30 August 2012

Decorating your Bookshelf

We are often asked, "How do I fill my shelves?" You decorate your bookshelves just like you would your tabletop or walls with books or collections you already have- they are the perfect accessory.

Here are some good inspiration photos that can guide you thru the process...

Lonny Mag

Balance & Symmetry
These shelves have great balance, centering your eye on the more interesting pieces like the silhouette statue. I also like the bottom shelf, filled with magazines collected over time but overlaid with large picture frames of art or personal photos.

Honey We're Home Blog

Art Installation
If you have a full height bookcase and very little wall space to hang art- transform your books into art. Coordinate by color to create artistic punch or group by size to create a series.

Real Simple Mag

Displaying a Collection
People often group all the pieces of a collection together- not necessary and most often, the collection looks overwhelming or underwhelming. There can be too many pieces in the collection making it look stale or too few pieces making it feel random. But, when you mix your collection with books, the pieces really stand out and are far more interesting. I love the layering of these clocks, one in front of the other and love how they have new purpose- as bookends. 
Pinklet & C blog

Uneven Shelves
Don't be afraid to mix up the height of your shelves- some tall, some short and they don't have to be symmetrical. I love how these blue and white ginger jars take up 2 shelf heights- they frame the entrance to the next room nicely and create a column effect.

Chinoiserie Chic Blog

Including Fine Art
Fine art doesn't always belong on a wall- here the art is nestled within the shelf. It gives dimension and interest and really breaks up the monotony of the expected...books, books, books.
Here are some more inspiring shelves,
Elle Decor
Southern Living Mag

All Things Chic Blog



21 August 2012

New at MK Style

Announcing MK Custom

Shop our favorite fabrics-
with over 100 different styles, 
we are sure to find the right match for you!

Chairs - Sofas - Ottomans
Counter and Bar Stools - Dining Chairs

Placemats - Napkins

Pillows - Lamp Shades

Shop at MK Style

14 August 2012

Showhouse Tour

I can't believe it has been almost 4 years 
since I have been to this Showhouse. 

These were my favorite spaces 
from the 2008 home in Southhampton.

This year’s Showhouse is located at:
 80 Flying Point Road, Water Mill, NY

Open Daily Monday to Sunday 
Sunday, July 22 to Monday, September 3

09 August 2012

Easy Makeover

What is the fastest way to update any room? Pillows.
Color- Pattern- Texture

Throw new pillows on your bed or sofa 
and your entire room is transformed.

 by Amanda Nisbett


by Phoebe Howard 

by Katie Rosenfeld Design

07 August 2012

Designer Crush- Phoebe Howard

It is tough to out-design Phoebe Howard when it comes to luxurious sleep retreats. Her bedrooms are thoughtful, serene and magical. With each dreamy design, it is clear it was with one client in mind- each bed is made to fit.

Sweet dreams.

02 August 2012

Lamp shades!

Don't forget them- they add the punch you need to finish your room. They add color, shape or pattern. These designers often use lamp shades as the final touch- the room's whimsy wink.

below designs by Miles Redd

below designs by Mary McDonald

below design by Jamie Drake

Now at MK Style- you can create a custom Lamp Shade.

Choose from over 20 shade styles 
and 100 fabrics!

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