I live for a good wallpaper. Especially in a powder room or bathroom. I'm planning on wallpapering the powder room on the first floor of the house. They are great places do something dramatic and fun. They are like little jewels boxes where you can play with color and pattern and lighting. Usually only guests see it so why not go for a wow moment.
Here are a few on my Pinterest Board…
Obviously there is a theme here. Dark, moody, with lots of brass.
Here are some of the papers I have narrowed down from the millions of beautiful options. Seriously, wallpaper is bringing it these days.
So now that things are in gear with the new house, I have to get my game face on and start figuring out what this place is going to look like. How I want it to feel. It makes me excited and super anxious at the same time. We have a fast completion time, we hope to be in by end of August/early September. I'll obviously post actual photos of the house as it comes along, but now it's just a dirt pile and no one really wants to see that.
BUT I have pretty much nailed down the dining room. Again, it makes me excited and super anxious at the same time. This baby is going dark green. With a wall of built-in bookcases. And black cane chairs with velvet leopard seats. And a crystal chandelier. It's bringing the drama with a capital D.
Here are my inspiration images….
I have been obsessed with Tory Burch's living room since I saw it in House Beautiful a few years ago. I love how her blue and white porcelain sings against those green walls. I think my little collection of blue and white (obviously not Ming, because, well, I'm not Tory Burch) will be right at home in a green dining room.
The dining room at Mount Vernon. Martha had great taste.
And here is the design board I put together.
The marble floor is a maybe. It would be a continuation from the entry. The pattern is pretty straightforward, it's just 12x12 white tiles and 6x6 black tiles laid out in a semi checkerboard. I don't know…too much marble? Should I just go wood like the rest of the downstairs and throw in a badass rug? Is there such a thing as too much marble? Do I even have enough in the budget to do it? Is this too many questions?
Happy 2015 everyone! I'll just cover all the bases...I hope all of you had a fantastic Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years. Last time I left off we were on our way to Europe. Well, that happened. Unfortunately London didn't happen (stuff about tube threats and general terrorism things kept us away. Remember all that?)... but Paris did. And it delivered. The weather was amazing 90% of the time, we ate A LOT, we walked A LOT, we drank A LOT of wine, we rode bikes through the streets which was surprisingly not deadly. I won't bore you with a huge blog post about the ins and outs of the whole thing, so here are some photos. Because that's all people care about anyway.
The last few photos are from Chateau Fontainebleau which was flat out amazing. Unlike Versailles, this whole place is furnished and all the fabrics and rugs are either exact reproductions or the original thing. Napolean's pattern mixing was on point. The photos can't do it justice. Just go see it.
Oh, and we have broken ground on the house! Plans are being finished and retaining walls are being built…you know, the fun stuff.
They are everywhere. And pretty much the one thing you need to buy this fall. I am really close to scooping up the Zara number below. I hate stuffing sweaters into the sleeves of a coat, which is why I love this style. The hottest ticket this year is the Burberry version that SJP is modeling below. I came up with a few that are a little more wallet friendly. Get it on, ladies.
I'm already obsessing about the lighting in the new house. Truth be told, I've been looking at lighting options since the beginning of the summer. Because there are millions of things and I have to see every last one. Because I'm thorough insane. And lighting is very, very important. In the last house we built, the lighting budget was teeny tiny. Because, well, we had to make room for more important things like walls and toilets. But this time I get to make a few rather awesome lighting decisions. Here are a few that are on my short list…