British invasion…

There are a couple of design trends that I’ve been noticing lately, and I just thought I’d share them. For those of you who are way ahead of me on the trend front, please bear with me (actually had to Google that to make sure it isn’t “bare”–I can hear my teacher sister gasping for air).

There’s a bit of a British invasion happening. I’m seeing more and more Union Jack flag decor–from an entire couch covered in Union Jack leather upholstery to clocks and pillows. One of the items I’m bringing in for spring is a metal pillar candleholder in the shape of a British crown.

I found this image on a lovely blog called White Alder Home. The Union Jack pillow really packs a punch of style.

photo courtesy of Google images

This wall hanging by Fire Horse Textiles was featured on MadeByGirl. I just love the green take on the iconic Union Jack

The other trend that I’ve been noticing is animal skin prints–especially zebra. They were hot when I was a kid, and it looks like they’re making a strong comeback. Giraffe prints are a fresh (even if they’re classic) take on this exotic look.

This is another photo featured on White Alder Home.

This is a room designed by Miles Redd a celebrated Manhattan designer

photo courtesy of Metropolitan Home magazine

cheers to Julie and Julia…

I was just watching Julie & Julia for the third time (bad idea after you eat only yogurt and granola for dinner), when I noticed something trivial but exciting. I bought the same deep burgandy wine glasses that Julie and her husband always drink wine with. I haven’t listed  them on Nicole Jane Home yet, but I will.

photo by Reinier deSmit

the verdict is in…

I peeled open my Amazon package in glee last week. Inside were the two books that I mentioned in an earlier post–The Well-Dressed Home & Glamour Making It Modern. I have wanted to read them for a while now, and I finally found some time!

I am really enjoying The Well-Dressed Home, by Annette Tatum. It’s full of eye-candy photos and wonderful inspiration boards. Annette takes a unique approach to interior design by encouraging people to look in their own closets for inspiration. She recommends going well beyond “the box” to define your personal design style. Look at your clothes, your accessories, fashion shows, music, etc.

If you’re the kind of person who loves to pull on some old jeans and a white t-shirt, you’re probably happiest in a casual decor. If you love to wear cashmere and silk, Annette would probably recommend a formal gilded damask theme for your home. Likewise, if you love the hottest clothing designers, you’re probably someone who should be shopping at EQ3 for that “it” chair.

The whole idea is to pin down your personal style, whether it’s clothing or home decor. I’m not finished the book yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing how she brings it altogether and helps me figure my style.

I give this book a thumbs up. The cover itself is worth the price! I love just seeing it on my coffee table every time I walk into the living room. Gotta love gold and turquoise!

The Well-Dressed Room

The Well-Dressed home

The Well-Dressed Home

Valentine's necklace giveaway…

We’re celebrating the season of love by giving away one of Nicole Jane Home’s gorgeous Lolo necklaces (Swarovski crystal & sterling silver). Just leave comments for me on any of the articles (including archives) until February 14 and I’ll draw a random name. The more comments you leave, the better your chances. Good or bad…I can take it…just say it!

photo by Reinier deSmit

location, location, location…

My friend, Brita, graciously agreed to let me do the spring Nicole Jane Home photo shoot with Janis Nicolay in her lovely mid-century rancher. She and husband, Lawrence, completely gutted their new home a few months ago and the results are stunning–chandeliers, muted silvery-blue walls, amazing millwork (all done by Lawrence–he doesn’t know it but he’s my new boyfriend). I tried to steal the gorgeous blue chair in the front entrance, but I couldn’t get it into my purse. I’ll keep you posted on the photo shoot at the end of February.

Please keep in mind that my i-phone doesn’t take high resolution pictures (and…okay…I’m not the greatest photographer).

One way or another...I will get that chair!

The mastermind behind the decor, Brita

Just look at those drapes…

Okay, okay…so it’s a lame attempt to justify this image in a decor blog. I just happen to be a sucker for anything wedding. Every time I pass a wedding dress boutique, I stop and drool. It’s not that I want to wear the gowns, I just think that some of them are works of art. You mark my words…there will come a time when the hottest trend in room decor is a dressmaker’s form adorned by a gorgeous gown. I found this dreamy photo at Utterly Engaged.

photo by Elizabeth Messina

not your grandma's wallpaper…

I’ve been hunting for a great wallpaper, and I think I might have found a few. If anyone out there has some fabulous sources, please let me know. These designs are from Thibaut

photo courtesy of Thibault

photo courtesy of Thibault

Love the wallpaper, love the chair, dislike the lamp!

photo courtesy of Thibault

I love the butterflies in this paper. In small doses, like an entrance or powder room, I think it would be gorgeous.

photo courtesy of Thibault

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