Design Inspiration

color story: gray + cream + linen

It’s a cold and dreary February morning here in Texas.  I don’t want to get out of bed.  36 degrees may seem warm to half of the US right now, but my skin has definitely thinned out in my years removed from the Mitten State.  Although I can’t seem to count the good things about this time of year on 2 hands, one thing that can be beautiful is the peaceful solitude and lack of color. Grays + creams seem to go hand-in-hand with winter.  They are soft and subtle.  Deep and calming.  They make you just want to curl up in a corner with a blanket. Herz Allerliebst bedding

I think that is why this color combo is so popular in bedrooms.

sophisticated and simple gray bedroom gray linen and white bedroom

Deko's House - Bedroom - Emma's Blogg

A kitchen composed of all neutrals is my absolute fave.  I love how light and open it feels. Tobi Fairley Pleasant Valley Kitchen

Gray and cream can be quite stunning. And stylish. gray coat + cream sweater

I love the soft gray tones, but also the charcoals, too. They add just the right amount of drama and contrast to the space

modern creams & gray living room Joanna Laajisto - Finlandia Caviar Toilix chairs

Check out this lovely paint palette from Better Homes & Gardens!  (click on picture below to get more info on colors) warm gray paint colors

This look is pretty hard to mess up.  Just pair varying neutral shades and textures together, in a mix of warm and cool, and you’ll have that polished, relaxed look:

color story - gray, linen, and cream color inspiration board - vim & vintage blog

sofa, chair: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams | pillows: dwell studio | paint color: Benjamin Moore, Kendall Charcoal | rug: Dash + Albert

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design obsession: feathers

I didn’t realize just how much I love feathers… until the other day.  I was on a run on Saturday morning and I saw one resting on the concrete.  Simple and gray, it may have been run over countless times, but it was still as perfect as ever.

feather tshirt - sincerely jules

 

I love the spiritual, natural, carefree vibe they give off.

decorating with feathers

Drooling over this shop in Amsterdam called Harvest & Company!

Harvest & Company - photography by Paulina Arcklin

And who can talk about feathers and not mention Another Feather‘s amazing studio space?!

another feather studio - featured on imogene + willie

 

Here’s some goodies I found.

feathers picture collage

(Clockwise:  Anthropologie Quill Collector table runner, Peacock Pillow Cover by Blossom Pillow Co, Feather Hair jewelry (not listed for sale anymore but still awesome), Feathers 2 print by anavicky )

 

feather wallpaper

Dreamy.

feather artwork - Decor Pad

Boho style.

hair feathers

 

Happy Monday!!

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color story: citrus tones

We all draw our inspiration from different places.  Finding inspiration in food… that’s perfectly normal, right?   Yup.  Some of the most cheery colors out there are citrus tones.  Lime, grapefruit, orange, lemon…  They are like little works of art.  Especially when styled like this pic below:

 

lovely citrus shot

And besides, what’s summer without good music,  longer days, – and of course – bright colors?

 

 

citrus tones style

 

Oh and Margaritas!! Can’t leave that off the list!!  (Click the picture below for the recipe to this Pink Grapefruit Lime Margarita)Grapefruit Agave Margarita recipe - Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

 

Honestly, this may be my favorite color palette in the world.  (I may have said that before in a blog post, but I was just kidding, and am super serious now.)

 

citrus tones paint palette

I mean, some of my favorite interior shots EVER are in this palette:

 

 

colorful living room, featured in Coastal Living

 

You may remember the image from above.  This home was featured in Coastal Living.

green banquette! - vim + vintage

And this one: well if a green banquette doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will.

Tastefully done with some more traditional flair.

vintage citrus tone bedroom

 

This nugget below made the cover of Southern Living’s May 2012 issue.  For me, it still remains one of the best mixes of prints I’ve seen in an interior.

Lindsey Ellis Beatty Living Room - featured in Southern Living

And let me just say – Mandi at Vintage Revivals is the bomb-dot-com, because she gets the last 2 photo mentions.

