Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bright & breezy beach-inspired beauty

How do I love thee, beachy living room?

beach cottage pink lemonade Image via Pink Lemonade

Let me count the ways…

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Bright & beautiful green, one of my favourite colours.

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Nailhead trim on the cube ottomans.

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Vaulted ceiling adds to the light and airy feel of the room.

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Big windows that let in all sorts of sunlight.

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White paneled walls that just say “beach” to me.

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Casual, laidback, relaxed vibe.

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Pink peonies & throw that contrast perfectly against the green.

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Bowl filled with glass floats, one of my favourite decor items.

Do you love this living room too?

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Jam & Juicy

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What happened to my finger playing volleyball. It turns out it’s broken, might require plastic surgery, and definitely requires wearing a splint for at least eight weeks. UGH! That’s why there’s been a shortage of blog posts lately. image

What I think of bright orange & pink together…

 

or mag Three-Gerbera-Daisies ecostemsroses dc nearlywedsorange-pink-roses rona black fine art americaImages via Eco Stems, DC Nearlyweds, Fine Art America (photo by Rona Black)

Pink-Red-and-Orange-Room the decorologistImage via The Decorologist

LR color sizzle via bhgImage via Color Sizzle via BHG

girls-bedroom colorwatch netImage via Color Watch

orange and fuschia room honey livingImage via Honey Living

bedroom primed 4 design via BHGImage via Primed 4 Design via BHG

girls room sarah rDesign by Sarah Richardson, Sarah’s House 1

pink orange nook rooms of inspirationImage via Rooms of Inspiration

Living room and bedroom designed by the fabulous Jamie Drake…        

or mag jamie drakebedroom jamie drakeor mag jamie drake 2      Images via Drake Design Associates, photos by Wouter Vandertol

childrens_bedroom house to homeImage via House to Home  

FLOR tiles casasugarFLOR tiles, image via CasaSugar

orange pink house photodot net[5] Jax decorImage via photo.net

Happy weekend!

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Stunning Santorini

My friend Maureen from the blog Maureen at Modecor Muses is in the middle of an exotic cruise holiday. She’s visiting Greece, Croatia, and Italy. I’m sooooo envious after seeing this picture that she posted on her Facebook page…

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Once upon a time, there was an island in the Agean Sea called Thera. In 1646 BC, a massive volcanic eruption blew out the interior of the island, creating a geological caldera. Now called Santorini, a giant central lagoon that’s about 12 x 7 kms (7.5 x 4.3 miles) is surrounded on three sides by 300m (980ft) steep cliffs. A small island on the fourth side separates the lagoon from the Agean Sea. Mild volcanic activity after the major eruption built up two small islands in the lagoon (Palea and Nea Kameni).

aerial civilization ca Image via civilization.ca

Fira has been the capital of Santorini since the early 19th century. It’s perched on the edge of a 260m high cliff.

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Part of Fira was destroyed by an earthquake in 1956, and only a small number of the 18th century buildings were saved. Today, Fira is filled with white-painted houses on stepped streets, blue-domed churches, and sun-drenched verandas.

buildings jeffzoet flickrPicture by jeffzoet via Flickr

Fira_Santorini_Cyclades_Islands_Greece city pictures netImage via citypictures.net 

Blue in Greece letter 2 mom[5] Image via Letter 2 Mom

sun atherns tour greeceImage via Athens Tour Greece 

church jeffzoet flickrPicture by jeffzoet via Flickr

blue doors mgtravels flickrPicture by mgtravels via Flickr

Ahhhh, the life of a dog in Santorini…

dog andrew chang flickrPicture by Andrew Chang via Flickr

The life of a human isn’t too shabby either!

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There may be no better place on earth to watch the sunset than from a romantic table for two on a terrace in Santorini…

sunsets in santorini santorini-hotels blogspot comImage via santorini-hotels.blogspot.com

sunset gabriel traveler flickr  Picture by gabriel traveler via Flickr

Moonrise_Over_Santorini_Greece travel free hi comImage via travelfreehi.com

I’m ready to pack my bags!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

California dreaming

Ugh. More drab & rainy weather this past weekend and in the forecast for the whole week. Seriously, who peed in Mother Nature’s Cheerios? She is one crabby lady! I found another pretty & colourful home that makes me feel happier on these wet & gloomy days. This one belongs to California-based designer Ruthie Sommers. It’s fresh & colourful & pretty, and I’d happily move in right now if I could!

Ruthie’s house used to be part of a large estate in Los Angeles. The greenery, terra cotta pots & tiles, and black trim stand out nicely against the white stucco.

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Love all the beautiful shades of blue in the pavilion, and how the Venetian mirror adds some sparkle and glam.

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And the stripes on the walls add a fun beachy vibe.

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Now let’s head inside. The combination of marble & granite checkerboard flooring, grasscloth walls, and pink linen curtains is a pretty and elegant welcome to Ruthie’s home.

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The focal point in the living room is the mural wallpaper called Early Views of India by de Gournay. Can you see the door that’s cleverly disguised by the wallpaper?

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I’m totally diggin’ the X trim on the kitchen island and the lucite stools. The artwork and Tiffany blue tray with yellow flowers & ceramic ware add great pops of colour.

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How cool are these turquoise faux leather doors? The nailhead trim is to die for!

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The doors open to Rosie’s pretty dining room. Decorative painter Peter Bolton created the gold leaf tree design on the ceiling to tie in with the chandelier. How cool is that?!

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More beautiful blue in the office. I really like the look of the walls painted white and the door, trim, and cabinet painted blue.

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Floral wallpaper on the back of the cabinet adds a pretty feminine touch.   

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Check out the glossy white vaulted ceiling in Rosie’s bedroom. Love how it reflects the sunlight coming in through the window. The beautiful pale blue wallpaper is by de Gournay. Rosie carried the wallpaper right over the closet doors.

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Great retro dresser. Notice how the lady in the picture above the dresser matches the curtains :-)

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And just when you were thinking that Rosie’s home is pretty in pastel, think again – her study combines a hot pink rug, bold red damask wallpaper, a glossy bright yellow ceiling, and green velvet chairs. Wowsers! Once again, Rosie disguised the doors by painting them red to match the wallpaper.

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Yep, I’m definitely dreaming about moving to California right about now! How about you?

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Source: House Beautiful
All photos from House Beautiful and all photos by Victoria Pearson