When I saw this home in the recent issue of House Beautiful, my first impression was WOW, which was then followed by a huge smile. To learn more about how designer Gary McBournie and Bill Richards arrived at the happy color scheme of saturated blues, oranges and yellows for this 1940s ranch house in Nantucket, be sure to read all about it here.
I first came across this article written by Rebecca Dalzell and photographed by Genevieve Garrupo in Lonny and it just made me smile. I was so inspired by her fresh take on design that I had to share her very inspiring home in Austin, Texas. Katie Kime is someone who sees the world as though you were on a merry-go-round ride around the color wheel. Traveling has been a great inspiration for her, from bright Moroccan poufs, Obami embroidery or Turkish kilims. “Color in these countries is so bright and bold and fearless, pink with orange, red with pink.” Katie Kime’s home is filled with bright, bold patterns and whimsy. Her interiors website and brand began in 2013 and now, she has expanded to a brick-and-mortar showroom in Austin, Texas.
Bold lighting, large scale artwork, textured grasscloth walls and an over-dyed pink rug from One King’s Lane.
Custom sofas, graphic sliding barn doors, statement lighting and black and white ottomans from OKL.
A close-up of the side tables with Jonathan Adler lamps.
The Master Bedroom painted in a bold, dark charcoal gray from Benjamin Moore~Gravel Gray.
And how could you not feel happy when you walk into this dressing closet to get ready for the day?
Kitchen ~ Gold Ball Pendants by Dot & Bo.
More happy, fun and whimsy in the breakfast nook space.
This is no ho-hum landing space, textured walls, family photos, colorful artwork, and, a fun, colorful graphic wallpaper on the ceiling.
Daughter’s Bedroom. John Robshaw quilt.
And isn’t this totally fun, walls covered in faux silk flowers with a Katie Kime designed birdcage chair in hot pink.
And the fun doesn’t stop in the daughter’s bathroom. The Bee’s Knees, Kimi’s queen bee patterned wallpaper.
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The 2015 Solar Decathlon at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, just recently ended this past weekend. This was the 2nd year that the event took place at the Orange County Great Park, with the grand kick-off beginning the weekend of October 8th and ending on the 18th. I was glad the weather was far more accommodating this past weekend, because I really wanted the opportunity to see what each of the participating collegiate teams had to offer in the competition. As it turns out, Irvine has decided that it won’t be hosting the event next year. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. Of course, another very important consideration for the many teams that were participating, was the transportation component of the solar-powered houses. And, for the many teams that were coming across the continental United States, that was quite a daunting accomplishment. Here are the top 3 winners of this years competition:
Stevens Institute of Technology
FIRST PLACE WINNER
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
SECOND PLACE WINNER
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
THIRD PLACE WINNER
And there you have it, the top 3 winning teams. Congratulations. Job very well done, and, in case you are wondering which was my personal favorite??? Well, of course, the team that hails from California, specifically Cal Poly, SLO 🙂 If you are interested in obtaining more information about the winning teams, be sure to visit this website. Here, you will be able to download PDF files of each teams solar-powered modular home, menus and recipes from the food competition as well as see some of the other entries.
Have a Lovely Day
This pristine Upper East Side home belonging to Dr. Clifford Hudis and Jane Hertzmark Hudis, the global president of Estée Lauder, bears the minimalist stamp of its designer, architect Lee F. Mindel of the Manhattan firm Shelton, Mindel & Associates. “Mindel was struck by the city view when he first toured the two-bedroom residence, located on the 12th floor of a new building and boasting a pair of breathtaking terraces.” Mindel was inspired by moody skies and the rooftops and façades of the surrounding buildings and from that, envisioned the interiors as an abstract panorama of grays.
Have a lovely weekend and, if where you are is anything like here in sweltering, tropical, humid and hot Southern California where we have been feeling the misery of Tropical Storm Linda off the coast of Mexico for this entire past week, then you have my deepest sympathy. Try to stay cool and I hope you have enjoyed these…….
Visions To Inspire and Designs to Enrich!
