Monday, September 30, 2013

Sun Rooms

If I ever end up with one of those less than beautiful "sun room" things


This is totally my style.

Beautiful Sun Room....



Winter is setting in, these are great sun room ideas for you to consider and don't forget to accessorize .

As Long As I Shall Live



This is a beautiful sun room that I imagine with all of our big plants living happily ever after-Mother's favorite











Love the idea of the Chandelier in the sunroom.  Probably even more beautiful at night.



I need a friendly woodcarver to make these chairs.


Love the carved wood chairs. Also, love this particular design.

We are personally adding a sun room and just had fun looking at all of my decorating options.

Friday, September 27, 2013

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Studio Seilern Architects . WAN house



Doe Run Estate



Modern Luxury shower ♥






outdoor tub






XTEN Architecture


The real outdoor bath



Sextantio Grotte della Civita bathroom | Welcome Beyond


Bathe


No explanations needed for this post, I hope you enjoyed the experience of imagining bathing in these lovely settings and designs.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Patios/Garden Escapes

renovated yard


The owners of this Venice, California, home needed places to eat and to relax in their renovated yard. A floating bench and a fire bowl, created from a colored concrete planter, make up the new living space. Blue bamboo helps screen the dining area.

A nap on this ship-shaped daybed, inspired by a Chinese boat, may just feel like a journey across the ocean. It turns a simple backyard corner into a perfect lounging spot.

A nap on this ship-shaped daybed, inspired by a Chinese boat, may just feel like a journey across the ocean. It turns a simple backyard corner into a perfect lounging spot.

This traditional porch near Palmetto Beach, South Carolina, employs coastal-style architecture to give this new home old Southern charm with shutters that reach all the way to the ceiling. The folding shutters can be opened to let in light and air or closed for more privacy. The slats can be adjusted to let air circulate.

This traditional porch near Palmetto Beach, South Carolina, employs coastal-style architecture to give this new home old Southern charm with shutters that reach all the way to the ceiling. The folding shutters can be opened to let in light and air or closed for more privacy. The slats can be adjusted to let air circulate.

A large stone fireplace is the centerpiece to this screened porch that sits in a wood cabin along Lake Michigan. Fire logs are nestled in a silver drink tub next to a slipcovered ottoman with a floral and fruity pattern. Vaulted wooden ceiling beams are juxtaposed with a striped awning and a shapely light fixture.

A large stone fireplace is the centerpiece to this screened porch that sits in a wood cabin along Lake Michigan. Fire logs are nestled in a silver drink tub next to a slipcovered ottoman with a floral and fruity pattern.

Garden Lounge Chairs

Two lounge chairs and a fountain make this patio a great place to hang out with friends or take a nap. The lounge chairs are upholstered with chocolate brown fabric, which can stand up to outdoor conditions and easily hide stains.

Casual Courtyard

Just outside this home's kitchen is a patio for casual meals. Paved with saltillo tile, it overlooks the courtyard, with its cooling custom-designed fountain


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ambiance Lighting







Back to art deco and again with musical inspiration, this time through the dramatic pipe organ. Brubeck fixture is an instant classic sculptural design.


Merely mention the name Coltrane and you will feel a deep connection with innovation and the expressive music in Jazz. Taking these powerful connections created by John Coltrane our designers have created a monumental design that will withstand time. With 3 iron tubes, it makes a magical and smooth lighting effect for architectural environments as well as home environments.


To illuminate a space can create atmosphere or ruin the whole interior decoration, no matter how carefully color, style and furniture are chosen; lighting can bring a room together or make a room uninviting, unappealing and non-functional. There are three categories of lighting: General, Task, and Accent or Ambient, a room should blend all types of lighting for optimal use and style.
Accent lighting, as the one above serve to bring attention to a particular object, highlighting a collection, art and architecture and in this particular case the color for the shade of the lamp was also chosen to relate to a beautiful bunch of violets, below the explosion of mimosa; this type of illumination can soften the mood or brighten dark corners. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Luxury Decor





























If you enjoyed looking at this preview of luxury home decor items more can be found at this link

Open and Airy Rooms



In Venice, Calif., this living and dining area opens up on three sides: to the lap pool on the west with sliding glass doors; to the north courtyard with pocketing glass doors and to the south garden and guest house through pivoting metal doors.



Architect Scott Joyce designs a chic Hollywood Hills home with an entire rear facade consisting of glass walls that accordion open to create seamless outdoor/indoor living room.



A unique Palm Springs home features a white living room designed by Luis Ortega. The interior contains a mix of contemporary materials and natural elements, playing homage to American modernism.



Architect Max Strang designs an outdoor living room with a panoramic 360-degree view. Featuring "ipe" wood floors, an amazing ceiling of rusted industrial steel and furnishings from Bali, the space feels like a high-style tree house.



