Decor Inspiration: A Handsome Space

I was sold when I saw the dual claw foot tubs in the master bathroom, but upon further exploration, I am officially smitten with Darryl Carter’s Washington D.C.’s townhouse. Captured for Elle Decor in 2009, the decorator and furniture designer has a keen eye for clean, yet rustic, cozy aesthetics. Along with Otis, his German […]

Decor Inspiration: A Simple Cozy Kitchen

Always a fan of a used, and therefore much-loved, butcher block, when I came across Thoughts from Alice’s kitchen, I wanted to share. While no, this isn’t a typical butcher block, it provides a lovely focal point and can be used as one if fashioned properly with a wood-block top. From the hardwood floors to […]

Decor Inspiration: Bold, Yet Simple

While this 1930 Houston mansion, redecorated by interior designer Bruce Budd, has more square footage than most of us will ever own, what caught my eye was the color palette and effortless balance of bold and simple. A lover of soft blues and neutrals, architecture that is unique and regal, each of the rooms has […]

Decor Inspiration: European Living in Cali

While the house’s decor may resemble European Mediterranean interiors, designers and architects Steve and Brooke Giannetti’s turned this California farmhouse near Ojai into something unexpected, yet oh so very welcoming and serene. Beginning with the master bath and extending throughout the large sun-drenched kitchen and beyond, the cool, crisp neutral tones would certainly be a sanctuary […]

Decor Inspiration: Cottage-esque Farmhouse

As I begin my search for a new home to become my sanctuary, visions of rustic wooden kitchen islands are dancing in my head. While new is always a treat when it comes to appliances and flooring, there is something comforting about an antique that has been used to a state of patina – glorious, but […]

Decor Inspiration: Cottage Cozy

An oldie, but well worth revisiting, and the first time shown here on TSLL blog, Gennifer Goodwin, the 36-year-old actor who boasts her youthful charm in films such as Something Borrowed and He’s Just Not That Into You  opened her doors to Elle Decor in January 2013. A reminder that a home’s decor takes time […]

Decor Inspiration: A Notting Hill Grand Sanctuary

While most of us don’t have a Lucien Freud painting hanging above our breakfast table (as seen above), what we do have is the ability to be inspired by the signature touches that interior designer Peter Mikic and Sebastian Scott have included in their London townhouse situated in Notting Hill. Captured by Elle Decor in […]

Decor Inspiration: Cindy Crawford’s Canadian Lake House

As summer winds down, I thought it a perfect time to be reminded of the ease that the past three months have afforded so many of us. Hopefully, we can try to weave in a bit of this balance without letting our fall schedules get out of hand. In September’s issue of Vogue, Cindy Crawford […]

Decor Inspiration: Candace Bushnell’s NYC Apartment

For $2.65 million, Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell will sell you her Greenwich Village apartment. Complete with Mr. Big. Well, sort of. Chris Noth actually lives in the building. But back to the apartment itself, the soft touches of color immediately captured my attention as it is inviting, rather than being overpowering.   […]

Decor Inspiration: A Provence Estate

The French countryside has always garnered my attention when I read about it in books such a Peter Mayle caper or discover images of the expansive lavender fields in Provence. So, it should come as no surprise that when I happened upon Ginny Magher’s Provence farmhouse, I stopped, gazed and gawked. Originally gracing the pages of […]

Decor Inspiration: A Cozy Kitchen Nook

A cozy kitchen nook punctuates a top-of-the-line galley kitchen. Located in Greenwich Village, New York, the brilliant natural light paired with the morning news and a hot cup of tea sounds like an ideal way to begin the day.  View the entire apartment here. ~DECOR INSPIRATION POSTS FROM THE ARCHIVES: ~22 Tips for Creating A […]

Decor Inspiration: Function & Beauty

When it comes to decorating, similarly when it comes to designing our daily lives (regarding happiness, as was discussed on Monday’s post and our wardrobe) quality choices yield a much better result than many items on the cheap. In the June/July issue of San Francisco Cottages & Gardens, interior designer Heather Hilliard put her talents to use […]

