No surprise, I love collecting design reads. Magazines, books, you name it. Over time, I’ve bought numerous books that promise great stories of interesting projects, hoping to get a glimse into the magic that happens behind the curtains yet so many of them end up being a  disappointment… So today I’m sharing with you a short list of my favorites, published within the last year or so, that I constantly turn to for inspiration and why not, a good laugh!

Cafe Design | Books

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Happy August, dear friends! Yes, it’s August already…but I don’t know where the time went.  Life has been pretty hectic around here. We’re back to work after a month long vacation and trying to get into our much loved routine. While traveling to visit my family, hubby and I realized that after one week -10 days tops- we both start feeling antsy and useless and need something to do. I’m not complaining, long holidays can be great for some people but can turn too stressful for us. Lesson learned 🙂

Anyway, I actually love this time of year. Trees start to lose some of their leaves and the first signs of transition between seasons are visible. But I’m not ready to let go of summer just yet, so I prepared for you a lovely little beach house tour. The interiors were designed by none other that Tom Scheerer and I’m amazed by the variety of textures, different blues and dreamy textiles found throughout the home. Furnishings, wallpapers and light fixtures are all swoon-worthy.


Café Design | Tom Scheerer

Imagine walking into your home and be greeted by this…

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Time flies when you’re having fun and I just realized it’s been a while since I’ve written a Fabric Friday post.  So here it goes! Today it’s all about a classic beauty – the Toile-de-Jouy. ¨Most commonly referred to as Toile, this fabric has a delicate decorating pattern consisting of a white or off-white background on which a repeated pattern depicting  fairly complex scenes, generally of a pastoral theme, a couple having picnic, or an arrangement of flowers. The pattern portion usually consists of a single color, such as dark red, black, but sometimes blues, greens and yellows.¨(Wikipedia)

Cafe Design | Fabric Friday - Toile de Jouy

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… flock together! Right up there with my love for herbariums and any kind of pressed / vintage botanicals,  lies my love for antique birdie prints. Ones in particular, the watercolor bird prints by Swedish naturalist Olof Rudbeck, have been a favorite for designers like Bunny Williams, Tom Scheerer and most recently, Mark D. Sikes. Painted around the end of the 17th century, these delicate watercolor birds add a playful touch to any room. Each of them is a work of art in itself, yet there is strength in their numbers. The more, the better! They create excellent focal points in a room so here are some of my favorite ways to decorate around them:

Cafe Design | Antique Bird Prints

Mark D. Sikes – Southern Living Idea House 2016

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I don’t know much about Selena Gomez. We’re a few generations apart so I’ve not caught her on Disney Channel and haven’t had the chance to  listen to any of her songs. I do know however the obvious, that she’s naturally beautiful and as of late, she has a wardrobe that makes me want to know who’s dressing her. In a good way.  During the last couple of years, she seriously upgraded her style and apparently it’s all due to her stylist, Kate Young.

Café Design | Selena Gomez

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