I have been really into stripes lately and these striped wallpapers hit the mark. I think striped paper look particularly great in bedrooms like this one below by Jan Hitlz. The nailhead detail really add so much. As they say, design is in the details!
This is from Elle Decor and is so classic. I can't see this every really looking dated.
This is a room by Mario Buatta. The mix of chintz with stripes is so beautiful. Pattern on pattern at it's best. The bed here is amazing!
For those looking for a bit of a bolder striped there is this room by Miles Redd. Classic mix of green and blue but with the flair that only Miles Redd can bring. Also loving the Quadrille Meloire used on the chairs, ottoman and bench.
I love this time of year. I know most people dread the shorter darker days, but I love it! It makes me want to stay home and be cozy. It's time to crank up the heat, light a fire and relax.
Once fall hits, one of the things I automatically start doing is lighting more candles. In the colder months I prefer scents that are stronger and less floral or fruity.
Here are a few candles I love:
I found this candle from Rosy Rings on one of my visits to Terrain in Westport. Smells so good!
This is one of my favorites from Anthropologie. Actually, I love most of the Voluspa candles and almost any candle from Anthro.
Another candle I am loving lately is this scent from Diptyque. Definitely on the pricier side but the scent is really strong and it lasts a long time. I bought mine in Paris last year as a little treat.
Another essential for fall is a great throw blanket. When curling up to read a book or watch a movie you need to stay warm! This blanket is the king of all blankets. The Hermes Avalon. It is absolute luxury! I am lucky enough to have the most generous and amazing client/friend who sent me one of these as a gift. My poor husband....this one is going to be hard for him to top!
Another much more affordable option for a luxurious throw is this cashmere blanket from Williams Sonoma Home. It can also be monogrammed which is a nice touch. It is also a great idea for a really nice gift.
Here are some interiors I am loving for the fall season. This room by Nina Farmer with the tonal colors and all of the texture of the wrapped coffee table, velvet couch and wool rug is so cozy. Add that amazing fireplace and those huge windows and you have the perfect Saturday afternoon looking at the fall foliage while curled up on your velvet chesterfield in front of a warm fire.
This room by Ruthie Sommers is so warm and inviting. The rich colors and textures again here are so great. I can see sitting on that velvet couch with a great book and a cup of tea. I also love the mix of art. It is so different and unexpected to combine a contemporary photograph with an abstract and a very traditional gilt framed painting.
This library by Connie Newberry is the quintessential library for fall. The Stark antelope carpet is one of my favorites. Combining the traditional English sofa and oil painting with a convex mirror and red lacquer table create an updated library that still feels traditional and is the perfect place to spend a fall afternoon!
I have been working for the last few weeks on a new interior design job in Greenwich. The job is going to start with redoing the foyer, living room and billards room and then phase two will be the master bedroom and upstairs office.
We are adding new moulding and paneling in the living room on the fireplace wall and all along the perimeter of the billiards room. Right now we are in the process of designing this paneling and choosing the moulding. I have been gathering inspiration for the paneling on Pinterest. Here are some of my inspiration photos:
I like the simplicity of the panels in this photo. The one large panel above the fireplace is what I want to do on their fireplace wall but on the sides I want two longer panels to elongate the wall. I also like the very English library feel that this room has.
This photo is from Lefevre Interiors. They are a woodworking company in Belgium and one of the owner's writes a blog, Belgian Pearls. The fireplace wall we are paneling is going to have a similar built in on one side and I like the layout here. I also love the fireplace surround and would love to find a similar antique one.
Here is another photo of a built-in next to the fireplace that I like. I also like the long narrow panels between the mantle and the built-in.
In this photos I was looking at how they combined painted woodwork with the stained paneling. In the living room we are going to have painted crown moulding, base moulding, and casing and stained woodwork on the one wall. I am trying to decide if it make more sense to just have the corners meet up and change from stained to painted moulding at the crown or to continue the painted crown onto the top of the paneled wall. I actually like how the white crown moulding looks here on the of the paneled wall. But this is a very grand room and we don't have as much ceiling height.
