May
28
2013
12

Attractive Breakfast Nook

I would love a 10-foot-long banquette and a century-old French P A S T R Y  T A  B L E for my breakfast nook…  (And all that natural light).

Design mission: Find my own vintage iron table and have a marble top custom made.

I am also liking the Mongolian lambfur pillows I see on the banquette (and here and there in design land). I feel they bring a little bit of “warm modern” to a space.

West Elm carries some decent ones.

Happy new week, friends.

Image no. 1 via House Beautiful (Scanned – June 2013).

 

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Feb
25
2013
19

Stylish White Kitchen Counter Tops (But Not Marble)

White marble counter tops in a kitchen look absolutely heavenly (what’s not to love) but at this point in time they are not an option for my lively family. And isn’t that what a kitchen should be all about — meeting your practical kitchen needs.

We have a good sized, fairly new kitchen with a great floor plan. How do I update it slightly, without re-doing everything, and how do I incorporate more white/light gray (which I so crave)?

There is also a lot of (too much) granite in my kitchen and I am interested in getting rid of some — but not all of it. The kitchen island can handle a lot of “living” (major socializing, sharp pencils, my husband’s culinary adventures and small racing cars). The large granite slab on the island is strong and durable and gets to stay for now. But what about the surrounding granite counters? How can I replace them and mix with the existing granite island — and make it functional and look fresh and updated?

Well, one good thing about kitchen trends right now is that MIXING materials and colors is in. Perfectly matchy kitchens are as yesterday as matching bedroom furniture.

(Marble counter top mixed w. black soapstone).

I am ready to mix and roll and add some new: White/gray kitchen cabinets, yes. Fresh back-splash, yes. White walls, yes. Surrounding counters — not so sure…

I came across this kitchen in Elle Decor — painted concrete kitchen counter tops. Hmmm. That could work together with granite. I don’t know how functional concrete is (and heat resistant). Although I have learned that a new trend is concrete mixed with fiberglass — lightweight and extremely strong. Need to do some more research. But it sure looks fresh and good.

A few days ago I called my good and talented kitchen architect-designer friend, Anna Lovell, to discuss my dilemma. She gave me a whole list of new, carefree counter top materials — such as Cesaerstone. Here highlighted in House Beautiful’s “Kitchen of the year – 2012″.

Anna  also told me that there is a lot of industry buzz around “Silestone.” Never heard of it, I am embarrassed to say. Silestone is  a compound made up of 94% natural quartz, which make it extraordinarily hard and resilient. It also has anti-bacterial protection (apparently very rare among worktops). I think it could work well with granite.

 

More research is needed but as I am educating myself, I am learning that there are ton of new, durable counter top options out there. I will share with you as I go along. And PLEASE share with me and my readers too! This is all new territory to me.

Hugs to you all.

Images: No. 1 via The Zhush.

Written by Splendid Willow in: Lovely Rooms |

Jan
25
2013
17

A Warm & Inviting White Room

I keep coming back to this room. I lust for more white walls in my home. But I also want to keep the warmth. These colors and textures (love those chairs!) are perfect. Add a couple of myrtle trees and this room is MINE, mine, mine!

Happy weekend to you all.

P.S I sometimes feel that a big TV screen on an easel looks way too contrived. But here it works beautifully.

Image via: here.

Written by Splendid Willow in: Lovely Rooms,White rooms |

Sep
04
2012
18

Black & White & Orange/Rust

As much as I heart white and crisp rooms I also gravitate towards black and orange. (Burnt orange is also very pretty together with gray. I use those color combinations in several of my rooms). Red is pretty but too harsh for me.). A pretty black chest like this, from a flea market in Paris must move in with me soon! It adds a little drama to just about any room.

An oldie from my inspiration file. But this area is so pretty with black, white, orange and little bit of gold = timeless!

 (Greet, if you see this – I envision you riding boots lined up just like that! Picture perfect!).

I recently scored this pretty, vintage handmade bust (from Denmark of all places!) at a local antiques shop. Would look pretty on that black chest. (Now it is placed on a very old Swedish chess table).

Last week was my special time at home with my kids before they head back to school and I turned my back on everything in cyberland. Coming Wednesday ALL three of my kids will be in school full time! I will have a new life! Scary and fun at the same time. (Imagine what I will get done!).

Hugs to you all.

Still time! Don’t forget to enter our store giveaway!

You might be the first one in the US to receive (or perhaps you want to give it away as a perfect gift) a handmade heart necklace designed to your own family configuration! The giveaway ends on Thursday @ midnight. Enter giveawayhere.

Image no. 1 via Skona Hem, no. 3-5 via Splendid Willow.

Written by Splendid Willow in: Lovely Rooms |

Aug
17
2012
15

Going Straight To My Inspiration Folder

It worked many, many years ago. And it still works. A simple plate rack + buffet with many drawers (in this case and old counter from a country store). How brilliant if you entertain a lot. And what a fun spot in the house to decorate for the holidays. Adding to my inspiration file ”for my dream home”.

Happy weekend to you all!

Images: via Pinterest + Vintage House.

 

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