design : ELEMENT

Talk about timeless. 
Copper has been around forever. Used for thousands of years by the ancient Romans, used in the pyramids of Egypt, the Statue of liberty is made from it (apparently 31 tons), and of course it's on any must-have-list of our greatest chefs. 

This natural material has been chosen many times over and isn't going anywhere. It's 100% recyclable, making it one of earth's greenest materials and it's naturally antibacterial - great for door handles, handrails, doorplates etc.

I could go on listing many facts about copper.
For example, the brass we all love is an alloy of it.

But putting all historical, environmentally sound and eco friendly properties aside,
I just find it beautiful. 

I love the shine of it. And the way it pairs with other 
materials; it looks great with stainless steel or nickel. 
Mix them - why not? I equally love it worn a bit or
rustic with the patina that can develop over time. 
Copper can begin to change and develop beautiful 
colors anywhere from brown or even pink and orange, 
then eventually developing a blue-green verdigris-
 Like the Statue of Liberty! 

I like the variations best of all.
Every piece is different and would take on a finish of it's own in any given environment.
Not to mention how versatile it is. From statues, to everyday items or gorgeous tubs AND mirrors
(This copper wall is so cool,  
it takes the antique mirror to a new level.)

Copper has lent itself to some beautiful
 design elements. 


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classic pairings . . .

W I N D S O R   S M I T H    &   A R T E R I O R S 

Here's why this is so great...

 Windsor Smith, one of the biggest names in the industry, named by Veranda Magazine as one of the top 25 design influencers, designer to the stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, and of course one of my favorite designers of all time, joined Arteriors as their newest guest designer.

Windor Smith uses classic elements such as the Greek laurel wreath, Roman columns and urns - pairs them with modern details like polished nickel and brass finishes, touches of Danish Modern and even some equestrian influences to create a collection that is timeless and glamorous. 

A unique mix done to perfection.
Arteriors has long been a go-to for finding great accessories and interesting pieces - perfect for that layered look and eclectic feel I love so much - now there are 40 more! 

Yes, there are 40 pieces in her collection, go here to see them all.

images: arteriorshome.com


spring hero

    Inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere....
I've heard many creative people say this and Yann Delacour's Polaroids are such beautiful examples.

 The Hermes magazine came in the mail the other day and while flipping through it I was so taken with the article by Stephane Wargnier and, of course, with these images by Yann Delacour.

 Delacour sees art in the simple and often overlooked elements. His compositions are created by capturing these small details, which makes them interesting, making them the star. 
"the photographer makes weeds the hero in his story of organic life."

And with mounds of black snow still lingering here in Chicago, the sight of just a bit of green would be so welcoming!  

As Wagnier so eloquently discribes him,
Yann Delacour is a true "poet of small things".


images: Yann Delacour 
 quotes: Stephane Wargnier


wednesday whites


Light, bright and airy, that's what I see in these.
I also see lots of natural light, great art, fresh flowers and a collection of interesting chairs. Having a classic Eames chair or a Thonet bench doesn't hurt either. 
Besides a beautiful, functional and well appointed desk, what else would one want!?


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it bears repeating...

It had to be done....this is stunning.


design: Catherine Kwong
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Black + Gold

simply done and done right.


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seasonal style

black + white and holiday inspiration

Happy Holidays!


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