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December 29, 2011

designer predictions for 2011... did they come true?

Early this year, Canadian House & Home asked some top designers what they thought would be hot for 2011. I love trend predictions. Here are a few of their (totally true) predictions:

“Brass is the new chrome!”
Tommy Smythe

“It’s no longer about creating a perfect room, but rather incorporating objects and building layers in a room.”
Arriz Hassam (3rd Uncle, Toronto)

Blush, oyster, and grey.
Genevieve Gorder

 Unpredictable patterns and finishes.
Anne Hepfer

I think these trend predictions were spot-on for 2011 (you can see the rest here).

What were your favorite trends of 2011?
What do you think will be big in 2012?

December 27, 2011

steel windows

I love this entry for its effortless Christmas decor. But how about those doors? I really like the steel window panes. It's amazing how such simple windows can be so dramatic!

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December 23, 2011

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

I'll be watching my favorite Christmas movie (in three parts: here, here, and here), eating too much of everything, and playing with my cute nephews in Seattle.

December 21, 2011

my absolute favorite christmas-y decorations

I have found so many cool Christmas/holiday/winter decorating ideas on Pinterest this year. I've saved a bunch of ideas to my Holidays: Winter board, but these are my absolute favorites.

Decorations hung from black and white stripes. (left, right)

(and plaid!)

I'm saving most of these ideas for next year. Maybe then I'll be more on-the-ball and decorate before it's too late!

What are your favorite Holiday decorations?

December 19, 2011

versailles: french neoclassical heaven

I couldn't resist sharing a few more photos from my Paris trip. I've saved the best for last!

Of all the places in all the world, Versailles is the single place I felt I must see before I die. It didn't disappoint!

One word: opulent.

Every window had amazing hardware!

And every room had a grand chandelier, dramatic curtains, and tons of art.

The Queen's bedroom was done up in the style of Marie Antoinette. Every possible surface was upholstered or gilded! And she had the fabric changed out 4x per year.

Versailles had the best chairs!
MA's dressing room has a totally ingenious feature-- the window is covered with a mirror that slides up from the first floor. A mirror when she was dressing, a window when she was done!

They had an exhibit of modern decor mixed with period pieces. It was mostly avant garde stuff, but I thought this room was cool.

If you get a chance to see Versailles, GO!

December 16, 2011

breakfast at tiffany's townhouse!

 This pretty New York townhouse is the Upper East Side home of Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and it’s for sale!

 10 rooms, 4 floors, and a Hollywood legacy. All you need is “Cat” (and $5.85 mil) and you’re set!

“Mooooooooon River, wider than a mile, I’m crossing you in style someday…”

See the full listing here.


December 14, 2011

calm and colorful bedroom design

I put together this design for Felicity, the winner of the design giveaway I did a few months ago when I announced the opening of my design business. She wanted something bright and open, with lots of white and blue, and some little pops of color.

Isn't the lumbar pillow fabric beautiful? It's Lansdale Bouquet by Schumacher. It has so many great colors in it. I picked the bright kelly green to use as an accent pillow--I keep thinking I'm over chevron, but I like this ikat version!

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December 13, 2011

stenciled wrapping paper

Royal Design Studio is one of my go-to places for clients who want a wallpaper look without the hassle. They sent me their Cane Basketweave stencil to try out. It is such a classic, preppy pattern. I love how it looks on the walls, but I can't paint my rental walls. So I thought it would be fun to try it out on some holiday wrapping paper.

I used gold heavy-body acrylic paint and a foam brush. The stencil is nice and thick, so there wasn't much seepage. Simple, but much snazzier than my usual brown craft paper wrapping. I love the pattern.

 Here are some of my other favorite RDS stencils:

Don't these look like high-end wallpaper? Stenciling is so much cheaper and customizable. And RDS has tons of different options, from totally traditional to modern. 

Cheap and awesome. Love that!

December 12, 2011

tangerine tango / vibrant flame

Last week, Pantone announced their prediction for 2012 Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango. It looks like J. Crew was ahead of the curve--they have a bunch of pretty things in the extremely similar color "Vibrant Flame."

Do you like the color? Hate it? 
Think it would have been popular anyway, or will it only be popular because of Pantone?

December 8, 2011

design rebel: maggie rose

 The Design Rebels series is back! Maggie Rose is more of a rebel than she lets on. Just over six months ago, she quit her day job to pursue her creative passions and she hasn't looked back. I love the rule breaking she's sharing today!

Hi there, Roost readers! I'm Maggie from Maggie Rose Interiors in Seattle, WA. Excited to share my little "rebellion" with you today.

I generally preach to my clients that there are no "rules" in design but there are definitely some good rules of thumb to follow. However, there are some long-held ideas that is my job as a decorator to prove untrue. Like the "rule" that all your metals should match, especially in kitchens and bathrooms...

Wrong! Instead of worrying about picking THE ONE AND ONLY ONE metal finish that will appear in your home (hello, stress factor!) feel free to treat it more casually. In the kitchen above, brass hardware on the cabinets is mixed with a silver faucet and handles. The effect is that the cabinets look more like a piece of furniture that was adapted to be a kitchen - exactly what the designer had in mind. So just as you would mix wood furniture with painted wood furniture with metal and glass furniture, go ahead and mix that side table with the silver base with your vintage brass lamp.

Not sure? Ok, one guideline to help your mixed metals look purposeful and not accidental is to repeat each metal at least twice. And don't forget, you can always swap out hardware on furniture to incorporate the look you want. Happy metal mixing!

Mixing metals keeps things from getting to hotel-y and it's so much more interesting. Great rebellion! Thanks, Maggie.

December 7, 2011

little gift guide

Today I'm sharing a collection of little stocking stuffers and hostess gifts at A Lived in Home. It includes pretty accessories, my favorite Christmas movie, and a couple things that would work for guys, too. Check it out!

December 5, 2011

i have a type.

White or blue-grey clapboard + black shutters.
Images from my "Exterior" Pinterest board.