Home Style: Fireplace in a Wall of Windows

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window fireplace

Wow. That about sums it up. This floor-to-ceiling wall of windows under a peaked roof is simply breathtaking. The elegantly neutral fireplace inserted into that wall of windows is even better. Add in the backdrop of a Norwegian forest and rocky mountains, and we are back to… WOW.

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Photo Credit:  Bo Bedre

Home Style: Painted Wood Walls

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The Barn painted wall

The idea of painting wood fills me with anxiety and excitement. Perhaps only design junkies can relate to that rush that comes with anticipating the failures and rewards of taking a decorating risk. I liken painting wood to coloring your hair for the first time.  You believe that the result will look new, fresh, playful, and fabulous, and yet… you may NEVER be able to get it back to it’s original color AGAIN! At least not without some suffering. But taking risks can be liberating. I love what New England designer Sarah Steinberg did with this converted barn. The rustic farmhouse frame appears light and youthful covered in this on-trend minty blue-green. Somehow I doubt the homeowner wasted a single moment mourning the loss of the natural wood finish.

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Photo Credit:  Houzz – Steinberg Custom Designs

Home Style: Fancy Casual

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the citizenry

Is Fancy Casual a real design term? If not, it should be. The term Bohemian feels vague and overused, whereas Fancy Casual describes exactly what you see here: a baby pink velvet sofa that looks as if it belonged in Great Aunt Ethel’s parlor in decades gone by, a sharp coffee table with mid-century lines, a hand-woven Peruvian rug, and a simple modern plant pot. If this image proves anything, it’s that you CAN mix styles without sacrificing authenticity and elegance. I stumbled upon this photo on Pinterest and discovered that it is actually a sales image from a website called The Citizenry. As it turns out, The Citizenry is a pretty interesting company. They seek out skilled artisans around the world and then help those artisans establish sustainable, fair-trade business practices. They sell direct to the public so as to eliminate heavy markups. With free shipping and free returns, you might want to check them out. You’ve got nothing to lose, but potentially some global goodwill to give. Visit The Citizenry to see more.

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Photo Credit:  The Citizenry Estrellas Rug

Home Style: Open and Closed Kitchen Storage

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Dodson-Interiors-whitekitchen

Despite the growth of the trend, I have continuously balked at the idea of open storage in the kitchen. I can’t deny that open storage looks fresh and modern in photographs, but I also can’t get past the impracticalities. Even if your dishes look lovely on display, open shelving seems like a magnet for dust, grease and grime. I want my dishes tucked away in a clean, hassle-free cabinet. At least, that is how I felt until I saw this photograph. This kitchen, by Dodson Interiors, combines the best of both worlds. It has extensive closed storage to hide food, pots and pans, and numerous gadgets acquired over time. However, the open shelving flanking the window makes the room appear airier and brighter than tight cabinets would, and allows the homeowner to display just a small selection of everyday dishes. The casual nature of the arrangement also makes this polished kitchen feel more homey. Consider me an open storage convert. As the saying goes, everything in moderation!

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Photo Credit:  Dering Hall

Home Style: Opposites Attract

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Taylor-Jacobson-Interior-Design

Some designers focus on just one style, but I love them all. This leads to the conundrum of how to choose the right pieces for my own home. Committing to one style feels so limiting! This gorgeous dining room by Taylor Jacobson Interior Design proves that you can have your cake and eat it, too – or more accurately, have Craftsman design and modern, too. Geometric shapes and patterns, strong colors, and attention to scale make this space appear balanced rather than mismatched. Opposites do attract!

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Photo Credit:  Dering Hall

Home Style: Two-Tone Chair

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two-tone-chair

This chair represents two of my favorite things: the endless possibilities of custom upholstery, and the refurbishment of old furniture. Designers Orlando Soria and Emily Henderson breathed new life into a worn old club chair by reupholstering it in a combination of navy and off-white belgian linen with crisp navy piping. Fabulous! I’ve been wanting to try my hand at upholstery (I even put the book Spruce on my Christmas list last year), and this chair has given me renewed motivation. Check out Emily Henderson’s blog to see fascinating before photos and hand sketches that led to the final design.

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Photo Credit:  Style by Emily Henderson

Home Style: Less Is More

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Gideon Mendelson_living room

This living room by designer Gideon Mendelson feels big in style and bold in color. Yet, if you take a moment to examine the elements, the room is really quite spare and simple.  The color palette is limited – black, white, beige, with a calm blue backdrop and pops of chartreuse. Colors weave from one element to the next. Geometry takes center stage  – squares, cylinders, circles – posing a modern contrast against traditional architectural details. Perhaps most important is the weight placed on a few select accessories and overscale (gorgeous!) artwork. Mendelson has proven that a space can feel full and complete without added clutter.

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Photo Credit:  1st Dibs Style Compass

Home Style: Plate Wall

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Ghislaine Vinas plate wall

This overscale image of colorful plates is a quirky and creative take on the classic decorative plate collection hung on the wall, is it not? Well, actually, NO, it’s not.  Designer Ghislaine Vinas took quirky and creative one step further by having a tile cutter trim her clients’ actual plate collection. The plates are arranged and trimmed in a perfect rectangle, mimicking the crisp outline of a photograph. It is the irregular shadows behind each plate that provide a clue as to the true 3-dimensional nature of the display. It’s a brilliant example of design that tricks the eye and teases the mind.

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Photo Credit:  1stdibs Introspective

Home Style: Colorful Apartment Patio

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colorful patio

There are many details to admire on this lovely little patio.  However, it’s the Raskog cart that catches my eye.  I have had a major crush on this little blue cart from the first moment that I spotted it in Ikea.  You may even remember my Splurge Vs. Steal blog post about it!  Although I usually see it used indoors, the sky blue metal is perfectly suited for this role as an outdoor planter and storage cart, especially alongside the equally enchanting pink iron furniture.

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Photo Credit:  Apartment Therapy