HOME TOUR ~~ A MODERN ZEN-INSPIRED HOME

Architect Dominique Rocoffort DE Vinniere and designer Bryon Wark created a modern, zen-inspired home for Emmy Award winning director/producer Daniel Sackheim (X-Files, House, The Walking Dead) in the hills of Encino, California.

All Photography: Daniel Sackheim

STREET STATEMENT

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BACKYARD

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The living room, with its mood lighting, highlights a collection of classic and modern, such as a Mies van der Rohe black leather day bed, Hans Wegner Shell chair and a Yamaha baby grand.

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Dining Area.

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Master Bedroom

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Master Bath

VISIONS TO INSPIRE

A MASCULINE, MODERN, ZEN-INSPIRED DESIGN

HAPPY MONDAY

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MOODBOARD MONDAY ~ GET THE LOOK

You may recall, I did a post on Alessandra Branca’s home in Rome, Italy. I really loved the warm colors that she used throughout her home and thought it would be fun to put together a Moodboard that provided some inpiration on how you might also Get The Look.

THE INSPIRATION ROOM

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GET THE LOOK INSPIRATION

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HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY

 

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BRING IT ON ~ PINK

Without a doubt, I absolutely love Pink and certainly, the color is most befitting for the month of February. I’ve gathered a few images that more than send my heart a flutter, and, hopefully, you will enjoy them as well.

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Shut the Front Door ~ Pink, of course!

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And, with Navy, it is simply Stunning, but yes!!

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I love everything about this room, starting with the ceiling, and ending with the luscious fabric choices.

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Speaking of Fabric, here are a few picks from Schumacher and Robert Allen.

FROM NURSERIES TO KIDS

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TO FLOWERS AND FASHION 

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BRING IT ON ~ PINK

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All images via my Pinterest.

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PARACHUTE HOME

In a previous post on Design Elements for Warm & Cozy, I shared a Moodboard with you that featured some cozy bed ideas, and, on my inspiration board, I featured some cashmere throws and some scented candles from a company called Parachute Home …….which brings me to today’s blog post.

ParachuteHome1CollageYou may be asking, “Who Is Parachute Home”? Actually, the company has a rather interesting story. Some years ago, the founder of Parachute Home was traveling through Italy (I love, love, love Italy, by the way) and found herself in a lovely, picturesque hotel on the Amalfi coast (and wishing I could be there). As she got to her room, ready to unwind, she crawled into bed and found “perfection”. The sumptuous sheets were softer than anything she had ever experienced. When she finally returned home from Italy, she began the quest to find bedding that replicated that sumptuous, luxurious European experience.

Long story, short, Parachute Home was imagined as a way to deliver premium quality bedding at an affordable price by simplifying the traditional retail process. Parachute Home bedding happens to be designed right here in Los Angeles, California, made in Italy and delivered right to you. And, Parachute Home bedding is also made of the finest, long-staple Egyptian cotton, combed with precision to remove all impurities and dyed naturally in a process that surpasses the highest safety and  environmental protection standards. Simply select your preferred fabrics, colors, styles and receive them at your door. :)

Based on the fact the you spend 1/3 of your life in bed, shouldn’t your sleep experience simply be sumptuous? To order swatches or to learn more, just click HERE.

VISIONS TO INSPIRE, DESIGNS TO ENRICH

 

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HOME TOUR ~ ALESSANDRA BRANCA

She was longing for the color, light and life of Rome, where she had grown up. Alessandra Branca turns the top floor of a 16th-century convent into a rich yet relaxed home that satisfies her craving for a fixed address in the Italian capital of Rome. The urban getaway had to be large enough to accommodate her entire family, including her husband and their three grown children, and low-maintenance enough to be managed from overseas. To read more about this lovely home, see the article here. Photography by Simon Upton.

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Alessandra Branca said, “Rome made me learn the beauty of a home is the accumulation of experiences, and not just things.” “You are setting the stage for the life you want to live.” “In the end, she understood, that’s what ‘la dolce vita’ is all about.”

