I’ve been stalking my mailbox for the past two days, eager with anticipation for this month’s House Beautiful to arrive! Steven Gambrel is one of my all time favorite interior decorators, so I was sure his newest masterpiece (in the form of this Chicago townhouse) would not disappoint. From the peacock blue lacquered walls, to the gorgeous chandelier to the tiled barrel-vault ceiling in the kitchen – to say I’m smitten is and understatement! And how adorable is the children’s “study” featured above – talk about setting your kid up for success! 😉
As much as I adore color, there is something to be said about the power of white walls. The hue is so very often overlooked as being plain or boring, but in my opinion it is the perfect backdrop to allow bright colors, textiles, textures, accessories and art to take center stage. This Texas bungalow is a perfect example of the magic of white walls, which can be found throughout the entire home. The overall result is feminine, sophisticated, layered, vibrant and certainly far from boring!
When I design a room, paint is almost always one of the last pieces of the puzzle, as it’s all of these other items that dictate the color scheme.What’s your preference when it comes to paint? Do you prefer bright-colored walls, or more muted tones?
I was flipping through the new Lonny last night and completely fell in love with this Hudson, NY home belonging to interior designer Juan Carretero and his partner David Usborne. I feel like so many published rooms today look like tear outs from a Pottery Barn catalog, and while some their spreads are quite beautiful, they completely lack personality and substance. From the gorgeous parquet floors to the mixture of Gustavian and 18th century French antiques, this home is a complete treasure trove of naturally collected curiosities!
Do you have any collections? If so, what’s your style when it comes to displaying them? Do you group them all together, or scatter them throughout your home?
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Selecting art for a room can be tricky at times, especially when there are multiple pieces in the room. You want to achieve harmony and balance through genre, medium and color – not giving the eye confusion on where to look first. I’m totally guilty of gravitating towards the more over-the-top works initially. It’s kind of like shopping for shoes – the 4″ lipstick red studded Valentino pumps look like so much fun, but it’s the classic nude pumps I’ll wear most!
Wayne Pate’s gorgeous prints remind me of those classic Jimmy Choo pumps. Simple clean lines, a restrained color palette and Hugo Guinness-eque strokes I just adore! Prints start at $50 – I think they’d make one awesome Christmas gift!
Mixing different styles and periods of furniture into one room is no easy task. It can often come across as disjointed and out of place. But when done right, it’s one of my favorite “looks” in interior design! Cynthia Collins brilliantly pulled this off in her Dallas Texas home, where she orchestrated a colorful but restrained color feminine palette, and medley of textures.
We had the opportunity to check out some of their amazing new vintages – I was particularly fond of the Dry Rose Cider!
We dined on some delicious fare – including tacos, lemon rosemary chicken, gourmet pizzas, seasonal roasted vegetables and pulled pork – I meant to take more pictures of the food, but was too busy eating! The hand-crafted pizzas were made to order from this incredibly genius, brick oven on wheels by Rolling in Dough (love the name!).Wouldn’t this be an incredible idea for a kids party, or a late night encore of snacks at a wedding?!
Speaking of kids, there were a ton of activities for little ones, including horse back riding, face painting, hay rides, pumpkin rolling and a petting zoo.It was an amazing Fall day meant to be spent outdoors, the weather seriously could not have been more perfect! If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend checking out the Harvest Party when it rolls around next year!
We also visited the Chuck Close exhibit at Guild Hall. The altered perceptions of the artist’s works in digital media over the span of his career was incredibly insightful and inspiring!
My mom and I took advantage of the holiday weekend sales, making sure to hit up one of our favorite stores in the Hamptons, Serena & Lily. I was completely obsessed with that coffee table, and how gorgeous is the Fall-inspired table setting?!
And finished off the weekend at one of my favorite new restaurants, Race Lane.
How was your weekend? Did you have the opportunity to spend any time outdoors?
*You can check out a list of my favorite places to eat and visit in the Hamptons here.
I’m heading to the Dumbo Arts Festival with my sister on Saturday and am beyond excited! Dressing for outdoor activities is always a bit tricky for me this time of year. Cold mornings followed by warm afternoons, chilly in the shade and hot in the sun. I’ve been to a couple outdoor events the past few weekends and just can’t seen to get it right! So I’ve put some thought into it, and think this sweater/maxi skirt combo just might do the trick!
Free People Floppy Hat // J. Crew Factory Charlie Sweater // J. Crew Crystal Chevron Link Necklace // Stila After Glow Lip Color // Zara Long Flowy Skirt // Leslie Fringe Tote // Tory Burch Jess Boots
What are some of your favorite items to wear for outdoor activates this time of year?
I have a weirdly odd obsession with decorating small spaces. Taking a boring few square feet – like a powder room, breakfast nook, staircase or hallway – and turning it into something special pushes me creatively, and I love the challenge! The Bungalow is a ranch, hence we have no staircases which is actually pretty convenient, but every now and then I wish we had a staircase solely so I could decorate it – crazy person thoughts, I know!
But they’re really the most perfect spot for a gallery wall!
I would definitely go for leopard! Glen Eden’s cheetah print is my favorite….
…it’s what this lady has.
I really love a well executed gallery wall, it tells so much about a person! When designing for my clients, I always try to incorporate pieces that they already own, along with a few other mixed genre’s to achieve an interesting presentation and collected vibe.
But the thing is, original art can be expensive! And while I strongly believe in investing in original works, they are just that – an investment. Something that should be acquired over time. So if you love the look of a gallery wall, but don’t want to wait 20 years to achieve the presentation, consider:
How do you feel about gallery walls? Aside from bar carts, they are probably one of the most pinned images on Pinterest!
I first saw this video at the Beyonce concert, and I must worn you I tear up every time I’ve watched it since. Just a little inspiration for this Monday morning!