Thursday, January 22, 2015

Focus of Beauty || Greg Natale Design

Flair is a keen natural sense of discernment, a natural talent or ability that cannot be taught.  
One has it or not.
Robert Kime

You know the uneasy feeling you get once you step out of your comfort zone?  That is discomfort I have been feeling this week.  I would call them growing pains - the sweet sting of changing and growing and slowly becoming the person you always wanted to be.  School is going great but is proving to be quite the stern boss.  I needed to exhale and chill with you for a bit.  I want to share some magnificence that I found during my two minutes on IG this week.  {Warning: his feed is chock full of graphic elegance and stunning inspiration.}

Greg Natale Design is an Australian powerhouse that has been creating beauty and acquiring a plethora of awards since 2001.  I love his modern aesthetic and talent for mixing an abundance of patterns. These are the interiors I find most inspiring.  They are clean and precise but warm and inviting which is a difficult task to pull off.  His portfolio is vast and highly versatile - yet another reason to swoon.

Greg's book, The Tailored Interior, is available for pre-order and I cannot wait to pour through this delicious gem.  Keep it real, design freaks!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Learning to Juggle

Dreams don't work unless you do.
John C. Maxwell

When I was in my 20's, I quit college.  It has been a heavy regret my whole adult life.  Trying to maintain rent, car payments, a full-time job, partying and school proved to be too much for this girl. While cruising along one evening, (probably jamming out to Coolio) my car came to a sudden stop. The transmission had dropped and my little Ford Escort was lifeless.  This event was the straw that broke my camel's back and set me on a course of working and living life and deluding myself I would eventually go back.

One night over cocktails, Andrew and I were discussing dreams.  I mentioned my regret of never going back to school.  I have taken many a design class but never actually graduated with a degree. As the years have passed, I have worked on being more mindful about being a better human - always growing.  I have three beautiful children, a great husband, friends and family.  I have a thriving design business and amazing clients which keeps me inspired every day.  But not having that piece of paper was a personal failure.  Andrew looked at me confused and said, "It is never too late."  Huh?! I always felt my kids come first and would never do anything that would take away from them.  I was explaining just this when he added, "Going back to school and completing your degree would be a great example for the girls and I think you should do it."  Sometimes you need another person to gently push you in the direction you needed to go.

So, starting Monday I will add student to my list of daily balls in the air.  I feel this journey will not only enrich my business but help me on my quest to 'rule the world.'  Of course, something in my life will have to take a back seat.  I love sharing my thoughts and obsessions with you here, but will have to step back and blog less until I am able to get a handle on this exciting change.  I am so grateful you take time from your day to hang out here with me.  See you soon!

Have an inspired day,

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Art and More

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
Twyla Tharp

Sourcing art for clients is my absolute favorite part of designing a room.  My hope for the new year is to find a client who is open to the unusual art pieces I love so much.  They are so fun and really bring life to a room.

In saying that, I have been hanging out on Minted lately sourcing great pieces of art and fabric. They offer a plethora of amazing art styles at different price points.  Everyone loves to have beautiful prints in their homes but may not have thousands of dollars to invest.  I have put together a salon style gallery of my favorites. I visualize this beauty hanging in the family room of a mid century modern home belonging to a young family who wants a fresh, bright space for cuddling and creating memories.

Have an especially beautiful day!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Classics in Design - Part I

There is no excuse for doing anything which is not strikingly beautiful.
William Morris

Each year, we are inundated with interior design trends.  While I like the freshness of a pineapple accent or the sass of quote art, the originality wears away rather quickly with market saturation. That being said, I believe there are classic elements of interior design that are timeless and polished. These details can be easily implemented into any style design to create a beautifully posh space.

Checkerboard | Floors

Checkerboard flooring has been delivering chic style since the 15th century.  It is safe to say it isn't going anywhere.  We had a granite and marble checkerboard floor installed on the diagonal in our kitchen when we moved in.  It is the element I love most about this house.  In fact, I cannot see myself ever having a home without this geometric interest.  

