The Right Stripes by Kimberly Reuther

How do you feel about stripes?  I personally think a room isn’t complete without a stripe fabric, rug, etc.  Stripes are a fundamental part of design. They can change the look of a piece of furniture or a room by being bold or subtle.  Stripes can be edgy, playful, modern or sophisticated depending on the size, color and placement.

So, which ones are right for you?  I’ve compiled a group of beautiful spaces using stripes to their advantage.  See if this helps you narrow down your options!

A well-tailored room gains energy from the striped rug.

This bold cabana stripe awning is the perfect backdrop to the colorful furniture and lush plants.

Wide horizontal stripes along with moulding accents blend beautifully with the baroque elements in this room.

This playroom screams enthusiasm partly due to the varied colorful stripes on the wall.

I love how this traditional room is transformed by a bold color palette and the vibrant striped rug.

This sofa from Crate & Barrel is like a men's suit, handsome and timeless.

This is not your grandmother's sofa. Reupholstering an antique in a modern stripe is the perfect juxtaposition.

Skinny stripes form a soft balancing backdrop for a room that is full of collected pieces.

Another great example of a bold stripe on a traditional piece of furniture.

Previously written by Kimberly for St. Louis AT HOME’s website.  Read more of Kimberly’s work and view her portfolio at www.kimberlyreuther.com.

Style Defined: Tropical by Kimberly Reuther

As we approach the heat of the summer months, I am inspired by the tropics where it is warm all year round.  The ocean is near, palm trees are in abundance and daily life is about staying cool.  The vacation-inspired vibe is envious and actually pretty accessible in your own home.  Here a few photos and tips to help you achieve your own oasis!

1.  Crisp white color palettes are always refreshing and fairly easy to achieve.  Using a semi-gloss paint on walls and floors is more reflective and easier to keep clean.  White linen slipcovers and gauzy drapery panels evoke the casual, relaxed atmosphere of the tropics.

2.  MIxing bold, bright colors and multiple patterns are easy ways to create the drama and intensity of the sun.  Saturate your walls or floors with an intense hue derived from the sea or refinish multiple picture frames for a quick colorful collage.

3.  Incorporating natural and organic elements into your design will create a sense of harmony.  Sisal or seagrass make perfect rugs in high traffic areas.  Palm trees and tropical flowers are increasingly popular indoors even as far inland as Missouri.  If nothing else, create your tropical retreat in an outdoor area which can be put away during winter months.

Previously written by Kimberly for St. Louis AT HOME’s website.  Read more of Kimberly’s work and view her portfolio at www.kimberlyreuther.com.

New Inspirations by Kimberly Reuther

So, the groundhog saw his shadow and we have 6 more weeks of winter, blah! Time to start planning for spring while we wait…I’m a huge planner! Getting things done is another story, but at least I have a plan :)

In searching for unique things to admire, I came across a few global items and a few right here in St. Louis. Here are my inspirations for the last days of winter.

Birds
If you have stepped into Pottery Barn (link to www.potterybarn.com) lately, you may mistakenly think you are in the Butterfly House, but alas it is just the season for birds! Pillows, dishes, napkin rings, you name it, they are selling it. Not to mention, the cages that house the birds. There is one that is bigger than my dining table, I swear!

bird embroidered pillow

3 gable birdcage

Map furniture
I’ve always been fan of the subtle texture of map wallcovering and it’s ability to transform a space into a destination. See one of my favorites from Ralph Lauren below.

map wallcovering

Now, Wisteria has come out with a piece of furniture with the map wallcovering applied. You could probably do this yourself to an old dresser or parsons style table. Love the look!

map chest

Colorful outdoor chairs
I have always been a huge fan of these recycled plastic Adirondack chairs from Polywood’s South Beach Collection. I saw them on display last year at Suburban Leisure Center. They are extremely durable and reasonably priced considering they will last for centuries. And in the fun fiesta colors, they can’t be beat!

polywood south beach chair

Until I just fell in love with these adorable children’s chairs from Tolix, a French company that will hopefully be selling these in the U.S…keep your fingers crossed!

tolix childrens chairs

Also, I was browsing the Janus et Cie website for new introductions and saw these fabulous chairs. Not sure which ones they are but so freaking cute!

janus et cie

That’s all for now, as I find more things, I’ll be sure to pass them along!

Previously written by Kimberly for St. Louis AT HOME’s website.  Read more of Kimberly’s work and view her portfolio at www.kimberlyreuther.com.

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