Feeling Inspired – Anna Burke Interiors

I hate to admit it but my design inspiration has been running low lately.  Perhaps because we are bombarded with images from online mags to Instagram that designs can start to feel redundant.  As we are inundated with constant access to designers work, originality dissipates far too soon; an indigo batik pillow becomes ho hum, a black room seems typical, etc.

I stumbled across the work of Anna Burke Interiors yesterday and it felt fresh to me.  She is traditional with a twist and oh so fun!  She collects interesting vintage pieces and mixes them with bespoke furniture for a look that doesn’t feel formulaic.

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Funny story – when I first saw this image (above), I fell in love with the sofa and I thought to myself, “one day, I’m going to own that sofa” And then I looked up the source.  Ummmm, I already own that sofa in pretty much the same color: it’s Jonathan Adler.  #mommybrain  Mine is covered in spit up and needs to be restuffed so that could be why I didn’t make the connection.

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My home (above) image by Liz Perryman

Back to Anna –

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What really got me inspired was Anna’s Instagram feed which I’m clueless on how to pull photos from.  I could get you this one image.  But, I encourage you to follow her here.

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Anyone been inspiring you lately?

April 13, 2015 at 5:05 AM 3 comments

One Room Challenge – Gone Country

I’ve got an update on the one room challenge, where I’m making over a guest bedroom in the country.

As a reminder, here’s the plan I showed to my client this past week.

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The feedback is in people. The big issue came with the headboard.  My client doesn’t like tufting and well you can’t really get around that.  She also didn’t feel that a tufted headboard belonged in the country.  I loved the look and the big shot of green so I tried to push my headboard choice by showing my client the kelly green fabric swatch that went so fabulously with the stems of the flowers.  I also upped the country vibe by switching the blue pillows out to ruffled pillows to see if that would help.

Nah.  She was almost convinced but not fully there.  So, it was time for a new bed.  As luck would have it the very most perfect four post bed came onto Craigslist as I was searching high and low for the correct alternative.  And here she is…

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Yes, the discontinued Edland bed in a beautiful yellow pine.  Now that bed will do just fine in the country, city or the suburbs.  Speaking of the burbs, I was 99% ready to hoard my find for my own suburban home.  But, I passed it along to my client and she was on board!  And we are moving forward!!  We officially have a bed!

Other feedback was that she liked the spindle wood side table but not the round side table.

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I was fine with that.  The round side table wasn’t a complete love for me but rather something that I thought went well with its mate.  When doing bedside tables that are different, I think it’s important that they are similar heights and widths to pull it off.  So, for now, I’ve got some hunting to do.

Overall, my client was very pleased with the design and loved the bedding, which is the most important part.  We’re getting places!!

I’m just celebrating my luck with the Edland bed.  I mean check out this old Blueprint pic for inspiration…

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PS – remember Blueprint Mag?  It was the best!

Next week, I’m headed over to build the bed and to start to bring the room together.

Please go check out the other participants, here.

April 9, 2015 at 5:05 AM 3 comments

Easter Recap

I’ll tell you, we almost threw in the towel at the eleventh hour on hosting Easter.  When we found out it was going to be raining on Easter, we were super bummed.  Ever since we moved in last May, we couldn’t wait to host Easter under the Wisteria in our backyard.  Emphasis – backyard. In fact, just two days before Easter the garden seemed to taunt me in all it’s best colors with the sun blazing down…

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The outdoor table that Graham built fits 13 people.  But none of us 13 people wanted to eat lunch in the rain.  Our dining room table easily sits six and you can squeeze in 8.  So we just had to make it work…

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Good thing I have quite the collection of chairs over the years.

And if we couldn’t have lunch out in the garden, well then I was determined to bring the garden indoors, dammit.

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I went hog wild at the floral shop and our house smells heavenly at the moment.  Don’t you wish your home could always be filled with fresh flowers?

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I’m so happy that we didn’t pass on the baton and skip out of hosting.  It worked wonderfully to host it indoors.  There is nothing like family to make them all happily cram in together.

