HOME TOUR~~1930’s SANTA MONICA RESIDENCE

I fell in love with the charm of this home in Santa Monica, California that was featured in Luxe magazine. A vibrant, 1930s residence designed by Betsy Burnham and Max Humphrey that is filled with vintage accessories. Come along and let’s take the tour. I think you’ll agree, there is much to love about this vintage beauty.

VintageSantaMonicaExterior

VintageSantaMonicaEntry

The entry features a wallpaper from Quadrille’s Home Collection, Persepolis and a vintage Qashqai rug which brings a whimsical burst of pattern and color to the entry.

VintageSantaMonicaDiningRoom

The dining room features a custom polished-brass table and slipcovered chairs from Restoration Hardware. Hanging drum pendant from Jonathon Adler and drapery in Schumacher’s Vientianne Ikat print, LOVE!!

VintageSantaMonicaDiningRoomBuffet

Dining Room.

VintageSantaMonicaGreatRoom

The Great Room features lots of vibrant pattern mixes. The Burnham designed console is covered in a python-pattern vinyl and features a pair of Bunny Williams Home lamps with a leather rhinoceros from Harbinger, perched in between.

VintageSantaMonicaGreatRoomSitting

A seating area in the Great Room.

VintageSantaMonicaCoffeeTable

A colorful cloisonné box, a red tray from Mecox, a vintage candy dish from Burnham Design, sits on the Great Room vintage Italian gold-leaf cocktail table.

VintageSantaMonicaKitchen

The freshened up kitchen with new paint and existing pendant lights.

VintageSantaMonicaBreakfastNook

Breakfast Nook ~ Banquette fabricated in Perennials’ Bazaar fabric from David Sutherland.

SMMasterBedroom

The Master Bedroom features a serene palette, with Katie Ridder Leaf Wallpaper from Harbinger.

SMWifeOffice

Vibrant splashes of color in the wife’s office come from Katie Ridder’s Peony fabric on the desk chair, a vintage lamp from Hollywood at Home and a abstract advertising poster by graphic artist, Bernard Villemot.

VISIONS TO INSPIRE

Signature

CLE TILE ~ DEBORAH OSBURN’S COMPANY

I recently came across an article in Elle Decor, written by Sarah C. Rich, titled “Covering the Territory”. The article highlighted Deborah Osburn’s company, Clé Tile.  She has basically “carved out a sweet spot where the age-old art of tile meets the brand-new digital world.”¹ “The endeavor is an outgrowth of her blog, Tile Envy.”¹ Deborah started her blog as an inspirational antidote to the burnout she’d developed over several decades spent running industrial tile operations. “There are people out there making amazing tiles and no one will ever see them,” Osborn laments, “because our industry just wants one thing.” She began blogging about artists who use ceramic, porcelain, or concrete as their medium, and before long, her readers began asking how to buy what they were seeing. Osburn became a matchmaker between makers and seekers of art-driven tile.¹

cle-17c-delft

Delft, utter this word and the world swoons with visions of an imperial era of refined sensibilities. It’s the “dress-up” version of tile; all Marie Antoinette-like and certain to conjure thoughts of high tea and fanciful things. Macaroons anyone? The designs formed from delicate translations of nature originating from ancient China, and realized on plates, vessels and tiles, were popularized in the 17th century and made their way across Europe for centuries.²

CleTiles-DelftSeries

Fast forward today, and the Delft trend is hotter than ever. Clé honors these classic combinations of blue and white painted floral inspirations and expands them with traditional Delft color palettes including yellow and magenta. They have also included a color palette with a decidely modern vibe, including; pink, grey, green, teal and persimmon. Finely hand painted, Deborah Osburn’s Delft collection for Clé aptly title “17th Century”, is a joyous nod to the everlasting designs of Delft tiles and Delft ware.²

cle-malachite-install

In addition to Deborah Osburn’s Delft line, she takes inspiration from nature as well. Her Malachite line features lithographed swirls that elegantly mimic the emerald-green stone.¹

