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Getting away from it all

Getting away from it all

Posted by on Jul 18, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 7 comments

I was struck recently by this photo, by Petrina Tinslay. What a perfect image! That sky is just glorious. You couldn’t help but relax here. It made me want a room with this combination of rosy pink, amber and deep violet. I found a few that are similar. Via Pink Wallpaper. Both via Peacock Feathers. By stylist Lucyina Moodie. Via This is...

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Overblown roses

Overblown roses

Posted by on Jul 12, 2009 in Inspiration | 1 comment

The roses in our backyard are almost finished (although we sometimes get some as late as September when things warm up again in San Francisco). There’s one particular rose bush that was here when we moved in and has the most extraordinary coloring. The buds start out a deep coral color, then turn dark orange, fade to peach and eventually end up pale...

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How to do dark walls

How to do dark walls

Posted by on Jul 9, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 4 comments

I’m a bit of a coward when it comes to using dark colors in my home. Let’s face it, splashing navy blue or chocolate brown all over your walls is not for the faint-hearted. There’s always the risk that you’ll deaden the room, making it seem small and gloomy. But, done right, dark walls can look incredible. They can create a cozy...

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Under the shade of a tree

Under the shade of a tree

Posted by on Jul 1, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 5 comments

We’ve been in the Hamptons for four days now and I’m starting to get used to leisurely breakfasts and warm, lazy afternoons. What a change from the usual frenetic pace of life. We’ve been enjoying lots of meals outside and it got me thinking about some of the most idyllic al fresco dining images I’ve seen. They all feature something...

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Pink he’ll live with

Pink he’ll live with

Posted by on Jun 27, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 6 comments

I was thinking about pink recently. Why? Well, I spotted this colorscope over at Simplified Bee and decided to give it a whirl. I was drawn to the fuschia color most (which apparently makes me courageous, passionate, playful and serious (?)) Anyway, then I wondered, why don’t we have more of that color in the house? Of course, it’s because I...

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Photogenic houses

Photogenic houses

Posted by on Jun 23, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Houses, Inspiration | 2 comments

If you’ve ever wondered where interior design magazines stage their photo shoots, you should check out some of the location agencies’ web sites. I’ve been browsing Light Locations recently. There are dozens of wonderful homes (mostly English, although some are overseas) to ogle. Granted, they’re a little depersonalized, as...

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Tents that tempt

Tents that tempt

Posted by on Jun 22, 2009 in Inspiration | 1 comment

I am definitely not into camping. I mean, I like the idea of it – sleeping under the stars, drinking wine by the campfire (I know, the ‘wine’ part kind of defeats the object). But it’s the reality that I can’t handle – scrabbling around in the dark for a flashlight, ducking as we’re dive-bombed by mosquitoes. And...

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Reveal your real design style

Reveal your real design style

Posted by on Jun 20, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 4 comments

I’ve been tormented recently by this game over at From the Right Bank to the Left Coast. The goal is to come up with one picture that captures your interiors style completely. Frankly, I think it’s impossible unless you’re one of those people that is entirely sure of their choices and knows their own style inside out. Well, that...

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