July 2014 Posts

5 Ways To Elevate Your Bachelor Pad

By: Kate Donnelly

It’s your crib, your man cave…..your “man”ctuary – and chances are, it could use a little help from the experts. Here are some investments you can make to take your bachelor pad to the next level.

1. Invest in good sheets.

heather sheets

Time to throw away those superhero sheets and invest in some high quality, high thread count sheets. Every penny spent toward good sleep (and, ahem, other activities) is worth the investment. Check out the masculine colors and textures offered by Area Home.

 

2. Consider Candles.

joe candle

Do you associate candles with floral, feminine scents? It’s time to rethink the candle. 2550 degrees has an entire line of masculine scents, including “Joe” which is described as “A smoldering bonfire, a well-worn leather jacket &  sling of whiskey”. We think Hemingway would approve.

 

3. Don’t skimp on the rug.

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A good quality rug can pull the whole room together, and last for years. We love these classic and fun cow hide rugs from Surya.

 

4. Invest in a piece of original artwork.

rusty2

If your “art collection” consists of an Animal House poster leftover from your college days, it may be time for an upgrade. A piece of original art is a great investment, a great talking piece, and an important contribution to the art world. Check out local galleries in your area. We love this piece by one of our favorite local artists, Rusty Walton.

 

5. Control your cords.

tv3

We know you are proud of your entertainment system, but that jumble of cables, power strips, dvds, and game consoles is giving us a headache. There are many store-bought and DIY options for getting the mess out of sight. We guarantee even the guys will be impressed come game day.

Color Obsession: Emerald

By: Kate Donnelly

This week, it’s off to the Emerald City with the first in our recurring “Color Obsession” series. Pantone describes emerald green as “Lively. Radiant. Lush…A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” Our inspiration came this week from the photo below, published in the June issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and styled by Brian Patrick Flynn.

ATLANTA H & G

This bathroom made us green with envy, and got our minds spinning. This classic, rich, decadent shade of green is as versatile as it is fun! This jewel-tone provides a touch of elegant sophistication when used for accessorizing, whether it be in your home or in your closet. Here are some fun ways to bring this regal color into your life:

Emerald Blog

a.  Elle Decor feather throw pillow  b. Eric Hoglund Chandelier   c. DIY reburbished dresser with gold leaf   d. Ceramic handmade relief tile   e. Plum & Bow tufted chair   f. Madeline Weinrib ikat fabric   g. Jeweled statement necklace

Five Rooms by Five Faves.

By: Danielle Cornely

We are constantly striving to inspire our clients and readers, but we need a little inspiration too sometimes! This week we’re looking at rooms designed by our top five favorite interior designers.

jonathanadler.com

jonathanadler.com

Of course we love Jonathan Adler’s design philosophy and profound commitment to quality! We also love the sense of personality he brings to a room with mid-century modern influences and quirky accessories inspired by global pop culture. His company’s motto is, “If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it.” Need we say more?

kellyhoppen.com

kellyhoppen.com

Think neutrals are dull? Think again! Kelly Hoppen’s signature palette lets shape and form take center stage. The soothing tones and textures, combined with eastern cultural influences, create beautifully serene environments.

kellywearstler.com

kellywearstler.com

Kelly Wearstler’s designs are the definition of bold sophistication! Definitely not for the timid, her spaces include rich colors, multiple statement pieces, and a fearless mix of colors, textures, and patterns.

designersguild.com

designersguild.com

If you love rich, intense color, you’ll love Tricia Guild. This woman is not afraid of deep fuchsias, neon greens, or vibrant turquoises. What’s more, she’ll combine all three in a way you never thought possible!

clodagh.com

clodagh.com

New York based Clodagh takes a very personal, spiritual approach to design. She utilizes Feng Shui and chromotherapy in her rooms, and the result is more than just a pretty room. What else is there to love about her? Oh, just her fierce commitment to environmentally friendly vendors and products.

These designers inspire us for a multitude of reasons. We love their fearless choices, conscious practices, and the thoughtful approach they bring to individual projects. When we’re feeling stuck, we know we can count on them for a creative boost!

Bless Your Heart! (And Your Garden)

By: Elisabeth Paulson
Living in Atlanta, we covet our garden traditions: magnolias, rocking chair front porches and gas carriage lamps. This week we’re shaking it up a bit with these modern southern elements that are sure to please!

lebello.com

lebello.com

Stop and rock with Lebello’s Chair 6. Synthetic wicker and outdoor friendly. We couldn’t ask for more.

woollypocket.com

woollypocket.com

We have been wall garden fanatics since, well, wall gardens. The tried and true Woolly Pocket never disappoints. Plant ferns on a shady porch or succulents and sedum in direct sun. This simple project brings a punch of green to that tired outdoor wall.

uniquemetalworks.net

uniquemetalworks.net

This lattice screen from Unique Metalworks is a beauty! What a gorgeous way to separate space  and still create visual interest.

marset.com

marset.com

This super sleek pendant from Joan Gaspar for Marset comes in black, white and stone gray. Doesn’t it make you want to create an outdoor room JUST so you can hang this light? Us too. Do it.

patio

We love this bungalow-meets-modern setting and the use of Liriope in between large square pavers. Liriope is tough, evergreen and sure to survive even the most neglected yards!

Enjoy the south’s longest season in style. Break from tradition a little (or a lot!) by bringing modern elements into your garden.

American Style Revolution

By: Danielle Cornely

USA

The United States turns 238 tomorrow, and to celebrate we’re showcasing furniture and accessories made right here in the good ol’ US of A. America is home to a multitude of talented makers!

pamglew.co.uk

pamglew.co.uk

Though artist Pam Glew is British, she has a passionate fascination with Americana, patriotism, and cultural heritage. Her process is truly unique; she takes antique quilts and flags (often American made), and dyes them entirely black. She then creates beautiful and striking works of art by painting on them with bleach, revealing the original fabric underneath the ink.

etsy.com

etsy.com

Bright and bold! Assert your style independence with this custom ottoman, handmade in North Carolina by Love At Home By Jenny.

markjupiter.com

markjupiter.com

New York based furniture maker Mark Jupiter knows the value of using quality, local materials. He continues the legacy of his family of craftsmen by committing to sustainable practices. This mid century armoire is made of 100% walnut, and is a sleek solution to any storage needs.

alexandraferguson.com

alexandraferguson.com

In true Brooklyn fashion, this Alexandra Ferguson pillow gets straight to the point! It is made exclusively out of recycled materials, but is still sturdy enough to be machine washable.

etsy.com

etsy.com

This striped pillow from Livy Paige Designs in Texas is totally customizable. Different colors, trims, and sizes give you total control!

coilanddrift.com

coilanddrift.com

Another environmentally concious, Brooklyn based furniture maker, Coil + Drift work with a variety of materials including wood, leather, brass, and steel. Even their handmade stains and lacquers are safe for the environment! We love their combination of modern forms with traditional materials, like this Atlas desk lamp.

roomandboard.com

roomandboard.com

Seriously chic, and made right here in America! The Architecture bed is made by Minnesota furniture makers Bell Manufacturing, and available through Room and Board.  Don’t let the big name fool you, this bed is made entirely by hand!

The spirit of American craftsmanship is alive and well! Beautiful, durable furniture is being made here every day.