Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jul 28, 2008 | 10 Comments | Category: Color, Decorating, Design Inspiration, Trends

I have always been drawn to geometric fabrics and wall-coverings, especially in seemingly traditional spaces.  I call this a “graphic punch.”  Repetition, symmetry, contrast or a very specific color scheme are the elements that make a graphic room successful.

Kelly Wearstler is in my opinion the modern day master of said “graphic punch.”

{above pictures via Elements of Style}

However, before Kelly, David Hicks and Alan Campbell were creating textiles that are still readily used (and knocked off) today…

Suzanne Kasler uses the very popular, (and graphic) greek key motif on a bench at the foot of her four poster bed.

Jonathan Adler looooves him some geometric prints (his Bargello pillows are fun and bright).

I love how the black/white greek key fabric makes this otherwise serene room, “pop.”

Ruthie Sommers used a green/white geometric print on two chairs in this cheerful Living Room.  If you are willing to commit to such a print on something other than a pillow, small-scale chairs are perfect for experimentation.

I used Kravet’s “Diamante” in this bathroom.

Geometric wall-coverings are not for the faint of heart, but I love them!  This Beacon Hill apartment meshes traditional furniture with a bold but neutral geometric wallpaper.

Glass and Steel Desks

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jul 24, 2008 | 6 Comments | Category: Furniture, Home Office

I have a weakness for glass/steel desks.

This desk resides in the perfect nook in our Bedroom (please excuse the photo – I really don’t like the composition, but I’m too lazy to take another pic – it’s been one of those days).

Wright Desk from Pottery Barn $699

This piece is fairly large could also be a great table!

Emily’s blogged about this one before from WS Home

I was perusing the West Elm website after I spotted the bar tray table on I Suwannee

and found these little jewels…

I really like this one, I just wish it was bigger.

I love butterflies (but not in a Mariah Carey kind of way). These prints are cheap and chic.

Not bad for a sofa from West Elm….great for a small space.

Almost everyone ends up inheriting at least one antique from your mom’s-mom’s-great aunt’s-cousin twice removed that you are less than enthused about. I love this picture from Apartment Therapy because it shows a very traditional (probably stained in a former life) piece painted cream with a fun wallpaper behind the shelves. This is by no means a new concept, but I really like the pink and orange faux bois wallpaper for a super funky twist.

After reading Things That Inspire’s fabulous sunburst mirror post I fell in love with the work of Phoebe Howard and her husband, Jim. This bedroom as seen on their website has inspired me to re-create the canopy in my own Master Bedroom. Be sure to check out Phoebe’s portfolio, there are some amazing spaces!

Jayson Home and Garden is having a pretty decent sale…here are my favorite furniture picks:

“Celeste” Settee $1299

“Clinton” Chair $850 – I really, really, like this chair in person.

“Gertrude” Chair, a steal at $499

“Miles” standout sectional $2999

“Sadie” sofa $1799, LOVE IT, almost makes me rethink this sofa I plan on ordering very soon (I really want a slipcovered sofa).

“Landau” sofa $1799, again LOVE IT, sooooo tempting!!! Not helping the whole inner dialogue I’ve been having with myself and anyone else that will listen: light colored slipcover vs. dark brown or pewter velvet…

That’s why I’ve been missing…I just got back from vacation with my husband, his parents, and brother. We were all over the Caribbean, and I must say, my favorite spot was Trunk Bay in St. John (see above photo). It felt so “Swiss Family Robinson.”

(Bryce and I at dinner on our trip)

Whenever I shop the sales racks, discount stores, outlets, or even the “chain” design stores, I often have to ask myself, friends, or mother/mother-in-law, “is this classy or trashy?” I came to that predicament last night when I saw this zebra rug at Z Gallerie. I am often a victim of, “it’s $169!?! Yes, I’ll take it!” I have gotten burned many a times buying something simply because it was on sale or a great deal and ended up with something I don’t looooove only wanting to replace it with something better in a month. So, everyone, is this rug classy or trashy? Should I hold out for the stenciled cowhide? Or should I be proud that (even though I eat steak) no animals were harmed in making this rug? My justification is that it would be perfect for a future kids’ room, and even though I’ve loved zebra rugs since I was 13, I may get very tired of them as they have now officially saturated the market.

As seen on the Z Gallerie website….

As seen the “Dining Room” of our Apartment…