COLOR CRUSH ~~ ROYAL BLUE

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When I saw this home in the recent issue of House Beautiful, my first impression was WOW, which was then followed by a huge smile. To learn more about how designer Gary McBournie and Bill Richards arrived at the happy color scheme of saturated blues, oranges and yellows for this 1940s ranch house in Nantucket, be sure to read all about it here.

Visions To Inspire

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HOME TOUR ~ KATIE KIME

I first came across this article written by Rebecca Dalzell and photographed by Genevieve Garrupo in Lonny and it just made me smile. I was so inspired by her fresh take on design that I had to share her very inspiring home in Austin, Texas. Katie Kime is someone who sees the world as though you were on a merry-go-round ride around the color wheel. Traveling has been a great inspiration for her, from bright Moroccan poufs, Obami embroidery or Turkish kilims. “Color in these countries is so bright and bold and fearless, pink with orange, red with pink.” Katie Kime’s home is filled with bright, bold patterns and whimsy. Her interiors website and brand began in 2013 and now, she has expanded to a brick-and-mortar showroom in Austin, Texas.

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Bold lighting, large scale artwork, textured grasscloth walls and an over-dyed pink rug from One King’s Lane.

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Custom sofas, graphic sliding barn doors, statement lighting and black and white ottomans from OKL.

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A close-up of the side tables with Jonathan Adler lamps.

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The Master Bedroom painted in a bold, dark charcoal gray from Benjamin Moore~Gravel Gray.

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And how could you not feel happy when you walk into this dressing closet to get ready for the day?

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Kitchen ~ Gold Ball Pendants by Dot & Bo.

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More happy, fun and whimsy in the breakfast nook space.

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This is no ho-hum landing space, textured walls, family photos, colorful artwork, and, a fun, colorful graphic wallpaper on the ceiling.

Boy Bedroom-Katie Kime

Boy’s Bedroom ~ Land of Nod Bedspread. Pendant, Design Within Reach.

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Daughter’s Bedroom. John Robshaw quilt.

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And isn’t this totally fun, walls covered in faux silk flowers with a Katie Kime designed birdcage chair in hot pink.

The Bee's Knees-Katie Kime Queen Bee Pattern

And the fun doesn’t stop in the daughter’s bathroom. The Bee’s Knees, Kimi’s queen bee patterned wallpaper.

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HOME TOUR ~~ HERMOSA BEACH, CA

Interior designer, Lynn Pépe had a client that presented her with a jewel in the rough. It was a Hermosa Beach, California Mediterranean-Style home on a half-acre lot with a stunning view of the Pacific along with the rare perk for this densely populated South Bay  beach town, privacy. Initially, the designer’s client wanted to remodel just the kitchen and bathrooms in the circa 1980s faux Mediterranean-style home. But, the designer had an ‘unabated passion’ for the homes potential. The designer’s guts and tenacity won her client over, and as a result, the residence had undergone a complete remodel, ‘almost down to the studs’. Let’s take a tour of this beautifully remodeled Mediterranean-style home with Moroccan touches.

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Beautiful architectural details can definitely be found in this lovely living room. From the beamed ceiling, to the rustic stone fireplace.

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This game room is definitely equipped with all the right touches, cue the pool table!

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This Master Bath features a custom-designed tile flooring with a water jet cut pattern and a customized, salvaged pine plank door which was used over the opening of the master closet.

All images and more on this house via Luxe.

Have a Wonderful Weekend 

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Hope you Enjoyed the Tour

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

It is hard to believe, here it is the 4th of July! My gosh, where is this year going? We don’t have any special plans this year for the holiday, and quite frankly, that is just fine. I am finding that I prefer to stay close to home, having a little barbeque with family. In years past, we could easily be found down at the Dana Point Harbor, boating and enjoying a day on the water until the sun set and then watching the firework display from the barge that is anchored just outside Doheny State Beach, but those days are over and quite honestly, I am more than fine with that. It was loads of fun when my, now grown children, were younger, but over the years, the harbor has gotten more and more crowded and once you are there, you are definitely committed to staying there the entire day. This means you better get there early and be prepared to get home after midnight…..the traffic is abominable!! Anywho, whatever your plans may be, I wish everyone a safe and Happy 4th! Red, White and Blue….be inspired……

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Happy 4th of July

All Images via Pinterest.

