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In Love With Pinterest

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on October 26, 2010

via Rachel Shingleton on Pinterest via designworklife

pretty sure this is original to Lonny

 

I LOVE Pinterest because, though I am aware I love a good black and white stripe, and appreciate it equally on a wall or a piece of stationary, it was pretty cool to see these two images pop up near each other.

Pinterest is a virtual pin board where you can post inspirational images organized by category.  You can follow other users, and search images by tags.  I would recommend it to clients to gather images of spaces they love.  It’s such a great way to see trends forming in what you like.

For example, I am noticing that I’m drawn to lots of white and pale colors.  I’m liking cushions without welting, and sofas with long, lean lines–a cush modern kind of a look.

For interior design, it’s  a great way to find the common denominator in what might seems like disparate looks. It’s also just fun to catalog the things I’m loving.  If you have the “collector” gene in you, you’ll love Pinterest.

Obsessed with Jenna Lyons

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on March 22, 2010

I’m on the bandwagon.  I’m girl crushing, design crushing, and business crushing hard and all at once.  If you are too, read here.  I just find her creativity, sensibility and business savvy so inspiring.  If I had a Lauren’s Picks list, Jenna Lyons would be on it.

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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.

I Want to See It Painted, Painted, Painted, Black!

Posted in Bloggity by laurencorbyn on September 1, 2009

Have you noticed the influx of black in the shelter mags?  I was stopped in my tracks and breathless at Miles Redd’s work featured a couple months ago in House Beautiful.

 

Miles Redd in House Beautiful

Miles Redd in House Beautiful

No, technically this is not black.  I just thought it was at first.  It’s actually Farrow and Ball’s Hague Blue all gussied up and laquered.  It’s SO rich.  I love it.  All that plush velvet and rich color throw it over the top for me, along with the herringbone floors.  You just don’t see floors like that here in Oklahoma unless it’s brand spanking new construction, and even then they are over scraped and somehow inauthentic looking.  

Back to black: check out Redd’s ebonized wood and STERLING silver bookshelves.  So glamorous.

 

Miles Redd, House Beautiful

Miles Redd, House Beautiful

So I thought the blue walls were black.  I guess that heightened my awareness of black, because suddenly I saw it EVERYWHERE.  Many of my favorite images of late have black rooms, but I’ve never actually been in a black room.  I’m very curious how it would feel.

I think you’d have to be careful to balance the black with enough light and white.  Like Windsor Smith has done in her own home above (featured in House Beautiful of course).  That black room just draws me in!  And those floors.  Love them.  More from Ms. Smith below.

And her kitchen.

Here are some more of my favorite black rooms.  These images are from both domino and Living Etc of Jenna Lyon’s home in Brooklyn.  

Bathroom and nursery, nothing’s off limit to black:

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architect bathroom

domino 4

living etc jenna lyons 7

jenna 8

living etc jenna lyons 4

 

Random image from  House Beautiful:

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And last but not least, an image that arrived in the mail from Anthropologie today.  Black and rustic:

963062_015_fSo what have we learned today?  

  • Black is beautiful
  • Black can go glamorous or rustic
  • Black is family friendly
  • Black is an excellent way to set off a white/stone fireplace
  • Close to black, like inky blue, is also fabulous