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Spring Inspiration: A Swedish Home

Ikea, Hanna Andersson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  As of we needed another reason to love Sweden….

Well, I found one.  Check out this amazing summer home.   The home is owned by Jill Sorensen, the blogstress behind Live Like You.  This gal has it all.  No really.  She founded Marmalade Interiors (an international design firm), she started a DC-based charity that helps victims of domestic violence, she is a mother, screen writer, producer, actress, and — wait for it — a fashion model! 

Each summer, she flees the heat and humidity of Virginia to spend time at this UH-MAZE-ING lake house in Torp, Sweden.   

I love the white walls and white painted floors in the entry hall with a pop of turquoise in the chandelier and warmth on the floor from the dhurrie rug. 

The console and mirror above are amazing.  Notice the wide striped paint — the aquamarine and white contrast looks great.  The picture above the chair is of her mother in a row boat. 

She even has a chic toy cabinet!  I love the shelf liners.

I would stay in this guest cottage anytime!  I love the white with the varying shades of blue, and that sparkly and dainty light fixture.  The turquoise console is fab.

And the view, HELLO!

Her son’s room looks like it’s right out of Domino Magazine — I like the use of the white and natural wood, the light blue walls and the white drapes.  Not too kitsch or matchy.  Lovely!

I will conclude with her design credo: 

1. Good design should be available to anyone to improve the quality of their lives.

2. Great style doesn’t mean big budget.

3. Your home should make you happy.

For more pictures, check out her post on the house.  Also be sure to check out her gorgeous portfolio

{Images Courtesy of Live Like You and Marmalade Interiors}

Merry-Go-Books

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I L-O-V-E this space-saving and good-looking Revolving Boocase from PB Teen.  Although marketed to “tweens,” this would look great just about anywhere — bedroom, study, home office, family room, play room,  hallway…. 

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And, more than books, it’s an organized and attractive way to display those beloved tschotkes that clutter up tabletops, counters, nightstands and window sills, and distract the eye from your amazingly designed space.

Wouldn’t it be fun to play “spin the bookcase” to choose your next book (a la the “spin the globe” game to choose your next travel destination)?!

Buy This, Not That — Bathroom Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Buy This, Not That.  This time we are visiting the bathroom and finding lots of fabulous bargains.  Enjoy!

LOVE THIS?

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[Samanid Shower Curtain, Anthropologie, $98]

BUY THIS!

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[Blue/Green Print Shower Curtain, World Market, $29.99]

LOVE THIS?

ballard[Harlequin Rug, Ballard Designs, $89 for medium in khaki (23×39)]

BUY THIS!

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[Cobblestone Bath Rug, Garnet Hill, 21×34 in Savannah Tan, $28]

LOVE THIS?

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[Animal Parade Towels, Horchow, $34 for Bath Towel]

BUY THIS!

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[Giraffe Jacquard Bath Towels, Pottery Barn, $19 for Bath Towel]

LOVE THIS?

 

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[Newport Striped Shower Curtain, Horchow, $198]

BUY THIS!

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[Monogrammed Shower Curtain (with or without monogram), Ballard Designs, $42]

LOVE THIS?

crate[Hapao Tissue Cover and Wastebasket, Williams Sonoma Home, $68 & $48]

BUY THIS!

SedonaBathGroupS9[Sedona Wastebasket and Tissue Cover, Crate and Barrel, $19.95 & $16.95]

LOVE THIS?

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[Argyle Bath Mat, Layla Grace, $50]

BUY THIS!

target[Simply Shabby Chic Criss Cross Rug, Target, $24.99 + free shipping]

HAPPY BATHROOM BARGAIN HUNTING!

Runway to Rooms

RUNWAY,

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TO ROOMS….

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 [Images courtesy of: 1. Badgley Mischka Halter-Twist Front Dress, Neiman Marcus, 2. Traditional Home, 3. Rare and Beautiful Treasures, 4. Burnham Design, 5. Domino Magazine via Rusty Hinges]

More Photos of My New Flame….

