Danielle Clockel Posts

5 Perfectly Cozy Book Nooks

By: Danielle Clockel & Magnolia Tripplett

Was your favorite part of back-to-school season the reading lists? Well fellow bookworm, feast your eyes on five fantastically cozy reading nooks we’ve rounded up for you!

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Beautiful soft light and clean puffy bedding — a perfect blank slate to delve into your imagination.

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A secluded hideaway in a cozy cabin arch overlooking pristine snow sounds pretty great right about now, especially for those of us in the thick of a 90 degree Georgia summer.

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Okay, admittedly this is more of a “reading loft” than a “reading nook” but we’re still counting it. I mean look at that selection of books!

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It’s a window seat! No, it’s a rounded bay window! No, it’s…both! Tucked quietly out of the way of foot traffic, this is the perfect spot for peace, quiet, and a classic novel.

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The perfect summer reading spot? Obviously on linen cushions overlooking the clear sea.

Whether you prefer a dark library corner or an airy window seat, your perfect spot to relax and forget the world with a good book is deeply personal and extremely important. We all need to tuck ourselves away from real life sometimes and explore imaginary worlds for a little bit!

4 Vintage Designs That Are Still Pretty Genius

By: Danielle Clockel

While some things are best left in the past (like Aquanet hair spray, or wall-to-wall brown carpet), every now and then there’s a design innovation that stands the test of time due to its form and function. Here’s a few vintage interior pieces that we think are still pretty darn cool.

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Popular in the 1960’s, mid century modern telephone seats may seem pretty useless in the digital age, but let’s rethink that. You’ve got a nice little sitting perch with an attached side table for storage. Pop a table lamp on top instead of a rotary phone and pull over a small pouf or ottoman, and you’ve got a sweet reading area to fit almost any size abode!

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The secretary desk’s simple yet genius design is a space saver and the precursor to modern standing desks. Plus, it’s the perfect secret weapon for cleaning procrastinators. No time to tidy up your workspace? No problem! Just close up shop — we won’t tell anyone.

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Born in the Victorian era of manners and modesty, the tete-a-tete sofa pushed the boundaries a bit. It was a way for would-be lovers to sit close together (how scandalous!) while still maintaining  proper decorum. Nowadays, it’s a sculptural and statement-making lounge piece that fosters conversation.

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Who doesn’t love pocket doors? They’ve been around since the mid 1800’s, but their drama stands the test of time. Whether smooth and modern or embellished with moulding, you never have to worry about swing clearance in a room with these guys. In fact, they save an average of ten square feet of floor space!

While we love staying on the cutting edge of new design trends and innovations, we think it’s important to examine existing pieces to see their potential. Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s time to toss it! Look at function as well as form, and you might just realize you’ve got a gem on your hands.

Color Palette: Summer in the City

By: Danielle Clockel

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Beaches are great, and lakes are cool, and tropical getaways are chill and everything, but can we take a moment to appreciate city summers? Sherbet tones in the late evening sky and blue shadows on the ground framed by the silhouettes of trees and buildings create a dreamy color palette that often goes overlooked.

From top to bottom:
1. Sherwin Williams Soar 6799
2. Farrow & Ball Railings No. 31
3. Sherwin Williams Romance 6323
4. Farrow & Ball Babouche No. 223
5. Sherwin Williams Inspired Lilac 6820
6. Benjamin Moore Adriatic Sea CSP-660

Need We Say More? Lobmeyr Metropolitan Chandelier

By: Danielle Clockel

Photo courtesy of Atelier Courbet.

Looking just like a firework in mid burst, this chandelier has us in the spirit of the Fourth of July. We hope everyone has a great holiday!

The Wonderful World of Smeg

By: Danielle Clockel

Oh Smeg, how we adore you. Your 50’s-inspired curved edges and fun and unconventional color options turn kitchen appliances from eyesores into eye candy.

A. Breakfast prepared with this toaster will be anything but basic.
B. What’s more Italian than sipping espresso from an espresso coffee machine actually manufactured in Italy?
C. How sweet is this cute little kettle? Tea parties await!
D. Somehow this blender manages to look modern and retro at the same time. We love it!
E. Your dishwasher doesn’t have to be a big robotic square amongst your cabinetry. Check out this lovely pink lady.
F. Last but not least, the iconic Smeg fridge. Perfection.