Monday, September 15, 2014

Rethinking the Look of Things No. 52 - A Little to the Left - Vintage Photographs



Let's rethink how we frame and display our vintage family photographs. Who says they have to remain in those glass-domed oval frames, I'm sorry but those frames are just creepy. Honoring our family heritage shouldn't mean old-fashioned. 






Black and white, as well as sepia tones of vintage photographs are pretty cool. A clean, simplistic ode to these great color tones in matting and frames gives vintage photography great attention.






Rethinking how you frame your vintage photographs just might have you also rethinking that hidden family wall usually reserved for the upstairs hallway.



Image Sources: Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Lonny, SDVETS, Pinterest


Monday, September 8, 2014

Rethinking the Look of Things No. 53 - "De-masking" Damask


Using a damask pattern in a modern setting also can mean keeping the reverence of the traditional ideal of it, but revealing a bit of your twisted self by inviting it in with no regret.
Willow Bee Inspired




Excuse my made up word. (or enjoy it!) But I'm rethinking the look of things by "de-masking" damask. A classic fabric design that translates beautifully into wallpaper and rugs as well. One that has a love for a more transitional or even modern style doesn't have to fore go this beauty.






Rethinking the use of damask in our world is sometimes as simple as using an enlarged, over exaggerated version of the pattern. Or finding it in a fun color palette.






Using a damask pattern in a modern setting also can mean keeping the reverence of the traditional ideal of it, but revealing a bit of your twisted self by inviting it in with no regret.





To me a room well-designed holds something that says "I'm comfortable showing my true self."






I doubt I am the only one who is drawn to a design element that lures me in and I am unable to explain why. A damask pattern is one of those elements no matter what media presented. Show me a silk damask, especially in a fun color, and I need to reach out and introduce myself to it.





Show me a damask pattern that shares two other loves of mine, ombre and aged metallic, and I need to check my composure.




And I just proposed my undying love to this stag damask! My made up word of "de-masking" is in the column of Gotta Love!


Image Sources: Designers Guild, Schumacher, Pinterest, Flicker, Kenneth James, Polyvore, Elle Decor, Churchill, Veranda, 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Gotta Love No. 51 - Spray it to Glamorous!


You'll love the change spray paint in a metallic palette can do to the ordinary that you'll have to have your BFF on speed dial to pry the can from your rubber-gloved fingers. Lest nothing will be safe if they don't.
Willow Bee Inspired



Cheers to hammered silver spray paint on this summer's seashells.


Gotta love how something as simple as a can of metallic spray paint can be so glamorous! You'll love the change spray paint in a metallic palette can do to the ordinary that you'll have to have your BFF on speed dial to pry the can from your rubber-gloved fingers. Lest nothing will be safe if they don't.


Glammy, glam on the birds nest found on your last nature hike.
And loving the bespeckled eggs! Purple Sharpie?


Giving thanks leaf garland with tips of glamour!


A glamorous shower of pine cones!


A beautiful welcome to your place at the table!


Welcome to our home in a shimmering way!





Brilliant painted plastic animals. Do you see the subtle genius?





Nuts on a string or collected in a beautiful bowl. Fab!



I haven't seen a cute-as-a-button mini pumpkin I didn't like.


One paper mache reindeer, one can glitter spray paint, and a holiday word.
Play on vintage decoration. Smile.



A coastal Christmas tree, a fun gift topper, or a longer ribbon
to create a metallic-painted bookmark.



Behold restraint with glitter paint! The restrainer rewarded.


Antlers, transformed to look like metal accessories!


Mixed metals twig votive holder. Keep it lit from Thanksgiving to New Years!



Nature's sculpture perfectly glammed!

Spraying it to glamorous, a practice in control and restraint! A fun one. No therapist appointment necessary. 



