Friday, August 27, 2010

A Sense of Humor...

I love design that doesn't take itself too seriously and displays a sense of humor...

Monday, August 16, 2010

Striking that perfect balance...

My favorite thing about the French is that they are not afraid to mix their decor...the everyday modern cohabits confidently with the antique treasure...




Thursday, August 12, 2010

Anchors Away...


I love the idea of designing kid's rooms with a mix of whimsy and sophistication, creating a room that they can have fun in now, but they can continue to grow into as they mature. Pick a palette that will grow with them, and make it age appropriate through accessories. Here are some of my favorite looks for a boy's bedroom, the nautical theme...

I also like how this theme lends itself so well to growing with it's occupant's tastes and maturity...









The nautical look also works remarkably well for a guest room, particularly a small or irregularly shaped one...







Saturday, August 7, 2010

The French Mouse Loves Libraries...

Libraries are truly magical places for me. They hold a world of possibilities, they are full of mystery, and they reveal much about the soul who assembled them. Which library best reflects you?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Juxtaposition...


Inspired design is all about unexpected pairings and creative juxtaposition. Many of us lead such busy lives that we have simply surrendered to the convenience of the matching set of furniture purchased all in one fell swoop from a big chain store. The problem with this is that everyone's house ends up looking kind of the same! We lose our own personality in the convenience of the instantly furnished room. But even more than I dislike a soulless space, I hate design snobbery! I am on a one girl mission to prove that beautiful design does not have to cost a fortune, does not require priceless antiques with six figure price tags, and does not belong to only one class of people.

I love to be inspired by the kind of grand rooms that only the rich and fabulous can hope to afford, but at the end of the day, I'm not sure I'd want to live in them. I love antiques, but I don't want to feel like I'm living in a museum! If a piece of furniture is too precious to sit on, why own it?! I want to enjoy my home, not coddle it. As William Morris said, "have nothing in your home that is not both beautiful and functional." And that to me is the crux of good design...fill your rooms with things that you love, with things that help your life to function better.

And that's why juxtaposition is so important. Mixing that new comfy couch from the Brick with the antique dresser you inherited from your grandmother and a $5 wood side table that you scored at a garage sale and repainted in your favorite color...that is the sort of design that shows instantly who you are, what you love, and how you want your home to feel.
I love the unexpected use of this gorgeous chair in a bathroom instead of in a formal living room where one might expect...

And this beautiful kitchen gets a jolt of personality from an old painted table and the bold use of casual garden chairs...
And this impossibly elegant sofa paired with a formal chandelier and bust becomes more casual against the backdrop of a painted country wood plank floor...
I hope these images inspire you to try new things with your own home!