VISIONS TO INSPIRE, DESIGNS TO ENRICH

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WARM & COZY ~ ESSENTIAL DESIGN ELEMENTS

Winter has come in with a fury and for many living just about anywhere east of the Rockies, thoughts of staying warm and cozy, are, without a doubt a top priority. For those of us in Southern California, however, we don’t have to deal with such harsh weather conditions. Nevertheless, when our skies turn gray and the gods finally bring us much needed rain, I am in heaven. I love when weather gives you a reason to stay inside….getting warm…..staying cozy. Bring out the board games, light the fire, curl up on the sofa, sip a cup of hot cocoa, catch up on some reading or watch a favorite movie or two, whatever gets you through inclement weather. I also find it helps to have a few essential elements in place to help create a space that is welcoming and comfortable. Below are some images which I feel evoke a sense of warmth and cozy, whether it is from color, texture or lighting. Annnnnnnd, after you have enjoyed all of these inspiring images, I have created a moodboard with some of my Essential Warm & Cozy Elements. I hope you enjoy!

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Cozy and warm, Southwest style. Even though this space has lots of volume, it still feels warm and cozy with its large, timber-beamed ceiling, smooth, plastered walls in a soft, earthy color, large-scaled leather chaise, textured, natural area rug, niches filled with antique books, collected artifacts and, of course, a divine fireplace. Sipping a glass of cognac by the fireplace seems like a cozy thing to do in this room. Image via Traditional Home. Photography: Michael Venera. Design: Patti Burdick.

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Warmth from texture found on the fireplace and beamed ceiling. Lots of seating done in soft, earthy-toned fabrics, provide plenty of cozy places to curl up with a good book. Image via. Photography: Werner Straube. Design: Anna Clark.

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Nothing beats the roar of a fire when there is a chill in the air and what better than to get cozy in two club chairs with an ottoman to prop up your feet. A cup of tea, a good book and I’m comfy, comfy. Via Southern Living.

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A Moody Blue and Green Bedroom. Photography: Jon Jensen. Design: Jan Showers.

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A cool autumn seating area. Image Traditional Home. Photography: Grey Crawford. Design: Jeff Andrews.

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A warm and cozy bedroom in mossy neutrals, plump pillows, lofty down comforter and all surrounded with soft, patterned curtain panels. Simply luscious. Photography: Michael Garland. Design: Joe Ruggiero.

WARM AND COZY ~ MY ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS

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For my cozy bedroom, I love a bed with crisp, luxurious linens, a luscious down comforter covered in a beautiful fabric, pillows for a perfect nights rest, not to mention being able to prop oneself up to read a good book or look at the morning paper while sipping a hot, yummy cappuccino. Of course, good lighting, a must, chic and stylish…..a few personal objects for the beside table to keep items like a pair of reading glasses, if needed, or the t.v. remote…..a pair of comfy slippers and, of course, a cashmere throw (1), because cashmere is something beautiful, warm and very, very tactile. And, while we are on the subject of My Essential Warm & Cozy Elements, let’s not forget the bathroom. Candles, scented, perhaps like these (2) from this lovely company and, definitely thick and luscious towels (3), from here. So, there you have it, my Visions to Inspire and Designs to Enrich.

STAY WARM, BE COZY

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THANKS FOR LETTING ME SHARE WITH YOU

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ORGANIZING FOR KIDS ~ CREATIVE CLUTTER SOLUTIONS

I am of the opinion that an organized space creates a happy environment and a happy environment leads to a stress-free environment. Well, at least in a perfect world. :) While I’m sure most of us aspire to have an environment that is stress-free and clutter-free, sometimes that can be a rather lofty goal, especially when kids are involved. Let’s face it, as adorable as they can be, they come with a lot of stuff, and all that stuff can present some organization challenges and before you know it, CHAOS. Here are some creative storage ideas to tame that kid clutter.

DOUBLE-DUTY STORAGE

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Many times, kid rooms are space challenged. I love the idea of using furniture that has a dual-purpose, like this play table. It’s stylish and makes clean-up a snap with it’s rolling under-table bin. Image via.

PORTABLE STORAGE

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Portable bins are great for art supplies and help kids stay organized whether it’s storing creative supplies or homework supplies. It’s the perfect solution with kids on the go. Image via.

COLORFUL BINS

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DAY-OF-THE-WEEK ORGANIZERS

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These are especially helpful for children who are at that stage when they want to “dress” themselves. Outfits are organized for each day, saving time and reducing stress. Image via.

