Thursday, July 23, 2015

House Tour: Breezy & Eclectic at the Beach

Hope all of you are enjoying the dog days of summer! To help you beat the heat, I thought I would share this beautifully breezy beach house. This Cape Cod meets Palm Beach bungalow is the work of designer Anna Burke. She got her start under design icon Celerie Kemble, and Burke captures that preppy, classic style but infuses it with plenty of quirky details. I love all of the collected finds, vintage furniture, exotic textiles and organic textures. The vintage, unique elements are balanced by a calm canvas of simple white floors, white walls, and classic bamboo blinds. The result is casual, inviting spaces that just say summer to me! 

(All images via Domino here}

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Trend Alert: Flora & Fauna Wallpaper

Recently I have spotting loads of dramatic flora and fauna wallpapers and the trend has certainly made an impression! These bold patterns are definitely not subtle, but the organic forms and natural shapes help soften these papers and bring a living and vibrant element into any space. I especially love the Victorian inspired feel of the botanical patterns against a dark ground. I think used in the right small space, such as a bath or bedroom nook, and grounded with plenty of solids, these papers are really fantastic! 

What do you think? Naturally inspired or over the top? 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Style Crush: Lauren Liess Design

Ever since I first spotted her work in Domino years ago, I have had a serious style crush on Virginia based designer Lauren Liess. I love her fresh, modern take on classic design and how she can make a traditional interior both family friendly and a bit eclectic.  I think this home in New Jersey is perfect example - it is so elegant without feeling stuffy or overdone. Like those indigo slipcovers - which are a brilliant and vibrant way to reuse client's chairs and protect them from spills.  

This chic toddlers room is my favorite. Rich ebony walls and a fun custom canopy transform the room instantly!

{all images via Lauren Liess}

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Trend Spotting: Overdyed Rugs

For a while now I have been spotting (and loving) loads of overdyed vintage inspired rugs! This is a beautiful way to give old, dated persian or oriental rugs a fresh look and I adore the rich, saturated hues they bring. Overdyed rugs, both new and vintage, are perfect for adding texture and a subtle pattern while still feeling like a solid. And I love how they feel both antique and modern at the same moment. As an added bonus, their aged quality is brilliant for hiding stains and wear! From kitchens to bedrooms here are a few of my favorite inspirations . . . . Do you love the look as much as I do?

Below is a kitchen I recently designed, I am crazy for the vibrant greens of the rug against the deep espresso floors! 

Here in Singapore you can find some gorgeous {but perhaps pricey!} ones at Xtra Living and Garfunkt now is carrying a line as well. But for a low cost fix check out these at Irugs

Online one can find them here at Urban Outfitters, Anthropolgie and Overstock!

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

House Tour: Tiny & Stylish in Venice Beach

Today I am so inspired by the breezy, fresh style of this tiny Venice Beach cottage recently featured in Domino. Tucked in along the canals in Venice this little home is just 362 sq feet! That is pretty tiny! So how did they do it? Here are a few designer tips for small space living to take away from this chic house:

{1} Pick a unified & subdued color palette. By using whites, sand, naturals and bits of indigo and dark green throughout the whole interior, rooms flow together for an open vibe.

{2} Make use of vertical space too! The small shelves suspended from the ceiling add style and surface space without adding clutter.

{3} Hidden storage. Cleaver carpentry adds some much needed storage. I especially like the storage bins built in beneath the banquette sofa and bedside tables tucked into bookcases. No wasted space here!

{4} Use the great outdoors too. Especially in the lovely California weather, this house makes amazing use of the patio as a second living room and a fantastic dining room for entertaining.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Designer Tips: Grown Up Dots

Lately dots have been making a major comeback! I love their playful spirit and they are perfect for layering with other patterns, and look especially lovely paired with florals, stripes or angular geometrics. But we have all seen dots look a bit juvenile, fussy or dated . . . here a few designer tips for how to give dots a grown up boost!  

{1} Go neutral - a subdued, sophisticated color palette helps keep dots looking modern. Grays, tans, browns, creams, indigos, and blacks all work - but be sure avoid pale pink!

{2} Play with Scale & Shape - oversized dots (like below) or free form or imperfect dots bring a fresh look.

{3} Mix up Your Patterns - we know dots look great with other patterns so be sure to incorporate a mix to create an updated feel!

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