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Archive for June, 2012

Before I head out to London this evening, I want to leave you with this… see you after the 4th!

Source: Decor Pad

The Greek Key motif, a classic and historical motif.  Its geometric and modern, and it can be use in formal or casual designs.  Its so versitile!

Source: Johnathan Adler

I recently I have been incorporating a lot of geometric patterns into some of my designs, maybe because several of my newer clients are younger and prefer a more modern vibe over traditional?  Or maybe these projects are more casual than formal?  But I have also used this element in formal living rooms- So is there a way to define the Greek Key?

Source: Casa Cole

Source: Decor Pad

Source: Jill Sorensen bedding

Source: Lamps Plus

Source: Trivetts Furniture

Anyway, a Greek Key pattern is a fun way to spice up room,take a look:

Source: Jill Rosenwald

What is your favorite use of this fun pattern?

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China

Last year I stumbled upon a global project called the “Let’s Colour Project” and have been following the progress of this movement around the world.

India

It started in 2009 and is still going strong.  The goal is improve the lives of people living in less fortunate parts of the world through color!  Painting  rundown buildings and architectural elements in towns and cities around the world helps give a facelift to these communities.  The paints and supplies are donated by companies to keep the movement going.  Here is the website for more pictures and information.

http://www.letscolourproject.com/

Brazil

Poland

South Africa

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Source: Widjita Raya- “Rain with Love”

And the final countdown to my London trip is underway… 7 days until takeoff!

Which then leads me to preparing for 5 days of straight rain (according to weather.com) in the middle of the Summer.  But no need to despair…here are some fun rain-inspired design ideas to help lift up that rainy day gloom.

Source: Etsy- Eloise Renouf

Source: Tamado Shimizu- “Cloud Silver Rain lamp”

Source: Paradigm Interior Design

Source: Paradigm Interior Design

Source: Lacava

This chandelier below is gorgeous!

Source: zainteriora.net- “Rain Chandelier”

And I love this art installation by Steven Haulenbeek called “Cumulous Light Canopy”.

Source: Steven Haulenbeek

Source: Steven Haulenbeek

Lets pray for some sun in London!  But if that doesnt happen, I am totally getting this trench and matching boots… okay, a girl can dream, right?

Source: Burberry London Ivybridge Trench

Source: Burberry

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This amazing jewelry is from designer Kendra Scott.

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One of the things I have been looking forward to all year are my summer evenings where I can just lounge outside with friends, family, and my dogs, sip a glass of wine, and enjoy the warm breeze.  Here are a couple great tips to creating that perfect outdoor retreat where everyone can gather and just… relax.

Source: Pottery Barn

1. Creating a focal point (fire helps)

Build your conversation area around something interesting by creating a focal point.  By placing seating around a fire pit or coffee table, a cozy conversation area is created and face-to-face conversation is easy.

Source: Southern Living

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Source: Martha Stewart

2. Comfort is Important

Pillows and cushions are so important to ensure your summer evening gatherings will last through the night.  This is also a great way to start introducing more color into the outdoor space.  Remember that not all fabrics are suitable for outdoors, Sunbrella makes gorgeous fabrics that can be left outside all year round and still look amazing.  They are mold, mildew, and fade resistant, and are being introduced in some stunning prints and colors.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Source: Sunbrella

Source: Elle Decor

3. Layer Color

When it comes to bring color into your space, consider the palette of the flowers and greenery that is already around you and pull from those.  No need to reinvent the wheel, if there is already some naturally-brought-in-color, use it!

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Source: Martha Stewart

4. Don’t Forget Lighting!

Keeping your outdoor space illuminated once dusk has hit is a sure way to keep your space feeling warm and inviting.  By using strung globe lights, a fire pit, or even the good ‘ol tiki torch, candle light always enhances the outdoors.

Source: Real Simple

Source: Martha Stewart

Source: Martha Stewart

How would you make your outdoor space unique?

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Neon is definitely in this season, and when neon color meets color blocking, imagine what can happen!!

Source: Etsy-Shop Ampersand

Source: leblogdeco.fr

The trick is to limit how much neon color is used in the room, try to stick to only a few, simple elements: ie paint, window treatments, accessories, light fixtures- don’t go crazy with too much in one room.

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Source: Justin and Elise

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And some fun fashion finds I ran into this week…

Source: Ann Taylor

Source: Ann Taylor

And I couldn’t resist, had to buy these amazing shoes!!  Talk about shoe heaven.

The brand is Enzo Angiolini

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Source: Southern Living

We all know that cupcakes are a growing (and delicious) fad right now, and I can certainly vouch for that with the 3 cupcake shops all within walking distance of my work (totally crazy).

Source: Crumbs Bake Shop

Well the reason why I decided to post about this is because last weekend, I flew to Boston, MA to celebrate my best friend’s bachelorette party and one of the activities we did was a walking cupcake tour of Boston!  It was so much fun, and totally decadent.

South Station

It was wonderful to spend some time with my girls and to see parts of the city I haven’t been to since I moved 5 years ago!  It was also great to see 5 of the most famous cupcake shops in Boston and to be able to compare not only taste, but also design of the cupcakes themselves.

Curlycakes

Cakeology

Who knew cupcake design was such an art?  Here are some of my favorite pictures from the weekend…

Cakeology

Cakeology

Cakeology

The delicious setup waiting for us to taste!

And look at the metallic pink distressed floor in Cakeology!!

Cakeology

So if you are around the DC area, here are my favorite cupcake shops to check out:

http://bakedandwired.com/

http://www.crumbs.com/

http://www.bakeshopva.com/

http://redvelvetcupcakery.com/

http://buzzbakery.com/

What is the most delicious cupcake you have ever eaten?

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