I don’t consider myself an artist – I feel much more comfortable labeling myself as a designer.Yet I love to wear my “artist hat” on occasion to create art for my walls! I live in a large studio apartment with concrete floors and a lot of wall space. Given that I love DIY home décor and that I am intimidated by drawing and painting, abstract art is right up my alley.
Last week I attended a vintage market and came across a few red tartan blankets for sale. I did not even hesitate to buy one. To me, nothing spells c-o-z-y more than a rich, wool tartan blanket. It’s a bit holiday, a bit vintage, and a bit British. It’s perfect.
I’ve got organizing in my genes. Son of an engineer and a bookkeeper, I was born and raised to prefer having a place for everything. In every job I’ve ever had, I’ve been responsible for creating processes and managing people. When the Chic Simple book series (remember those?) published their book about keeping the perfect desk, I snapped it up. You get the idea—I love organizing stuff. And one of my favorite ways to do that is to use trays.
I don’t think I’m alone when I admit that Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. The decorations, coziness, lights, and carols are all so uplifting. It’s not just Christmas though, it’s the entire season It’s the build-up leading to Christmas. Advent calendars celebrate this countdown to the holiday and add a beautiful tradition to the home. There have been some clever advent designs circling around lately and I have to share some of my favorites.
Christmas is coming and I bet I know you’re routine! You’ll take your Christmas boxes out of storage, dust off the ornaments you’ve been collecting over the years, and hang them up to Bing Crosby crooning in the background.
It’s one of my favorite go-to materials because of its durability, versatility, and the fact that it’s been used for decades in both industrial settings and interior décor. It lasts a lifetime, can be used to create almost any type of furnishing or fixture, and can be incorporated into just about every decorating style. It’s stainless steel. Let’s look at some inspiring examples.
I’m always interested in the simplest ways to update my interiors, and one of my favorite ideas is to go with tone-on-tone décor. It’s a process I’ve used over and over again: just choose an existing color—from your room’s finishes, furnishings, even art—then use it to create matching (or sometimes a shade or two off) walls, rugs, and other pieces in the space. The result always feels elegant and modern. Let’s take a look at some of the ways to approach tone-on-tone decorating.
Ok. It seems autumn is officially here. Despite intermittent warm-ups, most days are crisp and cool with each night feeling chillier than the one before. Leaves are changing, hot drinks are spiced, and thermostats are up. It’s true. Cold days are upon us. And with forecasts of winter-like weather on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to add a few extra layers to your bedding. There are many options—from wool to goose down—but few can top a luxurious, fur throw!
What makes a living space look and feel cozy? Is it the colors or textures? Is it the materials used in the furniture or on structure pieces? Could it be the flooring? I believe that it can be all of the above and more! With the weather changing and our homes getting chilly, people crave a feeling of coziness and warmth. Here are a few tips to give your home that warmth you deserve this season!
Brick is often relegated solely to exteriors or fireplaces – two locations where that material is so expected we often don’t notice or appreciate it. With the rise of loft living over the past few decades, brick is being seen more throughout modern interiors, but that does not always mean it is more noticeable. If you’re looking for inspiration around using brick in your interior design, these ideas might be just what you need.