This week I'm taking a much needed break at the beach with my family.
And one thing I brought with me, that several of us have enjoyed, are my stacks of interiors magazines. I rarely used to fall behind on them, but my work consumes so much of my life these days that by the time I get home I'm ready for bed.
One 30 min. virtual interior design consultation w/ Carla Aston, all done via email.
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It's been so much fun to have them out on the table to peruse at my leisure - and, really, just to have leisure at all!
There's just nothing quite like flipping through a glossy magazine chock-full of beautiful images. I’ll study each detail, read the commentary by the designers (I love their personal takes on their own projects), and look at the full scope of a project all at one time, as opposed to seeing them divided up on Pinterest. The experience is as different as the enjoyment of a full, gourmet meal in comparison to the tease you get from only having a single, tasty bite.
If you want to really learn about how designers think, how they solve problems, how they come up with ideas... get the magazines. They do an excellent job of exposing the goals, challenges and solutions of a project.
Below are some of my most recent favorite features:
First of all, I'm partial to this article because this home is pure Texas. But. on top of that, it's a fantastic renovation!
The remarkable transformation modernizes the kitchen, yet still retains its Texas style. I love the open shelves painted to match the wall so that her white dishes make a crisp, yet homey, display. The island remodel is a standout with its antique corbels at the ceiling that make the two existing columns purposeful and picturesque.
A neutral color palette serves as a nice backdrop for graphic black and white touches. I love the simple and straightforward design of this country home.
This is a unique, simple and rustic bathroom with some special touches.
I love the smoothness of the shower wall tile next to the texture of the pebbles and rustic wood. The dark ceiling gives the space a bit of edginess, and the small tub used as a sink is a great find. Check out that soap dish - I think injecting a little personality in any space is fun and makes a home more meaningful.
This bathroom just has rustic farmhouse written all over it. How fun!
Even though this home is extremely clean-lined and modern in design, the use of natural, textural materials gives it a very welcoming feel.
I love the Texas limestone walls, horizontal wood grained panels, and the wood grid work that creates patterns of light on the solid surfaces.
It fits in beautifully with its surroundings and never detracts from the views.
Simple design at its best.