decorating with portraiture.

I’ve always been drawn to images of people. For as long as I can remember, images that capture something truly human an intimate about an individual have always been infinitely more interesting to me than fruit on tables or anything else really. As a college senior, when it came to choosing a subject matter for my thesis show I naturally chose to paint a series of portraits depicting my closest friends and family. When portraits of any medium are present in a room, they have they effect of feeling like real presence in your home – they become characters that you live with. Below I’ve put together a few examples of decorating with portraiture from some of my favorite design inspiration sites. Enjoy!

apartmenttherapy
Apartment Therapy


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Apartment Therapy


architecturaldigest
Architectural Digest


blissathome
Bliss at Home


homepolish1
Homepolish


homepolish2
Homepolish


onekingslane1
One Kings Lane


onekingslane2
One Kings Lane


onekingslane3
One Kings Lane

rooms with monochromatic molding.

I find myself really loving the idea of monochromatic rooms lately. One trend that I’ve seen popping up around some of my favorite design sites and blogs recently is this painting of crown molding to match the walls of a room. There’s something so elegant and bold at the same time about this look that I find really satisfying. Sharing some of my favorites below – enjoy!

black-bedroom
Cote de Texas


blue-diningroom
Your Decor NYC


cobalt-livingroom
Cote de Texas


coolgrey-bedroom
houzz


darkgrey-livingroom
apartment therapy


green-foyer
Your Decor NYC


grey sofa
#MCULT


grey-bedroom
grey-bedroom1
remodelista


navy-livingroom
#MCULT


teal-parlor
#MCULT


yellow-livingroom
Fawn Chang

turkey day decor from around the web.

This year marks only the second time I’ve been tasked with contributing something to my family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Following the success* of last year’s pumpkin dinner rolls, I thought I’d stick with the festive breads category but wanted to try something new.

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*note: success = edible, instagramable.

A couple weeks ago I did a little research for festive Thanksgiving bread/rolls and came across this jalapeño cornbread recipe by the most talented person alive, Martha Stewart. You can definitely make this recipe in any regular baking pan but because I happen to care as much (or more) about the presentation as the food itself, I knew I needed these Turkey molds. Unfortunately these are no longer available as part of Martha’s line at Macys BUT after a little perusing of the comments section, I found that you can now buy the same pans at William Sonoma!

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I will be baking turkey-shaped cakes all year-round long to justify this purchase.

One thing that attracted me to this mold was that it felt unexpected in a kind of funny way. Sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, I think Thanksgiving gets a little left out of the décor cycle. Part of the reason for this might be that turkeys aren’t particularly “cute” in the way that pumpkins or snowflakes or ornaments can be. I work in an area of Massachusetts where wild turkeys can often be seen roaming around in packs and yeah.. not the most beautiful creatures.

I decided to spend a little time looking around on some of my favorite home décor sites and see what was out there in terms of turkey-specific items that you’d actually want to put in your house. I was able to find a handful of items that I think are pretty cute. Enjoy!

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Turkey Pheasant Wreath
One Kings Lane, $95.00 – $195.00


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Turkey Napkin Ring
Crate&Barrel, $4.95/each


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Turkey Napkins
Wayfair, $29.00


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Maple Turkey Carving Board
Crate&Barrel, $24.47


 

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Turkey Salt & Pepper Shaker Set
Wayfair,
$25.95



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Turkey Napkins
Crate&Barrel, $6.95/each


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Turkey Platter
Wayfair, $30.99


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Block Print Turkey Towel
AllModern, $15.95


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*I’m not actually sure if I think this last one is cute or just strange but here it is anyway:
Trot Turkey Candle Holder
CB2, $12.95

south end flower boxes.

My mom is really good at gardening. Just about every time I visit my parents (which is really often) she has a new plant or two and they’re always thriving. It seems though, that a “green thumb” is not a genetic trait since I genuinely cannot keep a plant alive. I’ve made a habit of keeping cut flowers in my apartment because I really do love the energy they add to a space. Even though I no longer try to keep my own live flowers in my home, I am fortunate to live in a neighborhood full of beautiful urban gardens, maintained by those people who don’t kill everything they plant. Because we’re in the city, front lawns are few and far between but flower boxes are really really prevalent.

Over the past weekend I took advantage of what may have been one of the last really mild days and walked around my neighborhood documenting the flower boxes that I saw and liked. I am so envious of these people who are able to enjoy these beautiful little mini-gardens adorning their homes. To numb the pain I also stopped for snacks.

obligatory foliage pic to start the afternoon.image_1

now on to the flower boxes…image_9image_10image_12image_7

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the flowers pictured below belong to Mike & Patty’s in the Bay Village. I stopped here for a sandwhich and you should too because it was amazing! pro tip: call ahead to order.

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walking is exhausting so I also stopped here for a coffee and a macaron. both were great.image_16image_8image_13image_15

leaning artwork.

“If you love something, it will work. That’s the only real rule.” – Bunny Williams

I really love the way leaning artwork can make any room feel a little bit like an artist’s loft. Especially with large pieces, I think leaning a piece of art can make a room feel more approachable while still having a polished feel. Here’s a collection of examples of leaning art – placed on floors, tables and shelves – from some of my favorite design sites.

4.lonny.com
lonny.com

2.one_kings_lane_
One Kings Lane

6.homepolish
Home Polish

5.mydomaine
mydomaine.com

14.lonny.com
lonny.com

12.homepolish
Home Polish

10.homepolish
Home Polish

1.lonny.com
lonny.com

13.arch-digest
Architectural Digest

8.homepolish
Home Polish

9.homepolish
Home Polish

3.onekingslane
One Kings Lane