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Montage: 12 Navy Blue + Brass Kitchens

Grey kitchens seem to have taken over. And paired with brass hardware, grey kitchens are gorgeous. I did a post back in 2013— 32 Brass Kitchens when brass hardware started infiltrating kitchens. Mainly those kitchens with brass hardware were white or grey, with the occasional innovative green. And lots of subway tile Now we’re seeing a lot more navy kitchen cabinets. From azure to the deepest stormy navy, blue cabinetry in the kitchen, finished with angular brass hardware, is the look, preferably with expanses of marble backsplashes. Here are 12 gorgeous examples of kitchens with brass hardware and navy cabinetry.

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Toronto Interior Design Group

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Devol Kitchens

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Joy Street Design

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Blair Harris  •  Photo by Jessica Glynn

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Emily Henderson

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One Fine Stay

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Elegueller Arquitetos

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Taylor Jacobson Design  •  My Domaine  •  Photo by Amy Bartlam

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Craig O’Connell Architecture  •  Vonnegut Thoreau Construction

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Stacy Begg •  Photo by Michael Graydon  •  House & Home

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Montage: 14 Bohemian Style Patios

Everyone seems to be making more effort in turning outdoor spaces (they’re not longer just called backyards) into full-on, functional outdoor rooms.  While minimalist outdoor furniture alongside a sleek infinity edge pool is sublime, bohemian style patios are easier (cheaper) to create.

Gather color saturated accessories—an indoor/outdoor rug, modern patio chairs, Moroccan side tables, suzani and kilim cushions—plenty of plants (ferns, succulents, and cacti), and a fire pit, and you’ve just curated everything you need to create an outdoor space with a bohemian vibe.

It needn’t read total gypsy. Some of these boho backyards are pretty pulled together, with modern and contemporary elements, like wood-slat fencing and black walls. But overall, these bohemian style patios are laid back and romantic. Start dreaming up your own. (More boho decor posts with product suggestions to come.)

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Consort Design  •  Photo by Phil Sanchez   •  Domaine
Wood slat walls are hung with various outdoor plants on the bohemian style terrace of celebrity hair stylist and blogger Jen Atkin. There’s a potted cactus too, along with woven wicker seating, Moroccan coffee table, and Oriental carpet. The boho vibe was inspired by the homeowners’ travels to Morocco and Greece.

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Consort Design •  Photo by Phil Sanchez   •  Domaine
A copper side table contrasts nicely with earthy turquoise pottery planter and weathered wood bench. An oversize juju hat wall hanging adds a healthy dose of color and even more texture.

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Design Sponge At Home
From Design Sponge blogger Grace Bonney’s book, a bohemian style patio with black brick walls, suzani covered bench and plenty of plants.

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Better Homes & Gardens
An otherwise classic porch gets a preppy-meets-gypsy treatment with hot pink accents, suzani pillows, and oversize rice paper pendant light.

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The Design Files  •  Photo by Angelita Bonetti
Styling by Anna Flanders
Homeowners in Washington repurposed a vintage 1970s Austin bus as a hangout space in their backyard.

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Justina Blakeney  •  Home Depot blog
Justina Blakeney transformed her patio into a bohemian style haven with a riot of color and pattern including a Moroccan style side table, lanterns, and planters.

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El Mueble
Bamboo thatching provides cover for this deck overlooking a river. The magenta and red accessories and modern patio chairs pop against the worn wood.

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Earthy toned kilim cushions on a built in bench add color and warmth to this pea gravel patio thatched roof cover. (image source unknown)

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Justina Blakeney  •  The Jungalow
A suzani tablecloth, Panton chairs, and a colorful kilim runner turn blogger Justina Blakeney’s brick patio into a festive space for outdoor entertaining.

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Design Vidal Interior Design
L.A. designers Karen and Guy Vidal created this boho style bluestone patio with built-in concrete furniture and fire pit by adding plenty of patterned cushions, pillows, and serape.

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Casa Diez
A covered patio with boho vibes thanks to a lacey round jute rug over the terra cotta tiles, wicker patio furniture, suzani throw and pillows, capiz wind chime, and colorful modern patio chairs.

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Decorate With Flowers
Decor8 blogger Holly Becker showcases beautiful spaces adorned with flowers, like this bohemian style patio with tented awning and bamboo fencing.

