Friday’s Photo: Decorating with books

Looking for a simple DIY project to do over this long weekend to add some color or pattern to a room? I thought this was a very cleaver idea since many of us have stacks of old paper back books laying around ( if not, they can be purchased at almost any yard sale for pennies).

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Simply turn the spines around and paint the pages in an assortment of colors and patterns. Instant colorful art!

Have a great long weekend everyone and even though it does not feel like Summer here in New England at least we know it’s coming soon!

 

 

Friday’s Photo: RL breaking the rules

In both photography and design school I was told “first you have to learn the rules in order to successfully break the rules”. This image below taken at the Ralph Lauren High Point Showroom is definitely a rule breaker. A giant mirror is oversize for the console table (a mirror should be no more than 1/3 the length of the piece of furniture it is over), a teeny tiny lamp looks way too small for the table (the size of a lamp should be balanced with the size of the table)  and a large framed photo overlaps the mirror (never obstruct a mirror).

Ralph Lauren Show room

Ralph Lauren Show room High Point

Does it work? Absolutely. Every single element is placed perfectly so that the overall vignette is balanced and cohesive. What do you think?

Have a great weekend!

Friday’s Photo: Excitement in the details

One of my favorite things to see at High Point Market is how the experts style the show rooms. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to observe because the rooms are almost always packed with sales reps buzzing about and with designers sitting in the room to test out the furniture or to simply relax for a few minutes.

One lucky afternoon I just happen to get this “person free” image at Wesley Hall.  I had about 5 seconds before someone walked back into the frame and sat down on the chair.

Wesley Hall

Wesley Hall

Just look at how much thought went into styling and decorating this one small space. The green in the art work perfectly coordinates with the green leather sofa. The flowers on the tray which is angled “just so” is a perfect compliment to the floral fabric on the chair. My absolute favorite detail though is the small red crystal on the chandelier that forms a little color triangle with the floral fabric and the red pillow on the sofa.

Call me crazy but it’s these perfectly thought out design details that gets me so excited about design.

Have a great weekend everyone. I think here in New England we are going to have our first absolutely gorgeous weekend.

Friday’s Photo: Trending colors at High Point

I am just back from Market at High Point, NC after spending 5 non-stop days touring dozens and dozens of show rooms. I have SO many things to share and I hope you followed me on Instagram because I posted lot’s of photos. I will be writing a full follow up next week but I wanted to share this image today.

Yellow and coral at E.J. Victor

Yellow and Red at E.J. Victor

Move over blue (which DOMINATED at market) because there are some new colors making an appearance. Both yellow and red, which we really haven’t seen much of lately for interiors, were spotted at several of the show rooms. This room at E.J. Victor fully embraced them both. I think it is such a happy and cheerful room.

How about you? Are you ready for a color change or still sticking with blue?

Have a good weekend and check back next week for my trend report.

Friday’s Photo: Glass balloon animals

Another gem I discovered at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show was this purple “Balloon Hippo” by glass artist Chris Ahalt.

SAMSUNG CSCChris explains his art as such, “Sculpted in meticulous detail and bright colors, my animal balloon series depicts visually strong animals made fragile by delicately balancing, or floating above wire”.

Small, whimsical and colorful, it would be such a fun conversation piece on top of a coffee table or in a book case. You can see more of Chris’s work here.

Have a great weekend everyone.

 

 

Friday’s Photo: Sculptural desk top lighting

Have you noticed all the amazing new lighting options showing up in home stores?  There are so many gorgeous choices available that it’s almost impossible to choose just one. Desk lamps however have not really excited me as much as all the statement chandeliers and pendants…… that is until I saw this beauty at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show.

David D'Imperio: Linda Holt Photo

David D’Imperio: Linda Holt Photo

Created by David D’Imperio and called the Diatom, it is made with stainless steel, aluminum and powder coating. It is from a signed, limited addition of ten and is a sculptural work of art that just happens to be a light. Boy do I ever wish I was one of the lucky ten to have this light on my desk.

You can check out more of David D’Imperio’s work HERE.

A fun side note. I didn’t know this lamp was called the Diatom until I researched it to write this post. Before I was into Design, my first area of study was marine biology and I spent three Summers doing intensive studies of the diatoms (phytoplankton) in the waters off Nantucket Island. When I saw this light it was almost as if it was calling out to me. Now I know why.

Have a great weekend everyone. It is suppose to hit 60 in Boston today so everyone’s mood is starting to brighten.

Friday’s Photo: Colorful art glass

While at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show last week I saw bright, bold color everywhere. I was especially drawn to the colorful art glass that several different artists had on display. One studio I have had my eye on for awhile now is Vetro Vero and I was thrilled to see them at the show.

Vetro Vero: Linda Holt Photo

Vetro Vero: Linda Holt Photo

These three glass pitchers are just incredible don’t you think? You can see more of their beautiful work HERE.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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