One of life’s interesting dichotomies…90 degrees and sunny, and yet I am house-bound with a nasty cold. Woe is me. Alas, it gives me proper time to get my ducks in a row for my official, full-time launch of Element Interiors and make, hopefully, a few interesting posts.
First off, in case you live in Boston and find yourself in one of my favorite neighborhoods for design inspiration,the South End, stop in Hudson
on Shawmut Avenue. If I were to own a bouique, this would be pretty much it! I kind of wish I could just move into this store. They carry otherwise hard to find locally lines such as Bungalow 5 (a personal favorite), Oly (amazing), Barbara Cosgrove lighting, their own line of natty throw pillows and even Cowgirl Chocolates for those with an undeniable sweet tooth AND a vintage design sensibility.
Another fab find is House Eclectic,
a source for fresh, cutting edge tables and seating. Pieces come in a variety of candy colored finishes, perfect for adding that little “pop” of color to an otherwise drab and common room. One of my favorites, above, is simple enough to blend with just about any decor, but has a touch of contemporary mod style.
I have lusted after Maya Romanoff’s “Beadazzled” glass bead encrusted wallcovering ever since the fated moment I laid my eyes on the samples. This is completely cost prohibitive to most mortals ($200 for a 3 yard/27″ wide roll), and may teeter on the edge of being “over the top”, but sometimes going a little crazy in small doses is a good thing. Unexpected touches in little nooks of a house can be great fun. After all, it’s just decor, no one is getting a Nobel Prize for this.
Can you imagine covering the walls of a walk in closet with this? I would have to put a tv and an internet jack in there, because I would never want to leave my little jewel box! Other applications that would look truly fun and stunning would be the interior of the dressing rooms in a fabulous boutique, or the ceiling of a small powder room. Talk about a conversation piece! It comes in a variety of textures and colors (with rich, sassy names like “Scotch N Soda”, “Caviar” and “Disco Tangerine”).
Another Maya wallcovering that is completely lust-worthy is her inlaid capiz shell tiles
. Nothing could be more perfect on a luxe beach house powder room wall behind the sink and mirror. It is truly something to behold, and definitely something you want out of the reach of little kids with markers and dirty hands, for this stuff is not only delicate, it would cost about as much as a Honda to install.
It may be a little much, but it makes me smile, and that’s all that’s important in life..and decorating!