I’m often asked by people, “What inspires you?” Today’s answer: My students! My list is long and varied. I’m constantly stumbling upon inspiration everywhere, everyday, all the time! I love what I do and I feel blessed to have discovered my “calling” per say. As most of you know, I don’t just practice interior design, I teach it at Endicott College and Suffolk University {New England School of Art and Design}. I am always pushing my student’s ideas. If they succeed it means I have done my job well! I often discuss the importance of strong concepts, and how they should be somewhat abstracted! Literal design looks juvenile to me..Yes, throw in an ounce of kitch or a nod to the obvious..but always keep it fresh and unique! I was discussing using simple objects, en masse {or in large groupings} and how something very common can take on a sculptural quality when used unexpectedly and in large quantities. Well my student was inspired by Anthropologie’s window displays..They practice this very idea! Gorgeous! I’d have to agree with her!!! Well Done.

Marshmallows – look sculptural when suspended don’t they?

Milk jug igloo? Brilliant..

In a nut shell!

I love the idea of maxing out a small space beautifully, for one it makes the space feel grander but it also reinforces the idea that your home needn’t be enormous to look fabulous and function well! Designer and stylist Lizzie Carney’s 1,000 sq. foot bungalow does just this! Lizzie painted the entire home a custom charcoal color to unify her home! She also infused the space with found objects and gorgeous European antiques. Unique items add interest and depth to any home!

Lizzie turned her basement into a wine cellar!

Lizzie outfitted a small bedroom as a dressing room! A vintage rolling rack houses her hanging clothing. I spotted a vintage shoe rack at the Todd Farm flea market yesterday. If it’s there next week, I may have to grab it!
{Lizzie painted the rug herself – I love the mix of pink and red}
Lizzie works for design/import firm Euro Trash, check out their site for more European and vintage finds..
Image Credits: Scanned by Shelter from Country Living Magazine, October 2010. Photographer: Bjorn Wallander

If it’s a boy…

So the “big” week is here..I’m having my baby at the end of this week. I’m of course, a bundle of energy and nerves. I wanted to share my baby boy ideas..I simply can’t wait to find out what we are having gender wise..oh and please do feel free to share your favorite boy names in the comment section. I have three girl names I adore but we’re having a tough time finalizing our boy names..My creative starting point for the room was this painting shown above along with vintage nautical references. I don’t love thematic rooms so I tried not too push it too far in that direction. I will mix in a number of various elements but the overall concept was boating and the sea!

This third board represents a mix of paintings and drawings I found on eBay. I am going to hang a salon art wall with a number of boating inspired paintings..I like the quirkiness of this mix!From top to bottom left to right:1. Large Painting – ebay2. Monkey Knot – Door or book stop Flame Stitch Pillow – Dransfield and Ross4. Polar Bear Print – Linnea Designs5. Crib Bedding – Rickshaw Design6. Bamboo Pillow – Annette TatumBoard Two:7. Green Headboard – will be custom designed by Shelter8. Shade idea – Custom by Shelter9. Lamps – 1st Dibs10. White Lantern – tbd. I do want to use an oversized white hanging lantern11. Ship Print – ebay12. Rug – Dash and Albert

I’ve been seeing stripes…

Graphic or subtle stripes never really go out of style, but I’ve been spotting them everywhere lately. {left} Who could forget this chic nursery, featured in Domino a few months ago. I’ve incorporated large, horizontal stripes on the wall in my son’s room. {right} The wonderful striped pillows pictured above by Danish artist, Lisbet Friis, would be a great starting point for a casual den or child’s room.

{left} I’ve had this landscape photo stashed away in my files for a while now, I love how the graphic stripe plays off the sculptural pool. {right} Kate Spade’s newest creative director, Deborah Lloyd, is introducing clothing and jewelry to the line.

Images: Domino, Lisbet Friis, Elle Decor, Harper’s Bazaar, Feb 09.