I just came across this adorable breakfast nook from an old issue of Oprah magazine. I’m in love with the striped chairs, the over-sized chalkboard, and the mini-gallery of oil paintings. I actually have a similar table already and black and white kitchen chairs; all I’m missing is some vintage art to recreate this look. I’m going to keep this image in mind for summer flea market inspiration!

Image from Oprah at Home Winter 2007 via MaddieG Designs

Mixing patterns from my closet? Bring it on. Mixing patterns in my home? I’m a little less comfortable there. I perked up and listened when Real Simple featured a spread on mixing bold prints in this month’s issue. While I’m probably not adventurous enough to wallpaper my living room with a dense floral pattern, I do think I can learn a lesson or two about adding a few more patterned throw pillows into the mix. What about you, do you experiment with different patterns in your space?

Image via Real Simple, March 2012

I love this bathroom makeover from the blog AB Chao. The monogrammed shower curtain, the bowl of nail polish, and the cute striped accessories all caught my eye. My favorite part though is the mini-gallery of Polaroid pictures tacked up with patterned washi tape. I think the impermanence of this little art installation makes it feel so special and unfussy. It makes me want to find some film for the dusty old Polaroid camera in my closet! What do you think, do you like the idea of unframed artwork in your home?

All images via AB Chao (I feel like I’ve been living under a rock for not knowing about her blog — check it out, it’s so cute!)

Perhaps its that Valentine’s day is just around the corner and I’m in a mood for hearts? Or perhaps it’s the idea of  mixing a drink off that bar cart that appeals to me? Either way, I’m feeling this little nook today. I love the bright red and pink hues and all of the bold pattern — it’s loud in the very best way.

Image via Lonny

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted some room pictures on this site; sometimes I forget that collecting interior inspiration was how my blog got its start. So I’m getting back to my roots today to share a gorgeous kitchen from Country Living. Open shelves styled with white dishware gets me every time — I love how functional this kitchen looks while still evoking such style. What do you think, are you into open shelving in the kitchen?

via Country Living

They say you should invest in classic pieces for your wardrobe — advice that also carries through in design. I guess you could say I someday aspire to invest in a piece as classic as a white button-down shirt: the chesterfield sofa. This one featured in the Anthropologie catalog is a picture of perfection.

via Anthropologie

Interior design and fashion trends go hand in hand, and looking at  the Spring 2012 runway trends, it’s clear to see that neon is here to stay. Including neon elements in your decor can seem daunting for those unaccustomed to bold colors. But the best way to incorporate neon into your home is the same way you should incorporate it into your wardrobe — by pairing bright pinks and yellows with neutral tones and keeping shapes clean and simple. Here are a few of my picks for adding a fluorescent pop of color to your home:

Clockwise from top left: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

After my spark of inspiration yesterday I got to shopping and sourcing some new ways to bring a brighter color palette into the living room. I still want to work around the bigger items in the room, like my upholstered chair in a graphic mustard print, and the gray walls and Cb2 pouf I recently bought. So I decided to mix in some pinks and reds and a litttle bit of blue — fabrics have been ordered and I’m ready for a mini-makeover!

Sources: print, ikat, geometric, chevron, houndstooth

Do you ever have that moment when you suddenly decide you’re “over” a space in your home? I had that moment earlier this week when I decided that the living room is in need of an update. My long-lived obsession with citron and grey came to a grinding halt and I’m dying for some new colors in the space. I combed through my inspiration folder and plucked out an image from Eddie Ross that featured a bright and rich Quadrille Ikat print — and now my wheels are turning for how I can incorporate it in the room.  I’ll be sure to share my inspiration board once it’s all pulled together!

Image via Eddie Ross

Earlier in the week I posted about the crisp bright vermilion hued-trend in Fall fashion displays this year, and it made me think about all of the ways I’ve seen the color used in design. Much like pairing the color with classics like blue jeans and camel coats, I think the same practice applies in interiors — it looks best paired with crisp white details and simple design.


Images via 1. 2. 3. 4.