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I'm working with a few clients who have steel doors in their homes.  I am so drawn to them and if they were appropriate for my house, I'd want to add them.  You definitely need a home that is somewhat private, so you don't feel like you're living in a fish bowl.  This image stopped my in my tracks and I had to share.  Aren't they incredible!?



Unlaquered Brass

It's no lie... I am in love with unlaqured brass.  I'm sure you have seen it popping up all over Pinterest and in your favorite shelter magazines.  If you not a fan, I'm about to make you a believer.  Not only does it ooze charm and sophistication, it is downright handsome in just about any space.  I do believe when you mix metals, it creates a nice warmth to your home and gives it a 'created over time' feel.  There's nothing worse than 'matchy-matchy', so think outside the box and be open to adding some new elements.

First up is Brooke's gorgeous new home in Ojai.  If you haven't seen it, well you're in for a real treat!  She just posted this photo of the master bath and my jaw dropped.  Heavenly, a complete understatement!  

{giannetti home}

Dying over her new Lacanche range with brass that just got installed!  Seriously, Brooke, I'm coming to visit and will sleep next to your range or in your tub if I have to

  {giannetti home}

Moving on... here are more great inspiration images of unlaquered brass to drool over.

Even the smallest touch, like these bathroom faucets, make a huge impact.

{indigo & orchre}

Seriously, in love with these bath details...

{disc interiors}

Door hardware is another great place to add it...

{design inspiration}

And, you know how much I adore brass lighting.  I have this light in my office and also love it in Holly's back entry as shown here.

{things that inspire} 

So, what are your thoughts on unlaquered brass?


In The Garden

The weather here is finally about to change.  After a dusting of snow on the first day of spring, how dare you mother nature, a bit sunshine and warmer temps are in the forecast for the weekend.  As I walk around my garden, things are starting to come to life and I'm really looking forward to everything in bloom. Since my lawn got thatched and re-seeded last weekend and is not in a pretty state right now, I will spare you from the not so glamorous photos of it.  It just has me thinking about what needs to be added, moved, etc. Ah, spring... so glad you are finally here!

{howard design studio} 


Peek Into

Today I'm over on Amy's lovely blog taking part in her new series titled 'Peek Into'.  I'm honored to be in company with some of my favorite bloggers today.  We're sharing what's on our bedside tables, so come on over and take a look!



Lantern Love

I must admit I love a great lantern.  They can be used in an entry for an initial wow factor when you walk through the front door, place a few above a kitchen island for the perfect ambiance, and they even look great under a covered porch for a warm glow.  They definitely set the tone for any space and thought I'd share a few that I absolutely love using in client projects.  Urban Electric Co. and Visual Comfort are my favorites as you can see by the round up below.  What's nice is that some styles come in several sizes and finishes so you can always find the right one for your space.  You really can't go wrong with any of these!

Urban Electric Co.


   Visual Comfort


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