Monday, October 29, 2012

Functional & Pretty Mud Rooms

With fall whipping into town, rain deluging the east coast from Hurricane Sandy and kids sports kicking into high gear, you can guess that the mud, dirt and gear is making its way back into the house. I love a mud room with hidden storage and practical features that look good. I'm not a fan of seeing all the clutter. Here are a few inspirations.

Mud room with floor to ceiling white cabinets lockers and built-in bench
I love how the cabinets have icebox hardware and bench has a couple decorative pillows.

mudroom idea design plan entrance way
I love a ladder to reach high storage. Building cabinets to the ceiling is a must to maximize space.

mudroom idea design plan entrance way lockers
These are 'lockers' in an elegant form. I love matching baskets for warmth and extra storage.

mudroom idea design plan entrance way
Great idea putting a doggie bed in the mix. I don't think most dogs would lie there, but who knows!
mudroom wash ideas tub drain
Ingenious! A shallow tub and train to wash off your boots!
mudroom laundry room combination
What I really want is for a mudroom/laundry room combo that looks like this!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Smashing Backsplashes!

Kick your kitchen up a notch with a statement backsplash:

white kitchn backsplash ideas
This Missoni look a like adds such a great visual element to this white kitchen.

new ravenna tile kitchen photos gray and white kitchen

new ravenna tile kitchen photos gray and white kitchen
I am crazy for New Ravenna tile. Above are two gray/beige tone options.

white kitchen with turquoise and marble
Pop of turquoise!

top Kitchen Backsplash ideas white contemporary kitchen gas range
Damask wallpaper as an option.
stainless hood on marble white countertops over white cabinets
Love this marble herringbone.

ivory cabinets white marble kitchen black hood
Tin ceiling tiles add a rustic, antiquated look to this kitchen.

neutral kitchen exposed beams tufted bar stools modern
I absolutely love this shiny, pale blue tile backsplash set against the neutral pallet and rustic ceiling.
black gas range italian stone kitchen
Wowser, there is some serious cooking going on here. The old blue mosaic tiles add to the old world look.

brass pendants kitchen small white countertop island
Ann Sacks designed tile.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Console Table

Vignettes have become another artistic expression in the home, with the console table taking the lead. From refurbed campaign dressers, tables with animal prints or sparkly details, the furniture piece is serving not only as art itself, but as the platform for art, flower, book and lighting arrangements. Here's a look at some stylish console tables for inspiration.

Horchow janice Minor Porcupine Mirror, white chest with nailhead trim, white lamp
Porcupine mirror, white chest with nail head trim, mini bar and stacked coffee table books.
By Laura Martin Bovard Interiors.

black & gold vignette with black chest with gold leaf trim, brass hardware
Draper style dresser with gold accents and gallery art grouping.

Hoy pink tufted chairs flanking console table, capiz pendant, Cheetah ...
From Vogue. Pink tufted chairs flank a table set with matching gold lamps and large mirror.

 Ikea PS Cabinets, glossy black lamps, chalkboard in decor, gallery art wall
What a use of Ikea cabinets by Lisa Stoneburgh!

White & turquoise blue striped walls, Serena & Lily
From Lonny magazine...beachy all the way.

foyer with Robert Abbey Double Gourd Lamp in baby blue, draper style dresser, white and blue and pink decorating
Even a small foyer console is dressed up and catches the eye!

Fun, colorful foyer design with white vintage cabinet with campaign furniture hardware
What a beautiful splash of color set against two chests detailed with campaign hardware. Pretty!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Gilded Mirror on the Wall

I have been struggling with what to do in my front dining room area in terms of the wall for some time. I don't want to 'over art' the space, and have been toying with a gallery grouping of prints and paintings or now maybe just a fab mirror. These gilded pieces below are oversized and everywhere, leaning or hung.

striped rug black tufted milo chairs

white living room dark wood floors

wood floors in bath chandelier above tub

coffee table books stacked entrance mirror propped gold

gray ceiling and walls plush carpet bedroom gold mirror above bed antique

turquoise lamp console table gold mirror

gray and white living room slate fireplace audrey hepburn art

Monday, October 15, 2012

Richly Hued Inspiration

I have three new pieces out this week inspired by this Fall Winter fashion. Minerals and jewels defined the colors, with amethyst, cobalt blue, jade, emerald and gold. The colors led me to whip out the oil paints and gloss them for an effect, which only adds to their richness. All paintings can be found on my website or etsy shop. Here was some of my inspiration.

fall winter 2012 color trend blue royal indigo cobalt

fall winter 2012 colors to wear
Cobalt Blue is obviously THE color right now.

balenciaga fall winter 2012

cobalt blue jade green emerald gold purple painting original large abstract
Cobalt & Jewels Oil Abstract by Jennifer Latimer. 28x22"

emerald green and gold and blue purple art painting charleston
Close up of the jeweled accent.

Chanel Fall Winter 2012

green gold blue indigo purple pink painting abstract
Amethyst Chanel Inspired Original Oil Painting.

DVF Fall Winter 2012
Diane Von Furstenberg.

chanel amethyst necklace large black purple gold

chanel jewelry purple gold necklace geod amethyst

purple flowering vine

Pink purple green gold original abstract painting
Wisteria by Jennifer Latimer. 24x24" oil on canvas.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Back to Back in the Bath

My last post focused around bathroom vanities, and I admit that the back to back gray number was immensely popular. It's a space saver for sure in certain bathrooms, but I think it's just unique and something different.

all white bath ship lap charleston sullivans island isle of palms
Amy Trowman Design

bathroom space saver cabinets sink
Peter Zimmerman Architects

Modern bathroom design with back to back espresso stained single bathroom ...

Monday, October 8, 2012

Bathroom Vanities

Bathroom vanities are tough! You either get a pre-fabricated boring piece, pay a million dollars for something at a bath and kitchen design showroom, or you hire someone to custom build. So, you want to go custom, but have no idea where to start in helping direct the design. Here are some of my favorite inspirations!

white bathroom dark floors vanity design
I'm all about storage in a bath. I love the bottom arches and side cabinet and shelves.

wood bathroom vanity built in sink damask wallpaper
I love when a vanity is either a real piece of furniture with a sink added, or made to look like furniture. This is so elegant and pretty for a bath!

back to back single vanities charcoal gray bathroom
Talk about a wall space saver! Back to back sinks in gray.

master bath with soft blue walls paint color, marble pencil rail bathroom cabinets
These vanities flank the tub.

master bathroom with marble chevron herringbone flooring tile white bathroom vanities
Creative design with large door handles.

bathroom remodel pictures white cabinets
Such a pretty space!

Gorgeous, chic bathroom design with marble floor tiles, wood vanity

black and white bathroom small bathroom vanity vanities
Kelly Wearstler again. Love the campaign hardware!