cle tiles watermark

One of her most risky designs, called Watermark, has also turned out to be her most celebrated: a series of unglazed porcelain slabs dipped in indigo or verdigris-tinted gold dye. She starts with unglazed, hand formed and slow-fired porcelain, the color of new paper. It is then dipped, stroked, stained and washed with authentic indigo and gold verdigris pigments. Deborah Osburn then takes all of this tile goodness and converts two tactile and mutually enriching materials (porcelain and pigment) into her latest series ~ Watermark. It is dreamy, meditative, and wildly dissimilar and, every one of the tiles from this series invokes the unique individuality of its namesake ~ Watermark

The effect echoes the dreamy view of San Francisco Bay from her home studio in the hills above Sausalito, California ~~ an abstract landscape of color receding toward a foggy white.¹ This pattern now adorns the walls of a Bay Area home belonging to one of the titans of the tech world, and it appears in Osburn’s new book, Tile Envy, which chronicles the small but mighty movement of artists inciting a renaissance in clay.¹

¹. Elle Decor.  “Covering the Territory”. Written by Sarah C. Rich.

². Clé Tile. Deborah Osburn.

All images via Clé Tile.

Signature

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

It is hard to believe, here it is the 4th of July! My gosh, where is this year going? We don’t have any special plans this year for the holiday, and quite frankly, that is just fine. I am finding that I prefer to stay close to home, having a little barbeque with family. In years past, we could easily be found down at the Dana Point Harbor, boating and enjoying a day on the water until the sun set and then watching the firework display from the barge that is anchored just outside Doheny State Beach, but those days are over and quite honestly, I am more than fine with that. It was loads of fun when my, now grown children, were younger, but over the years, the harbor has gotten more and more crowded and once you are there, you are definitely committed to staying there the entire day. This means you better get there early and be prepared to get home after midnight…..the traffic is abominable!! Anywho, whatever your plans may be, I wish everyone a safe and Happy 4th! Red, White and Blue….be inspired……

BarclayButeraRedWhiteBlue

BlueandWhiteLife

BlueWhiteRedManhattanApt

BlueWhiteRedBoysBedroom

CarlLarssonBlueandWhite

BlueWhiteRedGallery

BlueWhiteRedDanaGibson

 

Fireworks

KeepCalmandWaveOn

Happy 4th of July

All Images via Pinterest.

Signature

SINGING THE BLUES

I’m Singing The Blues, not in a sad way, but in an inspiring way. Blue is HOT, HOT, HOT, right now…..in Home Decor and Fashion. I wouldn’t say it is a trendy color, but a classic color that works wonderfully with so many other colors. I love it with Emerald GreenBright Orange. Shocking Pink, Bright Yellow, and Black, to name just a few. Of course, the color Blue, along with Red and White is particularly symbolic this time of year with the 4th of July happening in just a matter of days. Wow, it’s so hard to believe how fast this year is flying by. Nevertheless, I love the color blue no matter what the occasion and thought it would be fun to share some of my blue home decor, fashion and art that I find inspiring which I have curated from Polyvore. Enjoy my Rhapsody In Blue……

MyRhapsodyInBlue

If you’re interested to learn more about the items seen here, visit Polyvore.

Visions to Inspire, Designs to Enrich

Have a Lovely Day

Signature

16 INSPIRING WAYS TO USE BLUE

A Little Bit About the Color Blue

Did you know that blue is the overwhelming favorite color? Well it is! Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable and committed. The color blue is considered the least “gender specific” color and has an equal appeal to both men and women. It is the color of the ocean and the sky and it is perceived as a constant in our lives. It is the color of the spirit and it invokes rest and can also cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming. Here are 16 beautiful ways that blue has been used in these interior spaces…..inspiring ways, for sure…..

modern-living-room-martyn-lawrence-bullard-design-los-angeles-ca-201411_jpg_1000-watermarked

