Thursday, May 31, 2012

Something to Read...While You Eat?

I have always loved the look of a library wall added to the dining room. To me it cozies the space right up and gives the dining room a relaxed vibe.

No matter your style, library walls work in any dining space.

I would love to add some more shelving in our dining room but since we already have bookshelves behind the sofa I think that would be overkill in the house we are in now. Someday, when we have a house to call our own I would love to add some built-ins to the dining room. Someday.

How about you? Already have a wall of books in your dining room? Is this something you would like to add?

Images: Unknown, Kirsten Beckerman/Baltimore Style Magazine, Nuevo Estilo, Apartment Therapy, House to Home, Albert Hadley, Elle Decor, Elle Decor, Vogue, House & Home, Diane Bergeron, Jonathan Adler/Elle Decor, Chris Barrett Design/House Beautiful, Ferguson & Shamamian/The Beresford, Architectural Digest

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Color Forecast, Part 8

Apologies for skipping out the past couple of days. Time was spent enjoying the long weekend and then I got slammed by some stomach bug that knocked me around the block. I am still recovering....

But anyway now we move on to color! And the last installment of the 2013 color forecast. I know some of you may be thinking that 2013 seems light years away, but trust me when I tell you, these forcasted colors will start to make an appearance and vendors and manufacturers try to get the jump on the next big thing.

So, last but not least is Neutrals #2....

This family of neutrals is all about the plush, romantic, sepia-influenced hue.

The overall pallet will split in two and you will see them used in a very modern and spare look as well as a traditional and lush look.
Blue cast greys are the new accent to dark wood and the white bed. And 30’s-inspired smoky speakeasy darks illustrate the shadowy side of life.

To me this one seems to be all over the place but I love the toned down grayed out look of the whole color pallet. All of it is moody even if shown stark or ornate. Also, the contrast is an important element as well as we will be moving away from one note tones to a more sharp visual appearance.

I like it, now all we do is wait and see how it will translate. 
Well, that's all folks. I hope you have liked this peek into the future of color. I for one can't wait to see some of these hues come to fruition. Should be a really pretty 2013/2014. 

Remember, if you missed all the other parts, you can start back from the beginning and catch the other links as well HERE

Images: Nordstrom Designer Collections, Nancy Braithwaite/Veranda, House Beautiful, World of Interiors, Vogue

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Art Addiction {Lori Mirabelli}

The paintings of Lori Mirabelli caught my eye recently as I was perusing Etsy. She has all different types of pieces, but I was most enamored with her colorful 12x12 pieces below....

Early Risers 1

Hold Out Your Hands

I Want To Run Somewhere

It Will Happen 4

The Nosies Above 2

Who Cares Baby 2

I love all of these! The color use is fantastic and the look is playful. My only problem is that I can't decide which one I should get! Hmmm. Though, with the $75 price tag I may get two.

Have you seen any great artists lately?

Images: Lori Mirabelli 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Color Forecast, Part 7

Red, the color of fire, lust, and passion. What a heavy color with so much on its shoulders.

In the future, true red will show up Eastern-influenced or as an accent only. 
Slick Lacquer continues for Asia and is shown as a high impact red. The accented red will also be high impact and stand out in neutral interiors. This red will remain more heavy on the orange and be tomato in color with very little to no purple.

However, wine-influenced shades will also move into the mainstream. Merlot/Pinot/Cabernet, and the like will be seen in clothing as well as interiors and will provide a subtle more moody take on red. 

The newest reds are sprayed with grey or brown mist, matte and complex. They will be muted and calm and provide a more upscale look and feel.

So, looks like red is all over the place to me. Bright and high impact. Dark and Moody. Muted and dusty. What do you think? Do we like the look of red for 2013???

Next Week: Neutrals II
Start back from the beginning with Part 1

Images: Vogue, Veranda, Unknown, Bottega Veneta, Unknown, Intersection Magazine

Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday Mind Dump

How is everyone? I hope everyone has had a great couple of weeks. Thanks for dealing with my pause and the lack of content here on the blog. Hopefully as I put some plans into action these pauses will be few and far between, if at all.

I have had a crazy past couple of weeks and see myself just getting more and more inundated with "things to do". Now, all of them aren't bad, like blogging, reading blogs, enjoying my favorite TV shows, or having dinner with friends. But, then there's keeping the house clean, making sure we have a plan for dinner and something to make, the workday, paying bills, etc. And I also have the help of my husband to do these things. These days it just feels like there is a constant stream of "things to do" and I am having trouble keeping up. I also know I am not alone, so don't take this post as a whoa is me cry for pity. Just see it as a mind dump, and getting it all out of my head helps in the biggest way possible.

