Thursday, October 26, 2017

Green Castkills

End of the summer in the Catskills, NY is always a treat. It is not quite fall yet, but nature is silently and almost invisibly starting to prepare for cooler months ahead. And so the air is fresh, the colors vibrant, like if nature gave it all before eventually shedding until spring returns.

I love long walks in the woods, walking on branches and leaves, and the rich smell of earth and soil – then coming back to a welcoming home.

Hang your jacket, and come sit and relax!

Reclaimed Wood Coatrack (Amazon)

Moroccan Wedding Ottoman (Anthropologie)

Maxwell swivel leather Chair (Restoration Hardware)

The sight of a fireplace beckons to sit for contemplation...

Corona Coffee Table (Anthropologie)

East coast flowers are abundant: brown-eyed Susan, purple coneflower, lilies, Russian sage, Queen Anne's lace...
Artisan Mission Rocker - oak (Amish outlet store)

     All attract bumble bees and butterflies.
Greylock gold Easton chair (Annie Selke)

Pillar coat Rack (Wayfair)
Urban Mission pub Table (Liberty Furniture - Houzz)
Art Canvas (The Bungalow Craft)

Apple tree - so yummy! It's almost time to come home...

Harvey Ellis club chair - circa 1906 (Stickley)

Rustic metal wall Rack

Moroccan Pouf (West Elm)

... for a cup of tea!

Or a hot chocolate! Feeling full of beautiful nature :)

Sophie Castro offers Interior Design services in Los Angeles, CA and Honolulu, HI.She can be reached at:

All nature photographs were taken by author.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Head in the Clouds

I have been in airplanes a lot lately, and got to appreciate the beauty of Clouds...

What does give them their unique shape and volume and texture? They are so fleeting and yet, from behind the airplane window, it is easy to imagine sitting on one of them and getting cozy...

Let us see how we could create a cloud-like space that invites us to tranquility and dream.
Cirrus C13 Sofa (Dizajno)
Light Blue Knot Cushion (Cush & Co)
Velvet Pea Cushion (Milt & Joe)
Clouds are made of vapor floating in the atmosphere. They remind us that life happens around our planet, in the sky, and that we are a small part of a whole. They make us pause and contemplate...

Menali Cortese natural dye Rug - Moroccan style (Meharaban)

With Clouds, it's an invitation to float... either horizontally or suspended...
Bubble Sofa by lakic (Roche Bobois)
Wool & Silk Rug - R34031 (1800GetARug)

Mulberry double bubble pendant
(Design Within Reach)

Olympia # 9 - Black Swan - by Gordon McConnell
(acrylic on canvas)

Speckled Hand Blown Pendant
(Shades of Light)

White Puffy Clouds Pillow (Zazzle)

The vastness of the sky and the lightness of those clouds - like a reminder to remain detached and keep a lightness of mind...
Curvy Stripe Crewel Pillow
(West Elm)

Sprout Side Table (Blu Dot)

Jaquard Velvet Dot Pillow (West Elm)

We can drift along and let our imagination take us to the endless expanse of sky...

Luna Pod Hanging Chair (Mobelli)
Cloud Chair (Lisa Widen)

Polka Dot Paper Lantern
(Paper Lantern Store)

Clouds are illuminated by light from the sun, which is seen as white by our eyes - a mix of all the colors of the rainbow, which produces white.
Espiritu Collection Rug - Samovar - wool & silk
Maskros Light (Ikea)

Ro Lounge Chairby Jaime Hayon
(Desigh Within Reach)

We can also look for messages in their various shapes and colors - beyond the ordinary.
Let us get carried away to a peaceful space.

'Dragon meets Rabbit' - watercolor by Nicole Wong

Winfell Table
(Ligne Roset)
Wall vinyl Sticker Decal- decoration monster (Etsy)

Sanderum Rug (Ikea)
Drift, escape, dream away, to experience a rejuvenating sleep... We may need to bring the clouds into the bedroom!

Sophie Castro offers Interior Design services in Los Angeles, CA and Honolulu, HI.
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