You all know about my recent passion for the bright, amber-hued color sandwiched between red and yellow on the color wheel.  Gorgeous orange has been catching my eye all over the place.  I just added two orange picture frames to my spartan mantle and they really pop!  Check out how this color has been striking my fancy lately….

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I am in LOVE!

1. Rattan Floor Screen, Layla Grace

2. Tie Dye Pillow, CB2

3. Moorish Chest, Wisteria

4. Printed Scroll Outdoor Pillow, Williams Sonoma Home

5. Orange Ovals Mug, Starbucks

6. Panton Junior (kids chair), Design Within Reach

7. Classical Symmetry Print, Crate and Barrel

8. Isola Bella Rug, Anthropologie

9. Apostrophe Chair and Ottoman, Urban Outfitters

10. Spiral Rimmed Plate, Crate and Barrel

11. Atlas Tapestry, Urban Outfitters

12. Chihuly Chandelier, Chihuly

Vertical Volumes

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I have seen these terrific stacked bookcases popping up everywhere lately.  They are terrific for small, vertical spaces – like the usually wasted space between two closely spaced windows or doors or the corner of a cramped home office.  And with all of my backed up summer reading, I could certainly use some more storage!

Based on my new crush, you know I love this steel, orange powdercoated Array bookcase from CB2.  These mod shelves are all removable and the base only takes up a 14 inch square of floor space.

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vertical3West Elm also carries a rich, wood version in green, white and dark brown – the Spine Bookcase:

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I also like West Elm‘s Spine Wall Shelf, which takes up NO floor space:

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Target carries a bargain version of the stacked bookshelves made of wood composite – the Talma Vertical Bookcase ($119):

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The vertical bookcase stores and displays books (and any other prized possession worthy of display) in a modern and an unexpected way, all while solving the ever-present small-space dilemmas.  When the bookshelves are full, the contents look like they are floating in mid-air.  Love it!

Now to tackle my summer reading – any good recommendations to help me fill my new bookshelf?

[First image from WebUrbanist]

Favorite Things Friday — An Interior Designer’s Happies

Welcome to another edition of Favorite Things Friday!  This week, I have enlisted an acclaimed and fabulous interior designer – Paul Corrie of Paul Corrie Interiors to share some of his favorite things.  Check out his cool blog!  Paul and I were good friends in high school and recently (and so luckily for me!) reconnected on Facebook.  Paul’s blog was a huge inspiration for spark!

A huge thanks to Paul, and without further ado, enjoy Paul Corrie’s Favorite Things:

It should go without saying that my loving partner, parents and family, and friends are the most favorite things in my life.  In an attempt not to embarrass them, however, I thought that I would focus on favorite things of mine that relate to, influence, and impact my everyday world of interior design.

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I almost always grab a small San Pellegrino water before leaving for any design appointment.  I came across the individual plastic bottles a couple of years ago, and it’s definitely my beverage of choice when on the go!  It’s fantastic in flavor, refreshing in taste, and stylistically fabulous for the workday.

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I absolutely love white hydrangeas, and they are my first flower of choice…I love to have a tight cluster of them on my dining table and in my office on a regular basis.  They’re so clean and classic, and add just a touch of softness and sophistication to any space.

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When I renovated my home a couple of years ago, I was very particular about how to make the best use out of all of the spaces…so selection of pieces was key!  Aesthetics always takes first priority for me as a designer, but functionality took a very close second.  I found this 18th Century Gustavian buffet in Los Angeles, and it has definitely become one of my favorite things.  I use it to store my TV and stereo components versus the typical media cabinet.  I just love its patina, rough finish and texture, and scale.  It’s so wonderfully versatile in that it can be used in so many spaces for so many different purposes.  I definitely think that this was one great find!

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When selecting fabrics for a particular project, I’m not only concerned about color, but also texture.  I’m a huge fan of using linens and velvets.  There is something so casual about linen and so elegant about velvet that when paired together in various manners, they can make a dramatic statement and be the perfect balance of texture and weight.

