The image of this bed from Anthropologie has been on my computer desktop for weeks. I love how the simple, wood design lends itself to all kinds of decorating styles. Here’s the first of three possibilities-
#1. Classic Country
Painted plank walls are a nice backdrop for the bed. Add a quilt on the bed or maybe hang it up behind the headboard. Accessories include the 19th century portrait (ebay), two candles sconce, vintage rug and antique chair.
Note– I’m currently gathering ideas for our master bedroom.
Old Salem, North Carolina
(Photo- Martha Browne)
Person- I met Barbara a year ago through our mutual love of donkeys. Here she is with Jasmine who enjoys having her ears rubbed.
Place- We’re in the homestretch on our kitchen renovation. And thank goodness. Because after months of having the room torn up, living in mountains of dust and finding a black rat snake curled up on the ironing board, we are ready to be done.
Thing(s)- Apple season has officially begun.
(Photos- Martha Browne)
A series of images where the fireplace takes center stage.
#5. Leave it to designer Bill Blass to paint an old fireplace creamy white and surround it with his unique collection of mirrors. One large pitcher fills the firebox.
(Photo- House & Garden Magazine?)
Update 10/07- The new owners of Blass’s home made quite a few changes but left the guestroom fireplace alone. They kept the white (just made it a bright white) and the accessories are still minimal and striking. A drawing by Konstantin Kakanias rests on the mantle along side two pieces of pottery. The child’s chair is 18th century American.
(Photo- Oberto Gili for Vogue Magazine)
#17. Cooking- ‘The Art Of Simple Food‘ by Alice Waters, 2007.
” I love cooking and eating with friends; I think that’s why I started a restaurant. I give more thought and consideration to the menu and the evening when I’m cooking for guests, whether it is a special occasion such as a birthday party or holiday feast or just a casual gathering of close friends. I try to plan a menu that I think will please and is fitting to the occasion, but, just as important, one that is not too complicated and difficult to prepare. I want to enjoy myself and I want my guests to feel relaxed…”
Oh la la! Classic French Le Creuset’s cookware in matte black sold only through Crate & Barrel.
#14. Decorating- ‘Kitchenalia‘ By Vinny Lee, 2014
“…Even the most modern and metropolitan city you will find kitchens styled to give the appearance of being in the depths of the country, somewhere far removed from the sirens of police cars and ambulances, and the bustle of the sidewalk.
This type of kitchen encapsulates a relaxed and easy-going lifestyle and features subtle washes of nature-inspired colors. Basketwork, wood, and copper are all ingredients that will help to create the look, and for the Kitchenalia country kitchen vintage and traditional elements are important.
The country kitchen is designed to be used. It is a place to cook, preserve and bottle, where bowls are licked and the smell of fresh bread tempts people in. It is at heart a family space…”