when inspiration strikes

Sometimes you see a home and are immediately blown away by it. These are the places we file away in our memories or inspiration books and return to time and time again. Case in point, the home of Ochre owners, Harriet Maxwell Macdonald and Andrew Corrie. A few weeks back I saw photographs of their Shelter Island home in House Beautiful and fell in love with the mix of rustic wood and varying pastel shades of linens. Last night, I stumbled across what must be their New York City loft on photographer Ditte Isager's new blog/site.

There are so many elements to love here; the rough, wide plank floors, the glass chandelier, the tufted sofa, the Hans Wegner wishbone chairs, those three large windows and that beautiful, simple coffee table. More than anything it is the mood of the room I covet. It's not overly designed or styled. It's comfortable with just the right amount of show stopping pieces to make you take another look.

The dangerous thing about places like these is that my mind immediately starts churning. For example, that mirror above the fireplace would look absolutely perfect above my fireplace. Speaking of the fireplace, I love that it is all black. Hmmm, with a can of paint mine could be all black.

Take a look at the bedroom, so lovely and serene in varying shades of grey. With a little paint, some new sheets, and a thin rug over my hardwood floors I could have a bedroom like this (although that walk-in closet in the background is something I will just have to keep dreaming about.)

Add finally, how about this kitchen? Honestly, my husband is lucky I didn't walk into our kitchen after seeing this shot and start tearing the cabinets off the wall. I absolutely love the open shelving, wide black island, and Niche Modern pendant lights. I think this kitchen is the new standard for me. The one that will grace the first page of my kitchen inspiration book in case the need (opportunity) ever arises for a new kitchen.