Friday, July 30, 2010

Happy Friday

image credit:Dom Perignon Rose campaign

Here's to having a fabulous and glamorous weekend!!

The rhythm of the weekend, with its birth, its planned gaieties, and its announced end, followed the rhythm of life and was a substitute for it. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Caldwell Flake Interior Design

Today I stumbled upon interior design mother daughter team, Caldwell Flake. Their style is flawless.....very sophisticated and inspiring. Some of the highlights to me are the Imperial Trellis wallpaper on the ceiling, chevron drapes, and nailhead trim on most of the furniture.
I think their philosophy says it all.

Image credits: Caldwell Flake Interior Design

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Amy Meier Design

I wonder where I have been that I haven't heard of Amy Meier Designs. I found some of her work in the form of an adorable bar setting while browsing the Eddie Ross blog. He was involved in a shoot for Woman's Day magazine that showcased a kitchen overhaul by Amy.

Check out the bar area below that I am in love with.

I would love to know what kind of plant that is on the bar. Such a nice touch. Loving the industrial stools and the symmetry of the whole thing. The picture on her website is different than the one in the Woman's Day shoot. Take a look below and see which one you prefer.

I've been on a kick lately for a small bar area or cart. This picture below from Elle Decor is a very elegant version. I think this is from Badgley/Mischka's home, but I could be wrong. I couldn't resist throwing this in.
But back to Amy Meier. Below are some shots of the beautiful interiors she has in her portfolio.

I am really loving the blue built-ins and the x coffee table. Many will recognize the Imperial Trellis patterned pillows, which never get old to me. I love the elephant statue and the uplighting on the paintings. Her colors are soft, muted, and gorgeous. All aspects of the room seem to play well with each other. I have to say, this is a very talented designer!  If you are in the San Diego area, I would definitely employ her services.

Kitchen Quandry

Today I'm focusing on kitchens, since we're in the process of re-doing ours. I'll post pictures tomorrow of what I'm working with, but for now, I can browse these drool-worthy kitchen images for inspiration.

This is a great example of what I love in a kitchen. The clean white cabinets, the touch of glamour with the chandeliers, and the mosaic backsplash. Notice how the stools are a weathered off white against the bright clean white of the cabinets. Somehow this still works...perhaps because it's reflected in the backsplash.

Next we have a kitchen with green cabinets. I like this look, however I think I would tire of it quickly and want a change. I am torn with liking the open shelving. What do you think? Cluttered or fresh?

Now here is a kitchen that looks more real to me, less staged and has a more attainable look. I love the cornice detail on the island and the pop of color with the lemon centerpiece. I am not crazy about the light fixture or the roosters & fake plants atop the cabinets, but it is definitely popular. I can't tell you how many kitchens I have seen with the same scheme.

Lastly, my ideal kitchen. It isn't huge, and it incorporates a sitting/reading area off to the side, versus the typical kitchen table. I like the fact that it seems most meals would be eaten in the dining room. I think it makes you take a little more time and enjoy your dinner and the company. Although impractical, I love the candlelit light fixture. I have been searching everywhere for small potted boxwoods or moss balls such as those atop the chest in this photo, with no luck. I am crazy for this print on the wall. I have found out from the designer that it was a custom made wall-covering; sad news for me.

So, which kitchen style do you like best? White cabinets or something with a little more color? Contemporary furnishings with a switched-up layout or the traditional breakfast bar?

I would love to hear from your thoughts.

Image credits: #1-unknown #2 unknown #3 unknown #4 Jennifer Dyer of Jeneration Interiors via La Dolce Vita blog