Animal | Print

I truly believe a touch of animal print adds a depth of richness to a room that nothing else can.  Even though leopard pillows were everywhere the past few years, I will never tire of looking at them. Animal prints really are a neutral because they not only pair well with every color, but elevate the entire look.

Campaign | Furniture

This masculine lined furniture was initially designed for the ease of traveling armies.  In the 1800's, British furniture companies redesigned to make it lighter for and more beautiful for their troops to feel home away from home.  The clean lines and heavy brass hardware 

Sunburst | Mirror

I will admit I have a thing for sunburst mirrors.  I have many in my home and have chosen them for client homes again and again.  They are edgy, dramatic, delicate and French.  What more do you need?  They immediately add big personality and light to a room.   I like using one large mirror as a focal point or integrating several small ones within a gallery.

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Have a gorgeous day,

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hi, Style || Winter Blues (Blacks and Grays)

It's a new era in fashion - there are no rules.
Alexander McQueen

I bought this military inspired jacket a few weeks before Christmas and have been wearing it almost every day.  It is a classic piece with an edgy cut and open sleeves making it easy to cuff.  It is versatile enough to pair with jeans and a tee or dress it up with chic slim trousers as shown.  My favorite look is wearing it with black distressed jeans, a striped shirt, long gold necklace and black pointed-toe pumps.

With the frigid winter temps, comes a desire to dress in darker hues.  Perhaps it's our way of mourning the lack of sunshine.  I have been pairing navy and black this month and really love the easy, edgy style.  The Parisian women in their head to toe black do monochrome chic the best.  When the pieces are good quality and classic, the simple outfit becomes a statement of urban style.  Do you find you wear mainly dark clothing in the winter?

Have a fantastic day!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy Weekend 2015!

The trick is to enjoy life.  Don't wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.
Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Well, the temps have finally dropped around here and it is straight up gross.  Rainy, cold days make me want to stay in and snuggle up.  On the days where you have to actually go out in the mess, this adorable sweater would be the perfect warm hug.

I am always looking for a good book.  I have heard about this gem for years but stumbled across it while finishing up some holiday shopping.  It is interesting so far. I am having trouble putting it down before bedtime.

Flo Rida always delivers great dance|workout tunes.  His new release, GDFR, makes you want to move your body all around which is great after so many holiday cookies.  Am I right?!

I just can't quit wallpaper.  It adds so much personality to a space.  Sara Story has some beautiful designs.  I have my eye on this one in particular for an upcoming project.  

Warm tomatoes with melted cheese on a chilly day?  Uh-huh!  This recipe will definitely be making an appearance on our table this weekend.  

I love strong, funny women like Amy Poehler.  These little tidbits about the actress are as charming and quirky as could be.

I loved this favorite list.  Each living room, with a different style but all equally beautiful.  There is so much breathtaking beauty out there. 

Have a fab weekend!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Fresh Glamour

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal.
Paulo Coelho

Happy New Year!

I am not one for resolutions because they hardly ever stick and you begin a new year feeling disappointed.  I do, however, look at it as a clean slate, a fresh perspective and a time to reassess priorities and goals.  It is a great time to congratulate myself for what I did well and learn from what I didn't, so I can grow.

I will be making many small changes in my career and personal life leading closer to my ultimate goal this year.  I have also decided to rearrange and freshen our home {again!} as the holiday decorations are coming down.  I am so inspired by the airy vibe of this newly renovated home in Portugal.  

Take note of the metallic grid in the luxurious bedroom.  What a great idea to add 
glamour and architectural interest.
I am all over the traditional elements paired with unusual art. The elements of this photo have me dissecting my own space.

A close-up of this magnificent floating coffee table, zebra chairs and stunning chrome fireplace surround.  This space is overflowing with beauty!

The French antique chairs with modern abstract art create an interesting tension.  I love the combination.

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Come out swinging in 2015!


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