Design – seeing everything in black + white

I have a love/hate relationship when it comes to perusing open houses.

Mostly because I end up loving a lot of them and hate the fact that I can’t move right in or more likely, cannot afford to. But it’s fun to look.  I realize how many different styles of homes I’ve come to appreciate. From Mid-Century Modern easily influenced by where I’m at, to old world Spanish hacienda and country cottage chic but in a Cape Cod sort of way.  I like furnishings that are modern, vintage, collectible and contemporary but comfortable.  Mixed with vibrant colour or plain neutral.  I don’t like too stark.  I prefer warmth. But then I saw this:

I literally stumbled upon this unassuming ranch style home for sale in my neighborhood when out walking the dogs.  It’s not quite finished being updated (at least on the outside) but I was curious so I wandered inside.

It was not showy; actually kind of simple in a bold statement kind of way. What I like is how clean and elegant black and white looks.  Very parisienne.  Very timeless.  Very me. at the very moment  Could it be I’m suffering from  homestyle schitzophrenia? 

Jia Jia on our walk.

Seeing something opposite to what you already have gives fresh perspective to how you can decorate.  It doesn’t make it better, it just gives it a different personality.  It’s always fun to see what others are doing when it comes to home decor or anything else for that matter.

Do you agree?

Photos: d. king


décor & design – Hayman Interiors of Palm Desert

The Rodeo Drive of Palm Desert.
The Rodeo Drive of Palm Desert – El Paseo

I’m so not over the retro styling in and around Palm Springs.  The vibe and color really works here.

Here are some photos of the way cool but upscale “Hayman Interiors” of Palm Desert.

Hayman 1It’s located in the heart of “El Paseo” which is considered the “Rodeo Drive” of Palm Desert.

Hayman 2

Doesn't this look inviting?  For outdoor or indoor use.
Doesn’t this look inviting? For outdoor or indoor use.

Home décor – tacTile ideas

Armenian hand painted tile from the old city in Jerusalem

Tiles as Art?  Why Not?

Sometimes you want to bring a souvenir art piece back from certain travels but they’re too cumbersome.

Mexican tiles imbedded outside front door to resemble a decorative door mat





Consider nice hand painted tiles that are little pieces of artwork that represent a country you’ve visited instead.

Tile over fireplace





They’re easier to pack and will adhere to the wall with tile cement quite easily.  Granted, if you move it will be harder to take them off but at least you didn’t invest much in the first place.



Also it’s another excuse to go back and get more.

To decorate a door
From Jamaica – ackee  is the national fruit of Jamaica – over stove top cooking elements
Petroglyph from trip to Utah
Italian tiles up staircase
Tile on upper deck bought at Home Sense
Framed Mexican tile on upper deck
Live one day at a time – outside
Pretty & Useful – on tumbled Italian marble kitchen countertop.

*TIP: Tiles travel well and can double as trivets for hotplates or cooking utensils while cooking.