Saturday, March 28, 2015

House Tour: Tiny & Stylish in Venice Beach

Today I am so inspired by the breezy, fresh style of this tiny Venice Beach cottage recently featured in Domino. Tucked in along the canals in Venice this little home is just 362 sq feet! That is pretty tiny! So how did they do it? Here are a few designer tips for small space living to take away from this chic house:

{1} Pick a unified & subdued color palette. By using whites, sand, naturals and bits of indigo and dark green throughout the whole interior, rooms flow together for an open vibe.

{2} Make use of vertical space too! The small shelves suspended from the ceiling add style and surface space without adding clutter.

{3} Hidden storage. Cleaver carpentry adds some much needed storage. I especially like the storage bins built in beneath the banquette sofa and bedside tables tucked into bookcases. No wasted space here!

{4} Use the great outdoors too. Especially in the lovely California weather, this house makes amazing use of the patio as a second living room and a fantastic dining room for entertaining.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Designer Tips: Grown Up Dots

Lately dots have been making a major comeback! I love their playful spirit and they are perfect for layering with other patterns, and look especially lovely paired with florals, stripes or angular geometrics. But we have all seen dots look a bit juvenile, fussy or dated . . . here a few designer tips for how to give dots a grown up boost!  

{1} Go neutral - a subdued, sophisticated color palette helps keep dots looking modern. Grays, tans, browns, creams, indigos, and blacks all work - but be sure avoid pale pink!

{2} Play with Scale & Shape - oversized dots (like below) or free form or imperfect dots bring a fresh look.

{3} Mix up Your Patterns - we know dots look great with other patterns so be sure to incorporate a mix to create an updated feel!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

House Tour: Emily Henderson's LA Style

Today I am so inspired by the sophisticated, warm and eclectic home of designer and blogger Emily Henderson. While working with the fantastic mid century modern California vibe of the property's architecture, Emily still managed to infuse the space with so much life and color. The mix of styles is perfect for a collected look and I also love how friendly the home is to little ones - not a white sofa or dangerous glass coffee table in sight! Mostly, I love how much of the owner's personality shines through in these interiors. Any details you love? 

Even better, Emily has recently teamed up with Target so you can find lots of her stylish and totally affordable picks here! I especially love that Threshold mod brass desk lamp!

{All images via Domino here}

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Love or Loathe: Vintage Sports Gear

One of my design clients here in Singapore has a fantastic collection of vintage golf clubs passed down in her husband's family. She had them stashed away but I argued they absolutely be incorporated into her modern interior! I loved the patina of the aged leather, woods and brass, and also the vintage feel they bring. Especially in a more contemporary space, antique pieces can add a ton of depth and texture. And vintage sporting pieces are just so playful! The key is using a single or a few pieces grouped together and contrasting them with plenty of clean lines and simple shapes. Here are few of my favorite examples. . . 

Do you have any gems hiding in the garage or attic? 

 {images via hereLonny}

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Red on Redd {And Happy Valentines!}

Red spaces always strike me as a bit fearless but so much fun! In honor of Valentine's I thought these bold, dramatic and vibrant were perfect inspiration. Red can be very challenging to work with but the aptly named the NY designer Miles Redd, does a beautiful job of balancing loads of rich reds with sophisticated and collected interiors. What do you think . . . lovely or overwhelming?

Love this creative idea for a V-Day weekend DIY! 

Hope you have a fearless and wonderful Valentines Day with your loved ones!

{images via}

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Interior Design + Mommyhood: Good Night Moon

I love when two parts of your world collide and as a decorator and new mom, this Good Night Moon commentary just really made me laugh! I love reading this wonderful classic to Wyatt every night but always wonder about the interior design choices made -- so fun to see I was not alone! But it also got me thinking, can a red, yellow and green room be chic? The key is a more sophisticated palette, but yes I think so! Here are a few of my favorite more modern takes . . .

Good Night Everyone! 

“So what color have we decided on for the upstairs child’s bedroom?”
Which child’s bedroom?”
“The enormous one.  The one with the expansive tomato-colored floor.”
“I was thinking for that room maybe a dark green?”
“Really?  Dark green?  You don’t think maybe dark green walls with a tomato-colored floor is a bit much?”
No, it’ll look amazing.  We can break up the monotony of the color with some dark green and yellow striped curtains.”
“That’s an amazing idea.  On non-matching red and yellow spearhead curtain rods?  Do you think a tiger skin rug would be overkill?”
For a young child’s room?  No.  Not at all.  ”  
 {via The Ugly Volvo}

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Decorating Project: Holland Hill Calming Master

I was just revisiting a post from a few months ago about creating a lovely layered space using neutral hues and it brought to mind this peaceful master bedroom I completed a while back here in Singapore! We aimed to create a tranquil but inviting space, using loads of whites and creams with just a few accents of warm colors where needed. Many different textures and finishes also work together to liven up the room and create visual interest. See, beige does not have to be boring! 

And I am very excited to say that this lovely client has moved into a bigger home and we are working together again :) 

A special thank you to the very talented Claire of Fellow Fellow for the gorgeous photography!

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