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  • Look! Food Inspired Wall Clocks

    Fun wall clocks and tomato 12" wide wall clock

    Everytime I look at our food inspired wall clocks, I am immediately reminded that my belly is growling. The clocks are so fun and playful and are offered in a few different color and produce options. For an added touch, the traditional clock hands are replaced with a fork and knife.

    Green wall clock and asparagus 12" wide wall clock

    Need a reminder to eat your vegetables? Every time you look up to check the time, you will see the picture of asparagus.

    Yellow wall clock and lemons 12" wide wall clock

    Lemons are refreshing and aesthetically, images of lemons look great in a kitchen. Incorporating the yellow clock into the kichen is a great way to add color into the space. Which food inspired wall clock is your favorite?

  • Granny Chic Style: Definition and Product Roundup

    Kitchen and Granny Chic

    When I first heard about the design style, granny chic, I was hesitant to explore it. Now, I am in love with the style, which focuses on botanicals and soft colors. Think an updated, more youthful version of your grandmother's Americana cottage. It reminds me of home cooking, sunflower bouquets, and knitted blankets. The aesthetic is very warm, welcoming, and handmade.

    Granny Chic Elements:

    • Botanicial motifs
    • Soft, muted colors
    • Wire baskets and trays
    • Knitted textiles
    • Curved lines
    • Warm woods

    Products for the Granny Chic Style

    Left to Right: Masterpiece Collection Olive Ash Burl Accent Table,  Butterfly Decoupage Metal Tray, Flower Botanical Shade, Blue and White Porcelain Hexagonal Gourd Table Lamp

    The burl accent table would look great in the kitchen as a place to show off cookbooks and a bowl of fruit. The butterfly tray can be incorporated into the dining room or living room decor.

    Adding granny chic style to your decor can be as easy as replacing a lamp shade with the botanical shade. The blue and white porcelain table lamp sets the tone for granny chic style in the bedroom. Mix the table lamp with other granny chic decor items such as a quilt and knitted throws.

    Image: SF Girl By Bay

     

  • Creative Solutions for Bedside Lighting

    Architects lamps, chandeliers and modern desk lamps are excellent bedside lighting options.

    When you’re choosing bedside lighting, give form and function equal weight. Selecting a good reading light—and who doesn’t want one of those—doesn’t mean taking something discordantly industrial into your home’s most personal space, so long as you’re careful to pick a lamp with the right shade and material.  

    Vintage scones and hanging pendants can create the relaxing mood you’ll appreciate, while traditional table lamps and salvaged pieces lend the air of romance nobody wants to do without.

    Why not try something unexpected, like a mini chandelier, or ultra functional, like an adjustable architect's desk lamp? They offer creative solutions for bedside lighting. 

    Functional pharmacy lamps and vintage-inspired gooseneck lights bring elegance and function to a bedside table.

    We usually think of “task lighting” as something for the kitchen counter or home office, but your bedroom lighting has jobs to do, too—and creating beauty is one of them. It wasn’t all that long ago that choosing a serviceable reading light for your night table meant importing something designed for a drafting table or the office desk. In recent years, designers have adapted the oh-so-functional pharmacy lamps and vintage-inspired gooseneck lights with a variety of materials, shades and elegant configurations.

    They bring the best of both worlds to a bedside table. Don’t be afraid to set a mood with table lamps and wall pieces that let you set just the mood you want in a room of your own.  

     

    Photos via Red and Lonny Magazine.

     

  • Maggie Morgan on Decorating in Threes, Kayne West, Plus...

    Maggie Rose Design Blog

     

    Maggie Morgan is an Interior Decorator in Seattle, Washington. Since childhood she’s been rearranging rooms, styling bookshelves, and obsessing over fabrics (she had a very thoughtfully decorated dollhouse!).  Since starting the Maggie Rose design blog in 2008, she began decorating rooms for readers who became clients. In 2011 she launched Maggie Rose Interiors full-time. Recently she made some time to chat.  This is what transpired-

     

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    What is the best design advice you ever received?

    William Morris said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

    When decorating, what item(s) should you invest or splurge on?

    Definitely invest in a great sofa for the room you spend the most time in, preferably with clean, simple lines and a neutral fabric.  And great drapes can make a room.

    What would be your dream project?

    A client who loves to entertain and wants guests to say “WOW” when they walk in the room. Freedom to be creative. And any project that requires lots of fabrics (my weakness!).

    Brass Table Lamp

    How important is lighting to your design?

    Extremely so. I’ll bring in several table lamps and lighting sources. Rooms look better with many sources of soft (under 60 watt) lighting rather than one or two sources of harsh light.

    What is one “trick of the trade” that you implement in your designs? 

    I group decorative objects in threes. Usually with staggering heights to create a triangle. It’s a great way to display a small collection without it feeling cluttered.

     What is your favorite style? 

    Is that how your home is decorated? Traditional with a twist. Love classic furniture shapes that never go out of style paired with modern pieces and textiles from around the world. I’m getting there with my own place , but that’s the vision!

    Red Wall

    What do you see as the next design trend? 

    I think mid century modern design will continue to be popular for a while, but I think a return to post-modernism may be after that. Trends are cyclical after all! Or maybe it’s something we’ve never seen before! I think red will make a comeback next year though.

