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Sunday
Jan092011

vintage maps

There's something about nautical maps and charts that get my heart racing.  They are a great way to bring a little personality to your decor without going overboard with the beach theme.  As the wife of a Recon Marine, I've been fortunate enough to accumulate quite a few of these; whenever my husband would dive, he'd bring home some of the maps he used.  Some I've framed whole, and others I've cut into portions and framed each piece separately.  For me, it's so much more meaningful to hang them in our house, since they are something that my husband used.  Here are some of the creative ways others have used nautical charts in their decor:

This entryway, by Thomas O'Brien, is stunning thanks to the oversized charts and lustworthy glossy black double doors.

Steven Gambrel used them to wallpaper a boy's bedroom in this Long Island home that was featured in House Beautiful here

Steven Gambrel created a jaw-dropping accent wall in the living room of his South Beach hideaway by framing multiple charts in a grid pattern on one wall.

Interior Designer Ruthie Sommers used pale blue walls as the perfect backdrop for one lone framed map in this beach house.

Designer Kerry Joyce made a big impact in this child's room with walls papered in many nautical maps.

This hallway, featured in Garden & Gun, boasts an unexpected surprise:  it is actually covered in wrapping paper, that was cut and glued to the walls!  You can get the same look with maps from Kate's Paperie, which I wrote about here

Saturday
Jan082011

#6

The moment I met you, I knew an adventure was about to begin... 

Six years ago today, I married an amazing man, who happened to also be my best friend, biggest supporter and the only person who makes me laugh 'til I cry.  Thank you for being so wonderful, through the good and bad, the ups and downs.  I'm the luckiest girl in the world!

Thursday
Jan062011

new at west elm

I always get excited to see retailer's Spring lines, and wait patiently for their catalogues to make their way to my mailbox.  (After the holidays, it's one of my favorite ways to beat the January "blahs"!)  The latest from West Elm was the first to arrive yesterday and it did not disappoint. 

These metal bath cabinets made my heart skip a beat! 

  

I'm a sucker for anything striped; this fabulous shower curtain would look great in my guest bath...  

This duvet has nautical flair and would look adorable in a little boy's room...

Love these hand towels...

...and these baskets    

I think I need this ribbon mirror...

This tassel throw makes me want to curl up in front of the fire... 

What do you think?  Anything tickle your fancy?

                                                                                                                              

 

Friday
Dec312010

eric zener

If dropping $20,000 on a piece of art were a luxury I could easily afford, my first purchase would be one of Eric Zener’s oversize oil paintings.  Each piece is so incredibly realistic that, at first glance, one might have a hard time determining whether he or she was looking at a photograph or a painting (I certainly did!) 

Famous for centering his paintings around water, whether it’s the sea or the swimming pool, Zener’s work invokes calm, peaceful feelings.  A diver plunging beneath the surface with so many bubbles, it seems like they are about to burst through the painting.  A woman taking a morning swim alone in the ocean; a father and daughter holding hands, jumping off a pier.  Looking at one of his pieces, you can’t help but feel like you’re immersed in the water yourself. 

Someday, one of his paintings will hang in my house.  Until then, here are some of my favorites that still manage to take my breath away; which one is your favorite?  Check out more of his work here 

 

 

 

All photos by Eric Zener

Wednesday
Dec292010

pantsuits for paintbrushes

For years I have helped friends, family members, neighbors and clients decorate their homes, tackling everything from painting, refinishing furniture, choosing furniture placement to making window panels and pillows, picking the perfect fabrics, accessorizing and much more.  Starting my own interior design business seemed like the only logical next step.  So, after successful careers in the worlds of finance and advertising, I bit the bullet, finally giving in to my creative, design-oriented side that was bursting at the seams, waiting for its chance in the spotlight.  My love for classic style coupled with unexpected modern twists led me to create Bungalow Blue Interiors and for the first time in my life, my job makes me so happy; I can hardly wait to bounce out of bed in the morning and get to work! 

Helping people like me was my motivation for starting my own business:  those without an enormous budget who want their homes to reflect their personality and lifestyle.  Just because you can’t afford high-end furniture or accessories doesn’t mean your home can’t be beautiful and unique.  

While interior design can be a bit intimidating, it doesn’t get more approachable than this.  I’m not afraid to get dirty-painting, sanding, refinishing; I’m pretty handy with many a power tool, and love any opportunity to transform something you already own with a coat of paint and new accessories.  My signature design principle has always been to work with what I have to really allow my personality to shine through in my own home and now I love being able to do that for others. 

Need help picking paint colors, shopping for accessories or finding the perfect arrangement for your furniture?  I’m your girl.  Looking to do a complete décor overhaul and have no idea where to start?  Give me a call.  Selling your home and need help staging it?  No problem.  Even if you don’t own your home, there are many ways to liven up your rental space and make it truly yours. 

Welcome to my blog, a collection of my work, easy décor projects and all the beautiful things that inspire me.  I’m so excited to begin this amazing journey and look forward to making new friends along the way!

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