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TEN / DREAM CHAIRS FOR YOUR LIVING ROOM

i recently replaced a pair of old, hand-me-down sofas with two new mid-century pieces that i found for an amazing deal. (a really amazing deal). they completely transformed the space and it feels so good! i still need a few more pieces to really tie the room together -- including a new coffee table, rug and tv stand, plus important accessories like pillows and blankets. i'm also toying with the idea of adding a funky accent chair for additional seating and for added interest. i want something that will really stand out. as usual, i started browsing options that are really out of my price range. but what i found was too good not to share: i would do anything to own the floral armchair that is beaded by hand and takes over three months to make. wouldn't you?! it's amazing. 

so yeah, this is basically a slightly impractical list of chair-art:

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KITCHEN ENVY / A CHARMING 1930'S RENO

a little home inspiration for your friday morning, and it's realllly cute.

this charming old-meets-new kitchen is everything you'd ever want in a home. there is a subtle nod to the house's original 1939 Tudor aesthetic, but with modern delights -- like that tiled floor! there's a lot going on, but everything works together seamlessly. from the brass elements to the special details (like an oil painting, and gingham tea towels), this kitchen was curated to perfection. per-fect-tion. 

the emerald green cabinets made me really fall in love with this kitchen. i would have never thought to use dark green for a kitchen cabinet, but i like it so much more than the traditional white or wood. it's a refreshing change.

a close up of this gorgeous floor. and that gorgeous stove.

every kitchen needs a space to display a collection of curated objects, cookbooks, and pretty bowls. i love the idea of adding an oil painting to the mix.

the floating wood shelves add a much needed natural texture in this pattern-happy room, and a place for your eye to rest. i love that the shelves add a warm farmhouse feel, especially when paired with that perfect porcelain sink.

another little nook for dishes and collectables next to a handsome smeg refrigerator -- one appliance that will permanently live in my fictitious dream home (i've been coveting smeg's toaster too). 

 

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AN OPULENT FLAT IN INDIA

this apartment is stunning -- full of unapologetically bright colors and exciting pattern combinations. i know i say this a lot, but can i please live here?

this red and white kitchen is my favorite room out of the whole home tour, and it might be easy to see why -- it's really all about the floral walls & zig-zag ceiling. both are actually hand-painted, and the high ceilings help make an otherwise intimidating combination work impeccably. i love that the owner took a risk with this; the mural makes the space feel complete. 

 (that's Marie-Anne's pup Aedo)

(that's Marie-Anne's pup Aedo)

this home is a one-room flat located in a hotel in Jaipur, India. six years ago, Dutch fashion designer, Marie-Anne Oudejans (most known for her work with Tocca), moved to this royal city in hopes of finding adventure. based on how cool this apartment is, it seems like she found what she was looking for. every corner is dripping with opulent details -- like this golden mirror frame, and funky canopy bench -- but it has enough places for your eye to rest, like the simple floors and calming blue paint. 

Marie-Anne's opulent home in India | @themissprints

fun fact about Jaipur: it is known as the Pink City of India due to its salmon-colored buildings. Jaipur is also the country's epicenter for shopping where you can find treasures like gems, textiles, carpets, antiques and jewelry. 

colorful home in India | @themissprints

upholstered headboards are quite common, yet you never see them mixed with a metal canopy bed. noted.

an opulent bedroom in Jaipur India @themissprints
an opulent home in India @themissprints

the zig-zags continue in this precious dressing room. i absolutely adore every detail, down to the sleepy dog. 

Marie-Anne's opulent home in India | @themissprints

APARTMENT ENVY / THIS ARTIST'S COLORFUL BARCELONA ABODE

when it comes to houses, apartments, lofts, vacation homes, you name it, i will always (always) choose a fixer upper over a new build. ironically, i grew up living in new construction -- new house, new neighborhood, new everything. it wasn't until college, when i moved into a long list of Boston apartments, that i started my romance with old places. living among the chipped paint and not-so-modern kitchens, i was introduced to the narrative inside their front doors: the worn hardwood floors and brick fireplaces, crown moldings, hissing radiators and original built-ins. old stuff. i just can't get enough.

i found this colorful apartment on Apartment Therapy, isn't it cute? home to Italian artist Joana Santamans, her flat in Barcelona is chock full of character and inspiring details that remind me a bit of the apartments i've lived in. Joana uses large paintings, mid-century furniture, and industrial touches to pull everything together. 

one of my favorite design elements are the muted Moroccan floor tiles that fill the apartment. it's a major statement, but between the classic pattern and neutral tone, the space feels elegant and fresh.

 
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the kitchen sports industrial features, a large chalkboard wall, and ((now trending)) wooden countertops. 

what makes this apartment particularly special are the little things: carefully found objects, books, and the artist's own work. here, paintings of animals hang around every corner with a dose of whimsy, and splashes of unapologetically bright yellow (my favorite!) accent the floors and crown molding.

get the look / a vintage-modern apartment

want to move in? me too. so i thought, why not bring home a little bit of old-world Barcelona charm home? it's totally doable with the right pieces -- industrial lamps, big paintings, graphic tiles...

(i've got a close eye on you, tiles). 

