Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’

Mixing Wood Tones

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Wood has made a comeback, have you noticed? Well what’s true is that wood never went out of style (are you kidding, how could it?) it’s just that our tastes have changed.

We’re so over the heavily shellacked yellowish and reddish stains from past decades, remember those? What we crave today is more natural and more organic. Think less shiny, more exposed, the real and the raw. Letting the wood itself be the star, after all, it took nature decades to create that beauty so why not show it off. 

mixed gray patina and wood tones

tine k home

A reader wrote to me recently inquiring how to mix wood tones. Truth is, there are no hard and fast rules, the key is to mix them so that the wood finishes complement each other and don’t clash. There’s no secret formula, however these guidelines may help:

First, Avoid the Matchy Matchy. The “everything in the same wood tone” bedrooms and dining sets are a thing of the past. This bedroom set would work if the bed frame and armoire were a classic black or white and the dresser and end table were wood, but all of it together is just too much of the same thing.

matching wood tones in bedroom

If you happen to have one of these sets, no worries. Consider painting a piece or two in a classic shade (black, white, gray) to break up the set or replace one piece, say the bed frame for a softer upholstered version and you’ll achieve a less “matchy matchy” look.

White Makes It Alright. Wood is earthy, neutral by nature, and unpredictable in its grain, that’s what makes it cool. You can go crazy mixing the wood tones when you’ve got plenty of white to interrupt your medley and ultimately balance it all. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to this very idea, check it out here.

mixed wood tones with white

mixed wood tones with white

wood floor white walls

mixed wood tones in entry

lantliv / house beautiful / greige / light locations/ roger davies

 

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Happy Rooms

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Hello friends. We had a lovely dinner on Saturday and I finished painting and tiling the other half of the hall bathroom. I’ll post some pictures tomorrow. Today I wanted to share some inspiration I’ve collected for a few weeks: images gathered from family homes that pop out at me because they just feel warm and happy.

For those of us that love interior design, we look at hundreds of images a week perhaps even thousands if you’re on Pinterest and the style of the spaces vary greatly. The following rooms are happy rooms in my eyes because of the color, quirk, or personality present.

sara hicks entry via decor8

Sara Hicks Malone via Decor8

 

A rug can completely change the feel of a space. Soft and neutral would be pretty of course but the playful stripes in this rug bring this work space to life. Have you considered a brighter rug in your home?

bright striped rug bhg

Better Homes & Gardens

 

I’ve shared another version of this dining nook before, but I keep coming back to it because of the colorful chairs, the medley of fun fabrics, and the personal gallery of photographs on the wall, such a happy inviting place to sit.

happy home 2

The Design Files

 

A skateboard and brass birds and mod fabrics = happy.

happy home 1

 

A rainbow of dishes and a grouping of mismatched painted stools = happy.

colorful kitchen accents katie did

via Katie Did

  

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Design Crush: Dine-In Libraries

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

I have a crush on built-in bookcases in all rooms, home offices of course, living rooms, family rooms, and bedrooms too. Another place I love to see bookcases is situated in formal dining rooms (and decorated with actual books!) so that the space possesses a library-esque feel. 

The dine-in library holds practical appeal as well – it’s a place where books and collectibles are on display and where meals are also enjoyed. Feed the mind and the stomach at the same time! Mix in pottery, dishes, books, collectibles, and artwork and how cozy a dining room becomes when a wall (or two) is dedicated to display. The large table and chairs in the middle makes the space a place for a transitional home office as well.

My sister in law homeschools her younger kids and uses their formal dining room as the schoolroom during the day. The upper shelves on the hutch store dishes, art, and collectibles, and the hidden storage below houses the schooling materials. The room quickly transforms into an elegant space for formal meals, so it multitasks in the best way possible.

I can’t achieve the look in my own home with a dining room situated in an open space, but I’ve made a mental note of the look for any future homes or spaces. Today I thought I’d share a few favorite dine-in library looks, from fresh and bright to dark and dramatic and everything in between. Notice how the bookcases add an air of sophistication and the mix of all styles, contemporary and traditional.

dining room bookshelves

Diana Bergeron

 

library dining room klikk

Klikk

   white bookshelves in dining room

via Casa Sugar

 

built in library

El Mueble

  

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