The Blog at Lauren Corbyn Interiors

Loving Gilded Side Tables

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on November 30, 2009

These snazzy tables add a little bling to your living area and run the gamut on style: from the most uptight traditional to the waviest gravy of bohemia.  My personal belief is that you could add the twiggy one to a trad space for a little whimsy, or add a more structured table to tighten up a mish-mash of style.

From my boyfriend Jayson (free shipping today!).  (Update: some of the tables I show from Jayson Home and Garden are actually designed by Oly Studio, which I mention later on, though that information isn’t on Jayson’s website.)

These next two have shell tops.

Mixed metals bling from Oly:A trio available in gold:(Okay, technically that’s a cocktail table, not a side table)

And the yummy piece de resistance:

 

Christmas List Thus Far:

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on November 30, 2009

If you’re looking for a Christmas present for me, I’ve added these to my wishlist (emphasis on WISH).

Oh Oly.  How you tempt me.

And a Volvo.  I must be getting old.  For the record, I’d take an XC90 (in black) or the new XC60 (in seville grey).  Just so you know.

Happy Turkey Day

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on November 26, 2009

I’m thankful for you dear readers!  Hope your Thanksgiving is delicious.

Alt Summit

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on November 19, 2009

Have you heard about Alt?  It’s a fabulous opportunity for design bloggers to meet and greet and possibly find a sponsor.  There are going to be excellent speakers (Oh Joy and Design*Sponge, anyone?), excellent snow, and even Sundance!  If there’s anyone in Oklahoma (or elsewhere) who would like me to check it out and report, I’d be more than happy!  Tierra Media Group?  Are you listening?

 

A little more directly from their website: “Altitude Design Summit is the next cool thing. A conference where design-minded folks — bloggers, lifestyle sites and the companies that want to connect with them — get together to network, discuss theory and love on all things design.”

This year’s summit will focus on growing communities, marketing and monetizing. What’s working and what’s not. Plus. There will be world-class skiing. Plus also. There will be a little film festival called Sundance.”

 

I love all of these things.  Though I haven’t skied in ten years.  It could be ugly.

An Argument for Concrete Countertops

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on November 18, 2009

And also an argument for awesome floors and steel windows.  Loooooove those windows!

Gracias to my neighbor to the south, Joni of Cote de Texas.

 

Country Living Style, Yee Haw

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on November 18, 2009

I cannot believe I haven’t posted about this yet!  I recently started receiving Country Living Magazine (likely a subscription substitution after the failing of yet another beautiful magazine) and I am hooked!  Yeah, yeah, I live in Oklahoma.  But generally my style is not “country,” even though I can appreciate appropriate amounts of animal skulls or Navajo blankets.  They simply add interest and texture.  The same can be said for touches of geodes or various antique textiles.  Interest and texture and personality.

 

Well Country Living has shocked me!  It’s homey, but not corny.

 

What really got my designer synapses firing was the beautiful space of Caroline Scheeler.  As a buyer for my fave Jayson Home and Garden, it’s not surprising that Ms. Scheeler’s house is AWESOME..  It’s full of personality, interest, texture and grace.

Hello Wilbur.  Wait, was Wilbur the horse or the human?  I think the horse said “hello Wilbur.”  Right.  Also, designer sidenote: Wilber was an architect.

 

ANYWAY,  more fabulousness:

The low key Country Living allows for actual children to be shown.

 

A secretary turned bar.  As Tim would say: Make it work!

The mudroom makes me wish I had horse ribbons to display.  You can really see her aesthetic in the little vignettes like this.  Sometimes Jayson Home and Garden has these fabulous little oddities, and I wonder what their purpose is.  I mean, I can deal with random things displayed–ie clutter with a purpose–but I don’t know that everyone can.  Clearly Caroline is in my boat with those riding caps.  Unless they’re actually used.  I’m not horsey so I don’t know.

This bedroom makes me think.  I’d never choose a headboard like that, and I’m kind of over zebra rugs, and feel a little saturated with garden stools, but there’s something that I like about this room.  I like the layers and the texture, even if I could never live with the wooly throw.

More of that luscious wall color.  It’s so moody yet livable.  Don’t you think?

Fabulous pine paneling

More white marble in a quaint, little kitchen.  And for the record the paint is Ralph Lauren’s Mercer (check it out here.  I’d also like to see Washington Square and Hudson).

In answer to my curiosities about white marble, Scheeler chose the stone because of it’s perceived weaknesses.  She likes the sense of history that the scratches create.  Interesting!

High Class Country.  High Style Country.  More-Stylish-Than-You’d-Expect Country Living.  These are my working titles for the magazine.

