Monday, April 30, 2012

Loving Lucite

The iconic ghost chair has been a longtime favourite of mine and more and more I see lucite furniture pieces popping up around the space. Apart from being more contemporary their transparency makes them take up less visual space and perfect. Lucite furniture can be paired with both traditional and more modern pieces and is incredibly transitional. 

Friday, April 27, 2012

When life hands you lemons

I love unexpected and inexpensive items used for decorative purposes. Aside from putting lemons in a bowl in the kitchen I have never really given them much thought as a decorative accessory until now.Whether in a flower arrangement, simply placed in a bowl or creatively used as place card holders, lemons are a affordable way to add some beauty and fun and when you are done with them - make lemonade! :) 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Inspired Office Spaces

I'm back in my office today for the first time in way too long and feeling very inspired. I was originally planning to do a post on tropical living but after getting back to my desk I wanted to share some inspiring office spaces instead. I have to admit that I do love my office but I would love it even more if I had a huge Mac screen, Parsons desk, wall sized inspiration board or had any of the characteristics of these beauties below.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Blogfest 2012

I am getting super duper excited for Blogfest 2012 in New York in exactly one month! I am constantly checking their website, twitter feed and facebook page for updates and following my fellow bloggers who are attending. A few of the incredibly talented bloggers that will be attending are ...

Friday, April 20, 2012

Inspiring Ladies

Love Design* has been lacking consistent posts recently because I have been in a funk and feeling anything but inspired, which is hard to believe when there are so many inspiring individuals around the place and Pinterest is brimming with inspiration, but it's true. Over the weekend I spent an amazing weekend at my uncle's house; Belair Great House and one of these inspiring individuals came to visit. It seems just talking to her was what I needed to remember why I love what I do and after our conversation I was eager to get back in the office and back to work. This week has been hectic and I've been working on different blogs for next week and I was scheduled today to blog about the incredibly talented Crystal Gentilello but in the process of doing research I kept coming across some very inspiring ladies. I cannot possibly list all today because then this post would be even longer than it already is but I will take you through my little chain of events and a few of the inspiring ladies that brought me here today. 

I went onto the Everygirl (my new favourite obsession) and saw an article about Crystal Gentilello which caused me to check out her new website and fall in love with every single room she designed and styled. I then went back to the Everygirl and re read an article about my very favourite Decorista; Ashlina Kaposta. After this I checked out images on Pinterest and was brought right back to the Everygirl who had featured Taylor Sterling of the Glitter Guide. I then decided to read more about the founders of the amazing Everygirl; Alaina and Danielle

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It wouldn't be fair not to mention the inspiring lady that prompted me to get back to work so I want to thank Kimberly from Loop Barbados and also mention her very talented co founder Melanie. Make sure to check out their new website here for a chance to WIN a FREE trip to Barbados. (more on this next week!) 
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wallpaper Wow

A surefire way to add some WOW to a room is to add wallpaper. Whether it is a feature wall, a hallway or the whole room wallpaper is sure to add interest. Wallpaper is no longer reserved for your grandmothers sitting room and comes in lots of fun and fabulous patterns, prints and colours.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Beautifully Styled Bookcases

I have a weakness for books and bookcases and as I've mentioned before here a well stocked bookcase is a must in my dream home. Even though I love nothing more than a packed bookcase full of books, I have to admit that a well styled bookcase makes me swoon. Below are some styled bookcases that may not be entirely practical but are definitely pretty! Which do you prefer, pretty or practical? 

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