Pretty things

July 17, 2014

birdie-baby-shower-glittery-cageSometimes, we just need to look at pretty things… eye candy….inspiration–just pure pleasure. I fell in love with this adorable bird cage that combines traditionally pretty pink, pearls, glitter, flowers and birds. I don’t own it, but I love looking at it.

feminine decorWhat is it about pink peonies?  Or pink in general? This beautifully designed desk is a work of art. Does anyone have a desk this perfect? Anyone who actually sits down and uses it? I’d love for my desk to look like this, but alas, it never has and never will. Because I USE my desk. It’s scattered with books and scraps of paper and pens and evidence that I work there. Even though my desk will never resemble the one in this photo, it gives me great pleasure (and a sense of calm) to fantasize about it.

Oh, you want to see what my desk looks like? No way!

bedThis beautifully designed bed caught my eye.  If only I had a bedroom big enough that my bed could sit smack dab in the center. I hate to harsh your mellow…. But tell me this: where’s the outlet for that lamp? And where would I put the books I read before bed? Wouldn’t that bed curtain collect dust every week? And how big a pain the butt would it be to take it down, wash it, dry it and put it back up? Who gets in a bed and goes right to sleep, that’s what I want to know? Am I the only one who lives on my bed?

peoniesPeony break! The most feminine flowers of all: peonies. You get to see them again because I never get tired of them.


This bedroom is more my style. Notice the stack of books. The pink flowers. Turquoise. The eclectic prints. The space saving wall lamp. The only complaint I have is that there’s no drawer for my many remotes. Pretty pretty pretty and has my name inscribed all over it. Just need a place for remotes. Oh, and tissues. Pens. Lip balm.  Damn, do people actually LIVE in pretty rooms like this?

Colorful BRI’m crazy about this look.  The vibrant colors pop against stark white.  It’s beautifully designed. But who could sleep on that mattress? Actually, I’d also need blackout curtains to sleep here  See, the problem with beautiful design is that it’s impractical.

libraryIt’s not light, airy or colorful, so this room probably seems jarring, but I love it. I’d love a room full of bookcases. Yes, these rooms will be things of the past one day. Replaced by something like this:

Futuristic libraryOh, my eyeballs are burning. Let’s go back to pretty things.

Modern guest roomLove the chevron design and pops of yellow with grey. It works. I long to have a room this uncluttered.

feminine-decor-greenClean. Modern. Pops of color.  But the furniture doesn’t look very comfortable, does it?

imageMakes a great photo, but what exactly would you do at this desk?

LR+PeachThis warm palette and the room’s eclectic furnishings are intriguing.

I suppose it’s time to leave beautiful interior design and decor and re-enter the real world, where rooms are actually used. So, I’m curious. How do YOU balance form and function in your house? I’m looking for practical interior design tips.



29 comments on “Pretty things
  1. Oooh Carol thanks so much for the eye candy! Just what I needed to get my day started! My sister gave me the most beautiful silk peony that sits on my desk, and that is the only thing that even remotely comes close to the gorgeous office you showed!! Lol!

  2. I am with you on the nightstand, it must have drawers for remotes and things. My decorating is so eclectic. A mix of southwestern and travel doodads we pick up when we go. Also, have you ever gone here? what a hoot. xo

  3. Lovely, spirit raising pretty things!

  4. Tammy says:

    I want it all….I want my house to look just like that…but alas, with two boys, one 15 year old and one 55 years old 🙂 it will just NEVER happen. *SIGH*

  5. wonderful eye candy. That desk makes me a bit envious mine is stacked with things “to do”giggle

  6. Nice to wake up to these!

  7. Karen says:

    So pretty, but as you say, I often wonder how people actually live in places like this. Also, cleaning. If I’m gonna clean it, it better be easy to reassemble! 🙂

  8. Janie Emaus says:

    Such beautiful photos! I want that bedroom.

  9. I pick the place your eye is immediately drawn to when you walk into a room in my house, the focal point per say and I am obsessive about that one spot being pleasing to the eye. In my office it is a large bookcase that is decorated with books, photos, flowers and basically pretty things. When I walk in that room and see that I feel good about the room and less terrible that my desk looks like I work there.
    I also use baskets to hide clutter…
    The color is beautiful in the rooms you chose. I am trying to be a bit braver with paint and other pops of color. The pink peoni’s, LOVE!

  10. Becky Blades says:

    Couldn’t agree more with your comments on practicality. I definitely “USE” my desk and have deemed its design a type of “organized clutter.” Only in my dreams will any of my house ever look like these photos!

  11. kim tackett says:

    baskets….all about baskets…..and low lighting…I won’t invite you to my house in daylight.

  12. WendysHat says:

    Wow! I love pretty, and pink, and design. This is all wonderful.

  13. Lana says:

    Everything is so pretty – but I agree, it looks hard to keep clean. The pink desk is my favorite 🙂 We have a beautiful peony bush in our yard – the only sad thing is that they bloom for such a short period of time (at least in Seattle they do – maybe they last longer in a warmer climate)?

  14. Tammy says:

    Oh my…..this stuff is all so pretty. I’m on fluff overload and I’m likin’ it! I ADORE the space saving lamp! Must. Have. One. Cannot conceive of a nightstand without drawers…. a nightmare! Thanks for sharing a very nice break in the day!

  15. Ruth Curran says:

    I could live in that library and take breaks in final living room. Dreaming is nice!

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