Sunny D

 

My current love of orange hues is so random for me. I’m usually drawn to red, black, gray and brown. But none of those colors wrap me up in warm hugs the way orange does. Summer’s almost here…

Sources: Door, PotsVintage AdPortrait, Headscarfs, Lakshmi, Movie still, Women, Rug, Walls, Twirling, Etro, Sun

Vintage Airstream

My interest in tiny trailer-like vehicles is not a secret, but until now I haven’t come across any trailer interiors that really tickled my fancy. From jewel-toned walls to brocade ceilings, antique lamps and retro upholstery, leave it to The Glamourai to uncover this vintage gem.

Good Morning

Sources: bedroom, livingroom, reading room, pantry

Something Wicca This Way Comes

I used to party a lot with hippies back in college. It made sense, seeing as I was deep in the forests of Santa Cruz, the land of surfers, dreadlocks and co-ops. My days were filled with tapestries, incense, bongos, alcohol and weird dancing without a care in the world. It was a far cry from the tense conformity of my high school days. And in Santa Cruz, I discovered a kinship with things that are natural, down-to-earth and to this day, I always seek comfort in an environment that reminds me of those care-free moments.

I’ve come across quite a few online interior design magazines, and Rue magazine is, by far, my favorite, particularly for portraying diverse styles and including quirky, off-beat stories and editorials such as “Dark Light Shining.” Aesthetically speaking, this is my dream party! Of course, I’d thrown on some Hepcat or The Roots in the background cuz hip-hop’s how I roll. But keep the rest; fur, feathers, dreamcatchers, turquoise-bling –it’s all me.

Sources: Dark Light Shining; Table TopBedroom with skylights; Hippie room; Hippie boat

Tribal Notions

Collages: She’s Got Plenty; Backgrounds: Jonathan Zuwanda; Image Sources: Suno AW 2011, Mike Gonzalez Summer 2011, Lizzie Fortunato AW 2011, Anthropologie

This Is Not IKEA

My one-bedroom apartment is covered in 4-year-old moss green carpet with equally dated fixtures (why does the garbage disposal always sound so funky??) and overlooks the back of the neighborhood bar. I love the sound of sirens and rice rockets speeding down the boulevard intersections. Needless to say, it’s a far cry from Marie Nylander’s treasure trove in Arlid, Sweden. I’m not too crazy about the white paint, but I gotta admit, it serves as a refreshing contrast to the rustic and industrial pieces and avant garde pop art. Well, to be fair, my balcony railing is covered with a nice thin coat of rust…

This solidifies it; I’m so getting a zebra-print rug for KFK’s and my future casa.

 

Love the colors in this shot: green and turquoise off-set by the chalky orange vase. Note to self: must get drawer cabinet with weathered turquoise paint.

You almost don’t even notice the lucite chairs. Genius move pairing them with the natural elements of the wooden desk and bowl.

Waaahh! Besides zebra-print rugs, natural wood tables are my interior design crack. And let’s not forget the proportion play in this shot: excellent black floor desk lamp.

The lampshade almost looks like it’s made of feathers, my other form of crack.

What’s up with this house and unique –but not outrageous– lampshades???

Reading chairs that belong in the library never looked so amazing. Of course that glorious view in the background might help out a little…the cash fairy can drop in on me anytime now…

Fur Example

Two jobs and a recession era later, I’m looking forward to moving into my first house with KFK. I’ve been collecting pictures of interior designs as inspiration and making mental notes of themes, colors and decor that tug at my home-sweet-home heart strings. And what better to make myself feel rich even though I’ve been struggling with this damn economy than a fur-embossed abode? To be honest, fur and animal print have always been a love of mine, but I’ve always confined them to outerwear or outerwear accessories, like scarves or gloves. After the fur trend exploded this season and I began seeing animal hide rugs all over interior design websites, I’m making a point of incorporating the trend into my future home.

I found this post touring the apartment digs of one Vanessa Traina, style setter and daughter of popular author, Diane Steele, for Harper’s Bazaar. One need not ask why it’s going into my interior design archives.

“‘Ah-lo, an’ welcome to my ‘umble abode! See zee fur pee-lows? I plop onto zem when I am tired from all zee glah-morous seengs I do at my work.” (I don’t think Vanessa has a French accent, but this is how I imagine a glamazon such as herself would talk when entering a decked out pad like this.)

I love furniture that takes the form of shapes from nature like side tables in the form of tree trunks. Antlers and bone are another option to add to my decorating arsenal.

Although I find the clean, white aesthetic pleasing to the eye, it doesn’t quite reflect my personality which prefers to be bombarded with rich hues. However, I am digging the layering of rugs on the hardwood floor.

“I love to wear zee cheetah-print blazer when I go work. It helps me to feel wild and chic at zee same time.”

The black fur vest in the background reminds me that I am in the market for my own shaggy cover-up.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had animal print bedding. Perhaps now it’s time to upgrade to a fur comforter and live like the cave people did (huh, isn’t that ironic?).

I’m enamored with the mixture of prints and textures here: the fur throw pillows, ragged upholstery, leather bag and…is that a real tiger hide rug??? I’m both a little frightened and impressed.

Well, apparently, this zebra is the real thing. I wouldn’t feel comfortable having so many dead animals in my home being used as decoration but I can definitely get down with the faux trend.

On that note, a little DIY for the home: a fur covered bench to elevate your bathroom to glam status. Yay! Below is the tutorial from Design Sponge.

  • Comb estate sales, flea markets and junk stores to find a bench with legs you like. Lynn-Ann chose one with sexy claw and ball feet.
  • Pick up one of Ikea’s classic fluffy flokatis, which comes in both small and large sizes.
  • Clean your bench well (you can stain, paint or strip the legs but we’re currently liking the contrast of rough legs with a glamorous top). You can leave the upholstery as is (give it a good shampooing) or rip it off. Lynn-Ann took her upholstery off.
  • Lynn-Ann took off the legs but we’d probably just trim the flokati to work around them.
  • Lay your flokati on the floor, fur side down, center your bench seat on top of it, seat side down, and wrap the flokati around it.
  • Use a heavy duty staple gun to staple the flokati in place underneath your bench. Be sure you pull your sheepskin taut.
  • Turn it over and voila! A fabulously glam seat for your bathroom, your living room or your bedroom.

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