New to Me: Red Quilt Wallcovering

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This photo in the June 2017 edition of Country Living magazine caught my eye:

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Country Living magazine June 2017, p. 27.

“Quilted wallcovering. Create a warm welcome with this unique spin on an accent wall.”

It seems to be from a bathroom or a half bath with a red wooden dresser repurposed as a vanity, plus a red and dark brown wood-frame mirror set against a coordinating red, black and white quilt. By all appearances, the quilt is permanently attached to the wall.

Wow, what a wonderful look. The mirror on top of the pieced multicolor quilt is too busy for my taste, but I really like how striking the wall is and how well the space is pulled together.

A comparable look would be relatively easy to achieve with paint and a stencil, if you don’t want to use a quilt or are worried about the longevity of textiles as a wallcovering.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Colors: A Blue, White and Grey Kitchen

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Architect Liza Breeze was hired to transform a dated townhouse in Fitzroy North, Melbourne, Australia, and she most definitely delivered. My favorite picture from the project is below:

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Architect Liza Breeze. Styling: Tamara Maynes, photo: Caitlin Mills.

That’s such a LOVELY blue! The lines are a hint too modern for me, but I do love the color combo – blue with a bit of grey in it, white, grey marble plus a dash of black. And a Smeg fridge for the Red Dwarf fans out there… 🙂

Kudos! More photos on Lisa Breeze’s website.

Found via Desire to Inspire.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Discoveries: Event Space Kitchen That Draws the Eye Up

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This new-to-me kitchen in Espacio Nueva Carolina, an event space, photography studio and co-working space in Madrid, first caught my eye because of the bold floor and wall tile, but there’s actually much more going on.

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Espacio Nueva Carolina, via Desire to Inspire.

While the colors are not my favorites and the modern lines of the kitchen cabinetry are a little too austere for my taste, the space is really impressive and dramatic. The floor-to-ceiling curtains draw the eye up to the skylight, and the hanging plants draw further attention to the handsome ceiling recess.

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Espacio Nueva Carolina, via Desire to Inspire.

The continuation of the same material from the floor by way of the backsplash all the way to the ceiling makes the feature wall even more effective and reinforces the upwards theme. Very nice.

The space was designed by Sara Uriarte of Cordero Atelier. Found via Desire to Inspire; visit the site for more photos.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Spotted Online: Life-Sized Boba Fett Wall Decal

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I had to share this in honor of the U.S. opening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Nicole Balch used a life-sized Boba Fett wall decal to finish off her son’s Star Wars -themed room, and the results are fantastic.

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Nicole Balch at Making It Lovely.

Kudos! Visit Nicole’s blog for the full details.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Discoveries: Kitchen with Moroccan-Inspired Elements

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It’s two weeks till Thanksgiving here in the U.S., and I’m thinking kitchen thoughts. Not food, but the kitchen as a space, for I still have a few adjustments to make in our kitchen.

While browsing for ideas, I came across a kitchen with Moroccan-inspired elements:

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Meg Van Lith, via Design*Sponge.

It’s from the home of Meg and Doug Van Lith and family in Phoenix, AZ.

I love wood and plants, and although the wood tones here are darker than what I prefer, the result creates such an inviting kitchen. Although ceiling-height tile backsplashes can feel cold and clinical, that’s not the case this time; the warm tones in the rest of the space counteract the backsplash. Also, the tile pattern carefully coordinates with the lighting over the island, and the open shelving and plants soften the strict black and white color scheme. Clearly Meg knows what she’s doing. It would be a pleasure to live in that house!

Also, I LOVE that they’re using their dining table for other everyday activities too, such as puzzle building. For me, a home isn’t a home if it’s too precious.

Visit the Design*Sponge article for more photos of the gorgeous Van Lith home.

Alas, as beautiful as this kitchen is, it doesn’t solve my current problem. Oh well, what a delightful excuse to browse more! 🙂

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Close Quarters: Celestial Bookstore Ceilings

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Twitter has certainly delivered its share of beauty to my door this week. First, through Atlas Obscura, I found this breathtaking bookstore interior:

 

The store is called Albertine and it’s in Upper East Side on Manhattan, New York, NY. Here is a view of the celestial diagram from directly underneath:

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Albertine bookstore by Bartelstone; via Atlas Obscura.

(Visit the Atlas Obscura’s website for more photos!)

Then, quite by accident, I ran into a beautiful star-embroidered dress on the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology Twitter account:

The dress almost looks like it was designed to complement the room. Also, it seems to be from the same period as the Valentino fall winter 2015-2016 collection that I blogged about. The colorways and the simple lines are certainly similar.

