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.