Brown and Yellow, Eh?

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jan 28, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Bed and Bath, Color

I’m always anxious to see what color pairing will be hot next (like the new grey/yellow).  When I saw this bedroom by Phoebe Howard I wondered if I would ever think to put these two colors together.  I think the repetition of the fabric and the graphic statement made by symmetry and rhythm (to throw out some ol’ elements of design) make this bedroom really work.

Anna Spiro of the very popular, “Absolutely Beautiful Things” blog posted pictures of her personal home back in December and I just had to share! What an amazing talent! Her shop in Brisbane, Black and Spiro, is equal eye candy. For more wonderful photos be sure to visit her blog.

So my husband and I were running errands yesterday and I spot a sign that says, “Henredon Outlet.”  Like a moth to a flame I can’t resist anything with “furniture” and “outlet” in the same breath.  The store closed at 5:00 pm and it was 5:04, but they let me in anyways.  I was just dying of curiosity.  Apparently it opened this past Friday and was stocked with TONS of “excess” and “overflow” merchandise.  The very first thing that greets me is my DREAM Ralph Lauren bachelor chest (retails at almost $10,000) marked down to $3,629.  If only I had a spare $3,700 lying around (oh and they had at least 2)…

Sorry for the lack of photos, I was literally racing through the store, husband in tow, trying to take it all in while attempting to fend off the eager salesmen.

The console is a major statement piece.  I think in the right space it wouldn’t feel as vulgar as it did in a furniture outlet emporium.  Context people, context.  I thought $799 seemed pretty decent, I mean it was massive.

Those were the two pieces I was immediately drawn to.  If you are in Houston and want to check it out visit the store located off Westheimer @ Post Oak across from the Galleria (next to Marshall’s).

I guess this is unofficially bathroom month @ MG, because I just can’t get enough.  I am working on a lot of bathroom designs at the moment and am always looking for new inspiration.  This bathroom designed by Benjamin Dhong for the 2008 San Francisco Decorator Showcase was love at first sight!  Thanks, Desire to Inspire!

All images via Windsor Smith.

Take a video tour of Windsor’s L.A. Home (I love these, thanks Domino).

Little Bath Upgrade

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jan 22, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Bed and Bath, Budget Design

With my contest deadline approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to mention a little upgrade everyone can do in their bathroom to freshen it up a bit. Suzanne Kasler mentioned in House Beautiful this month that she favored Restoration Hardware’s Metal Apothecary Accessories. I love getting new bath accessories, finding just the right set to match your bathroom style is fun (and important). Here are a few of my favorite pics…

Polished Nickel is my favorite choice of finish for plumbing fixtures, so this set from Williams Sonoma home would be perfect in an elegant bath. I like these jars to go with it…

I love having my cotton balls and q-tips in a handy jar, but I don’t want it to feel like a doctor’s office.

Traditional blue and white in a traditional bathroom, of course!

For a modern bath, these Umbra “Crinkle” accessories would add a sculptural quality to the space.

For a minimal space, I like these Resin Bath Accessories from CB2.

I love this Mediterraneo Toothbrush Holder by Alessi.

If you can’t quite swing marble countertops, these accessories according to Gump’s, “evoke the baths of European luxury hotels.”  Sounds good to me!

Williams Sonoma Home Bone China Accessories.

Other great resources for bath accessories are Marshall’s and TJMaxx.

I’ve been meaning to post this Mary McGee ( I LOVE her portfolio) designed Living Room and Bathroom for a while now, so when I stumbled upon it on Desire to Inspire I just couldn’t resist.

Don’t forget to enter my “Ugliest Bathroom” Competition.  I wanna see some good ugly! Deadlines are due the 31st!

I ordered these in navy, and I love them! They are on super sale right now, so get them while they’re still available!

Cheap Find o’ the Day

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jan 14, 2009 | 1 Comment | Category: Budget Design

$59 @ Marshalls/Home Goods

My husband made the comment the other day that me saying that I would never get sick of Greek Key because it’s “classic,” is like him saying he’d never need another t.v. in his life (I recently surprised him with a shiny new one for his birthday) .  How depressing is that?  Do you think blogs *gasp* unintentionally beat certain trends or motifs into the ground?  Is it exciting that nail heads, metallics, and greek key have made their way to Home Goods (and are accessible) or is it simply the beginning of the end?