Thursday, May 3, 2012

Nate Berkus.


Let me recap all the reasons why I love him and then I will show you the goods....

He doesn't fall prey to the latest and coolest fabric per the blogosphere.  He has a passion for history.  He uses high end antiques and West Elm just the same.  He is not a modernist or traditionalist.  He is Nate Berkus and strikes the perfect balance dead on the nose every.single.time.  And guess what?  It's pure, unadulterated talent what he has.  No interior design degree.  Wow.  He can probably take the homemade pottery your Aunt Laurel gave you for Christmas and make you love it like never before.  Oh and he loves nubuck leather as much as I do.  You can pretty much see it in ANY of his designs.   

So needless to say I was soooo excited when I peeked into the newest issue of House Beautiful where Nate does a home office in a day.  The play by play is all there.  Here are some pictures of the finishes space.

I love the leaning gold mirror.  You know it.  It really highlights the high ceilings.  Interestingly, those wooden dishes on the wall were stored away in the kitchen.  Nate unearthed them, and voila....instant art.  Those nubuck chairs were already owned by the clients.  No surprise Nate kept them.  I love the Jelly Cat monkey.  We have one.  It helps keep things real in this room.

 That seventies lucite/acrylic chandy adds such a fun twist to this room.  It keeps things light, airy, yet it's unexpected.  And of course, a shot of animal print always adds some sex appeal to the room.  That tuxedo sofa helps with that, too, of course.  The desk in the bay window is awesome.  In our old house in Chicago, I had my desk in the dormer of our master and it was soo nice to have a window to look out of whilst working.  The refreshing brightness of daylight shining on your desk may be all the java you need.
Ok, not really, but it totally helps!


This bookcase/work station was already installed.  Nate simply tidied it up by adding baskets and through cord control!  He also added some frames and knick knacks.


So this room pretty much summarizes all the design elements I love...Sunlight, books and books and books, herringbone floors, a splash of animal print, some pretty green plants, GRAY, vintage nubuck camel colored leather, lucite, woven baskets, ethnic tchochkes, and gold....a little bit of gold goes a long way.  Oh and also, simple, cozy throw pillows.

And speaking of Nate, whilst browsing Facebook yesterday I saw he announced that come October he will have his home line at TARGET!!  YESSSSSS

Here is a sneak peek of one of Nate's favorite items from his Target home collection that he posted on FB yesterday.  Can't wait.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Let's have some coffee in the conservatory Cupcake...


Ever since the Madderlake Designs conservatory pictures made their way through the blogosphere back in January, I have been on the lookout for more inspiration pictures.  

One of my favorite features of our old house in Chicago was having a sunroom.  Granted a sunroom pales in comparison to a conservatory, but it was still nice, particularly during the winter months, to be indoors and still be able to soak up the sun.  

What's the difference between a conservatory and a sunroom you ask?  A conservatory has glass windows for walls and ceilings!  A sunroom has regular walls with windows installed and regular roof, with insulation etc.  Some sunrooms also have a skylight.  

I suppose one could argue that even with double pane or triple pane windows, a conservatory is not as warm in the winter as a sunroom with insulated walls and ceilings.

Nevertheless, I still find conservatories absolutely beautiful and would love to have one off the back of my house some day.

Here are some inspiring pictures from across the internets...

Let's start with the design by Madderlake Designs that got the blogotown talkin'
























The conservatory in the house where Mark Twain raised his family via Tanglewood Conservatories


















Hope you enjoyed these as much as I did.  They are truly beautiful.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Jayson knows Momma.

Jayson emailed me this morning and gave me some options for my Mother's Day gift.  And he was spot on.   What can I say?  The boy knows me all too well.  ;)

LOVE these candles.

These bottle vases are so beautiful.  The moody colors, the uniqueness of each one, stunning.

 Perfect beach bag, now that I am living in the MIA.
 Horn bangles.  They go with EVERYTHING.  Love these rounded edge ones.

I need a platter.  I specially need one with a honeycomb pattern on it.

And a wooden heart shaped catch all bowl put your jewelry in it thingamajiger.  Yes.  

umm yeah...go here.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sally Wheat does it again! House Tour

Four years ago while doing my regular blogolandia rounds I stopped over at Joni's and lo and behold, there it was-one of the house tours I have gone back to and studied over and over and over again- Sally Wheat's home!  I loved all the neutral tones.  They were so calming-exactly what I need after a long day.  Although it was all neutral, it was far from "boring beige."  Each room was filled with just the right amount of interesting art from architecturally interesting items like antique shutters and Bolivian driftwood to oil portraits to butterfly collections to religious relics, etc.

