Shiplap and how pretty it is

 Dark-painted shiplap in this powder room gives it a cozy feeling.
It took a while for urban dwellers to get caught up with shiplap.  Thanks to Joanna and Chip of HGTV's show Fixer Upper, lately everyone seems to love a room with shiplap.  Either painted or left unfinished in the color of the wood the effect of a wall in shiplap can bring texture and interest to a room.  It can make a room appear bigger if the boards are installed horizontally.  I personally love it when there is a little more space left between them as the shadows create the illusion of more pronounced lines making great contrast.  Definitely, shiplap has thought us the notion that "darn, country can be chic." 
The traditional shiplap boards have a rabbet on each elongated side to overlap one another.  But either you use the original or you decide to use plain, straight wood boards and nail it next to each other the final visual effect is pretty much the same.  Actually the latter one could be also very eco-friendly if you decide to use reclaimed wood.
 I love everything in this bathroom, from the graphic floor tiles to the concrete countertops.  Design by Daleet Spector via House Beautiful.
 The non painted shiplap in this kitchen makes for a strong statement focal point.  The stone is Bianco Macaubus quartzite. Design by Old Seagrove Homes.
 Steven Gambrel used vertical shiplap in this Sag Harbor home giving the height of the room a more human scale.
 This is probably my favorite use of shiplap I've seen.  I think covering the walls of this stair case makes such a beautiful architectural touch. 
 A clever jib door is covered in shiplap.  via Atlanta Homes
 Love the contrast of the upholstered velvet headboard and shiplap in this bedroom.
 In this beach house designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks the shiplap on the vaulted ceiling make the room appear bigger.
A great idea to cover the range hood with shiplap. 
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The 6 Home Decor Trends You Will See in 2017

I thought it was about time for a post like this since it is already April, yes time is flying and so are some excess in design that are saying "boy bye".  This list is solely based on my perspective, a result of my own market research, so let's get to it.
A More New-Minimalist Kitchen 
Kitchens for 2017 are going to be more minimalist looking, but more efficient and smarter with smarter retractable/folding appliances and furniture that will provide more charging options for our smart devices.  Aesthetically speaking we'll see more earthy tone woods used for cabinetry and on hoods.  Covered range hoods will also be big this year. 
Beautiful wall painted by artist Florence Girette. Design by Jean Louis Deniot

Faux Wall Painted Finishes
We are not talking here about that silly Tuscany-want-to-be wall faux paint technique from the 80's.  This is a way more sophisticated technique where the outcome can resemble the appearance of marbleized walls.  These faux finishes are also going to translate onto materials and finishes such as countertops in the form of quartz.  Something that's is not exactly new, but the perception of it is changing.  People are opting for other finishes that look almost like the real deal at a fraction of the price and are not feeling shy about it. 
Neutrals tones
Many are forecasting more jewel tones.  I think we'll see more white interiors.  White walls and white bathrooms and so on. There will also be grey in many different shades, thank God, as well as earthy tones.  A more natural approach to decorating.
Nate Berkus Design
More European Accents
As a new effort to keep things natural, we'll see more wood accents in the forms of wood ceiling beams in kitchens and wood accent walls.  There will be more herringbone and or chevron floors.  We'll also see more moldings to enhance the interior architecture.  
Sculptural lighting
You may have caught up on this one already by now.  You are probably seeing more of the new type of lighting use lately where they more sculptural and less traditionally looking.  Crystal chandeliers are going to be put on hold for this year or at least relegated for a more country look.  Sophisticated urban abodes will opt for sculpted lighting.
Robotic Devices 
Remember the times when movies used to scare us of the future where everything from your coffee machine to cook top was controlled by a smart source.  Well cringe no more, the time is here and in 2017 our home will be so connected that we'll start looking like robots.  Hopefully our feelings won’t be affected.  Google Home, Alexa and other types of smart-home technology will give us the flexibility of controlling every step of our daily routine so we can all focus more on, well our smartphones.  
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Monday Blues: Interiors with blue abstract paintings

A Joan Michell painting hangs in a dining room designed by Aman and Carson via Architectural Digest. 
Over the weekend my husband and I took a short ride to Cleveland where we had a great time.  Besides getting to know a little bit about the city, we paid a visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art, enjoying the temporary exhibit Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks.  So I guess this is a result of a major inspiration from it.  The must see exhibition runs through April 23rd.  
A Robert Motherwell painting.  Design by Thad Hayes
Lauren Santo Domingo Paris Apartment.  Photo by Norman Jean Roy, Vogue, September 2012.  I posted about this gorgeous home here.
Ellsworth Kelly
Josef Albers painting in Kevin Roberts and Timothy Haynes home.
Cy Twombly
A Steven Gambrel Design with an Andy Warhol silkscreen print.
James Nares
Aerin Lauder home designed by Jacques Grange.  I have posted extensively about this amazing designer.  You can read about his home here.
A Willem de Kooning in Valentino's New York City apartment designed by Jaques Grange via Vanity Fair.  To see another Manhattan apartment designed by Grange click here.
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