Interior Designer: Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Photographer: Roger Davies

contemporary-porch-juan-montoya-design-southampton-ny-201407-2_jpg-watermarked

Contemporary Porch by Juan Montoya Design. Photography: Björn Wallender.

contemporary-living-room-sr-gambrel-inc-east-quogue-new-york-14-jun_jpg_1000-watermarked

Contemporary Living Room. Architect: Robert A.M. Stern. Interior Designer: S.R. Gambrel, Inc. Photographer: Eric Piasecki.

contemporary-kitchen-sr-gambrel-inc-east-quogue-new-york-14-jun-2_jpg_1000-watermarked

Contemporary Kitchen. Architect: Robert A.M. Stern. Interior Designer: S.R. Gambrel, Inc. Photographer: Eric Piasecki.

traditional-kitchen-mark-gillette-burley-on-the-hill-england-201405-3_1000-watermarked

Traditional Kitchen. Designer: Mark Gillette. Photography: Luke White.

beach-living-room-alessandra-branca-harbour-island-bahamas-201404-4_1000-watermarked

Beach Living Room, Harbor Island, Bahamas. Designer: Alessandra Branca. Photography: William Waldron.

modern-dining-room-dapostrophe-design-inc-new-york-new-york-201311_1000-watermarked

Modern Dining Room. Designer: D’Apostrophe Design, Inc. Photography: Thomas Loof.

traditional-kitchen-los-angeles-california-201309_1000-watermarked

Traditional Kitchen in the Home of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade’s California home. Photography: William Waldron.

traditional-dining-room-los-angeles-california-201309-2_1000-watermarked

Traditional Dining Room in Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade’s home.

traditional-office-library-los-angeles-california-201309-2_1000-watermarked

Traditional Office/Library in home of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade.

traditional-living-room-los-angeles-california-201309-2_1000-watermarked

Traditional Living Room in the home of Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade.

traditional-dining-room-carolegan-interiors-water-mill-new-york-201307-2_1000-watermarked

A traditional dining room from Designer CarolEgan Interiors. Photography: Scott Frances.

contemporary-bedroom-cesare-rovatti-rome-italy-201210_1000-watermarked

Contemporary Bathroom by Designer: Cesare Rovatti. Photographer: Oberto Gili.

traditional-bedroom-david-flint-wood-new-york-new-york-201203_1000-watermarked

Traditional Master Bedroom of Brooke Sheilds. Designer: David Flint Wood. Photography: William Waldron.

traditional-bedroom-michael-s-smith-inc-beverly-hills-california-201207-2_1000-watermarked

Traditional Bedroom in Beverly Hills, California. Designer: Michael S. Smith. Photography: Scott Frances.

traditional-dining-room-david-kleinberg-design-associates-philadelphia-pennsylvania-201206-4_1000-watermarked

Traditional Dining Room in South Africa. Designer: David Kleinberg Design Associates. Photography: Eric Piasecki.

Have a Lovely Weekend!

Signature

SOUTHERN CHARM HOUSE TOUR

I must admit, I am a big fan of Bravo TV…..it’s my little guilty pleasure. I’ve long indulged in the Real Housewives franchise, enjoying the Housewives of Orange County, New York and Beverly Hills, but my latest fave, is Southern Charm. I didn’t see last season, but I had no problem getting to know the cast of characters and I quickly gathered a list of favorites. Of course, the Jacksonville, Florida born Patricia Altschul, is very much at the top of my list. I love her….”the resident madcap grande dame”…..famous for her no-nonsense advice, wicked tongue and, a definite appreciation for a high quality cocktail. I’m just a bit envious of her butler who does a fabulous job of whipping up whatever cocktail one might fancy. I’m particularly fond of the time she “rang him for her dressing cocktail”. I mean, honestly my dears, doesn’t everyone need one of these? Anywhoooo, Architectural Digest did a fabulous article about her home in Charleston, South Carolina, which she commissioned the iconic interior designer, Mario Buatta to help her renovate. Let’s take the tour……

item0.rendition.slideshowVertical.patricia-altschul-charleston-home-02-exterior (1)