Thank you, serendipity, for delivering to me this gorgeous pairing!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Close Quarters: Colorful Kitchen Backsplash from Unique Tiles

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Oh, this is brilliant! The ceramic backsplash built from hexagonal tiles is from the home of Finnish ceramic artist Heini Riitahuhta and of her own making from beginning to end.

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Design Heini Riitahuhta; photo by Jaanis Kerkis / Gloria.

The backsplash took 343 unique tiles (plus scraps for the edges). They are mostly prototypes and other test pieces for techniques or colors from Riitahuhta’s past works.

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Design Heini Riitahuhta; photo by Jaanis Kerkis / Gloria.

Via Gloria.

It’s not quite a pure ombre, but there’s enough of a graduating effect from one hue to another to be arresting and interesting. Love it!

Although, if I’m entirely honest, I’d never want this exact backsplash in my kitchen because I really hate cleaning grout. It would probably be easy to achieve a similar effect with a stencil and paint, though; no grout lines involved. 🙂

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Close Quarters: Floral Print Sofa with Geometric Rug

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Incorporating colors, especially strong colors, into interiors can be intimidating. Add to that floral pattern, and the task might seem insurmountable.

Not so for Melbourne-based interior designer Camilla Molders. She creates contemporary rooms with plenty of color, clean-lined and elegant furniture, and lush textiles and rugs. In her Prahran Flowerhouse project, what might otherwise been a grandmotherly floral print sofa instead becomes luxurious, almost throne-like.

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Prahran Flowerhouse. Camilla Molders Design.

The neutral walls and curtains allow the furnishings and rug to stand out. The repetition of flowers in the upholstery as well as wall art is very clever – prominent but not overdone. The geometric rug is the perfect antidote to the flowers, and brings the saccharine factor down immediately despite its unapologetically strong reds and fuchsias. And did you notice that the sofa legs are painted a matching color?

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Prahran Flowerhouse. Camilla Molders Design.

It’s really impressive how well Ms. Molders has matched the colors in the rug with those of the sofa upholstery. The room wouldn’t work nearly as well if they didn’t coordinate so perfectly.

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Prahran Flowerhouse. Camilla Molders Design.

I don’t think the rug could ever come home with me, but that sofa is looking more and more appealing. And I might have to try the trick of repeating the same motif in textiles and art in a room – very effective.

Found via Desire to Inspire.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Potential for DIY Knockoff: Dragon Mosaics

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Did you see the listing for the almost unbelievably ornate, wizard-esque custom house that’s been making rounds on the Internet? (Here it is on Zillow; found via Little Things.) This single-family house in Ashland, Oregon, is huge, HUGE – almost 9,000 square feet (about 825 square meters) – and has hand-carved woodwork, river-rock accents, sculpted banisters that look like trees, cloud-shaped windows and other organic designs, to name a few features.

Just look at the entry:

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Via Zillow.

Wow. Clearly a lot of effort and skill went into building it. My favorite is the fireplace with two entwined mosaic dragons:

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Via Zillow.

While most of the house’s custom work is out of reach for regular people with regular salaries, dragon mosaics might not be so far-fetched. Among the many gorgeous examples I found online is this glass mosaic of a dragon’s head by jocarra on DeviantArt

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jocarra at DeviantArt.

…and this dragon mosaic by Lynn of SiriusMosaics, posted on Flickr, also made of glass:

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Lynn at Flickr.

And this ceramic dragon by Greensam17 on DeviantArt has a bit of the same shape as the Ashland custom house dragons:

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Greensam17 at DeviantArt.

Even if it’s smaller than the fireplace dragons, it shows you how you could achieve a similar effect on your own. I even found detailed directions of how to make your own dragon mosaic on StormTheCastle.com.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Back to School with a Harry Potter Theme

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Reddit user 86thdj shared their wife’s classroom, which she decorated with a Harry Potter theme. And it’s magical!

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Reddit User 86thdj on Imgur.

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Reddit User 86thdj on Imgur.

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Reddit User 86thdj on Imgur.

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Reddit User 86thdj on Imgur.

Make sure you see the rest of the photos on Imgur.

I just love the 9 ¾ door and the flying envelopes – very low effort but big impact. And that’s not all – first of all, every student will get their Hogwarts letter, and, later in the year, the kids will be quizzed and sorted into houses. The discussion on Reddit also touches on the kind of teaching that this room is meant for, so it should be helpful for other teachers.

Looks like it will be a lot of fun both for the teacher and the kids! I can’t but echo one of the commenters – “So awesome!! Keep being amazing!!”

Cross-posted from Co-Geeking.