Michelle Armas Elk One Print // Pottery Barn Red Sicily Vase // William Sonoma Wood Vase //Jayson Home Bottle Vase // Terrain Cracked Glaze Bud Vase // Terrain Verdigris Julep Vase // CB2 Pony Sprout Chair // Home Decorators Aldridge Extendable Dining Table
While perusing Domaine last night, and I came across this gorgeous dining room designed by Nate Berkus. I was instantly smitten by the impeccable mix of textures and genres; from the rustic wood table to the glamorous velvet chairs with their sexy brass legs, and the lovely mix of pottery combined with the “algorithm-like”(?) art is just genius! While this apartment appears to have a million dollar view of Chicago, the bones of the room are simply white walls and floors – a very attainable starting point!
Are you a fan of mixing different styles of furniture, decor and art?
Whenever I design a room, I like to think about how it will change throughout the seasons. If my guests are big on holiday decorating and entertaining, I like to choose a color palette that can easily accommodate festive decorations without them looking out of place.
I came across this watercolor by Lourdes Sanchez the other day, and thought it would be the perfect point of inspiration for a dining room. The plums, navy and orange tones could be played up in the Fall and Winter; while the pastel blues, greens and dusty pinks could be the focal point during the Spring and Summer months.
Lourdes Sanchez Painting // West Elm Mercury Glass Huricanes // Anthropologie Clarissa Dining Chair Home Decorators Aldridge Extendable Dining Table (great price!) // Serena & Lily Anya Blown Glass Chandelier // Juliska Four Country Estate China in Autumn // Serena & Lily Plum Capri Table Runner
When I started decorating The Bungalow, one of the first pieces of furniture I bought was a set of 6 floor model Bertoia chairs. The airy filigreed appearance fit perfectly into the narrow nook in our kitchen; and the maintenance free, wipe-clean metal surface is ideal for our laid back style abode. However, like most non-upholstered dining chairs, I knew I’d have to purchase some type of seat cushion to maximize comfort during the long leisurely dinners we love so much. I have a few inexpensive options that I change out throughout the year depending on the Season, and come Fall simple white sheepskin throws replace round bright-colored linen cushions. There’s super soft and warm, adding the perfect amount of festive coziness for the colder months!
Do you have any accessories you change out with the Seasons?
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I love coming across a home in a magazine and thinking – yup, someone actually lives there “as is”. So many features today are excessively fancied-up by stylists, and while they may be beautiful to look at, they’re also completely impractical for most people to maintain. In turn, presenting unrealistic standards in the industry – similar to 90 lb. models walking the runway in sportswear.
I think this lovely Cape Town home belonging to interior designer Caline Williams-Wynn and her family, is a great example of placement and styling executed for the way people actually live. Well edited, graceful, lived-in and breezy are a few thoughts that come to mind – some of my favorite adjectives in decorating!
When it comes to accessories, styling and placement, I think execution should include items that serve some type of purpose. Whether it’s the set of colored glass bottles you’ve collected throughout your travels, books piled high on your coffee table that inspire you or a few stems of flowers on your bedside table that put a smile on your face when you wake up.
Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to styling in magazines?
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.
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