The Blog at Lauren Corbyn Interiors

I’d Like to Live Here

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on January 20, 2010

House Beautiful

I think I’d need a cozier couch, but I love the lofty, breezy, rusticness.


Can We Talk About Me for a Second?

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on January 19, 2010

First off, I can’t believe I left you for almost two weeks with that crappy last post, and the ugly artwork above the copper tub.  Yeesh.  Sorry.  Here are some things I enjoy looking at in my own home.

Snuggling with Magnolia (technically this is no longer my home, but my parents').

Let’s talk about how much I love my job and why I’m good at it.  Let’s also keep in mind that I am highly medicated at the moment.  I got sick while on vacation and can’t seem to shake it.  I almost cannot hear out of my left ear–check that either ear.  No worries though.  I’m headed to the doc in the morning.  Thanks for your concern.

This is how I like to decorate for Christmas--don't judge my temporary "renters' beige" paint.

I am good at my job 1) because I like people.  2) Because I like stuff (sometimes more than I like people). 3) I obsess over the details so you don’t have to.  For example, I scour design blogs and magazines. I ask a thousand times if a curtain color is correct.  4) I like so many different styles of design it’s kind of ridiculous. 5) I respect that my projects are my clients’ homes, not mine, and they have to live in them–and love them.  6) I am hyper critical.  Now, if you ask my mother, this isn’t the best quality to have.  But in the midst of an interior design project, it’s perfection.  (Woah woah, I didn’t say I was perfection.  Just that my hypercritical nature is an asset to my clients.) 7)I have more photos of interiors saved in iPhoto than I do of friends and family, or myself.  Which is why I didn’t have a lot to choose from for these shots you’re seeing now.

A random selection from my personal collection. One is armless. Oops.

On the docket for 2010:  Take more photos of friends, family, and projects!

For the Ultimate Princess/Ice Queen

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on January 6, 2010

From Circa by Phyllis Morris (though the first time I read that I thought it said Phillip Morris.  They probably don’t make glamorous beds though).

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Fancy Bath

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on January 5, 2010

The Bath Works contacted me to let me know that they make the tub that was used in Sherlock Holmes.  It’s called the Bateau in polished copper.  Fancy indeed.

But how about if we modernize a bit, and tone down, and maybe make it more comfortable (though I can’t really say if copper is in fact uncomfortable.  I can only imagine).  I’d choose the Bateau V like this perhaps:

Or keep things coppery on the outside and enameled on the inside (here with a “French patina” outside):

Of course, if you go this route, you’ll have to paint your walls black and wear J. Crew after your bath (just like Jenna Lyons).  But that doesn’t bother me one bit.

Design Inspiration

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on January 4, 2010

So in the back of my mind for the past twenty four hours, I’ve had a fabulous blog post blossoming.  Full of inspiration and enthusiasm.  But here’s the rub: I can’t find any images to share!  The below images were swiped from youtube.  All apologies on that one.

Yesterday I saw Sherlock Holmes and I’m totally smitten.  Yes, Robert Downy Jr. totally does it for me, and Jude Law ain’t too shabby either, but what really had me going was the art direction and set design!  Every detail was thought out and beautiful in a dark and gritty kind of way (Hey, this is a blog that extols black walls.  We’re not all flowery and fluffy around here).

Production design was headed up by Sarah Greenwood, set decoration by Katie Spencer (who also did Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and Atonement–movies in which the sets definitely made me take notice).  Art Direction by James Foster, Nick Gottschalk, Matthew Gray and Niall Moroney.  I so wish these people had websites with portfolios.  I’m fascinated.

Here the few lame-o images I could swipe that even got close to what I really wanted to show you.

Holmes’ room is messy and dark and layered beyond belief.  It’s like a Miles Redd crack den/science lab.

Watson’s room is white and neat with fabulous cabinetry.

The bad guy is into magic, and with his magic comes a lot of fabulous symbols and art.  Check out the sunburst behind him.

I admit to the total crappiness of these images.  They don’t do justice at all.  Every detail is fantastic from the sets to the wardrobe.  Oddly, I was most impressed with the tiny details and least impressed with the big deal special effects.  There was plenty to bowl me over though.

I won’t go on and on until I can find more images.  But if you go see the movie, keep your eye out for a fabulous copper bathtub, awesome mosaic flooring, a super duper nailheaded/black leather coffin, and an animal skin rug that I remember as leopard, but saw written up as tiger.  Hm.

If you’d like to read more about the set design, check out this article.