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The Art to texture mars 19, 2009

The British Designer Trisha Guild certainly knows a thing or two about textures and colors. She has always inspired me with her multiple books and  Fabric and Wallpaper collections at Designer’s Guild.  She is known for her multiple textures and color choices. From stripes to Floral, she has a way of mixing and matching patterns and peaceful colors together. Her pictures are always full of light and a English Vintage feel. Which always pleases me in some way. 

Here are some pictures I found on the Designer’s Guild Website. They certainly inspire me and have me dreaming of a glamourous life style!

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How can this designer help in our home projects? She certainly can make our lives easier. Looking at her color combinations can be a great way to start a coloration. All her pictures are so harmonious, by following her logic, you cannot go wrong. 

For exemple, take this fabric from her Manhattan Collection :


In her own words, it is: « A stunning print combining an elegant leafy backdrop with paisley and contrast floral motifs » Lets say these colors and pattern inspire you for your own bedroom, simply pull out the pallet color.


Now that is is done, chose primary colors and the accents colors in this pallet. This can be different from a person to another. If you want a calmer and relaxing athmosphere pick white of a calm gray, if you want a vivid and exciting space, acid green or turquoise might be a better choice. Everything has to come from that pallet; flooring, bedding, furtniture, accessories (lamps, cushions, rugs, window treatments…) Play along with different patterns and textures and you will get a fabulous harmonious decor. 

This picture shows exactly this harmony technique: manhattan-fabric-main-3 White walls and white flooring, and the rest of the colors are used in accessories and furniture. Different textures in Ottoman, window coverings and cushions. 

So let Trisha Guild inspire your next project. She has colorations for every taste. You’ll enjoy it, I promise!


Storage solutions built into stairs! mars 6, 2009

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Small spaces can be frustrating sometimes. The storage options are often limited in small city houses.

Here are a few fun ideas I found on the net while searching for some new ideas…

Storage built into your stairs.

12-11-storage-stairs1 This great idea comes from Unclotterer, a Blog about getting and staying organized. Who took the idea from Desire to Inspire, a Blog I also found my self after starting this

What an amazing hidden storage space. Great for shoes, books, pillows, extra blankets or whatever you need off sight!

This has already been seen before, but is still a pretty smart idea for book lovers with small spaces. This built-in stairs-library makes perfect sense. Lots of storage and space that would had been lost anyway if not used as a library. So if you were thinking of rebuilding your stairs, here are two great ideas that could make a big difference in your organizing world.

Some people might even want to hide the stairs completely, once again on Desire to Inspire on a post on the remodeling of her small kitchen, she shows how she gave extra room to her space by removing the extra wall she disn’t need to go in her basement. There is even a small trap for her cat to climb into to go to it’s litter box! How SMART!

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Who knew stairs could save space?