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SHARED BEDROOMS

I’m sure there has been a time in most everyone’s life when we’ve had to share a bedroom. It may have been during one’s childhood, a college dorm room or as a guest at a friend’s house. Whatever the circumstances were, careful planning and design will certainly help ensure a positive outcome. Here are some very inspiring spaces with impeccable design from guest rooms to fun-filled children’s rooms.

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Visions to Inspire. Designs to Enrich.

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SOLAR DECATHLON ~ 2015

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

Stevens Institute of Technology at dusk at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Stevens Institute of Technology at dusk at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Exterior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Exterior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

SECOND PLACE WINNER

PV arrays for University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

PV arrays for University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at dusk at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at dusk at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

THIRD PLACE WINNER

PV arrays for California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

PV arrays for California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

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Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

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

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FAVORITES FOR THE BEDROOM NIGHTSTAND

When space is tight in a bedroom, I find the desk/nightstand trend a great solution for small space design. It is a great dual-functional surface that saves on valuable space while keeping necessities at hand. Here are 8 of my inspiring favorites from Domino.

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6 FABULOUS IKEA LACK SHELF IDEAS

I always love a good IKEA hack or, for that matter, a good IKEA, slash, IKEA-inspired idea. In this case, it is the LACK shelf.  And this shelf is certainly not “lacking” in any way, shape or form. I simply love these inspirational uses for their shelf product and hope that you find these ideas to be inspirational too.

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SOPHISTICATED UPPER EAST SIDE ~ HOME TOUR

This pristine Upper East Side home belonging to Dr. Clifford Hudis and Jane Hertzmark Hudis, the global president of EstĂ©e 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.

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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!

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METAL MANIA ~ 12 FAVORITE PICS

 

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Metal Mania ~ I think you would agree, is a hot home decor trend that hasn’t died down. From gold, to silver, to chrome, to copper, it brings just the right touch of glamour and sophistication to a space whether it adorns a vase, a decantur, a bowl or an accent table. All images via CuratedKravet, To-the-Trade.

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WANDERLUST ~~ PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS d’ ELEGANCE

Road Trip Adventures

I realize I have been away from the blog for several weeks now, and I have to say, I just haven’t had much time to sit down and share, until, now. August is a notoriously busy month for me and my family. There have been birthdays and anniversaries…. a little design project for a dear family relative…. and, a bit of Wanderlust. August is also the month for the annual Pebble Beach Concourse d’ Elegance. While hubby and I don’t attend this event every year that it is held, we have enjoyed the show on several occasions. This annual event is always held on the 3rd week of August, which just so happens to somewhat coincide with hubby’s birthday and our wedding anniversary. Each year, reservations are always a challenge, but we got lucky this time. Through hubby’s BMW owner’s club, we were able to snag a reservation, albeit in Pacific Grove, which was just fine.  And so here it is, a few pictures from our recent Road Trip Adventure……. a drive up the Coast.

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We started out our drive up the coast, to San Simeon, where we spent the night. The next morning, our journey up the coast continued with a quick stop to check out the Elephant Seals basking in the sun. My goodness, they are BIG and, well, just a little STINKY. Needless to say, we didn’t linger too long. Back in the car, we headed to Big Sur with a stop to visit the Julia Phiffer Burns State Park (the bottom two photos). Amazing scenery, for sure, it just never gets old.

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From Big Sur, we continued on into Carmel. Historically, the first day of this annual event, begins with the Concourse d’ Elegance entrants driving their vintage cars from Carmel out to Big Sur and back again to Carmel, where they then line up along Ocean Drive in Carmel . These pictures are just a few of the many, many cars that I captured with my iPhone. So much eye candy, the beautiful Lalique hood ornament, a gorgeous blue Duessenberg, a Porsche from Switzerland with the orange wing placed in a rather unusual place (sun protection?), to Alfa Romeo’s and the beautiful teal, red and silver classic vintage automobile. Iconic designs, preserved for generations and appreciated by many.

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We began the following day with a drive along 17-Mile Drive. This is a drive we never miss and an absolute MUST when visiting Pebble Beach. The pristine scenery of coastline, Monterey Cypress and stunning architecture, is absolutely breath taking. Everywhere we stopped along the way, such as the Lone Cypress, seen above, was mesmerizing and there was always lots of whale activity, bringing lots of OOOOHS and AWES! Our drive brought us to the iconic Lodge at Pebble Beach. Side note: Hubby’s grandfather was a champion golfer and won the tournament twice, once in 1911 and again in 1915. Of course, back then, it wasn’t known as the Lodge at Pebble Beach, but, nevertheless, a trophy placard is prominently on display in one of the Lodge’s restaurants, where all sorts of golf memorabilia is displayed. Hubby is very, very proud….. to say the least. Not too many have won the tournament twice. Since, we were part of the BMW Club, we visited the Villa that they had rented for the event….. again, very, very special. Need I say that there is a never ending display of opulence….. Anywhooooo, what a fun day, especially for hubby. BMW had all sorts of cars available for test driving and hubby jumped at the chance to drive the BMW i-8. No room for me to go along though, it’s pretty much a 2-seater and BMW required one of their representatives ride along. 🙁 Oh well, I had fun, nevertheless, wandering around the Villa taking in the interiors and snapping a little picture through the ornamental wrought iron. After our fun day, we headed back to our hotel, enjoyed a glass of wine and a few hors d’ oeurves. Dinner that evening, was divine, enjoyed at Roy’s at the Inn at Spanish Bay. Delicious…….

The weekend was divine, but at last, it was time to make our way back home….. Road Trip 2015, our journey has come to a close….. this Wanderlust Journey is always one filled with many fond memories. Thanks for letting me share and coming along for the ride.

All The Best, Happy Wednesday,

 

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HOME TOUR ~~ HERMOSA BEACH, CA

Interior designer, Lynn PĂ©pe 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.

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Beautiful architectural details can definitely be found in this lovely living room. From the beamed ceiling, to the rustic stone fireplace.

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This game room is definitely equipped with all the right touches, cue the pool table!

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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.

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Have a Wonderful Weekend 

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Hope you Enjoyed the Tour

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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Dining Room.

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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.

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A seating area in the Great Room.

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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.

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

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

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

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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

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