Junior League of Boston ShowHouse. Chinoiserie Chic.

So Sadly, The Junior League of Boston's Showhouse closed this past weekend.  I hope you had the opportunity to visit ... so much goodness in ONE house! 

Emily O'Brien, 3 Olives and a Twist and I have been dishing about our favorite rooms and I still have one more to show you ... 

Chinoiserie Chic goes Young At Heart in this young girls' bedroom by Elizabeth Benedict.  I love the pops of pink (have you noticed all the pink in the house?) yet far, far from the bubble gum pink of many a little girl's room I have stepped into.  This Pink is sophisticated and the balance of the blues and greens allow for growth.

The little bedside tables and lamps have staying power!  Another nod to all the important detail shown in this year's house ... the strip of trim and nailheads take this bed from basic to fabulous!

My kids tease me because we have 3 working fireplaces in our home and they are all decorated!  I am a little tired of hauling wood and I love that Elizabeth created a little Palm art in hers!  This year it seems I have been talking ALOT to my clients about rugs.  The size of rugs and the pattern.  Elizabeth's room is a grand example of a fun punch of pattern and color that takes up most of the floor space grounding the room and making it feel bigger and cozier at the same time.  And if you look very closely you can see the fretwork wallpaper on the ceiling! Bravo Elizabeth!!

Love this Elizabeth!  Here's hoping when I show this to my youngest, she might consider getting her mattress of the floor.  She's in the Boho faze!

Thanks for following along as we did our best to share what is happening in Boston Design.  Fresh, Colorful, Sophisticated ... and FUN!  When you are looking at your own spaces remember to have fun ... I promise it will make you happy!!

xokim

Junior League of Boston ShowHouse. The Mother-In-Law Suite.

Or Mother's Suite, Or Guestroom ... or MASTER!  I love this room by my friend Kelly Rogers.  I hope you are enjoying the recap of the Junior League of Boston Designer ShowHouse.  Emily O'Brien and 3 Olives and a Twist and I loved the house and it is truly such fun to come back and really look deep into each room.  The details that are sometimes missed when you are just "passing through".  It's all about the details ... right?

Kelly used this stunning fabric from Robert Allen on her focal wall. I love that it has such a beautiful deep fuchsia, yet the room does not feel overwhelmingly Pink.  The Custom headboard, Kelly designed herself with beautiful trim that carries all the way around the bed onto the bedskirt.  Leontine Linens.  Need I say more?  I know nice linens are expensive and sometimes hard for people to understand.  But just look at what you get!  The brass light fixture from Worlds Away adds a warm tone and a little whimsy! 

Robert Allen fabric was also used on the window treatments.  One of my favorite things in this space is the way Kelly featured the same fabric on all three pillows, yet in 3 different colorways. Brilliant! And of course, the Tini Table from Oomph ... will always be one of my favorite accessory tables. 

Yes, this Suite is a keeper and I would say would win over any Mother OR Mother-in-Law!

TheShowHouse is open through June 5 ... there is still plenty of time to be inspired in person! 

xokim

Life By Design. Inside and Out. Third Edition.

This is the Third Edition in a series of creative perspectives about life and the design process from Garden Designer, Heather McLean and myself.  You can read Heather's blog here!

People always ask me how I like living in New England, and do I miss the South.  I actually love both ... I have family and friends in both places and I think each region has given me a wonderful turn in life.  But come about April every year I miss the South. Winter likes to linger here in New England and I know that the azaleas and magnolias are starting to bloom in the South while I look out the window yearning for the first little crocus to pop it's head out.

So you can imagine my delight at the little Floral Revolution I feel coming on in the Design arena.  A fresh, new ... and I have to say, BOLD ... way. 

Classic blue and white floral chair from the CR Laine Showroom at HighPoint

HighPoint Market 2016 brought the vision home.  Color and pattern is everywhere.  The beauty of floral to me is that even the most neutral environment can be made to feel fresh with a touch of floral.  

Thibaut used this beautiful "watered" floral on the walls.  Pairing it with a neutral sofa and geometric patterns on the pillows,  gives a warm and embracing feel to the room without being overly feminine. 

Small spaces are quite fun for me and a great place to try a little Floral Punch if you want to give it a go without a huge commitment.

This little Powder Room at the 2016 Junior League Boston Showhouse by Designer Nancy Seibel is a fantastic example of using floral and ramping up the punch with the scale of the pattern.

"Scale is of prime importance and I think oversized scale is better than undersized scale."  Nancy Lancaster

Scale ... What Nancy claimed many years ago is what makes the "new" floral timeless!

Real life blooms are actually starting to appear in my yard now and as I drive down the road and see all the trees starting to blossom and bloom, I am settling back into my New England life. Thankful that Spring is a definite promise and it might just be a little sweeter because I have to wait a bit longer.

xokim