Monday, June 21, 2010

Latest Obsession: Nail head Trim

I am currently obsessed with nail head trim, but not just any traditional old nail head. I have been captivated by creative designs, uses and even shapes and color of nail head trim. So much so that I will be using it very soon on my own DIY project - watch this space. In the meantime, I'll share my many sources of inspiration for this particular project.
My number one source of inspiration on creative use of nail heads is Shine Home. The furniture line is amazing and creative.
Moorea Bed
Manhattan Sofa
Humphrey Ottoman
Verona Chair
Florence Bed

 This photo has another take on nail heads - notice the turquoise heads on red fabric. This is the home of Designer and Showroom owner Dan Marty, featured in Western Interiors & Design Magazine (no longer in publication)

In the next three photos, the nail heads aren't necessarily applied in a unique way. However, I like the use of nail heads to accentuate an interesting shape or line in furniture.

From Global Views poof collection.

The Quatrefoil Headboard by Ballard Designs.
This chair is featured in an ad for Scalamandre Fabrics. I like the combination of nail head over a tape trim.

And finally - nail heads (and fabric) don't have to be limited to chairs and beds, but go beautifully on case goods, too. Designer Tobi Fairly brought in side tables with great nail head accent in this room. The room was featured in House Beautiful magazine and tables are by Jan Showers.

Stay tuned for my incorporation of this nail head inspiration into a few projects - coming soon!

Beautiful Habitat: Interior Design & Decoration

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Metallic Wood Finishes

 Yes, your read that correctly - Metallic Wood. InOre is a stunning collection of solid wood flooring applied with real metal finishes.

Hand-produced in the UK by Seamless Industries, the products are available in Bronze, Brass, Copper, Nickel Silver, and White Gold (a composite of others metals, not real gold).

InOre is available in two finish types: Ingrained, in which metal is applied into the natural grain of the wood and reveals itself only when hit by direct light; and Coated with a solid coat of metal applied to boards with deep accentuated grain.

Ingrained finishes are delicate and subtle. 

Coated finishes are bold and dramatic.

InOre is made using only sustainable woods from renewable sources. The patented process involved in the application of the metal coating has received environmental awards applauding it's utilization of recycled materials.

Is there a US equivalent? I'd love to have some in my home.Drop me a line of you know of a US product like this.

Beautiful Habitat: Interior Design Decoration

Monday, June 14, 2010

A New Use for Legos

By now you should know that I love unusual things and using everyday items or materials in unique ways. So it is absolutely no surprise that I LOVE the Lego Kitchen Island by Simon Pillard and Phillippe Rossetti.That's right - a Lego (as in little plastic blocks) kitchen island.The island is constructed of 20,000 Lego blocks surrounding an IKEA kitchen island.

I loved building with Legos as a kid, so here are some Fun facts about the worlds favorite building blocks, courtesy of Wikipedia:
  • Legos come in 2,350 different pieces in 52 colors for a nearly infinite number of combinations.
  • Billund, Denmark is the home of the Lego and also the prefab capital of the world
  • Originally designed in the 1940's
  • There are four Legoland amusement parks - Billund, Denmark, Windsor, England, Gunzburg, Germany, and Carlsbad, California USA.
  • Lego was coined from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means "play well".
Stock up on Legos and encourage your kid's creativity and you could have your very own Lego furniture soon!

Beautiful Habitat: Interior Design & Decoration

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cool and Cozy Pet Beds

 My wonderful readers know that I adore my dogs. I also love to keep a stylish home and feel strongly that the two concepts are very compatible. This collection of fun, chic and stylish pet beds makes that goal achievable.

The Le Corbusier Dog Sofa will bring a cool Bauhaus feel to modern or transitional dwellings.

Available on 

The "Doodle" collection of dog beds was designed by artist William Wegman for crypton fabrics. Not only do you get a fun design, you also get the pet friendly benefits of crypton fabric. Crypton is a specially engineered fabric system with an integrated moisture barrier. The Doodle comes in additional colors. If it's too cartoony for you, there are other more subtle designs available at

For more tips on designing for pets, see the post "For the Love of our Pets" or "Design for Dogs".

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