Project at the W

So, ever since I’ve lived in Austin [a whopping 1 3/4 years], there has been a lot of buzz about the W. It’s hopping & right where the action is on 2nd St. District, Austin. Compared to where we live, which is only a block away, this is the mansion. I thought there was too much hoopla about it until I went inside just a few weeks ago. The carpet is plush, the wallpaper is well thought of…and shut up, even the elevator plates [you know that little box where the push buttons are] has a chevron pattern! Details! Details! They’re all so important…and what?! Their fitness center has a sauna and spa…I’m so jealous!Anywho, I’m helping a friend | client with their place. Not that they need much help, this couple is young, beautiful and style-savvy. So, these are the initial mood boards I made for them. And may I say, the couple loved it..and well, with a few tweaks here & there. The inspiration? Bali, Hotel St. Cecilia, the shop Red.

Inspiration and Source Sheet:

The Foyer:

The Bedroom | Bathroom:
The Kitchen & Dining Space:

The Living Room:

Throw Pillow Fabric Selections:

It will all come together soon & I’m so excited. We just found some one-of-a-kind things at Austin Antique Mall [this antique shop is huge!]. On another note, I just lost a project I was doing in one of the downtown condos as well. Bummer, I cried on this one. Apparently, dealing with clients is harder than it looks. 🙂 See you all soon!

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Kanga Room

No, it’s not Conga Room [although that sounds like a fun space] but Kanga Room Systems, what they are, are prefabricated stand alone outdoor rooms. I just recently saw their ad in a magazine & I thought, I want a sweet space like that. My little home office away from home, my craft house, the creative asylum or as what my husband would like, the poker room, the cigar room, the get-away-from-the-house cave. Works for me! We can have each of our own.

Top to bottom: The Modern, The Bungalow and my personal favorite, the country cottage!
Adorable and functional right?
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Have you Checked Out the New BHG Site?

Have you checked out the newly revamped Better Homes & Gardens website? I’ve been a fan of their website for a long time, but now, moreso than ever. More eye-candy, more helpful advice and information…I can’t imagine how better becomes even better. Here’s just some of the new posts I absolutely love:1. Vintage Wall Art Inspiration

2. Decorating with the New Neutral

3. Savvy Design & Decor Ideas Under $50

You can join the website here to get weekly updates & information. Enjoy!
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New Objet Trouves at The Shop

Hello there! Just sharing a few new things from the shop 🙂 Forgive me but I absolutely adore wired, zinc & galvanized stuff. They have an industrial but oh-so French Country feel as well. These are just some of the new things:

      Wire Card Wheel                                 Wire Basket-Tier
         Industrial Basket                            French Wire Chandelier
Enjoy!

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Famous Quotes | Famous Designers

Most of the famous designers {if not all} have a lot of things to teach us about design, but they also have a thing or two to say about living a good life. These designers have famous quotes that well, have been quoted a lot. These are the not-so famous ones. Can you match which designer said what?

“A person with real flair is a gambler at heart.”
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“You don’t have to know anything about a subject as long as you use common sense and imagination, plus enthusiasm! I use all periods of design in my work, for, after all, decorative styles are simply indications of a manner of living. “
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“Flair is a primitive kind of style. It is innate and cannot be taught. It can be polished and refined. When a person has flair, a grounding in the principle of design, and self-discipline, that person has the potential of being an outstanding designer.”
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Vintage Alphabet

So, I seem to have a fetish for vintage alphabet these days. I have one that’s on our ledge display right now. They’re great as gift tags, against books in a display or to add as a curiosity in a vignette. I can u]have a use for any of the items above!
Clockwise from top Left:
3. Vintage Typewriter in Green ooh-la-la

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It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

it brings the nostalgia of a storybook yet the grey scheme & red trimmings is very modern
via | The Urban Cottage Files

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A Modern Country Solarium

One if my favorite events here in Austin is the Modern & Outdoor Living Tour. Mind you, I’ve gone only twice to the Modern Home Tour & once to the Outdoor Tour. Well I’ve been here only less than two years. I’ll be sharing some images from the last tour which are all amazing, well except for the scorching heat, everything was perfect, down to the little canapes and fine wine served at some of the stops.
————————————I’m a big fan of the outdoors. Not too much of sunning or sunbathing but to lounge in a solarium, I’m game anytime. A solarium denotes any outdoor space that’s exposed to the sun. Although, it’s usually bordered by glass, much like a conservatory, the sun porch below is enclosed in a screen. It’s also called “The Screened Living Room.” One of the fun stops during the Austin Outdoor Living Tour, here’s a summary of what the design is about:

“One of the main objectives of this project was to celebrate sustainable design while making the elements aesthetically intriguing. The cypress rain screen was allowed to gray in it’s natural time and the steel was left to create a seal of rust. Another objective was to site the project so the clients could experience the urban nature of their backyard while maintaining a small carbon footprint. ”

 Going to the entrance.
A little al fresco dining?
I hope you enjoyed it!Images by my friend Andrew.
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6 Flea Market Pendant Lighting Ideas

Clockwise from Top Left:
1. Vintage Book Paper as the Shade
2. Birdcages  Galore
4. Industrial
6. Scalloped & White
When looking for ideas, look no farther than your local vintage shops & flea markets!
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Ledge Displays | The Top 5 Must Do’s

With an array of chic options for ledges, from wooden to tin, matte white to lacquered, ledge displays is an easy and affordable way to display your favorite things. I’m a long time fan of using display ledges…from the living room to the dining room & home office, I think they are both beautiful & functional! so, here are my top 5 must do’s to get the most of your display ledges.1. Keep it interesting. Unless you’re going for the minimalistic look, do not put all books or all frames on the ledges. Put vintage finds, succulents, a souvenir {the untacky ones} and curate a “curiosity” vignette.

image mine



2. Vary the heights. This goes in line with making it interesting. A tall candlestick with books laid horizontally and a ceramic accessory is a surefire way to make the space work.



3. Do not overload them. Now we’re thinking not what’s just aesthetically beautiful or functional but just pure logic. Believe me, I know this from experience. My home office display ledges fell twice because of my lovely but ultra-heavy design books. Spacing your displays also evens out the load.



4. Space them symmetrically and evenly. Since your display is supposed to be the “interesting” part, the actual display ledges should not be the design spotlight. Going asymmetrical on securing them to the wall makes it somewhat cluttered. Keep it simple!

5. Relate the size and placement of the ledges as it relates to other furnishings in a room. Small ledges just wouldn’t look right on top of a huge sofa would it? Also, if you are placing them with a furniture below it, like a television or a message board, place the bottom ledge 6-12 inches from the top of the furnishing.

I hope these tips help! Show us your amazing display ledges!

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