Something About Slipcovers

I don't know about you, but occasionally I'm a sucker for a slipcover. (Especially on the days I spill coffee on my sofa.) I think it adds such an element of comfort to even the most austere space. If I decided to ever go that route, I'd keep it from looking too Plain Jane by introducing some great patterned pillows and a fun lamp like this one from Anthropologie.

(fuiteria floor lamp at Anthropologie, Restoration Hardware federal alarm clock nickel, image via Alvhem Mäkleri & Interiör, white leather wingback chairs from Charm Hill Interiors, birds nest dessert/salad plates from Three Potato Four, seema krish pillow collection at Lekker Home, Glassy Baby votive candle holder, eleanor frameless mirrors from Pottery Barn)


Weekly Whiteout

(via Oh Happy Day!)

This image from the Zara Home catalogue reminds me of a sophisticated vacation home in the Swedish countryside. LOVING the texture of the rug and basket juxtaposed with the supple sofas.


In the Mood for Mod

I can't explain it, but my love of mid-century modern furniture runs VERY deep. My parents' house is filled with the most amazing "Palm Springs" pieces that always seem right at home in their space. It's a look that's harder to pull of in my condo, so I've taken to mixing styles in order to be true to the original structure and my mid-century love. If my husband could stomach pink, you'd better believe we'd be rockin' those sheets by Rubie Green, and thanks to the living room image from Oh So Beautiful Paper, I'm thinking of redecorating my living room. Joy!

(lucite desk from Pieces, custom white scalloped chandelier from Pieces, east village sheet set by Rubie Green, journals via Hable Construction, druggist soap dish from Jonathan Adler, image via Oh So Beautiful Paper)


Beach Cruiser

Living so close to California and Mexico, I've been lucky enough to spend many summers on the beach. In fact, most of the time I associate vacation with sand between my toes, salt water in my hair and the overwhelming smell of sunblock. What I wouldn't give to own a little bungalow on the ocean with a great deck, where I could sip margaritas with friends and family and watch the sun slip behind the water. Pure bliss!

(west elm printed percale sheet set via High Fashion Home, west elm antler shelf image via Tina Tarnoff, 1950’s restored royal typewriter from Three Potato Four, liquid courage surf photo by Myan Photography, heath ceramics studio mug at Velocity Art and Design, west elm moroccan drum table image via Cococozy, india hicks home via Swish and Swanky)


Weekly Whiteout

Speaking of billowing curtains and gorgeous hardwood...

(image via Colour Me Happy)


Hearting Hardwood

I dream of hardwood floors. Seriously. While desert living promises matchless sunsets, exciting architecture and gorgeous weather, it also delivers row upon row of tract houses and an overabundance of tile. Blechk. Don't get me wrong, most days I love where I live, but I have also spent many afternoons longing for floor to ceiling windows with billowing curtains, charming old fixtures and rich hardwood under my feet. If I had the opportunity to turn daydream into reality, I'm convinced this is what it would look like.

(dwell studio talon charcoal pillows at Design Public, Pottery Barn markham mirror, double wire basket at Urban Outfitters, baxter pharmacy task floor lamp from Restoration Hardware, oversized zinc letters at Anthropologie, UO lux leather butterfly chair at Urban Outfitters, image via Design Crush, direction glasses from Crate & Barrel)


A Few of My Favorite Things...

I just loved the colors in this board and if I could do my pre-marriage pad all over again, I swear this is what it would look like. Pale blue and yellow simply make for a happy space, and that craft closet? I die. My husband doesn't know it, but I stare at his closet often, dreaming of how to overtake it.

(ruthie sommers home image via Simply Seleta, swimming pool photograph by Alicia Bock, vintage map at Revamp Boutique, lacquered stacking boxes at Lille a Shop, yellow bed photo via This is Glamorous, craft closet via A Field Journal, vintage sign via Three Potato Four, kahler’s fiducia magnetic vases and candleholders at A+R)


Coming Up Poppies

I've always loved the combination of red and blue together. I am Swedish, after all. I also fell in love with this great fabric by Swanky Swell immediately and knew it warranted a board built around its prints and colors. I picture it in the form of pillows on an all-white couch, of course.

(poppy photo by Alicia Bock, tie image via Rebecca Thuss, white coat rack via Urban Outfitters, swanky swell fabric image via Decor8, table and chairs at The Make Lounge, tea cup by Cox & Cox)


City of Lights

Maybe I'm mourning the end of summer travel, or maybe I'm just craving a crusty baguette and fromage (two beloved items I've recently given up. Sigh), but I'm feeling very French today. And truly, how fabulous is this mirrored dresser??

(bedroom photo via Absolutely Beautiful Things, bicycle photograph by Lupen Grainne, Anthropologie white bed, calligraphy script tray by Heather Bullard, earrings via Snippet and Ink, philipe starck louis ghost armchair on Design Within Reach, arrowhead sheet set by Anthropologie, silver fleur de lis votives by Heather Bullard)


Bedtime Stories

We're constantly putting mood boards together in the advertising world to help inspire our next great idea. I figured, why not do the same thing for decor? Kathryn at Snippet and Ink creates gorgeous boards for weddings, and I looked to them often while planning my own. Hopefully I'll be able to inspire others in the world of interior design! For my first, I thought it only fitting to choose items and looks I'd love to utilize in my own home. Not to mention that I'm a sucker for a comfy bed, and this definitely fits the bill.

(Oak mirror from Lekker, pillows by Dwell, crystal lamps by Restoration Hardware , oromono sea bloom pillow via Lekker, tiny gold lip dish by up in the air somewhere, Photograph by Alicia Bock, Photograph by unknown (if you recognize this photo, please let me know!)


Weekly Whiteout

Despite my obsession with white, this blog will indeed focus on interior design AND incorporate color! I know, hard to believe. However, because I do covet oh so many wonderful white homes, rooms, accessories and more, I'll be dedicating the Weekly Whiteout to one fabulous "white" image per week. This week, check out a great kitchen from the Domino archives. I'm loving the exposed shelves and subway tile contrasted with the dark wood counter tops!


Desert Digs

(Photos by Julius Shulman and David Glomb via

I didn’t realize my grandfather, E. Stewart Williams, was an amazing mid-century modern architect until later in life. All I knew growing up was that lemons for martinis were picked from the tree in the courtyard, pocket doors left fewer hiding places, the indoor/outdoor fireplace was not a playground, and the fort we built high-up in the Tamarisk trees was rad. These days, it’s better known for its architecture, but it will always be Poppy and Nanny’s Palm Springs Paradise to me.


Inspired to Inspire

(Print by theloveshop)

I spent last weekend flipping through old issues of Domino and realized that the magazine’s demise has left me with so many unanswered questions and a sad, empty hole in my style archives. For example, we live in a two-bedroom condo…how will I redesign our office to accommodate a baby? My 20-something living room is in need of a 30-something makeover…comfortable bohemian or clean mid-century? Most importantly, I wondered how many others like me were craving a little design and décor inspiration? And then it hit me. One of my grandfather's was a brilliant architect, the other an award-winning photographer. My Scandinavian mother is an unbelievable interior designer and my scholarly father a man of extraordinary travel and ideas. Though my professional career has led me to be a writer, artists in my family abound, and beautiful style has always moved me. And whether it’s for 2,000 people or two, I think it’s time to try and spread a little inspiration. Enjoy!

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