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Recessed Lights No More

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For a while now I’ve been thinking very seriously about this whole not using recessed can lighting in kitchens and baths. Some designers utilize it with more frequency. I’d like to attempt it but the right opportunity hasn’t presented itself yet. Here’s a little exercise–go in to your kitchen, if you have recessed lighting in the ceiling, imagine they are all small flushmount fixtures. It is in the numbers and the scale but the trickiest part I think is getting all of those smaller fixtures to make sense with pendants over an island. Things could get busy in a hurry. Have you put any consideration in to this course of action?   Really simple enameled base with a retro bulb, pendant heavy in a beautiful white kitchen, Food 52 apartment kitchen reno on a budget, all images via Pinterest

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Dining Room or Library?

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Couldn’t it be both—a dining room and a library? I say, uh-yeayer. I really, really like this concept. It feels like a warmer space among those books, much more conversational, made for hang out time. And in a smaller home like mine for instance, combined spaces only makes the best of sense.  all images via Pinterest

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Rachel Bilson in Lonny

Rachel Bilson’s Home in Lonny

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Sarah and I were having a little texty chat about blending the masculine and the feminine today, when she pointed me to this Lonny feature of Rachel Bilson’s home. I love it when Sarah recommends that I look up a specific design. It’s like getting a music recommendation from KCRW’s Anne Litt, or having the Pope pray for your healing. It just doesn’t get much more spot on. So, she laid this link on me, and the choir sang, lights all that. It’s that BLUE VELVET couch that I haven’t been able to shut up in my head. She even suggested that I place my parsons table up in the window like that along w/ some lamps, which is a really good idea if we had the space. My room is too narrow for dreams like that. Oh, and Heffe… look. No window treatments. I wonder if she and her…

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Ashley Putman again and again…

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Graphic designer Ashley Putman’s Houston home has been tweaked slightly and featured this time in Paper City. I’m always inspired by Ashley’s homes. Her house is collected and the edge doesn’t feel contrived. As always you can tell that Ashley and her husband are voracious art collectors.  

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Ashley Putman in Hey Billie

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Come on don’t tell me you’ve forgotten Ashley Putman. She’s the freelance graphic designer from TX that’s had homes featured in Domino, then Lonny and now the fam has a country house in Hey Billie magazine. Seems they fell in love with a dilapidated farmhouse near Round Top, TX. I like all of the spaces Ashley has created for herself and her family, the mix is so good. And I’ve gushed over her before here and put the previous two featured spaces together. I’m wondering when Ashley will crossover and join the interior design world? Quick review of Ashley- First in Domino, Then in Lonny, And now she’s gone country in Hey Billie magazine-           and my desire to find a white farmhouse grows…

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Heffe House: Bringing in Color with Accessories

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I’m happy to report that my initial post about the Heffe House went over quite well with the dude. As mentioned in that introduction, he is diametrically opposed to a turquoise couch.  Color is at the crux of our “push and pull.” If you are like Heffe…….. and hesitant to commit to color, here are a few examples of rooms that look colorful and lively, but aren’t packing a ton of investment. Accessories aren’t long-term, so its much easier to pack big pops of hue without a) breaking the bank….. or b) giving the faint of heart an anxiety attack when you ask them to drop $2500 on a deep teal velvet couch. The first room comes from Sarah’s suggestion to check out the Ruffalo home that was featured in Domino in 2009. She has an exceptional memory. But even I remember that she found some of the real estate photos from…

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Merging Dude Decor with Feminine Flourish

Merging Dude Decor with Feminine Flourish

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I stumbled upon this image when searching for examples of grey couches for the Heffe House Pinterest Board. I wasn’t giving it much thought beyond a couch color to show Heffe, until later – I looked deeper into what was going on here, and I realized that THIS is the perfect marriage of Dude Decor with Feminine Flourish. If you remove the factory table and the funny green industrial lamp in the back left, and replace the irreverent artwork with a pinkish abstract – you’d have a pretty girly room – despite the clean lines of that tufted sectional. Just take stock of the patterns there. Suzani. Floral. and then there’s that wool blanket in plaid. Just for Sarah’s benefit – I wanted her to know that I recognize the alium from the domestic efforts of our college days…. We called hers Beaker, and he was beautiful. Lastly, they do…

