Love the pink lamps, textiles and peonies…But what do you think of that wallpaper??
Photos from Town & Country, World of Interiors and We Heart It.
Paterson spends her weekends “fossicking” for treasures at flea markets and antique stores.
She tells Vogue Living: “I always want my home to be better on Monday than it is on Friday because of something new I’ve found.”
“I always want to pare things back so that each object has its own space
– to decorate with the lightest touch.”
Paterson says: “I love the ghosts of past owners.”
When she renovated her house, she kept a saying on a wall:
“White is not the mere absence of colour.”
…LOVE her cameo collection…
The magazine is available on Zinio.
This is how our house looks at the moment….
The file belongs to “stylist, creative consultant, visual storyteller” Sarah Prall. She bookmarks interiors…and the requisite deer photos…
Peeling fences and tattered quilts….
Colorful knits from faraway lands…
Perfectly named, Down the Lane, if you’re on a country road….Where I’d really like to be…
I love these colorful fabric hearts mixed with crystal strands and shell discs….
This little clothing rack (below) proves that you can fashion anything with pipes from the hardware store….
I love the mix of turquoise and yellow paint on this old cabinet…
Lovely mix of linens and blankets on this vintage bed! I love to shop at Ikea for colorful sheets, then pair them with vintage coverlets….What do you think??
By the way, this is my first post here in, well, months…I hope you guys are still out there reading…–Tina
Morning friends. How are you all today? I hope you had a wonderful week and that you feel rested and ready for the week. Today I have Vignettes on the brain, or table scapes as some like to call them. I love a beautiful collection of objet as much as the next gal, and today I am going to share some tips on how to compile a great one.
You love all you little bits and bobs so much. It’s easy to succumb and display them all at one. This approach runs the risk of looking cluttered and un-edited. Rather use the ‘rotation system’. Only display a selected group at a time. That way, you won’t tire of them as quick. Changing table displays is a also a great way of giving as room a quick mini redo.
Display like coloured items together. Tis will make a bolder statement and is pleasing to the eye. It is also a quick and easy way of to add a burst if colour to a neutral space.
Remember, you can use everyday items to create a beautiful display. Why not use a combination of makeup, jewellery, perfume bottles and the like to create a feminine vignette on your dressing table.
Books are very handy in generating height in vignettes. Use piles of large books on a coffee table to transform it from a bland surface to an interesting feature.
Simplicity is key. Sometimes, the simplest of collections can be the most striking. Group objects to tell a story.
Mother Nature is your friend. Potted plants, cur flowers or other organic elements to add texture, interest or colour to a vignette.
What is you secret to the perfect table scape?
I hope you are inspired,
While in route to Zurich from Vienna on the train we learned that the mountain pass between Austria and Switzerland had been closed because of a train derailment. All trains were being diverted through Germany. Instead of enduring a 15-hour train trip, I decided to get off in Salzburg. I found a single room at the Wolf-Dietrich for 60 euros. The bed had a really wonderful mushy down comforter and pillow. (White of course). The weather was perfect for a stroll (with a light coat) along the Salzach river.
I couldn’t resist buying a box of the Mozart candy!!
They finally reopened the pass through the Austrian alps this morning, and now I’m in Zurich waiting to board the train to Paris! This station is huge and busy, with people carting big bags of skis…I should probably sign off because with my luck, I’ll miss the train…Too many distractions…
Sofia Coppola and her husband, French rock star Thomas Mars, have found a gorgeous new home with a rare “secret garden” in the middle of Greenwich Village, according to the Wall Street Journal. The couple paid nearly $10 million for the light and bright abode.
(Real estate listing photos, above, from elliman.com)
I can’t wait to see how she decorates it!
I was flipping through previous issues of Matchbook Magazine today and I was reminded of how awesome Katie Armour’s story was on Kate and Jack Spade. (In the November issue.) The story stretched over 18 luscious pages, filled with photos of the couple’s New York apartment. SO GREAT! Take a look at some of the shots by the talented Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg:
See the full story HERE!
Don’t forget to enter to win the Kate Spade New Year’s bangle.
Winner will be picked Friday!
Too often people treat their treasured collection of favorite books as a decorating nuisance, but with the right spirit and eye they can become an asset to any room — one that lends individuality and personality. I’m constantly searching for new and creative ways to display and store my books. Here are a few tips for living stylishly with (millions) of books:
Small spaces, particularly in urban settings, often have to do double duty. Take a lesson from the English and stylish Manhattan apartment dwellers who often turn their dining rooms into libraries. Deep wall colors and a complimentary painted ceiling are the perfect foil for a glittery chandelier and vintage mix-and-match dining seating. Even is you have to eat alone, what could be better than pulling down a favorite book for company?
Don’t be reluctant to mix your books up with other decorative home decor objects. At first glance, the wall console (above) has a kind of undergraduate informality. But the combination with modern ceramic pieces and comic decorative items gives it all a light-hearted style. The whole effect is amplified by a very 21st century ceiling fixture, a modernist sofa, and the funky table lamp on the very adult rattan bar cart. It’s a room for the young at heart, whatever their age.
Your personal library becomes a visual focal point of a room. These modern shelves with the books stacked rather than stored on end has all the character of a conceptual art piece and plays beautifully against the two contemporary floor lamps and the vintage Eames lounge chair. The quiet star of the room, though, is the contemporary chandelier, which somehow harmonizes with the architecture of the bookshelf.
(Portions of this post are from a design piece I wrote recently for Lamps Plus.)
I picked up a copy of the Steve Jobs biography today. I can’t wait to get started.
What are you reading?
Thank you again for hanging in there with me through my technical woes.
What do you think of my temporary template!? Very minimalist!
It doesn’t have a clear button to click if you want to leave a message! So I’ll add a link:
I love the white walls and the stained-glass windowpanes!
All this just fuels my castle obsession. My ancestors owned a castle called Owlpen near Bath, England, for four centuries. The family lost the house in 1815 when Thomas Daunt VII nearly burned the place down while practicing witchcraft. (Sorcery seemed to be a family hobby through out the centuries.) The family also owned Kilcascan castle in Cork County, Ireland. If I ever win the lottery, I really want to buy it!
This weekend I finally found the source:
The photo was taken by David Serra, a Zurich-based photographer. It’s a photo of a staircase at his uncle’s Paris apartment. He calls it “Culture Overflowing.” “I enjoy the rare times when I see him and his wife,” Serra wrote on his flickr page. “They perfectly represent the typical Parisian artist couple. I love them.”
David said he started to shoot his first rolls of film in 1999 when his father gave him his old Olympus OM-1.
“Although I was fairly reluctant to go digital, I am now exclusively using digital cam at the expenses
of my OM-1 unfortunately,” he says.
His photography is fantastic. (You can see more of it here!)
Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday!
When I was in elementary school, I collected rhinestones and little wooden animals.
I wish I still had them!
Why are the small collections of others so interesting?
Have a look:
The photo spread features the house of Myriam and Dominique, who traded in their life in Paris for a more spacious abode in Nimes. According to the story: “Not only did they earn square meters, they also gave new priority to their life: freedom, fun and creativity.”
I can’t decide which room I like the most: Maybe the library? But the bedroom is pretty wonderful too.
(Photos by Vincent Leroux.)