green with envy - bedrooms

So many of the interiors I see scrolling through Pinterest and design blogs feature pristine white walls in every room. It's a trend I happily embrace as a renter - who wants to invest time painting when you'll have to return it to standard white when you move out?  But there's something about color on the walls that can bring a room to life. 

While blue is often a go-to for bedrooms (it's thought be sleep inducing) moss green and pale sea foam feel soothing and rich all at once. I'd certainly be happy to curl up in any of the rooms below.

mid century design meets big box retail - project 62 by target

The design of the 1950s (dubbed "mid century modern") was distinctively playful, imaginative and innovative - characteristics which have rendered it a top design trend over the last 30 years. You can hardly open an interior design magazine or scroll through Pinterest without coming across iconic pieces from the era by designers like Eero Saarinen, Finn Juhl, and Ray & Charles Eames. 

While you can buy many of the classic mid century modern designs at stores like Design Within Reach, those certified originals often come with a hefty price tag. In an attempt to bring the mid century modern sensibility to the masses, Target recently launched Project 62 - a line with pieces inspired by the masters but with price tags that are a bit more accessible. 

The best pieces from the collection pay homage to classic mid century designs while maintaining a decidedly contemporary look. Take a peek at a few of the items that I love and just might wind up coming home with me this fall. 

Furniture & Rugs

Lighting

Tableware

citrus florals

No matter the season or occasion, a bunch of fresh-cut blooms lends a celebratory atmosphere to any space. However, standard grocery store bouquets often feel tired while large arrangement from florists can feel ostentatious (not to mention unaffordable). While scrolling through Pinterest in search of more accessible options to brighten up our table top, I came this citrus infused bouquet: 

lemon branches in apothecary jar | elizamcnabb.com

The drama and unexpected nature of the arrangement stopped me in my tracks (aka pinterest scrolling...) Whether lemons act as floral stand-ins in large vases or kumquats sit interspersed between lush greens and a peony or two, citrus feels fresh, unexpected, and decidedly summery. As the last few weeks of the season approach, here are a few of my favorite images of citrus taking centerstage.

kumquats and eucalyptus leaves via brit.co

kumquats and eucalyptus leaves via brit.co

monochrome citrus arrangement via seesawdesigns

monochrome citrus arrangement via seesawdesigns

magnolia garland via designsponge

magnolia garland via designsponge

rose and kumquat centerpiece via grelikesweddings

rose and kumquat centerpiece via grelikesweddings

milk glass, citrus, and succulents via theknot.com

milk glass, citrus, and succulents via theknot.com

kumquat florals via loverly

kumquat florals via loverly

Friday Favorites

Three weeks ago I embarked on the new, exciting, and crazy journey that is graduate school. I've toyed with the idea of getting my MFA in Interior Architecture and Design since college and finally decided to take the leap this year. I'm only a few weeks in but I can tell you that this is far and away one of the best decisions I've ever made. I'll be sharing projects and learnings along the way here on the blog so stay posted!

With assignments coming in at a fast and furious pace I haven't had a ton of time to post on my little corner of the web here at C&T. Today I'm getting back on the bandwagon with the latest installment of Friday Favorites. One of the points my professors constantly make to us fledgling designers is that incorporating color into design is hard. So, today's post is a return back to the basics with a palette void of the tricky challenges color presents.

Hope you enjoy!

Friday Favorites: Black & White Home Accessories

  1. The Art Deco-inspired lettering on this poster makes it feel grounded and timeless while still fitting in perfectly with a modern aesthetic.
  2. I've loved this tray by Jonathan Adler since I first came across it five years ago. It's the perfect accessory to add a little flair to your dresser or hall table.
  3. I love this lamp and that's all there is to it. 
  4. While helping a friend redo her bedroom I came across this ottoman and became totally smitten. It didn't work for her room but I'm keeping it on the back burner for another project down the road...
  5. This dinosaur skull sculpture is so unexpected and playful I can't help but love it. It's a fun surprise on a bookshelf or a dramatic statement standing alone on a buffet or console table.