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Mi Favorito

Mi Favorito

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Good Morning, lets jump in to some eye candy to brighten Monday. There is something about this entry that is just so damn fresh to me. I think its the combination of pink, the stone on the floor and the horizontal paneling. an office in a dormer…because you gotta use every bit of space big country kitchen, Jackie Lanham blue + white ceramics, LOVE  them this kitchen thumbs it nose at your kitchen or probably most kitchens you could dream up Peter Pennoyer It’s the collected look that I love here, The beginnings of some of Amber’s work. Might I just say that I dig Amba’ and her blog. Amber you better show me the rest of this house when you’re done and I mean all the dirty details or I might just read your blog every other day–that’ll teach you. PS- Dan and I MIGHT be getting a new…

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Jenna Lyons in British Vogue

Jenna Lyons in British Vogue

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J. Crew hits the UK (really? it took this long) and in celebration British Vogue gives Creative Director Jenna Lyons’ famed Brooklyn home some more air time. The bonus here is the office. Lyons home was also featured in Living etc. At Habitually Chic you get the full view of the place in architect’s photos and a good comparison of the Domino and Living etc. features. Basically, you can get your fill of Lyons’ home. photos by Todd Selby, images via a lovely being

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Mi Favorito

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Morning, lets face the unpleasantness that is Monday with a little visual stimulus. Shall we… Katie Lydon Tom Scheerer Rita Konig Reggie Marshall Jan Showers Traditional Home via The Adventures of Tartanscot Steven Gambrel via Full House blog   James Andrews, NY Social Diary Jarlath Mellett

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Mi Favorito

Mi Favorito

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Over the weekend I was sitting quietly staring off at our house, next to my daughter DC as my husband was pushing her on the swing. She looked over and asked me what I was thinking about and my husband quickly answered “design”. Although I wanted to deny it I couldn’t…I was thinking about what my house could become and in what ways I could mold and shape it. Some images that I’ve collected recently from around the internet that inspire me, via Honey + Fitz via pink wallpaper I am going to install this coat rack in my kitchen but on a smaller scale, I’m going to convince my Dad and Dan to build it! But first Dan and I have to get rid of the wallpaper and honestly its gonna be a while–sad face Wicked vanity and if you’re not sure about the contrasting black, picture it all white…

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Mi Favorito

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Some of my favorite spaces from around the web, aaaah someday, Veranda   love the windows on the slanted attic wall, Devis Bionaz Photography  I’m obsessed with Peter Dunham’s Samarkand fabric shown on the settee, House Beautiful  loved most of what happened in Angie Hranowsky’s recent design featured in Lonny but found the little vignette in the bath to be particularly inspiring  Southern Living  painted tin backsplash, you can buy some pretty handsome ceiling tiles at a home improvement store and get this effect via Remodelista  Domino fans will remember this one, still love that wallpaper, Miles Redd  nice architectural feature built in to the stairwell, Cullman and Kravis admiring the covered terrace and thinking of my own house, Virginia Macdonald photography

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Mi Favorito

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I’m a little down…but not out. Last week my car was burglarized at my house in the middle of the night and the thieves stole my Nikon D80 that was in the backseat. I loved that camera and I’m not sure when it will be replaced. Crime can make you feel a little uninspired and it forces you to spend your decorating money on things like security systems and additional perimeter lighting. We were all set to have sconces installed in the living room in the beginning of May but now Chuck my electrician will spend that time and my money installing motion lights outside, boo. I’m not going to complain any more, I just wanted you to know whats happened and that we are moving forward. To improve my mood and maybe yours if you need it, here are some images that I’ve collected lately that may get us back…

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You’re the Bestest

You’re the Bestest

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I was telling two of my co-workers (some of the few that will listen to me indulge and ramble on about design) about one of my favorite houses of 2010. Yeah I know its 2011 but these realizations take time, naturally. In my case my favorite house has a relevant correlation to where I am living at the time. My current house would be very comfortable with it’s interiors decked out with a traditional, casual, modern mix which is some of what my favorite house embodies. And as I told my co-workers I seem to love everything that comes out of Connecticut and the Hamptons lately so you’ll understand why I chose this house as one of my favorites. Without further a due, Its Cosima Von Bulow Pavoncelli’s Sagaponak, Long Island vacation home that was featured in the November 2010 issue of Town & Country. It came to exist on my radar after Erika…

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