Friday, March 30, 2012

Wall Inspirations

Just a quick post for today since we are knee deep in unpacking.  Here are a few fun ways to add interest to your walls.  Take a look and see if you find anything you like!

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Have a GREAT weekend.
If I can dig my way out, I'll be back on Monday!

If you liked this post you might also like other past posts on walls, here here and here.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Focus On Bali: Shopping

This will be my last post on Bali but the design impressions that I gained there will definitely continue to shine through in my design choices.  They have such a strong artistic element and love of nature & beauty that the possibilities for shopping were endless.  I could have bought four times what I did!  Here are just a few of my favorite things:

I bought one of these antique offering bowls, used in the past for the women to carry offerings to the temple on their heads.  I loved the history, the faded design and the beautiful display it would make on a table in our new home.

This old guy and his wife are going to have a new place to kneel:  on our fireplace mantel.

I bought a gorgeous antique textile for use along the bottom of our bed, or as a throw. 
I'll show you guys once it arrives in the shipment!

Bartering:  definitely the name of the game all over Bali.

I hope you enjoyed our little shopping trip.
Any favorites?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Few Faves

Today I am simply going to post a few beautiful spaces, ideas and products that I have seen lately that I think are noteworthy for one reason or another.  I hope you enjoy them!
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Subtle neutrals with vibrant pops of color. Love the rug and the pillows but I'd probably remove the leopard. Otherwise I think it's a really high energy room!

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A classic, yet unique entryway:  whitewashed brick, the courtyard, tons of windows...lovely!

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What a clever way to display these Sicilian prayer beads.

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A really unique kitchen.  Again I'd lose the leopard (although usually I kinda like it) but I think the rest is pretty great.

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My love of urns went up a notch when I saw this new take on them!

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A great mix of fabrics make this such an interesting room.

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There are touches of chartreuse throughout this hip European-inspired kitchen. 
What a bold move that has such great impact!

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Someday I'm going to learn to make pottery like this - well, at least as close as I can get to this.
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I almost bought some similar lights at a flea market in Munich last year and regret not buying them now.  What do you think of them?

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Beautiful simplicity.

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There is so much style packed in this space!
Notice both ways of displaying the art as well as those great greek key ottomans.
Definitely in the inspiration folders for decorating the new house.

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I don't think I really need to say anything here, do I?

I'd love to hear if any of these struck a cord with you so please leave a comment!

PS:  I am so happy to report that we closed on the house today. 
Move in starts Thursday - we are in the final stretch now!!!  

Monday, March 26, 2012

My 2 Cents

Hi Everyone!  I hope your week is off to a good start.  Mine certainly is in blogland!  I am thrilled to be part of Monika's "2 Cents Series" on Splendid Willow today, talking about my favorite room, along with some other wonderful bloggers. 


Monika's blog Splendid Willow and her thriving shop Splendid Willow Avenue are inspired by her Swedish heritage, so you know she makes major points in my book for beautiful design!  Mon and I also now both call Seattle home, so a meet-up in the  near future is already in the making.  I can't wait to meet her in person to learn about her take on life in Seattle.  Thanks so much for having me Mon!

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Hope you're all having a good weekend!  We are in the final stretch now.  If all goes well, in just a few days the movers will be at our new house, moving in our container of goods that we haven't seen in two months!  We have also had a lot in storage here in the US for the last five years (not to mention a few additions here and there :)), so I'm excited to see all of those items too. 

I hate the process leading up to moving because of all the stress, but I do love settling in.  One of my favorite parts is finding fresh ways to re-purpose my accessories in the new space.  Hence, my post for today - a few rooms with great details that I'm inspired by.  Enjoy!

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For some reason I'm really focused on sprucing up the boring spots in our new house right now:  laundry room, pantry and the like.  I love how the lighting, glass and baskets make so much more of this room without much effort.  The marble counters don't hurt but I think you could skip it and still get the effect.  This one's going in the inspiration files!

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I love decorating with baskets and these are so pretty. 
Look how great oversized baskets look in this room:

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Personally I think the room needs a little "more", but the nesting tables, baskets and matching sofas really caught my eye.

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A great rug can elevate a boring stairwell to a very chic space.  What a playful, feminine choice.

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Those floors are so unique and the arches frame that office so beautifully.

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I want to find a spot for some fun, bold wallpaper - I already love the idea of it on the backs of bookshelves, but this is a fresh take on it!

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We are going to do some remodeling and I really love this iron divider idea!

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Notice all of the great accessories...I like the detailing on the shelving and they thought ahead to wire so that the owner had a spot for lamps.

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Look at this room in Brooke Shields' apartment.  Notice the throw, the ottoman, the pillows.  None of them match or even coordinate, yet somehow without them the room would just look like a sum of its parts, no?  I need to take some notes on this one.  :)

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This hallway could be boring and exclusively functional...but instead it has a TON of wow factor!
What do you think of moving?  Love it or hate it?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Focus on Bali: Design

I hope you're enjoying seeing some of our photos from Bali.  I really could go on and on with the images of nature and more, but I'll try to keep it in check.  :)

Here are a few design photos from some of the chicest places we dined in Bali.  This is definitely more of the modern, tourist side of the Bali experience, so it's not as authentic, but still with their beautiful interpretation of style:

Don't miss the copper lighting. 

More great lighting and a stunning floral display.

This petrified wood stool/side table inspired us to find one of our own.
More on that when it arrives in the US!

The water features are a bold move but great for this large space.

I have one more post about my shopping experiences but I'll give you guys a little breather first. 
More coming next week!


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