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.