This Malibu great room with its eye-catching smooth stucco fireplace has a wall of bi-fold doors, which open to make the indoor and outdoor spaces feel like one. The glass-tiled pool is surrounded by a teak deck featuring a concrete BBQ and Viking appliances.



In Newport Beach, designer Mark Cutler creates a room that was designed to make the most of its waterfront location and enjoy a cottage-like feeling with a European flair.



Architect David Hertz designs an amazing glass-walled beachfront home in Venice, Calif., with an incredible roll-down window that opens the living room completely up to the outdoors.



Designer Mark Cutler creates a loggia at a Beverly Hills estate featuring an outdoor living and dining area in yellows and greens inspired by a Tuscan villa.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Dining Styles



Informal dining room, the skirted table can be used for a buffet style
dinner as well!!



Living/Dining open concept, great style for apartments or media rooms.



This french country  dining room takes a cue from an old French farmhouse, with a beautiful French Directoire chandelier as the focal point.



This Greenwich, CT, dining room designed by Markham Roberts makes a strong case for symmetry: The table and Gustavian chandelier are centered directly on the fireplace, and a pair of English Regency-style cabinets with Japanese lacquered panels flank it.



Designed by Betsy Burnham, this modern dining room features an eccentric yet artful collection of Nymphenburg porcelain figures. The upholstered chairs are from Artistic Frame.



This dining room, designed by Paolo Moschino, feels European, with walls painted in a custom white botanical chinoiserie pattern and the ceiling dominated by a 19th-century French bronze and crystal chandelier.



Designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber, this dining room features Louis XIII-style chairs, which add sumptuousness to the dining room. He chose the stained bamboo table by Dominic Gasparoly for its strong, quiet form. The Calder-inspired mobile is from Mondo Cane.





Monday, September 2, 2013

Entertaining/Summer Salads from Southern Living

Berry Delicious Summer Salad Recipes

Berry Delicious Summer Salad

Sweet, juicy blueberries are the stars of this quick-toss salad, but it’s equally good (and even more colorful) served with a mix of summer berries. Creamy gorgonzola cheese and walnuts complement the perfect mix of leafy greens. Pair with grilled beef, pork, or chicken for a simple but elegant menu that’s easy enough to serve anytime.


  • Recipe: Berry Delicious Summer Salad

  • Cha-Cha Chicken Salad

    Cha-Cha Chicken Salad

    Shaped in a cake pan and trimmed with a festive border of fresh herbs and berries, Cha-Cha Chicken Salad doubles as a quick and easy centerpiece for summer entertaining. Serve it as a luncheon entrée or as an appetizer with assorted crackers and sliced breads.


  • Recipe: Cha-Cha Chicken Salad


  • Potato Cobb Salad

    Potato Cobb Salad

    Instead of being tossed together in a bowl, the ingredients for this colorful side salad are arranged on a platter. The potatoes can be cooked and marinated overnight – ready to assemble just before serving.


  • Recipe: Potato Cobb Salad

  • Lemon-Basil Shrimp Salad

    Lemon-Basil Shrimp Salad

    Fresh basil and lemon zest add a summery twist to our favorite marinated shrimp. Easy-to-make Parmesan cheese baskets double as crisp and stylish serving dishes.


  • Recipe: Lemon-Basil Shrimp Salad


  • Fresh Pesto Pasta Salad

    Fresh Pesto Pasta Salad

    Toss chopped fresh basil, toasted pine nuts, and Parmesan cheese with still-warm pasta shells and a flavorful garlic vinaigrette – and you’ve got the perfect side dish for a summer sandwich.


  • Recipe: Fresh Pesto Pasta Salad


  • Lemon-Tarragon Chicken Salad

    Lemon-Tarragon Chicken Salad

    A make-ahead recipe for great chicken salad is like money in the bank when it comes to easy entertaining – and this is one the best. A wreath of pencil-thin green beans creates a simple but striking garnish.


  • Recipe: Lemon-Tarragon Chicken Salad

  • Spinach-Chopped Grape Salad

    Spinach-Chopped Grape Salad

    Chopped salads are all the rage. The fact that this irresistible combo is super healthy and light is just an added bonus. Turn it into an entrée by topping with grilled flank steak or steamed shrimp.


  • Recipe: Spinach-Chopped Grape Salad


  • Layered Cornbread and Turkey Salad

    Layered Cornbread and Turkey Salad

    Served in glass Mason jars, this all-in-one salad is perfect picnic fare. Look for Mason jars in the canning section of supermarkets and discount stores, or order online from http://www.canningpantry.com/.


  • Recipe: Layered Cornbread and Turkey Salad

  • Cranberry-Nectarine Salad

    Cranberry-Nectarine Salad

    Tossed with blue cheese, walnuts, and toasted ramen noodles this crisp green salad is the perfect partner for anything grilled.