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Stephen Shubel  •  House Beautiful
Al fresco dining in a California backyard made easy with a wooden bench draped with turquoise and violet bohemian style textiles.

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Casa Bohemia: The Spanish Style House
This new book published by Rizzoli details laid back lifestyles filled with sophisticated bohemian interiors and exteriors.

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Montage: 16 Bathroom Tile Backsplashes

While I’ve been focusing on the Florida condo for the last year or two in terms of my decorating energies, especially when it comes to bathroom tile (I posted on Bathrooms with Contrasting Tile Floors, Bathroom Floor Tile Swatches, and Tiled Bathroom Vanities), I’ve been putting off a tiny bathroom project in Boston—a teeny tiny bathroom tile backsplash above the pedestal sink in our powder room.

We wallpapered the powder room as part of our renovation a few years ago and the wallpaper quickly became dirty right above the sink. Now would be the perfect time to pick out tile for a bathroom tile backsplash and have it done, since Merlin, our wizard of a handyman, is coming next week to paint our bedrooms and bathrooms. (Did I mention HGTV is coming in two weeks to photograph the apartment for the magazine? Nothing like a photo shoot to make you scramble.)

The backsplash tile wouldn’t go all the way across the wall. Rather, it’d be just above the pedestal sink, just enough to add some protection against all the water. We’re talking sixteen-by-eight-inches. I’ve found 16 bathrooms that feature smaller swathes of tile or marble, or just a tiny square of tiles, above the sink.

The backsplash would be installed over my Tres Tintas Barcelona wallpaper. The next question is, what kind of tile to use for this teeny tiny bathroom tile backsplash? Fireclay Tile sent me a press release today with some interesting new tiles. But that’s a whole other post.

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House to Home

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Styling by Rosemarjin van Zandvoort and Barbara Natzjil
Photo by Margriet Hoekstra  •  VT Wonen

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Aaron Hojman  •  Casa Zinc

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Elle Decoration Sweden

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Home of Fiona Doublas of Bluebell Grey  •  Design Sponge

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Chamberlain Javens Architects

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Welke

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Marie Laure Helmkampf

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Florence Jaffrain  • Marie Claire Maison

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Mally Skok Design

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Sara Gilbane Interiors

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Steven Volpe Design  •  Elle Decor

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House to Home

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Styled by Marsha Golemac  •  Photo by Brooke Holm 

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Montage: 18 Vacation Rentals (Instead of Hotels)

We rarely travel as a family. On one hand, we miss out exploring new places and exposing the kids to different countries and cultures. (They can be heard whining that they’re the only ones in their classes that haven’t been out of the country.) On the other hand, we are lucky to have a beautiful place on Cape Cod where we can spend a good portion of summer and a little place in Florida where we can escape in wintertime. And I’ve been on some pretty amazing press trips in the last few years, with trips to Venice, Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Kennebunkport.

At one point we were talking about taking the kids to London. It would be easy for our first big excursion. Wherever we go, whenever we go (at this point plans are non-existent), I think it would make so much more sense to rent an apartment than stay in a hotel. Hotels are luxuriously wonderful for romantic getaways, but when travelling as a family, it would be so much easier, not to mention more economical, to stay in an apartment (or, you know, a villa) with a kitchen and roomier living space.

There are so many sites that showcase vacation rentals, be they short-term apartment rentals in urban centers or fabulous villas in the countryside, all with galleries of photographs of customer reviews. I browsed through a number of them, and came up with these 18 vacation rentals, in cities all over the world, from Santa Fe to Santorini to Sydney and Copenhagen to Costa Rica to Capetown.

These vacation rentals not necessarily the absolute best, most decadent or distinctive, as that would have taken a ludicrous amount of time, but they are all really appealing, from the photographer’s loft in Miami to the casita in Santa Fe to the mid-century modern apartment in Reykjavik. I’d be happy to take up residence in any of these apartments for a week, family in tow.

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Industrial loft
Santorini  •  Luxury Retreats

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Villa St. Saturnin
Provence  •  Haven in Paris

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Villa St. Saturnin
Provence  •  Haven in Paris

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Miami  •  Airbnb

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Urban apartment
Berlin  •  Nomads Apt.

