In addition to the day job, I’ve continued to write for houzz.com twice a week, which has made for a very busy life! As a result (and much to my disappointment), I haven’t been blogging as much, but I’m diligently working on returning to a routine while maintaining a good work/life balance. That said, let me catch you up on some of my recent Houzz stories!
By Coburn Architecture and InteriorsA long-time supporter of mixing styles, I find the stark contrast between traditional and modern to be most striking, especially in the form of art. This was one of my favorite articles to write and research to date: Opposites Attract: Modern Art in Traditional Rooms
By Jon Lum ArchitecturePocket doors speak to me. They say things like, “Old-World glamour,” “decadence,” “grand soirees.” Stuff like that. Not only are they lovely, they are also quite functional, saving space in tight rooms. I pulled together some favorites from houzz designers in Deep Pockets: Pocket Doors with Panache
By Faiella DesignI know dark bathrooms aren’t for everyone, but I love them and had wanted an excuse to spend some time mulling through images of them for inspiration. Someday I intend to have a glamorously gloomy powder room in my house. In the meantime, I live vicariously through these bathrooms: Chic and Moody: Dark, Seductive BathroomsMany of you are familiar with my love of taking a small space (especially outside) and make it a precious escape. I’ve belabored this subject, so I think I’ll just let you enjoy the pretty pictures. Balconies: Precious Rooms in the Sky
This article garnered passionate commentary; people seem to hate tablecloths! I think they’re great in some settings, unnecessary in others, but overall, I appreciate an additional dose of textile thrown over a table (especially when it’s an ugly table!) to dress things up. Dressing Your Table: Cloth or No Cloth?
By Dufner Hughes Inc. I had one friend growing up who had a canopy bed and I thought it was the most magical thing I’d ever seen. As I grew into a cynical adult, I thought canopy beds were for wussies (not really, but I wasn’t as into them). Then I became the open-minded designer that I am today, and I know that everything has a place in the right application. Canopy beds don’t just have to be for fancy little girls. They don’t need to be swathed in 8,000 yards of fabric in order to add grace and elegance to a room. And, most importantly, they don’t have to be feminine at all: Canopy Beds: All Grown Up and Still Magical
Barn doors are much like pocket doors in their function and grandness, but because they are a bit unexpected, I think they make even more of a statement. Doors with Character: Raised in a BarnIf you’re in the U.S., I hope you have a great holiday weekend. If you’re not in the U.S., tough luck, but I know you have some of your own great holidays! xoxo