I was digging through some old inspiration folders from when I first started this blog and found these two pictures of kitchens filled to the brim with collected artwork. I love how homey each of these rooms look. Slightly cluttered but artfully arranged, they  both look like places that are truly lived in. What do you think of putting art in the kitchen, do you prop up paintings on your countertop?

Via Living Etc, Marie Claire Maison

On the surface my apartment has lots of details that make me proud, but please don’t open my kitchen cabinets. You’ll find pint glasses that were most likely carried home from the neighborhood bar and a mismatched drawer of silverware I collected across several dorms and collegiate apartments. So, needless to say, I’m looking forward to upgrading a few of those items when wedding registry time rolls around. Recently flipping through the Sur La Table catalog to get some inspiration for these kitchen upgrades, my eye caught the gingham pattern on these paring knives — and at just $9, they’ll feel at home next to my mismatched silverware.

via Sur La Table

Dwell Studio knows the way to my heart; zebras and kelly green are a killer combination. I love this pillow so much I have given a brief moment of contemplation to redesigning my entire living room around it. It doesn’t match any of the tones in my apartment right now, but it does match my wedding colors, which might be enough reason for me to buy it!

via Dwell Studio

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