Decor Inspiration: Comfort & Conversation

I am a lover of wooden, rustic dining room tables that have sturdy legs for stout conversation. So when I discovered interior designer Maureen McDermott’s Sag Harbor home in Hampton’s Cottage & Garden July issue, I found the entire home to be full of comfort, light and escape from the hustle and bustle of the […]

Decor Inspiration: An Eclectic Neutral Respite

Always looking for stunning bathrooms, or should I say bathtubs, that are capable of drowning out the day’s stresses, this particular tub in Tampa, Florida, caught and kept my attention. A home interior which adheres to a neutral palette, the simplicity of the hues allows the decorator to have some fun with eclectic furniture and […]

Decor Inspiration: White & Dignified

Upon seeing the mirror in the foyer of this home, I was transfixed. A statement in and of itself, the accessories that accompany it need only be few and simple. But when I investigated further I realized the entire home had been redecorated, and it is worth taking a look at. As a fan of […]

Decor Inspiration: French-Inspired Bathroom Remodel

The beautiful co-mingling of French, country, and clean white aesthetics that invite breath-taking simplistic luxury is what you will find when you visit Maria Carr’s blog and online business Dreamy Whites Lifestyle. On her family’s North California farm, she and her husband (and five children) are remodeling a 19th century farmhouse and taking readers along […]

Decor Inspiration: A Restful Manse

Notice the Chinese  guard dog (Fu dogs) bookends on the mantle. And now, imagine me kicking myself. As I spent time in New Canaan, Connecticut, last weekend, I stopped into a delightful antique shop, and what caught my eye? What prompted the owner to engage with me conversation? Drop the price even? A similar, nearly […]

Decor Inspiration: Modern Victorian Charm

House Beautiful showcased this beautiful kitchen in their June 2015 issue, and I couldn’t wait to share on the blog. Located in San Francisco, designer Antonio Martins integrated old and new, keeping the original Victorian stove and utilizing the barn wood island and old-fashioned cupboards to balance the classic with the contemporary. As a fan of […]

Decor Inspiration: Washington Beach Getaway

I don’t know about you, but a getaway to the beach sounds quite lovely. And in even better news, this tiny beach house is currently available if you are looking to invest in a vacation property in Washington state. Located at Tyee Beach on Camano Island just one hour away from Seattle, the masterful use […]

2014 Top Decor Inspiration Posts

One’s home is a place of refuge, respite and sought tranquility. Our sanctuaries refill, restore and refresh us so that we can step back out into the world offering it our best selves. For nearly a year, Decor Inspiration shared beautiful homes from around the world. As you will see, clean, creative aesthetics captured my […]

Decor Inspiration: Contemporary Chic in the City

With high ceilings, ample natural light, beautiful hardwood floors and a floor to ceiling marble bathroom, this Greenwich Village duplex offers a tranquil respite after for its new homeowner after chasing their dreams in the city. For a mere nine million dollars, the rooftop terrace could provide an ideal way to relax outdoors without heading […]

Decor Inspiration: A Seattle Culinary Respite

A kitchen remodel in the rainy, lush green northwest city of Seattle serves as a reminder of why light and bright brought in with natural touches is a very beautiful and necessary approach. From the marble breakfast bar, to the white subway title backspace, the high exposed rafter ceiling welcome as much light as possible […]

Decor Inspiration: A Beautiful Conversion

There’s something about repurposing a space into something uniquely unexpected from the original intention that immediately intrigues me. By no means can it be easy, but when it works out, the juxtaposing of ideas and concepts never before thought of often creates the most beautiful and beckoning spaces. Such is the case with this 1880 […]

Decor Inspiration: Clooney’s English Sanctuary

When George Clooney wed human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin last month in Venice, it was hard to be envious that such a coveted bachelor was off the market as Amal’s accomplishments, sense of quiet self-assurance and we can’t forget her impeccable style seem to be an ideal match. And so, as the rumors begin about their […]