I have stumbled upon the luxurious San Francisco-based Kendall Wilkinson Design & Home Web site a few times now. This studio really excels in designing upscale and inspirational spaces. "We share a passion for the sophisticated, the delightfully unexpected, and making the old new again," the design studio states in its "About" section. Here are a few sweet interiors from Kendall Wilkinson Design's featured Web portfolio to help you get over hump day!
I love the look and feel of orderly chaos. I hope that one day I'll be able to design a comfortable calm space with some life in it. I have never been very good at matching, my younger sister always used to tell me my outfit clashed! I think that in good design, vitality can come from bringing together eclectic, colorful pieces that may not traditionally appear to match, but when put together they just seem to fit.
Fresh flowers can do wonders in bringing life and color to a shabby decor. I know spring is just around the corner, but I am getting impatient! I want to be able to pick flowers off the trees and admire the roses in the Boston Public Garden! I just keep telling myself it is coming soon.
To hold me over till springtime, I have been looking for flowers across the hundreds of blogs I read on the daily.
It's Thursday! You know what that means. Yup the beginning of my weekend. All my friends know I like to make moves on Thursday evening and work remote on Friday. This weekend I am finally going to visit Mike in Vermont, yay! I haven't seen him in a month since I've been traveling so much. I went to Florida last weekend, Baltimore + Philly the weekend before that and New York City before that! So finally I get to make my way back up to the old Green Mountain State.
Since Mike and I are so often apart, I like to send him letters and cards from time to time, and he even sends some back! And that is why I titled this blog post, 'Because I'm Adorable.' Yah, it's because I'm adorable.
I made him this card the other day! Ha I'm the cutest.
My bedroom has a nice nook for my desk. As I was redecorating my room to fit my New England beach theme, it took me and my mother a few months to finally find the perfect desk. I needed something that fit in the nook, and it had to have ample storage.
This is what my desk corner looked like during my college years. I liked to stick things up on the wall whenever I was inspired, but once I graduated I wanted a more simple, de-cluttered fresh space.
I finally achieved the look I was going for, but it took a number of months of hunting for each and every piece. The desk was the first purchase we made. My mom found it at a garage sale in New York, and had to load it into her van and drive it up to Boston for me. It's heavy, so luckily my roommate was in the mood for a workout once it got here. We lugged it up the stairs and were excited to find that it fit perfectly! I'll leave all you tag sale hunters with a bit of advice: measure every space when going to find furniture. You may see something you love but when you get it back to the house your heart will break if you realize it don't fit!
Today is the first day of spring! I'm getting ready to head back to Boston from Florida. I am going to miss the warm weather until summertime really rolls around in the northeast. Hopefully before the temperatures rise I can dye my hair this blonde!
I am staying with my sister Rachel and her husband Nathan in Pompano Beach, Florida with my sister Katie. Right now I am off to the beach then heading into Miami when Rach gets back from work around 1! Spring break 2011 grownup style! I love it.
I wanted to share some of my favorite word blurbs with you. 'You Are Loved' is actually the title of one of my favorite inspirational Josh Groban song.
And this, my friends, is my favorite quote EVER. Seriously. Check my facebook info page. haha! I originally heard it in my favorite MOVIE ever, 'Moulin Rouge.' Do yourself a favor. Watch it. (and don't fall asleep in the middle of it... Mike.)
In a previous post I featured a picture of my blue shelf, and I bragged about finding in on Craigslist for a mere $20 buckaroos. It was obviously a wooden shelf painted whitish bluish, but it works perfectly in my room.
As you can see the shelf has several items, arranged meticulously in their special spots. Just kidding, kind of.
I like to brag about deals, so let me tell you about the cheap pieces I found to display on this sweet bookshelf.
Pictures frames: Each $1 at a tag sale. They originally had small rope with beads spelling out 'it's a boy,' but I replaced it with some random straw stuff I had, and put images of beachy magazine cutouts.
Jewelry box: Free. I found this in the basement in my mom's house. I then pasted, or decoupaged if you will, that decorative paper to the front of the drawers. Not sure how I like it, but it's there until something better comes along and ousts it. How do you like my attempt at beach themed trinketry?
I really like the simplicity of this bedroom. I actually have a very similar comforter, so it is comforting to see it work in a clean, calming space such as this. And of course the splash of yellow from the fresh flowers on the nightstand just completes the tranquil look.
Last night I finished off a jar of olives. As I was rinsing out the jar, preparing to drop it into my recycling bin, I began admiring its shape and color. Spring is right around the corner, so I decided to save it to use as a frugal shabby chic vase.
I gathered a lot of inspiration from Mystic Seaport, a quaint beach town in the New London area of Conn., when decorating my bedroom on my tight QuarDecor budget.
Photo from TLC courtesy Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT
When I was tag saleing (pronounced sailing obviously) I came across 2 paintings of the seaport. I snagged them for $10 in total and put them up on the wall where I used to hang a hideously large and overly adorned bulletin board.
These pictures don't do them justice at all. They complete the space and every time I see them I think about that calm, relaxed feeling you get when you're wandering around a small, cozy beach town, waiting for a table at the local oyster house!
I've lived in a cramped Beacon Hill apartment for over 2 years now. Most of the time my personal space is limited to my bedroom. That room has become my living room, dining room, dressing room, tv room and office. I rarely sit at the computer at my desk, not because it's impractical, but because my bed is just so darn comfortable!
Hopefully I'll have a separate office one day. And by office I mean craft room. The color turquoise is so beachy. This could also work in a country or shabby chic home perhaps without the very bright, harsh turquoise from the trash bin and the lamp. How inspiring! This lifts my spirits after reporting on the tragedy in Japan. Today I crafted a slideshow of the vast destruction after the country was slammed with a 9.0-magnitude earthquake last week.
This traditional bedroom, designed by Debbie Talianko, has the same layout as the master bedroom in Mike's house. I want to keep this furniture arrangement in mind when he starts to redecorate upstairs.
It's funny because the TV room in Talianko's home has the same layout as Mike's too. But I don't know if I like the design she has going on here, but that is the corner that he has his TV in. This is probably the best way to arrange the furniture, but I'll keep my eye out for ideas on how to decorate this room.
The best part about his TV room is the view out the large back window. Hehe you can kind of see my reflection in this picture that I snapped with his phone last weekend.