Forget what your mother told you about staring.
Get interiors that you can’t take your eyes off of. Designs that are drop-dead gorgeous. From furniture and accessories, wall coverings to window treatments. Laura Buhrer Interiors can help you create rooms that promise a double-take. (Jill Bagby)
Prairie Style is a bit rustic, a bit shabby, a bit mod, a bit vintage, a bit organic, and a whole lot of gorgeous. To achieve this design aesthetic, one must incorporate the fusion of elements and textural accents that blend into a comfy and livable home. Effortless and timeless, always emphasize those items that make you feel harmonious.
Meaningful objects whether from family or a thrift store. Something that tells a story about you and your family.
Stick with a color scheme that defines rooms or areas but blends hues that compliment one another.
“Feather your nest” or simply purchase accessories that create a feeling of warmth and comfort that highlight the structure and style of your dwelling.
Paint, the secret weapon of most interior designers, adds the base for all creative impulses.
Reclaimed wood used as open shelving for a kitchen, a much needed bookcase, or a surprising accent wall unifies spaces and brings a sense of history to a house.
Repetition can be useful in decorating a room. Collections often represents prized possessions that truly infuse your personality.
Throwing in a twist, whether a vintage item, a boho rug, or a collection of guitars add variation and contrast.
Always start with one large statement piece, an armoire, a sofa, an architectural buffet. Then build around.
Limit the number of bric n’ brac instead favoring old-fashioned scales, antique clocks, farmhouse wares.
Emphasize lighting by making it a focal point in the primary rooms.
Utilize inexpensive wall treatments such as tongue and groove boards, shiplap, weathered beams, or galvanized pieces.
CURATE, CURATE, CURATE
HOLY SHIPLAP BATMAN!
(last pic courtesy of Chip & Joanna Gaines, Magnolia House, Fixer Upper, HGTV)
I HAVE FOUR MOODS:
I’m too old for this shit…
I’m too tired for this shit…
I’m too sober for this shit…
I don’t have time for this shit…
The best cup of coffee is always the first and usually sipped over the kitchen sink while chasing children of varying ages out the door. Mine is at a very creative desk, loaded with too many accessories, files, wire baskets, and post-its. I like mess. I function well amongst debris. I want a touch of flea market, shabby, cottage, industrial, and chippy. And somehow, sitting at my cowhide chair, glancing at the matchbook and poker chips (laying in a glass bowl) from all the hotels in Vegas, photos of my puppy (yes, she beat our the kids as my screen saver), and a couple of awards, I operate at full throttle. Well not always at full throttle but it hasn’t been too bumpy a ride.
So make your space a reflection of your own style like Rebecca Taylor and don’t forget the Keurig (STARBUCKS Medium Roast with a shot of French Vanilla COFFEE MATE).
YOU’RE THE KIND OF BOY I’D MAKE A SANDWICH FOR…
Her real talents flourished after the typical messy life we all go through and she needed to find a way to make a few dollars while supporting her young children. Turning to her own memories as a young British girl, Ms. Ashwell used her skills and began spending her time at some of the famous flea markets in California.
Purchasing old furniture, broken light fixtures, odd pieces of teacups, she restored, refurbished, and repurposed (long before those words became fashionable). And with limited inventory, she opened her first shop.
She followed her own road map, clarified her vision, and began an industry whose influence can be seen daily on HGTV. Many fell in love with her creativity, her unperfected perfection, the way she mixed and the way she matched. She made COUNTY/COTTAGE cool again, she introduced flea market swank (with a nod to the Junkyard Gals), created a surge in BOHO, and her biggest impact; the MODERN FARMHOUSE fever as seen in every magazine. With two little words, she changed an industry.
Her use of delicate roses with crystal chandeliers worked beautifully with the time-worn elegance of salvaged screens and architectural columns. The distressed tables she filled with old baskets, christening clothes, French soaps, and petite accessories created a balance almost impossible to conceive. For me,
Rachel Ashwell and the way she reinvented slip covers and tucked old photos into worn shutters deserves a STANDING OVATION as it not only appealed to my aesthetic but saved several of my loveseats from two active boys. Who knew women across the country would be deciding between the Bahamas and Round Top, Texas. So on behalf of myself (and women everywhere) the MORE SHABBY, THE MORE CHIC!