Archives for June 2014

MOODBOARD MONDAY ~~ #5

I have a very discerning, highly opinionated, artistic (in the musical sense), young adult male client, who has been longing for a room makeover. That discerning client also happens to be my son. So after much discussion about likes and dislikes, I’ve finally come up with a design that meets his approval. Yay!!!!!

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To see these items, you can view them here.

Happy Moody Monday!

 

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A CLEAR VISION ~ LUCITE

Furniture and home decor accents in acrylic glass have a style you can see right through, literally. To make your space crystal clear, add elements of Lucite with a lamp, an accessory or go completely transparent with the ghost chair, which, of course, was made famous by Philipe Starke.  And, if you are looking for a bit of  Lucite history, check out this site.

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Crystal Cubed Table Lamp. Bliss Home & Design, Costa Mesa, CA // blisshomeanddesign.com.

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Furniture

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I clearly think Lucite furniture, lighting and accessories are so very chic in any space. I think it is here to stay.

WHAT DO YOU SAY?

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COLOR STORY ~ NAVY & INDIGO

Home Tour: Lake Forest, Illinois

Interior Design ~ Megan Winters

Werner Straube, Photography

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I have always, always, been a huge fan of Blue and White, especially Navy and Indigo. This space and the one above, are simply stunning from the Ralph Lauren “Acacia Grass” wallcovering to the chair pillows in “Les Touches” by Brunswig & Fil.

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Entering the foyer, a very traditional table with ball and claw legs, has been topped with fabulous blue and white Chinese ginger jars and a bowl filled with white orchids. The simple navy and white upholstered benches make a nice graphic statement. I would be more than happy to sit down here and kick off my shoes.

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A lovely statement in the hallway of Blue and White Delft china plates.

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Loving the strong indigo “Haruke Sisal” wallcovering by Schumacher and Stark’s “Hand-hammered Gold Leaf” on the ceiling, all of which is illuminated with a beautiful Baccarat crystal chandelier. Notice how the chairs have been dressed….perfect, dressmaker details. And, I love how this very formal room made use of a sisal rug underfoot as opposed to a more traditional Oriental rug.

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The Family Room

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Here in the Breakfast Room, the designer surrounded the farm-style table with Restoration Hardware chairs. Hanging above, is a Ralph Lauren nickel and leather chandelier. Benjamin Moore’s “Super White” on the walls.

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Master Bedroom. Beautiful fabric on the settee all topped with luscious Indigo velvet pillows.

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Master Bath.

Get the Look ~ My Navy & Indigo Inspiration

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To see these items, you can find them here.

Hope you are Inspired.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday

Enrichingly yours,

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FRIDAY FLORALS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS

Hydrangeas ~~~

HYDRANGEA, another flower favorite. They have been cultivated in western gardens since the first American species were brought to England in the 1730s. Hydrangea macrophylla, the common, big-leaf hydrangea has been known by gardeners in its native land of Japan for many hundreds of years and grown in its many forms. There it has been treasured not only for the beauty of flowers and foliage, but also used as an herb, certain serrata forms having long been popular to create a sweet herbal tea. In the West, the large-leaved Hydrangea macrophylla intrigued French plant breeders at the turn of the last century. A few, like Lemoine, Mouillère, and Cayeux began raising new seedlings and charming the public with the beauty of young pot plants in full bloom, with their large, domed heads of pink, blue or white flowers. And, did you know that the potted hydrangea is almost a symbol in France of Mother’s Day???? I did NOT…..always learning something new…..OEU LA LA!!!

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Something to Think About ~~

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Visions to Inspire ~ Words to Enrich

Happy Friday and Have a Wonderful Weekend

 

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ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK ~ WAYS TO DECORATE WITH ORANGE

Nothing wakes us up in the morning quite like this burst of citrus. Use the color orange to brighten up a space, to set the tone, or to make a statement. Orange is a modern and playful burst of color and this pumpkin hue can do it all.

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Here the dining room walls have been covered in a Phillip Jeffries grass cloth, LOVE — Over the table, which is surrounded by a sextet of orange chairs, hangs a Corbett Lighting fixture made from metal and Japanese paper. The oil painting is by Craig Mooney. And let’s not overlook the drapes where a bold orange stripe has been used.

