Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Cottage Home in... Atlanta

Designer Jill Sharp Brinson states that she is in total
denial about living in a large city. That denial inspired
this 1936 cottage makeover in Atlanta. Brinson's love
of rural settings in evident throughout the home. Here,
the entry features a French limestone floor and a
nine-foot-tall steel door.
Brinson wanted her tub to mimic a trough from
an old barn. Notice the faucet coming directly
out of the wall — and that window!
Proof that you can't always dismiss offerings
from the big-box stores, the mirror is from Target.
I love the pairing of this wing chair and French
writing table. The wallpaper and wood finishes
are great as well.
The windows in this home amaze me. No upper cabinets
were installed in the kitchen to show off the view of the
garden. Peek closer and take a look at the Dijon
mustard-colored slop sink (found online).
One of my favorite details in the home is the
French shutters that serve as closet doors.
Great hardware too!
One doorway in the living room is framed with salvaged
barn beams, the other with traditional wood trim.
The floors are limed ash.
A lovely tabletop display.
Absolute beauty. It is hard to believe this home
sits next to a 20-story apartment building.
A white cowhide becomes a magnificent tablecloth
in the dining room.
once again, House Beautiful

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Fantastical Photographer...

Pure visionary brilliance from photographer Tim Walker.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Rufus Wainwright's Opera...

Trailer for Prima Donna

Three Chairs...

With its metal back-strap, European Oak finish,
and caned seat — I think Finderskeepers Market's
Kason side chair adds the most character to a
timeless design. The chair pays homage to the bentwood
tradition made popular by Thonet in 19th century
Austria. We also noticed the Thomas O'Brien
version being used at DBGB during our
recent visit to the NYC hot spot.
Restoration Hardware's version is nice, but
but no doubt the priciest of the three.

Pier 1 has even managed to muster its own cost-effective version.

Two Favorites...

I really enjoy these two photos from photographer
Paul Barbera. They feature two of my favorite things;
blackboards and foxed mirror.

McAlpine Daydreams...

Bobby McAlpine's spread in this month's House Beautiful
made me think of one of his other magnificent creations.
McAlpine designed this Missouri home as a series of
buildings around walled outdoor rooms. I love the way
he describes the outdoor coloring as misty lake & wet bark.
The surprise of the swing defines this space.
Well, maybe that staircase has a little to do
with it all as well.
I love the floor-to-ceiling linen panels in the
master bathroom.
Benjamin Moore's Sag Harbor Gray covers
the bedroom's walls, trim, and ceiling.
An iron garden urn becomes a powder room sink.
In the kitchen's dining area, interior designer
Susan Ferrier used unmatched chairs
What a beautiful still-life.
Crazy for these zinc lamps.
The ceiling's dark stain is washed with a lichen-colored glaze.
This month's House Beutiful piece focused on wood.
Here, McAlpine infuses the home with some of the
most beautiful wood finishes I have ever seen.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Industrial at Finderskeepers Market...

I just posted a new album of industrial items
now available through Finderskeepers Market

Rooms and The Open Air...

I am a sucker for walls like this — especially if
there is some weathered, painted brick nearby.
Nice little touch with the awning as well.
Boxwood, magnolia, hydrangea, anise, and holly create
a stunning backdrop for rustic gazebo and outdoor
dining area. The stone faux-bois dining table is from
France. The iron gazebo came from Anthropologie.
An overscale Devonshire clock face
punctuates a French table near a pool.
My favorite parts of this outdoor room are the Moorish-
inspired mirror that hangs from the pergola on industrial
chain and the inlaid Regency-style chairs.
This patio/sunroom is also the entrance to Amy Neunsinger's
1952 home. The two pairs of double-glass doors were installed
to create and indoor-outdoor flow.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Beyond wanting...

(please click on the image for a better view)
Words cannot tell how much I love this.

Texas meets Italy...

Designer Eleanor Cummings turned this new Houston home
into a convincing Italian farmhouse using reclaimed wood, stone,
and brick from Chateau Domingue — a Houston antiques dealer.
The beamed ceilings are the perfect happy
ending to this bedtime story.
Window shutters in the master bath
show off their original blue paint.
The chipped stone sink and Italian iron-covered mirror
are highlights in the powder room.
The reclaimed wood, the chamois-colored cabinets,
and stone give the kitchen a sense of history and
create a feeling of warmth and coziness in the space.
The zinc-covered refrigerators are my favorite touch.
I love the visual pattern the wine storage
creates in the family room.
An Italian window grille becomes an
art piece/pot rack in the kitchen.
The cedar planking on the porch ceiling is the only
new wood that can be found in the house.
This hallway divides the entry and living room.
The rug in the living room is from Carol Piper Rugs.
The chairs are upholstered in Jane Chruchill's Medura.
The front doors are 1850s Italian oak.

More Morten Holtum...

The Summer posting from yesterday
pointed me toward more inspiring photographs
from Morten Holtum. Here, the casualness
of the image is what is so striking to me.
Just give me a stack of magazines and I'd
be content for a couple of hours on that stool.
Anyone know anything about these
beautiful vases?
So many things to covet in this photo. Leather chairs,
mandarin accent table, vintage light fixture — and of course,
those chevron floors (wink, wink, Pam F.).

photographs by Mr. Holtum

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Still dreaming of Summer possibilities...

Danish photographer Morten Holtum makes me
dream even bigger. In addition, I want to paint my
front door the same color as those shutters!