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Dining in style…soon

4 Jan

For the last 6 years – since we moved to the USA from London my little family has been dining on a basic white round table from Ikea. We loved it when we bought it and lord knows we have had great use out of it but with more and more guests on the horizon and finally being able to entertain in our home it was high time to splash out and get a new table.

I have been keeping my eye open for a table for a while but I wasn’t getting very far – I really was torn about what to buy…wood or white? make our own concrete topped one??? Modern or traditional?

I needed help. So I started hitting my design sources for ideas (aka Pinterest!!) and I was heavily  inspired by this great dining set up……

Modern meets traditional dining room

Modern meets traditional dining room

I actually found this image on the Novogratz facebook page taken from the NY Times blog, the photograph is by  Magnus Marding.

The combination of modern & traditional is right up my alley and the legs on the above table are amazing. And so with this image in mind I finally knew what style I was looking for and after some time I found it. Yes, I have finally chosen a dining table…..

Grand Baluster in Black Drifted Oak

Grand Baluster in Black Drifted Oak

It’s from Restoration Hardware and I was able to take advantage of their end of year sale which was a bonus. I love the lines on this table and the black color is so dramatic! I cant wait to see it in situ. It also extends out to 96 inches which is perfect for the times we have more people over for dinner! (well not for another 4 weeks till we get it delivered!)

As for the chairs I am thinking I will add in some white modern eames moulded chairs around it to play off the traditional lines. Exactly like the ones in the first image above. What do you think – do you like the Black & White combination or would you add in some color???!!


Pantone Color of the Year 2013 is…..

12 Dec

Emerald Green! I am thrilled by this as its my birthstone color  but its a gorgeous rich color that is really difficult to use in interiors without it overpowering rooms. Too much and you could end up with a front room looking like the Wizard of Oz’s castle!

Here’s my favorite pin-spirations of people using emerald-green in their homes in a chic and tasteful manner…..

Emerald green walls

Emerald green walls

Accenting with Emerald green.

Accenting with Emerald green.

A chic entry way using green & polka dots!

A chic entry way using green & polka dots!

Bold curtains on a neutral backdrop

Bold curtains on a neutral backdrop

What do you think of this year’s color? Would you put any emerald-green accents in your home or is it too overpowering for you?

Pin Sources 1. 2. 3. 4.

Designing a functional and stylish home office

13 Aug

My husband and I both work full-time in corporate roles – myself in marketing and him in the consulting space. We are usually based here in SF (me) and all over the world (him!) but we do get to work from home occasionally. So having a quiet serene space where we can focus and get our “real” work done is critical!

I had these grand plans of going all out girlie glamor on this home office but Jon gave me a firm NO on that front!!!!  I get it – how can he focus when surrounded by pretty pink shiny things??!!! (actually come to think of it how will I?!!).

So its back to clean and serene…here’s where I am currently  landing on the design front.

Clean and modern office space

I love the idea of an all white space and maybe adding in some pattern with a funky wallpaper

Pattern at play in a modern office

I love the graphic nature of this space – its clean but has life in it through the subtle use of color.

A graphic and clean office space

I love the way this space has been brightened through the use of prints and artwork.

A bright and cheerful space through the use of art.

Image sources. 1. 2. 3. 4.

What’s your favorite space?

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