I'm in the middle of redecorating my new pad which means I've spent an awful lot of time thinking about home decor and design. I'm at that stage where I'm getting inspiration just about everywhere and my iPhone camera and Pinterest boards have been working overtime... not to mention my most amazing design team.
Dreaming up a concept for the home is so much fun, but also a bit of a daunting task. It's always a balance between keeping the place looking timeless and also injecting some personality into the mix.
I've never been a big fan of the whole rustic look. (You wouldn't be either, if you grew up in a town of 17,000 people.) But at the same time, so much of modern design looks flat, sometimes cheap and usually uncomfortable. Whenever I see a sleek house, I admire the owner's restraint, but I wonder where do these people keep their toothbrushes?!
My solution? Marble as far as the eye can see.
I'm half kidding.
Natural stones are a huge trend in home décor (and fashion for that matter). I love how they look graphic and linear but also follow irregular patterns to add a little bit of visual interest. I hate to use the word organic, but that's really what they are.
Marble and wood are the traditional options. But designers are now adding malachite, amethyst, agate and petrified wood into the mix and the results are truly fabulous. Here are some of the pieces I have my eye on:
Pictured (from top left):
Fornasetti malachite wallpaper. The moment I saw this, I knew it was destined for my bathroom walls. A very unboring way to do black and white. There's also an option in green. Holy smokes!
Jonathan Adler malachite pillow. A beautiful, neutral way to add texture to just about any home. The print also comes in a duvet cover, but I prefer the print in moderation.
Barton Perreira Farro sunglasses. A little distraction from the home front. These babies are cool, never flashy.
Hollywood Regency cube end table. Polished brass with a subtle marble top. Chic and completely understated. I've seen cool little objects and sculptures placed under similar cube tables and they serve as nice little frames.
Rafé malachite box clutch. Blue malachite with subtle gold hardware... perfect!
Black agate coasters. A fairly affordable (and temporary!) way to try the look out at home. You can find these babies at many price points and in a rainbow of colors.
Black marble iPhone 6 case. For taking the look on the go.
3.1 Philip Lim marbleized cotton silk pencil trousers. See? Told you the style has legs. OMG. Sorry.
VAUGHAN Hepburn shirt in Iron Petticoat. Sumptuous sand-washed silk is the perfect complement the stone elements.
Eichholtz Agate Abstract Art prints. A great alternative to agate wallpaper for renters or commitment-phobes. Framing a panel or two of wallpaper would be a great way to achieve a totally customized look.
Charlotte Olympia Vendome pumps. These are simultaneously minimalistic and decadent. Almost display-worthy.
Palecek Giselle petrified wood coffee table. A more raw take on the style. I love the way the wire gives the table a faceted effect.
Venna marble bead crystal spike bracelet. Mixed media at the max.
Adornia moonstone and black agate earrings. As my sister would say "these earrings are intense". But kind of great, right?
Balenciaga Paris eau de parfum. This bottle reminds me of a lawn ornament found in a secret garden somewhere in Europe. So romantic.
Butter nail lacquer in British Racing Green. Metallic green becomes a neutral when mixed with these earthy shades.