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Designer James Lumsden gets eclectic and graphic with both pattern and color in the gentleman’s atelier, which he imagined for a young architect.

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To enliven this previously drab kitchen, the cabinets were stained a dark, black-brown. A center island was added and the walls were lined with custom orange tiles. Old Formica countertops were replaced with cobalt blue lapis lazuli.

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Mid-century cool is reflected in the contemporary armchairs by Palecek flanking the fireplace.

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A pair of  Kofod-Larsen chairs from Flessas Design in New York tuck under an antique partners desk in the office. Vintage geometric burl wood side tables from Mecox Gardens harmonize with a modern carpet from The Rug Company.

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Designer Darcy Bonner took a modern approach to classic styles which included two Frank Rockefeller chairs upholstered with Bergamo silk-velvet.

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Here designer Darcy Bonner took inspiration from French architect and designer, Pierre Chareau in fashioning a bronze and lacewood desk for the office. The rug is from Shahbaz Afridi in London.

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Kitchen designer Trish Houck specified the cerused-oak island, walnut-stained cabinetry and Calacatta Gold marble countertops and backsplash. Jenkins then added Gordon International’s Kreature swivel stools. Another pop of orange shows up on the tray that’s being used to display bright, citrus yellow vases.

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An English mahogany desk with embossed leather, circa 1840, is paired with a George Smith captain’s chair covered in cut velvet by Clarence House. Guest chairs from De Sousa Hughes are wrapped in waxed leather.

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In this space, designer Jay Jeffers created a layered look in the living room with existing draperies customized with a persimmon-colored band detail. That color pops up again in the lamps behind the sofa and in the chandelier over the dining table which is cast bronze with laminated black linen shades by Tuell Reynolds.

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The formal dining room enjoys an Italian flavor with chairs by Edward Ferrell Lewis Mittman dressed in Donghia’s Sous-Tache brocade and Bergamo’s silk-velvet. A Holly Hunt table sits on a reclaimed-wood floor which has been set in a herringbone pattern.

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Bold orange Venetian plaster walls define the study. Roman shades made with fabric from Claremont play off the bright hue as does the Casamance textile covering two tufted chairs.

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Bold red-orange prevails here in the dining room. Custom tufted chairs are covered in a Lee Jofa twill and Donghia’s floral motif backs the head chairs.

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Love this meditative space — orange and deeply saturated peacock blue — a vibrant combination.

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Arcs and angles merge in a mid-century office, clover-shaped tables, and iconic Alvar Aalto chair and a Paul McCobb winged chair.

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Here the cool and calming shades of peach and coral have been utilized in a Master Bedroom. Phillip Jeffries wallcovering and Quadrille draperies.

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Ocean Master Max umbrellas by Tucci.

ORANGE + CRUSH = INSPIRATION

 

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MOODBOARD MONDAY ~~ #4

Monday Musings

Happy Monday!! Hope all the fathers had a wonderful day. Our day started off with a visit to one of our favorite spots in Dana Point Harbor, The Coffee Importer and Deli. We love to take our Vizsla with us too. We start off with the California Bagel which we like on their combo bagel. The California bagel is toasted and layered with cream cheese that is then topped with sliced tomato, avocado and thinly sliced red onions which is then sprinkled with lemon pepper…….. soooo yummy. Of course, it is all accompanied with a cup of hot coffee. We find ourselves a table…..they are not always easy to come by…..it is a very popular destination. It is also a great spot to bring your dog because all the tables are outside so they can hang out with you while you eat and then go for a nice walk around the harbor. Later, in the afternoon, everyone headed down to the beach for some sand time and body surfing. Actually, the only one who braved the water, as it is still a bit chilly, in my opinion, was my hubby. Hubby’s day ended with a fantastic Mexican dinner at Carmelita’s in the heart of downtown Laguna Beach. Fabulous, authentic Mexican food and voted #1 in South Orange County. It lived up to its reputation. Soooooo, all in all, I’d say hubby had a fabulous Father’s Day…….Happy, Happy…….

I have been seeing a lot of orange, in fact, I have another post coming up about decorating with this color. In the meantime, I leave you with my moodboard for Monday as a precursor to that post.

