The Laundry room of my dreams...

Yep, you heard me right.... this is mu dream LAUNDRY room. Haha, it sounds ridiculous to say, but once you have seen this room I think you will agree that ANYONE would be happy to do laundry if it meant you could be in this room for a while.

Brooke Gianetti of Velvet and Linen is one of my favorite bloggers. Her home is unbelievably gorgeous. I'm serious, its on a whole new level. Everything is done to perfection and I love the monochromatic scheme they have throughout the house. The color palette is so soothing and they have SO many great antiques. Its amazing, you need to check out her blog.

Anyway, back to the laundry room...

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I mean LOOK at this room. I love that farmhouse sink and the bleached countertops. And the baskets, I love it all.

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Who wouldn't want to have gorgeous linen draperies to hide all of their laundry room mess?

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And I am DYING over this door.... this is an antique door that leads into the laundry room. I feel like having such a beautiful door like this makes the laundry room almost seem like a hidden treasure of some sort. Also, I should mention that the laundry room also connects straight into Brooke's closet... how genius is that?!

I know the laundry room cant be a priority for all of us, tis usually one of the last places we want to spent time and money on, but I do think its s good idea to at least think about that space and do what you can to make it beautiful, since a lot of us spend more time than we wish in there.

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Turning inspiration into reality

One of the first things I do when starting a new project is look for design inspiration. I like to talk with my clients and get a feel for who they are and what types of things they like. Once I have a grasp on their style I try to search for images that remind me of them. I think that doing research and gaining inspiration on the front end of a project is important because it gives you a jumping off point for your own ideas. Having inspiration pictures to look back on throughout the creative process can also be a huge help when you start to veer off track or get a case of "designer's block" later on.

Many times I will ask my clients to send me inspiration photos or pin images that they like. One thing I have noticed, however, is that many times clients will only look for inspiration within the parameters of the room they are trying to design. For instance: if we are working on a living room re-do, clients will send me inspiration images of only living rooms. But really, any image that you love can act as inspiration, no matter what room of your home you are working on...

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Take this image for instance. It doesn't necessarily have any relationship to a specific room. But an image like this could inspire the look of a room by adding brass and turquoise accents. Maybe you add some glass vases to a desk or incorporate some lucite furniture to achieve the clear-glass look. Inspiration isn't meant to be taken literally (otherwise it would just be called copying), inspiration is meant to, well, inspire a design idea.

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Let me show you how it works. I love this living room scheme but I wanted to show you how it could easily inspire a bedroom design:

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I used the indigo pattern from the chair as inspiration for the bedding. Then I added brass lamps and rustic light-washed bedside tables. I found some cool old vintage books that could be stacked within the open shelf of the bedside tables. I incorporated a navy and white patterned rug and found a small starburst mirror to hang on the wall above the bed. Last, I pulled in a fiddle leaf fig tree to add some leafy greenery to the room.

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Fiddle leaf fig tree (you can get these at most garden nurseries) | Starburst Mirror | Lamp | Bedding | Nightstand | Rug | Books (these are vintage Reader's Digest Condensed books, they are AWESOME for decorating because they have such interesting spines and front/back covers. You can find them online or at used/vintage bookstores)

So the next time you are starting a design project, be sure to look for some inspiration photos to get your creativity going. And don't be afraid to look outside the box when you are searching for inspiring ideas!

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Domino magazine is back!

Some of you may remember Domino magazine from several years ago... it was an online interior design magazine and it was amazing!  But unfortunately it had to shut down due to our economy slump.... well today I am happy to inform you all that Domino is BACK!! It will be publishing new issues online every quarter, and the best news is that signing up if free! I recently perused the latest issue and it is a stunner!

We are given a glimpse into Ali Cayne's renovated home. She is a restaurant owner in Manhattan and her home is absolutely gorgeous. I  am so excited to share it with you!

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I love the chevron floor pattern in her living room and those yellow sofas are tres chic!

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This art gallery wall is spot-on! I love how she kept the table and chairs simple and let the art really pop in the room.

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dont even get me started on the kitchen. I am dying over this kitchen, i love the boldness of the black and white with brass accents.

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I mean seriously, I LOVE this! The white subway tile with the dark grout adds just the right amount of edginess to the space. I am also dying over all of those perfectly organized spice containers on the open shelving...

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This range might be my favorite thing in the whole house! I am amazed at how the brass hardware pops against the black. leave it to a chef to have the most amazing kitchen ever. Right?

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And this bathroom.... again with the subway tile, again with the black and brass, AGAIN with the chevron floor!!! Wow, I just love it.

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And her office is equally stunning. I could definitely work in a space like that couldn't you?

If you haven't ever checked out Domino, I highly recommend it. I am really excited that it is back! You can check out the rest of Ali's home as well as the other amazing features they have published right now as well as any of the archived publications! I hope you enjoy!

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