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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Beautiful Doors Around the World

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One of our favorite things to look for on Pinterest are beautiful and interesting doors. From ancient carved wooden versions to very contemporary steel and glass models, doors are an element that makes a huge design impact and set the tone for what awaits inside a home and add instant curb appeal. Here is smattering of a few standouts; check out our entire collection of favorites on our Pinterest Board, The Doors.

Ornately carved doors – Thailand knows how to get it right.

When Art Noveau design reigned in Paris, intricate designs didn’t stop on the door itself but continued around the surround and integrated the entry into the rest of the building’s facade. I love this building connects to and has a bit of fun with classical style while pushing avant-garde limits.

Photo by Bruno Morandi

While Moroccan doors can be incredibly ornate, this one is now more about color and the simple arched shape. Of course it does show the decorative value that can be achieved with hardware, even when it’s painted over.

Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha for the Los Angeles Times

1972 L.A. had some pretty cool doors – these have a sunburst pattern and are bronze.  bronze, sunburst-patterned front door is original to the house.

By Cambuild (Perth, Australia)

This door punctuates the modern facade with shocking red color, making the point of entrance clear and welcoming, then surprising with the way it pivots open.

Wondering what to do with your existing door that may be a little Plain Jane compared to some of these? It’s incredible what some paint and creativity can do. Why not go for an oversized lion’s head ring doorknocker? Or shock your neighbors with a bold color?

Photo by flickr member Yashvé Pérez

I’m not saying you have to go Pepto pink, but the charm of this door (and bike-as-accent) in Dublin can’t be denied.

Are you considering going brazen with your front door? Please tell us about it in the comments section.

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Friday, March 29th, 2013

Enjoy Bright Color Inspired by Easter Eggs

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via PAAS on Pinterest

For lots of folks, this will be a big weekend of hunting for hidden eggs, kids posing with big bunnies, chowing down on peeps and chocolate and brunch with family friends. Whether you celebrate Easter or not, it’s a great time to consider the holiday’s signature color palette. After all (if you’re not currently buried in snow), you may be seeing yellow daffodils, purple crocuses (croci? it’s been awhile since Latin class) and pink tulips emerging from underground bulbs and blooming. Easter egg hues fit right in.

OFFI Tiki Stools

Perhaps some classic PAAS egg dye can inspire the color palette of a playroom? A Tiki Stool in every color around a play table will add vibrance to playroom.

Easter also means lots of Peeps! Get the recipe for this crazy Peep Cake over at marshmallowpeeps.com

OFFI My Pet Lamp Dachshund

These playful pet lamps come in Dachshund, Piggy, Pup, Siamese and TerriBear in yellow, hot pink, blue, orange, green and white.

Jonas Damon Alarm Dock for iPhone 5

Wake up to your favorite tunes and some bold Easter egg color with this stylish alarm clock. It made me do a double-take; check out the way the iPhone fits into the dock and becomes the clock’s face!

Kartell’s La Marie Chairs

Kartells La Marie Chairs have modern lines and are crafted of a contemporary material, but their bright colors are playful and fun.

We love this room full of brightly colored classic mid-century modern furniture from Knoll

Finally, you could go super-literal all year long with the Fauna Bunny Pillow inPink on Natural. This little guy will cheer up any nursery glider, bedscape or sofa.

Happy Easter Everyone!

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Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Thinking Pink

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I am not one of those women who gets all giddy about pink and then pretend that makes me girly. However, pops of pink done right have been catching my eye lately. I don’t want to involve tutus or a tiara, but a recent viewing of Steel Magnolias has me thinking about bashful and blush. Here are some great uses of pink:

Last week I was cruising the fabulous tackiness that is Route 28 on Cape Cod and stopped by Jenny Boston. I love the way they made their cute black and white store stand out with a few simple and obnoxious fuchsia accents. It kind of fits their style; it’s like Jackie O or Kate Spade on a budget with some obnoxiousness added in (in a good way; if Kenneth Jay Lane and Trina Turk had a baby, it would be Jenny Boston).

I hadn’t thought about pink and purple since the early ’80s, but this gorgeous flower arrangement that Saidos da Concha posted to our Fresh New Spaces Group on Flickr. Please come on by and share any shots of your home!

A few months ago I was lucky enough to attend a really fun wedding in Puerto Rico. The only thing better than the fun look of this cupcake cake was waking up to the box with two pieces in it someone had packed up and stuck in my hands the night before!

Finally, more electric orange and geranium pink grabbed my attention on the streets of Collioure, France. I’m definitely going to have to have some fun with more pink and orange around my house. What do you think about pink?

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

A Trip to Maine, Baby Robins and a Thomas Paul Rug

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I just picked up a Thomas Paul Robin rug in powder and cream and I could not be more thrilled (I’m also super-psyched about my new plaid Sperry Topsiders, but that’s a whole other story):

While I’ll laugh myself silly over Portlandia‘s “Put a Bird On It,” I still love birds on things. I’m up at our family place in Maine, and upon arrival, we were greeted by a nest full of robin’s eggs (the marine lanterns were my great grandfather’s and we had them turned into the porch lights). You can see the back of the nest cascadng down the side here; I’m too short too get a good shot!

I climbed up on a stepladder to get a peek at the baby birds when I saw that their mom was busy crapping on my parents’ black car again:

Obviously, a robin feeding her baby on a rug was an appropriate choice for the bedroom I use. This is the room the kiddos in the family also use when they are up here, so I originally decorated it around a favorite bright Fairfield Porter poster from The Farnsworth Museum. We’d been needing an area rug for three years now, but I like to wait until I find the perfect thing:

Here’s a peek at some of the little deets, like Mr. Lobster and a fun throw pillow from Mainer Angela Adams:

A wooden boat picked up at an antique store and a Seth Thomas clock that’s been here since before I was born.

A hint at the lobstering harbor view; it’s pretty gray today, but the sea is right beyond that deck railing:

Here’s a little more Maine color eye-candy:

If you’ve never been to mid-coast Maine, I cannot recommend it enough. Just be sure to come with an appetite for lobsters and arm yourself witha lot of bug repellent.

Click here to buy your own Robin rug

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Friday, May 11th, 2012

What We’re Clicking This Week

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What are you clicking this week? My colleague Janet shared this video with me and now I’m dreaming of treehouses and visiting Whistler.

I’m also dreaming about fantastic topiaries, because The Aestate rounded up a fantastic group of them. Also, I watched a whodunit show this week where the culprit was a topiary gardener, SPOILER ALERT! I think it was on Bones. Anyway, here’s a favorite from her collection:

What to you think of this list of the top 10 world’s ugliest buildings? I agree with most of them, but I actually like the pixel building, even if it is a bit gimmicky.

Do you subscribe to Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle newsletter, GOOP? I totally dig it, and this week’s feature on Food Hero Seamus Mullen has me dreaming of chowing down on some shellfish this summer. Just curious – what do you think of GOOP?

What are you pinning this week? I haven’t had a spare second to Pinterest much this week, but I did find my pal Leah Hennen’s amazing Indigo Board and now it’s the only hue on my mind. It’s making my beige walls bum me out, in fact, so know that might happen if you have beige walls and you happen to check it out.

Note: In trying to track down the credit for this image, I ran into a dead end, so if you happen to recognize where it originated and who the photographer was, please let me know in the comments section so that I can add it.

What caught your eye online this week? Please share a link with us in the comments section. Have a great weekend everyone!

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