Stings Like A Bee

Posted By Jill-LA | Jul 29, 2009 | 15 Comments | Category: Color, Design Inspiration

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Hopefully this summer the only thing you will get stung by are these black + yellow rooms!

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Finding Inspiration

Posted By Jill-LA | Jul 26, 2009 | 10 Comments | Category: Art, Design Inspiration

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I have this thing for design boards.  Must have started from back in the days of design school.  I found it to be the most creative part in putting a presentation together:  flipping thru magazines for pictures, cutting up tear sheets, finding great fabric swatches, paint chips, etc.  So much fun!  (Then came the dreaded presentation – even though I hated getting up in front of the class – I loved seeing my classmates design boards and listening to them explain the thought process.) Still today, I am, of course, pulling together boards for each and every one of my projects.  No longer in design school so the opportunity to view other design boards isn’t as convenient, but FlickR has a group dedicated especially to inspiration boards.  Call it what you will:  inspiration boards, concept boards, mood boards, design boards – many creative people in all aspects of design feature their inspirations in some sort of format.

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This board is by bubbo-tubbo for Decor8.

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Mood board by Daily Inspiration.

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By Petrified in Pink.

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By mel829.

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By Acorn Tree.

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By Paulabirdy.

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By kelly_rose.

I couldn’t feature all the many boards here so if you are ever looking to find inspiration, check out FlickR!





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The W* House

Posted By Jill-LA | Jul 25, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Furniture, Magazines

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Wallpaper* magazine has just launched a new feature for browsing resources called “The W* House.”  You can browse by room or products.  Definitely yet another great tool when on the hunt!  Check it out!

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A Book CAN Change It’s Cover

Posted By Jill-LA | Jul 18, 2009 | 16 Comments | Category: Books, Designers

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An associate of Kelly Wearstler sent me an email this past week with the newly shot cover for her upcoming book “Hue” after seeing the blog post I had written last month featuring the original cover (below).  I was happy to feature the new book cover – which I like a lot more!

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Which cover do you prefer?





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Step by Step

Posted By Jill-LA | Jul 18, 2009 | 6 Comments | Category: Decorating, Design Inspiration

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Stairs, like people, come in all shapes & sizes and can be “dressed” in many ways:

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These dramatically wide steps taper off to a more narrow staircase.  The border of the runner creates a pathway.

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Very graphic railing and I love the black and white contrast.

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Decorative tile work adorn these risers.

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This nature inspired runner “grows” up the stairs.

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Yet another black and white, zebra striped runner and black & white photographs with white floors and black baseboards and railing.

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Stenciling poetic words on your steps gives you something to read on the way up…

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A built-in bookcase conceals the staircase behind and makes good usage of a corridor.

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A contemporary staircase descending from the second floor to the first floor.

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A clear glass partition like this helps make any narrow space feel more open, especially good for compact staircases.

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Another contemporary staircase of steel and cables – love the water fountain under the stairs!

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Very very clever to make drawers out of steps!

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It was the black cat that got my attention – and I bet he loves these stairs!

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Not a flight of stairs I would want to take after a few too many drinks or wearing high heels – narrow, steep,  and uneven – but love the old world feel and painted runner.

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Another hand painted runner – this to match with the front door and entry walls!

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How do you dress your stairs?





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Knock Knock

Posted By Jill-LA | Jul 12, 2009 | 6 Comments | Category: Decorating, Design Inspiration

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Doors.  Let’s face it, we all go thru them day in and day out.  Whether it be the front door, the back door, the office door, the closet door, or even the revolving door (for good or bad).  A door is like “hello” – it’s the first impression one makes.  Why not make it the right impression?

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I love this door (both doors!) – it’s so clean and bright and I love the paneling on the front door with the single digit and the door hardware.


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These closet doors are just beautiful – with the light filtering in and the intricate detail.

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Pretty blue and a nice proportion of glass panes with bottom paneling.

