Black and White Abstract

I’ve been working on some artwork for my apartment lately.  I’ve been drawn to black and white abstract pieces for a long time.  I took several art classes in high school and in college.  Instead of buying something or finding a poster, I figured why not put my skills to the test?   How hard can it be?  We’ll see…

 

 

B&B Italia via Courtney Price

 

 

 

 

Nick Olsen 

 

chair silhouette painting via One Kings Lane

 

Christina Murphy

 

Charcoal drawing via One Kings Lane

 

 

 Dransfield & Ross via Lonny

 

 

Ralph Lauren via Courtney Price

 

via Eclectic Revisited

 

 All other images via Pinterest

 

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Seagrass, Sisal

…and Jute!  I love natural fiber rugs.  I promise they work in both formal and informal interiors.  And here is proof:

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via Courtney Price

 

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I can’t even tell you how many clients of ours have seagrass/sisal runners on their stairs… Love that look.  Seagrass is especially nice on the stairs if you have small children. [image via Benjamin Dhong]

 

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Munger Interiors via Delight by Design

 

 via Greige

 

 

 

 Jesse Carrier via Luster Interiors

 

Proof that natural fiber rugs work in all types of designs/styles [Katie Ridder] 

 

 Lynn Morgan via House Beautiful

 

Do you have a massive living room and don’t want to pay 9485967584 dollars for a huge oriental rug?  Go with seagrass!  [Orlando Diaz-Azcuy via House Beautiful]

 

 

 

 

Designers like Phoebe Howard and Suzanne Kasler are big fans of natural fiber rugs.

 

 One of my favorite ways to use a seagrass rug: layering.  If you have a nice/oriental/antique rug but it’s too small for a space – layer it over a larger seagrass/sisal rug.  Problem solved.

 

 Todd Romano

 

Traditional Home

 

One of my favorite natural fiber rugs, which I just discovered the other day, is Serena & Lily’s Chevron Jute/Hemp rug

 

 

 

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Most Pinned

Sooo I was looking through my pinterest boards last night (a little bored), trying to find inspiration for future blog posts, and I realized that one particular pin was repinned wayyyy more than any other pin. It really surprised me how much attention this one pin received… There are so many other pins I like better. But people are weird…. Oh well. Funny enough, this is from my “bathroom” board. Don’t get me wrong, I love everything about it and I know it’s gorgeous, but I wonder “why this one?”!? :)

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from Elle Decor (I think)

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Nifty Nailheads

Nailheads are like jewelry for furniture.  They come in all different shapes, sizes, and finishes…

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A few furniture pieces that utilize nailheads…

 

Arteriors‘ Tennyson bench

 

 

The Marcello barstool from Ballard Design is one of Mallory Mathison Inc.‘s favorite barstools.  The upholstered arms make it feel like a comfortable club chair.  And those large nailheads on the side of the arms add the perfect finishing touch. And it’s on sale right now!

 

 

Bungalow 5’s Marco side table would look great in the right setting.  Like a kid’s room or playroom.  Also available in black.

 

 

If you reallyyy love nailheads, you’ll probably like Bernhardt’s Cabrillo Nailhead Chest… A little too funky for me though.

 

 

I would like Noir’s Bacalle ottoman a lot more if it wasn’t so dark.

 

  

Nailheads should be essential on a simple, solid headboard.  Wisteria doubled the bling with two rows of nailheads on their Queen Anne headboard.

 

And now for some pinterest pictures that display good use of nailheads…

 

Carolina Herrera Baez’s Madrid home as seen in Elle Decor (via Splendid Willow)

 

 

via Desire to Inspire

 

Phillip Jeffries wallpaper 

 

I absolutely love the Greek Key design of the nailheads on this banquette in Traditional Home.

 

Victoria de la Camar via Lonny April 2012

 

[Nathan Schroder] LOVE the upholstered drawer fronts outlined with nailheads on these nightstands.  Although I’m a little distracted by that fabulous green lamp!

 

 

 Phillip Jeffries grasscloth via Tilton Fenwick

 

Greige

 

Notice the alternating large and small nailheads on this leather stool.  And they are spaced out.  The possibilities are endless.  Gina Berschneider red leather ottoman via One Kings Lane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Takes my breath away

There are some pictures of interiors that I come across that literally take my breath away.  I’m weird, I know.  After my breath is taken from me, sometimes I say out loud “Oh mah gah”… and then I look at it for several minutes without looking away. 

Anwayyyy, now that you officially think I’m a weirdo…

I’ve shared a lot of these pictures in previous posts but I think these particular pictures deserve posts of their own.  Here is one of those pictures of a vignette designed by Katie Ridder.  The artwork alone takes my breath away.  A lot of you have probably seen this picture on pinterest or other blogs, but I just wanted to make sure everyone knew how much I love it!  :)

 

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Lacquered Look

I love the look of lacquered walls.  Miles Redd is especially fond of the lacquered look.  Lacquering can be very expensive.  High gloss paint can sometimes be just as effective. 

Lacquered walls might be a little too glam for my taste, but I love it in other people’s homes!  Take a look…

 

Todd Klein

 

Lilly Bunn Weekes via House of Turquoise

 

Aerin Lauder’s home via Mark D Sikes

 

Aerin Lauder’s h0me via Mark D Sikes

 

Celerie Kemble

 

 

Christian Leone via Lonny

 

Christian Leone via Lonny

 

Miles Redd

 

 Rob Southern via Troubadours

 

Miles Redd

 

Christina Murphy

 

 

 

 Jeffrey Bilhuber

 

Miles Redd

 

Melissa Ruffy

 

Steven Gambrel

 

 

Love this black lacquered chest in a room designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber

 

 

 Phoebe Howard

 

Todd Alexander Romano

 

Jeffrey Bilhuber

 

Melissa Ruffy

 

Miles Redd via Brian Paquette Interiors

 

Phoebe Howard

 

Steven Gambrel

 

 

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Chic Chevron

Chevron patterns have been catching my eye lately… In all different forms.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do about it.  I would love a chevron runner in the hallway of my apartment. 

Apartment Therapy

 

 “Delia” rug from Horchow

 

Diane Bergeron

 

Zig Zag rug from Urban Outfitters

 

Nick Olsen

 

 

 

Celerie Kemble via Front & Main

 

 

 

 

 Chevron basket via Etsy

 

 

 Apartment Therapy

 

 

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 zig zag wall panels via One Kings Lane

 

 

 Jonathan Adler

 

 

 House Beautiful

 

 

 

 

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