Thursday, January 28, 2010

Designer of the day: Brad Ford

I have been so busy job searching lately that I have barely found the time to write on my blog. Even when I have had the extra time, the last thing I have wanted to do is stare at my computer screen! However, I must admit reading blogs and finding inspiring ideas and new interiors does provide some sort of relaxation for me. On my search for some great new inspiring designers to share with you, I came across Brad Ford, his interiors are soft warm and elegant. Not only that, Brad has been featured as one of "10 New Designers to Watch" in both New York Spaces Magazine and in New York Magazine, and he was also named one of America’s Top Young Designers by House Beautiful. He was recently featured in the The New York Times for a room he designed for Hamptons Cottages & Garden‘s 2007 Idea House and was just recognized as one of the Rising Stars of Interior Design by the International Furnishings and Design Association. Here are some snippets of his work. (oh and I just love the colours in the bedroom above)








You can check out more of Brad Ford's work here.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Designer of the day: Ryan Brown

I just came across this article in the L.A. Times about Interior designer, Ryan Brown and his LA home. Ryan's house is absolutely beautiful. I love the way he incorporates bold prints with soft natural elements, dark flooring and masculine colours.







You can check out some more of his work here.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Designer of the Day: Amanda Nisbet.

I have decided start a new feature called Designer of the Day, where I post about the designers that I love. I will try and post as regularly as I can to keep you inspired. Today I will start with Amanda Nisbet. Amanda created her interior design firm based in New York in 1998 and has had her work featured in many reputable magazines like Elle Decor, House and Garden and House Beautiful. I love Amanda's use of colour and texture, she makes me want to start using more vibrant colours throughout my home. Amanda's work is also very warm, inviting and comfortable. Here is a peak of some of her portfolio. You can also check out more of her work at her website.











Monday, January 4, 2010

A peak inside my home!

One of my favorite things to do is to look inside ordinary peoples homes for inspiration. I also love looking through magazines for ideas but I also think its nice to see an un-styled inexpensive home. After all most people don't have thousands of dollars to make a home beautiful and sometimes the most clever ideas come from unexpected places. There are many things that I would change in my home if I could and it is definitely a work in progress, but you just have to play with the things that you have got. Anyway here is what I have done with my home :)

 I just bought this seagrass rug for my living room and I absolutely love it. I think it is very versatile and would fit in in any home or with any style. My cushions are from one of my favorite homeware stores Country Road.

 My bookshelf is from Ikea, it was very cheap in comparison to other bookshelves and I love the way you can play around and arrange things differently depending on your mood.

 Here is a closer look at my cushions!



 This is my guest bedroom. The stripes were already on the wall when we moved in so I have had to try and find things to complement them. Most of this furniture is old bits and pieces that I have thrown together for this room. For example the bedside tables were old pine ones that I have re-painted and put new handles on them.


 This is the master bedroom where I lay my head at night :). I must admit I do change the bedding around a lot depending on my mood, season or just because. For me its a cheap way to re-do and refresh the room.

 The prints didnt show up very well in these pics, but they are frames with blue fabric with a flower print on them from Ikea. This way you can keep the frames but change the artwork as you please.

Hope you enjoy xx
(please don't use these pictures without my permission or do the right thing and link them back to my blog. Thanks)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Thom Filicia's new website.

I have loved Thom Filicia's work for a while now, so as you can imagine I was very excited to find out that he has a new website. His new work is amazing and you can really see how Thom has progressed. Anyway here is a peak at some of his newer work and you can also go to his website to check out some of the older stuff.

I love the way Thom mixes the furniture, colours and patterns in this room. The side tables dont match but they still look great.

I love sitting areas. They remind me of lazy relaxing days reading a book. Plus, how great are these orange chairs.





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