Cottage Love #22

I took a quick business trip to Chicago last Friday for my Ace Hardware design expert gig! We filmed a short studio segment. It was fun! I always take the opportunity to catch up on some magazine reading while I am traveling.. Like you, I’m tiring of the frozen tundra that I call home!  I rely on a bit of escapism to lift my spirits.

I was thrilled to see in the March issue of HGTV Magazine, an article featuring home owner Natalie Lea’s colorful Houston ranch. Natalie worked closely with designer Bailey McCarthy on the project. The overall inspiration of Natalie’s home pays tribute to her mother, who passed away of cancer. Natalie’s abode brightened my day. I hope it does the same for you. Just look at all the beautiful design details! Natalie’s interior designer, Bailey McCarthy, is also the creator of Biscuit Home. – be sure to check her great shop and bedding line out! xx

This front door and wall paper are fabulous. I need a front door with so many glass windows. It’s a great way to add more light to your home.
After seeing this, I am so happy I ordered brass pulls to my kitchen design!!
Photographs by: David A, Land

Cottage (feel) Love #10

I had a moment to flip through the digital version of Trad Home’s Spring edition this am. I love color, especially a mix of blues and greens. These shades are fresh, vibrant and livable. I’m a firm believer in taking some risks with your home decor. This way you’re sure to be moved by the end result of the design! I was instantly drawn to Tamara Kaye-Honey’s design of a California home……I had to share these inspiring images. 

Pretty pink, please

I started my day off with a delightful client meeting. She embraced her own style and wasn’t afraid of color! Her home had loads of character and she had a great eye for one of a kind vintage finds! That’s always a bonus in my world. We got to talking about colors for her home, prints, schemes and all that design “stuff”, which got me thinking about the idea of introducing one colorful upholstered piece into a room. I think pops of color look best balanced with neutrals, and moments of peace, not everything in your design should shout for equal attention.
Come March, I crave the shades of pretty blooms and fresh grass. I definitely think I see a pink upholstered “something” in my near future and hopefully home! I’ve been saving an array of inspirational images this winter….

I helped choose this punchy pink shade with white piping for my friend Sarah, from Lil Hoot blog. (Sarah has fabulous taste! How cute is this photo of her french bulldogs?)

These metal chair’s look fab in pink. Hmm, not sure if that’s an actual shutter but it feels out of place to me!
India Hick’s home
Love the design of Lee’s sofa. Custom, custom indeed.. I also love the idea of an over sized coffee table.