Corners of My Home, Part I

3 Apr

One of my favorite design blogs is design for mankind. And one of my favorite features is the monthly inspiration e-zine that Erin puts out, which you should download immediately right here.

It is just that–inspiring! I “read” the new issue (I need a new word here, because really it’s all about the pictures, and you don’t read pictures, and “looked at” isn’t quite getting it either. I need a word for “I drank it with my eyes”– “devoured” comes sort of close I guess; any suggestions?), and it was total eye candy (but again, “candy” sort of conveys cheapness. More like “eye 100% RDA”).

Anyway, I really enjoyed the last two issues, but I especially enjoyed this one because the focus is on inspiring areas in peoples’ homes. As someone who thinks about interior design pretty much constantly, getting a glimpse into the creative spaces of others was a real joy! They were all beautiful , but I wanted to share a few that resonate the most with my own style, listed in the order in which they appeared in the e-zine:

This is in Bethany’s home:

What I love about this are the colors and the layering of pattern on pattern. The glimpse of her ingenious jewelry display in the mirror is great and I love the splash of red in the necklace on the lamp. But I think what makes this photo for me is the way the wall actually appears green fading into yellow. The green really sets off the red in an unexpected way. She is one creative lady…she even has an etsy store.

Here is Bridget Pizzo’s dining area:

She is a photographer and stylist, can you tell? You can see more of her work here. There are several things I love about this photo, starting with the colors again; I just love the way citrusy yellow looks against pale gray, and I love how you see the same colors repeated in the next room. It looks so fresh, airy and spacious. In addition, there appears to be a pug in the distance, and if you ask me, pug=success.

This room is in Rachel Saldana’s house:

I love the color, which she mentions is Bird’s Egg by Benjamin Moore, a color I considered for my last project. It’s the most perfect blue, and the trellis pattern looks great with it and her china. Such a peaceful little corner! You can see more of her work and photographs on her blog.

This is the bedroom of Rachel Stuart-Haas:

Again, I am loving these complementary colors. She said she was trying to evoke the feeling of being underwater, with bright creatures floating by…I think she succeeded, don’t you? Also, it reminds me of a room I had once, with the walls glazed the color of a Dali evening sky…

Here is a corner in Monica’s home:

I love the colors (that pale gray and citrus again, mixed with a little pale blue–yum!) and also the texture. It’s a fabulous arrangement. She mentions in the e-zine that she finds all this amazing stuff in the attic of her house! Lucky girl…:) She has a wonderful blog as well.

Here is a corner in Sandra’s home:

The artwork on the top left is her own; isn’t it great? You can see more of it on her website and her blog, where she has some wonderful photographs, too. I love all of the illustrations she has hanging here. Also, this is the color I would love for my bedroom to be next. So dreamy…both she and Monica live in the North, and there is something about that northern light that makes pale, washy colors like this just glow…I wonder if I can recreate the same effect in southern California?

Going through the e-zine and then visiting everyone’s sites just reminded me that there is so much talent out there! I am constantly amazed by my growing list of “must-read” blogs, and flickr contacts, and all the creativity there is to keep on top of! Actually, it’s not even possible to do that, but it’s fun to try. I really encourage you to check out the work of these girls and every person that you can. This is such a fun community to be involved with and such a fun problem to have–more inspiration than you know what to do with!

I was also inspired to share some of the corners of my own home with you. I thought it would be an exercise in looking at my own home in a new way. Also, we *may* be moving soon, so it’s a way to document some of my favorite little areas. There are several little corners of inspiration that I keep, but since this post is getting really long (if you are still reading it!), I will share just a few at a time over a couple of posts.

First, a little corner in my kitchen.

This is a painting I have been working on (I’m ashamed to say) for about a year and a half! It’s a copy of one of my favorite paintings. I found a little postcard with it in the Pompidou, but could never find a print, so I decided to make my own! I love looking at it; now I just need to make time for some painting so I can finish the thing!

Here is another little area in the kitchen:

I love that little doll; she came from a thrift store in Ocean Beach. And of course flowers are always nice to have around.

I will return Monday with a few more for you! Have a great weekend, everyone!

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5 Responses to “Corners of My Home, Part I”

  1. bitterbetty April 3, 2008 at 9:31 am #

    Thanks Liz!! We have a lot of the same favorites! and I love your doll and flower shot.

  2. Nevis April 3, 2008 at 11:16 am #

    What a lovely post. Beautiful room and thanks for suggesting the site “Design for Mankind” – I’ll definatly give it a read. And I love the dining room picture – wouldn’t have noticed the pug if you hadn’t said anything. I can be remarkably blind at times, aparently…

  3. M&Co April 3, 2008 at 2:14 pm #

    Thank you for your super sweet words on my corner ;-)!! I notice we have exactly the same favorites! 🙂 Love your corners, and we also sharer the same kitchen tiles I belive 😉

  4. pugnotes April 3, 2008 at 5:35 pm #

    Hi Liz!
    Great post! I love your photos of your house the most. Your painting is wonderful and that little doll is precious. What a great find!
    and you are right! there is a pug in that kitchen. you have a great eye! I am looking forward to seeing more pictures from your spaces.
    🙂 Melissa

  5. valerie April 4, 2008 at 12:57 pm #

    hi! thanks for sharing some new blogs to check out… i know what you mean by the endless list of “must-read” blogs… my favorite photo you featured is the bedroom with lanterns. i love her description of them as sea creatures. how cute! laying in bed without my glasses on i could totally pretend they’re sea creatures too! your doll is adorable! i also appreciate your comment and hope you had a nice 30th too! i’ll go check out the design for mankind e-zine now!

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