Aug 29, 2011

Bookshelf Love

Whether or not we want to admit it, it's the little things that make the biggest difference. This definitely holds true in the design world. I hate to see a room with beautiful furniture and style but the bookshelves look totally thrown together. Why not take the extra effort to create mini vignettes within each shelf? I'm a sucker for knickknacks and this is the perfect time to put them on display and make them worthwhile. I just re-organized our bookcases and my Fiance immediately noticed the difference when he walked in (I was shocked!).

Here's some inspiration to get you going....

Images can be found on my Pinterest page

Aug 18, 2011

Busy Busy

I'm sorry I'm such a bad blogger!! I can't help but be super distracted by the joys (and frustrations) of wedding planning! I spend all of my free time researching vendors and requesting quotes. Let me tell you...this stuff is no joke! And did I mention how much $$ it costs? Craziness.

If wedding planning isn't distracting enough, I've also decided to take on a lil' mini-remodel of our living room. It still has a long way to go but here's a little sneak peak.

Note: We do not own this apartment, nor do I wish to stay here too long so I refuse to spend too much time on this place. This is also on an extreme budget! The things I would do with more $ and time....



Aug 11, 2011

A Step Back in Time

We've been doing a lot of housekeeping over at my office and found some real treasures yesterday! The founder of the company is in his mid 80s and his design work was published as early as 1966. In between his stories and loooooong walk down memory lane I tried to snap some pics of the retro magazines. I wish I could take these home with me and browse for hours on end. So fun!

Some of this stuff is definitely back in style!
Let's hope this look doesn't make a comeback. Who wants to rake their carpet anyway?

I especially loved the ad for a free booklet telling women how they can become Interior Decorators!

And then there was the random Modern Bride magazine from 1974....I'm so grateful to be getting married in this century!

Aug 5, 2011

JANUS et Cie

If you've ever shopped for high-quality outdoor furniture then you've heard of JANUS et Cie.  For over 32 years they have been an industry leader and innovator. We are constantly specifying their pieces for all of our client's and they are never short of extremely satisfied!

We are currently working on a large project in Montecito, CA and yesterday we had the opportunity to meet with Janus herself! She walked us through the entire LA showroom and spoke passionately about each individual piece. She really puts her heart and soul into all of her designs. Here are some of my favorites...

(Note: They also carry beautiful furniture and accessories for interiors!)

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*Now if only I had a backyard.....