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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It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

There’s a perfect match of old design & modern twists
via | The Urban Cottage Files

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Craving for Craftsman

We are on the hunt for a house {new home…well me more than Jason}. Adore the condo but I miss having a yard &  having a tree I can call my own. So, I’ve been house hunting online & offline. Ack, it’s always nerve wracking , tsk, tsk, haven’t even done a pre-qualification yet. Previously it’s been a breeze but the economy is still bad, right? I hear, pre-qualifications nowadays is worse than having a sunburn and getting waxed at the same time. But a girl can dream right {umm, of getting qualified for the home of my dreams, not getting waxed while sun burned}? So, initially, I was dreaming of a French Chateau style but my house hunting is leading me to love Craftsman style bungalows right now.
Well, what’s not to love? Hardwood floors, beamed ceilings, arched doorways with craftsman woodworking. And yes, the front porch is divine. And my top musts to have in my would-be home: the cutesy gingerbread house looking entry door, glass door knobs, clawfoot tub and the carriage style garage doors. Sigh! And thanks to Country Living for providing so many inspirational pics and Realtor.com for making it so easy to drive to the homes with your amazing app {seriously, my friend Kindra told me about this app and I’m so hooked!}.
Gotta go and house hunt some more people!

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The Ceilings Unbored

The ceiling may be the last thing on your mind when decorating or designing your home but I was so inspired to see a turquoise ceiling when visiting the historical courthouse in Blanco, Texas. We mainly checked it out to see the location were True Grit was filmed {the hubs absolutely loved the movie}. The ceilings were turquoise! Nothing like a pop of color when you look up! These are other ideas to make your ceilings unbored.

Green Gingham
Lacquered {sorry for the fuzzy image}

 

Striped

Classic Black
Textured {not sure if this was painted or wallpapered, whatever it is, the chocolate brown is scrumptious!}
Amazing ideas, right?

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It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

via | The Urban Cottage Files
The space has muted colors with lots of white!

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