We love any sort of artful contrast in a room, and balloon vases are a perfect way to achieve that balance between playful and elegant. Their delicate arches and generally less-than-perfectly-clear colors give them an antique feel that can spice up any surface — plus, they’re great filled with flowers or all on their own. Palm fronds, fun branches or even beautiful, sophisticated lilies and hydrangeas give these balloon vases a totally different look in every room. Personally, we’ve always loved them best in a beach house but were pleasantly surprised at how fabulous they look in even the most formal spaces pictured below. We hope you enjoy these images as much as we did!
There are some days that are made for porch sitting. Whether the weather is beautiful or, like here, it’s pouring rain, there is nothing better than a warm cup of tea, a good book and a comfy porch swing to enjoy them in. Toss in a few coordinating pillows and some snazzy furniture, and you’ve got an outdoor space perfect for resting, daydreaming, or reading poetry and pretending you’re Allie from The Notebook… (Maybe that’s just me!) My husband suggested that today’s post be entitled: Things We Love: Roofs that Don’t Leak. On that note, I’m going to go chat with the roofer about our (not-so-fun) rainy-day surprise! Whether it’s raining or shining where you are, we hope these images make your evening a little brighter!
In doing a little research for the perfect chandelier for my kitchen, we came across more than a few fabulous options. But the hands-down winner for style: bamboo, bamboo, bamboo. So, yes, maybe it’s a theme with us here lately, but nothing makes a ceiling pop more than an uber-chic bamboo chandelier. And, somehow, whether you have a formal space or a more casual one, these lovely lights seem to make the right statement. Versatility is the best, especially if you might be moving soon. Trust me on this one… The Bamboo Chandelier from Gump’s is a great find and comes in a fun green. The Meurice 30 Light Chandelier is another favorite that proves, yet again, something we all know by now: that Jonathan Adler knows what he’s doing! If you’re looking for something a little more budget friendly, the Tropically Modern Bamboo Chandelier is cute as a button. We hope you enjoy these gorgeous photos as much as we did!
Fashion designer Keni Valenti’s Miami Beach Home as photographed for Elle Decor
In general, we’re big fans of any way that we can bring the outdoors in. Beach house or not, seashells can add a punch to any decor. From the den to the bath to that fabulous outdoor space, we love the way that these designers incorporated the shore into every room. The shell centerpiece in this room, designed by Mary MacDonald becomes a beautiful focal point.
A single shell makes a perfect centerpiece in this outdoor space, designed by Robert A.M. Stern and featured in Architectural Digest.
Designer Seth Anderson uses coral in this tone-on-tone room, also featured in Architectural Digest.
Designer Annette Hannon uses shells to set this table setting apart. This photo is from Home and Design Magazine.
Phoebe Howard uses starfish and coral to add dimension and flair to the built-ins in this dining room.
Peter Vitale photographed this great use of seashells for Veranda.
This outdoor area screams for shells, and designer Michael Ruegamer delivers. This space was photographed for Architectural Digest.
Paolo Moschino uses a shell for a soap dish in this bathroom, featured in House Beautiful.
Rich fabrics, luxurious stone and gilded accessories contrast the shells in this room impeccably. We love Joan Bobbit’s unexpected use of these elements together, as photographed for Southern Accents. Okay, so ideally we would all comb the beach and find exactly the perfect shell. Realistically, though, that is nearly impossible. Buying them might be a little like cheating, but sometimes there’s no other option. We like this Pink Murex Seashell, Large Conus Litteratus Seashell and White Coral. If you’re in the market for starfish, this Package of 30 Real Starfish is a bargain and as real as if you found each one yourself!
We love a perfectly put together room as much as the next person, but there is something so charming about a special touch that makes it look lived in. Hats can be such an attractive — and functional — addition to the decor of any room.
Sarah Richardson, for example, in her country home, featured on her HGTV show Sarah’s house, uses hats to frame this beautiful space. Plus, if you’re running out to work in the garden, you can easily grab a hat to shade your face.
These hats and straw bags, photographed by William Waldron for Country Living, add a welcoming touch to the area outside this back door.