I will admit, I have an obsession with lots of pillows! But sometimes a slightly cleaner look is in order, so lately I have been focusing on a single long lumbar pillow to add a luxe feel. Some clients prefer a bed that is easier to make so this look works beautifully! Lumbars can be simple, chic and effective. Plus the elongated form creates a lovely variety of shapes.
I usually ask my upholsterer make them up for me but you can also have a go at DIY here if you feel up to the challenge!
Life in Singapore means apartment living for many of us, and creating stylish and functional homes in small spaces is a big challenge! This incredible industrial home nails it - it is full of personal style and vintage pieces. The 1930's walk-up apartment is located in the trendy Tiong Bahru neighborhood, and was designed by Singapore architects WY-TO. I love the open layout of this interior, and the use of bold patterns and pops of primary color. The patterned rugs layered on the amazing vintage tile = a big win! Lots of older Tiong Bahru apartments have the original tile work and I loved that they saved it. I also love choice of a shop-style metal gate to act as a stairwell railing - such a great nod to the surrounding neighborhood.
If you are looking to come visit soon here is a fun guide to the neighborhood! Hope to see you there!
Scale is one of the toughest elements to balance within in a space. Some rooms are blessed with high ceilings and an airy, spacious feel - but if not, well placed window treatments can make all the difference! Even if the windows are low, I like to hang curtain panels very high, often hugging the ceiling - this might sound unexpected, but the result adds instant height and a luxe custom feel to the interior! The extra height of the curtains naturally draws your eye upwards and creates an elegant focal point. It also works beautifully with bamboo or roman shades.
I love tips like these as they cost so little but can have such an impact!
One of the projects I am working on at the moment has a little media room tucked away on the third floor. The client wants this to be a warm, family space for watching movies and lounging together so we opted to use a daybed and load it with a riot of fun, bohemian pillows. I love the idea of a causal, layered mix of patterns and textures. We started with a pair of blue batik pillows the client had picked up in Bali and added on from there with a color palette of indigo blues, creams and a pop of pink. The best part about this cozy and chic look is you can't go wrong - no matching required! Here are our fav inspiration images . . .
Today we are touring the chic LA home of actress Nina Dobrev. I just loved how this 1929 Spanish style bungalow was updated into a fresh, bright home. Modern elements, organic textures and a few industrial pieces combine with the architectural charm of the spaces for beautiful results! I also adore Dobrev's personal pieces and unexpected home accessories. Any details you love?
My design obsession of the month has to be large scale round mirrors. I was hunting for a concept to brighten up a client's dark dining space and now I can not get enough. Round mirrors add an instant focal point to any space and a bit of mod drama as well. They also reflect and amplify natural light - creating a spacious, fresh feel! Plus the circular form helps soften a room filled with hard angles (I always try to include a few round or organic forms in every interior).
Here are some of my favorite inspirations . . .
There are some incredible designer options out there like this amazing Arteriors Gervais mirror but this Ikea Stockholm mirror is a secret favorite of mine - I love the impact it brings at 32" diameter!