Wednesday, December 30, 2009

On the Outside Looking In

    I really enjoy going for a walk.  There is always so much to see and think about, and no matter how many times I may walk down the same street, I am able to spot something that I hadn't noticed before.  I am intrigued by the creative ways that the occupants are able to create a look that makes their house unique from those surrounding it.  I love that even in an urban setting, where the entire block of houses may be architecturally similar, some exteriors really stand out.  On a trip to Boston earlier this year I took some pictures of my favorite examples.  The following images are from that walk.

When I am looking at these lovely exteriors, I find myself wondering if the interiors are as beautiful as they look from the street.

Monday, December 28, 2009


One of my favorite activities is to read design magazines.  I can't think of many things that are as relaxing as curling up in a comfortable chair with a stack of publications and leisurely looking through them.  The following pictures are a few of my favorite places to do this.

I have to admit that this lovely white chair is my absolute favorite.  The amount of sunlight that pours in through the windows is wonderful.

The only problem with such a comfortable spot is that a nap is unavoidable.  

For Duncan the cat, a little snooze in the sun never hurt anyone.

Perhaps we could all learn something from the cat.  All this talk about sleep is making me tired.

An Ocean of Inspiration

I love neutral palettes.  At the same time I want to make sure that color is incorporated into the space.  This jar of shells and sea glass provides the perfect combination of colors to take a cue from.  There is a variety of colors, but they all blend so comfortably together.

I think this photo highlights the collection very nicely.  I love how the light green glass looks against the shells.  I believe that it is the soft green that emphasizes the delicate colors in the surrounding shells.

These three garden stools remind me of the shell collection.  They would be a welcome addition to any room with a pale palette.

If you look at this abalone shell, you will also notice that there are multiple pale colors in it.  I am amazed by how many colors are packed into such a small shell.

If I were to choose this jar of shells and glass as my inspiration for a color palette, I wouldn't hesitate to add this chair from Wisteria.

 I think that either one of these fantastic lamps would look right at home with the chair.

And while I am dreaming of ways to create a room from a shell collection, I might as well give myself an inspired view.

For the time being though, the jar of inspiration is all I have.  Luckily I never get tired of what I see!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I Love This Room

    This morning, while I was browsing the images at Apartment Therapy, I happened upon this room.  I absolutely love it.  Frequently I would be critical of a design that has wall paper and matching fabric, but this room is perfect.  I think what I like about it the most is that the wallpaper and fabric combine my two favorite colors.  I love how the blue is the predominant color while there are splashes of red throughout.  I so wish that this were my room.  

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Spring Color

As the weather begins to look more like winter than fall, and the final leaves drop from the trees, I find myself longing for color. While bouquets of flowers inside fill the void, I also find myself dreaming of the brilliant colors that will appear in the early spring.  I am reminded that now is the time to plant my  bulbs so that as winter begins to melt into spring, I will be greeted once again by the brilliant colors that inspire me.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009