April 23, 2018 by Ariana | 0 Comments
We’re sad to see one of our favorites — Madeline Weinrib — close its doors this week. Her designs are the first to come to mind when we are looking to infuse vibrant color and patterns into interiors. As devoted fans and frequent visitors, we will miss the beautiful San Francisco showroom. As a consolation, we managed to snatch up a couple rugs to use in our own home at a deep discount.
If you live in the Bay Area, be sure to stop by before they bid San Francisco farewell this Friday, April 27th.
In the meantime, take a look back at some of our MW-related posts:
Photo courtesy of Madeline Weinrib.
April 18, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments
As a person who adores neutrals, I am constantly striving for ways to bring interest into spaces that I create. There are many ways to do it. Animal hides, shagreen, grasscloth and chunky knit accessories are all great for adding texture into neutral space. As I was thinking about this post, I happened to have dinner at Seven Restaurant in the Ritz Carlton on Grand Cayman. The pendants in Seven’s main dining room reminded me of one of my favorite ways to bring texture into a space, i.e. through woven, usually rattan or wicker, pendants. I love the way the woven material diffuses the light to create a soft glow. I also love that it adds a natural element in an unexpected way. I think the look is especially great in kitchens and bedrooms.
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A rattan or wicker pendant is a great addition to a kitchen where the surfaces are sleek and hard out of necessity. The natural hue and diffused light softens the space and it pairs especially well with natural brass accents.
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The look has the same effect in a bedroom. Obviously, bedrooms are a much softer space by nature. For me, the addition of a natural element instantly upgrades the experience to spa-like. I can almost feel the stress leaving my body when I imagine sleeping or relaxing in one of the bedrooms above.
If you are ready to take the plunge, there are some great choices out there. Here are a few of my favorites.
April 16, 2018 by Ariana | 0 Comments
Who doesn’t love a grand entrance? A foyer is the first impression of one’s home, and it has the added responsibility of being practical too. So we decided to break down what makes an impressive entry. Take a look (click on photos for sources):
Though varying in style, these inspirational foyers reveal some common elements:
- Console table
- Table lamp
- Baskets for storage
- Mirror to check yourself before you leave or greet visitors
- Plant or floral arrangement
Check out some of our favorite elements to build your own grand entrance:
Depending on whether you’re going for a minimalistic or more traditional look, finish off your foyer table styling by adding objects of interest. Books, candles, trays, framed photos and catch-alls for keys, etc. are easy additions that many of us already have. Ready for your grand entrance?
April 9, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments
Last July, after spending my entire life within five miles of the Pacific Ocean, my family relocated to Chicago. The city is amazing. We love our home, the friends we have made, the restaurants, the nightlife, etc., etc., etc. But, there is one big thing missing – there is not an ocean for miles. Yes, there is a lake. A great, big lake. But, it just doesn’t do it for me. Its not the same. There is no ocean breeze. There is no smell of salt and sand. And, there are no real waves. So, this year for spring break we are heading to an island. I cannot wait to sink my toes into real sand, on a real beach. I have been daydreaming about it all winter.
All of my daydreaming about beaches and our beach vacation has me thinking about beach houses. In my opinion, there is nothing more beautiful than an ocean view. When there is a beach outside your window, you don’t need anything else. The view is the focal point; it is the art, it provides the color palette, and the last thing you want to do is compete with the natural beauty right outside your window.
I think there is a certain amount of restraint required to decorate a beach house well. Here are some examples.
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One of the best things about having a home by the beach is that the location does not dictate the style of the interiors. In the dining room, living room and bedroom images above contemporary and more traditional styles work equally well. One thing that makes each of the rooms appealing is the neutral color scheme. Contemporary, traditional, or anything in between – the most critical part of decorating a beach house is NOT competing with the natural beauty that surrounds you. Another thing that makes the spaces appealing (to me) is that they are not kitschy. There is not an anchor, sea shell or driftwood sign in sight. While many are indoor/outdoor spaces, the lack of kitsch helps the rooms feel sophisticated. Finally, each of the designers have incorporated texture to create interest. The use, for example, of sisal rugs, distressed floors and tables, and wooden candlesticks and lamps creates interest and warmth without adding unnecessary color to the spaces.
One more week until spring break . . . I can almost feel the sand beneath my feet. Until then, I’ll keep daydreaming about the perfect beach house.
March 30, 2018 by Ariana | 0 Comments
Nothing says spring better than fresh florals, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite (and less perishable) ways to add some spring flowers into your home:
This collection from Liberty for Anthropologie will get your mornings off to a fresh start.
Get crafty and create a spring-forward focal point with removable wallpaper:
Let the sunshine and outdoors in with these sheer, floral drapes:
Adding or changing throw pillows is the easiest trick to refresh for a new season, we love this blockprint from Caitlin Wilson:
You’ll never need to worry about wilting petals with this bold graphic print: