interior design

Seville Part 2: the Alcazar

This post is part of a multi-part series on my recent trip to Spain and Morocco. You can read other posts here and here.  Thanks for following along!

Moorish Tile Patterns at the Alcazar

Entering the Alcazar was like stepping centuries back into a beautiful moment in time.  A time when craftsmanship was everything, and every detail was constructed with intention and purpose. A time when beauty was valued, so much so, that constructing a building was a lifetime process.

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What’s pretty ironic is that I just stumbled upon this place, not knowing just how significant it was.  I was completely oblivious to the fact that the Game of Thrones was filmed there. Or that it is still a residence for Kings to this very day.  All this I learned later after we had left Sevilla.  If you remember from my Malaga post, this whole Spain thing was the most unplanned trip I’ve ever done. I did minimal research, so whatever we explored was pretty much by chance.

We hit the Alcazar at the end of our day, about an hour before closing time, after the lines had subsided. One of the first things that caught my eye was the tile.  It was the perfect combination of Spanish and  Moroccan details. Southern Spain is known for its Moorish architecture.  Being located so close to Morocco you can definitely see the Islamic influence and style.

Tilework, Moorish Influence at the Alcazar, Seville, Spain - Vim & Vintage

The palace was the equivalent of a human size maze. Each room was a completely new color palette with surprises waiting.  I pretty much spent the entire time obsessing over the tile patterns.  Although, the door and ceiling details were equally as mind-blowing.

Favorite Ceiling in the Alcazar - Vim & Vintage Blog

This was my favorite room in the whole palace. I struggled to get the perfect shot for a while. With it being so close to closing time, I kept waiting for everybody to get out of my photo.  It was kinda funny because I kept getting irritated that inevitably someone would walk across while I was trying to snap the photo.  Like I own the place. The photo below is the best one I took – with just one shadowy figure in the doorway.  I may photoshop them out.  Clearly, it still bothers me.

Alcazar in Seville,Spain - Vim & Vintage Blog

My favorite exterior space was the courtyard.  Those arches and the relief patterns…*sigh*.  The experience was just so beautiful. I could have spent all night here. I’m pretty sure we were probably one of the last few to leave.

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No palace is complete without a ridiculously maintained garden area.

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The outside of the building kind of had this tie-dye effect, which I totally fell in love with.

Tie Dye Building! - Vim & Vintage

I’ll leave you with this view of the ivy and a bench. Because I mean, just how cute is this??

Ivy & Bench - Vim + Vintage Blog

Is Spain on your travel bucket list? If not, it should be!  It never was on mine but now I’m just dreaming of the day I can go back.

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check yourself.

Jenny Kayne's Holiday Party - Domaine

Some design “trends” aren’t actually trends at all – because they’ve been around for decades, but recently have gained more love. This is especially true for checkered and plaid patterns. Just search the terms on Instagram or Pinterest, and you’ll see many awesome examples of using these patterns in a modern way.

BUFFALO CHECK

This fabric is typically classified by 1 or 2 colors on a light background, created by horizontal and vertical stripes of equal thickness crossing over each other to form squares.

It’s everywhere right now. On chairs, pillows, even on bathroom floors!

Checkered Bathroom Floor - Studio McGee

Black and White check is so classic but most importantly of all, very versatile. It mixes well with other patterns. You can do dots, floral, solids – the sky’s the limit.

It crosses over to many different design styles. Pictured below on this mid-century style chair by Schoolhouse Electric.

Studio McGee - Lynwood Remodel
It goes more transitional here with Caitlin Wilson’s pillow and rug collection.

Caitlin Wilson Navy Buffalo Check Pillow

PLAID

I grew up in the Catholic school system.  I wore a plaid jumper everyday for about 6 years. Needless to say, I was over anything resembling plaid. Putting my childhood aside, I’d be crazy to deny that it’s making a comeback. And I think I kinda, sorta, dig it.

Emily Henderson - Let's Get Cozy

There is some crossover between check and plaid, but plaid usually consists of 2 or more colors and the stripes vary in size and spacing.  It’s kinda like Buffalo Check’s uptight older sister. It tends to feel a little more formal, sophisticated, and traditional than the playful checkered patterns.
Dash & Albert Cooper Navy Jute Woven Rug

So the question is- are you Team Check or Team Plaid?

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5 items I’m loving at Target right now (all under $100!)

Hola! Hope you enjoyed this past weekend. I can’t believe it is already June, and although Summer hasn’t officially started, it sure feels like it around here!

A couple of weekends ago I made a trip to Target to grab a couple of random items and got sucked into their home section. (You know, the usual.)

I would say especially over the last couple years, Target has really upped their game when it comes to housewares and home decor items.  They have some really great designer looks but without the high price tag.  Here are my faves:

five summer home items from target under $100!

Links from top to bottom: cotton blanket, mirror, marble lamp, brass wire basket, bench

 

what color to paint my door?

Being a designer is a funny thing sometimes.  Like I can help others with their homes all day long, but when it comes to my own home, forget it. I look at endless options and so the project just kind of lingers out there forever.  I’ve heard this before and it’s painfully accurate: I’m my own worst client.

Okay, so the backstory:  I’ve been thinking about painting my back door an accent color for about the last year. Well I’m finally going to do it, but need to make a decision on the color.

Here’s some of my favorite inspiration pics:

 

Painted Door - Claire Zinnecker - Farrow & Ball Light Blue

 

Chelsea Fullerton's Yellow Door - Home Tour on the EveryGirl

 

Jenny Piazza's Front Door - Country Living

 

Door in Essaouira Morocco - by Maryam Montague

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From the white bungalow to the Moroccan entry, clearly I’m drawn to soft and playful colors.   Which one is your favorite??

PS> My exterior is like a taupe color now. We’re looking to paint the exterior soon as well, possibly to a richer warm gray.

 

highpoint market faves

Hi!

So last month, I was able to cross something off my design bucket list.    MTD took us girls on a 4 day trip to this little thing called Highpoint Market.

Seriously I was so excited when I found out we were going.  It has been one of my dreams since my college days at Michigan State.  To grow up and be a real legit designer and go to the biggest residential furniture trade show.

It was amazing. We found some great new lines. It was also so helpful to sit in, touch, and see the quality firsthand of some furniture pieces we’ve been eyeing for a long time.  Yes, “shopping” for work is enough to make anyone jealous, but I’m not going to lie, it was exhausting.  We covered about 6-7 miles a day on foot.  Probably the first trip I’ve ever taken and not gained weight.

Here’s some of my favorite finds from this amazing trip.   Hope you enjoy!

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