Holy White Marble, Batman!

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on November 12, 2009

It appears I’ve been amassing images with white marble (and a few other types of white surfaces).  I guess the upside to finding a house that needs a bath or kitchen remodel is that I’ll be prepared with ideas.  . . . and prepared to save up my pennies for the good stuff.

Do you have white marble in your house?  What are your thoughts on wear and tear?  I hear wildly conflicting advice.

For your white surface obsession: floors, counters, and walls, oh my!

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marymcdonaldThe above image really inspires me for a big house remodel.  I imagine that the island is smack dab in the middle of where the old kitchen wall used to be.  Such a great way to open up an old, likely dark, galley kitchen.  This idea of opening up a kitchen to the living space does NOT always work.  As I go through real estate listings I’m amazed at how many people knock down walls.  There’s a house in a great area full of similar (quaint, bland?) little ranch style homes.   The owners are touting it as “loft style living.”  I firmly stand behind the fact that you should not attempt “loft style living” while working with a ranch style home.  Knocking down a bunch of walls into one mass space is not always the height of urban glam.  It takes skill and artistry and vision.  I will now step off my soapbox.  Thank you.

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How would you feel about a full length mirror right next to your bathtub?

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Check out those tufted walls!

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Shiny is fabulous, but honed is pretty great too.

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Recently I’ve found several images of kitchens with glass doors at one end.  Beautiful! Fabulous openness and light.

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This seems like it would be slippery. But check out how the tiles were laid on the floor and on the shower wall.  It’s very rorschach-y, no?

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I’m always a fan of real art in the kitchen.

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I’m an equal opportunity lover of both dark and light flooring.

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I have likely mentioned this before, but if you’re thinking of a bath remodel and you’re trying to decide if the cost of a freestanding bath is worth it vs. a bath like the one above, don’t forget to figure in the cost of the surround.

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I’m a sucker for a good subway tile.  In case you missed that.

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So what can we learn from the above images?  White is equally fabulous with white, with color, and super fabulous with black.  White feels clean; it feels glamorous; it can run the gamut from classic to contemporary.

(Images harvested from all the good ones: Apartment Therapy, Elle Decor/Point Click Home, House Beautiful, My Favorite and My Best, Decorno, I Suwannee, Cote de Texas, Suzanne Kasler, Elizabeth Dinkel, and I’m sure someone else I have forgotten)

Best Beds

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on November 9, 2009

So I’ve mentioned before that my bedroom is not attractive.  It’s a jumble of furniture waiting for a better home, waiting for a space organized with a little more intention (like, more than hey that headboard is kind of cute and under $100.  I’ll take it.  Why yes, lovely mother-in-law, I’d LOVE to take that tufted chaise off your hands).  Of course, like a lot of decorators, it’s sometimes hard for me to settle on a style.  Do I want a bedroom that’s dark and cozy or light filled and somehow ethereal?  Glamorous or earthy?

For now my own bedroom aspirations are on hold, until the dream house appears from the ether, and we sign a dotted line.  For now I’m thinking client bedrooms and don’t have to decide which style is perfect for me.  That’s why I love my job.  I get to live out your design dreams, without having to commit, myself.

So I’m thinking beds.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Oly’s Ingrid headboard, shown here in raffia with spaced nail heads.  I’m a sucker for a good nailhead trim.

This has made the rounds on plenty of blogs and magazines, nonetheless it’s a great looking bed.  Anthropologie’s Italian campaign canopy bed.

Another lovely Anthro find.  Hello driftwood and nubby grey linen.  Yes please.  Anthropologie Darby Headboard.

You say you want something a little softer?  How about

Williams-Sonoma Home Gramercy Bed.  Upholsterable in many a fabric, and yes quite tailored.

Picture 10Because we wouldn’t be complete without some cozy tufting.  From Neiman Marcus.

 

 

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FYI

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on November 3, 2009

Should you run into me this fall, it is highly likely this is what I will be wearing (plus some organic gold earrings and a simple, tiny chain with a bit of sparkle).

American Apparel v-neck

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Gap (!!!) jeans

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Sam Edelman boots

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Yup, this is my everyday.  But only if I’m not walking far.

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If I Were Purchasing…

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on November 2, 2009

I think I’ll introduce a new series.  I am constantly shopping, VERY rarely buying.  But I’ll lend you my expert window shopper eyeballs by sharing what I’d be buying today if purchasing were on the agenda.

From Gilt Group (though note, if you aren’t a member you can’t access the site.  Want to be?  Send me an email or comment here and I’ll send you an invitation.  It’s so hoity-toity), a little Jonathan Adler in orange

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