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16 INSPIRING WAYS TO USE BLUE

A Little Bit About the Color Blue

Did you know that blue is the overwhelming favorite color? Well it is! Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable and committed. The color blue is considered the least “gender specific” color and has an equal appeal to both men and women. It is the color of the ocean and the sky and it is perceived as a constant in our lives. It is the color of the spirit and it invokes rest and can also cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming. Here are 16 beautiful ways that blue has been used in these interior spaces…..inspiring ways, for sure…..

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Interior Designer: Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Photographer: Roger Davies

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Contemporary Porch by Juan Montoya Design. Photography: Björn Wallender.

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Contemporary Living Room. Architect: Robert A.M. Stern. Interior Designer: S.R. Gambrel, Inc. Photographer: Eric Piasecki.

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Contemporary Kitchen. Architect: Robert A.M. Stern. Interior Designer: S.R. Gambrel, Inc. Photographer: Eric Piasecki.

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Traditional Kitchen. Designer: Mark Gillette. Photography: Luke White.

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Beach Living Room, Harbor Island, Bahamas. Designer: Alessandra Branca. Photography: William Waldron.

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Modern Dining Room. Designer: D’Apostrophe Design, Inc. Photography: Thomas Loof.

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Traditional Kitchen in the Home of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade’s California home. Photography: William Waldron.

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Traditional Dining Room in Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade’s home.

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Traditional Office/Library in home of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade.

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Traditional Living Room in the home of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade.

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A traditional dining room from Designer CarolEgan Interiors. Photography: Scott Frances.

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Contemporary Bathroom by Designer: Cesare Rovatti. Photographer: Oberto Gili.

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Traditional Master Bedroom of Brooke Sheilds. Designer: David Flint Wood. Photography: William Waldron.

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Traditional Bedroom in Beverly Hills, California. Designer: Michael S. Smith. Photography: Scott Frances.

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Traditional Dining Room in South Africa. Designer: David Kleinberg Design Associates. Photography: Eric Piasecki.

Have a Lovely Weekend!

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8 INSPIRING WAYS TO USE PASTEL GREEN

Nature Inspired Green Color Palette

Inspiration can come from so many different sources, but certainly, one of the most inspiring sources of inspiration definitely comes from nature. Today, we are going to visit this soothing palette of soft pastel-like greens. This color shows up in some surprising ways and I love each and every one.

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In the foyer.

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Black cabinetry punctuated with pale green seating and lighting.

Traditional Blue-Green Kitchen

Mint green Cabinets

Mint Green Bedroom

In the bedroom.

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Love how the artwork was used as inspiration to bring the soft green color in upholstery and pillows.

Does This Pastel Color Inspire You?

Images Via Pinterest

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HOW TO COLOR GREEN: 16 INSPIRING IDEAS

Green, I love the color. It is the color of balance and harmony. It is the color of growth, the color of spring, of renewal and rebirth. It is the color that I readily associate with the Month of March. It renews and restores depleted energy. Green promotes a love of nature, a love of family, friends, pets and the home. It is the color of the garden lover, the home lover, and the good host……honestly, no wonder I love this color. For heaven’s sake, why wouldn’t you? Anywhoooo…….it is a fabulous “neutral” to use in your interiors, as you will see. While Pantone declared it their color pick for the year 2013, it is certainly not a passé color, by any means. I hope you enjoy these Visions to Inspire.

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This was my Inspiration Moodboard that I did when Pantone announced its 2013 Color of the Year.

LIVING SPACES

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What a statement this sofa makes in all of its Emerald glory. Clearly this space is a family space and I love how the bookshelf has been styled. Keeping each shelf organized by color, makes for such a pleasing and cohesive way of organizing, it’s like moving around the color wheel.

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In this space, shades of blue seem to be the predominate color, and, then, it’s punctuated with a pop of green, in something as simple as a pouf.

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Doesn’t this space just make you happy? And, that island, in glorious Emerald, it’s the pop of color that just says WOW. What fun!

