Monday, October 29, 2012

The Bold & The Beautiful

Oh, how I love some drama. Not the soap opera variety but the interior/fashion kind. If you've ever met me, you know I'm pretty laid back and not prone to drama in my relationships. However, I love showstopping rooms and outfits. While perusing some magazines and catalogs this weekend, a couple of things stopped me in my tracks. First, this small stairwell designed by Ruthie Sommers in the new Veranda . . .
Sorry for the quality of the photo. I snapped it with my phone. Veranda needs to post more photos online like some other shelter magazines. 

I don't always pick up Veranda, but a quick scan of the magazine in the grocery aisle brought me to this home designed by Sommers. Sold. Black lacquered walls, graphic Chinoiserie fabric-covered doors, abstract art. What's not to love?

Next, Anthropologie's catalog never disappoints. While I wouldn't always choose every outfit for myself, their styling inspires fantasy-filled escapism. November's whimsical winter wonderland theme was no different, and this dress blew me away . . . 
Does it really matter that I have absolutely nowhere to wear this dress?? Reality is no fun sometimes. Why can't I just wander through an enchanted forest where bunnies and masked children frolic while I rock a bedazzled dress without a coat (sans the birdsnest hairdo) before returning to my dazzling, colorful home decorated by Ruthie Sommers?

Okay, I'm off to get my oil changed. Happy Monday.

10 comments:

Ashley said...

Wasn't Ruthie Sommers supposed to come out with her own book, like, 3 years ago? Where is this fabled thing? I hope it does eventually get finished/published, but until then I guess we can enjoy her work featured in the mags.

charmaine said...

The chinoiserie fabric-covered doors! Love!

My Interior Life said...

I think you're right, Ashley. While reading the Veranda article, my guess is she got a little busy having kids - now she has three. So maybe that delayed things. But, I would love it if she came out with a book!

Chateau À Gogo said...

Yes the Veranda is on my kitchen counter as we speak. I finally subscribed once Domino chick took over. It really has a different vibe. Now my all white house seems rather boring:) - Brandy

Hooper Patterson and Ann White Schutte said...

Love Ruthie! Must get tomorrow!!!

Trissta {Living on the Chic} said...

I love both pictures! What great inspiration. I love the pink on those doors. Best. Color. Ever.

Much Love,
Trissta

Melissa Crochet said...

I know...where that dress while getting the oil changed! I feel the same way...I'll start dressing up for senior citizen day at Publix.

Emily | Recently said...

Yes to the dress and the black lacquered walls. Such luxury!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

gah black lacquer!!! gorgeous space. I'll need to pic it up too. I must have let my subscription lapse. wooops :)

mrs. V { Chez V } said...

Hello Kathy! Thanks for the comment the other day and popping over to Chez V for a visit. I look forward to diving into your archives as well.

love me some Ruthie and that gold dress, duh! yes!