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More storage bins with colorful images showing what goes where. Image here.

MIXED UP STORAGE

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Drawers, shelves and open storage help when one storage type doesn’t solve clutter problems. After all, kids stuff comes in all kinds of different shapes. Image.

BOOKS ON DISPLAY

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This is a great way to keep favorite books within reach.

BUILT-IN STORAGE

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Built-in bedside storage creates a cozy nook and provides space for storage of books, kid decor and a nightstand, all in one. Image.

Here are Some More Stylish Storage Finds~~

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TAME THE CHAOS

REDUCE THE STRESS

I HOPE YOU ARE FEELING INSPIRED

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LET’S GET ORGANIZED ~ PART TWO

Get your closets in order using some of these inspiring closet organization ideas from Better Homes & Garden. Plan a closet make-over, build a better clothes closet, learn about closet systems and so much more at bhg.com.

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His and Her Spaces

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Pull-down bars.

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Pull-out and labeled drawers.

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Built-in ironing board. Love this.

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Galley-style.

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For a small size room, bring the dresser into the closet and mount shelves above.

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Try a closet armoire when space challenged.

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Cubbies for baskets and cubbies for shoes, everything in its place.

Happy Friday. Have a Fabulous Weekend.

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LET’S GET ORGANIZED ~ 6 INSPIRING IDEAS

We all know that January is the month synonymous with “new beginnings”, “fresh starts”, and “make-over” resolution mania, whether they be dietary changes, new work-out challenges, or simply getting your interior spaces spruced up with a little TLC and some organization. Now that the holiday decorations have all been packed and put away (I’m hoping you have gotten this far), we have the perfect opportunity to take inventory of our spaces. It is the perfect opportunity to better organize the things we have, or maybe, even purge so we can make room for some of those new things we acquired during the holidays. Soooooo, let’s get started. Here are 6 ideas to help you get organized. I hope they inspire!

1. JEWELRY ORGANIZATION

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Swooning over these drawers with their built-in cubbies for all those necklaces and baubles we like to layer our outfits with.

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This is another fun idea, create fabric covered picture frames to use as a decorative place to hang necklaces and earrings.

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Another very clever way to hang necklaces, easy to grab and keeps them tangle free.

2. CABINET ORGANIZATION

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3. CLOSET ORGANIZATION

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A spare closet is the perfect place as a converted craft space.

4. DRAWER ORGANIZATION

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Such a clever way to use baking trays.

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5. CLEVER CONTAINERS

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Pretty little cups make the ideal container to hold things like cotton swabs and cotton balls. Of course, a nice little tray helps to decoratively corral all these little bathroom lovelies.

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Pretty paper covered paint cans.

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A new and clever idea for straw containers to hold spools of ribbon.

6. GIFT WRAP ORGANIZATION

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All images via Pinterest.

FEELING SOME ORGANIZATION INSPIRATION?

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND

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THANKS FOR STOPPING BY

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WEEKEND WANDERINGS ~~ GREAT SALES

I was out and about with my oldest daughter this weekend to do a little shopping, well actually she wanted to return a few things in exchange for some skinny jeans, tops and whatever else looked like a good find. As we wandered around the mall, we ventured into Zara, and I have to say, they are having an incredible sale. Oh my, we saw so many cute items. I picked a few different things from coats, to dresses, to handbags, to kids (I was a little selective here since I have the most adorable grandson, and, of course, had him in mind). Anywhoooooo, enjoy!!

Zara Women's Jackets

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Zara Black Dress

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Zara Handbags

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Zara Kids Shoes

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Too much cuteness and such great savings.

More Sales to Check Out ~~

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C – WONDER

Sadly, they are closing all of their stores (according to BuzzFeed). The article, which you can read here, says “that they are closing most of their stores”, but, then I read another article that came out after the BuzzFeed article, that said all stores were going to be shuttered. Always sad to see another retailer decide to close its doors, but on the positive side of things, it just means you can find some great bargains. I love their monogrammed items, the slipper shoes, the graphic ceramic pieces, the jewelry….oh stop, there is so much I love, so check it all out! :)

Hope You Have a Wonderful Sunday

Thanks for Stopping By

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