November 22, 2016

NOTHING FEELS AS GOOD AS FUR

REAL VERSUS FAUX
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Around the same time the world seemed to turn against fur garments a huge trend began - fur blankets and throws for the home. 
I remember in my mom cutting up her old fur coats to make pillows which were chic and unusual accessories for our home - the disapproving comments at the time were more about how could she destroy her beautiful coats than about the animal who involuntarily donated his skin... 
My current concern is that using them "privately" still doesn't make it right.... There are amazing faux furs that are basically undetectable. Yes, some animals are culled (zebra, alligator) which makes their hides more acceptable, but most decorative furs are not. 
Give into faux....


REAL FUR THROWS & BLANKETS
These below are real fur, but
consider using faux ones instead exactly as used here
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This contemporary eclectic bedroom is made more chic by the use of the Silver-Fox fur blanket; it adds a warming to factor to an otherwise cool looking space.


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This fur blanket I can't identify but its pattern and texture make the room very cozy looking on a cold winters night


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This Sable blanket thrown over this sofa goes with the "poshness" of the room. It has a slight glam appeal - used so causally here. A sumptuous cashmere Hermes throw would've done the same thing...


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This Coyote blanket must be heavy, no?


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You cant fault people for having bad taste.  Losing the mink throw with the tails wouldn't make this room any more elegant....


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This big city apartment bedroom probably needs that Fox blanket with those old windows to stay warm. The look is preppy glam and it works.


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This coyote hammock is a tad OTT for Americans. However in countries like Iceland, Sweden and Norway it's not unusual.



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I'm not really diggin' this look at all; this very English bedroom with a Red-Fox blanket "casually" draped over the settee...really? Looks more like the Mrs. went to bed drunk and left her coat out..


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This banquette has a stunning raccoon blanket over it. Chic during the winter as it cozies up this "cool" palette 


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Outdoors in the Rockies or Dolomite's around a fire, apres ski - I get it, suburban Philadelphia...hmmm well....no 


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This Hollywood Glam bedroom with all its mirrored items and silvered bits is about 'luxe,' hence their choice of the pillows and blanket. Obviously, it's all pulled off at bedtime which makes it really all about show...

FAUX-FUR 
THROWS and BLANKETS
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This uber-smart looking modern bedroom has used the too-trendy cowhide carpets (a by-product) and a faux-fur blanket. It looks so warm and soft this time of year.


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This retro-Regency living room employs a faux-fur throw on the sofa - casually laid to break up the crispness, it's fun, useful and inexpensive.


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This amazingly delicious bedroom has a stunning faux-Fox blanket. Its colors blend and accentuate the blues, dove grays and whites.
I jus' wanna git nekkid and roll all around on it....


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A faux-Mink blanket adds snap to this subtle moderne palette, the thought of laying on it watching TV is sorta sexy...


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This minimalists eclectic bedroom looks more detailed with that faux-Mink throw, it adds a sense of luxury and a touch of glam


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A European feeling comes to mind in this bedroom with the beautiful antiques and contemporary finishes and accessories. The faux-fur blanket adds another, softening layer to the juxtaposition.


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As wintertime accessories - faux-fur throws are perfect!  They can take your house from summer to winter with one quick toss. Here, a reading chair looks inviting - whether it's ever used or not, it's a stage set that sets the rooms tone for the season.


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Warning: Glamster on the loose!  
This faux-Chinchilla is perfect in this room as each item is carefully chosen for its effect. 


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Another faux-Chinchilla in this English country house; all done up in chic lavender, magenta and gray...woof! 
Bet it gets reeeally hot in that nooky nook wit dat chinchilla baby! 


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Texture is important in contemporary rooms with 'flat' upholstery as they add interest, shadow - and a touch of whimsy in this case. The real Curly Lamb (a by-product) pillows and the faux-Leopard add a bump of sexiness to this room - always nice...


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To soften the expanse of brown 'flat' upholstery this faux-Mink throw is laid over one section, creating a break-up of the expansive brown and and a cushy place for your tushy.


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This contemporary bedroom has many layers, textures and tones. It's all brought together in one simple faux-fur throw bordered in the cinnabar to match the headboard!  Sweeeet, right? 


