Month: June 2012

color … garden view

More often than not, inspiration for a room tends to come from some element of nature. It could be the obvious like the colour of the ocean or the trees, but sometimes it’s how nature makes us feel.  A relaxing reading nook may be inspired by the warmth of the ocean sand or the texture of a smooth stone.  Even if you don’t intend to, nature has a place in every living space The colour palette below is taken from a dining room that looks onto the homeowners beloved garden.  As a labour of love and gathering place for friends and family the back garden was the inspiration for the room.  The room was to be sunny and cheerful, but also cool and calming. To accomplish this garden inspired dining room, we selected elephant tusk (OC-08) for the walls, oxford white (CC-30) for the wainscoting and trim and pulled georgian bay (CC782) as inspiration for the accent colour to be used on pillows and accessories. source: fabric: www.kravet.com, lamp: www.potterbarn.com, area rug:  www.crateandbarrel.com, paint: www.benjaminmoore.com

finds … nautical design

Nautical design is one of those classic chic trends that never goes away and this summer it seems to be popping up everywhere. Whether decorating for the cottage or in the city, the key to incorporating this design into your living space is to add subtle suggestions with accessories and mix it up with non-nautical items.  The room should look inspired by ‘the sea’, not a ‘seaside gift shop’.  Don’t go overboard with your nautical design.Here’s my take on classic nautical design with a splash of whimsy. a. Custom Sailboat Pillow. with embroidered name, ChristineElliott, Bowmanville, Ontario (www.etsy.com/shop/ChristineElliott) b. Wooden folk art peg dolls … Alfred and Gaby beach bums, mooshoopork, Wisconsin (www.etsy.com/shop/mooshoopork) c. UpcycledBoat Vent Lamp, BingoBox, Troy, New York (www.etsy.com/shop/BingoBox) d. Nautical coat rack with boat cleats, made from reclaimed wood, DocksideCottage, Wilmington, North Carolina (www.etsy.com/shop/DocksideCottage) e. License Plate Art – Beach One Fish Two Fish Red Fish, recycledartco, Niceville, Florida (www.etsy.com/shop/recycledartco) *Note: Although I haven’t personally purchased these products, I’m looking forward to incorporating them into my future design projects.