Friday, March 25, 2011

Inspiration from Nature

Humans are instinctively drawn to colors, textures and images that are representational of nature.  Design taken from natural elements is extremely popular right now.  Tip- for an instant update to any space add a natural element such as a reclaimed wood table, animal print throw pillow, or organic shaped table lamp. 
Materials which look as though they are still in their "found" state have a sort of story about them, prompting the end user to think, "I wonder where this piece of gnarled wood came from?"  Natural elements evoke a certain level of relaxation, there's nothing inherently pretentious about them, nor should there be. 
Below are some photos taken recently at the San Diego zoo which are full of natural pattern and texture that could be easily incorporated into any design element.


Lamp by Jamie Young



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Lee Jofa Fabric


 
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Friday, March 18, 2011

Keen on Green

Anyone will tell you- spring in Montana doesn't really exist.  A sunny afternoon can easily turn into a chilly evening snow storm.  Honestly this is no exaggeration! 
So as many travelers, friends and family are away for a couple days to enjoy some better weather and escape from the grey chilly spring weather here, I thought a little green might add a bit of cheer to the drab outside.  A fitting topic for both spring and St. Patrick's Day! 
Here at least I can pretend it's actually spring outside!


Love the oversized scale of this upholstered headboard!  The grass wallcovering is perfect behind the playful patterned fabric.
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The contrast of the kelly green subway tiles with the white cabinets, shelves and walls creates a crisp look.
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I thought this was a very clever color to paint  in an entry/foyer!  Very dramatic with the dark stairs and white ceiling.
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A glamorized green bath!  Who knew?
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This cozy family room has beautifully plastered walls in a green shade pulled form the custom rug.
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The mix of luxurious velvet with the exposed aged timbers on the ceiling is a wonderful contrast.
 The chaise at the end of the bed looks like the most lovely place to read a book.  Notice the coordinating drapery! 


The pendants above this island add just the right amount of pop to the kitchen!
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Out of all the shades of  green in the design world, nothing can compete with mother nature.


Inspiration for my office under construction!  I think a jade plant would be perfect!
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Friday, March 11, 2011

Perfectly Painted

The color of  the walls in a space can set a mood, enhance the overall look, or simply act as a canvas for the furnishings, art and accessories. 
With an infinite number of color possibilities- if you can imagine it, a manufacturer is sure to already have created it!  We love adding color to our interiors!  The effects certain colors can have on one's emotions is fascinating.  To think we can paint our dining spaces to enhance our appetite, or our bedrooms to calm and sooth a person after a  long day!  Either way a wall color can act as a powerful driving force in an interior.  Below are some photos which are sure to inspire!

This bright white room emphasizes the dark accents like the windows and stair rail and art.
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This cozy game room has a warm tan paint with a brown glaze over to give the look of texture.
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The warm tone painted in this bedroom give the space a subtle glow.
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A dramatic charcoal color was used in this sitting room.  It creates a striking contrast with the gold bookcase and a cozy space.
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This bright kitchen is a beautiful canvas for the dark wood counter tops, floors and free floating shelves.
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This clay red paint color is sure to increase any one's appetite.
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These warm shades make for a sunny play room!
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This neutral paint color also has a glaze over it to give the walls some texture.
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