Camo & Green Aug 17' Mood

Fashion and interiors for me go hand in hand and how I approach dressing and decorating are very similar.  I believe in great quality basics that can stand the test of time, that you can continually keep reinventing into fresh new looks.  In Fashion think great basic dresses, classic trousers, high end white shirts made from beautiful fabric and T-shirts and jeans that fit like a glove. 

 For your home think classic sofas, upholstered in great quality fabric that can last and be easily cleaned so they always looks fresh. Chairs with a silhouette you love that can be reupholstered and or painted to give it a fresh look from year to year.  This my methodology, I love quality over quantity, fabrics in general for me are key, cheap looks just that cheap.  I then like to put my personal touch on things with accessories, in fashion, jewelry, handbags and over the top shoes can change a look in an instant. Anyone who knows me knows shoes are my thing!  I owned a shoe and handbag store for 10 years. For the home, think pillows, organic natural accessories, or other classics.  Limiting your home accessories to black, white, silver and gold allow you to build your styling closet with timeless objects that can be moved from room to room and look current from year to year.  Adding of the moment accessory items to your classics keep things fresh and current.  

Augusts mood dissected....like many of you, I have been drawn to the olive green and military look.  Had to have the Nili Lotan camo pants with the tape running down the sides...they are my casual go to this summer, for fall I will amp them up with a black or nude shoe or boot.  The animal hyde in green is available in The Prop Shop if your looking to add an eclectic touch to a space.  Love the geometric painted floor, I have been thinking about painting my office floor for an extra layer of somthin somethin if you know what I mean.  The Gucci image...well Gucci is knocking out of the park these days!  I purchased the vintage Hermes Camo scarf and plan to create my very own one of a kind camo jacket...hoping is comes out great as it will be a costly mistake if I ruin the scarf! Yikes...  My jewelry inspiration is the classic simple wide gold bangle, I have had my eye on the Hermes Medor for sometime and that might be my guilty indulgence this fall....then I love adding the touch of edge with the nail head bracelet.  I love taking my classic items but then adding in something edgy and unexpected.  When designing homes...I always like to add in something that adds some friction if you will.  It almost doesn't go, but does, if you know what I mean.  These types of things make things much more interesting and personalized.

Would love to hear from all of you on what is inspiring you this August...forgot to add something food related or garden related...these are all focal points for me this August as well.

Until Next time,    Donna

William McClure...The Mix Master and Reinventor

William McClure, interior designer / artist is a designer I can so relate to.  To say this guy is talented would be an understatement, but what I love about him is that rather then buy new pieces he continues to reinvent the pieces he owns.  His style is very much my own personal style, many accessories and design items you will find in my own home.  He has a knack for accessorizing and moving things around to continually create new vignettes throughout his home.  Let me show you what I mean.  I think the first thing people think of when they want a change in there home is that they have to get rid of pieces that they own and replace them. The take away here Is that with a little ingenuity you can keep reinventing your pieces time and time again.

Same classic chair shown in various places in his home in different fabrics, they appear to be slipcovers.  Ingenious, allows you to change your space when ever you feel like it.

Same classic chair shown in various places in his home in different fabrics, they appear to be slipcovers.  Ingenious, allows you to change your space when ever you feel like it.

Same Gray hand painted console table with three completely different looks.

Same sofa, three different wall colors, this easy change makes the space feel fresh and new.

Same sofa, three different wall colors, this easy change makes the space feel fresh and new.

Same pedestals and planters with 3 different paint finishes.

Same pedestals and planters with 3 different paint finishes.

Same white waterfall coffee table used as a bench/ console, coffee table, and bench at the end of the bed.

Same white waterfall coffee table used as a bench/ console, coffee table, and bench at the end of the bed.

Monday's Motivation....New Agenda Page for the week

I like to start my week in an organized fashion.  Let's say I am one of those type A's that needs to be checking off a list.  I have tried every agenda calendar possible...even treating myself to a large LV, which I love but cannot find the right pages that work well for me.  I think I might need to design my own! I think when you are a designer you are always designing something!  I start every day with one of these pages......every Monday I tend to change the colors and add new images or quotes that happen to resonate with me at that time.  Above is my Agenda sheet for 7/17/17.  How do you like that date?  What I like about this particular layout, is that I can clearly see the appts I have scheduled for the day as well as a running To Do list.  I tend to use the upper right lines for long terms goals, reminders, phone calls to make...items that need to stand out for me that are not my typical To Do items.  You should be able to download this here, if not feel free to email me and I am happy to send you the file.  This image came from Pinterest, if anyone knows the source please let me know so I can credit them!  Here's to a productive Monday!

Cyanotype Artwork

I came across this images ages ago on Pinterest and was smitten.  I was drawn to it as blue is my favorite color and I love, love, love that it is artwork with the feel of denim.  Blue symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence and faith.  I wonder if peoples favorite color meaning stands true to characteristics they have as human beings. Food for thought.  The process used to create these pictures is cyanotype, where a chemical is put down on fabric or paper and the sun then turns it indigo and wallah the image appears.  I'm also drawn to the simplicity of the way these are hung.  If anyone knows who created these please forward the information as I would love to give credit.  Also love the organic yet sophisticated feel of these, hung in a large grouping really creates a beautiful focal wall.