Swoon-Worthy Design

Warm + Inviting Interiors

Trends come and go so quickly they make my head spin. Lately, we've been designing more spaces with less trendy materials and looking towards timeliness finishes, colors and styles. I've been drawn to hues that feel toned down, washed out and a little mute, if you will. I'm sharing a few of my favorite spaces I've been digging lately...relcaimed wood, light sage...lived-in elegance. 

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TEN Sophisticated Nursery Ideas

I don't know how you feel, but I think the days are over where matchy-matchy baby rooms are a thing. The advantages of designing a room that your child can grow into will be worth the money and time. You won't have to keep upgrading to age-appropriate furniture and you won't need to spend the copious amounts of time it takes (that you also don't have) executing it. Having a sophisticated nursery looks and feels more chic....and most importantly, is functional. I've been pinning and saving my favorite nursery and children room ideas for quite some time and thought I'd share my favorites with you. Without further adieu... 

 This mid -century modern floating credenza adds a sophisticated touch to a simple, yet playful room. 

This mid -century modern floating credenza adds a sophisticated touch to a simple, yet playful room. 

 Who needs a glider when you have a cozy chaise with a faux sheep skin throw? This little babe looks like he's gotten used to this vibe just fine ;)

Who needs a glider when you have a cozy chaise with a faux sheep skin throw? This little babe looks like he's gotten used to this vibe just fine ;)

 I love how the layered rug and pillows give this corner a cozy feel, yet plush and refined all at the same time. 

I love how the layered rug and pillows give this corner a cozy feel, yet plush and refined all at the same time. 

 Shag rugs are perfect for a kids room or nursery. Not only are they wonderful for sensory reasons, but they give some nice padding for crawling and tumbling around. 

Shag rugs are perfect for a kids room or nursery. Not only are they wonderful for sensory reasons, but they give some nice padding for crawling and tumbling around. 

 There's so much to love in this cozy abode. Mid Century-accents, chic textiles and a neutral palette for any gender babe. 

There's so much to love in this cozy abode. Mid Century-accents, chic textiles and a neutral palette for any gender babe. 

 Try finding a credenza that will last a decade PLUS some. Finding a piece that will transition from changing table to dresser for your little is both smart and savvy. 

Try finding a credenza that will last a decade PLUS some. Finding a piece that will transition from changing table to dresser for your little is both smart and savvy. 

 Reclaimed wood and straight lines are a thing, and they look oh-so-good together. Your little will get enough access to bold colors and noise from their and playtime, books and cartoons. Their room can be left as a soothing sanctuary, void of excessive stimulation. 

Reclaimed wood and straight lines are a thing, and they look oh-so-good together. Your little will get enough access to bold colors and noise from their and playtime, books and cartoons. Their room can be left as a soothing sanctuary, void of excessive stimulation. 

 You can have a little fun with a classic colorful kilim rug if you keep the other elements neutral. This room has more color without being too bold and cheesy and the brass elements keep it stylish and refined.

You can have a little fun with a classic colorful kilim rug if you keep the other elements neutral. This room has more color without being too bold and cheesy and the brass elements keep it stylish and refined.

 Choosing a white crib will not only stand the test of time, but it can be painted over and over to look new (in the case that you keep makin' babes). It will allow you to have the liberty of choosing a new nursery palette every time. This space is especially cool with the antique-style persian rug. 

Choosing a white crib will not only stand the test of time, but it can be painted over and over to look new (in the case that you keep makin' babes). It will allow you to have the liberty of choosing a new nursery palette every time. This space is especially cool with the antique-style persian rug. 

 REALLY want wallpaper? Keep it classic and forget the Power Ranger banners (I'm really dating myself here). Find a thrift store credenza and paint it all one color, add some new hardware...keep it simple and elegant.  

REALLY want wallpaper? Keep it classic and forget the Power Ranger banners (I'm really dating myself here). Find a thrift store credenza and paint it all one color, add some new hardware...keep it simple and elegant.  

Bold Mid-Century Palettes that Work - (it)

Thanks to Decor8, I've been salivating all morning over this photo. The beauty that lies within these four dining chairs is unspeakable. It inspired me to pull together some other funky favorites to fill up our Friday feed. How's that for alliteration overload?

More beauty below...

These blue beauties capture my heart (via modernfindings)

Mixing bold colors with a white and neutral palette works wonders (image via Em Henderson)

Beautifully designed and placed occasional chairs (via evokemodern)

The dialogue these chairs are having with those walls is INSANE (via TheDesignFiles)

The color balance between the wall and chairs works beautifully in this stylish setting (via plastolux)

Raise your phalanges if you want a workspace that looks like this! (via designboom)

Urban Outfitters has the right idea with this simple setup (via urban)

xo, Vanessa

Palm Springs Mid-Century Tour

We headed out early this past weekend for some hiking in Joshua Tree, California. On Sunday, we took a day trip to Palm Springs so I could geek out on all the Mid-Century historical homes. The sun was shining, it was a warm 80 degrees and I took the time to capture a few beautiful homes that just blew my mind. I hope you enjoy my photos!

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All of the photos above are famous Wexler Steel Houses built in 1961. Donald Wexler was the first person to combine upscale modernist ideal with prefabricated construction techniques. These homes could be built in TWO days and sold for approximately $14k. They're in the millions now. 

These two homes scream Hollywood Glam to me. The landscaping is minimal and the color palettes are very simple yet stunning.

I'd be just fine driving up to this house every day. No problem.

I posted a photo of this home on my Instagram. It was one of my favorites because of the contrast in colors and that BLUE entrance!

The polygonal glass home on the right was built in the 60's. Elvis and Priscilla leased the estate for one year and wanted to get hitched here until the media blew their cover. There were so many cars pulling up to get a glimpse of this house, it was hard to capture a beautiful photo!

We have plans to return and check out the museums and do some more home tours in the near future. What a beautiful, eccentric place to spend a Sunday afternoon.

xo, Vanessa

Don't be Afraid of the DARK (walls)

Everyone wants bright white these days. White walls, white floors, white framing, white EVERYTHING. I love a bright white. I love gray whites, blue whites, all sorts of whites. I used a lot of WHITE this year designing various homes. So for the sake of kicking things up, let's dance with white's archenemy; dark blues and charcoal black walls.  Because, why not. It's equally as beautiful and serves as a beautiful canvas to boot.

If you're a creative, this space speaks volumes to you. I tend to prefer using whites or light grey's in an office or bedroom. I love the idea of having bright walls as a blank canvas for creativity. However, dark walls have the same effect if you use them in a similar way (via The Smitten Studio)

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What's important about using a dark color in your bedroom, is to make sure there is a balance and contrast between furniture and accessories. The bright area rug and trim makes the wall POP in a beautiful way without the room feeling too cave-like. (via A Thoughtful Place)

The use of this dark wall makes a beautiful canvas for a gallery. Try not to clutter. You want both the gallery and dark wall to compliment each other, not one dominating the other. (via The Effortless Chic

Warm woods against a dark wall give an incredible amount of style and warmth in this dining room. The key here is adding bright white trim and a bright white ceiling to balance it out. (via Nous Decor)

Kitchens can achieve dark wall beauty, too. Again, contrast is key! (Via Dos Family)

xo, Vanessa