I have always known that the best way to handle all of this "stuff" is to establish routines, and habits. The things I have established routines and habits for seem to go by smoothly with little thought or stress. Even when other things start piling up it always seems that these things are now habit and just happen. They are just what I do because they are ingrained in my thoughts and the everyday with little thought or even effort on my part. Unfortunately I don't have everything set as routine. So, that leaves stress levels skyrocketing when I have more "stuff" thrown in.

Now, as part of my 2012 "just do it", I am going to start more routines and form more habits so that I have more and more tasks that I just do without a thought or great effort. I start today with a very detailed morning and evening routine to get me started. I am starting detailed because I always find that I do get into the habit of things and then they relax a bit, but still accomplish the same thing. I am hoping that when it becomes a habit, then I really don't have to even think about it either. It will just be done. Detailed or relaxed, at that point when it becomes a habit, it won't really matter. Bottom line is it will save me more time and thought in the long run.

Some may hate the way this have everything in your day laid out and routine. For me, this is the best plan at this time so I can get back control of my head and all that is in it. Even as I look at what I have proposed for myself I shudder to think of the full automation of my day. I just feel that for me, starting with extremes will help me form the habit and then wane to a more relaxed approach. Like if you went to a exercise boot camp and put forth extreme effort during that, and then staying on top of the program yourself after it was over. You will have formed habits but maybe not to such an extreme as the boot camp (does that make sense?).

So, I take it that if you are in fact still reading that you either have the same problem as me, or that you are just interested in the subject. I am not posting my routine here today because I would like to try it out first and see how it goes. Although, if you are truly interested feel free to shoot me an email at SpearsL7{at}gmail{dot}com and I would be happy to send you my fancy spread sheet outlining my plan.

Does anyone have any routines that they have already established that are working for them? I would love to hear about them, and also get some motivation for my own. Do tell, I need all the motivation I can get!

Here is to a great week...and establishing routines!

Monday, May 14, 2012

I Break for Inspiration

My apologies for the extended break and I also have to confess that I will probably take this week as well. It's been busy and we all know how that goes. Don't worry though there has been a little bit of fun in there too, just not any time to devote to design and the blog. I did however take a few moments yesterday to get lost in Pinterest for a bit, and found a few things that caught my eye.......

Everyone needs a break for inspiration when the everyday is lacking in that very subject. I love Pinterest for that especially cause you can easily get your fix in a short amount of time. Blogs, magazines, and other forms of inspiration take me awhile and I usually like to devote more time to those.....but Pinterest is a nice quick and easy escape.

I could ask everyone the redundant question if they loved Pinterest.....but I already know you do! So, join me over HERE....and escape.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Sorry guys but I have to take a quick blogging break for the week. It's been busy and I need to put all my energy this week into other things.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far and I hope you have a great weekend ahead. I will be back next week with regularly scheduled programming.

See ya,

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Color Forecast, Part 6

Blue is one of my favorite colors and I don't know if it's because I look good in the color, or if I just like how it mixes with everything else, but I seem to have it everywhere! My wardrobe is full of blue, my house has blues a teals, and I seem to always gravitate towards blue for other things as well.

As part of the 6th installment of this 2013 Color Forecast series....we take a look at blue.
Remember you can start from the beginning here, as well as link to parts 2 through 5.

The forecast for blue is all about cerulean.

Cerulean Blue packs a punch as a new accent. Here you will see these rich hues including Cobalt and Lapis. Also, Denim, Deep Navy, and Indigo mix in through both matte and high-gloss finishes. 
To create full pallets, neutrals like Aged Stone and New England Shingle are added to bring a modern dimension to both spaces and ensembles. Unexpected red cast blues mix to create shadow and dimension.

Pretty, soft blue will be the look and a full mix of different shades will be seen in interiors. A more upscale look with shine and a cozy aesthetic will reign. There is an aquatic interlude, where foamy sea shades are moonlit and pale, and accented by ebony for contrast.

So, are we ready for blue to head in this direction? Do we think we are already headed there? 
This is one where I just don't know...I have been trying to see if I have seen this rendition lately and think we might not be there yet. Thoughts?

Next Week we will discuss Red....any guesses on the direction that will go?

Images: Vogue India, Tate MuseumRichard DaviesTodd Romano, Veranda, DVF Fall/Winter 2011, Unknown, House Beautiful, Vogue

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