Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Doesn't this look like a fun and creative place to work?  For more info and additional videos, visit Spruce's website.

I've recently celebrated a birthday and made a promise to myself to purchase a few new design books in honor of the event.  Below are my recent additions to my library; all are great reads!  What are your favorite design books?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

{photo by moi}

On Monday I traveled to IKEA for some design inspiration.  The store was quiet and I was able to walk around and think about design.  I came prepared with some of my favorite design samples.  My favorite Russell + Hazel notebook was also in hand.  I usually leave the store with a few ideas; Monday I left with more than my head could hold.  I'll be making an inspiration board soon, so be sure to check back in the next few days.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Those Canadians have the best of the design world - Sarah Richardson, House and Home Magazine, and now Bobbette and Belle.  Bobbette and Belle is a Toronto based artisanal pastry shop that specializes in the most lovely macaroons and wedding cakes.  The interior decor is just as much a delicacy as the sweets they serve.  Don't you love the wall treatment above?  The application of vintage plates pops when placed against the crisp black walls.  And the white text is so crisp.  This could easily be translated to a residential space.  White wainscotting, chalkboard paint on the walls, hang plenty of collected vintage plates on the walls, and even a little food related text - perhaps in French?  Oui Oui!  I'm definitely saving these ideas for a future dining room.    

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I had the opportunity to flip through the newest issue of Lonny Magazine this morning while recovering from the time change.  Like always, Lonny has beautiful photography.  These images are my favorites for March/April.

All I have to say about this image is ... beautiful everything.  Favorites are the countertop, lighting (though I would need more than one fixture over an island), simple window treatments, and that cute little window seat sure does make me happy, especially the pink and white striped pillows.  

I want a little desk like this for my laptop.  And the rug in the image has me considering a similar style from Dash and Albert.

Rustic weathered goodness.  And those floors!  

Wow, what a headboard!  This is exactly what I was going for with my headboard, but with more height.  I settled on this one which is expected to arrive soon!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Kitchen love.   I can't remember where I found these images (I think Canadian House and Home), but the kitchen was designed by Tommy of Sarah's House/Design Inc.  What I would do to spend a day with Sarah and Tommy learning all their design techniques... 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

{image from And George}

Charlottesville antique and custom furniture shop, And George, writes a great blog.  Have you read it yet?  I also love love love their photography.  Images of the shop, design work, entertaining, and other beautiful things grace their blog.  This morning I opened my google reader to find a breath of fresh greenery from And George.  Gorgeous!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March magazines

Just read the most recent issue of Matchbook - the above spreads are my favorite.  Also loved the article on Kelly of High Street Market.  Happy reading!

Wall art

{image from Horchow}

John Derian's decoupaged trays are lovely and classic additions to any home.  I love the way that his British Islands Seaweed collection was used in this room setting.  The images on the trays are so delicate and feminine.  Wouldn't they be perfect in a guest bathroom?