27 January 2013

Sleeping Nooks

My love of sleeping nooks can probably be traced back to seeing my childhood friend Jesse convert an entryway closet into her bedroom. Just big enough to hold her bed, it gave her the privacy she needed in a busy house and provided the perfect spot for us to hide from the world. A sleeping nook can be a way of carving a bedroom out of a small home. But even when square footage is no issue, a bed nook provides an embracing space to retreat to at the end of the day. I'd say it's worth the extra effort required to make up the sheets in the morning.

20 January 2013

Dhurries, Suzanis and Other Rugs

As an extension of a post I wrote in April on boho chic, I thought I'd celebrate the beauty of dhurries, suzanis and other colorful  handmade rugs. Suzani rugs were originally created by the nomadic tribes of Central Asia. They were expertly embroidered and were the basis of a girl's dowry, though all segments of society appreciated their value. Dhurrie rugs originate in India and are hand-loomed. Easily folded, they can be used in a variety of ways from window treatments to cushions to tablecloths. As these examples show, it's almost a shame to throw them on the floor.

Images:  Period Living February 2012. Desire to Inspire. Home Inspiration Design. Apartment Therapy. House Beautiful October 2012. Canadian House & Home March 2011. Elle Decor December 2012. House Beautiful December/January 2013.

11 January 2013


I have already shared my love for plaid/tartan interiors here, but I thought it was time to revisit this timeless classic.

Images: Country Homes & Interiors magazine, November 2010. Quintessence Blog. Design Sponge. Lonny magazine, January/February 2013. Homes & Gardens magazine, November 2010. John Lewis.
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