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This Greek Flokati is real wool which is woven into blankets, rugs, pillows, etc. It's a great piece and can be washed at home!



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Room after my own heart!
Mies daybed with Faux-Mink throw and pillows!
The combination of materials and design used in a primal yet modern combination.


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This teenagers room uses this white faux-Mink blanket, it's not trying to be real, its what it is - which is cool!


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This bedroom uses a faux-Mink throw in gawjus shades of creams and white. Now, this old Victorian bedroom is totally zhuzh'ed up!


BAD FAUX FURS

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REMEMBER, if it looks fake from far away,
it'll look even worse up close...



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You can do it, I'm here to help!


September 2, 2016

GRAY IS HERE TO STAY


A GRAYING POPULATION

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The neutral tone has been a decorating basic for centuries. 
Gray is totally hot now as the intense, crazy, superbright colors of the last ten years have exhausted many of us. 
Gray feels balanced, sorta Zen with something very clean and simple about it which helps us relax and escape from our often overloaded lives. A peaceful color that's clean and simple and yet amazingly sophisticated.

THE ORIGINAL GRAYS
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(Chateau de Moissac)
The French, Belgians, Danish and Swedish are best known for their chic use of gray over the past two centuries


NOW, FRESHLY REINTERPRETED FOR THE 21st CENTURY
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GRAY LIVING ROOMS 
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(Clothing Designer: Francisco Costa)
The beautiful, clean-lined dove gray walls and matching trim-work are warmed up with touches of taupe and white.



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(Source: Unknown)
A Beaux-arts room is made younger with the monochromatic interiors. The natural wooden floors add warmth and maintain the old-world feeling of the space.



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(Source: Unknown)
Country house gets its groove on!  The pale gray walls, white trim and slightly deeper gray mantle make this colonial-period home feel fresh. Those two gray velvet sofa's are sexy too. 



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(Source: Traditional Home)
This beautiful room is soooo chic with the lovely French gray paint color. The pale gray linen upholstery, Lucite tables and blue accents are quite smart together.



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(Designer: David Collins)
Soft gray walls in this moderne London apartment provide the perfect background for the muted pastel accents 



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(Source: Decorating Ideas)
An unexpected use of monochromatic grays in this French-country-style home instead of umber and Brittany blue is so authentic and timeless.



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(Source: Unknown)
An amazing view, cement walls and gray cerused oak floors are all you need.... But this room is jacked up with the beautiful clean-lined upholstery and ethnic carpet.


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(Designer: Charles Spada Interiors)
A Victorian townhouse is made ultra chic with gray walls and white modern and antique upholstery….
It's totally Zenchy (Zen +  Schmancy)



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Kickin' it!!!  Slate floors, leather seating and Venetian plaster walls OMG!



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(Designer: Joe Ruggerrio)
Casually and inexpensively designed using tans and gray tones makes this totally restful and fresh looking.



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(Source: Fresh Home)
The rich graphite velour sofas with dark woods creates a very sophisticated home.



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The gray in this casual, transitional porch adds warmth and anchors all the white upholstery.



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(Source: FreshHome)
Deep monochromatic grays and blacks are pumped up with the plum carpet which introduces some levity.
Sooo comfy looking, right?


GRAY DINING ROOMS
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(Source: Belgian Pearls)
This Belgian dining room began with beautiful recycled cabinet doors and blue-limestone floors, so adding the gray-washed table and chairs were naturally a perfect fit.



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(Source: Unknown)
This Victorian dining room uses a soft gray with a drop of beige which looks amazing with the dark and light colored woods




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(Designer: Sophia Barattieri)
Queens on fleek! 
Cloud gray walls, steely gray silk curtains and teal velvet chairs…GTFO!



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(Designer: Jimmy Stanton)
Country gray with simple period pieces - done!



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(Source: Traditional Home)
LOVE the deeeep graphite walls with the chartreuse silk curtains.



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I think I just pee'd a little in my pants....


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The basic dining room formula with the newest color!
Love the variegated curtains of beige and gray silk and the plain sisal carpet keeping it real. 


