Saturday, February 26, 2011

Tiff's Charlotte Discoveries: Adore Magazine

A couple of weeks ago I discovered a wonderful online magazine that really inspired me and I wanted to share it with anyone who hasn't seen it yet. Internet magazines in general are a new concept for me. I like to look at interior design publications in my hands and go back and forth through the pages. I sometimes  put my eyes right up to the paper like a person who needs glasses (hmmmm.....). I do a lot of magazine reading while I'm eating, while I'm waiting in the carpool lane, at the hair salon, in bed, etc. I love tearing out pages and keeping them in inspiration folders and I don't have an iPad.  Basically, I'm old school.

However, I am doing better at entering this modern world of technology. The great thing about online magazines is that you can click on a resource and go directly to the site (I know...I am just getting around to learning this concept but it really is helpful).  I already read Lonny magazine, which many of you I'm sure have read. If not, check that publication out as well.

My "Find of the Week" is a magazine called Adore Magazine, which is actually an Australian based magazine, and is in its second issue. This month was the "British Edition" and it was wonderful from front to back (I guess you can still say that right?).  Anyway, I got so much inspiration from it and found a lot of new resources I hadn't heard of.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

When Did Lodge Interiors Become So Chic?

It's winter days like today, when temperatures are low, the wind is blowing and it's wetter than wet, that I just want to wrap myself in a warm blanket, and dream of sitting by the fire in a beautiful lodge somewhere high up in the mountains. Most of the time, though, when I think of lodge, I think of lots of heavily knotted wood, clunky over-scaled furniture and scary taxidermy staring down at me. Well, think again....the new look in lodge is anything but.

The December issue of Elle Decor featured a lodge so chic, so fresh and different, two months later, I'm still "pining" over it.  Instead of using a color palette in the warm tones, with brown tones as a background, this particular designer set the backdrop in cool charcoals, greys and blacks. Of course there are umber tones mixed in, but it's really subtle. There is also punches of white throughout that really lighten things up and keep it new (though not practical with messy 3 year olds, it sure looks good in the pics). The furniture styles are also really fun. There is a mix of contemporary styling and hints of femininity, something unexpected in a usually masculine type of interior.
The architecture here sings. It's so bright and light, the volume is so incredible, but it feels warm and comfortable, partly because of the selection of finishes and partly because the furniture is well scaled and inviting.

I love the contrast of the charcoal built-ins with the light flooring and the unfinihed ceiling and beams.

In the kitchen, the beams are beautiful in their raw state, and I love the mix of white subway tile/rustic stone, stainless steel, a continuation of charcoal trim. It has a lot of interesting elements and yet it doesn't feel heavy.

I love this bed, it has such a feminine touch to a room with such large volume. This one is from Anthropologie.

This is one of my favorite pictures.  I love the rattan thrown into the mix and the fixture hanging from the charcoal painted ceiling is wonderful. Again, there is contrast with the light stone on the fireplace.

The stainless exterior of this free standing tub looks incredible and quite glamorous set in this rustic setting.
I started thinking about all the new furnishings and decor for this type of interior that has taken such an interesting and contemporary approach. If you like bringing nature within but don't like the heaviness of a tradtional lodge, there is hope.