Monthly Archives: October 2011

Inspiration

If you were to visit my “Interiors” board over on Pinterest, the first thing you’d notice is that there is a lot of white. Like, an overwhelming amount of white, disproportionate, even. Like, might-not-have-been-born-with-the-ability-to-see-colors white. I could go on, but all you really to need know it (in case you have not gleaned this about me by now) is that I love all-white interiors. Preferably Scandinavian, though the French run a close second. (Random side story: over the past weekend, during a particularly competitive game of flip cup, a new recruit was placed on boyfriend’s team, and we racially-profiled decided he looked like he had wandered out of an IKEA catalog, so there were definite chants of “IKEA! IKEA! IKEA!” as he chugged his beer. Wait, where was I going with this? Some Scandinavian reference? Pretend this made sense, thanks!)

ANYWAY, here are some inspiring interiors that happen to be all white. Don’t say you didn’t see this coming.

from here

Is this not the most perfect dining room you’ve ever seen? Check out that door. And those windows! My goodness, do people actually live like this? Do they need a roommate?

from here

I don’t care if I kicked the wall every night, I’d gladly sleep here. Though I’d have to invest in a sleep mask because LOOK AT ALL THAT LIGHT.

from here

Distressed leather chair, French typography poster, single bulb pendant lamp, white floors and walls. Oh, I’m sorry, I thought you asked for a list of Things About This Photo That Make Me Hyperventilate.

from here

In all of my wildest interior design fantasies, this is the exact entry hallway I’ve pictured, right down to the painted white brick (!!) and a skylight.

both from here

You’d think these two would be in Sweden somewhere, wouldn’t you? It’s surprisingly New York. Interior Designer Magdalena Keck is a genius and someone should just give her Swedish citizenship for her ability to make me weep openly over how badly I want that kitchen.

 

from here

This hallway is ten kinds of perfect, and 9 of the reasons are that floor.

BRB, have to go clean up the puddle of my drool. In the meantime, which of these are your favorite? Or do you totally reject all-white interiors? I’m very nosy.

October 12, 2011 / design / LEAVE A COMMENT / 2

Tuesday Tunes

I’m beyond sorry for the lapse here, you guys. I really don’t know what happened. I have lots to share, but since today is Tuesday, how about we break it down with some Tuesday Tunes?

Yesterday, my lovely friend Anna and I took a drive with the top down on her convertible to do some serious Columbus Day shopping, since we had the day off work. I dropped an obscene amount of money at the J Crew Factory store, but oh man was it worth it! I am also the proud owner of my first piece of Le Creuset cookware (hello, gorgeous tea kettle!) and a gorgeous pair of heavy wool trouser pants for the impending cold-weather.

Anyway, Anna and I have very similar taste in music (thank god, because the drive was not short, and can you imagine how inconvenient it would have been to throw myself over the side of the car if she insisted on blasting Insane Clown Posse or something?). Here are two songs I’ve been loving recently.

I loved Ingrid Michaelson enough before I heard this song, but now I just love her even more. I have no idea what is going in this video, but this song has been stuck in my head ever since we played in the car yesterday  and it’s so damn catchy with a slightly dark element in there, too. Look at me, talking about music like I have any clue what I’m talking about. All you need to know about this girl is that she’s the genius behind this adorable song and she gives girls-in-glasses a good name!

Look, judge me as harshly as you’d like, but this song is universally loved and I defy you to tell me otherwise. This song came on at the bar I stopped in on Friday night and the place went nuts. I then played it on repeat on my laptop while I cleaned the kitchen over the weekend. If this song doesn’t just get you singing along and loving every oh-so-80’s moment of it, then maybe you didn’t hear the line, “As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympia above the Serengeti.” Or that fantastic chime-y bit at the end? This song is perfect for fall (“I BLESS THE RAAAIN!!”). It’s actually perfect for every season, all the time. Also, how many people were actually IN Toto??

Happy Tuesday, kiddos! I’ll be back tomorrow with some delicious interiors inspiration for your hump day.

October 11, 2011 / Tuesday Tunes / LEAVE A COMMENT / 2

Muted tones

You know that scene in Sex and the City, from season 3, where Carrie and Big run into each other at that furniture show/auction and she asks where his wife is? He says, “She’s got her eye on a beige chair. Everything in my apartment is now beige. Beige is bullshit.” Big’s answer was sort of the inspiration for this post. Well, sort of, minus the profanity.

Beige has been on my mind recently. Perhaps because, like Big, everything in my apartment is now beige. See, when I moved in with boyfriend, I was moving into his fully-furnished house, the walls of which were painted paper-bag-brown by the builder in what I can only imagine was a decision he thought would be appreciated by the owner for not leaving everything stark white. Unfortunately for said builder, he didn’t know that one day I would live there. Boyfriend bought very bachelor-esque furniture after he moved in, including a dark brown leather sofa, chair, and ottoman, a dark brown coffee table, and dark brown bar table and chairs. Do you see where I’m going with this? The leather sofa is dark brown. The walls are beige. The custom built-in for the tv is black. The picture frames (which I have to take sole responsibility for, because I chose them all) are either dark brown or black. I have recently proposed a plan to change the living room from all-beige-all-the-time to something more colorful, while still being respectful of the fact that my name isn’t on the mortgage. But I’m pushy, and (bizarrely) boyfriend likes making me happy (hence why he agreed to paint the bedroom this shade of gray), so hopefully within the next few weeks I’ll have a paint and design project to share with you, with lots of before and after pictures.

Anyway, I was getting sort of tired of the brown and muted tones in my new digs (do I need to even say it? White People Problems), but then I stumbled upon this picture:

And I swear my heart skipped a beat. I don’t know who this woman is, but I’m sure she is gorgeous. I love everything about this photo, from her gold watch and bracelets to her delicate and long fingers to her pale pink manicure to her perfectly curled blond hair. This picture actually excited me about all the beige and brown and tan in my life. Not enough to change my mind about the new paint plan I have for our living room, but enough to take some time to appreciate beige and muted tones, and find some cool ways to incorporate it into any decor, with that incredible photo above as inspiration:

 

1. Drum Pendant, West Elm / 2. essie “Golden Nuggets” and “Case Study” / 3. Throw blanket, West Elm / 4. Faux-pony hair pillow, Barney’s / 5. Placemat, John Derian / 6. Parlour Chair, CB2 / 7. Bronze Flatware, Anthropologie / 8. Candles, Catbird

So I’ve had sort of a roller-coaster relationship with beige (to the extent that one can have a relationship with a color), but I have to say I’m changing my tune. Also, I need to qualify my previous crankiness by saying that sure, sometimes the lack of color on our first floor pokes at the design nerd inside of me, but really, how cranky can one possibly be when you live with something that looks like this: (OBLIGATORY PICTURE OF MY DOG!)

 

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October 5, 2011 / design / LEAVE A COMMENT / 4