Friday, November 13, 2009

Man Shops Globe

If you haven't seen Man Shops Globe on the Sunday Channel, then you are missing out! Keith Johnson, buyer at large for Anthropologie, travels the world in hopes to find unique and one-of-a-kind pieces (homegoods not clothing) to furnish and distribute in Anthropologie's stores. It is the absolute dream job....traveling the world, visiting off-the-beaten-path decor shops and antique markets, being inspired by the unexpected.

Each episode is focused on a different country. There's India, Belgium, UK, France, South Africa, Turkey, Tunisia and Argentina. It is a great way to travel the world through his eyes, and see what each country offers in beauty and creativity.

One week Keith went to the UK and gave us a peek into the fabulous Blakes Hotel. It is a hotel to the likes of Lady Gaga, and if I had the money I'd stay there too! Each suite is decorated differently by the owner and designer, Anouska Hempel, a very eccentric lady! You are literally transported into a different world in each of her rooms, which is all thought through so carefully down to the nightstand nick-nacks. Here is a taste of a few of the rooms:

my personal fave; doesn't it look so relaxing!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Festive Jewel Tones

Photo courtesy apartment therapy

Changing of seasons brings more than bare trees. It brings a new color palette as well. The interior design industry has been fighting to keep up with the ever changing fashion industry, and will probably never entirely be able to do so, but color palette is one way it can.

Photo courtesy Southern Accents

The holiday season always seems to bring a rich new palette to work with, and this year is no different. I'm sure you have noticed the royal colors around you this season. Think jewel tones: peacock blue, deep amethyst, and rich gold. What could feel more festive.

Photo courtesy stylefiles

Here are some pieces you can buy to update your room from affordable and accessible sources.

Edie chaise lounge in ink blue from urban outfitters

The wave pillow in custard from CB2

Bianca pillow from ZGallerie

Blissliving Casablanca pillow

Thomas Paul Plum and Cream Rug

Some vases for a tabletop or bookshelf from Crate&Barrell

Avalon Sea Frame from Target

Fern Peacock Lamp by Stacy Garcia at Lamps Plus

Amethyst seaweed platter from

Amethyst Quartz formation for your tabletop (source unknown)
(there is a stunning cobalt version at anthro)
Gold Starburst mirror also from Target
(it would amazing against a rich blue or purple wall)
*or any gold statement mirror/frame

Octopus Wallpaper from Anthropologie

Adding a fresh coat of paint to any piece of furniture or hanging window frames would be a cheap and easy way to reinvent an existing piece.

Happy Decorating!

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