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Pott’s Point apartment
Sydney  •  Contemporary Hotels

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Penhouse apartment with view of Hyde Park
London  •  Urban Retreat

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Adobe home
Santa Fe  •  Two Casitas

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Houseboat
Amsterdam  •  Houseboat Rental

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City center apartment
Copenhagen  •  Airbnb

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Penthouse apartment
Reykjavik  •  Boutique Homes

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Studio in Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro  •  Airbnb

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Villa with panoramic jungle and ocean views
Costa Rica  •  Luxury Retreats

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Loft apartment in historical building
Barcelona  •  Home Away

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Vineyard estate
Napa Valley  •  Home Away

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Medieval watchtower amidst olive groves
Tuscany  •  Luxury Retreats

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Contemporary beach house
Sydney  •  Contemporary Hotels

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City apartment
Sydney  •  Contemporary Hotels
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Mountain estate
Capetown  •  VRBO

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Montage: 18 Rooms with Lacey Round Jute Rugs

Earlier this year I met Boston-based prop stylist Kara Butterfield for hot chocolate at Burdick’s off Newbury Street. (Best hot chocolate ever. Like sludge.) It had been a while since Kara and I connected at any events. I always enjoy Kara’s company, but this meeting was extra excellent because we took a little excursion right across Clarendon street to H&M.

I hadn’t realized that as part of the H&M store remodel last summer that they added home goods. I’ve been admiring H&M Home items online for a while now, so I was really excited. Sure enough, I went crazy, snapping up several hundred dollars worth of pink and grey and copper accessories for the model apartment I’m decorating at Troy Boston this spring.

Kara, who has impeccable taste, admired lacey round jute floor mats, musing that one could easily sew them together to create a larger area rug. Indeed. I wasn’t far along in the design process so left them behind, and of course now they are gone.

On the Cape we  have two celadon green jute bouclé rugs from West Elm, which are great for the subtle wash of color, added texture, and durability. Normally I’m not one to lust after natural fiber rugs, although I know many designers consider sisal rugs a must-have for beach house decor.

Since our jaunt to H&M, I’ve been noticing round jute rugs in interiors all over the place online, and have come to appreciate them more, especially the flower-like ones. After tracking down the first few, I’ve noticed that many lacey, round hemp rugs by Armadillo & Co., which makes the most divine flower-inspired styles. You’ll see many examples of them below.

Browse these 18 rooms with lacey round jute rugs, and tomorrow check back for a round jute rug buying guide.

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Armadillo & Co. Marigold jute rug in the Melbourne, Australia home
of stylist Simone Haag, decorated with help from Hecker Guthrie
Photo by Sean Fennessy  •  The Design Files

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Rylo Interiors

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Round hemp rug with border from home furnishings company HK Living.

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Melbourne-based lifestyle brand Hunting for George.

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Entry hall with round jute Dandelion rug by Armadillo & Co.
in the home of  Melbourne-based Canvas Home designer Sarah Quin.
Photo by Brooke Holm  •  The Design Files

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Woody Wood Rug by FEST Amsterdam designed by Yvette Laduk.

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Armadillo & Co. Marigold Flower jute rug in Brisbane, Australia home of
prop stylist and interiors photographer Kara Rosenlund.
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Armadillo & Co. Daisy Flower Rug

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Round hemp rug with pink border from HK Living.

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Round grey jute rug at San Giorgio Hotel Mykonos.

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Jute rug with  FEST Amsterdam Avenue sofa and Myato side table.

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Lacey natural jute rug as a wall hanging above the bed.
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Daisy Flower natural jute rug from Armadillo & Co. Junior Collection.

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Daisy Flower jute rug with pastels from Armadillo & Co. Junior Collection.

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DIY Sisal Rope Wall Hanging Project  •  Design Sponge

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Armadillo & Co. Geranium jute rug in home on Formentera, Spain
belonging to stylist Daniela Cavestany + photographer Jordi Canosa.

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Armadillo & Co. Geranium jute rug in home on Formentera, Spain
belonging to stylist Daniela Cavestany + photographer Jordi Canosa.

The stylish home of Kate Sparks with a lovely kids room featuring our Cloud pillows, Fine Little Day blanket and Pear poster. via Adore

 Lacey flower jute rug in Sydney, Australia home belonging to
Little Dwellings interior designer Kate Sparks.
Photo by Hannah Blackmore  •  Adore Home

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