tortoise shell patterns are commonly seen in jewelry and eyewear, like these yummy specks from warby parker in sea smoke tortoise. but there's plenty of love to go around in the design world too.
while i think an installation of authentic shells on a wall is pretty, something about it gives me the creeps. i've bought real shells for clients before, but i seriously cringe when i touch them. i definitely prefer faux here.
i'm sure you remember when nate berkus came out with these lacquered tortoise shell versions for target a few years ago. i bought the ivory option and just recently hung it in my guest bathroom...
i'm swooning over this gold version from zgallerie. three of these on a wall, yes please.
or these cool napkin rings, also from zgallerie, love both the gold and silver!
another nate berkus goodie from target
drooling over these vintage tables on 1stdibs
the curvy lines of this mirror seem more masculine in this finish
plaster shells mixed with lucite bases are a modern way to do the trend.
have you ever seen tortoise tile? it's a first for me too!
i may have to get one of these for my iPhone when my kate spade cover wears out. which might be sooner rather than later if i don't quit dropping it!
and i love tortoise in fashion, check these out...
i'm in love with the minaudieres that are trending now, this one especially...
what about you? how do you do the tortoise trend? do you prefer real or faux?
design swell. live well.
i'm very excited to be heading to the beach monday. it's a much needed break from the chaos that is work and the end-of-year school activities. it's nice to just focus on being with my family and getting a little sun pool-side while i'm at it.
i wanted to share a few pieces that evoke thoughts of summer to me. some with a light, airy feeling that would be completely stunning in a variety of settings. take a look...
these sculptural pieces are sure to add interest to a room, contact us to place an order!
design swell. live well.
upholstered headboards are all the rage these days, and with good reason. you can have practically ANY shape imaginable, with nailheads or without, tufted or smooth, wings or wingless, i could go on...
however, sometimes, i like to try and do something different and break out of the headboard monotony. i've been contacted by several people on houzz.com asking where i got my bamboo headboards that are in my guest room. i'm happy to tell them, they're vintage and then i go about explaining how they might find their own treasures. so today, i'm going to blog about the wonderful option of faux bamboo chippendale style headboards. whether you buy new reproduction or vintage and have it lacquered like i did, i promise you, you will NOT be sorry.
up first, two stunning options from david francis furniture, via one kings lane.
this greek key/faux bamboo combination is to die for! i'd have to lacquer it in a color, orange perhaps or maybe kelly green? these next two are courtesy of ebay. they always have tons of options available.
i LOVE this beauty from palm beach regency, definitely check out their site for lots of hollywood regency goodies!
i would definitely change the color of this, but isn't that fretwork gorgeous? this is available from circa who? another great online resource for chippendale pieces.
while researching for this post, i came across a set of twin headboards on ebay that are IDENTICAL to mine. at $299 for the PAIR, they're a definite steal! get them here!
that's just a small sampling of what's out there. i make my regular rounds searching craig's list, etsy, ebay, and local shops always on the look out for these finds. they are one-of-a-kind pieces that can bring tons of character to your home.
design swell! live well!
i've been so busy, i almost forgot to share a preview of this project, our install is next week! better late than never i suppose...
i've been working with the fiery's on multiple spaces in their new-build. they're a young couple, recently married and were ready to leave behind their cramped dilworth condo. after an initial meeting, it was clear they wanted a neutral palette with very small pops of color. i chose these elements as the jumping off point. are you drooling over these lamps too, yeah i thought so...
the look we are after is classic with some modern elements. hmm... what's more classic than this stark antelope yumminess??? it will make the perfect first impression.
i love this carpet so much, i'm getting some for my own house, in the gray version.
so with that little preview, let's take a tour through the design boards, starting at the front porch...
i'm so looking forward to the install next week, it's going to look amazing! i think this is the most neutral design i've done, and i think it's stunning! design swell. live well.
my latest install is complete and after waiting for the lagging coffee table, we were finally able to photograph the finished space last week!
to recap on the project ... my client's kelly & phil contacted me a few months ago ready to start their second project with me- an overhaul of their great room. I was game and remembered the space quite clearly, red sofa's and the same paint color that was in their master bedroom before I got my hands on it... they wanted to get rid of everything and start fresh with comfortable seating and a modernized look in general. kelly was over the 'mcdonald's color scheme' and the couple both wanted a space to reflect their fun personalities, and a place where they could hang out and have people over. they also wanted the project completed in time for the Wells Fargo Tourny... no problem, minus that missing coffee table :)
let's see how it turned out!!
i'm loving the details...
I love the way this space turned out, the end result is a fresh, airy & clutter free space that the couple can enjoy for many years to come!
design is a way of life.