Exterior shot of the antebellum landmark built in the early 1850s, the Isaac Mikell house.

item1.rendition.slideshowVertical.patricia-altschul-charleston-home-01-patricia-altschul

The lovely Patricia Altschul who commissioned Mario Buatta to help renovate the house.

item2.rendition.slideshowVertical.patricia-altschul-charleston-home-03-drawing-room

item3.rendition.slideshowVertical.patricia-altschul-charleston-home-04-stair-hall

item4.rendition.slideshowVertical.patricia-altschul-charleston-home-05-dining-room

item5.rendition.slideshowVertical.patricia-altschul-charleston-home-06-morning-room

item6.rendition.slideshowVertical.patricia-altschul-charleston-home-07-entrance-hall

item7.rendition.slideshowVertical.patricia-altschul-charleston-home-08-kitchen

item8.rendition.slideshowVertical.patricia-altschul-charleston-home-09-library

item9.rendition.slideshowHorizontal.patricia-altschul-charleston-home-10-guest-room

item10.rendition.slideshowHorizontal.patricia-altschul-charleston-home-11-master-bath

item11.rendition.slideshowVertical.patricia-altschul-charleston-home-12-master-bedroom

Visions To Inspire. Designs to Enrich.

Happy Monday and Have a Wonderful Week.

Signature

COLOR CRUSH ~~ BLUSH

Blush~~~

This pretty, whisper soft shade of pink can be found in many variations, from the dew-kissed petals of a pale pink peony to the almost iridescent shades on a seashell. It is a fresh, innocent color that is pretty without being too cutesy and it is an unexpected neutral that I am definitely crushing on.

benjamin-moore-pink-house-paint-colors-swatch-01

Pretty Blush Paint Colors

Seashells Framed

Loving the pretty blush variations naturally found in these sea urchins, nautilus and pretty pinky toned shells.

Chinoisserie Panels

 

 

 

ROOM INSPIRATION

BlushSofas

BlushTones For A Living Room

BlushDrapery

patternless suzanne kasler bedroom

A pretty bedroom by interior designer, Suzanne Kasler.

MY BLUSH INSPIRATION

ColorCrush-Blush-Framed

Via Polyvore

Images via Pinterest.

VISIONS TO INSPIRE. DESIGNS TO ENRICH.

 

Signature

INTERIOR DESIGNER ~ JULIE ROOTES

Julie Rootes ~~ Some design fans may recognize her signature style from the elegant powder room she did at this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase. This fashion maven-turned-interior designer, likes incorporating vibrant pops of color, bold prints and custom details into each of her projects. Julie, a Texas native, also brings a southern charm to her California interiors, by creating a unique blend of modern and traditional elements that are durable and eye catching, the holy grail when it comes to family-proofing a beautifully designed space. To find out more about the fashion savvy design icon, read the Q&A here at California Home & Design.

julie11

Powder room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase.

julie12

A unique brass wall mounted shelf feature in the Powder Room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase.

julie2

julie13

julie6

julie1

julie3

julie4

julie5

julie10

julie7

Pretty drapery details. Always love a tassel.

julie8

And bolster pillow fringe trim detals. :)

julie9

Modern mixes with traditional elements.

VISIONS TO INSPIRE. DESIGNS TO ENRICH.

Have a Wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.

Signature

PHILHARMONIC HOUSE OF DESIGN

It’s that time of year when interior designers come together to pull out all the stops and share with the public, their many creative talents. I always look forward to seeing what each of the many talented designers have done to their respective rooms, and, of course, this giving them the opportunity to really showcase some fabulous textiles, antiques, artwork and furniture as well as the talents of the artisans that have worked with them. This year’s house, which opened on May 5th and will run through May 31st, is located in the exclusive community of Shady Canyon in Orange County, California. The 2015 House of Design is a 15,000 square foot Provençal style-estate. The home, built as a destination retreat for a growing family, has eight bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a $45,000 French La Cornue stove, one of two private tennis courts in Shady Canyon, a solar powered pool and countless other amenities. If you are able to visit one of the nation’s most prestigious showcase homes, it benefits the Philharmonic Society and its Youth Music Education Programs.

