I’ve been stalking my mailbox for the past two days, eager with anticipation for this month’s House Beautiful to arrive! Steven Gambrel is one of my all time favorite interior decorators, so I was sure his newest masterpiece (in the form of this Chicago townhouse) would not disappoint. From the peacock blue lacquered walls, to the gorgeous chandelier to the tiled barrel-vault ceiling in the kitchen – to say I’m smitten is and understatement! And how adorable is the children’s “study” featured above – talk about setting your kid up for success! 😉
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?
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 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!
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?
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!
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!
I would definitely go for leopard! Glen Eden’s cheetah print is my favorite….
…it’s what this lady has.