image: a wild world.
these interiors all seem to remind me of a tucked away country home & the velvet effortlessly adds qualities of a more relaxed, lived in vibe, something im quite fond of. while avoiding feeling too formal or fussy. which is what i normally equated with velvets. im not sure how well velvet would sit in my san francisco apartment however. does the fairly temperate climate really suit such a material?
images. stylemadesimple, emmasdesignblog, canadian house&home, (final 2) simon upton
i came across this little photo montage at stylemadesimple – it perfectly executes my idea of simple, unfussy & is something ide like to curl up into.
the pairings of worn weathered wood and texture. the natural earthy color pallet
i love that curled arm of the white sofa and the pretty muted colors of the pillow and blanket
these two images have been on my mind often recently. i find myself referring back to them- each an utterance of a modern farmhouse. the rusticity i find myself craving; a bit of provencal, the handmade and folk blended seamlessly into a refined, sophisticated decor. well edited, each extracts the essential primitive simplicity of tools, furniture and wood while making parings, such as the lucite chair with the ruddy black desk that do not allow the look to slip into the dowdy or dated but be enveloped by utilitarian beauty. what do you think of these two spaces?
im so excited! to release two new collections, the ZOLA and HUNT collections, in the shop today,and i will be posting some of the inspiration behind them over the week but for a wonderful sneak peek head over to illseen,illsaid. jane has written up a lovely post.
i hope you all enjoyed your weekend… inbetween rain drops i watched Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, directed by jan kounen- i find more and more that when watching a movie, what im actually watching is the sets. i had to watch the king’s speech a few times to be able to tell you what actually happened in the movie but the set, i think i can map out each scene. Coco & Igor was no different. its streaming on netflix at the moment. the the set becomes the bonding point for the movie, which in all honesty is pretty slow and not terribly compelling, but the sets…
i believe the sets are designed by marie-helene sulmoni and yves fournier, but i had a very hard time confirming this, so if i am mistaken please correct me. what ever the case, they are truly inspirational, with too many details to point out but i hope you’ll enjoy lingering over them as much as i have. i also couldnt resist this little bowl, so humble yet elegant especially paired with that crystal steamware.
i’ve had a very busy weekend – hitting what feels like every antique show and shop in the the massachusetts area. it has been wonderful so far and im looking forward to maine this week and an auction that looks quite promising.
i am constantly thinking of how to make my life more simple in style and function. Vanesso Bruno is a constant source of inspiration – she manages to capture simple but chic in the same breath. she mixes suede sling chairs with airy floral pillows, makes wonderful use of paper lanterns and has just the right amount of farmhouse chic going on – whats not to love in the long wooden table. if you give the images a closer look there are so many carefully but care-free details to love.
enjoy! im hitting the road but ill see you back here tomorrow –
the other day i found my self quite inspired by this simple vintage desk chair. (sorry for the poor phone camera quality)
a nod to mid century i couldn’t help but conjure the professor. bookishly handsome, cardigan or blazer, it hardly matters, with leather patches at the elbows, horn rimmed glasses and a weathered but captivating smell of tobacco encircling him. in an instant i glimpsed his home office. A large wooden slab desk with gorgeous patina, a wall covered in ornate antique gold frames,empty so that one may appreciate all their intricate detail, comfy siesta chairs for reading, plenty of old books, and accents of candlelight, brass, wool and hide. btw an inspiration board via the internet is hard – made me appreciate fabric samples and colored pencils.
im loving this inspired little beach bathroom –
its so lovely and understated and just perfect for two – that collection of awkward but endearing little mirrors, the big double farm sinks, all the nickel and white wash.
ya. i love it.
i hope you all had lovely weekends. i went to go and see the king’s speech. if you are thinking about it, go! if you’ve seen it already then you know that its not only a wonderful movie, but ahhh the sets. the sets are amazing. I was captivated by the use of color and texture running through most every scene in this film.
the sets were designed by Eve Stewart and she has done a simply spectacular job.
the above photos of logue’s office has the stunning monet like watercolor treatment on the walls. its sparely set with just a few beautiful old rugs and a leggy needlepointed baroque couch with gold trim. it reminds me of a toasthome set.
i wish i could find photos for everything i loved, but i guess youll have to take my word for it and just go see the movie.
in addition to these photographs here i was mesmerized by a large club chair in lionel’s office. its got that classic men’s club shape but is covered in a grey and black watercolor type fabric with texture galore.
you can just see it in the back right of this photo!
I also love the scene of the logue’s family living room. you believe that it is of the moment (early 1940’s) and yet it has distinctly modern feel. the entire room is done in tones of Blue -damask wall paper, large tufted sofas- carpet. its spell binding and looks like it walked off the pages of elle decor.
i could go on, a scene filled entirely of black and white patterns as the king walks up the church aisle, the textile filled room where he delivers his first wartime speech, the scottish castle filled with plaids- but instead i insist that you simply must see it all for yourself.
im so! excited to share the sequel to In with the Mid Century Modern
you all may remember that i found this chair in the back of a salvage truck on the street in san francisco. literally sitting atop a mountain of junk being removed from a basement somewhere around hayes valley. after a brief chat with the driver of this truck and a few eye rolls from SOS the chair was mine.
and then the dilemma began. what?! was i going to use for fabric, what style cushion, what size cushion, welting or no welting. i must have looked at 50 different fabric and changed my mind 200 times. you can see my progress in this post. and in the end i chose exactly what i thought i didnt want at the start and i couldnt be more thrilled with the outcome. THRILLED!
i took a risk (well risk for me anyway not for some) on the fabric choice. one day it was just like bam! sitting there at the fabric store right in front of me and i knew that was it. from there i let the fabric and the line of the chair guide me as far as cushion style and size. im so excited.
i hope you enjoyed this little series and i would love to hear what you think.
P.S. i picked up a new project last night and will be starting another little series on that.