Have a nice weekend!

Wouldn't this be a perfect setting for a weekend dinner with friends? Courtesy: Elle Decor

A bit of salvage...

One of my favourite things to do at the weekend is to browse around architectural salvage shops and yards, looking for a gem in the rubble.  I went to a lovely place in Bath, UK this week and was totally inspired by their lovely white, rustic space.  Here are a few shots for you to see...

Raw brick wall

Some lovely arty shots from Bolig Magasinet using a raw brick wall as a backdrop.  Artwork created by Lone Høyer.  Enjoy!

Schumacher Love (part 3)

Oh, how I am in love with this incredible Linwood raffia damask in seagrass from Schumacher. Place mats, yes please! Or, how would it look on a french chair back with exposed frayed edges and nail head trim?

Schumacher Love (part 2)

Schumacher's Chiang Mai Dragon in Alabaster is not a new introduction, but it's definitely a favorite among designers. The rich colors of coral, purple, teal, vibrant greens and saffron are fresh and happy. What do you think about it on this lumbar pillow? It doesn't really matter to me how this fabric is used, I would love it anywhere and in any colorway!

Or for drapery? I love how this fabric shows off a whole other side when casually pleated with the sunlight filtering through the linen. http://www.fschumacher.com/search/ProductDetail.aspx?sku=173273

All photos taken by me.

Flickr finds...

Some Flickr finds for you today...

Schumacher Love (part 1)

When new beautiful fabric comes my way, it's like Christmas morning! Schumacher's Hawthorne Embroidery in Sesame might just be too beautiful for a table runner. Wouldn't it look lovely on a bolster or drapery?
Photos courtesy of moi

Wordless Wednesday


Any home three stories or less can earn the ENERGY STAR label if it has been verified to meet EPA's guidelines.

Energy Star Homes are typically 20-30% more energy efficient than standard homes – why?  Energy Star homes incorporate these eco friendly features:

1. Effective Insulation
2. High-Performance Windows
3. Tight Construction and Ducts
4. Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment
5. Efficient Products
6. Third-Party Verification

The benefits of building an energy efficient home are plenty:

Compared with standard homes, ENERGY STAR homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating-delivering $200 to $400 in annual savings.

Over the average 7 to 8 years you may live in your home, this adds up to thousands of dollars saved on utility bills. Additional savings on maintenance can also be substantial. Financing your home purchase using an energy efficient mortgage can also lead to savings.

Properly installed energy-efficient improvements deliver better protection against cold, heat, drafts, moisture, pollution, and noise. An energy-efficient home helps ensure consistent temperatures between and across rooms, improved indoor air quality, and greater durability.

To date, more than 8,500 home builders have partnered with EPA to construct more than 1 million ENERGY STAR qualified homes. The trend is clear. By choosing a home with the ENERGY STAR label, you can be confident that it will have an increasingly valued feature when the time comes to sell.

Did you know that your home can be a greater source of pollution than your car? In fact, 16 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are generated from the energy used in houses nationwide.

Energy used in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain, and global warming. Simply put, the less energy we use in our homes, the less air pollution we generate.

Source:  energystar.gov

Another summer house....

Here are some beautiful shots of interior stylist Katarina Grunstömers summer house.  As featured in Skona Hem this month, Katarina has been renovating and enlarging this house to perfection since 2002 and has filled it will a great collection of personal pieces....a huge difference from the tiny little house with a loo in the garden!

Old doors!

I am in L O V E with this image. I need a pair of doors identical to these. Aren't they gorge!?

Courtesy: Lisa Luby Ryan for Veranda


Love the maps, love the greige walls, love the Brickmamker's table, love the sea grass rug. What an interesting and meaningful use of maps as wall art.

House Beautiful: Kitchen of the Year by Jeff Lewis of Flipping Out

I'm a big fan of Jeff Lewis on Flipping Out. I couldn't wait to see his design for this year's Kitchen of the Year for House Beautiful. While I L O V E d last year's kitchen by Ina Garten more (which actually inspired an entire house redecoration integrating reclaimed woods and linen fabrics), this year is what we would expect from Jeff Lewis. Sleek, Stylish and Handsome. Licht im Raum chandelier.
The first thing that caught my eye is the wine shelf wall divider.
Nothing is overlooked. Here, I love his masculine napkin fold with a centerpiece of succulents.
"If you overbuild the cabinets, I think it makes it seem claustrophobic," says Jeff Lewis. "Open shelves or glass doors on the uppers and lowers really help a space look better."
"It's a contemporary kitchen, the most contemporary kitchen so far for Kitchen of the Year," says Jeff Lewis. "It's definitely California modern. It has a tremendous amount of glass and natural light. We put in as many doors and windows as possible."
More in the upcoming October issue of House Beautiful which I eagerly await!

Summer retreats

Oooh I just love Saturdays....sleeping til late, long leisurely breakfast and plenty of fresh coffee....mmmm.  I am also dreaming about my eventual summer retreat and wondering where it might be....

Here is some some of my inspiration - a simple, primitive and beautiful cabin on the Danish island of Zealand (no running water or computers...) where the owners can really escape their hectic lives and get back to nature (featured in Elle Decoration UK this month).

.....and a beautiful wooden cottage by the sea, not far from Copenhagen...in the woods or by the sea?....hmm decisions, decisions.....


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