Isn’t it funny how one particular hue can inspire you? Right now ice cream parlor tones by way of dusty pinks and mint greens are really intriguing me! So much so, I spent 2+ hours last night in search of more inspiration, down the rabbit hole and along a windy road – otherwise known as Pinterest. Funny thing is, pastels aren’t typically my thing, as I usually gravitate towards more jewel-tone shades. Maybe it’s that the weather has finally warmed up and everyone seems to have a slight glow from a little dose of much needed Vitamin D, making the shades so complimentary?! I think that caftan may need to make way into my closet!
I’ve mentioned before how much I adore designing beach homes, due to their theatrical element of whimsy. However, theatrics and overdoing it dance a fine line. My personal preference is for rooms to look beachy in an indirect way – no lighthouses or “Beach” signs with arrows – but instead a finely choreographed selection of items, that individually could fit into a variety of aesthetics, but collectively make for an indulgent coastal retreat. Sig Bergamin has perfected this balance, with his brilliant use of tropical foliage (both indoors and out!), lacquered rattan and moderate use of blue and white stripes!
Shingle-sided cottages are one of my favorite styles of beach houses – I’d personally take their quirky characteristics and nonsensical ways over a palatial McMansion any day of the week! And this one located in the quaint, sleepy town of Sag Harbor has plenty of character to boast! I adore the neutral palette and well-lived-in aesthetic, paired with the traditional structure; resulting in an authentic and collected space that owner and interior designer, Michelle Smith, coins as “almost accidental looking”. Smith states: “Every room should have a touch of whimsey and a touch of weird, but you shouldn’t be able to pinpoint what those touches are.” – I couldn’t agree more!
What’s your favorite style beach houses?
The aspect I love most about decorating vacation homes is the theatrical element of whimsy you can implement. Since inhabitants don’t live there year-round, you can really go all out with a theme – nautical, Palm Beach chic, Aspen chalet, Moroccan riad, etc.
I was flipping through this month’s Vogue, and fell head-over-heels for this Dominican Republic home belonging to famed interior designer, Celerie Kemble, and her family. The property itself is actually a cluster of bungalows, each belonging to individual shareholders, centered around the communal clubhouse (featured in the 1st and 3rd photo). While the combination of intricate lattice work (called tragaluz), copper palms, seashell studded walls and Dominican tile may become a little tiresome for most people’s day-to-day; it makes for the ideal escape into vacation!
A boutique hotel is slotted for the property’s future – wonder if Kemble will have a hand in that as well?!
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I often find some people have a phobia of color when it comes to designing their home. Either they wear neutrals all the time and think they don’t like color, or adore color and simply can’t decide on what hues to include. And while an all neutral home can be beautiful, it’s not an easy balance to achieve – and in my opinion is often not suited for the majority of people.
Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty previously listed herself in the above mentioned category, until she called upon Lauren and Susan McGrath to design this gorgeous, quintessential New England home. What I love most about the abode is that the “investment pieces” were done in neutral shades, while color was added in small pops with accessories. In turn the heftier price-tag items will be around for the long-run – whereas pillows, the trim on the window treatments, books, the tablecloth in the entry and even the upholstery on the dining chairs can be easily swapped out for a different color palette!
Are you a fan of including color in your home?
One of my friends lives in a gorgeous, light-filled apartment in Hoboken. I’m helping her design the space and we’re starting off with the main living area – including the entry, living room and oversized alcove that we’ve termed “the den”. Although the design is not complete, I couldn’t resist sharing the initial design board!
I find defining the style of the space from the get go helps set the stage for the design and keeps everyone on track once purchasing begins. This way when you come across that amazing find in Homegoods, you can reference your “definition” to ensure it will vibe with the rest of the space.
floor lamp, sofa, pink pillow, black & white pillow, chair & ottoman, side table, coffee table, terrariums, rug, coffee table tray, box, media console, prada canvas, bar cart, decanters, tray for bar cart, glasses
Extra space is a rarity in apartment living, so we really wanted to capitalize on it! The daybed can be used for overnight guests, or the table and chairs can be pulled up for small dinner parties.
I’m really loving the mixture of textures and styles! What are your thoughts?
There’s a level of quaintness found in older architecture that’s impossible to duplicate in its modern counterpart. Sometimes it’s the history that passes through the hallways, other times it’s moldings or woodwork that’s impossible (or completely uneconomical) to mirror, but most often I find it’s the little elements of quirkiness that would unlikely be duplicated in new contraction.
Such is the case found in this 1875 train station Federico de Vera transformed into his country home, utterly whimsical with it’s slanted ceilings, narrow hallways and ticket office turned living room. Plus, I’d imagine most little boys once dreamed of living in a real train station!
I came across this gorgeous Tribecca maisonette belonging to Sasha Bikoff (photographed by Nicole Cohen) on Albertina’s blog yesterday and fell completely in love! The feminine space is both modern and colorful, filled to the brim with an enviable array of antiques. And of course I adore the collection of art Biskoff has amassed – can you believe she’s only 25?!
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Often times it’s a combination of little details that elevate a room from good to extraordinary. Case in point – the bedskirt. Sure you can go with plain white, but plain is not an adjective I generally strive for. And while options are endless for custom, off-the-shelf varieties seem to be few and far between.
I’ve been on the hunt for a bedskirt for our guest room for the past two weeks. Ultimately, I’ll probably end up having something custom-made because I can’t find anything that compliments my color combo (which is playing off of this duvet and these sheets), but here’s some options I found and loved:
Any other vendors I should check out?