Posts by Victoria Smith
With summertime on the horizon, freshen up your space to compliment the warm flower scented breeze that will soon be floating in through your windows. A mix of antique and modern pops of color come together to create this bedroom oasis – just in time to welcome your family and friends into your home for a visit or two.
Get this look: 1. Start at the top – this antique brass chandelier brings a mid-century modern touch to kick off your space. 2. A sleigh bed like this one in antique mahogany is an excellent piece that can work with any trend. 3. Classic hotel style bedding keeps everything sleek and clean. 4. These Z Gallerie pillows provide great accent patterns to keep things fun. 5. The Harriet Clear Glass lamp is a versatile to brighten your room. 6, 7 & 9. A framed vintage print and glacier blue flower vases add layers and interest to the elegant demilune nightstand. 8. Hang a few rattan placemats to create your own art and add texture to your walls. 10. This red and ivory hand woven rug finishes off the look with a classic yet contemporary bold pop of color.
Springtime is here and part of coming out of winter hibernation includes having friends over for an afternoon of catching up and chatting. This sitting area is perfect for lounging with your circle of gal pals with fun pillows and glasses of lavender lemonade in hand. The pops of color and eclectic, vintage-inspired touches turn this area into a vibrant gathering space, making everyone able to relax and a laugh off a less than perfect week — what are good friends for?
Get this look: 1. A quality piece like this Chippendale dining table from Mahogany House Furniture is key. 2. These bright, patterned pillows from dwell studio are the perfect cheery accents. 3. This Helmes Wing Chair is a classic that can work in any home. 4. Add a few of these pretty pink Krokett Ikea glasses to the table to enjoy your afternoon sips. 5. This Ebony King Palm Frond specimen is both a keepsake and conversation starter. 6. This St. Germain folding chair evokes a french sitting room while also being storable for space efficiency. 7. This candy pink parisian love seat offers both a focal point and cozy seat to complete the look!
I’ve always wanted my very own craft area — someplace like this where everything thing I needed was right in front of me, ready to use and organized to perfection. Using the back of a closet door is a brilliant re-use of a space that generally goes unused. A missed opportunity for that dream craft area just waiting to happen, and without spending a lot of money. Here’s a few ideas to pull it all together.
Here’s some good basics to get you organized: 1. The Container Store has great options to create the core of your organized space – from over the door hanging units, to decked-out gift stations like this one to simple Elfa Wall Rack systems. 2. Ribbon Dispenser Boxes are a clean and simple way to keep all your ribbons from tangling. 3. Wrap empty tins in pretty papers for simple storage containers for small crafting items, such as buttons, rulers, scissors, pens & colored pencils. 4. Pegboard from your local hardware store is another great option and you can make it colorful by painting it any color you like to match your decor, and it’s perfect for hanging tools and craft supplies. 5. Berry baskets are cute too – great for holding tools like hole-punches and small scissors, yarn etc. 6. Vintage-inspired glass jars are great for organizing small craft supplies – and see-thru so you can easily find what you’re looking for.
I love the look of this vintage-inspired bedroom – the use of bold color paired with great pattern and the traditional bones of the room make for an interesting and eye-catching twist. Add a vintage family portrait, or even more fun hang a flea-market find and make up your own story about it. Dressing up a new or thrifted chandelier adds a bit of whimsy, too. Soft cosy touches make it perfect for a guest room where you can really capture your imagination, get as creative as you like and make the room welcoming for any house guests you’ve got coming.
get this cozy guest room look: 1. how about a vintage visitor sign as a reminder for the guest room. 2. have lots of cosy quilts on hand to keep guests warm – this pinwheel quilt from serena & lily is bright and cheerful; 3. hang a found vintage portrait — tell them it’s your great auntie anne, the matriarch of the family who made world famous pies known throughout the county; 4. a few decorative ikat pillows make the space even more homey; 5. add pretty touches like this vase from anthropologie and be sure and add some fresh flowers; 6. i like these striped curtains mixed with all this pattern for some unexpected window treatments; 7. don’t forget the candle votives too. nothing warms up a room like candlelight; 8. pottery barn’s camilla chandelier is a pretty option for lighting up your guest room, and keeping it soft and romantic.
One of my all-time favorite films is The Devil Wears Prada. Not only was it hysterically funny, the film showed great style inspiration throughout. Not just because it was all about Vogue and the fashion magazine industry, but because the set design was equally as fashionable as what they wore on their backs. Here’s how to get the look of a pretty but polished, high-powered fashion editor’s office right at home, inspired by The Devil Wears Prada.
Images: 1. Pottery Barn’s Eleanor Frameless Mirrors; 2. Vogue Print of Cecil Beaton’s photograph of Audrey Hepburn from the Condé Nast Collection. 3. West Elm’s Mirrored Parson’s Desk; 4. White Cotton Brushed Nickel Finish Swing Arm Desk Lamp from Lamps Plus; 5. Cherner® Upholstered Task Chair from Design Within Reach; 6. Vogue January 1950 Cover Print from the Condé Nast Collection; 7. And, always a fresh bouquet of white roses. But, of course!
• Photo © TM and2006 Twentieth Century Fox.