GRAY BEDROOMS
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(Designer: Andrew Rose and Jenny Dyer)
This is designer perfection!  Light, bright and perfectly assembled



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(Source: Atlanta Homes Magazine)
This handsome, restful bedroom is snapped-up with the pony ottomans. The colorful images above the bed give it a little pop of color which is important in a monochromatic room.



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Think gray rooms can only be modern? Think again



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Easy sexy bedroom: 1. Awesome deep gray walls  2. Lose all the excess crap   3. Make up an all white bed   4. Find a hot lover..



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(Designer: Jennifer Worts)
Transitional rooms: A balance between traditional and contemporary is what most of us want now. I'm so diggin' that they didn't put something predictable (like a sunburst mirror) on the wall over the bed.



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(Source: Hotel Recamier)
This boutique hotel in Paris uses an upholstered headboard with a simple panel as a canopy. The varied tones of gray in the room are soothing and chic.



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(Source: French Country Decorating)
A French-style wall mural is ramped up with the bright white bed hangings and covers.  The warm-toned gilt chair and corona on the bed look so smart against the cool-toned grays.



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What a precious nursery....these walls would also be killer in a dining room or foyer!



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(Designer: Jay Jeffers)
Tones of gray and taupe are harmoniously paired here in this moderne bedroom. 



GRAY BATHROOMS
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Old house bathroom + gray walls + black and white photography = low-budge cool.


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(Designer: Paolo Moschino)
Carrara marble is baaaaack.....



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(Source: World of Interiors)
Not all grays are created equal; this one has a couple of drops of green in it, giving it a completely alluring and unexpected tone 



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(Source: Modern Declaration)
LOVE the visual of a solid chunk-of-marble sink top!
Chrome, Lucite and white glass….mmmMMmm



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(Designer: Philippe Starck)
Carrara reigns!
(But, I'm sooo tired of vessel sinks!)



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So hot and so beautiful...
Love, the slate wall tile with the cement floor, tub and sinks. The ceiling mounted tub filler is just OTT!


GRAY KITCHENS
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(Source: Habitually Chic)
Can it get any simpler? 
NO nickel hardware, no stone tops, no decorator shit hanging on the walls beside the cabinet…cheap and chic!



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(Designer: Timothy Haynes and Kevin Roberts)
Large-scale terrazzo floors direct this space: Dove-gray leather chairs, white quartz-stone top and black trim - sexy!



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Traditional kitchens get transitioned into cool kitchens with a coat of graphite paint 



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(Designer: Arquitectura, Barcelona)
Contemporary kitchens are never out of style in gray. The white island is perfect juxtaposed with the darker cabinets



GRAY OUTDOOR AREAS
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(Designer: Joaquin Torres, Architect)
Tired of all the wild bright textiles for outside yet? You will be....



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(Source: Atlanta Home and Lifestyle)
A cabin in the woods gets brought into the 21st century with the graphite upholstery creating a quiet restful vibe



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(Source: Fresh Home)
This gray upholstery outside blends in perfectly with the tones of the driftwood colored decking letting the views reign supreme



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(Architect: Gil Shafer)
This cozy porch with its light-gray checked upholstery, blue painted floor and gray painted trim looks bright and happy - especially with the blue and green accent pillows.



GRAYTE WEEKEND HOMES
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(Source: Designer Home)
Who wants those formulaic cutesy Williamsburg colors these days?...feh!  These natural beige's and gray's are much more sophisticated.



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(Source: Casasugar)
Cheap and chic! Used barnwood fabricated into a headboard makes this room feel beachy.



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Pale gray walls, black and white photos and a few gray accents creates a cozy, easy to maintain guest room.


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(Designer: Hallberg-Wisely)
Next to the beach the natural sand and driftwood colors are brought inside. The raffia chairs are upholstered in soft gray chenille which doesn't interfere with the view - it compliments it!



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I know you gotta be tired of that tired linen and white stripe upholstery Donghia used for beach houses 30 years ago. Gray stripes offer crispness without the twee…. 


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(Source: Elle Decor)
These upholstered pieces in charcoal chenille look great resting on the gray shag carpet in this Malibu Beach house.


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(Designer: Jean Larreta)
This country house has gray cotton fabric on all the comfy English style upholstery in this gray living room. The lack of pattern and tsochkes makes this transitional space feel more contemporary.




You can do it, I'm here to help!