Monday, April 6, 2009

{ inspired by: sunset magazine }

Over the weekend I had a chance to catch up on some magazine reading and ended up spending an hour or so oogling over the February issue of Sunset Magazine. Sunset has always been a favorite of mine, but over the last year or so, they've really kicked it up a notch. It was difficult to choose which articles to read because every. single. one sounded great--from West Coast travel escapes and drool worthy home tours to the inside scoop on making designer flower arrangements at home. 

Sheri Sheridan

After seeing interior designer, Sheri Sheridan's Oakland home tour and reading through her secrets of freestyle decorating, I just knew I had to share it with you all. Are you ready for a little design inspiration to kick off the week? Let's go...

Shun Labels
Rule: Shun Labels {love this!}--instead, Sheridan mixes time periods and styles so they work together.

Salvage something
Rule: Salvage Something--Sheridan found this little bench in disrepair. She repaired the leg, repainted the frame, and used a fabric remnant to reupholster the cushion. Isn't it lovely?

Celebrate tchotchkes
Rule: Celebrate Tchotchkes--Make what you already have display-worthy

Accent with pillows
Rule: Be selective when shopping--choose low cost options and accent with pricier items. Here, a budget friendly solid color pillow from Crate and Barrel is mixed with a designer accent pillow by Thomas Paul.

What do you think? I love it when practical mixes with pretty, don't you? If you would like to view more of this home tour and Sheri Sheridan's design tips, click here. Be sure to take a moment to browse Sunset's fabulous site, where you can visit many more inspirational galleries and access most of the feature articles found in the mag.
Psst: they also have some fabulous blogs.

All images by Thomas J. Story via Sunset Magazine


Learning Spanish at 41 said...

I subscribe to Sunset and it has changed a bit. I think they're combining Sunset with Domino and Cottage Living--since the latter have folded. The issues are smaller than they used to be (which makes me some sad) and there are less travel articles (but that's just my bias) but they have tweaked it nicely overall. The recipes are fantastic!!

Diane said...

Love the white arrow... I can think of a million places to put that.

Unknown said...

why have I never heard of Sunset? I think it will have to be my new favorite since my dear Domino no longer exists. thanks for sharing!

Kasey said...

Oh, I'm selective alright.

nichole said...

So inspiring! I've never read that magazine (what is wrong with me?!?). Will have to check it out.

Melissa de la Fuente said...

Love, love it! I especially love her "shun labels" rule.
Such a lovely home and love her mixture of styles.
Beautiful! Thanks hun for the inspiration and for the recommendation( I didn't know about Sunset, so glad I do now) :)

Anonymous said...

All so lovely ... thanks for reminding me about Sunset. Off to look more + be inspired. Such pretty photos.

Cindy said...

for some reason, i've never read that magazine. it looks lovely, i'm going to look for it.

Julia said...

I don't think I know Sunset, but now I'm incredibly intrigued!

Michelle Parks McCourt said...

These images are gorgeous!

PS I've been following your blog for awhile, what a visual feast! AND I tagged you on my blog today.

paula said...

I love a good mix too. This home is beautiful.

Mrs.French said...

so gorgeous...I adore favorite magazine still standing! this house tour is beyond beautiful! xo t

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