Apologies for going MIA this week! A handful of new e-decor projects and one new onsite design project kept me on my toes this week in the best way! The aspect I love most about interior design, is how each client’s personality truly effects and shines through in the outcome! Two people could come to me requesting the exact same type of space, but through getting to know them better and the little quirks that make their personality, those two rooms would never end up looking the same. Through getting to know my clients on such a personal level, I’ve been privileged to regard the majority of my them as good friends long after the job is completed!
This 550 sq. ft. West Hollywood courtyard apartment, belonging to famed textile designer Peter Dunham, doesn’t quietly nod to the designer’s personality – it screams it! From the Bukara upholstered walls, to the infamous Fig leaf pattern eat-in buffet, to the tv stand playing double duty as a bar, to the light pink walls – that let’s be honest most men could not pull off; the tiny apartment holds a complete menagerie of wild and foreign textiles, art and objects that truly speaks to the designer’s tastes.
Dunham states in the HB article: “Unless you’re really rich, you don’t get to do exactly what you want in an enormous house” – a notion that is beyond wise! It’s actually more difficult to design a few sq. ft. of impeccably executed space – larger rooms encounter budget limitations must faster, and their size leaves a little bit more wiggle room for error! I’d personally take this tiny apartment over a palatial McMansion any day of the week!
I know Lindsey Coral Haper’s Upper East Side 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, zebra and malachite was carried throughout the home, and while the audacious combo could have been entirely overwhelming, the interior designer’s trained eye executed it with perfection! A true testament to if you collect things you love, the outcome will always be beautiful!
Do you have any collections? Blue and white, books, art, shells, packaged soaps, brass objects… I seem to have more than I can count!
Images via here and here.
I started catching up on my reading list last night, and was particularly taken with this Manhattan apartment belonging to Bunny Williams’ protege, CeCe Thomspon. I adore the mixture of impeccable antiques and modern shapes finished off with a little southern charm (CeCe’s originally from Texas)!
I must admit, I’ve never been a huge fan of canopy beds (the thought of dust kind of freaks me out) but the Lulu DK fabric is so refreshing and far from uptight – I think it would be well worth the regular steaming efforts! And did you notice the picture frame with CeCe as a baby and her mother, sitting in front of a picture of her grandmother? It’s such a wonderful way to incorporate multiple generations into one memory!
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As much as I LOVE to travel I’m a bit of a homebody for my day-to-day, and am completely content working from home. However, every so often I fantasize about having a big open light-filled space solely dedicated to optimizing my creative work flow. While it’s not something I need at this point in my career, I’m bookmarking this amazing work space belonging to Joy Cho of Oh Joy just in case! The comfy seating area, eat-in kitchen and conference table (that could be easily mistaken for a dining table) feels much more like a home than your typical drab cubical-oriented work environment – which I think would perfectly suit the homebody in me! Oh, and did you notice how well she disguised her TV – love a well executed gallery wall!
Do you work from home or in an office environment? What would your ideal work environment be?
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While I’m sure Candace Bushnell’s Greenwich Village abode isn’t anything new to many of you, I had completely forgotten how much I adored the living room! Situated in a 1920’s apartment building – reputedly built for bachelors making their millions on Wall Street – the 11 foot ceilings and arched windows are quintessential pre-war Manhattan architecture.
I love the soft pastel color palette, gold-leafed accents and antique French furnishings paired with a few unexpected touches, like the leather Moroccan poufs! The glass coffee table keeps the space open, but if it had been me I would have gone with something a little bit more modern – the Barcelona Coffee Table perhaps? – to mix up the periods and styles just a tad bit more.
I love finding images I had somehow mentally lost track of and falling in love with them all over again! Do you ever find yourself doing the same?
I mentioned last week how much I enjoy a few square feet of impeccably executed space – the perfect little nook. After a rather hectic weekend, I would love to curl up in this lovely window seat for the rest of the day with a good book! Alas, appointments must be met and work must be accomplished – darn you Monday!
Hope y’all had a great weekend!
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!
Or what about a graphic print rug?
I would definitely go for leopard! Glen Eden’s cheetah print is my favorite….
…it’s what this lady has.
And I love the idea of incorpating some stoarge underneath what would normally be dead space.
How insane are those brass railings?!
Rope railing woud be so cute in a beach house!