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
I’ll admit, today’s blog entry started out as a tribute to Mother’s Day. With flowers being the number one gift for Mom, my intent was to share some ideas for outdoor planters. While searching I came across these incredible little birdhouses. I just had to share them with you. In addition to their design aesthetics the variety of materials used to construct the houses caught my attention. These are great examples on how to add texture and personality to your outdoor living space with wood, ceramic and concrete. Plus, they do make great Mother’s Day gifts. Happy Mother’s Day! a. Scan Birdhouse SECOND, PigeonToeCeramics, Portland, Oregon (www.etsy.com/shop/PigeonToeCeramics) b. Modern Birdhouse – Walnut ‘Canopy’ series, StudioLiscious, Caledon, Ontario(www.etsy.com/shop/StudioLiscious) c. Concrete Birdhouse, fmcdesign, Montreal, Quebec (www.etsy.com/shop/fmcdesign) d. Woodland Acorn Birdhouse, CattailsWoodwork, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (www.etsy.com/shop/CattailsWoodwork) e. Bird House Trailer – Tear Drop birdhouse -Blue/White, birdhouse20, Grants Pass, Oregon(www.etsy.com/shop/birdhouse20) Note: Although I haven’t personally purchased these products, I’m looking forward to incorporating them into my future design projects.