The Blog at Lauren Corbyn Interiors


Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on December 29, 2009

This is how you know your best friend really loves you: you find Ms. Wearstler waiting for you on your front porch. Such a nice surprise! Thank you so much Keli!

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This Doesn’t Make Me Mad Either

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on December 23, 2009

You go Ballard.  Order em, line em, hang em up.

If I Were Purchasing…

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on December 23, 2009

So I’ve done a lot of purchasing recently.  I LOVE buying Christmas presents.  This was a year to reign it in, but I still had fun.  I even made my husband open one of his gifts last night.  He thinks I’m weird.  I just get excited!

So IF I were to purchase something for the imaginary dream house, I might purchase this from Ballard Design.  I have stacks and stacks of books all around the living room.  I like the look of a few stacks, but it’d be nice to get some out of the dust-zone.  I like the lines and matte finish of this shelf.

Bargain Hunting

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on December 16, 2009

I’m not exactly finished with Christmas shopping yet, so naturally I’m focusing on imaginary shopping.  Here are some surprising online buys.

If you need something glam:

Overstock $149, originally $948! I’d need to put this somewhere dark to make up for it’s girlishness.

Or a little more sleek:

I’m hoping the next photo does not do justice to this cool pendant.  $115. I have seen one similar, if not exactly the same, and it’s super awesome!  I’m not even being swayed by the “French” description on the website.  Love that pulley system.

Save a penny!  Seriously Overstock?  $359.99, not a bargain, but still cool.  I know we’ve seen these everywhere, but they’re still so appealing to me!

Okay, so a Phillip Starck Mademoiselle chair is well over $800 if not $950.  I’m not sure if the below chair is the real deal, likely not (The colors don’t seem quite right.  They’re a little, um, vivid.) and I haven’t exactly studied the shapes enough.  Regardless this chair, in comparison, is a bargain at $207.

For $90, why not give it a try.  It worked for this super-blogger. Hey, she also has a ghost chair.  AND Pantone’s color of the year. Trendy, trendy.  I’m curious about the staying power of the room.  What are your thoughts?

Even I like  a little silk taffeta.  ESPECIALLY in grey.  $92 a panel (okay, so it’s faux silk which is a little cringe-worthy BUT I bet if you have it lined and interlined it’d be rather fabulous and you’d still be way below what curtains normally cost.  They’re expensive buggars).

Lonny Make Out Session

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on December 10, 2009

Have you made out with Lonny yet?  The December issue is out now.  My make out session is scheduled for this afternoon.  I don’t want Lonny to see the Christmas explosion that has  happened at my house.  Gotta straighten up before he gets here.

Images from MA Belle, the Belle of the Lonny/design blog ball, Michelle Adams.

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on December 9, 2009

So bundle up with a little fur:

House Beautiful “Twilight Field” house by Newell Turner.

Restrained and highly sophisticated use of fur in winter white.  HB image.

It’s a little much for me with the rug and the fur on the bed.  Design by Andrew Halliday and David Greer. HB image.

This totally freaks me out.  It looks like the dragon from The Never Ending Story.  I find it totally unacceptable, though it does look warm.  Fur-gly.

All Over the Map Fabric Inspiration

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on December 8, 2009

Took a trip over to Brunschwig and Fils today (a virtual trip) and found these lovelies.  There’s no rhyme or reason to my selections.  Just what moved me at the moment.

Do you have a project coming up? Did you know that I can purchase any designer fabric on your behalf?  Just one of the many services offered over here at Lauren Corbyn Interiors! Come on, put my searching skills to good use!  Maybe you’d like to make a pelmet box for your windows? Or a new duvet or curtains?  Even if you can’t afford a designer, you can still get designer fabric.

A little inspriation:

This is not really my everyday, usual style, but there’s something about this that I really really like.

Loooove the watery, muted graphic quality of this one.

No surprises here.

This one is intense and maybe too much.  I just enjoyed the traditional design with kind of cranked up colors.  I like the deep orange and pink combo.  I wouldn’t likely use it in a traditional setting though.  At least that’s my first thought.

Why yes that IS shiny, embossed leather.  The color is listed as black, but I’m hoping it’s more of a gunmetal cause that’s just cool.

Back to the sweet and dainty.  The shots of chartreuse keep it from being too sweet though, don’t you think?

A little more chartreuse for you.  I thought the texture combined with the bright color was nice.  Pairing this with the previous one would help those sweet little birds pop. Adding a touch of blue or pink would continue the modern tradition with a twist feeling a la Celerie Kemble.

Chevron+greige = yes, please.

I just thought this was kind of nice.  Nothing crazy or extraordinary, just nice and pretty.  I’d like to mix it up with something a little more wild.

Merry Suzani Peppermint Christmas.  I do like it though.

This almost has a southwest color story, however it’s called Pompeiian red and gold.  I might have been swayed by the name.

Interesting pattern (I zoomed in so you could see the detail).  Feels very deep sea or hydrangea-like to me.

I do NOT know what to think about this one!  Is it fugly?  Or just dark and gritty-cool?

It’s a little art deco meets the seventies, but I like it.  I’ve got this new obsession with bed drapery (where there’s a corona above your headboard, attached to the wall or ceiling and drapery flows down on either side and behind the bed).  I want to reclaim what so many designers have done wrong by using modern (or simply VERY COOL) fabrics.  I like the idea of using contrasting fabrics to line the inside of the drapes, which create a lush, cocoon-ish feeling.  The above fabric seems really sleepy/cozy to me.  Perfect for sweet dreams.

Toned down and lovely. A great example of tradition with a twist.

So there you go.  Today’s random, all-over-the-map inspiration.  And on that note, if you’re in Oklahoma City, and haven’t voted yes to MAPS yet today, get going!

Looking for a Web Designer or Programmer

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on December 7, 2009

I am in need of a virtual facelift.  I’m looking to bring my website and this blog together (along with my Amazon store) into one cohesive site.  I don’t need anything fancy, just one site where everything works together and looks significantly nicer than what I could do myself.  I’m thinking I’d like to run everything through WordPress, but I’m open to your professional opinions and suggestions.

I’m not looking for corporate, slick design.  I’m looking for something that represents my style and aesthetic. Bonus points for if you can turn my handwriting into a usable font. 🙂

If you’re a bargain priced designer, please contact me!  If you have a designer to recommend, please contact me!  If you’re a student and would like something to add to your portfolio, PLEASE contact me!  I would definitely consider a trade of e-design services for your web design.

The Ideal Bookshelf

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on December 7, 2009

in print form.  Found at 20X200 by Jane Mount.

For kids:

For the foodie:

And just a very cool set of books:

Jane has been documenting people’s bookshelves for a while, and insists that you can indeed learn a lot by someone’s books’ covers.  Just this weekend I was talking to a friend about the books on his new shelves.  He definitely displayed the smarty, beautiful books and not so much the brain candy books.  Do you hide your guilty book pleasures?

Happy Birthday Jenny!

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on December 6, 2009

It’s superfabulous Jenny’s birthday (better known as kick-ass design blogger My Favorite and My Best), and it’s  a biggie.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNY!  Without you I would:

  • likely be more productive
  • but less inspired
  • less drooly (lots of Edward Cullen at MFAMB)
  • and might have better control over my own foul mouth. After a heavy posting week at MFAMB I find myself dropping a lot more F-bombs.  Oh well.

But mainly, incredibly less inspired and involved in this design blogging world.  You’re TOTALLY my favorite and my best.  Happy Birthday!  The crones have got nothing on you.