July 29, 2010

Round-up of really good stuff (and some thank yous too)

Normally, I have a plan when I write a blog post. I search the Internet for pictures (hello Google, why did you mess with the image search?? ARGH!!), go through my inspiration folders, and depending on the topic, I’ll do some research. And then I put it all together and voila, blog post.

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But today, I’m just going to wing it, because I‘ve found some really good stuff this week that I want to share, and I just don’t have the time to sort it all out. And I have some thank yous to send out too :-)

I want to live in a beach house

Not just any beach house. THIS beach house. It was posted over at CreateGirl earlier this week. It’s the Ocean Breezes beach house in New Hampshire. It was designed by TMS Architects, and it’s GORGEOUS. The exterior is beyond exquisite…


And the interior… breathtaking!! That’s a little body of water called the Atlantic Ocean out the window… LOVE THAT VIEW!!!


I’m absolutely in love with this dining room, especially the amazing window.


This kitchen would make me want to cook and wash dishes all day and all night!!


I don’t know if I’d be able to sleep in this bedroom, I’d just want to sit and look out at the ocean all day and night!!


If you want to see more—and I don’t know why you wouldn’t!!—go to the TMS Architects web site and scroll through the residential projects till you find Ocean Breezes. Also check out CreateGirl’s post, Lovelace Interiors, and photographer Rob Karosis.

New designer crush

Yesterday over at theLENNOXX, I discovered the amazing interior design work of Kathleen Hay. I’m totally hooked on this gorgeous dining room, especially the chairs. Notice how she’s used three different fabrics, and the nail head trim is perfection. The chandelier and fireplace and scones and accessories are pretty awesome too!!

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One common theme to Kathleen’s work is “go big or go home”. Check out the huge pieces of pottery on this dining table:

DR green chairs pottery

And the glass bottles on the kitchen counter. Not to mention the FOUR chandeliers and TWO islands!!


I just love the architectural details like the coffered ceiling in this living room…

coffered ceiling

And the “grid” walls in this dining room…

DR grid walls  DR large mirror grid

Kathleen uses the same grid detailing on the wall behind the bed in this beautiful bedroom. Notice how the headboard, bookshelves, and side tables are incorporated into one piece.

bedroom grid

The same technique is used in this beautiful blue bedroom, where the bed, headboard, side tables, and cabinet at the end of the bed create one big piece of furniture. And speaking of big, check out the HUGE shell on the headboard!!

built in blue bedroom

Big clocks rock!

Susan from Between Naps on the Porch wrote this article at Houzz about big wall clocks. I LOVE big wall clocks!!

big clock houzz

Susan’s article reminded me of my fave picture of a big wall clock from Things That Inspire. Not only does the clock rock, but the grid wall and windows and staircase are fab too!!

big clock things that inspire

A couple more awesome big clocks from Things That Inspire…

big clock amydmorris things that inspire

big clock things that inspire 2

You can see more beautiful clocks at Things That Inspire here and here.

And two big clocks my my latest designer crush, Kathleen Hay…

big clock bedroom

gallery wall

Gorgeous glass sailboats

I have no idea where these are from, and I’m not really sure what they are—maybe tealight holders??—but I found them at Jeff Allen Photography, and I love them!! Aren’t the shades of blue beautiful?? :-)

JA glass boats

And a bunch of thank yous go out to…

Home Beautiful cover A-M at The House That A-M Built — AM had a giveaway a couple of months ago. Five lucky winners received a copy of the June 2010 issue of Home Beautiful that featured A-M’s gorgeous home. And I won a copy!! Poor A-M paid a fortune in postage to send the magazine from Australia to Canada, but I’m absolutely thrilled to have my very own copy, and thrilled for A-M that her gorgeous home was not only featured, but it made the cover!!

You can see A-M’s beautiful home on her blog, as well as a short version of the Home Beautiful article here. And if you happen to live in Brisbane, you can BUY A-M’s house. Yes, believe it or not, A-M and her family have moved out and are going to embark on another home-building adventure. Good luck, A-M!!

