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Look no further than mother nature for her effortless color combinations and infinitely mesmerizing patterns…the coral and pink moths from yesterday’s post had my head reeling with favorite works of art, interiors and textiles that recall these brilliant hues…enjoy!

grammia virgo female ~ Joseph Scheer

via anne rue interiors

Dancers in Pink ~ Edgar Degas, 1880-1885

via a la parisienne

Oly Studio via ruth burts

Steven Gambrel via porter house designs

Lovers in Pink ~ Marc Chagall, 1916

arachnis picta ~ Joseph Scheer

Madeline Weinrib

Mary McDonald via chameleon interiors

India Hicks via Lonny Magazine

Papercut ~ Henri Matisse, 1947

Suzanne Kasler via Elle Decor

xanthopastis regnatrix male ~ Joseph Scheer

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Today is my 500th post! Hooray! Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to join me on this personal journey…knowing you are out there, on the other side of this computer, makes the whole adventure worth while…being able to share with you my first visit to High Point Market or the wonder of NYC and the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, is truly a dream come true…too many pinch me moments to count! I hope you continue down this path with me…it just wouldn’t be the same without you…

To celebrate, I thought I’d post a few memorable photos from a thoughtful eye…when I look at these images, I’m taken back to a moment in time when I remember thinking to myself, it doesn’t get much better than that…

The Parthenon Friezes ~ watercolor on paper by Wendy Artin

The Oly Showroom ~ High Point Market, Spring 2012

DIFFA Dining by Design, March 2012

The Verellen Showroom ~ High Point Market, Spring 2012

The Breakers and Rosecliff, Newport, RI

photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

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Let’s conclude our trip to the spring 2012 High Point Market with a visit to Oly and Verellen

First up, the Oly showroom located in a charming old building just a few blocks away from the hustle and bustle of the IHFC (International Home Furnishings Center)…let me preface by saying my visit to Oly was on the last day of Market…by the time I arrived, they were packing up the first floor of the showroom…what I thought was a huge disappointment turned out to be a blessing disguise! The entire second floor was still intact! I had the rare privilege of photographing the upstairs in peace and quiet…the morning rain had cleared and there was nothing but sunshine and warm breezes coming through the windows…natural light,¬†steel casement windows and well worn wood floors provided a stylish backdrop for Oly’s ultra chic collection of furniture, lighting and unique objects…notice the expressive hand painted walls in the bedroom…this room offered me such a rare and special moment…maybe because I was experiencing it by myself or maybe because it was a truly remarkable work of art

below ~ Verellen

Why is the unexpected so seductive?

When the shuttle pulled up to this odd white structure (with no signage from the street) I didn’t know what to think…do I have the driver wait for me? It would be a very long walk back to the IHFC and my feet were beyond tired…but my gut was telling me to go for it, so instead, I jumped out onto the white gravel courtyard and embarked on what would be the most memorable part of my journey…with one foot in the door I knew this would be a one-of-a-kind feast for the senses…I was greeted by Jeff, lighting designer, Jen, CaDdy designer, a wood burning stove, and the sweet smell of candles burning…what seemed quite rustic at first, quickly morphed into a chic and sophisticated environment, the likes of which I had never experienced before…seducing me with a sensory overload were their linen and leather upholstered pieces finished with couture dress maker details and their artistic and earthy chandeliers, reminiscent of bird nests and canoes…a graceful combination of elements that felt timeless and inventive all at the same time…

They pride themselves on thinking outside the box, creating pieces that stretch the boundaries and excite the senses…for me, they accomplished this and so much more…they created a lifestyle…a place where you could imagine yourself living…an oasis of calm and beauty…I never wanted to leave

photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

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oly studio eye candy

I leave you this week with some Oly Studio eye candy! For those of you unfamiliar with Oly, they were founded in 1999 by Bay Area designers Kate McIntyre and Brad Huntzinger…their vision was “to simply provide good designs at affordable prices”…known for blending traditional with contemporary, it’s a style that works well in a wide range of environments…one of my favorite pieces is the jonathan bench pictured above…how decadent at the foot a bed or in an entry way or for bench style seating in a dining room or kitchen…chic and versatile, it would add a splash of modern to just about any interior!

Please enjoy these stylish furnishings and accessories! Wishing you a wonderful (and sunny) weekend!

above ~ martha stewart living, september 2011, jonathan bench

below ~ martha stewart living, september 2011, stefano table lamp

below ~ elle decor, may 2011, ari side table

below ~ house beautiful, april 2011, pipa cocktail table & side

below ~ house beautiful, april 2011, ajax chair

below ~ house beautiful, april 2011, pipa bowl chandelier

below ~ traditional home, november 2010, willa bed

below ~ elle decor, november 2010, horn salt cellars

below ~ coastal living, september 2010, meri side table

below ~ house beautiful, june 2010, pipa table lamp

below ~ elle decor, june 2010, sea urchin

below ~ elle decor, march 2010, augustus bust

below ~ atlanta homes and lifestyles, march 2010, hadley bench

below ~ atlanta homes and lifestyles, march 2010, clyde mirror

below ~ luxe, winter 2010, sophie lounge chair

below ~ luxe, winter 2010, gabriel chair

below ~ house beautiful, december/january 2010, mirror chandelier, pearl mirror

below ~ house beautiful, december/january 2010, louis armchair

below ~ house beautiful, december/january 2010, tony table

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The first time I noticed the Neta Bench by Oly Studio was on January 15th, 2008…the source, Habitually Chic by Heather Clawson…the interior designer, Nate Berkus…Nate’s stylish interior (pictured below) stayed with me long after that cold winter’s day…though petite in scale, the bench played a starring role in Nate’s wall composition…it balanced with the weight of the dark door and added some playful curves to the right angles of the frames and architecture…a timeless vignette with a fresh new perspective…it immediately became one of my “go to” design inspirations! In the coming months, I spotted the bench in other publications and in Oly Studio print ads…its unique personality mixed effortlessly with antique furnishings and/or contemporary decor…clearly, I was not alone in my passion for this piece! A year later, as luck would have it, I happened upon a Neta Bench for sale at a local store in Boston called Husdson…they were having their big winter sale and the floor model was 50% off the retail price! It was love at first sight! The natural wood finish, carmel tones of the goat hide and sultry horn shaped legs were even more beautiful in person…wow, what timing! So here it is, (pictured above) proudly perched below the framed photographs in my home office…a perfect compliment to my antiques, art and color palette…thank you Heather Clawson and Nate Berkus for inspiring my purchase…I couldn’t have done it without you!

I hope you enjoy this photo essay of the Neta Bench by Oly Studio!

above ~ my office

below ~ nate berkus, photo courtesy of habitually chic

below ~ nate berkus, elle decor, september 2008

below ~ domino, february 2009

below ~ decor magazine, fall/winter 2009

below ~ pointclickhome.com, october 2007

below ~ cottage living, april 2008

below ~ connecticut cottages & gardens, may 2007

below ~ D Home, february 2008

below ~ house beautiful, july 2009

below ~ house beautiful, march 2010

below ~ southhill home, toronto canada,  photos courtesy of the world according to jessica claire

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