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GET THE LOOK

 

Joana Santamans painting

modern factory pendant from Schoolhouse Electric Supply & Co

King Louie chair from Chairish

throw pillow from West Elm

vintage speaker from Marshall

velvet sofa from West Elm

chalk paint in graphite from Annie Sloan

cement floor tile via Houzz

 

all photos via Apartment Therapy, collage by miss prints


MIXING MOROCCAN RUGS

interior designers always have the best homes. it's cool to see how their design comes alive if they have no rules and no one telling them what to do. after stumbling upon this interview on Glitter Guide, i fell completely in love with interior stylist, Jennifer Harrison's, bohemian house. founder of Flea Market Fab, Jennifer has an effortless sense, and an enviable collection of Moroccan rugs. every inch of this this colorful, cozy, comfortable bungalow is full of magic -- both outside and in.

a wrap around deck has always been a dream of mine. and in my imagination i see something very similar to this one: bright and filled to the brim with plants, found treasures, rugs, and distressed furniture -- including a place to store dinnerware for a spontaneous dinner party. 

the artist and her cute little pup surrounded by plants -- both real and in wallpaper form.

a dramatic geometric runner for a white staircase. it almost looks hand drawn, adding to the rustic, found feeling this home has throughout.

an expert thrifter, Jennifer is always hunting for new objects. because of that, she is constantly rearranging her style at home. there is so much going on, but is simultaneously cozy and lived in -- you can tell that each detail was carefully found.

poufs are the new chairs. they're especially snazzy in moroccan fabrics.

the two contrasting rugs work so well in this bedroom, and the addition of poufs and pillows in similar textures really ties the room together. simple white walls and clean accessories keep the space looking fresh.

more rug mixing, and patterned wallpaper. everything just works.

if i had to choose, i think this home has left me most inspired to start collecting rugs. not sure if that's a good thing, or a dangerous thing -- sorry in advance bank account -- but the mixture of moroccan colors and prints truly make these spaces homey and unique.


WANT TO TRY / A PATTERN HAPPY HALLWAY

i really like those underused spaces in a home. like a hallway. often times i think of a hallway simply as a way to get from one space to another, but these rooms are making me rethink it. why not add some personality to your walk from the kitchen to the living room? bright tiles, wallpaper, or a colorful rug are all you need. 

a pattern happy hallway | @themissprints

add an open closet. this one shows off this gals awesome coat collection. also like the bold red and white tiles -- they really make a statement. source

a pattern happy hallway | @themissprints

a whimsical floral wallpaper turns this hallway into a place i want to hang out. the gold details, mirrors, and the small striped rug are a nice touch, and help tie this space together. source

a pattern happy hallway | @themissprints

pile on the prints! this pattern combination has a perfect mismatched feel: swans (!), florals, traditional prints, diamonds, and even stripes from the painted wood floor. rather than looking crazy, this quirky corridor feels cozy. source

a pattern happy hallway | @themissprints

there is nothing i covet more than a great gallery wall -- especially one that takes over. i love that this hallway is used to display a homeowners treasured collection of art and curiosities. source

a pattern happy hallway | @themissprints

focus on one surface, keeping everything else a clean white (except for that amazing geometric jacket). the focus here is clearly the floor, making this hallway feel bright and happy. source


EIGHT / COLORFUL MOROCCAN RUGS

rugs! they've been on my mind (did you see this post?). i've decided my next big home purchase will be a bright moroccan rug. although i haven't found the right one yet (at the right price), i've really enjoyed the hunt. i like these eight handmade options. their geometric motifs make them easy to incorporate into any living space, and i would have so much fun mixing in layers of patterns to create a cozy-bohemian room:

  a   one of a kind handmade rug  from Azilal, Morocco

a one of a kind handmade rug from Azilal, Morocco

there's no rhyme or reason to the pattern on this wool rug from Beklina, which is why it's so great.

another rug from Beklina. i love these colors! 

this Etsy shop has perfectly styled photos and lovely rugs. i like this one's imperfect wavy lines, and neon pink and purple colors. i'll take the shoes too, please.

this rug feels so summery and light. i like the faded blues, and thin embroidery. wouldn't this be great for an indoor patio? i don't have one, but a girl can dream.

i wanted to share every single rug from Semikah Textiles, but i made myself pick one. i decided on this fantastic, ombre faded runner -- need it for my hallway!

this technically isn't a moroccan rug, BUT the uneven scallops and rainbow hues reminded me of one.

the rugs sold at Loom and Field are beeeautiful. Loom and Field is based in France, and they sell vintage moroccan rugs in bright, cheerful colors. this rug's oversized diamond pattern caught my eye.

one more pretty rug from Beklina

it breaks my heart that this rug is sold out! the patterns!


WANT TO TRY / A PERSIAN RUG IN THE BATHROOM
    GETTING COZY WITH A PERSIAN RUG

 

GETTING COZY WITH A PERSIAN RUG

i don't know about you, but a good Persian rug makes my heart flutter -- i've become a bit obsessed. i've always seen Persian rugs in living rooms and bedrooms, doing their thing by making any space more casual, effortless and cozy instantly.

but in a bathroom!?

i never thought of that before.

behold -- proof that rooms can become transformed by one of these guys SO easily. making things a little less perfect and sterile, and a little bit more warm and inviting. i guess it's official: i will have a Persian rug in every room of my home (they also look great in kitchens, by the way). it's a good thing they come in so many different patterns.

scroll down for six of my favorite bathrooms with Persian Rugs:

i want to hang out here -- it looks so comfortable and cabin-y

i love a good old fashioned black, white and gold color combo (with some spring green thrown in)

this worn rug really grounds this fantastic modern bathroom. without it, i think this bathroom would look too sterile

a bright rug is all this simple rustic bathroom needs (the wooden beams help too)

pattern on pattern! 

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