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The kids braved the rain and went outside to check out what the Easter bunny left behind.

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The Easter bunny also had baskets with goodies for the girls to dive into as soon as they woke up.

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I relished the opportunity to put my sweet girls into dresses.

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Graham and I attempted to get shots with ourselves with the girls, which is always a process.

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In the end, the sun did come out to greet the late afternoon and all the cousins got to run around outside together.  Rain or shine, it was a glorious day spent with those we love so dearly.

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I hope that your weekend was equally as bright.

 

April 6, 2015 at 5:36 AM 6 comments

One Room Challenge: Country Bedroom

Alright, I’m going to give Linda’s brilliant idea to decorate a room in six weeks another shot!  It feels like yesterday I completed my mom’s pool house for the last one room challenge; you can see the final reveal here:

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And yet here I am again going to give this whole world wind decorating thing another go.  I have missed the action of completing a room in one fell swoop.

This time, my lovely subject is a small bedroom in a 100 year old Victorian home in the country. I’ve already got a bit of a One Room Challenge fail as I don’t have pics of the room for you today.  You see the room is actually quite a drive for me and I can’t seem to find my pics from when I was last there.  I promise you will be getting the before photos of the room in the next couple of weeks.

For now we’ll let your imagination take over, picture this – a blank slate – cream walls, two rather large windows with beautiful matchstick blinds that look out onto a picturesque garden, a peaceful morning light shines brightly through the windows right onto a queen bed that is sitting on a metal frame, in desperate need of a spruce up.

The room needs some country loving.  So here we goooo….

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What the room needs is a headboard, bedding, bedside tables, art and bedside lamps.  I fell hard for that duvet which is from Ikea of all places and so I built the design around that.  I have presented my plan but of course there always is tweaking that needs to be done.  Next week I’ll be back with the feedback and what was changed.

Please go cheer on the other linking participants here.

 

April 2, 2015 at 5:19 AM 8 comments

No Naps Till Purple

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As of now, Josie’s favorite color is purple.  I realize that this can change about as often as her rapidly growing body adds on another couple of inches.  But sometimes I think to myself what if she comes to me requesting a purple room in about five years.  Is this something I should “worry about” now?  God no.  But it does make for good blog material.

I find purple to be a tough color to work with and in a little girl’s room all I can think about is Disney Princess.  Yuck.

Here is purple done right in a girl’s room.

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Going with sophisticated fabrics and lighter color palette – more lavender than grape seems to do the trick.

If Josie were to come to me tomorrow and say that she would withhold all of her naps until I designed a purple room for her, this is what I would do

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Okay, now I really want this room to come to fruition.  Any takers on putting this exact room into action?

March 26, 2015 at 5:59 AM 6 comments

Whimsical Delight

If ever a case needed to be made for the importance of vintage, look no further than Celerie Kemble’s Dominican Republic home.  Have you seen it?

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Those dining room chairs are ridiculously good.  It’s a home filled with whimsy, perfectly fit for Celerie, Boykin, Rascal, Wick and Zinnia.

March 23, 2015 at 5:07 AM 1 comment

Tablescaping Again

I’m a tablescaping phene lately.  Call it boredom, call it my creativity outlet, call it my way of procrastinating chores, whatever it is, I can’t stop putting together tables.  Ha!  Ridiculous but true.

We’re hosting Graham’s family for Easter and I’ve got the table on my mind.  Yesterday during nap time, I sat by our table and pondered exactly what I would do.  There were quite a few times when I was tempted to grab my phone for pinterest but I’d like this to come out of my very own brain. That being said, I’m sure it’s been done before.  Oh internet.

Now that I have my table set up in my mind, I thought I’d share pretty images from Pinterest in case any of you are looking for ideas.

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These images have got my mind spinning even more.  So much beautiful inspiration.  One thing I know for sure is that the moss runner I used for Graham’s table will be reused; it’s just so easter.

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I’ll post pics after Easter.

March 20, 2015 at 5:32 AM 3 comments

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