Interior designer, Lynn Pépe had a client that presented her with a jewel in the rough. It was a Hermosa Beach, California Mediterranean-Style home on a half-acre lot with a stunning view of the Pacific along with the rare perk for this densely populated South Bay beach town, privacy. Initially, the designer’s client wanted to remodel just the kitchen and bathrooms in the circa 1980s faux Mediterranean-style home. But, the designer had an ‘unabated passion’ for the homes potential. The designer’s guts and tenacity won her client over, and as a result, the residence had undergone a complete remodel, ‘almost down to the studs’. Let’s take a tour of this beautifully remodeled Mediterranean-style home with Moroccan touches.
Beautiful architectural details can definitely be found in this lovely living room. From the beamed ceiling, to the rustic stone fireplace.
This game room is definitely equipped with all the right touches, cue the pool table!
This Master Bath features a custom-designed tile flooring with a water jet cut pattern and a customized, salvaged pine plank door which was used over the opening of the master closet.
All images and more on this house via Luxe.
Have a Wonderful Weekend
Hope you Enjoyed the Tour
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.
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.
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!!
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.
A seating area in the Great Room.
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.
The freshened up kitchen with new paint and existing pendant lights.
Breakfast Nook ~ Banquette fabricated in Perennials’ Bazaar fabric from David Sutherland.
The Master Bedroom features a serene palette, with Katie Ridder Leaf Wallpaper from Harbinger.
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
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……
Exterior shot of the antebellum landmark built in the early 1850s, the Isaac Mikell house.
The lovely Patricia Altschul who commissioned Mario Buatta to help renovate the house.
Visions To Inspire. Designs to Enrich.
Happy Monday and Have a Wonderful Week.
Lonny magazine recently featured actress Tiffani Thiessans’ Los Angeles residence, a 1920s compound on just under an acre that was originally the home to Jack Warner, founder of Warner Bros. Studios. To learn more about her home and the story behind the revamp, see the Lonny article written by Melissa Goldstein and photographed by Jessica Sample here.
Guest Bedroom and I am loving the grasscloth wallpaper.
Visions to Inspire. Designs to Enrich.
Photography: Dominique Vorillon
Interior Design: Marshall Watson Interiors.
A beautiful coastal Southern California Mediterranean-style home which you can read about here. Love the detailing on the entry door with its hand-forged hardware.
Another view from the entry of an Old World tapestry.
Simply beautiful, the linens, the bed, the color palette, dreamy!
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Interior Design: Wendi Young
Builder: Michael Roberts, Michael Roberts Construction
Photography: Karyn Millet
This Laguna Beach home was, by no means, a “love at first sight” for the young homeowners, but designer, Wendi Young was able to see beyond the dark paint colors, gold leafing and heavy drapery. The designer convinced the homeowners and began the transformation. Read more about this fabulous home here. Enjoy the tour, European-Inspired Contemporary Laguna Beach, CA Home with Rustic Elements!
Living room of this European-Inspired, Contemporary Home with Rustic Elements done in muted, sand tones, perfectly reflects its beachy location.
Fabulous kitchen with rustic, rough-hewn beams and a crackling, open fireplace. Isn’t that cozy? I know I could spend a lot of time here. 🙂
This Family Room is sure to stand up to lots of use. The custom sectional has been done in a Perennials outdoor chenille from Donald Sutherland and is paired with a coffee table from Juxtaposition Home, a local source in Newport Coast, CA. Graphic area rug from West Elm.
Home office with its stunning architectural details, beautiful craftsmanship.
I am loving this chandelier over this Saarinen-inspired table.
A beautiful Master Bedroom. Again, love the architectural details found in the paneled millwork and coffered ceiling, and, let’s not forget that awesome view.
A beautiful Master Bath reprieve ~ with draperies from Restoration Hardware, an antique stool and a classic, traditional crystal chandelier. Yes, this European-inspired restoration beautifully marries the contemporary with the rustic, a juxtaposition of elements that I would be happy to retire in, soaking luxuriously in a soothing, spa-inspired bath, melting away the days trials and tribulations.