Monday, September 26, 2016

Early American Colonial interiors that we could still live in today

I grew up in an 18th century farmhouse, and we just went to Annapolis yesterday, so I was feeling inspired to look up some colonial interiors.  Here are some gorgeous examples of colonial exteriors and colonial interiors.  Some are authentic and others were renovated or new builds made to capture the colonial aesthetic.

I love this color palette.  It's quiet but rich at the same time. The wide plank flooring is also amazing.

A classic colonial home. 

The wainscoting, wide plank floors are gorgeous in this Pennsylvania museum house.

This house has a modern look due to the clean lines and monochrome palette even though it's early American!
via Pinterest via Amazon: Early American Country Interiors

An 18th century NJ farmhouse with a red dutch door.  It was for sale last year but was snatched up pretty quickly.

This home along the Hudson was renovated.  Reclaimed wood planks are the flooring, and hand-hewn beams with plaster fill in are the ceiling.


I think what's so appealing to me about colonial interiors is that it harks back to simpler life.  No cords, TVs, phones beeping, etc.  I imagine that life was no piece of cake for early Americans though.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Modern Rustic Inspiration

Growing up on a farm, I feel at home in a rustic interior.  That being said, I also like interiors that are uncluttered and have very clean lines.  One doesn't easily find a straight line in nature, so in my eyes blending straight, clean lines with natural organic elements is an art form.  Here are some interiors that I think perfectly blend modern with rustic.

Yes. Dark hardwood floors.  Tons of natural light. Textured wide wood plank ceilings. Sliding barn doors. YES.

via Pinterest via Tidbits and Twine

I think this is Meg Ryan's kitchen.  Love all of the white and wooden beams.
via DecorPad

You can also successfully incorporate bright colors in a neutral palette.  I'd personally use the brights as accents or pops of color.
via Home Adore

Man oh man.  I'd be getting dirty A LOT just to spend more time in this bathroom.  Pepple tile on the floor, copper tub, wide wood plank walls, exposed brick....!!
via Pinterest via BlogLovin

This bedroom is styled to the hilt but I'm a sucker for a pretty bed.  The headboard brings in texture and an organic sensibility, while the window casings and moldings create a tailored look.

via Pinterest via HomeEdit

Are my stables just outside to the right?  That's what I'd expect if this were my foyer. Exposed wood beams, stone floors, a mirrored wall..that amazing neutral and monochrome oriental rug!!
via DecorPad

Tired of the same old wainscoting and paint and wallpaper?  Consider shiplap or wood plank walls for a unique and rustic look.  The straight diagonals, verticals, and horizontals keep this hall and staircase crisp and clean.
via Pinterest via Decoist

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

St. Bart's house tour: cool, crisp Caribbean style.

This house tour will have you packing your bags.  It is the home of Keld Mikkelson of Day Birger et Mikkelson and his wife Marianne Brandi.  In full disclosure I'd never heard of them, but if their clothing and accessories line are like they're home, I'm sure I'd be a fan.  The home is adorned in sleek blacks and pure whites, along with natural textures and elements to reflect the beautiful island they live on.

I collected these images from two different stories, which is why the photos look different and the rooms are sometimes styled differently.

What do you think of the ladder as book display?

I really like the geometric black and white rugs.  They work in any and every room in the home.

The gallery wall helps make the space more inviting.

The ceiling is amazing.

I love the black and white bedding too, and the nightstands.

Love the bathroom! It's what drew me to the house.  That antique chest contrasting with the white tile is amazing.

So jealous.


This home is gorgeous!

What do you think?  Who wants to chip in with me and buy a home on St. Bart's???
images via K & Co. and Live Journal

Monday, September 19, 2016

Beautiful rooms that are eclectic, artisan, and bohemian

 I know we see this look around a lot now, but I can't help it - I love it.  White kitchen, oriental rug, and clean hardware.  Jealous.

I think this would make a great guest room.  The amazing plank ceiling, antique bed, and pretty textiles hanging from the ceiling.

How fantastic are the bones of this room?  From the moldings to the amazing tile floors it looks like a work of art!

Love all the textures and objects that  look like they were found on fun adventures.

What a cool space to spend rainy afternoon reading.  I think this is actually a girl's room though!
All images above via Loombrand

Another room with amazing bones.  One day I hope to have a home with windows like that!
via In My Interior</span>

Thursday, September 15, 2016

We're loving Greek Revival - see why

Of all the "fancy" styles, Greek Revival is probably my favorite.  Granted, it's more of an architectural style than an interior decorating style.  I like that while it's grand, it can also feel very intimate through the use of sumptuous fabrics,  furniture with gorgeous lines, and pattern.

Greek revival is also heavy on moulding, hardwood floors, and well-crafted architectural details, all of which I love.

Natural elements - the green walls and sisal and jute, mixed with formal moulding and casings, are a hallmark of Greek Revival style.
via Pinterest via Elle Decor

Love the Mediterranean blue on the walls.

Pinterest via Elle Decor

Colors in Greek Revival tend to be more neutral or washed out since Greek temples have faded interiors, but you'll also find bright colors that are inspired by nature.

via Veranda

Those chartreuse drapes with the sisal rug? LOVE.
via Pinterest via Traditional Home

Notice the baseboards and the door casing - so Greek Revival. The old wide plank hardwood floors don't hurt either!

It's not uncommon to see painted floors in Greek Revival too, though windows are usually kept simple and drapery is ornate.  I can see why they wanted to keep these windows though!

via Veranda

Are you loving Greek Revival?


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