Monday, February 25, 2013

Designer Feature: Jean Louis Deniot

Jean Louis-Deniot as the name might imply, is Parisian. As most European designers, he leans toward the modern, refined. Now, there are some very ornate interiors that he has decadently dripped with a more traditional style, but on the whole, it's "eclectic chic as well as serene." His words, and they have you thinking, "I'm in an upscale, posh city hotel." Interestingly enough, he did the Carlyle in NYC. Gray, gold, black...common themes. But, he knows when to put them aside for a project, such as Corsica. Here are a few of my top picks:

gray beige tan bedroom gold mirrors
This just looks elegant and rich. Neutrals with wealth. 

gold bench end of bed jean louis deniot
Definitely serene with a shock of gold. 

black mirrored bookcases
Love colorful abstract art as a statement in a room. 

lighting art tall ceilings living room interior design
This well-lit art is mesmerizing!!!

decorating a small bathroom chandelier
Do you know how hard it is to make a small bathroom elegant? I do! This is fabulous...and do you see those storage cabinets built into the wall? When you decorate Paris flats, you have to find space somewhere!

gold nesting tables office with sofa
More space saving ideas with a soft tucked into an nook.

neutral modern beach house decorating decor
Putting aside the ornate for the view. Keeping it simple so the view dominates.

white and black kitchen floor to ceiling cabinets
C'mon people...we are never going to have a kitchen that looks this rich!

neutral and turquoise bedroom modern
Ooh, so very L.A.

Chalk it Up Part II

This is my second installment of top chalk paint DIY projects. Enjoy and paint away!

chalk paint dresser idea diy furniture
Gray dresser with white drawers. Oh, and those are some of my Banff Poppies & Roses paintings adorning the top. To shop, visit here

campaign dresser with chalk paint diy idea
I love how they used chalk paint and gold to create a campaign style piece!

chalk paint chest of drawers
From Charleston Revisions. Just play with different colors on borders. 

gray chalk paint diy cabinet
It's the perfect paint if you like French Country style. 

chalk paint annie sloan kitchen diy white
Kitchen updated with a fresh coat of white. From Shabby Sweet Tea.

annie sloan chalk paint
Close up of a buffet. 

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint white chest
A great before and after by Centsational Girl. 

chalk paint ideas chest refinishing

refinished buffet chalk paint antique

Refinished Furniture chalk paint chest gray
Last three images above from Christen Bensten of Blue Egg Brown Nest.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

You are A. O.K. Arkansas

This may come as a shock, but I love Arkansas. I think it's a beautiful state with exceptionally down to earth, nice people. It's green and lush, has hills and mountains, you name it. I think the state gets a bad rap. Well, At Home Arkansas magazine is doing a phenomenal job letting the rest of America know that preconceived ideas of Arkansas are just plain wrong. There are stylish, design-minded people creating some fantastic interiors in that state. I also think At Home Arkansas has one of the best online sites for a home magazine, and I love their blog. Kudos to their team. Here are a few of my favorites:

oriental rug with updated furnishings pink fabric ottoman
Pretty in pink.

white blue beige decorating design
Perfectly pretty and soft.

white sofas neutral living room

bathroom storage cubby shelves ideas
I like this storage built into the side of the shower.

pool surround ideas french country style home
Grass surrounding pool gives a seamless and lush feel.

white living room gold coffee table
Just a little pop of color with pillows.

dining room white and blue

Friday, February 15, 2013

Ooh La La

Yesterday was one rockin' Valentine's Day. First, I received a gorgeous new frock from Mike along with a delicious home cooked dinner set amidst candles. He then went the extra mile and accompanied me to the Grace Potter and the Nocturnals show. Seeing this show in such a small venue was killer...though I think Mike is still deaf in his left ear:-) Grace's voice is unbelievable, but what I love the most about her is that she is a ROCK STAR. You know, there really aren't many female rock stars out there today. She head bangs, plays the piano, and swaps out at least 3 different guitars during the show. And, she does it in a dress! To top off the day, I met her stylist for the night. Turns out Grace chose Cynthia Rowley...a short black dress with some sparkle paired with a sheer black tunic that was quite reminiscent of Stevie Nicks. Here are a few pics from the night along with some of my favorite style moments on Grace. But first, some tunes to get amped up for the weekend (try to tune out my voice)!