Image Sources: West Elm, The Loft on Broome, Pinterest, Bungalow Blue Interiors, Designing Home, Distressed Donna Down Home, The Sweetest Occasion, My Notting Hill, Monkednfifed, The Long Thread, Wedding Bee

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Be Inspired No. 75 - Layering Rugs


Once you find the perfect rugs for your space, play a bit. Is the top rug laid on an angle, or straight, against one end of the room, or the other end, or centered? Not to worry it will fall into place.
Willow Bee Inspired




To embrace the concept of layering rugs in a room, one first needs to understand that rugs are like shoes. Yes, like shoes. Fashion for your feet. Fashion that can make or break a room's design. Just like shoes that can make or break an outfit.





Layering or using multiple rugs in a room can be tricky. But how great is it to know that you don't have to settle for just one rug! Don't fret, connect with your interior designer, they will help with the selection(s).





Here are some tips for layering rugs.

1. When layering rugs use a flatter weave for the bottom rug. Like a sisal rug.
2. Use a cowhide over a sisal rug.
3. And this shouldn't surprise you, use a zebra rug over any rug. That's right, any rug.
4. Proportion is very important. The bottom rug should be no larger than 12"-18" than the rug on top.
5. The rugs should balance each other not compete for attention. Pay attention to using a more neutral rug on the bottom with texture, like a seagrass or sisal.
6. Choose complimentary rugs, it isn't meant to look like a pile of rugs, rather a well-planned design element in the room.






Layering rugs is a great way to emphasize a seating area. Have a rug that you love but too small for the room you'd like to use it in? Layering it on top of a larger rug is your voila!




Adding color and foundation to your space is easy with a rug. Just like adding those great shoes to an outfit!





Layering rugs is no different than designing your space by layering texture, color, and pattern to build a well-designed room. 





Once you find the perfect rugs for your space, play a bit. Is the top rug laid on an angle, or straight, against one end of the room, or the other end, or centered? Not to worry it will fall into place.


Image Resources: Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Pinterest, English Traditions, Houzz, Paloma 81, Mix and Chic, 


Monday, September 1, 2014

Well Dressed Home No. 55 - Mohair


So whether you love it applied on a tufted upholstery piece, like a chesterfield (yum), or on the modernist of seating; trust me you will catch yourself "petting" it like a sick fetish. And that's quite alright!
Willow Bee Inspired





I have a story to share about how a seat made of mohair continues to carry memories for me and a love of this luxury fiber that remains with me to this day. Growing up one of my Dad's prized possessions was a shiny black 1937 Chevy. When he took my siblings and I on a ride we knew we were to be at our best behavior. 

Besides having fun standing by this car and laughing at the "fun house like" reflections it created of my siblings, I remember rubbing my hands over the back seat and feeling the texture of the mohair upholstery. 


Stories are so important in our home and they can be added in so many ways. Even written using a fabric.  Mohair is made from the hair of the Angora goat. It is durable, naturally elastic, flame resistant, crease resistant, and does not felt. 




I haven't quite worked this fabric into my home as of yet. But I consider it a must. Mohair is so beautiful and takes dyes well. 





Mohair isn't defined by style, just like other design classics. So whether you love it applied on a tufted upholstery piece, like a chesterfield (yum), or on the modernist of seating; trust me you will catch yourself "petting" it like a sick fetish. And that's quite alright!




Angora, from which Mohair is derived, is the most resilient natural fiber and is considered Eco Friendly because of its sustainability. Love this organic element of such a beautiful fabric.





The challenge of introducing this into one's home is that it needs restraint. For without restraint, something special becomes just something else. 







And don't forget the possibility of using Mohair as your drapery panels. Oh sweet goodness!







There are a few things in the design world that I recommend using the "less is more" application. Mohair is one of them. Mohair is also one of those fabrics that is rarely considered in the design of a room. Not sure why?





Once you are introduced to this luxurious fabric you will be on a scavenger hunt to find the perfect spot for your home.








It is warm in the winter as it has great insulating properties, while remaining cool in summer due to its moisture wicking properties. So it has very few limitations even in the coastal areas. Enjoy!


Image Sources: Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Coastal Living, Pinterest, 1st Dibs, Boston Design Guide, Michigan Magazine, Decor Pad, Design Field Notes, Elle Decor, HGTV, St. Regis Hotel, Houzz, One Kings Lane, Upworld

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