Monday, August 31, 2009

Dreaming in Manahattan

This beautiful home belongs to one of my heroes, Woody Allen. This is his Upper East Side home, full of Americana and country love. I am sure each piece in his home is an antique with such an amazing history. I have a deep love for this kind of coziness, and especially done on such a grand and balanced scale. Dreamy.

To Dream, Perchance To Sleep

Right now, I dream of having a gorgeous sleep. I never knew how specific my perfect bedroom would be. What would make me want to climb into a bed, what elements would send me into the Land of Nod and wake me with the fullest most refreshing surrounding, to say, "Welcome to the world!". I collected these images, and found my bedroom. Finally. Here is where I will sleep, and perchance, dream.

This one, is the ONE. The very one. It is perfection to me. It has the exact reading chair, and the dark wood floor is beautiful. The bed itself is large, cozy and simple. A blank canvas to dream, and to wake with limitless possibilities!

This actually exists. Someone lives here. Someone thought of this, and I love them for this kind of limitless creative thinking. This is magical and best of all, it is real.

This is just enough blue... I find blue to be a color I appreciate more in my living space. But this is a good amount of it. I particularly like that this mattress looks like it might be cloud-like. One cloud-like mattress for me, please? Thank you.

Very simple. And the pillows are divine. These are my pillows.

Absolutely a touch of warmth. This is a space I might never leave.

What I like about this, is how soft everything feels to the eye. Very English Cottage. And it isn't overly feminine in it's softness. It feels like a hug. An embrace from your favorite relative. Perhaps this is best as a guest room. But it has elements I like for a master as well.

A bit crisp, but what I do like is the tufted headboard. Tufted headboard equals heaven.

Beautifully soft linens, and very familiar within it's grandeur.

Growing up, I had a white wicker daybed with a mosquito net hanging over it. I miss it very much. And this month, we could have really used it!

Side pieces are important, and, for me, I prefer them to have a largeness. Something that can have several items atop it and still have space. I also appreciate the warmth of this wood.

What I am focusing on in this room is the bed. This is a very perfect bed in every way. The textures are insane. I adore the linen tufted headboard, the white and cream starch linens all topped off with a luscious fur blanket. I also love the coral, which gives the orange a more peaceful feel.

Mmmm.... Tufted headboard.

A very simple room. Full of light and full of harmony.

What I love here is the canopy bed. It is strong, and simple.

Another beautiful canopy bed. And a great sitting space. Full of comfort.

Can you find the tufted headboard? Love the end table like I love pearls, like I love hurricane candle holders, like I love chaise lounges.

Love the mirror. Definitely makes this bedroom a love nest. Although I don't know how much I'd love seeing myself while trying to read! I might want a sheer drape over it as an option as well!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Dreaming in Browns, Blues and Whites

This view is so fresh I can smell it. I would love to run down to that beach!

The Spanish-style villas have always been a dream for me. This staircase is perfect. There is tons of character in this hallway. Lots of Mediterranean flare.

I think what makes this room so great is the light. There is a sense of outdoors even indoors, and yet it's incredibly cozy, fire or no fire!

Absolutely one of my favorite looks. This brown wall, to me, is perfect against the white detail. Absolutely a work of art.

One of my favorite things in the world are lattice windows. This room has a nice mix of cottage feel, and modern coastal. Lovely.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dreaming in Quilt

I have a very select and specific way I want to use quilts in my home. They need to be carefully placed, so as to create a sense of comfort and quaintness but containing the chic and clean setting surrounding it. A quilt is a lovely way to bring color and asymmetry into a room. Finding the right quilt is key for me. And here are some dream examples!

This piece is gorgeous and I have no idea where it came from as I forgot to tag the source. But how perfectly this piece is crafted. How and where do I find you!

What a fantastic use of pattern mixtures here. There are three very distinct textiles, including a red toile. This room is the picture of guest warmth, and the wood is truly the epitomy of warmth. I especially love the long, thin and simple lamp next to the pitcher of white flowers. Lovely.

The couch is not a quilted pattern; however, the textile has the same visual effect as a colorful quilt. The rest of the room is decorated in crisp, muted tones which give calm and a sense of soothing to the energy of the room. The couch adds excitement and familiarity to the room's personality. Love it!

Perfect example of a great quilt pattern. This would look lovely at the edge of a bed, or over a quilt stand in an all-white washed room, right?

Precious for the children's room or the crafting room.

What a lovely blue headboard is this! Found on Wren Design, this room is an interesting inversion of the way most quilts are used. Here the quilt is muted and colorless, while other accents in the room add personality. And a kitty makes this all come together, as always.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Dreaming About Monticeto

I don't know what it is about Montecito. Maybe it's simply the name itself that is dreamy to call home. Or maybe it's the fact that this house exists there. I love the blue shutters against the starch white, and the dusty brown roof tiles. The deep greens and the graveled road make it feel more like France than Cali. This is a grand villa, certainly, but it doesn't have that power-hungry look. This says home to me. This says, "We've made it" to me.

This is very close to dreamy for me. It is understated, humble in its lavishness. The lush plantlife possibilities are endless to compliment the front of this home. Here, they have beaucoup Hostas, but, as I said, the possibilities are endless; far beyond Hostas!

There is so much that can be done with this land! This is mouthwatering yard space! Wisteria is beckoning this place! As is Rhododendron! Really, it seems this yard is well crafted to create a European flavor of horticulture: an overflowing variety of plantlife no doubt is in order here!

Heaven, gone to heaven with this garden space. A little outdoor sanctuary waiting to happen. Sighhhhhh.

Let there be....

Love love love the vaulted ceilings, the all white wood planks. The wood floor, and the LIGHT!
These rooms are delicate, and yet magnifique!

Though this eating space is small and seemingly oddly shaped, it still has much potential. Most importantly, is the FEEL of this space. The view is clearly going to do wonders for a soul. The white wood is a perfect backdrop for French cottage decor. Can anyone say white and khaki toile?