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Interiors: Patterned hardwood

Hardwood floors can elevate the sophistication of a room and set the tone for furniture selections and color schemes.  Once the type of wood is chosen, there are several options with how you decide to pattern the floor to make it unique in your space.

{ large horizontal distressed wood planks via Terkultura }

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{ sleek walnut herringbone kitchen via MFAMB }

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{ chic thin white herringbone wood via Light Locations }

Note: white colored oak wood can look outdated and country if you don’t style the room correctly – the grey trim, antique bench, and chandelier compliment the floor perfectly.

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{ classic European herringbone used on an entire floor via Dust Jacket }

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{ ultra thin wood planks to achieve a contemporary look via Millenion Design }

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Global Inspiration: Spain

Spanish architecture has inspired some of the most beautiful designs.  Realistically, we all can’t live in haciendas – but we can add Spanish  components to our homes by incorporating the following:  tiling detail, terracotta, arched door ways, exposed wood beams, and wrought iron light fixtures.  Then, consider using colors like: rich chocolate browns, dark blues, ivory, marigold, coral, and brassy tones.

 

 { stairway and door tile detail via Lonny }

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{ bathroom tile print added to a black & white bathroom via HouseNerd }

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{ blue & white kitchen backsplash via HouseBeautiful }

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{ lighting & exposed wood beams via Mark Cutler Design }

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{ entryway detail showcasing oversized archway & exposed wood }

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{ wood beams with a modern twist via Los Cositas }

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 { knobs from anthropologie found here and here }

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{ ornate dresser & styling by Schuyler Samperton }

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  { archway window detail via Houzz}

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Etsy finds: Vignette ideas

Aristotle eloquently said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

A well-styled vignette encompasses a small gathering of individual pieces, all beautiful in their own way, coming together to form a scene to give warmth and personality in a space.

For now, I’ll give some ideas of individual pieces that make up a well-styled vignette.  No need to splurge in this department, you’d be surprised at the inventory in thrift stores, etsy,  and craigslist.  Here are a few items from various etsy shops (links to each shop below) that can be inter-changable for various vignettes:

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{ links to shops from top to bottom }

copper hanging planter at WhiteDogVintage
pottery planter at WhiteDogVintage
driftwood table lamp at DutchDilight
eco friendly book ends at HammerItOut
vintage magnifying glass at IndiaCraftsOnline
milk glass dish at TatterandFray
vintage crystal & brass lamps at 5gardenias
peach sorbet bowls at DamsonAndWhite
antique brass candle holder at DamsonAndWhite
mid century oval mirror at DaveysVintage
porcelain vase at TheArleGallery
deer antler candle holder at NoCarnationsHome
antique brass paper weight at Adlerstein
vintage alarm clock at Singulars
 

 

 { add florals & greenery to bring color and texture to the vignette }

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Interiors: Mixing Prints

I am not sure if mixing prints was introduced first to fashion and then to home decor, or vice versa. It’s a bold move in either medium – though more risky in home furnishings. When done correctly in the home it can look fresh, original, and very welcoming.

Kit Kemp is the designer behind some of Firmdale’s boutique London hotels like The Soho Hotel and the Covent Garden Hotel.  Kemp is impeccable at mixing prints.  Her use of color modernizes the antique inspired rooms she designs. Being self-taught, she believes there are no rules in design – trusting instincts and taking risks have been paramount in her success.

 { Some of Kemp’s beautiful work }

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You can buy Kit Kemp’s book here

 { Diane Von Furstenburg’s interpretation of mixing prints on the runway }

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Era inspiration: Mid-century

With Danish roots (1935 – 1965), the mid-century aesthetic embodies minimalist pieces that can be bold and complex.  Keep the design simple by using clean lines, and keep the furniture cohesive. This era is known for using beautiful woods such as: teak wood, rosewood, and walnut.

{ credenza styling via design sponge }

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{ chairs via frency fancy }

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{ tiling detail via academy tiles }

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{ transitional bench via Johnathan Adler }

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{ open bookcase via the modern warehouse }

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