Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Decorative Pillows

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I love beautiful pillows! To me, nothing finishes a space like the perfect decorative pillows. Whether they are for a sofa, bed or accent chair, pillows are key for comfort and luxury. However, finding the right ones can be a time consuming task. I have made the mistake of leaving the pillow purchasing until the end of a job then had difficulty finding the right size of colors. Online shopping can be a great resource for pillows, but I also recommend visiting your local boutiques for unique finds. Lately I have enjoyed having custom pillows made. Custom is great because you can select the exact shape, size, fill and trim if desired. When creating custom pillows you can incorporate any leftover fabrics you may have or purchase a small amount of a specialty or more expensive material that will make a big impact in your space without the hefty price tag. When selecting pillows I love to use a variety of sizes and materials. For a sofa I usually like to have the largest pillow in back, 22 inches and up, then layer and cluster smaller pillows in front. The filling of the pillow greatly contributes to its appearance. If a pillow is too firm it will look stiff and uninviting. I look for down and down alternative fillings, they maintain a full look and feel. Here are some of my favorites...


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Monday, July 26, 2010

Herringbone Tile

One of my current obsessions is herringbone tile. I can't get enough of this pattern and have been eyeing a few gorgeous products from one of my favorite tile companies, Ann Sacks. They carry a mixture of glass, stone, wood, ceramic and metal tiles and mosaics that are to die for. Many of their stone and glass lines offer a herringbone mosaic which can be installed as is or you can use any of their rectangular shaped tiles (4x12, 12x24 etc.) and have them installed in a herringbone pattern for a larger scale effect (shown above). The smaller mosaics are perfect for a kitchen back splash, vanity area or shower accent tile and the larger scale pattern is best for floors and would be stunning on a floor to ceiling fireplace. This classic pattern has the right amount of flair without being over the top and is perfect in clean and sophisticated spaces. Although the herringbone pattern is typically a more traditional pattern, you can update it with modern materials and colors. Glass is great in contemporary designs and I love the modern greys and blacks.


Friday, July 16, 2010

Modern and Chic

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While reading through emails this morning I stumbled upon an article from Decorati on New York designer Brendan Kwinter-Schwartz. I was instantly in awe and inspired by photos of her work. She has the perfect recipe for a room that blends both modern and vintage furnishings and decor and her color schemes are beautiful and sophisticated. What's interesting about her work is that she almost always keeps the walls white which she says allows the furniture to become a more sculptural detail. I couldn't agree more! Take a look at these beautiful pictures.

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I love the nailhead detail just below the crown molding!
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