I came across Erin Gates master suite remodel a few days ago on Pinterest, and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since. I have to admit, rooms comprised of a primarily neutral color palette aren’t typically my thing, as they can start looking rather blah really fast. The key is to layer in various textures and patterns to add depth and warmth to the space. While this it not always an easy task, when done right, it’s just magical!
As I’ve mentioned many times before, I am a huge fan of wallpaper! It’s certainly not cheap – considering the actual cost of the wallpaper itself plus installation. But if you think about how much visual square footage it consumes, wallpaper has a bigger impact than any other object in the room -meaning less is more when it comes to the furnishings. I’ve posted before about my love for Hygge & West wallpaper, and my most favorite of late is the Daydream pattern designed by Julia Rothman . So whimsical & light hearted, it’s perfectly suitable in so many different types of rooms – from kitchens to nurseries!
Do you have any favorite wallpaper patterns?
I finally got to see the new wallpaper collection by Rifle Paper Co. for Hygge & West last night, and I must say I’m completely smitten! Not only are the patterns created by infamous illustrator Anna Rifle Bond exemplary, but the colors are so incredibly vivid – the online images really just don’t do them justice! Check out the whole collection here.
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!
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?
For those of you who love the look of wallpaper, but don’t want to incur the permanence or cost, using wrapping paper is an ingenious solution (diy instructions can be found here)! I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to do a whole wall myself, but the back of a bookcase, or any type of glass front cabinet seems pretty feasible! Emily Hart chose Emerald Peonies by Rifle Paper Co. for the bookcase above, which accompanied by some excellent styling is pure perfection in my opinion! There are so many gorgeous wrapping papers on the market to choose from – the options are endless!
Would you try your hand at a project like this? I’m not much of a diy’er, but this doesn’t seem overly complex.
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
As you may have gathered from some of my previous posts, I am a huge fan of wallpaper! It’s certainly not cheap – considering the actual cost of the wallpaper itself plus installation. But if you think about how much visual square footage it consumes, wallpaper has a bigger impact than any other object in the room -meaning less is more when it comes to the furniture. I could go on for days listing my favorites, but Nina Campbell’s Swan Lake has been on my mind lately. So elegant and feminine, it reminds me of going to the ballet with my grandmother when I was a little girl!
Tom Scheerer’s frist book is released September 10th and I’m giddy with anticipation! Relaxed, authentic, collected and well-lived-in are all adjectives I strive to achieve in my own designs, and this gentleman has perfected these notions. I came across this Rhode Island foyer Scheerer designed on Gabrielle’s blog, and the map wallpaper really piqued my interest! I spent the better half of last night “researching” Pinterest in a quest for additional inspiration, daydreaming how I would employ the nautical wall covering.
After many hours of searching, I wasn’t able to find the exact wallpaper Scheerer used in the Rhode Island foyer (any ideas? I’m starting to think it may be custom…) but think Ralph Lauren’s Great Harbor is a pretty good alternative!
Or what about EGI’s World Map for a bolder color pallet?