Well, Mrs. Putman has been at it again by way of this 19th-century farmhouse located in the sleepy town of Fayetteville, TX. Ashley and her husband restored the dilapidated clapboard abode to pure perfection, resulting in a quaint charm that I think can only be found in older homes.
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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I know Rebecca de Ravenel’s West Village apartment has already made a few rounds in the blogosphere and Pinterest, but it’s just so good I couldn’t resist sharing! A gorgeous palette of blue and white was carried throughout the home, and I think it’s a true testament to a strict color scheme done well! Not only is it beautiful in its simplicity, but also quite versatile. Items can be moved around the apartment with ease to accommodate guests, while different genres of art and styles of furniture fuse seamlessly. The mixture of patterns and textures is brilliantly executed, layering in the perfect amount of depth!
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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.
I spent the better half of Saturday morning perusing through the new Domino magazine, and to my delight, the relaunched publication did not disappoint! Bold color is typically what initially catches my eye, however Ali Cayne’s renovated West Village apartment had me signing an entirely different tune! The light filled abode boasted a more restrained color palette throughout, artfully layered with texture and graphic patterns. Brass accents balanced the mainly black and white color scheme with just the right amount of warmth, and Moroccan rugs added the perfect amount of global flare!
Have you checked out the new Domino? If so, what’s your take away?
I was browsing through my bloglovin’ feed yesterday, and nearly fell off the sofa when I saw this post regarding Condé Nast relaunching Domino Magazine with Michelle Adams as editor-in-chief!!! I’d heard rumors of similar news here and there, but didn’t want to get my hopes up. I was really bummed when Ms. Adams left Lonny, feeling the content just wasn’t the same. So to hear the rumors are actually true – albeit through a Facebook update – has me giddy with delight! In celebration, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite Domino images for your viewing pleasure!
As you may have gathered from some of my previous posts, I am a huge fan of wallpaper! It’s certainly not cheap – considering the actual cost of the wallpaper itself plus installation. But if you think about how much visual square footage it consumes, wallpaper has a bigger impact than any other object in the room -meaning less is more when it comes to the furniture. I could go on for days listing my favorites, but Nina Campbell’s Swan Lake has been on my mind lately. So elegant and feminine, it reminds me of going to the ballet with my grandmother when I was a little girl!
I’m currently working with a lovely client on her gorgeous prewar apartment. A few radiators are awkwardly scattered throughout the space, completely negating the beautiful lines of symmetry found in the original architecture. They’ve presented a little design challenge (which of course, I love!), so I’ve been researching a few ways to go about redirecting attention away from the heat exchangers, while still abiding by necessary safety precautions (those babies get hot!). Here’s what I’ve found, and liked:
A cabinet manufacturer can fabricate custom built-in’s based on the individual space, your specifications and storage needs. The design should be complementary to the existing moldings and architectural details found in the room for a seamless look.
Furniture Placement:A less permanent and more cost-effective option (more ideal for yearly renters) is to place a console or shelf above the radiator, treating the radiator as an actual piece of furniture.
Radiator Cover:The most traditional way to redirect attention is with a radiator cover. They are available in a variety of styles and price points – from custom fabricated options (also available through many cabinet manufactures), to off-the-shelf models found online or at your local hardware store, to homemade versions for the adventurous DIYer.
No matter which method of disguise implemented, keep in mind you are trying to avert attention from the radiator. Style with pretty accessories that are appropriate for the location (no bars in the bathroom, please!), hang art and/or mirrors on the wall to assert intention on placement, and incorporate the design in a way it works best for your every day.
Out of all the social media outlets (and gosh, do we have enough of them?!), Instagram is by far my preferred platform for sharing little bits and pieces about my day, and I love following other people for inspiration and a few laughs! One of my many favorite users is @oscarprgirl, aka: Erika Bearman, Senior Vice President of Communications at Oscar de la Renta. So imagine my delight when the social media darling’s Southampton home – decorated by one of my all-time-favorite designers, Miles Redd – was featured in this month’s Elle Decor!
Bold, colorful and exuberantly fabulous doesn’t even scratch the surface of this gem, but I guess I’d expect nothing less from the woman heading up the PR of one of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses!
What’s your favorite social media platform? You can find me at @christinedicorcia
Greek revivals are by far one of my favorite styles of architecture for a country or beach house, and this one located in the quaint town of Sag Harbor is an absolute gem! Belonging to fashion designer Beth Blake of THREAD (love their bridesmaid dresses!), and her family of four, the abode boasts classic historical features notorious to Greek revivals, and an updated color palette, resulting in a home that is both current and classic – the best combination in my opinion!
Regarding the aesthetics, Blake said: “We wanted it to feel like your grandmother lived there—but a grandmother who had really great taste.” My own grandmother is my creative muse and backboard for many of my designs, so I absolutely love this description!
The carved details on the staircase is exceptional, and I adore the vintage daybed on the landing – the perfect spot to curl up and read a book on a rainy day! I think the steps are also important to note, as they’re a great example of what to do when the floor boards need to be replaced. It looks like the wide wood planked floors in the rest of the house are original and in great condition. Trying to stain the steps the same color as the floors is virtually impossible,so choosing a completely different finish with a matching banister is a great alternative!