ENTRY HALL

PHOD2015-Pillows

PHOD2015-Art

PHOD2015-EntryHall

GRAND PARLOR

Frank Pitman Design ShowcaseHouse-2015

Interior Design, Frank Pitman, CID, Allied ASID, frankpitmandesigns.com

FrankPitman-PHOD2015-CoffeeTable

FrankPitman-PHOD2015GREAT ROOM & LOGIA, KITCHEN & MORNING ROOM

PHOD2015-KitchenIntoFamilyRoom

A look at the Great Room, interior designer, Wendy Ann Miller, Allied ASID from the Kitchen, interior designer, Anne Figueroa, Allied ASID.

PHOD2015-GalleryWall-FamilyRoom

A gallery wall in the Great Room. I like the clever way they hung the photos, creating a layered look.

THE DINING RETREAT

PHOD2015-DiningRoomDecor

 While not visible in this image, the rooms’ ceiling is an oval coffer which was embellished with a detailed plaster-like design of an era’s past, with a nod to the Moroccan designs so popular today. Painstakingly silver-leafed and gold-gilded, the ceiling created a rich, warm ambiance within the room. Interior Design, Beverly Stadler, ASID, CID.

PHOD2015-DiningRoomCeilingDetail

POWDER ROOM

PHOD2015-PowderRoomCeilingDetail

Ceiling detail upon entering the Powder Room.

PHOD2015-PowderRoomEntry

Beautiful Ventian Plaster detail on walls of Powder Room and antique gilded wall sconces.

PHOD2015-ViewShot

A view to the outside. Shady Canyon maintains the Old California look.

PHOD2015-ArtPiece-3dPrinter

Artwork found in the Tennis Court Gallery which was created using a 3-D Printer. Interior Designer, John Arnold Garcia, Inc., ASID, NCIDQ.

LADIES LOUNGE

PHOD2015-LadiesLounge

Interior Designer, Kelly Ferm, Inc., Allied ASID.

PHOD2105-ViewofLadiesLounge

VISIONS TO INSPIRE, DESIGNS TO ENRICH

Signature

MAKING AN IMPRESSION WITH MONOGRAMS

The Monogram, by definition is a motif made by overlapping or combining the initials of an individual or a company, or kingdom.¹ The definition alone doesn’t begin to capture the essence of the monogram. This basic form of personal expression has remained a social constant throughout the Western world for nearly 3,000 years. A monogram is a connection. It has linked a ruler to his people, a brand to its customers, a bride to a groom, one generation of a family to another. Monograms connect us to another time and place, to loved ones past and present, and to what we might find essential in our own lives.²  Fast forward to the 21st-century and we have technology to thank for making monogramming affordable and accessible to almost everyone. You no longer need to be an artisan to monogram. While aspirational tendencies still influence people’s desire, today, monogramming is a personal creative expression and often, has little to do with social position or wealth. Adding a personal touch is a much-loved design tool, with monogrammed accessories and furnishings being seen more and more as a stylish design trend.²  LET’S GO SHOPPING………

Monograms

1. Calf-leather Mon Monogram wallets, organizers, totes and travel accessories by Louis Vuitton.

2. Mrs. Monogram PVC-foam yoga mats. $27 each.

3. Frange Cocktail Napkins ($120) by Julia B. juliab.com

4. Mark & Graham Copper Tray ($175)

5. Handmade to order decoupage wastepaper baskets. Marye-Kelley.

6. Addison + Grace linens from Leontine Linens.

Other Sources: (1) Wikipedia and; (2) Beekman 1802.com.

Signature