It’s an interesting growing process, interior design. It wasn’t long ago that I went through my “Tuscan” design stage…maybe 10 years ago or so. When my husband and I got married he brought with him all of his very contemporary black leather and chrome bachelor furniture and we had to figure out a way to pair it with my over stuffed comfy/traditional rustics. Needless to say, much of what he brought, beautiful as it was on its own, went into the garage until we figured it all out. Two words: Garage sale.
As our tastes have evolved I find myself missing some of those pieces, those super clean lines and tailored details are so much more to my liking now and as I analyze the photos from my favorite inspiration photos I realized that the simplicity is what I love most about them. I love nothing more than a simple, clean gallery wall of photos, be it family or vacation, especially done in black and white. Nothing puts a personal stamp on a space the way that does.
Tight tailored upholstery, be it slip covered or not makes me happy and using color in a light accentual way as opposed to the heavy light barring colors we used back in the day give these rooms such depth without overpowering the space. We’ve come a long way from the predictable red dining room and bordello inspired bedrooms with all of their desperate cry for attention.
Where will we be in another 10 years? It’s all such a study in social studies, the way world events shape fashion and design. I suppose it all hinges on circumstances ahead of us.
The other day, I was doing my weekly thrift shop stalking and I came across the most fabulous vintage coffee table for $40.00, complete with 1970′s smoked glass and all. Obviously, the glass will need to be updated but it’s been stuck in my head ever since.
Of course, then today I came across this photo and I’m REALLY wishing I had picked it up….
coffee table lovin’
Should I? I don’t NEED a coffee table but oh my lands, I LOVE THIS!
I was so excited the Friday before Mother’s Day because I found the answer to my husband’s question, “What would you like for Mother’s Day, Babe?”
I was surfing through Craig’s List and found exactly what I’d been looking for…a tropics inspired day bed complete with mattress and in perfect shape.
In true husband like fashion, my man drove in the rain to the house it was at and picked it up for me and by that evening, we sat under our covered patio, glass of wine in hand and enjoyed the rain by candle light.
After a couple of weeks of accessorizing, this is what we get to enjoy every evening and I must say, in addition to that, Saturday morning coffee has never tasted so good as it does when I’m sipping it here
Little piece of Heaven on Earth
I’m still looking for the prefect outdoor rug and I’d love a couple of garden stools to act as a coffee table but overall, I am extremely pleased with the space.
What you can’t see is that there is a pull down movie screen mounted to the horizontal beam that will be used with a projector soon so that we can watch movies out there this summer.
How fun is that?
Like I always say, you don’t have to have the biggest to have the best. Make your dream home where you are…it’s so much more fun that way!
It is a sad fact of life that sometimes relationships must come to an end.
I’ve been blogging for the past 2 1/2 years on Blogspot and it’s been fairly good to me. However, as in any relationship that doesn’t work out there are reasons that started as little quirks…almost cute at first that end up overshadowing the qualities you fell in love with.
I have officially parted ways with my Blogspot and have found a new relationship with WordPress and I wanted to let you know because it doesn’t mean I have fallen out of love with YOU, my readers!
I hope you’ll come with me. I hope I get you in the division of assets. You are most important to me and I promise to be able to give you more of my attention now that it can be properly directed.
Here we are! The new Casa Stephens Interiors blog/website!
After a lot of thought and consideration I came to the conclusion that in order to simplify my life (and yours if you are a client or potential client) that I needed to combine my website and my blog. Hence, the new CasaStephensInteriors.com.
Here you will be able to access daily (or near daily) tips and inspiration for beautiful living as well as contact information and project updates.
Please bear with me as the changes and evolution take place. I’m obviously still in the fine tuning stages but I wanted to get up and running as soon as possible and I would love your feed back on how things are progressing! Word press is new to me and as with any great changes, the learning curve can at times be sharp so if you have any tips or tricks I appear to be missing, please share
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Our lunch counter serves food with integrity. The menu is evolving daily, we use meticulous preparations, and we stress the importance of sustainability and seasonality.
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When I first started noticing this trend, I have to admit, I got a little nervous.
A considerably large portion of my business is color consulting for people who have some serious color commitment issues. However, when I really began dissecting the images that were the most striking to me, I began to understand the science/art involved in making white walls anything but boring:
White walls really allow Warm neutral tones, textures and organic elements to contrast beautifully and seem to brighten and highlight patina and age.
In a more contemporary setting, white walls allow art and graphic designs and metallic elements to appear more modern and crisp.
(did you notice that white lacquered ceiling? OMG!)
On thing I can’t help but notice in these and other photos I’ve studied is that white is a very deliberate choice here. It wasn’t chosen out of lack of imagination or commitment but instead as a deliberate key to setting off other specifics in the space. It’s also interesting to note the wall textures…notice there’s no “orange peel”. They all appear very smooth which keeps them looking very rich and specific to the style of the room.
So before you commit to a color (or lack there of), make sure you have a specific plan in mind and a reason for choosing the back drop for your space.
I find it’s important to push yourself outside the box just a little bit otherwise you find yourself wishing and wondering….what if….?
Have a super day today!
Oh, on a personal note, I just had my first article for She is Dallas published today!
Be sure to take a look, especially if you are in the DFW area.
This is a great resource for finding fun things to do in the area with kids, for dates and slew of other great information!