AM kitchen home beautiful

Nancy at Marcus Design and Lisa at Lisa Goulet Design — Nancy and Lisa both had giveaways recently with CSN gift certificates as the prize. I won the $50 certificate from Nancy, and then a couple of weeks later, I won the $60 certificate from Lisa!! Yes, I know, I really should remove the horseshoe from my ass ;-) But I swear, I never win anything besides blog giveaways! Door prizes, 50/50 draws, lottery tickets… NOTHING. I’m looking forward to my CSN shopping spree — what to buy… these are some of the items Nancy found. I’m kind of diggin’ the peanut bowl :-)

CSN images

beautiful_blogger_awardmargie Shannon at What’s Up Whimsy recently gave DesignTies the Beautiful Blogger award. Actually, it was a couple of weeks ago, but we’ve been total delinquents and still haven’t written the ten things about us that’s part of accepting the award. We will soon, promise!! In the meantime, if you really want to know more about us, you can read about me here and Victoria here.

I know this post is a bit all over the place, but I hope you enjoyed the round-up of really good stuff :-) Leave a comment and let me know what good stuff you’ve come across recently…

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Unless otherwise noted, images are from the source(s) mentioned immediately before or after the images.


Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

Wow, you do have a horseshoe up your butt! Let us know what you decide to get from CSN!

And your welcome for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Both you and Victoria have been so supportive of me and my blog since I started, so I just wanted to show you how important you guys are to me!

Lauren said...

You don't like the new Google Image Search? Why not!? Aaand, in other news, you've officially convinced me it's worthwhile to enter blog giveaways. Hit a few of us with your magic lucky wand, hey?!

xinex said...

Gorgeous pictures and decor! Thanks for the inspiration....Christine

theLENNOXX said...

What a great collection of your favorite finds! And thanks for mentioning theLENNOXX :-x

That beach house is truly spectacular, the ocean view from the kitchen blows my brain!

Things That Inspire said...

Thank you for the mention, and for directing me to such great posts and (new to me) blogs!

I have found that the new google search method is driving a lot more traffic to my blog - I think because the source of the image is now displayed in the background, and it many cases people are drilling down.

Just curious, why don't you like it? It does seem as if fewer images are pulled up.

Designwali said...

great post! and you are definitely on a lucky streak...go pick up a lottery ticket asap.

Unknown said...


The most thrilling thing about being a designer and blogger is hunting and gathering visual pieces to share enthusiasm.

It's the fuel to fire and releases new ideas and solutions to design situations or "eureka" moments. Great snaps, post and inspiration.


Lisa said...

What a great post! I like that you were all over the place - kind of how I think....
And that beach house that Kathleen Hay designed - absolutely gorgeous I would live there in a minute - would you share???
And thanks for the shout out!

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Such beautiful spaces. Thanks for the white kitchens. I'm gathering all the inspiration I can for the finishing touches to our new home!

Marcus Design said...

AWESOME post Kelly! I love everything you listed :) And I especially can't wait to hear what you buy from CSN. You are always so kind and supportive to other bloggers that you deserve to win tons of giveaways!!
I have to say that when I ssaw Kathleen's work over at theLennoxx yesterday, I thought I had died and went to heaven! Stunning hey? Me and hubby are still 'working' on putting that grid paneling in our dining room...slow, but it will eventually get there :)

Anonymous said...

Ok, so I am completely with you on the gorgeous beach house....I want it too! Thanks for sharing and congrats on your beautiful award!

Kim@Living with Little People said...

Congrats on all the great prizes! That is an incredible streak of luck. :o) I am completely inspired by the Kathleen Hay bedroom with the big wall clock. The black beds and clock look amazing against the pale blue wall.

Flourishing Networks said...

great ideas with great colours...loving it!!!!!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

The beach house is of course to die for..., imagine sitting in that kitchen!!!!!

The sailboats, I think, are as you said, tea light holders.

Sharon said...

Ahh congrats for winning the giveaways!! and on the award:)

Loved many things in this post. The sailboats for one. And the giant clocks which make for great focal points in a decor.
Great list!! Awesome post as usual.

Susan said...

Horseshoes, I'll say!!!

Fabulous post Kelly, random stuff is as good as any and your pics and write up are as enjoyable to read and look at as any other post you do.

Love the oversized clocks and the wall grids and A M's house...

Have a great weekend.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Kelly, below is the URL of one of a number of sources where you can find the sailboats. Although I am not quite sure if these are the exact same ones. Yours, I think, look more sophisticated. You could just search under sailboat tealights, glass sailboats, etc. They are really gorgeous!

Verdigris Vie said...

Great round up !!
TMS architects has a wonderful portfolio..

That ia pretty funny on Kathleen Hay - I actually saw her in a specialty publication "Beautiful Homes or Elegant Homes" I think we are going to see a lot more of her!


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