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Ibiza / Eivissa

Just saying the word is magical, listen to it roll off one’s tongue! Mellifluous perfection! Ibiza, or as the local Catalan speaking natives call it, “Eivissa” is an island in the Mediterranean Sea 79 km off the coast of the city of Valencia in Spain. It is part of the Balearic Island chain. Enough about geography, let me tell you about the culture.

Judith, the blushing bride, and her maid of honor and friend! Can we talk about the coordination of blues, the fascinators, the flowered head chain, and the general sartorial wit in this photo?

Everyone on the island spoke a minimum of three languages – it was a polyglot’s heaven! Signs were written in Spanish, Catalan, English, French, German, and represented a veritable United Nations of cultures. Everyone also dressed like they were about to pose for a Club Monaco or United Colors of Benetton Ad. I also believe that the island would be a meteorologist’s dream, literally s/he would not have to look at a doppler camera, barometer, or radar as the sun is always shining, there are no clouds, and the sky is blue every day. The temperates were also seemingly perfect.

Oh hi! That’s me. This is a picture of the first time I have ever been able to legitimately use a sun parasol. The dress is by Kimchi Blue from Urban Outfitters and called Spin Sugar Dress. It cast beautiful cream colored shadows.

The island’s local brew, Isleña, could be found at every bar!

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Dress: Ted Baker Vintage Floral Dress found via ASOS, HERE/ Room:  Designer Tracy Reese’s farmhouse bedroom with saturated florals reminiscent of an Eastern bazaar dress. The lamp is a 1950s antique. The Chinese table dates from the 1940s. Room design by Bjorn Wallander, image found via Country Living, HERE.

Dress: DIZZY ANCHORS DRESS via J.Crew, HERE. A crisp cotton dress with shirring at the waist and a flirty ruffled hem, finished with an allover maritime motif illustrated in-house by J.Crew’s graphic design guru Grace (it was inspired by the designer’s recent getaway to Greece—I know, I’m a little bit jealous too). / Room: A nautical inspired and striped dining room featuring sea an homage to seaglass, sailboats, and Nantucket reds. With its statement stripes and 
simple palette, this chic look is so 
shipshape I want to salute it. Photograph by Oliver Gordon. Image found via House to Home, HERE.

Dress: My newest shopping obsession is Canadian brand Joe Fresh. stylish and affordable clothing and accessories line for men, women and kids found in Canada and the US. The brand is designed by the ex-designer for Club Monaco. This summer’s cookbook has lots of fresh squeezes of lemon coloring! Dress found HERE. / Room: Team your yellow with lots of white to keep the look ultra (Joe) fresh. One cannot have a frown in this sunny, modern, and sleek homage to the colors of the sun! Image found HERE and  created via the team at Heal’s.

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Guest Post: Design Shuffle

I am super-duper (quadruple) excited to present a guest post by Joanna from Design Shuffle – shuffle over to her company website if you want a never-ending array of design ideas, decorating photos, and interior inspiration. Below, Joanna will discuss living with art (because it’s aesthetically good for you):

Hi! I’m Joanna, a writer for Design Shuffle, a terrific website for interior designers and design enthusiasts (such as yourself). I am passionate about all things design. Fortunately, my work has me searching the internet for the loveliest interior design ideas and images to share on blogs such as The Walkup. Today, I’m sharing art (requested by Keren from The Walkup) as a main focal point in some of my favorite living rooms. I hope you enjoy and are inspired to support local artists.


Abstract art in coral and turquoise hues act as the focal point of this traditional living room. The colors are pulled into the room through the furnishings and the accessories. Use a painting’s colors as the basis for furniture’s tones.


A mosaic over the fireplace serves as the focal point of this contemporary living room. The palette in this space is calming and serene (even with a mix of patterns, materials and textiles).


Large-format art takes this room by storm with its fluid use of grays and pinks. The color is drawn from the wall into the room with similar color accessories.


Asian-inspired artwork hangs above a low profile console table and as companion fabric on the decorative pillows.


A large mural covers the wall of this Zen living room. The sculpture above the fireplace looks as if it is naturally part of the artwork above and beside it – almost as if the painting is an organic extension of the room, as if vines are growing inside one’s home!  This one is going into my nature-inspired living room designs file.


A gallery wall of small prints and photos, like this one, is an excellent way to create a focal point in a corner of the room. A salon wall is an extremely easy way to mix and match favorite prints without needing a central color scheme or theme.


Black and white artwork sets the tone in this sophisticated living room. The animal-themed space offers several natural elements such as zebra chairs, animal prints, and tiny accents on the fireplace mantel.  Have you even seen the images from the Ashes and Snow exhibition by Gregory Colbert? These images would fit perfectly into a space such as this one – black and white photography allows “flaws” such as wrinkles, creases, light-levels and texture to be exhibited fully.


Andy Warhol-like art hangs above a dining area. It carries the eye across the space creating a nice focal point. Looking for decorating ideas to show off personal photos that have been printed into large format artistic prints? This is a terrific one.

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Are you looking to create a sophisticated and whimsical touch to your living room space? Don’t forget to check out our Miami Interior Designers for more living room design ideas.