And so, when I heard she was redecorating, I could hardly contain my excitement.  Admittedly, while I am still partial to neutral, classic decor, I do enjoy pops of color.

Without further ado, here is Sally Wheat's new home as featured in Modern Luxury Interiors Texas Mag.

Love the big statement abstract print over the Dorothy Draper Chest in the entryway.


Amanda Talley painting over the fireplace, check!  Really like the pops of pink in this room.
I think she simply reupholstered the sofas she already had in a grey velvet.  She kept the antique shutters.  Everything is still neutral with a little bit more color.  Still soothingly calm.  Love it.


The living room is electric, but still subdued.  That Queen Elizabeth print, the hot pink La Fiorentina upholstered chairs, that vintage mirrored coffee table, and abstract paintings, oh and the African milking stool...Love it all.  Although I think the Queen Elizabeth print definitely MAKES this living room.


The blue velvet Milo chairs and that chrome and sheepskin? bench look amazing next to the warm, traditional, wood trestle table.


Below is a closeup of the wallpaper in the dining room.  Isn't this little lucite bar adorable?


The Master.  Quite the Master indeed.  Neutral with a little funk.

The Dorothy Draper chests frame that fab bed perfectly.


The master bath.  What is there to say?  An oasis.  That brass bamboo chair makes my heart skip a beat.


Not much changed in the kitchen save for some art and accessories...And why would this kitchen change?  It's classic.  Melds seamlessly with the new design of the house.


The breakfast room


Love the vignette below.  I am pretty sure the photo leaning up against the wall is part of the Praia Piquinia series by Christian Chaize.  I was so happy when I saw the Harry Allen Golden piggy bank that I had been lusting over for so long before I decided on another golden piggy bank.  ;)


Her son's room-  The industrial Circa lighting light fixture, the old album covers, the metal framed bunks, the guitar...this room is perfectly cool and all boy without the falling prey to 
the "blue boy room disease" as I call it.  


Sally Wheat has most definitely done it again.  To check out more pictures of her newly designed home or of her other projects, visit her facebook page.  It's full of goodies!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

DOMINO is Back?! Yay!!!!

They have just released the Spring/Summer issue and word is that they are selling out like hot cakes! Gold ones at that! So get thee to CVS or wherever you can get your hands on one, or two, or three (don't be greedy! Get one for your friend ;)


Go forth and be happy! :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

MLS STALKING! Dutch South African Village Coral Gables, FL HOUSE TOUR!

 George Merrick founded the City of Coral Gables with a Mediterranean style home in mind in the early 1920s.  However, he later decided to develop villages in Coral Gables to include as many as 15-20 themed villages with specific international architecture.  The purpose behind this endeavor was to attract more Northeners to purchase homes in “The City Beautiful”.  

As he planned this project he made sure to hire the most noteworthy architects in each style of home to design each village.  However, Merrick was unable to finish the project.  Only 80 of the 1,000 planned houses were built as a result of an economic downturn and a hurricane that struck South Florida in 1926.  Nevertheless, the 80 that he did complete, remain to this day some of the most sought homes in Coral Gables to this day.

The Dutch South African Village, one of Merrick's original villages,  is a collection of houses in the southern part of Coral Gables, south of US-1, off of Le Jeune Rd, near the Cocoplum Circle.  

These houses were designed to resemble the farmhouses of Dutch colonists who settled in South Africa in the 17th century.  This group of homes, advertised as the first of its style in America, were completed in May of 1927 and were designed by Palm Beach architect, Marion Sims Wyeth. 


As I was looking at the MLS, I came across this stunning Dutch Colonial Coral Gables home, and I knew I HAD to clear my schedule for the next few minutes to share it.  It's beautiful, and it's a perfect example of the rich, historic homes you can find in Merrick's villages in City Beautiful.  
I love the contrast of the ebony stained door, white facade, red shingle roof, and terracotta tiles.


 This house strikes the perfect balance of simplicity and drama.  
 The ceiling in this room is fantastic.  That painting leaning up against the wall on the right and the height of the fireplace really draw the eyes up.  I really like how simple they kept the fireplace.
The room below is one of my favorite.  The Dutch Colonial bed surrounded by a sea of white and coupled with a modern wire bookcase really updates that Dutch Colonial look and doesn't make it feel so heavy.
 I really like the simplicity and the industrial edge of this bathroom.



This kitchen, while more modern than I would prefer in my own home, is quite beautiful.  It reminds me of a kitchen you would find in a Spanish shelter mag.
The home looks spectacular at 
twilight....my favorite time of day.

 Adorable outdoor sitting area.



I am going to try to find some homes in some of the other villages in Coral Gables and post them soon.  Have a great weekend!