Make mine modern

Lately I’ve been coveting a modern feel.  Neutrals, clean lines, black and chrome and leather, oh my!  I just can’t get enough.

Each of these interiors I find so appealing and well-balanced.  Interesting angles juxtaposed with curved lines — a sharp-lined chair with an arched lamp or curvy pendant here, a playful couch with an angular coffee table there — and enough touches of black to keep the eye intrigued.  Plus just enough eclecticism to keep things feeling inviting?  Just my style.

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Flight of fancy

I love a dash of whimsy in a space, especially in subtle, unexpected ways.  Lately I am loving quirky animal accents, and if it’s brass-toned, so much the better!

I fell for this charming little mallard mirror years ago when I saw it in Kim and Scott’s beautiful bathroom.  It was such a fun touch in a classic room, and I couldn’t get it out of my mind.

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Fast forward a couple years and this quirky lamp had to be mine.  It lives on my dresser, and makes me smile every time I see it.

Likewise for these Farmkeep knobs from Anthropologie — I have the goose and hare on our nightstand drawers, and they are so adorable!  They have since sold out, but these bunny-ear knobs or sleeping foxes are equally great options.

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Most recent to capture my heart?  This beautiful brass bird side tableThis is a slightly less spendy option, but I love the webbed feet on the first one so much!  It is currently in my living room, and I am having great fun trying to find just the right spot for it.  It feels equal parts glam and fanciful — perfect.

Five great pendants

Pendant lighting has been having a real moment of late.  Pendants are classic and versatile, and with so many beautiful choices these days, you can easily find something to refresh your space.  Here are five I am currently coveting:

This lovely milk glass option is feminine in all the right ways.  It would add just the right touch of Parisian flair to a breakfast nook.

A sleek nude nude pendant with Scandi vibes can make a quiet statement wherever you might hang it.

Alabaster combined with a faceted bulb makes for a glam and alluring option.  I’d love to see a pair of these flanking a velvet headboard in a bedroom.

Cement’s industrial edge is tempered by warm wood in this visually well-balanced choice.

This petite pink cylinder pendant is right on-trend with it’s blush hue and diminutive size.  A row of three of these over a kitchen island would be beautiful AND functional — and they’re a great price to boot.

Little rusty

As September gets going, I inevitably think of back-to-school times.  It stays hot in southern CA well through October, but I love fall clothing and could hardly wait to break out that new brown corduroy jumper or pretty sweater.

It is far, far too hot to consider sweaters at the moment, but in the meantime I’m feeling inspired by rusty, earthy hues in every iteration.  Rust can look fresh with white, wicker, and linen, or deliciously moody with deep blues and ochres.  Terracotta, amber, burnt sienna — whatever the hue, these interiors incorporate rust beautifully, and I’m here for it.

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Summertime, an’ the livin’ is easy

I’m not quite ready for summer to end yet!  Breezy neutrals are still on my mind — rattan, wood, linen, and all the rest.  If you’re still feeling as summery as I am, here are a few reading nook chair/table/lamp combos to curl up in and relax over the long weekend, drink in hand.

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Eclectic, light, and easy, these pieces will give a relaxing vibe to your home all year long.  And if you need any reading suggestions for the weekend, might I suggest this or this?  Kick back and enjoy!

Dreaming…

A recent CNN article reminded me that in some towns in Italy, you can buy a fixer-upper for ONE EURO.  That’s right, you read that correctly!  For just a little over $1, you can own your very own pied-à-terre in Italy.  The stipulations vary from town to town, but generally there is a deposit of around $3,000 and a time limit of a few years to fix up the property to a minimum level of livability, after which point you get your deposit back.

While the price tag is beyond tempting, I’m not sure we can jump into a renovation project on a different continent at this juncture in our lives.  That being said, I’m still dreaming!  All of these stunning spaces leave me inspired and longing for a pretty place of my own to relax abroad — even more so since we just returned from Paris.  Le sigh.

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Five great stools under $100

With the 4th of July holiday weekend almost upon us, perhaps you need some flexible seating for guests?  A spot for a cold beverage?  Someplace to kick up your feet?  A stool or ottoman can be all of the above!  Here are five stylish options that won’t break the bank.

A sleek hourglass shape in matte black makes a quiet statement.

Cane and rattan are having a moment, and I love this pretty option.

As classic as you can get. Add a tray on top for the perfect book-and-a-drink landing spot!

Warm wood and a sculptural shape at a steal of a price.

Graphic and modern — just the thing to punch up a neutral space.