Work spaces can be the hardest to keep simple. There are so many things we need by our side when working and so much material. That’s why storage– hidden storage– is such a beautiful thing. In this workspace, it’s easy to see why the space performs and looks so great and so simple:
- Built in long desk/storage combination does double duty by creating a long sleek line and hiding all necessary clutter.
- White lacquer always looks clean and simple even on raised panels, and patterned sisal floor covering creates the nubby textural interest.
- Windows are dressed with flat romans in a large but colorful geometric pattern and create a visual pop.
- Adjustable lamps mounted on walls save space and again add a fun geometric visual.
- Modern Steelcase white chairs are functional and comfortable and also add a modern mix to the traditional style of the built ins.
Image via Massucco Warner Miller
Have you ever considered your house numbers as a decorative opportunity? If not, well, I have a project for you! House numbers are a way to make a great statement… or not. Think of them like earrings, the finishing touch on your overall look.
What about the vintage French cobalt blue one below. Similar to the one I nailed to my side door; I happened to come upon my enamel house numbers in a ratty antique store and thought, “what serendipity!”
Neutra numbers are so cool– on a modernist home or one with a contemporary twist. How creative to spell your numbers out in a planter or nails? What about pillow or grass? What’s your number?
Bookshelf dressing can be an art. It seems everyone I know wants more bookshelves and built ins, but I always ask, “what are you going to put on them”? I am not a fan of shelves being a picture frame repository or a space to shove needless memorabilia, unless it’s meaningful.
My feeling is that shelving is a visual utility, and unless you have an artful display of your wares, then keep it hidden! Behind doors, in drawers or in rubbermaid boxes, for goodness sake! Doesn’t matter how, but unless it’s pleasing to look at, why display it? Having said that, if you have bookshelves, but can’t figure out how to dress them, here are some easy tips:
- Keep things uniform; have a pattern: place books with a vase on both sides, or just vases on both sides, and so-on.
- Try grouping books with similar bindings together or keeping the color scheme all over uniform.
- Don’t overcrowd UNLESS you have enough good looking books to fill them all.
- Create a story rather than sticking all your small knick-knacks and frames everywhere mindlessly.
- Paint backs a bold color for a visual impact.
- Try stacking books on their side rather than upright. Place objects on top of the stack and beside it.
- Edit like a fiend!
Images via Pinterest
We fly off to a middle eastern adventure today and the next 3 weeks I will be traveling and hopefully blogging from abroad. This is a sentimental trip to Israel for me, as I took this very same route when I was 13 years old, and my daughter, now 13, is doing the same. Wish us safe travels, good luck and I’ll be back soon!
Images via Pinterest
There are 3 reasons these shades are something every homeowner should consider:
1. They add loads of organic texture.
2. They are totally utilitarian whether blacked out or not.
3. They are not trendy and match any room and every decor.
Now, you can feel good about going out and fitting your windows with bamboo tortoise shell shades… I love them plain, but they are especially great layered under fabric panels…
2. Kim Cornelison
6. Elle Decor