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. However, mixing different styles and periods of can be tricky, often coming across as disjointed and out of place. But when done right, it’s as if the interior design gods have placed their blessing over the space!
Such is the case found in this gorgeous Charleston home belonging to Hootie and the Blowfish frontman, Darius Rucker, designed by famed Southern interior designer Angie Hranowskysay. I absolutely adore the expertly orchestrated mix of periods and styles of furniture, paired with the colorful palette of textured neutrals and warm purples (that seems to be becoming Hranowskysay’s signature). The white walls lend themselves as the perfect backdrop for the enviable collection of art the Rucker family has amassed, from the likes of Sally King Benedict, Kate Long Stevens and Molly B. Right – just to name a few!
Are you a fan of mixing different styles and periods of furniture in your home, or do you prefer to stick with one genre?
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 remember seeing Jenna Lyons lemon yellow George Smith sofa published in Domino magazine in 2008, and being blown away by the fabulously bold choice! Back then, I don’t think I would have ever considered the color in such large doses, but it’s grown on me, and I’ve come to really adore the application! I think the key is to choose a linen or velvet fabric in a soft lemon hue, and pair it with subtle tones and neutral walls to achieve a really rich look.
Yellow is one of those colors that people either love or hate, I’m a big fan – shocker! What are your thoughts? Sofas are one of the biggest investments you’ll make in terms of furniture – could you live with it long-term?
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According to Pantone’s Fall 2013 Women’s Fashion Color Trends – “With the changing season, the greens from spring evolve and develop. Multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate, bringing luxury and elegance to the palette..” I couldn’t be more delighted to see one of my favorite colors show up on their list for a second year in a row, quickly becoming much more readily available to the mass market!
1- Dolce Vita Margaux Dress // 2- Furbish Greek Key Coffee Table // 3- Dannijo Magnolia Clip On Earrings // 4- Alice & Olivia Ella Hair Calf Clutch // 5- Ikea Stockholm Sofa // 6- Yellow Hammer Malachite Tray // 7- Topshop Satin Wrap Skirt // 8- Badgley Mischka Dree II Satin Pumps // 9- West Elm Elton Settee // 10- Anthropologie Malachite Wallpaper
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!