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An easy DIY project for many doors – black, white, and mirrored.

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Another door with detailed paneling and contrasting paint colors.

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Such pretty closet (or linen) doors in this bathroom!

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These cloet doors are painted a fun high gloss kelly green – a good fit for the detail on these doors.

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Painted closet doors with wallpaper(or hand painted?) insets – very pretty.

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Going metallic – doors and ceiling with the walled mirrors.

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Old patina doors with European style doorknob.

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Both the front gate and door entry are Art Deco in architectural style.

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These big wide double doors make me think farmhouse with the x lower paneling and upper glass panes.

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Wallpapering a room?  If it’s the right pattern then it’s great for the back of the door for a seamless look.

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Another wallpapered door – this on a pair of closet doors.

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Mirrored doors like these are great for a small room to expand the space – if you don’t mind all the reflection!

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Intricate wood doors like these can be an eclectic addition to any home.  I have had clients find great doors while traveling and have them imported to be installed as a front door or even a separation of rooms such as in this photograph.

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Last but not least, a beautiful pair of painted doors to adorn this hallway…along with a guard dog for whomever comes knocking!





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I never had a bunk bed growing up, nor did my brother, cousins, or friends…I find the idea intriguing but always feared the stability of them.  However, having a customized or built-in bunk bed made – structurally sound is peace of mind.  Bunk beds are certainly a great space saver and as many of these pictures depict – stylish, thematic, traditional, modern – very creative and inspiring!

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Such a great idea – this appears to be a “great room” that includes bunk beds – whether for guests, a reading nook, or an extra room for kids to sleep – this sure is a multi-purpose room  that is well coordinated.

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These bunk beds are likely store bought but appear to integrate with the rooms and color schemes well.

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What a great use of space for a more narrow pathway – even includes storage and privacy curtains.  Perfect for a vacation retreat for extended family and guests.

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Obviously, very nautical.  The tapered angle reminds me a great deal of  a cabin on a boat or yacht – we have the exact same layout on the forward cabin of my family’s boat.

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A more serene and timeless look with these built-in bunk beds.  The sconces and niches at the head of the beds are a great touch.

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A very clean, modern look of  nice simplicity.

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Another store bought version tucked into a corner with decorative elements which make this room look rich in style.

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A colorful room makes this store bought bunk bed more appealing (I’ve seen many bunk beds online exactly like this one).

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Uniquely designed and it looks as if each “bunk” is a bit more individual in design.

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This room is also one that is serene and timeless.  The bolster pillows and privacy curtains are delicate touches.

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This corner unit certainly doesn’t leave a corner space wasted.  It’s great the windows are there so as to not make it feel to claustrophobic (the eye is drawn to the outside).

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Not that I’ve ever been on a train (or rather, slept on a train) but this reminds me of something you may find on an old- fashioned railway cabin.

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Bright and modern, with coordinating bedding and paint colors – good placement of stripes to play off the bunk bed heights.

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Very charming, perfect for guests or a beach house .

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Definitely a separation of space with the full height wall between the beds.  Great detail for the crown molding and niche shelving built into the wall.  The ladder is built well to access the beds.

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Another nautical feel – this one a bit more eclectic but the bedding and sconces along with the port hole between the beds makes me think sailboat.

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This room was formerly featured in Domino magazine – if I recall, a city apartment.

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Very pretty and chic.

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The next few beds aren’t exactly bunk beds, but what I would call side by side.  These built-ins maximize space where otherwise definitely couldn’t have this many beds in a room without looking awkward.

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If you have a length of a wall to fit in two beds side by side – this is really a great idea.  I once proposed it to a client but she didn’t go for it!





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American Spirit

Posted By Jill-LA | Jul 04, 2009 | No Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Holiday

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

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On Neutral Ground

Posted By Jill-LA | Jul 02, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Color, Design Inspiration

{Inspiring rooms that are neutral, natural, and monochromatic.}

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