    What is your favorite guilty pleasure that might surprise people?

    I like to sing along with a lot of Kanye West’s latest album. Best in the car! 

    Can you tell us about your goals or any projects in the works that you are excited about? 

    I have some fun things in store for Spring, but my lips are sealed! Currently working on a bachelor pad that has a ton of potential to be amazing.

    Well Maggie when you are ready to unseal your lips, let us know.  Thanks for your time!

     

     Resources: Maggie Rose Interiors and Lonny Magazine

     

  • Dressing Up the Draped Table

    Foyer Ideas

    I think many people look at the draped table as a cop-out. To quote Elle Woods, “I Object!” Now, I hardly condone taking an old sheet and tossing it over a fiberboard table round and calling it a day. Rather, by dressing up the draped table you can have a stunning show stopper that looks custom and totally intentional. This hallway draped table is super chic. You can literally buy a folding table at a big box store and have a cover like this made. The box pleating is clean and crisp and the contrasting border a must for making this piece pop. The subtle nod to empire style works without being de trop.

    Living Room Side Tables

    This draped side table is a modern classic. The simple round shape will never go out of style and the glass topper will ensure that the fabric stays clean. By using fabric to drape the table you give yourself flexibility. You can change the look of the room inexpensively by simply using different fabrics. I also love the pop of orange. 

    Orange Ceramic Lamps

    Did somebody mention using a hot orange lamp to add interest? 

    Masculine Bedroom Ideas

    I could live in this bedroom. It cozy, moody, eclectic and ticks all the right boxes. There is a big, comfortable bed, ample shelves for books, reading lights, and a variety of chairs for both work and relaxation. I love the use of the draped table here as both a desk and room divider. The mossy brown/green fabric is decidedly masculine yet remains true to the romantic soft furnishings that abound. 

    Lamps with Mica Shades

    This mica-topped lamp adds that certain masculine vibe to any desk.

    Home Office Ideas

    Another draped desk option is this crisp white version. The oval shad makes this desk a little more custom and unique. Additionally, the trimmed pleats and custom glass topper introduce design touches that are far from run-of-the-mill. The simple white lamp keeps the aesthetic light and bright.

    Romantic Dining Room Ideas

    Feeling romantic with a light dusting of country? This patchwork draped table is not for everybody but works within the context of country elegance. The monochromatic color scheme allows this topper to not scream Holly Hobby. 

    Asian Style Dining Rooms

    For a true 180, take a look at this Asian-inspired draped dining table. The clean, square design works beautifully with the room. Notice the peek-a-boo green fabric in the pleats? Genius. The balance of traditional and modern are truly harmonious here and the modern lines of the table allows the contemporary chandelier to work in a room with classic crown moldings.

    Mid Century Style Chandelier

    Want one for yourself?

    Draped Nightstand Ideas

    Draped tables also look great as a bedside table. The simple pleating here keeps the table neat, while the silk fabric keeps is feminine.

    Traditional Bathroom Ideas

    It’s clear that draped tables can look great in most every room and in most every application, even the bathroom. This bathroom vanity exudes an updated version of 1930s glamour. I suppose the point I am trying to make is that draped tables can be a wonderful addition to home decor, just don’t let me see on old trunk underneath the fortuny fabric!

    Photos courtesy of thesummerhouse, jeannettes.typepad.com, traditionalhome.com, housebeautiful.com.

  • Instagram Inspiration from Design Experts

    Erin Loechner Instagram

    Instagram pictures, taken with an iPhone and then posted online though a series of photo filters, have become the modern-day version of the Polaroid. Artists and designers have embraced the application as a way to uniquely record the things that inspire them. Here are some of the Instagram photos of five top design and decor bloggers:

    Erin Loechner Instagrams

     Erin Loechner, Design for Mankind

    Loechner's  blog, Design for Mankind, is known for its clean lines and neutral colors.  Her Instagram photos show her love for contemporary decor mixed with vintage touches,  like an old neon hotel sign and metal chandelier.  She took the photos (above) at her home, featuring a bedroom with a white bed and Eames-inspired chair, an old typewriter and a chrome desk lamp.

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    Design*Sponge

    Grace Bonney, Design*Sponge

    Now on tour with her new book, Design*Sponge Home, Bonney stays grounded by taking time to enjoy nature.  Green is the theme of her Instagram photos these days.

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     Instagram by SF Girl By Bay

    Victoria Smith, SF Girl By Bay

    With Autumn in the air in her hometown of San Francisco, Smith's Instagrams (above) are infused with auburn and cobalt hues. She often photographs modern seating, like the black one in the photo above, paired with an oversized, upholstered  furniture. 

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    Swiss Miss Instagram

    Tina Roth Eisenberg, Swiss Miss

    Originally from Switzerland, Roth Eisenberg is now living in New York City, where she finds constant inspiration.  She joked on her Instagram page recently that she picked her dentist simply because she liked his sign. It turns out that other one of her doctors has a very stylish Eames-era hatrack.

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    Instagrams by Decor8

    Holly Becker, Decor8

    A Boston girl now living in Germany, Becker has been on tour promoting her book Decorate.  During her down time, she posts Instagram photos of her trips to flower stands, flea markets and thirft stores.

     

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