So My Style – I Want This Room So Badly

Happy new week friends! I just came across this Barcelona home via the lovely Design Elements and I nearly fainted. Oh my! That first image is immediately going into my personal file of favorite rooms. I love everything about this area. The tall windows, the natural light, the colors, the eclectic style, books & art everywhere and the relaxed feel. To me — perfection.

And I am still going back and forth about which chairs to add to my new gray farm table. Remember that post?  These white iconic Panton chairs above? Or the Tolix chairs (see the metal French bistro chair below)? You will see more on them soon (and the new table too!).

Ok, I just have to get back to that first room again — and show it from a different angle. Imagine having a cocktail at that table. Or a cup of tea when glancing through some new magazines. Do you know what also caught my eye? That wall sculpture with the fun character pushing a wheel up the wall! Makes me laugh out loud. I love unexpected art pieces.

Warm hugs to you all!

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


I Would Like To Move In With Tommy Smythe!

Hope that you all are well rested and happy in the new year. I am personally really excited about 2011. I have a feeling this is going to be a great year! 

I spent this past weekend, the first days of the year, fixing and organizing and fixing some more. Out with all clutter and disfunction and headaches. I wanted to start the year fresh and in control! (Tons of bags are being sent to goodwill and other places. I am so done with stuff).

Mr. Tommy Smythe’s (one of HGTV’s great designers) home has been making the rounds in blog land. But when I was thinking about which home or room to kick-off the new year with — I kept coming back to his lovely Toronto apartment. I have a serious design crush on this guy and wish I could move in with him — permanently. I would be so happy here! I find his home beautiful, playful, relaxed, interesting and yes, pleasantly organized!

I like every single thing in this area. But the striped area rug really makes the room.

How fun with the yellow table as an unexpected splash of color.

Matches, pencils, monochrome collectibles — all have their place. (I wish that had been my home when I was frantically running around the house for a box of matches, I don’t now how many times, during the holiday!)

Every room needs at least one black item, for a little bit of glamour and drama. That chair in the background calls my name. What a beauty.

A bright and happy eating area, with a red table lamp for cozy factor. Love it!

Old and new. Splashes of color. Personal touches. Harmony. And a lot of white.

This is how I am marching into 2011. With fresh eyes, a lot of curiosity and a strong desire to try many new things. To live a little!

Warm hugs to you all. It is good to be back and I look forward to seeing what all of my blog friends are up to.

Image of Tommy Smythe via Reynolds Still. Images interiors via Apartment Therapy.

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Lovely Rooms & Accents For The Home

After a stressful week with sick kids and the whole bit, I intend to put my feet up this weekend and just relax. How I wish these rooms belonged to me. If you know me — you know my style. No words needed.

You also know my love for books. And how nervous I get if I don’t see books in a home. I love this room! And what an impact a black wall makes against all that white. Must try one day.

Before I sign off for the weekend, I just want to share 2 blog alerts with you. Attenzione!

I am a huge supporter of entrepreneurs (I have had a business myself) turning their dream into business (and I feel like a Mama bear for my friends). Here is another blog friend of mine who took the leap. The entertaining, smart and generous Sue with The Zhush just launched her first on-line store this week.


She is starting off small (or so she says!). Here you will find many lovely things for the home and yourself. I just purchased two friendship bling bracelets — one for me and one for a close girlfriend. I know that Sue is going to do very well. That is just part of who she is!

Lastly, I need to tell you about the most fantastic giveaway I have seen in blog land – EVER! And that is from no less than Joni with Cote De Texas. In my very early blog days (when I had zero, zip, nada followers), Joni took the time to both comment and send a couple of encouring e-mails to me. What a generous thing to do! I can’t say that I am part of Joni’s blog circle of friends, but I look up to her and that gesture I will never forget.

Back to Joni’s giveaway. And look closely. Joni with the brilliant company Julie Neill is giving away one of these two stunning chandeliers to a lucky winner this week.

The estimated retail price is around $3,800/each for these original, handmade pieces. Holy smoke! What a giveaway! A room that gets the company of one of these stunning pieces will only need a simple rug and a chair. That’s it. The chandelier makes the room. Go here to enter the giveaway.

With that I am signing off. Happy weekend to you all!


Images: 1) Greige, 2) DesignDarling, 3) Chandeliers via Cote De Texas.

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I Spy So Many Lovely Things For The Home

Happy new week friends! I spent the weekend relaxing after a very busy week and also took some time to go through a pile of interior design magazines which have been staring at me for a while, wondering if I did not love them anymore. But I do — and I found so many lovely things in them! Here are just  a few (some scanned with less quality) that made me stop in my tracks.

I adore this Charcoal stripe ikat pillow from Madeline Weinrib Atelier. Like an art pice. (Really like the “bleeding” edges). Just wish my wallet was a tad “fatter”.

How cool & unusual is this vintage gymnastics pommel horse as a bench in the foyer. (The legs have been shortened). Why did I not think of that! I must find one! And if any of  you say that you have — I will be so envious! (Just found a vintage one that sells for $3,000 on 1st Dibs. A girl can dream…)

This lovely gray velvet sofa by Jonathan Adler is getting my attention. I am helping my good friend Eva to decorate her living and dining room. And this sofa will be one of my candidates. Classic and current, feminine and masculine. It has sit all. I envision two of these facing each other with the fireplace in between, on the short end.

Here is another is another favorite sofa choice of mine. The always so classy Chesterfield sofa”.

Another Chesterfield sofa, in a library setting. So perfect — for me!

This image works as a great reminder for me that my book shelf/cabinet can work double duty as a bar. Perhaps an idea for your own home during the holidays?

Oh, how I love this bathroom. I don’t like my bathrooms to be sterile and unwelcoming. This one is both elegant, current and inviting. Love the color choices.

A few times now, I have seen pieces of framed fabric identical to the one over the sofa. Someone told me that they are “money holders”. Help? Does anybody know? I don’t even know what to search for! (No, it does not say in the magazine).

Before I let you go, I would like to say Thank You for all the tremendous support and encouragement you offered me before my little design speech at the Nordic Heritage Museum last week. You gave me the self confidence I needed. My presentation was very well recieved ( I did not faint!) and I got quite a few comments afterwards from audience members telling me they felt “inspired” and wanted to go home and make changes to their own homes, which is everything I had hoped for. I owe that to you.

And finally, An Extra Big Thank You to the talented and generous Tina over at the Sweden based blog Komma Hem. Tina featured my home in her Sunday post. It always feels a little surreal to see your own living space through somebody else’s eyes. But I am honored and touched. If you have a moment, pop over and say hello here. (Tina, you are such a sweet heart!)

(Blog friends: I did not visit one, single blog last week. I am quite behind. I am diving in this week and am looking forward to catching up. I know that you have tons of  inspiration up your sleeves!)

A warm hug to you all.

Magazine images: No 1 scanned from Country Living, no. 2 scanned from Elle Decor, no. 3 + 4 + 5 via House Beautiful, no. 5 scanned from House & Home.

Written by Splendid Willow in: Lovely Furniture,Lovely Rooms | Tags: , ,


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: ,

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