Turquoise Orange

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Have a Wonderful Day

Always Inspired

 

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MODERN POINT OF VIEW ~ A PACIFIC PALISADES HOME TOUR ~~

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Architect Russell Shubin approached the redesigning of this Pacific Palisades residence with thoughtful ‘restraint’. According to the architect, “its qualitative and not about more is better”. The house is a 1960s structure that had been remodeled in the 1980s. While the house has a relatively small footprint, it nevertheless, made up with its unique setting. The house is on a promontory and every place on the site has a completely different view.

Shubin took the structure down to its studs and then reshaped the exterior with flat roofs and clean modernist lines. As the house is built into the hillside, he placed the public areas on the top floor, the master bedroom and two children’s rooms one level down and an office below that.

To capture expansive views, the architect held back from the expected walls of floor-to-ceiling glass in favor of carefully crafted vistas for impact.

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THE EXTERIOR

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THE LANDSCAPE

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THE LIVING ROOM

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ANOTHER VIEW OF THE LIVING ROOM

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THE TERRACE

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THE MASTER BEDROOM. I THINK I COULD WAKE UP HERE QUITE NICELY.

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THE DINING ROOM  AND ON THE MENU?  VIEW DU JOUR.

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THE TERRACE

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THE MASTER BATHROOM

DREAMS TO ENRICH

HOPE YOU ENJOYED

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HIGH CONTRAST ~ BLACK & WHITE ~~

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The graphic impact of black-and-white —- much like its kissing cousin —- blue and white — never loses its appeal. The combo works in rooms both sophisticated and simple — and, just about any color works if you’re looking for a little “pop”.

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Here, designer Alan Tanksley paired Leleu-style armchairs of his own design with a marble-top Saarinen Tulip dining table ~~ VERY SOPHISTICATED AND CHIC!

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The color “pop”.

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Here a “pop” of color is found in the soft coral sea fans and pink tulips.

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Black and White Inspired Visions

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Designs To Enrich

 

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MY MOODBOARD MONDAY ~~ #3

A Chic Office Concept ~~

Hello to All! Hope everyone’s weekend was a fabulous one, doing the things you enjoy, whether it was entertaining with friends, gardening, organizing an overlooked space, working on a DIY project, shopping, relaxing with a good book, or simply, just doing nothing because you didn’t want to. We all need to have some down time. Too often, we feel the need to cram “something” into every minute of the day. I know I am guilty of this, probably because I have a full-time design job and there are soooooo many”projects” and “things” I want to do or need to do, that I end up feeling guilty if I just do nothing. It’s always a juggle….such is life…..

Soooooo…….here’s a moodboard creation for an office space that evokes a sense of sophistication and a certain bit of “chic-ness”. I designed this “moodboard” for a professional, creative woman who isn’t afraid of color and wants to be surrounded with classical elegance that is modern, functional and, well, tres chic!

 

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Does This Space Inspire?

I Love the Creative Process!

Your Comments and Inquiries are Welcome!!

 

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PASADENA SHOWCASE HOUSE 2014

Features a Stiles O. Clements Residence

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Showcase houses are a wonderful venue to display design trends. At the recent Pasadena showcase house, 25 designers had the wonderful opportunity to transform a 1915 English Arts and Crafts estate while retaining the home’s warm spirit. Drama comes from abundant color installed throughout the 8,200-square-foot house, including chocolate brown walls in the hallways and vibrant green tones in the dining and great rooms. Mixed metals add further appeal as silvery paint and shimmering wallcoverings blend with brass, copper and gold fixtures and accessories.

There are some surprising touches. A new Walker Zanger collection of intricate tile designs makes a splash in the bathrooms. Decorative head busts — another trend —- add visual interest and keep the eye moving along the tour.

Designer Michael Berman described his comfortable dining room as more “country” than “town,” with an antler mounted on a mirror above the fireplace and a chandelier made from bayonets hanging from the papered ceiling. The dining table is left undressed, adding to the casual feel that permeates the design house.

Indeed, the kitchen and butler’s pantry are open, with informal living areas designed for visiting. “The goal was for the family to be together,” said designer Cynthia Bennett, noting the bar stools placed around the travertine island.

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More Showcase Visuals ~~

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