Sep
20
2010
30

Dreaming About These 3 Things For My Home

Hello friends! With the air getting cooler and the leaves starting to change colors, I find myself getting more cozy at home.

My family is going to do a lot of nesting in the next few months. So, now more than ever, I am thinking and dreaming about lovely furnishings and updates to our house. Here are a few things that caught my attention in just the last few days.

A cozy dining area. Banquette/bistro style. What a lovely corner this is to relax with friends and family over a good meal! Imagine this nook in the evening with only candles lit. I am not totally hooked on the wired chairs but I agree with some contrast to that upholstered settee. Love all the art. And the rug. And the fact that this area does not feel too styled and frou-frou. (But in my case I might need some more chairs and a larger table!).

I have been wanting to start a pottery collection for a while. All in one color. I kind of started a white collection, which still has some ways to go. Now, I see these black lovely objects on display and it reminds me that it would be really nice to re-start that idea, now when the days are getting darker (and I have nothing better to do! Ha!).

These two rooms are part of Style at Home editor Erin McLaughlin’s sanctuary, filled with midcentury furniture and cherished keepsakes. (That girl has terrific taste).

Ok, we have seen a lot Union Jack design items this past year+. Pillows, rugs, artwork etc. But I have never come across this Union Jack Ottoman before, via Cox & Cox Interiors. Wouldn’t this be lovely in a white room! And I think it would go quite well with my blue painted chest.

Thank you for stopping by today. Live well!

Image credit:  1) Flickr,

Written by Splendid Willow in: I Go Nuts For,Lovely Furniture,Lovely Rooms | Tags: ,

Jun
20
2010
39

My Favorite Way Of Relaxing x 2

Hello friends, I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! When my friend Ally (From The Right Bank) asked her readers to send one (1) image of a room that defines their style, I knew exactly which one to send. I am sorry, Ally dear (and to my many readers) that I keep on recycling this image. But if ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it! And the same goes for good design and interiors. I LOVE THIS ROOM because of:

Its classic style. (This room will work 10 years from now. Both the lines and the colors).
Its comfort. I am SOOO tired of rooms that only look good to the eye (Yawn!) but where the body and heart can’t relax.
The mix between old and new. Look at the ceiling and the contrast with the tall galvanized steel bookcases.
Its books! A home is not a home without books!
The lovely, non-contrived art display. (And I love that there is a small table lamp crammed into one of the cubby shelves!).
The natural light.

I can also imagine this room in the evening with some beautiful lighting. I would have no problem dragging a cocktail table in here and catering to some happy guests!

Speaking of relaxing, I will take next week off and just focus on relaxing and enjoying the first week of summer with my happy and funny kids!

Oh, and we are pretty excited about our latest family member. Let me present to you this fluffy, sweet little four-legged friend. We all love her! She is already a very spoiled hamster!

I will be back in a few days – more blog alert and with a big smile on my face!

And to all wonderful and generous fathers out there (see my earlier post)Happy Father’s day!

Images: 1. Via the always lovely Belle Vivir, 2. Unknown (I apologize!) ,  3. Via Completely Coastal, 4. Via Splendid Willow, 5. Via La Dolce Vita

Written by Splendid Willow in: I Go Nuts For |

May
26
2010
24

My On-Going And Never Shrinking Wish List

I love Fornasetti. But I am not all that interested in the classic plates by this legendary Italian designer (they are lovely but I must have seen too many of them). However, a table lamp or the wonderful wall paper below, can move in with me any time! They are such classic statement pieces.

Quick background of Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) – the legendary Italian painter, sculptor, engraver etc. He lived most of life in Milan and created more than 11,000 items, many featuring the face of a woman, operatic soprano Lina Cavalieri, as a motif. Fornasetti found her face in a 19th century magazine. “What inspired me to create more than 500 variations on the face of a woman?” asks Italian designer, Piero Fornasetti of himself. “I don’t know,” he admits, “I began to make them and I never stopped.” Other common features in his work include heavy use of black and white, the sun and time. His son, Barnaba Fornasetti, continues to design in his father’s name.

More things on my growing (why is it never shrinking!?) wish list: The very adorable and creative Cape Town girl Lana over at the lovely design blog – Lanalou Style – invited me over to share my wish list as part o her weekly blogger series. What an honor Lana! Thank you so much for having me! Hop over and read my list here. (And find out what I am drinking a lot of right now. No, nothing with pretty, little umbrellas!)

Happy, happy dear friends! Hope your week is going well!

Written by Splendid Willow in: I Go Nuts For,Thank you! |

May
20
2010
28

I Go Nuts For These 3 Things

Hello friends! There are always things I go nuts for! Here are three of my latest obsessions.

First up is this bedroom via Roche Bobois (sorry for the poor scanning). I go absolutely nuts for white bedrooms right now. My master bedroom has been ready for a redo for a while – and all I know is that my soft light blue walls will soon be pure white. This room is so inspirational to me. It is simple, quiet, serene and not contrived.

Yep, I have to show a close up. I am crazy in love with that bed, its headboard and the striped bed linen. The lovely tall windows and hardwood floors don’t exactly hurt either.

I first saw a glimpse of  talented Anna Spiro’s masterful dining room in the Australian Vogue some time ago and now it is featured in the latest issue of House & Home. It has been making its rounds in blog land – and rightfully so. I absolutely adore this room! This girl knows how to decorate. Anna’s dining room is unique without being contrived. Dining at this table must be such a fun experience daytime as well as evening (imagine this room with candle lights) and summer as well as winter. The room is chic, interesting, playful and inviting with is mix of chairs, vibrant art and different styles & textures. The balance among all the pieces is perfect. I go absolutely nuts for this entire room. It went straight to my heart.

This image is a teaser for the June issue of House & Home. There is no text to go with this, but it looks to me like a fine, little collection of pretty handkerchiefs in frames. What a great idea! Especially if they are hand picked over time and from different parts of the world. And how easy to bring one home with you as a memento –  one, single, unique handkerchief, with a hopefully good story to go with it. How splendid! Talk about luxe for less. I will never look at a handkerchief the same way again!

This list could have been a mile long but I’d like to let it sit with you for a while! Happy rest of the week, friends!

Acorn image belongs to Splendid Willow/via Getty.

Written by Splendid Willow in: I Go Nuts For |

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