Happy Friday, friends! It’s been a fun week in our little prairie town, the temps are cooling, summer is slowly fading away and we’re enjoying quieter days, stretching time. Also, next week we start kindergarten and we’re still trying to figure it all out, wondering how did this happen?! (So not ready, lol!!!)

One of this week’s highlights, design-wise, was the launch of Schumacher’s latest fabric collection – a collaboration with the fashion world powerhouse – Vogue! Fashion and interiors have forever been organically connected, a passion for one usually accompanies the love for the other so it’s no wonder this collection is absolutely beautiful…

Developed by Dara Caponigro, Schumacher’s Creative Director and her team, along with Hamish Bowles – Vogue’s International Editor at Large, this collection is unique in that it is inspired by some of the most iconic fashion and design tastemakers of the century – Rachel (Bunny) Mellon, Gloria and Mariga Guiness, Horst P. Horst, Cecil Beaton, Nancy Slim Keith, Millicent Rogers, Mona von Bismarck, Pauline de Rothschild, Talitha Getty to name just a few. Each of the 17 designs is available in two to four color ways, fabric and wallpaper and I can’t wait to use these beauties in my projects!!!

Cafe Design | Blue

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Like I said before, social media is not only a great way to connect with others who share similar interests (which I LOVE!) but a wonderful source of inspiration as well. I can lose myself for hours on Pinterest and Instagram has become my favorite scroll. In fact, I can’t even imagine designing without the visual exposure that the internet has opened us up to. Some of the most beautiful homes, art and design knowledge are only a Google search away.

So for today’s easy Friday post, I want to show you some of my favorite images from my many social feeds as well as some independent searches on the works of Yves Klein and Henri Matisse.

It is all about blue and greens for me this week, like almost every other week. I’ve been studying cottage gardens and the play between colors, texture and ways of achieving bloom-y flower beds throughout the seasons. I’ve been pinning surprisingly many dining rooms, hydrangeas and picket fences. I’ve been admiring John Stefanidis’ Greek island villa on Patmos, a sea of calming blues and whites. Fashion was also at the top of my list, as I’m always looking for ways to simplify my wardrobe. Over the years, I’ve learned to appreciate comfort above all and do my best to make the appropriate wardrobe decisions.

Cafe Design | Friday Favorites

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Life is very busy these days so I’ll have to keep today’s post short and sweet. I’m working on a couple of interesting design projects (I’ll write more about that later) and while looking for inspiration I found this wonderfully small & chic library. When I’m pressed by time, Pinterest can be a such a dangerous place for me – one pin leads to another and before I know it, I’m down down the rabbit hole and two hours seem like two minutes. I’m pretty sure you all know what I’m talking about! 🙂

Since my blogging schedule is quite flexible and I only share what I love and inspires me at the moment, today’s post is about this cottage library designed by Ken Fulk. Dissecting the details of beautiful rooms is one of my favorite things to do – I learn something new and understand better  what I like, and why I like it.

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One of history’s most fashionable First Ladies would turn 88 today! Appreciated for her impeccable taste and personal style, Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis is one of  the world’s most admired women. Born as the eldest daughter of Wall Street broker John Vernon Bouvier III and socialite Janet Bouvier, she graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in French literature from George Washington University, and went to work as a photographer for the Washington Times – Herald before meeting senator John F. Kennedy…and the rest is history.

Cafe Design | Jackie 23

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…although this could easily be “room of the decade” as far as I’m concerned! Lately I’ve been studying the work of designer Michael S. Smith and found an old issue of House Beautiful filled with inspiration. The April 2009 issue to be exact. The cover shot is a bedroom designed by Smith, a stunning space that I’ve loved for years, part of a Santa Monica house designed for movie producer Donna Roth.

Cafe Design | Room of the Day

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