I don’t know if it’s the call of Spring, or this little baby girl in my belly, but I suddenly have the urge to cover the house in flowers. Since filling every room with fresh flowers is not always practical, or cost-efficient, I’ve rounded up a few favorite flower garlands, perfect for stringing over your bed, tabletops, a mantel, your balcony – really whatever strikes your fancy. Some are DIY and some you can snatch up from great little boutiques; all of them are perfectly cheerful.
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I love Spring for a million reasons, but one of my favorites: a chance to brighten up my home’s design (especially after the darks and warmth in home decor of Winter and Fall.) I don’t know if it’s nesting (blame being six months pregnant) or if I just need a change, but I have been pushing a brighter, whiter feel for our own apartment. For starters, this season, we finally updated our bedroom with a crisp white pintuck duvet cover — I love that this duvet make a great base for the seasons to come, adding and subtracting pillows and throws with my various moods (which I have often … especially when it comes to design).
I love all of the Spring interior inspiration of late – and though I can only decorate in pieces – I have light, bright, airy feeling pieces on the brain.
Lighten your space up for Spring with things like fresh flowers and branches, colorful throw pillows and blankets, a bright Moroccan or jute rug, lucite and bright white decor.
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(By the way, you can check out all of my home decor inspiration, here.)
I’m going to preface this post by admitting that I am kind of crazy. And I kind of maybe plan way too far in advance. (You know, as if a baby on the way, plus two jobs, wasn’t enough to think about.) Friday marks exactly one year from “match day” for hubby – what that means: in exactly a year’s time, we will know our fate for the next 4-6 years; i.e., where we’ll be moving for hubby’s residency. It also means that this Summer we start sending out his applications for said residency, and this Fall, he starts interviewing for those programs. So what’s a crazy planner like me to do? Plan way too early in advance. And right now we are toying with the idea of NYC. I’ve e-mailed New Yorkers, who have all warned me of the cost of living, but nothing could have prepared me for the cold hard facts of a NYC rent (or the cold hard fact that if we do in fact relocate to NYC, I’ll be eating Ramen noodles, daily).
But don’t get too excited with the idea, we’ve also spent weeks discussing living in Boston, LA, or simply falling on the wrong side of luck come match day and winding up somewhere that boasts nothing but miles of farm land (the idea gives me the sweats, but I could make gardening happen.)
Then of course, there’s this luxe new-construction model apartment in The Lucida in New York, NY. Guess where we’d be moving in our price-range? A dorm. Maybe. Or a very tiny “studio” that we’ll call charming but secretly loathe for it’s lack of closets and a built-in washer/dryer (seriously, how do you New Yorkers survive without a washer/dryer in your place?) Either way, let’s drool over this glamorous apartment for a while? Ahhh, but those views. Could I make it in the Big Apple? (Will I get hot pretzels thrown at me for calling it “the Big Apple”?)
Really loving that dining room; the mix of modern white chairs with sleek silver detail and a fantastic rustic table is just perfect.
This stunner of a home is nestled in Westbourne Grove (and is in the heart of London’s Notting Hill). It’s actually on Artesian Road, which is a highly desirable and quiet residential street perfectly placed just behind Westbourne, which is one of the most fashionable streets in all of London, chock full of designer fashion boutiques, luxury brand flagship stores, shoe and bag designers, maternity, baby and children’s wear specialists and bespoke jewellers. And did I mention the home is just two minutes from the famous Portobello Road? (Remember that perfect Sunday market hubby and I went to on Portobello?) In case you were wondering, I’m sold. And if you’ve ever been to London, you’ll know that Notting Hill is one of the most charming and perfect areas in all of London – think homes in every color of the rainbow and the most charming stores and cafés you have ever laid eyes on. If you haven’t been to London, watch Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in the film, Notting Hill, and try not to want to run away to London and open up a little bookshop in the Notting Hill area.
Aside from a stellar location, the five-story family home is full of charm and comfort, and just the right touch of modernity and crisp design. And by the way, did you see that rooftop garden? Amazing.
In case you’re in the market for a beautiful modern home in the heart of Notting Hill, look no further (this one’s for sale!)
Though temperatures continue to stay below freezing in most of the North this Winter, I love the idea of soaking up a little sunshine from a cozy indoor space. And this cozy little walled-in patio looks like the perfect (and warm) hideaway. Note to self: once we move up North, find a space with a Winter porch, enclosed patio, or sun room.
Image via Lonny
Actor Patrick Depsey (otherwise known as McDreamy) and his wife, Jillian, adapted one of Frank Gehry’s earliest houses into a rustic and light-filled family family home, and I’m in love. Though I love modern elements in design, I’m ever a sucker for farm tables, exposed wood beams, Moroccan rugs, and a classic airstream. The couple also filled the 5-acre property to the brim with three kids, three dogs, and an “ever-growing menagerie of chickens, miniature donkeys, rabbits, goats, pigs, and one rescued African tortoise.” The lush backyard is equipped with a broad, flat lawn for soccer games, planting beds for vegetables and flowers, an alfresco kitchen with a pizza oven, a breezy dining area topped by a canopy of woven wicker, and coops, hutches, and other enclosures for the Dempseys’ growing farm.
That kitchen is everything … seriously swooning over the floating butcher’s block, concrete sink and countertops, silver range and hood, and that awesome over-sized chalkboard.
Check out Architectural Digest for the full article, pictures, and all of the details.