Sometimes I forget that back when I started this blog, it was all about interiors. Now I’m posting about parties and fashion and food and beauty… it’s easy to forget your roots. Until of course, something inspiring comes along and I’m right back to where I began, writing about gorgeous interior design. Two rooms in the past week have made that inspiration light bulb flicker on. One by Nick Olsen for House Beautiful, the other by Tori of Sitting In A Tree Events —  both are very different, yet both polished and feminine. Which is your favorite?

Images 1, 2 via House Beautiful, 3, 4 via Glitter Guide

I’m in a Craigslist conundrum. The cabinet I use to store my cocktail ingredients is overflowing, which can be a good problem to have — but my multi-month search for a more permanent home to the beverage station has turned up dry.

Bar carts seem to be few and far between, so I’m starting to expand my horizons for an alternative solution. These two pictures have adorable bar areas set up on top of bookshelves and dressers and are serving as my inspiration. Aren’t they chic?

Images via Design*Sponge and Time Out Chicago and Decor8

I recently started using  Houzz, a community and inspiration tool for home design enthusiasts; my first post on the site is a round-up of outdoor furnishings and accessories for stylish entertaining alfresco.

Bright colors and durable fabrics combine to make a whimsical landscape for sharing a summer night outside with friends. A few of my favorite pieces are here like the painted wrought iron chairs from Anthropologie and the colorful patterned outdoor rugs from Terrain. Click over and see all of the items I’ve included in my round-up.

 

Images via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

When I posted about the ELLE Decor Modern Life Concept House last week I was on a mission to find the adorable prints featured in the kitchen designed by Grant K. Gibson. They turned up in my search on 20×200 by artist Michelle Vaughan and I had to share them because I think they’d be a darling addition to a dining space — I especially admire the binder clip method of hanging. I’m eying one of each for my own kitchen, though given my adoration for salting, the salty print seems most fitting.

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Stop number two on my whirlwind in New York for Blogfest was at the ELLE Decor Modern Life Concept House where we got a sneak peek of the designs. When I first walked in I was like a moth to the flame zooming towards this luxurious leather chair in a bright olive-green paired with stacks of design books on immaculately styled shelves.

Design was just one element of the spaces, the tables were set and the bureaus were styled — the rooms were all about the details. In the swanky 70s style living room with shag carpets they were setting the mood with the TV on — The Graduate was playing in the background.

And in the kitchen a black and white color palette and simple graphic art set a soothing tone that would certainly let the food stand out (I am on the hunt for those salty prints!). I loved the designer’s practical calling card, a big bowl of matches to grab and toss in your pocket.

How gorgeous are these lamps by Robert Abbey? I think they look like giant jewels — the faceted shape is so modern and glamorous. I’m eyeing the aqua one… and the green one… and the pink one…

Lamps sold here.

A few people have emailed me asking where I got the chair prints hanging in my kitchen (seen here). Returning to the etsy shop to share the source, I found some newer hand printed linocuts by the artist Perla Anne that were too gorgeous not to share — I may have to add these two to my collection.

via Perla Anne on Etsy

Sometimes I get bored with how things look in my apartment and I have to rearrange. I shifted around some artwork and created a little gallery wall in the hallway recently and it’s making me quite happy every time I walk by it now. Do you rearrange in your house?

The office is probably the least ‘decorated’ room in my apartment, it’s very functional but has sloped ceilings which makes for limited wall space. This office has my jealousy burning for a tall wall in front of my desk to lean art against — I love the lighting and layering.

Melanie Acevedo for Domino via Pinterest