September 26, 2012

Best of Roost 2010-2012

This morning, I took a look at which posts have been the most popular since I started Roost two years ago. It's fun to see which posts people like best--a lot of these are among my favorites, too (especially numbers 2 & 5).

Pardon my crooked pictures in our funny little grad school apartment! Honorable Mention also to the post on Layouts for Gallery Walls.


I love this guide--these are the places I actually shop for one project or another every single week.


This one should really be titled "20 Ideas for Filling Any Large Wall Space." 


This guide has been pinned more than 15,000 times!


I still adore these little dressers! But if I did this project again, I would not use spray paint and I'd use O'verlays for the gold parts.


One of my favorites that isn't on this list is my post about translating Jenna Lyons' personal style tips into interiors.

Do you have a favorite?

September 25, 2012

paint by numbers love

I can hardly believe I'm saying this... but I have seen some awesome paint-by-numbers lately.
Want proof?



I think what I like are the punchy colors and the pastoral scenes. And what's weird about kitschy stuff like this is that more is more. 


If you're into it, Etsy is a vintage paint-by-numbers gold mine. There are literally thousands.





What do you think--awesome or awful?

September 20, 2012

ann getty in harper's bazaar

Douglas Friedman | Harper's Bazaar
If you're geeked out on fancy interiors, check out this feature about Ann Getty's San Francisco home. It's ornate but not ostentatious, and it seems like every piece has history and meaning.
Can you even believe people live like this?

September 18, 2012

swan princess nursery


I told you, I'm going nursery crazy around here!

The wallpaper in this design is one of my favorites--"Swan Lake" by Nina Campbell. She makes the most beautiful, feminine prints with colors that are to die for. Plus lots of birds, so I'm sold. And I discovered something fun on their website-- free iPhone wallpapers of some of the patterns! I downloaded these:


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September 17, 2012

gender-neutral nursery progress

 A while back, I my client Erinn sent me some pictures of the nursery I designed for her. The room wasn't quite finished, baby came... and you know this story doesn't end with a totally done room. The art still needs to be hung and the rug put out, but that's beside the point. 


The point is, even if you don't finish, just starting gets you pretty far. Don't you agree?

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September 11, 2012

petit prince nursery design

Is it baby season or something? I've been asked to do a lot of nurseries lately!

This one is for Dina of Honey + Fitz. She's expecting her second child and is doing a week-long series of nursery designs. Links to all of the resources for this design are listed in Dina's post.

I've also got another boy/gender-neutral design and an extremely girly design to show you this month!

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September 10, 2012

fabrics that go with everything

There are a few fabrics that just go with everything. When I'm stuck on a design or it needs a pull-together, the problem is almost always gets fixed by one of these.



David Hicks for Lee Jofa

Funny story... I don't actually love this pattern in any colorway but berry and red. It's a statement pattern, but you'd be surprised how well it "goes." The pillows above are available at Woody Liana.



Celerie Kemble for Schumacher

Betwixt is more a statement of texture than pattern-- I've seen/used it loads of times, but I still like running my hands over it to feel the texture.



Kelly Wearstler for Groundworks/Lee Jofa

This pattern is awesome--recognize it as my (current) blog background? I think it can look equally at home in a modern hotel and a country home, depending on the color.



by China Seas/Quadrille
This one gets knocked off a lot, but the original is the best. And it comes in 18 colors.


18 colors! How could it not go with everything?

September 5, 2012

museum modern e-design



It's been a long time since I posted any of my design projects! I love this one. 

My client Ashley wanted a cohesive, modern room and a color scheme that would coordinate with the primary colors in some art she has. Rather than go matchy, I picked museum style grey-blues with colorful accents. There's no better complement to art than grey-blue!


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September 4, 2012

pattern play: polka dots

Polka dots are a big fashion trend this Fall. Love that. Why not decorate with dots, too?

1. Garland / 2. Pillows / 3. Bedding / 4. Vase / 5. Glasses