It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

There’s a perfect match of old design & modern twists
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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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The space has muted colors with lots of white!

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The Kitchen Marbled

From Greek temples, Roman buildings and spaces of Modernism, the Marble seem to be the mainstay material in all of them. White marble is my favorite especially in the kitchen. Marble is rock that metamorphosed throughout the years, the swirls and veins are mineral impurities, although they look like works of art to me.

It makes these kitchens regal but not that pretentious, clean yet warm, don’t you think?
The kitchen looks forever timeless with marble furniture as well!

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It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

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The space is cozy & warm but also hip & cool!
Happy weekend!
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Divine Jacqueline

By now, you finally know this lady. That is, if you watch Million Dollar Decorators. Amidst extravagant Indian fetes, overpriced accessories and to-die-for clients, some “real” conversation and “real” people.
Well, Jacqueline happens to be Kathryn Ireland’s housekeeper. She’s French {I think that’s why I like her right away}, has a fashion sense all her own and I think she loves wine. She’s absolutely divine! Check out Raina’s blog at Curbed to read her weekly recap of the episodes. It’s a must read!

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Hungarian Red

Just a few more months & it’s the Roundtop-Marburger show again. Woot! I’m always excited but the problem is, I haven’t even done the blog posts I’ve been wanting to write since the Spring show. Well, a few days ago in Twitterland, this amazing designer was talking about Pandora de Balthazar, which of course is the must go to shop to find the best of the best as far as European linens are concerned. It brought me back to memories of touching their linens with vintage Hungarian red embroidery.

A little history: It started in the 2nd half of the 19th century. The material is linen or coloured yarn, flat stitching. The most popular motifs are flowers and meadows.

My snapshots doesn’t do them justice. Ready to shop? Here you go
Oh & please check out my “In My Kitchen Series” post at A Diary of Lovely.
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Serene & Cool | The Bedroom

Was your long weekend both fun & exhausting? I hope it was. I know, I know, back to the grind.
 

Today, I’m sharing with you a client‘s dilemma of wanting a serene bedroom but also contemporary and cool. I was trying so hard to draw him out more or to give me inspiration pictures but my communication skills {which I thought were pretty good, we did have seminars & a consulting firm help us with this at the clinic — LOL, another story} we’re not doing the job at all. Tsk! Tsk!

 
Anyway, this is what I came up with for initial thoughts & inspiration.

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1. Walls and whole color scheme: Spa Green-like. Restoration Hardware has a paint color that is called “silver sage.” The rug and valance would be in a burnt orange hue. Other accessories would mostly be in yellow.
2. Rug: Flor {http://www.flor.com} has a wide array of designs and we can make it as big or small as possible. I particularly like Sophistikat for the room in the color we choose {we’ll get as close to brown|orange as possible} but Corrugated Rib will work as well or we can do a color block {stay at their homepage & look at the flash images} where we can mix and match different color tiles. The rug should create an impact but subtle enough that it won’t disturb the calmness of the room.
3. Lamps: I think the hue and shape of the lamp in the board complements well or we can get a plain & simple wood base & pair them with shades that have patterns.
4. Furniture: The side tables will stay {I had to put some tables that look almost the same in the board}.
a. We can either get a wooden bed with a higher headboard or an upholstered one like this http://www.zgallerie.com/p-6110-leslie-bed.aspx. It needs to be in chocolate brown or one that closely resembles your dark wood side tables right now.
b. An ottoman or the like will be placed against the wall. This will be a good area to place belongings after work or when you have a guest or while taking your shoes off. Appropriate artwork will be hanged above.
c. Current desk chair will be replaced with something more vibrant and functional again in the same hues as the color palette.
5. Bedding : should be classic, I chose Italian Hotel from Restoration Hardware {see here: http://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/category/collections.jsp?categoryId=cat90071} but additional throw pillows & shams in different but coordinating patterns will be added. You are absolutely right! Layering and adding bold patterns & colors will make sure that the space is not boring.
6. Accessories and Artwork: will be the last one to be added in the mix but is definitely important! Colors will be like the ones in the bottom of the screen
7. Window treatment: An upholstered valance will be perfect as it will give the room some warmth. Smith & Noble have various materials, linens & patterns. See here & click on “select materials.”

http://www.smithandnoble.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10101&categoryId=10064&storeId=10101&productId=10033&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=10064&top_category=10502#

Here are two boards:

But secretly, I was wishing they like Elvis!

 

Thoughts?
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It’s an Urban Cottage Because…

The space looks lived in.
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A quote for a creative weekend:
                           A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.

                                          — Frank Capra

 

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