This first one is the love child of retro vintage and bohemian styles and it’s awesome.  retro bohemian bedroom, featured on Vintage Revivals

And YES, one of my favorite DIY projects of all time!!! Seriously, still can’t get over that hex wall.  She’s a genius!

DIY Tufted Picture Frame Headboard - Vintage Revivals

MYTH #1:  You have to live in FL to rock these colors.

MYTH #2:  Using a bunch of bright colors together creates disaster.

As proven by the pictures above, both of these statements are totally false!  Yes, these colors do favor coastal environments, but when done right, anyone can pull off this look.  Intermix some of these fresh tones in, and the fruits of your labor will pay off (See what I did there?)

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citrus tones color story inspiration board - Vim & Vintage

1 // such an awesome book with inspiring bright colors, from Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar

2 // I don’t think it’s possible to talk about bright colors and not bring in some Jonathan Adler.  This chair comes in a variety of finishes and colors!

3 // of course you need some fun fabrics.  ( Clockwise from top left: Robert Allen Out of Bounds Chartruese, Kravet Almora 712, Robert Allen Delighted Citrine, Robert Allen Cats Cradle Papaya)

4 // yes, I always have to feature a watch.  This Michael Kors one is pure dynamite!

5 // pretty pillow cover

6 // most possibly the cutest set of measuring cups

7 // simple, elegant, and versatile summer wedges

8 // I wish I could have each and every one of Madeline Weinreb’s rugs.  They are absolute perfection

9 // another fun, midcentury-inspired JA chair!

10 // vintage vase in a fun yellow color!

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Have yourself a bright and cheery day! xo

(inspiration board is my creation, but all other photos link back to their original source)

 

design obsession: concrete

I never thought I could love something like concrete.  Words that come to mind when describing it:  Cold.  Hard.  Sterile.  Boring.    But when you look at the positives it can bring to a space, it gets quite interesting.  It’s modern.  Versatile.  Clean.  Cutting edge.  Durable.  Gray! (how I love the color gray!)  Prepare for some serious eye candy that can warm even the coldest concrete heart:

 

concrete wall

 

concrete kitchen

 

Concrete circle planters

 

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concrete countertop

concrete walls

DIY Concrete Pendants

 

concrete pavers for landscaping

 

Concrete planter

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happy trails

I love all kinds of restorations.  The creativity that comes with taking something old and having it come alive again in a whole new way totally inspires me.  It really gives perspective on how one man’s trash really is another’s treasure!

That being said, there’s a special place in my heart for vintage airstreams.  I’m always amazed by how such a small space can be utilized so efficiently! What could possibly be more perfect then a cute little trailer you can travel, work, or play in??

vintage trailer love

(Clockwise from top:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 )

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When I lived in Florida, I worked in the best beach town ever, Seaside.   We had the greatest little airstream food court right in the town center.

Airstreams in Seaside,FL

I used to walk over on my break to grab a sandwich, smoothie, or snowcone.  I had no idea just how spoiled I was!!

Seaside-Raw-and-Juicy-Dining-Airstream

Frost Bites in Seaside Florida

Raw & Juicy Seaside Florida

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This renovated beauty is from the girls over at Oh So Lovely blog.  They have a mobile vintage clothing shop in this trailer – how freakin cool is that!?

Olive the Trailer - Oh so Lovely blog

olive before and after - Oh So Lovely Vintage blog

Before and after shots! I’m obsessed with the coral color choice.

Erin & Stef from Oh So Lovely Vintage

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Featured in the June/July Issue of Rue Mag,  designer Alicia Falango takes you inside her event planning office.

Event Designer Alicia Falango- Rue Mag June July 2013

Vintage Airstream Renovation - Rue Mag June July 2013

vintage airstream turned event planning business

vintage airstream and bike

Seriously?!  Can I please work here????

I may add acquiring an airstream to my ever growing Bucket List.  If you had one, what would you use it for?

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