Bold and Vibrant with Jamie Drake, Eileen Kathryn Boyd, Lynn Morgan and Alex Papachristidis


Last Friday, I'd had quite a week and posted some beautiful, serene, restful rooms that looked like just what I needed for the weekend.  I thought it would be fun today to feature some rooms that instead make me feel energized.  These designers are so skillful with color.  I'm afraid I'm too timid to attempt these color combinations in my house, but it's fun to look!

Alex Papachristidis

Alex Papachristidis

Do you have a favorite here?  I love the scale and the art in the second Jamie Drake photo.  The Lynn Morgan rooms are so clean and fun with all the white and the pops of vibrant color.  I'm crazy for the white, green and orange rug Eileen Kathryn Boyd used.  The Alex Papachristidis room with the leopard fabric and geometric painting is amazing.  Thoughts?  


Michael S. Smith's Kitchen Design Advice


I'm looking forward to the new Michael S. Smith book Kitchens and Baths.  I already have Houses, and Elements of Style.  They're both full of beautiful, inspiring design, and I know his third book will be equally compelling. 

The following interview is from the blog Mouthing Off by the editors of Food and Wine.

What are some easy ways to update your kitchen?
I think paint is the number one thing. If you have a kitchen that can be repainted, you can do that yourself. You can paint the ceiling a beautiful color. It's a bit more work, but if you have a wood floor, you can stain it, either in a pattern or one color. And many stores sell inexpensive hardware that you can install yourself, or you could change out the front of your cabinets.

How do you optimize space in a small kitchen?
Think about what you really need. If you live in an apartment and have a small kitchen, but don't cook that often, maybe refrigerator drawers instead of a whole refrigerator would be best. Make it charming and utilitarian. Like a boat: very efficient with no space left unused.
How do you approach giant kitchens?
Big kitchens tend to be filled with too much. Do you need a huge refrigeration space? I'd rather have a great bookcase with glass doors to store and protect cookbooks. Or a great niche with a sofa and ottoman so someone can hang out and talk with you while you cook.
What's your favorite kitchen trend?
Reusing things: refurbished stoves, old St. Charles cabinets, and lighting being reused. It is great environmentally and it gives the space charm.
What design elements are you obsessed with?
I really am obsessed with countertops. I think there are so many good options. People get into really expensive marbles. There are some pretty and really inexpensive stones, though keep in mind care issues. Butcher blocks can be inexpensive. CaesarStone is impervious to stains and is terrific. In my own kitchen, I have zinc countertops.
What are some kitchen decorating mistakes?
Trying to give your kitchen an entirely different look than the rest of the house—like if you walk into a fairly traditional house and the kitchen is Tuscan-style, and filled with sunflowers. That's wacky. Know what your house is like and what works. The things that come out of the kitchen, the food and conversations and all of those things matter—the look is important and should be attractive and cheerful.

Michael S. Smith from Elle Decor

                                                           Michael S. Smith from Elle Decor

Michael S. Smith from House Beautiful

Michael S. Smith from House Beautiful


Blue and White Monday with Nancy Corzine, Michael S. Smith, Katie Ridder, Todd Romano and Alessandra Branco

Needing Serene -- Rooms by Nancy Corzine, Jan Showers, Kelley Proxmire and Suzanne Kasler


What's the energy level of the room you typically prefer?  Do you like lower or higher contrast rooms?  What about colors?  This has been an unusually hectic week at my house, and I'm wanting a restful weekend.  These beautiful, serene rooms by Nancy Corzine, Jan Showers, Kelley Proxmire and Suzanne Kasler look so calming and inviting.  What about you?  Are you drawn to interiors that are peaceful, or do you want your environment to create lots of energy?


Blue and White Monday - Beautiful Chinoiserie Mural


I love the combination of blue and white.  That's why I begin every week with blue and white images for inspiration.  I ran across the amazing blog The Style Saloniste last week and saw breathtaking pictures of decorative artist Michael Dute's Berlin apartment.  The post is fascinating and the interview about his work is very interesting.  See it here.



Blue and White Monday with Meg Braff, David Lawrence and The Pink Pagoda


Happy Monday -- I hope you had a great weekend!  Here's some beautiful blue and white to start the week.

New from The Pink Pagoda

New from The Pink Pagoda

Blue and White Fine Art Prints from The Pink Pagoda

Be sure to check out The Pink Pagoda Giveaway.

Blue and White Monday with Ashley Whittaker, Meg Braff, Cathy Kincaid, Lynn Morgan, and Michael Taylor


I hope you are having a fabulous Labor Day.  I've linked these incredible designers names to their websites so that you can peruse their gorgeous portfolios.  Enjoy!

Ashley Whittaker via House Beautiful

Meg Braff via House Beautiful

Cathy Kincaid via House Beautiful

Lynn Morgan via House Beautiful

Michael Taylor via House Beautiful



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