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Paris is one of my favorite places in the world…it’s so rich in history and architecture, and full of culture and life.  It’s also home to some of the most fabulous flea markets you could ever imagine.  I visited last year and came across what’s now one of my favorite hotels, the Relais Christine.  Formerly a 16th century mansion and located on the Left Bank, this hotel had the most gorgeous flower-filled cobblestone courtyard and charming rooms that you might ever encounter.

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Last but not least, I couldn’t list my favorite things without including our little girl, Cindy.  She’s a 10 lb. shih-poo that’s filled with so much life and love, and she brings so much joy to our lives.  We absolutely adore her!

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My dearest Yellow:

My lust for you is waning.  I have developed an intense crush on your neighbor…Orange.  It’s not you, it’s me.  You really have a great personality and I am hopeful that we can remain friends after our passionately bright, but short-lived, tryst.   

So long, my tawny friend,

spark!

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[All images from House Beautiful.]

 

Stunning (Paper!) Curtains

Take a look at these stunningly unique beauties by Tord Boontje for Artenica found on Unica Home.  These curtains are made out of Tyvek, an ultra durable synthetic paper product.  Can you believe it?

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At $58 per panel, these panels are accessible and affordable.  I think these curtains would look great by themselves in a smaller window where privacy isn’t necessary, and natural light is welcome, like a home office, hallway nook or laundry room.  Or, wouldn’t they make a fabulous room divider floating on clear fishing wire?

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These panels would also look so whimsical in a child’s playroom or bedroom, and you could layer them on top of a white or solid colored curtain to give light control and privacy, but also to make their gorgeous design stand out.

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Look at the precise and intricate pattern full of flowers, foliage and animals.

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I love this amazingly artful, jaw-dropping and unexpected medium for window treatments!

Decor for Three Lucky Little Girls (Part II)

You may remember my post a couple weeks ago about a friend and colleague in Savannah who (with her husband) is in the process of adopting three little girls.  I am honored to help my special “client” (I will call her that to sound more official!) deck her halls to welcome these three lucky little girls.  In my last post, I shared with you my vision for the oldest girl’s room.

Below is my initial vision for the shared bedroom for the two little girls, aged 4 and 5.  This initial vision has already been tweaked in collaboration with my client, but this will give you an idea of my starting inspiration.

The room is currently painted Butter from Restoration Hardware, which is a great neutral palette from which to begin.

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My first thought for two little girls was a pair of delicate twin iron beds.  My client found this Iron Blossom Bed from The Land of Nod and we both fell in love!

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I want to girl-ify the neutral walls with this feminine Rose Bedding from The Land of Nod.  I love the depth that the appliqued roses provide, and the sweet ruffled shams and euro shams.  Look how good it looks on a white iron bed!

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I love this desk from Company Kids, which could double as a vanity with this glamorous mirror from PB Teen hung low on the wall above.  This pairing would provide great nook for both playing dress-up and doing homework.  yellowroom6.

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I want the room to be symmetrical without being too matchy or sterile.  I have been thinking about ways to showcase each child’s individuality.  The 5 year old told my client that she loves ballet and dance, and I thought these whimsical Ballet Sheets from Garnet Hill would be perfect on her bed with the rose duvet.

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And I found this great princess ballet wall decal on Etsy – I would order it the decal in white or light pink for soft contrast with the butter walls (below is an example of a black decal on pink walls):

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The 4 year old told my client that she loves “beach trees” and the ocean.  I thought she might like this Surfer Girl Bedding from Garnet Hill.

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And these fun surfboard mirrors from Pottery Barn Kids.

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With this great personalized banner from The Land of Nod:

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The room is shaping up!  Stay tuned as our decorating adventure unfolds.  I will keep you posted on our selections for each of the rooms and hope to post “before” and “after” pictures when the rooms are finished.  Happy Tuesday!