Friday, May 14, 2010

Melbourne Inspiration

I've run across these beautiful rooms several times... on several blogs. I just love Diane Bergeron's style and use of color. Diane moved to Australia five years ago from NY with her Aussie husband. She lives in an old warehouse in Melbourne that also doubles as a showroom for her own amazing collections.

Notice how her use of brilliant color is mostly contained to upholstery and accessories, while the white walls are just a really soothing, crisp white.

Do you not just love this orange bedroom?

I'm working on a new bedroom make-oves for a new client..I think I'll add these dream boats to my inspiration folder.

Happy Friday!


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day

I hope you enjoyed your mothers day! I sure did. I got sweet love notes, chai tea + boxed soap from my kiddos. I also stopped and smelled our roses.

I was thinking of my dear mom today, too. I'm thankful for all the things she invented for us nine kids. She made swings out of milk crates, snack-size snickers {one bar sliced into ten pieces}, wedding gifts made from curb-side cast-aways, Egg McArnolds, fancy country club-like experiences {stock tank swimming pool + high dive...a ten foot step ladder}, and back yard carnivals. These are just some of her ordinaries that she made into extraordinaries.

And here's one of her quotes..."It doesn't matter where you live or what you do, your imagination can take you anywhere."

A fellow designer was also asking the question, "How your mom influenced your own interior design style?". For me it was always that mom really encouraged us to push the boundaries.
And, repurposing was huge at our house. So, how about you, dear readers? Please share.

{Image via Haute Design}
Have a great week!


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Earthy Wedding Inspiration

I thought I'd leave you with a few inspiration images for the upcoming wedding I've been working on. Will's brother is getting married. I'm getting really excited to see all of our hard work come together and also really excited to see the sweet couple's lovey-dove day. I'll share the couple's story, design details, and pics later...but for now, I've really gotta catch some zzzz's. We're putting together all of the different DIY floral-centerpieces tomorrow.

Have a great day!!


Monday, May 3, 2010

Three Spring Must-Haves for a Garden Party

Could it be any prettier outside on these first few days of May?? Oh, dear May, oh my...I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am!

Before I get to my three Spring Must-Haves, I must tell you that I've
I've decided to, at some point, in the next week or so, throw myself an impromptu garden/porch party to celebrate rose-blossoming week. For those of you who know me in the 'hood, you probly know that we really like to use our wrap around porch quite a bit, which could be why it's starting to sag... quite a lotta-bit. Anyway, right now, the climbing rose bushes look like they've been bio-genetically engineered since last year (thanks to the constant gardener, Will}. Will has a green thumb {have I mentioned that he is for hire on landscaping? well, he is.}. The wrap around porch is now literally wrapped with tons of leggy rose branches topped with so many, many buds. And dear friends of mine, if you're in the 'hood, please feel free to walk on up and smell our roses! {Please just don't snip all of them..ha!}

For the last few years, I've been buying myself some rose bushes for my May birthday. One of my favorites is one that I discovered thru a farmer at the local farmers market. It is called Zephrine-Drouhin, a French antique rose that is a newer hybrid {no thorns at all and grows in sun or shade}. It has a really sweet fragrance too. Our Zephrine was hit hard by the ice storm a few years back, but after much TLC from the gardener, she {the rose} is loving her second lease on life. I would love to also hear from you, dear readers, what some of your favorite roses are as well!

Okay, drum roll...
My Top Three Spring Must-Haves: 1. A ruffly {rrrrrggggh, that's supposed to be sexy} blouse
2. A fedora
3. A good and fresh punch in the fridge {Martha S.}

Hope all of you have a beautiful week! Be sure and tell me what your favorite rose bush is!!

{images via Haute Design, Tim Clinch, Martha Stewart, and Saipua}