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Green, in all of its varying shades, from the painted diamond shapes on the hardwood floor, to the table and hutch, to the stoneware.

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In a word, STUNNING.

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Rustic meets Contemporary. Clearly, those Emerald chairs make quite the statement…..no mistaking who the Host and Hostess are.

HOME DECOR AND FURNITURE

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GREEN LIVING “WALLS”

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Green and Navy, always a winner.

 

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 Fun and fabulous comes to mind in this happy child’s bedroom.

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Dramatic Master Suite.

All images via my Pinterest.

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Does Green Inspire You?

Your Comments Are Welcome

 

BRING IT ON ~ PINK

Without a doubt, I absolutely love Pink and certainly, the color is most befitting for the month of February. I’ve gathered a few images that more than send my heart a flutter, and, hopefully, you will enjoy them as well.

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Shut the Front Door ~ Pink, of course!

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And, with Navy, it is simply Stunning, but yes!!

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I love everything about this room, starting with the ceiling, and ending with the luscious fabric choices.

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Speaking of Fabric, here are a few picks from Schumacher and Robert Allen.

FROM NURSERIES TO KIDS

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TO FLOWERS AND FASHION 

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All images via my Pinterest.

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A SPRAWLING RANCH IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Interior Design: Windsor Smith

It’s hard to believe that this sprawling ranch home in the rolling hills of California is smack dab in the middle of the city of Los Angeles…..but it is, and it occupies about 3 acres of land in Brentwood. The homeowners (the wife to be exact and her two daughters) are equestrians. So, naturally, this is a horse property complete with horses, of course! The mother and her two daughters workout with their horses practicing and competing in various dressage events. Oh my, certainly something I have always dreamed about. As a former hunter/jumper/equestrian rider and horse owner, I always fantasized about living on a ranch with several horses……Sigh and Sigh again!!!

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The home embraces the beautiful, genteel elements of classic Italian and Spanish Colonial styles. I love the thick beams, cascading draperies and tall mirror. Speaking of those cascading draperies, what Windsor Smith has to say about the window treatments, not only speaks to their practicality but also to the principles of design. “Of course, during the daytime, the curtains protect from the glare”. “The roof lines are not high, so I hung the drapery at the top of the wall to lift the eye. . . .rather than use a big, heavy treatment, I chose a small rod that’s less ornate and more youthful.”

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A bold painting by James Nares in a traditional dining room.

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Another view in the dining room with bold art, antique table and 18th-c. dining chair.

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An expansive kitchen, with windows framing a gorgeous vista.

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The gorgeous vista. There are the horses!! My dream!!!

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I think this speaks for itself. . . .dream, dream, dream. . . .

Visions to Inspire. Design to Enrich.

Could you see yourself here?

 

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HOUSE TOUR ~ A MANHATTAN BEACH COUPLE DO OPPOSITE OF DOWNSIZE

Manhattan Beach, California, is an idyllic beach community and the location where my husband and I began our married life together almost 29 years ago. Back then, we were renting a one-bedroom apartment that was part of a two-story, shingle-sided house, that was right on The Strand. The Strand, as it is known, is a stretch of real estate that runs parallel to the beach from Redondo Beach, to the south, and on up to Playa Del Rey, to the north. At the time, our humble little abode was conveniently located just south of the Manhattan Beach Pier and we could practically fall out of bed onto the sand. Needless to say, we enjoyed watching surfers and dolphin frolic side-by-side, summertime volleyball games and awesome sunsets. We became good friends with the couple that owned the home. As our circumstances changed, we later moved on and they eventually tore the old house down to rebuild their dream home.

When I saw this story in Luxe Interiors + Design, it brought back those wonderful memories of our time in Manhattan Beach and for this empty nest Manhattan Beach couple, the decision to build their dream house came after the kids grew up. They have a large and growing extended family and they wanted to build a house that could meet those needs.

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THE GREAT ROOM

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THE LIBRARY

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THE DINING ROOM

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THE KITCHEN

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THE GUEST BEDROOM

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OUTDOOR SEATING

Interior Design: Chris Barrett, Chris Barrett Design

Architecture: Grant Kirkpatrick, KAA Design

Happy Monday

 

 

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