What Inspired You in 2010?

What inspired you in 2010?

Here are just a few of the things I noticed throughout the year that might be called a trend but I hope will continue to gather a following in 2011.

Hand Blocked Fabrics

{Madeline Weinrib hand blocked fabric and an Hermes blanket via Windsor Smith}

{Madeline Weinrib Isabelle Group}

The Hermes Blanket

{Lime green leather poufs and an Hermes blanket via Kelly Wearstler}

The Moroccan Pouf

{via Decor Pad}

{Amanda Nisbet via Decor pad}

The Chalkboard Wall

The Silhouette

{via Luxe and Lillies}

The Gallery Wall

{Courtney Giles via Blueprint Bliss}

{via Gingerella}

Bench Seating and Bongo Stools in the Kitchen

{Kay Douglas}

{Melanie Turner}

Belgian Inspired Interiors

{Interior Design, Barbara Westbrook}

His and Hers Slipcovered Chairs at the Dining Room Table

{Architect Bobby McAlpine and Designer Susan Ferrier from Coastal Living}

The Color Gray

{via Greige}

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My Favorite Blog Posts from 2010

Looking back through the year, I wanted to share with you some of the posts from my favorite blogs that made me smile or laugh, brought me inspiration, intrigued me and left me wanting to learn more. I am sure there were some fascinating posts in the first quarter last year but evidently my memory only goes back until about mid-summer. I think I need to start thinking about what inspires me a little bit earlier next year.

Here it is! My favorite posts from 2010:

I look forward to reading all the posts from Brooke Giannetti at Velvet & Linen but three of her posts this year have really stuck with me and top my list of my favorite posts of 2010. If you are looking for some inspiration these last few days of the holiday break visit Velvet & Linen and check out The Children's Study and Leila's room. I think these two posts really resonated with me because I love working with my daughter to create spaces for her that are personal and kid stylish. Both of these posts are packed with inspiration and walk you through the design process. Finally, my absolute favorite post of the year is an evening with Penelope Bianchi and Lars Bolander. I laughed out loud when I read she screamed in the carpool line after learning Penelope Bianchi was reading her blog. If you have not read this post, its a must-read for the year complete with an incredible tour of Penelope Bianchi's home and enchanting gardens!

Another one of my favorite morning reads is the blog Nest Egg. I first discovered Rachel Halvorson's blog after reading Southern Style 21 Architects, Artists, Designers & Craftsmen Who are Making Us All Look Good,  the cover article in the August/September issue of Garden & Gun. To view the post that first captured my loyalty see It's A Swing Thing and Garden & Gun

So, I have always wanted a dutch door and loved the collection of inspiring images posted at Willow Decor. If you too are obsessed with the dutch door you will enjoy Welcome Back Thru Dutch Doors.

Heather Clawson from Habitually Chic does a great job of exposing us to the many important people and design related happenings in New York City. I found her post ~ At Home With Jeremiah Goodman ~ intriguing to say the least! She described seeing this incredibly talented artist at his home and art studio like she "pulled back the curtain on the almighty Oz." I couldn't agree more. I am always intrigued by artists. How they live, their studios and their environments, as well as where they get their inspiration.

I follow the blog Limestone & Boxwoods and know that when a post arrives, I will like it. I loved his post on Pursley Architecture in Charlotte but I think my favorite post was this summer on Bench Seating in the Kitchen. I have a bench seat pulled up to my kitchen island and absolutely love it. If you are considering updating your kitchen anytime soon, this post will inspire you with not only bench seating but clean lined kitchens that are fresh and modern.

Pam Pierce of Houston is one of my most favorite interior designers and I loved seeing her simple and natural Christmas decor on Boxwood Terrace. The post is entitled Snowed In which is exactly why I was reading this post. The landscape in the South is still blanketed with snow.

I would love to know what inspired you this year.
Are there a few special blog posts out there I need to read? Please share!

I hope that many of my posts have inspired you this year and brought something meaningful to your life. Thanks for reading my blog. I look forward to another year of reading your comments and emails.Photobucket
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Merry Christmas!

Wishing all of you joy and peace.

May the spirit of Christmas fill your heart with love today and throughout the New Year!
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"Twas the Night before Christmas

{The French Mouse}
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.

{Circa Interiors}

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

{Hermes Winter Ad Campaign}

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry'
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

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Day {23} Illuminate

{Belgian Pearls}

{via The Adventures of a Tartan Scot}

{photographer Michael Reanier illuminates a vineyard with tiny white lights}

{Belgian Pearls}

{Simply Seductive}

{Little White Daisies}

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas! They are forecasting a white Christmas this year, the first in many, many years. I love the glow of a fire or the twinkle of little white lights.

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