Ahhhhh.... summer. Days soaked in sun light, night sky set ablaze with stars. Anytime the weather heats up, I dream of owning a beach house filled with sisal rugs, Adirondack chairs, anything covered in prints of chevron, greek key and trellis design. Bits of coral, shells & starfish strewn on every available surface. Since my pipe dream most likely won't be happening anytime soon, I at least try to incorporate a few of those items into my apartment design rotation for the few scant months of hot weather we're fortunate to experience in the mid-west. I found the most divine Etsy store today that features pillows & fabrics that is momentarily satisfying my summer decorating sweet tooth.
To this day I still miss Domino Magazine, which ran for four glorious years from 2005-2009. Every issue was page after page of sumptuous eye candy. Much like that almost perfect boyfriend you stupidly dumped then married some hag shortly after the breakup & have been trying to find a replacement for ever since, I've been on a search to find another magazine that comes even a smidge close. I'm hoping I've found my answer with (cue the angels singing)... House of Fifty's new online e-zine that launched this month.
Sign up for their monthly issue at http://www.houseoffifty.com and tell me what you think!
Oh lovely wallpaper, how I've missed you like an old friend. Your rolls & patterns are beckoning me.
My childhood bedroom was papered in the most lovely tree pattern. I felt as though I was sleeping in a magical forest every night. After spending the weekend with my friend, Angie, attempting to assist her in searching out the perfect design, I was shocked at the quality & huge array that is now available. Reminds me of the old Virginia Slims ad: "You've come a long way, baby". I also gasped at the cost per roll of the ones I fell in love with. Today I stumbled across a website that had an amazing selection as well as doable pricing. Check out their animal prints, they're to DIE for. And since I'm not able to paper my rental, I'm looking for a victim willing to allow me to do their room in the jaguar print. Please?
I have real problems passing up serving trays. They have become the decorating staple for every room in my house: corralling mail, seashell collections, candles, books. I have been attempting to curtail this addiction for some time and thought I might be in the clear. Until this lovely, lucite she-devil of a tray beckoned me. Monogramming+Lily Pulitzer+a tray=me falling off the wagon.
If you'd care to be an enabler, come over this summer and tell me "there, there, dear... it's ok" while smoothing my hair & swiping a margarita off my new love.
P.S.: http://www.lifeguardpress.com features more trays plus adorable collections of stationary & market bags.
It's a rarity for a renter to have a large kitchen. I'm one of the lucky few. But my main entryway shares the space as well & I wanted to find a way to bring some separation to the large area. Wallpaper? Painting an accent wall? Again, I'm a renter so something not of a permanent nature was needed. Voila! Automotive masking tape became my solution in creating striped wallpaper! I think it adds a beachy vibe to the area & visually draws the eye into the bathroom by repeating the yellow color, creating an even flow between rooms. The entire project took an hour, without any swearing or harming of loved ones. I'd say that is a sign of a job well done.
I'm really digging the resurgence of flocked wallpaper. So much so that I brought my camera into the bathroom of Merchant in Madison, WI (http://www.merchantmadison.com) to show you its appeal. The acid green flocking surrounded by matte gray woodwork is sublime. Its sheer decadence makes me want to swoon on a couch while sipping champagne served on a silver platter by the house staff while reading "The Great Gatsby". Of course I wouldn't be able to lift a finger to turn the pages & would have to enlist the help of one of the minions.