Don't take this the wrong way, but that room reminds me of 1960s Howard Johnson's colors — that wonderfully intense orange and aqua — but modernized a bit. It's such a terrific vintage palette and I have to admit, I love orange. The reason this pretty Florida-orange orange is calming is that it's printed on a natural beige ground instead of white. It tones down the intensity, makes it less bright, less Marimekko, more bedroomy.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Aqua and orange isn't a combo I see around too much (I grew up in the 80's, not the 60's!), but I am really digging it in this Nantucket guesthouse bedroom (painted Benjamin Moore's "Lido Green") that was featured in House Beautiful. I love the way the designer John Willey described how it manages to feel so peaceful:
Thursday, February 12, 2009
These kitchen cabinets are some of the most beautiful I've seen. Simply Seleta shared the first image on her blog and I can't get enough of it. I adore the blue and the green pops of color! The other two images come from the home of Viv of Ish & Chi. She wallpapered her cabinets all by herself and it looks just amazing!! Talk about inspirational photos!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
This New York City home featured in House Beautiful was designed by Milly de Cabrol. My word there's a lot of blue! I think the dining room is my favorite. The slipcovers are so cute! And I love the arrangement on the table. A fun fact: The Roman shades are stuck onto a frame with velcro, rather than on a rod. Read all about this beautiful blue home here.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Here is another home designed by Steven Gambrel, one that completely encompasses everything a South Hampton house should. Just like the country home I posted about before, this one is also so fresh and serene. I especially love these 2 bedrooms. And how cool are the maps in the first image, and those turquoise chairs! So cute. And the last two, I LOVE the painted bookshelves.