You might recall that I have started my search for a new house. Within the year I'll be saying goodbye to the house that's been my home for the past sixteen years. I've decided on a particular area and have been spending available Sunday afternoons visiting open houses. And of course, when I see a house that I like, I begin to imagine how I would decorate.
Lately I've been inspired by Stephanie's house redo, as well as a few books and magazines I have collected. I've also visited several French decorating blogs--La Maison Douce and Pampille--which I know some of you would enjoy. These are beautiful, feminine, French-inspired spaces--Rococo mirrors, Louis XV chairs, crystal chandeliers--but, I'm not sure it's the style for me.
I'm not even sure how I would define my decorating style these days; it's been years since I've lived alone and haven't had to negotiate decorating decisions. I'm attracted to 40s vintage, but with a contemporary edge so it doesn't end up looking like my grandmother's house. I live with neutrals, but I enjoy pops of bold color in interesting objects--paintings and prints, antique cloth book covers, objets d'art. I crave the formal intimacy of a small Paris apartment, but love the expansive casual feel of French country. Qu'est-ce qu'une fille à faire? What's a girl to do?
I'm looking for inspiration. Do you have any favorite décor inspired books, blogs, or websites you can share?