Monday, May 14, 2012

Inspiration - Chris Barrett Design

It's funny how a few select issues of our favorite magazines seem to harness the most powerful inspiration, when others are simply temporary (although very pleasant) nourishment for the decorating-brain cells. I found one of these issues a year ago, during an annual birthday trip to the beach.  

I also keep this particular issue on the top of my coffee table because I love the colors and the cover image... deep wood tones, bright whites, the texture of the pink flowers and the turquoise masthead.

House Beautiful July/August issue - Chris Barrett's home - via Chris Barrett Design

This isn't breaking news by any means. But for those of you who missed it, and those of you who may have forgotten about it... I thought you would appreciate a few photos from this feature of designer Chris Barrett's home in the July/August issue of House Beautiful.  Every room seems so stylish, and very cozy at the same time.

House Beautiful July/August issue - Chris Barrett's home - via Chris Barrett Design

House Beautiful July/August issue - Chris Barrett's home - via Chris Barrett Design

House Beautiful July/August issue - Chris Barrett's home - via Chris Barrett Design

My favorite room is the kitchen
House Beautiful July/August issue - Chris Barrett's home - via Chris Barrett Design
I think it's interesting to note that a huge reason for my adoration for these photos is the styling.  I'm not down-playing Ms. Barrett's technique, taste or execution at all... but rather applauding how the stylist utilizes vibrant pink flowers and orange hues from the freshly cut cantaloupe to make a couple of these photos so intriguing.

By the way: I want these paintings! Really, really want them! Any idea where they are from?
House Beautiful July/August issue - Chris Barrett's home - via Chris Barrett Design

Do you recall seeing this feature before, or this is your first glimpse?  Does any element in particular appeal to you the most?  What do you think about the use of color? Or about the styling in the photos?  Would you do anything differently? Please share!


6 comments:

  1. Hi Erin! I found your blog via google when I was searching for the Andalusia Rug from West Elm. I saw that you bought it several years ago. Do you still like it? Has it help up well? I have been eyeing it and would love to know your thoughts! I am also in Birmingham and hate that I cant see it in person first!

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  2. Hi Allison!
    I have loved our Andalusia rug. It has held up very well and I can't imagine getting tired of it. :) It feels like its a very well made rug. Please let me know what you decide! Greer to hear from a fellow Bhamian ;-)

    Erin

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