Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Design Daydreaming: A Modern Farmhouse

Dear friends of ours recently bought a piece of land in the California wine country and we began chatting and day dreaming about the house they hope to build there one day. I love the endless possibilities and natural beauty of empty land! And when I happened upon this amazing modern farmhouse by Nick Noyes Architecture, I thought it was just perfect. I like the contrast of the clean, modern architecture with plenty of organic textures and a few traditional elements (like the pitched roof and the shiplaps ceiling).  The whole design beautifully integrates indoors and outdoors, with light filled rooms, open walkways and a gorgous backyard. It is at one time both so simple and so warm. I wonder what they will build in the end . . . happy day dreaming! 

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Trend Spotting: Slipcovered Beds

I am always on the lookout for fresh takes on classics, and lately I am loving the chic style of slipcovered bed frames. Upholstered beds are so inviting and lend such a softness to a sleeping space, but can feel out of place in a more modern interior - but slipcovered beds are the prefect blend of traditional comfort and clean style. I especially like the causal but tailored vibe the covers give, and even embrace a few winkles! As an added bonus the covers are easy to wash and change out. Here is some inspiration . . . .

For those in the market, Anthropologie and Restoration Hardware both carry beautiful slipcovered bed frames!   

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Design Dilema: A Dark + Stylish Bath

A very dear friend is tackling a full house remodel in the US and asked me for some help, they have selected timeless finishes with a modern farmhouse aesthetic but wanted the powder room to be dark and dramatic - so much fun! People often worry that dark tones will make a space feel cramped, but a powder room is actually the perfect place for a dark wall or bold patterned paper.  I love the depth and sophistication dark walls can add, but be sure to temper them with wood tones, whites and other light neutrals (otherwise the space can start to resemble a slick nightclub restroom, haha). 

Here are our inspirations . . .  so excited to see the finished product!

The texture of the subway tiles is a great way to give a lovely, more rustic feel

I love the use of white ship's lap below to help break up the rich charcoal walls above! 

A perfect last image, even just a peak into the dramatic bathroom gives the whole home a bit of edge! 

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Week in Pins: My Fav Five

My favorite bits of inspiration this week . . . even after over 4 thousand pins (wow!) I am still always surprised at all of the gorgeous and interesting finds. 

Here's to many more Pinterest travels! 

This grand but casually cool entry - stunning front door! 

This amazing looking Thai glazed salmon + noodle salad from A Beautiful Plate

This breezy but cozy summertime bedroom by Amber Interiors

The stunning water of Blue Caves in Croatia (putting this on the bucket list!)

This fantastic pillow collection from Citizenry

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Surprisingly Sophisticated: Children's Art

My little guy is now two and loves to draw (or I should say scribble!) and I am so sentimental, I find myself saving handfuls of them. There is something so sweet about all the bold crayon marks and messy paint. It made me remember a fabulous NYC townhouse project I worked on ages ago as a junior designer. My boss framed a dozen pieces of art from the clients young children and we arranged them up a staircase - the effect brought color and happiness into a forgotten space, brilliant! So I went on the hunt for more inspiration. . . I am sold and love the juxtaposition of seeing children's projects hung as fine art. What do you think? 

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

House Tour: Mountain Modern in Park City

This week I spotted this Park City project by Utah based designers Studio McGee, and I am completely in love! It's filled with modern but rustic spaces and loads of gorgeous details and organic textures. I think the use of color is especially beautiful - tons of cream, gray, black, woods and tans offset with just a few key pieces of soft reds, greens and blues. These interiors are both sophisticated and so cozy - a dream! 

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