashion Bomb Daily

Fashion designer Trina Turk never disappoints, and her fall collection is no exception. An eclectic blend of bohemian and city chic style sets the tone for the 70s vibe of her fall 2015 and winter 2016 creations. Click here to view more of Trina Turk's designs.

FOOD

IMAGE SOURCE: Serious Eats    Photography by Vicky Wasik

IMAGE SOURCE: Serious Eats    Photography by Vicky Wasik

Do you know the difference between sorbet and Italian Ice? Gelato and semifreddo? We thought this deliciously illustrated guide to all the different types of ice cream . . . the quintessential summertime treat . . . was really fun and helpful. Click here for the full guide.

TRAVEL

IMAGE SOURCE: Veranda    Photo via Alnwinck Castle

IMAGE SOURCE: Veranda    Photo via Alnwinck Castle

A girl can dream, right? Here are 8 castles around the world that you can visit and make your fairytale dreams come true. Click here to be inspired!

ART

IMAGE SOURCE: JUSTINA BLAKENEY

IMAGE SOURCE: JUSTINA BLAKENEY

Artist Justina Blakeney (also author of The Jungalow blog) has captured our attention with her eclectic and amazing portraits using flowers and foliage. How fun are these? Click here to visit Justina's website. 

 

WEDNESDAY WOW! Teak Side Table

Each Wednesday we will be featuring an item from Savvy that makes us say "Wow!" We hope you enjoy this mid-week dose of delightful design. Today we'd like to share this wonderful teak side table that just recently graced the Savvy Showroom floor. Teak wood is prized for its durability and natural beauty. Oils inherent in the wood keep it looking rich with a gorgeous sheen. We love the artful blend of sleek and organic in this side table. And don't you just love those elegant, curved, legs? 

Do you have a space that's begging for a little "wow?" This might just do the trick. Come in today and check it out!

22.5"X22.5"X28.5"

22.5"X22.5"X28.5"

MAD ABOUT HUE: Blue + White is a Cool Combo for a Hot Summer

What could be more tantalizing on a beastly hot day than dipping your toes in a cool blue pool or playing in the tumbling waves of the ocean surf? White sands and blue waters signal summertime, and classic blues and whites offer a refreshing respite from the hotter hues on the color wheel. From turquoise to navy, sapphire to periwinkle, blue pairs with crisp or creamy white to create cool and calming interiors.

Soft blue walls (reminiscent of that famous Tiffany box), creamy upholstery, and silvery accents make this living room by Savvy's Kimberly Kowalski a breath of fresh air. Wall Color: Sherwin Williams 6765 "Spa"   PHOTO BY ANNE MATHEIS

Soft blue walls (reminiscent of that famous Tiffany box), creamy upholstery, and silvery accents make this living room by Savvy's Kimberly Kowalski a breath of fresh air. Wall Color: Sherwin Williams 6765 "Spa"   PHOTO BY ANNE MATHEIS

Pops of golden yellow and serene taupe upholstery and pillows add just the right amount of punch to this calm, cool, and collected space. PHOTO BY ANNE MATHEIS

Pops of golden yellow and serene taupe upholstery and pillows add just the right amount of punch to this calm, cool, and collected space. PHOTO BY ANNE MATHEIS

A beautiful vignette of whites and silvers plays beautifully against this soft blue backdrop. PHOTO BY ANNE MATHEIS

A beautiful vignette of whites and silvers plays beautifully against this soft blue backdrop. PHOTO BY ANNE MATHEIS

HERE ARE A FEW COOL BLUES THAT WE'RE HOT FOR!

PAINT 

Sherwin Williams 6765 "Spa"

Sherwin Williams 6765 "Spa"

Benjamin Moore HC-155 "NewburyPort Blue

Benjamin Moore HC-155 "NewburyPort Blue

Sherwin Williams 6953 "Candid Blue"

Sherwin Williams 6953 "Candid Blue"

WALLPAPER

Available through Savvy Surrounding Style! Call one of our designers today. 314-432-7289

"Allison" by Thibaut    IMAGE SOURCE: Thibaut

"Allison" by Thibaut    IMAGE SOURCE: Thibaut

"Nautical" by Thibaut    IMAGE SOURCE: Thibaut

"Nautical" by Thibaut    IMAGE SOURCE: Thibaut

FABRIC

Available through Savvy Surrounding Style! Call one of our designers today. 314-432-7289

"Edina" Zebra Print in Navy by Lillian August    

"Edina" Zebra Print in Navy by Lillian August    

"Turtle Bay" by Thibaut (an indoor/outdoor fabric)    

"Turtle Bay" by Thibaut (an indoor/outdoor fabric)    

"Bay Island" in Indigo by Ralph Lauren Home (an indoor/outdoor fabric)

"Bay Island" in Indigo by Ralph Lauren Home (an indoor/outdoor fabric)

RUG

Available through Savvy Surrounding Style! Call one of our designers today. 314-432-7289

"Catamaran Stripe" in Navy by Dash & Albert   

"Catamaran Stripe" in Navy by Dash & Albert   

ACCESSORIES

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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. 

Source: Country Living

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!

Source: Shades of Light

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