“Yellow is a color that says ‘Hello,’”
~ Robert Couturier”
And this post is about yellow. Yellow accents, yellow furniture, bright, sunny and beautiful yellow.
Yellow Marais A Chairs…nice!
Now I know what you’re thinking: ”Why on Earth is he mentioning the word ‘firewood’ when it’s approximately 1000′ on a cool day in the city???”
I’m not crazy, but I’ve recently fallen in love with the way stacked firewood looks, that’s all. It all started with a House Tour that I posted a few weeks ago, in particular, this photo:
Stacked firewood logs, some dipped in paint, for purely decorative effect.
Thus began my lightweight obsession with stacked, piled and jumbled firewood for a sometimes decorative, though usually practical effect. The result is a rustic, rugged look, that’s also chic and stylish at the same time.
Fashion designer, Erin Fetherson, stacks firewood just outside the entrance to her fabulous apartment…
Love the Eames Walnut Stools… looks like A & C, I think. Hopefully, we’ll get some Platner chairs in soon!
Love everything about this dining room; the stacked wood, obviously, the Marimekko tablecloth, and the chairs…
And finally, in an impossibly gorgeous + rustic, century-old barn in Amsterdam…
Surely, it might be a little weird to talk about stockpiling firewood in August. And it’s probably even a tad strange that one would stockpile wood when one does not have a fireplace…but, still. It’s all gorgeous decoration anyway!
Not sure that hammocks are really about the design, so much as a lax vehicle with which to enjoy the scenery. Also, it’s been so hot, that well, all I’d like on the weekend is a hammock, a breeze, and a mint julep…
Sheryl Crowe’s groundskeeper, Jose Aviles, built this palapas on her Hollywood home. I don’t know what a palapas is, but I want one.
Hammock Alley in the Ace Hotel at Palm Springs…
The TDA House in Oaxaca, Mexico –as featured in Architizer — has a rather lovely pavilion of red hammocks…
Til then, folks…stay cool. Try to, anyway.
So this is another post about floors– wooden floors to be exact. But so what? Wood herringbone floors are beautiful and anyone who says otherwise is probably stuck with worn beige carpet. Kidding!
Now, herringbone is the most popular type of parquet flooring (fun fact: parquetry is the geometric mosaic use of wood for decorative effect…yes, I did Google that). They’re a lovely floor pattern and there’s something so dynamic, yet sophisticated, about wood herringbone floors, so I just had to share them with you guys.
Yes, this is Jenna Lyons’ impossibly awesome bathroom that was featured (or immortalized) in the pages of Domino magazine (RIP).
A much more narrow herringbone pattern, called chevron, stained and veneered to perfection…
… I want to go to there…
So, what do you think? Personally, if I had wood herringbone floors, I wouldn’t waste time on flokati or zebra-colored cowhide rugs (not that I’d do the latter anyway).
But seriously…who’d want to cover up these beautiful floors?
Chalk walls, or, more accurately, chalkboard walls, are starting to grow on me. When I first saw images of people willingly painting their walls to look like chalkboards — with chalkboard paint– in their kitchens, their dining rooms or in their home office, I thought, “Who do these people think they are, Bart Simpson?”
They aren’t all bad. In fact, some of them are quite stylish and they are today’s design inspiration.
This idea, I like. It’s a DIY Chalk Calendar…
Now these are cute and I can see how these would be fun for the children (if you have them). But what do you guys think?
Rather than, or I should say in addition to, covering the floor of your apartment or home with Flor tiles or flokati rugs, have any of you ever thought of painting your floors? Perhaps not possible if you’ve got carpet, but if you’re lucky enough to have wooden floors and an understanding landlord (or you know, if you own your place), would you paint your floors?
I think I would. I’m sure it’s a bit of a headache, but if the results are like any of these rooms, than it’s worth the momentary migraine.
Marie Olsson Nylander’s home is gorgeous, with painted floors throughout, but this is my favorite room. Look at that view!
So…what are your feelings on painted floors? Yay or nay?
Inspired by Twitter convo yesterday on adding color into your home, I’m posting a few of my favorite inspirational art walls. Since art is a great way to introduce color into your home, an art wall takes that a step further and allows you to play with different, not to mention contrasting, colors, pattern and scale.
You could frame a grouping of solid colored paintings as in this living room.
In this Tampa home styled by Nate Berkus, the color palette is mostly softly toned browns, chocolate, gray and tan with a bit of navy here and there. But a single painting in bright, sunflower-yellow adds a refreshing pop of color to this great room. The painting is by José María Yturralde.
And what an ingenious idea this is: framed vintage Vogue covers in this apartment styled by Jonathan Adler for Liz Lange in Domino Magazine (RIP).
Finally, you could go for an oversized vintage poster to add some color and intrigue to a blah room.
So, what are your thoughts? Do any of you have art walls?
One of the feats I’ve always admired among home decorators and interior designers is that of mixing prints (and stripes and polka dots, what have you) in a manner that’s stately, yet fun and shows a lot of character.
I love a lot of the places that I’ve shared with you all because they’ve used prints sparingly and decorous, but I find myself opening up to the possibility of mixing unexpected prints and patterns.
Keeping everything the same in home decor/interior design is playing it way too safe for my tastes, so today we’ll be looking at what does inspire me…motley prints.
A black-and-white striped rug + an eccentric mix of pillows and artwork just works in this quirky living room.
I posted this room as part of a house tour…this is basically when I warmed up to the idea of mixing up prints and patterns.
This living room’s mix of pattern, color and print is much more subdued; I think that’s partly because everything is just about in the same tonal range. The gray, the lilac and purple are all equally saturated.
So what do you guys think about mixing up prints and patterns and colors? Would you do it, or would you stick to more neutral colors and pattern?
So…I know I urge you guys to buy like a set of Hans Wegner Wishbone Chairs or Verner Panton’s S Chair, but I’m not really that rigid. In fact, I’m falling more in love with the idea of a mixed dining room set. The feeling is a bit more fun and relaxed and when everything is not matchy-matchy.
I love how rustic and quirk these chairs look, paired with a chunky dining room table and a pendant lamp.
I’d have to say that my favorite mix-and-match are those that play with Eames’ variety of arm chairs and side chairs.
What say you? Do you mix and match your dining room chairs or do you have a matching set?
I like books…especially when you have so many that they take up an entire wall of space. Can’t quite put my finger on it, but books/libraries lend an especially human touch to a space, don’t you think?
What an interesting way to utilize this kitchen’s backsplash!
Apparently Karl Lagerfeld likes to read…
So, what do you say? Do you decorate with books? Do you have a book nook or an entire wall?