Baby Got Back…

…Backsplash that is.

The options for backsplashes has  exploded over the years.  New types, styles and shapes of tiles continuously hit the market.  In addition, other creative materials are available such as mirror, wood cladding and metals to name a few.  I recently came across a new idea that was truly brilliant…..FABRIC.  I know you are imagining stains and greasy messes hitting your precious textile backsplash that you painstakingly picked out and applied to the wall.  Don’t worry because the fabric can be made in-destructive if you sandwich it between glass before applying it to the wall.  Glass makes the fabric maintain its vibrant color and it is easily cleaned.  Adam Rolston of Incorporated Architecture & Design achieved this for a couple’s Manhattan apartment that was finished to evoke their memories of life across the pond in London-town.  Adam commented that it does take a skilled glass company to accomplish but the feat can be done for any space if the fabric isn’t too thick.  Check it out in this cozy country kitchen in the city.

Lee Jofa’s Lauretta fabric

Mixing cabinet finishes adds interest

Color pop on the shutters adds dimension and controls natural light

Love the Ceaserstone countertop. So there really is a world outside of granite?

*All photos provided by House Beautiful


Dream Home Files

If you have an infatuation with vivid colors, pattern and vivacious fervor of more opulent days gone by, you must be familiar with Miles Redd.  He is a Manhattan based designer with uptown stylings but his southern Atlanta-born roots show through his design charm.  In the February issue of House Beautiful, Redd’s work on a Brooklyn Townhouse was exhibited in perfect East meets West meets South fashion.  The article started with the ideal phrase “no stone unturned and no wall uncovered”… PERFECTION! This narrow abode was adorned in rich grassclothes, intricate Chinese papers and even feathers.  The bold color choices, sultry texture stories and the layered artwork trick the mind into not caring about the tightness of the 2-room-per-floor townhouse and instead concentrate more on the individual moments.  That is why, for a change, Redd exclaimed the importance of smart room planning and pushing the furniture closer to the walls in small rooms.  Not to mention the idea that more furniture in a small space not only adds seating but a bigger feeling.  Check it out, it is brilliant.

That sofa is so plush and masculine which contracts richly against the walls, art and patterns

Killer art party on the wall

My favorite color [blue] and my favorite room

Peep the chandelier


Classic with a pop

Custom peacock feather wallpaper

Miles Redd

*All photos provided by House Beautiful

Blue Hues: Lite

While flipping through several interiors periodicals last Sunday morning, I noticed a recurring element.  Every so many sips of coffee my eyes witnessed shades of light blue on walls, pillows and chairs.  Usually I am not drawn to pastels but blue is my favorite color and it is only befitting of a Carolina Tarheel Alum.  Every blue moon, blue reappears on the color wheel scene before warmer tones recollect their spotlight.  It is good to see these refreshing color this summer in both muted and vibrant tones.  By George! If it’s good enough for the royal family, it is good enough for me.

Baby Prince George: US Magazine

Bar cart: Zinc Decor

Matchbook: Pinterest

matchbook blue

Anna Matthews: Matchbook

Kathryn Ireland: Rue