grace potter dress on stage silver
Don't let this glam outfit fool you...she will throw down on that guitar!

grace potter
Another barely there number. I think Mike was wondering where these last two dresses were last night!
female rock star outfit onstage
Lots of silver sparkle with a leather skirt.
Grace potter and the nocturnals
Love the shorts with the blazer. 
grace potter leopard print
A little leopard.

Grace potter music farm charleston, sc dress 2013 cynthia rowley designer outfit
Last night's show. 

Grace potter and the nocturnals charleston February 14, 2013
This epitomizes the amount of hair swinging and rocking going on at the show. Love some GP&N!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Gold Spray Paint DIYs

I can be lethal with a can of good, gold spray paint (Rust-Oleum is my 'go to'). From picture frames, home decor accessories to jewelry, I'll spray it. I've gone there on brand new Pottery Barn lamps to make them look like the more expensive Robert Abbey. You can see the post here. Here are a few other DIYs out there with the metallic can worth noting!

brass home depot flush mount gold spray paint
The Hunted Interior took a $45 Home Depot flush mount and combined some gold rub/buff with spray paint to take boring chrome and add warmth! Love this!

gold chair
Great idea for an old cane chair.

project gold bookshelf pink gold mint room
IKEA shelf spray painted to up the glam factor. Via Pinterest.

drum light shades black and gold DIY
Paint the inside of your lamp shade drums. Here's a tutorial from IKEA Hackers.

gold spray paint DIY glass votives candles
You can do millions of designs on votives, vases and glass jars. This from Chevrons & Eclairs.

gold spray paint DIY trash can wrapping paper organizer holder
Sooo easy and dresses up the least glamorous piece in your house...a trash can! Via Pinterest.

I could go on and on with things to spray paint gold. So many fun choices!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Oh Bethenny!

I love some Bethenny Frankel. She absolutely cracks me up. She 'goes' there on topics that she shouldn't and she's not fake. It's refreshing, and so is her apartment. It's also refreshing to see Traditional Home taking a step toward a little modern. Sad that Bethenny is going through personal struggles, but her refurbed TriBeCa loft sings with brightness and soft touches. All images via Traditional Home magazine.

soft blue beige and white bedroom
For the speed that this woman moves, she needs a soft, calming bedroom.

closet with island shoe shelves white and gray
Ok, fine, I'll this closet. Sheesh!

pink and tan girls bedroom
Her daughter's room with lots of pink.

bethenny frankel kitchen new york white modern style
Fresh and clean with plenty of light.

bethenny frankel apartment
You gotta love the Missoni bike! Click here to see the Hotel Missoni in Scotland, and here for Rachel Zoe's bugaboo.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Wallpaper as Art

I'm always looking for new ideas, and wallpaper accents as art are a great decor add. Especially convenient as you don't have to commit a pattern to an entire room. Here are some lovely looks:

yellow and pink living room with gray
via Adore Home

gallery wall turquoise wall color ikat carpet
Create a gallery wall of different colors and patterns. Via Atlanta Homes.

yellow and white living room
Just a simple molding creates a framed look.

framed wall paper
Ingenious!!! Frame wallpaper for headboard.

using scraps of wall paper wallpaper
For an office pin board. Super chic paired with antique frame. Via Lonny

framed wallpaper wall paper
Framed wallpaper in side panels to frame bed.

moulding molding around wallpaper green gold pink living room
Gorgeous gold statement.

framed wallpaper wall paper pink white black bedroom
Serving as a background to other art pieces.

using molding to frame wallpaper
Three framed sheets.

accent molding in dining room
Adding some glamour and pattern to a dining room.

blue yellow white office white office chair pretty design ideas
Three panels of pretty for an office.

pink blue black bedroom decorating
More headboard ideas.

wall paper as art white lacquer desk
A framed piece of art for an office.