The Look of Leisure.

The most awesome spread in the current House Beautiful had to be the cover story- not only for it’s decor (by Hannon Douglas) but the story behind the space.  This feminine beauty is not a full time residence, but rather a getaway for the mother of four whose main home is down the street.  Used as a space for her to get some alone time, drink wine with friends and hold small gatherings (as well as being a guest space for visitors) I think this has to be the most amazing luxury I’ve heard of as of late.  Can you imagine having a separate space from your family to just GET. AWAY. ?? Not to mention one that looks like THIS?  I dunno, if it were me I might pick some extra fights with my husband just to “take a time out”. :)

I am pretty sure her kitchen uses my bathroom floor tile as the backsplash! And how about those vintage doors?
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Get the Look: A Modern/ Traditional Dining Room

I had torn out this picture from a past issue of House & Home of Maxime Vandal and Richard Ouellette’s home (the duo behind the design firm Les Ensembeliers) a couple months ago.  I came across it again yesterday and still marvel at the blend of simplicity and bold statements.  I adore the use of oversize art and the use of a modern patterned fabric on vintage chairs. I think a space like this is one that anyone can easily make a reality in their own home, so I went about re-creating this look for you!

The Inspiration:
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1. A HUGE abstract print from Z. Gallerie fills a large blank wall.

2. A large white drum pendant can be dressed up to look like the one in the picture by applying leather tape trim (see #5) to the top and bottom edges with a hot glue gun!

3. Simple back tab drapes looks crisp and simple flanking a window, and no need for rings!

4. A clean lined pedestal table.

5. Faux leather tape trim.

6. An arrangement of orange and coral flowers (like these orange tulips) really pop against the navy and blue art.

7. My favorite brass rods from West Elm are back in stock.

8. Look on Etsy for sets of vintage chairs with interesting backs, like this set!

9. Navy printed zebra burlap is modern yet country and only $6 a yard!

10. Keep the walls a creamy white, like Ralph Lauren’s Tibetan Jasmine (the white all their stores are painted, apparently!). Painting the floors white as well make for a particularly fetching backdrop to the wood chairs and tables.  If a white floor is not in the cards I’d stick with a light colored, neutral rug like this one.