Inn-spiration.

I was  searching the great interwebs for inspiration last night and came across this darling little inn in Charleston, SC in the new Southern Living Magazine called 86 Cannon.  They showed just a tiny picture of one of the interiors so I had to go research it further and was so pleasantly surprised by the delightful interiors and style of this place! It’s so clean and simple and yet there is great attention to detail by designer Betsy Berry.

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Decoding Inspiration Images

Nothing is more helpful for us as designers than a client who comes armed with loads of inspiration images. But sometimes people get intimidated by how to choose imagery that accurately reflects what they are hoping for in a space. Many feel that the images they show us have to be of the same type of room we’re working on, but that’s not true at all.  It’s all about certain aspects of a room, or a feeling conjured by the space, that’s important- not that the sofa, rug and wall color are all what you like exactly. Perhaps it’s the overall mix of antiques and modern pieces, or the way a certain color combination feels to you.  Being literal is not necessary, and it may just be “I like how this room makes me feel”.  We can work with obtuse emotional reactions to a space the same way we can use an inspirational antique to find something more affordable.

Here’s a good example- I saw this image the July issue of Architectural Digest and  I LOVE this situation- the bold color mixed with neutrals, antiques and modern pieces combined and the use of accessories (I, however, cannot explain why this girl is sitting like this …)

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Inspiration Files: The Fox Group

I saw this kitchen on Instagram last week and absolutely loved it and needed to know more about the people behind it- turns out its from a design-build firm called The Fox Group in Salt Lake City (I feel like there is a lot of good design coming out of that area!)  I absolutely love the blend of rustic and refined here:

The inset wood cabinetry really stands out as well as the special custom details on the paitned cabinets (and cool hardware. And lights. And everything else.)

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A Kitchen Inspired by a Movie

The other night I was in the mood to watch something light set in France. But for some crazy, unknown reason, no streaming service has French Kiss, one of my favorite “lay in bed and do nothing” movies. It’s a tragedy, I tell you. So instead I made Andrew watch Chocolat, which he was less than thrilled with,  but I was into since I hadn’t seen in in many years.  I forgot how amazingly charming the little chocolate shop is- and it immediately had me thinking of designing a kitchen based on the details in it!
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The perfect light blue-green walls, the wood shelves, the patterned concrete tile floors? Oh yes, this is the PERFECT inspiration.

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