I really enjoy creating rooms in my head. There are endless possibility’s and endless options for furniture, accessories, ect, and sometimes when I am in the mood to redo something its best to just design it in my head or else I would change things in my house ALL OF THE TIME or change my mind on design projects constantly. I saw this couch at Lee Furniture and thought it would be fun to create a family lounge around it so here is my lounge idea!
I finally accomplished one of my wallpaper projects. Im not quite sure if I personally will finish anymore because I cant stand wallpapering!! I am not the best at it but my husband on the other hand is great at it. He is a perfectionist and I am not. He likes to take his time and I want to move fast. I am to curious about the end result to take my sweet time. I love how it turned out and I cant wait to finish the room now with furniture and accessories.
Next up is JK’s office. She kept the lines simple and clean. She is a bit ocd but it allows her office to always be uncluttered and it always looks like it is straight out of a magazine. My favorite part is the white office chair from Ikea. If you can believe it, it is always this organized!!!
Great storage ideas!
And now……her gorgeous living room. She kept with modern lines on her furniture and then added gorgeous prints and textiles in her pillows and that lovely rug from West Elm! I love the lamps flanking the couch.
Didnt she do a GREAT JOB?? I gave minor tips here and there but she came up with 99.9% of the design and for that, JK, you get the first annual Simply Grove house of the month award!
So I have an amazing friend who has a fabulous house that is so blog worthy its not even funny!! My friend, lets call her JK, is an incredible graphic designer so of course she has a natural eye for design. JK would only let me take pics of a few of her lovely rooms (I guess that will do) but when the rest of her oh so wonderful house is ready for pics I will post some more.
The first several shots are of her entry way. She purchased the mirror at a Home warehouse type store and painted it a super glossy white. (Oh how I would pay her for that mirror!) She made a cushion for the bench using a gorgeous black and white fabric and then added some cute silver containers for storage. Great job “JK”!
If I could I would plan my vacations around a good designed hotel. There is nothing better than staying at a fabulous hotel. I love looking at designhotel.com, especially at all of the gorgeous hotels in Europe. One of my favs is Lute Suits in the Netherlands designed by Marcel Wanders. Each suite is individually decorated, some with a signature Wanders “knotted chair”. Other pieces and accessories by Paul Smith and Maarten Baas to name a few, make this hotel an oolahlah! I love the cluster of “Random Lights” in the conference area and the tufted wall in the boudoir is breathtaking. You can read more here.
I had the oppurtunity to do a mini interview with one of Europe’s up and coming designers. Fabien Barral is actually a graphic designer but hopes to use graphic design differently as home decor. You have probably seen his work on design sites or blogs. He works with his wife and I have a feeling that we will see much more to come from this duo!!
Where do you live? We live in the country, in the middle of France, near the moutains… an old 100 years old house…
How long have you been married?
We get married in 2001 and have a wonderfull girl, Thais, born in november 2003.
Do you and your wife enjoy working together? Well, it is very motivating and we have nice creative moment… But sometimes, we would prefer not to talk about work 😉
Well, I finally got a camera that takes good pictures. We have been using a camera that is so fuzzy that you cant tell what you are looking at. (Is that a flower or my son? Ok, it wasn’t that bad.) So I thought that I would start posting pictures of my house but since there is only a couple rooms that are not under construction I thought I would start with my kitchen. A couple things to note, that is not Louis permanent home. I am hiding what usually goes there because it is very tool shed chair like. Also the cute colorful tin cans are from IKEA. I love there design! Hope you like!
I found this room on Flickr and fell in love!! Posted by the 10 cent designer (love that name!!) who is also Interior Designer and Photographer, Lori Andrews. You can find her at the10centdesigner.com.
Ron Marvin, a residential Interior Designer based out of New York City, was featured in Metropolitan Home Magazine, New York Times and also on the TV show “Small Space Big Style“. What attracted me to his work was the New York apartment he designed which is shown below. I love the clean lines with splashes of traditional and glamour.