This is Ralph Lauren's billiards room. While we won't have the paneling on the full height of the wall or on the ceiling it is a great room to take inspiration from to create a very English feeling billiards room. I also love the billiards light they used over the pool table. I am hoping to install one that is similar.
The exterior of your home is the first thing that guests see when they visit. Giving your home personality and style can be done through the color of the house, the landscaping, and details like shutters, house numbers, mailboxes, and door knobs. One of my favorite ways to add personality is through the color of the front door. We have been in the process of having our house repainted as well as that of a clients. Both of the houses are being painted white which leaves so much room for fun when choosing accent colors.
For my own house I choose to paint the shutters in Benjamin Moore's Metallic Silver. It is not actually silver or metallic but just a pretty gray color. It was inspired by two houses/buildings that I often drive by in Bedford, NY.
This first one is a residential house. It did not photograph that well but I have always loved the white and silvery/gray color scheme. It's striking in a subtle way and almost has an airy look to it. I love it!
This building is a store or something. I'm actually not sure because I have never seen it open and the parking lot is closed off but it is always really well taken care of. Although all the paint on this building is white, when you are there in person it has a silvery look to it well the wood shingles and the lead coated copped on the edges of the roof.
Both of these places have a different look that wasn't really captured in the photos. I think the natural daylight and sun give them both a really beautiful look.
Now I am on the search for the perfect front door color. I want a super high gloss door in a great color. Like the doors I took endless pictures of in Paris and London. One that almost looks wet. We are going to use Fine Paints of Europe as it is supposed to be the best for achieving this look. With the white house and the gray shutters I could really go in a bunch of direction but I am looking to choose a blue color. Here are some color inspirations:
One exterior that I have loved for a few years (as have tons of other people!) is Miles Redd's house. Love the blue color of his front door. It was a custom mixed color so I could only try to find something similar.
This door is from Martha Stewart's website and is a Benjamin Moore color. I love it with the blue hydrangeas!
Really pretty blue color with that nickel hardware. I love the European style doorknob in the center of the door.
Navy is not the direction that I thought I would go but the painter had a can of super high gloss navy paint an did a sample coat for me. I was planning on going with one of the lighter colors above but this image is making me reconsider. Navy is classic and I do love it. Especially with those blue and white porcelain pots and large trees. Should I stick with navy or am I taking the easy route here?
Here is an article I found from the Washington Post about achieving that perfect super high gloss look on a front door. It really is an art and not a DIY project!
Quadrille is one of my favorite fabric companies. They own and produce not only Quadrille but Alan Campbell and China Seas fabrics and wallpaper. They have the such fun prints which add tons of personality to a space. I recently purchased a bunch of their prints to use in my house. Here are some of my favorites.
First up is China Seas Bali. I love this print! Depending on how you use it and the color chosen it can go from vibrant to calming. I love the picture at the bottom where it is used as a wallpaper and the the reverse coloring was used to upholster the headboard. It makes the bedroom feel like a cozy little retreat.
Another favorite is Lyford Pagoda. It's like a modern chinoiserie toile pattern. It comes in two sizes but I love the large scale of the print that lets you really see the detail in the pattern of the people, palm trees, and pagodas. Again, depending on the color chosen and whether or not it is mixed with solids or other patterns in can go from a soothing bedroom to an upbeat family room.
Zig zag is a fun print. You can see it here used in small doses like on the ottoman to bring a youthful touch to a traditional room or it can be used as a wallpaper like in Aerin Lauder's son's room.
Take a look at the offerings they have on their website: http://quadrillefabrics.com/
Their prints also lend themselves really well to mixing and matching coordinating patterns in rooms. I am currently having some roman shades made for my dining room and a valance for my kitchen window made in two of their prints. I will do a post on those when they are done! They will definitely add some lightness and brightness on rainy days like today.
At our home we have about an acre of property. Most of it is hillside. When we first moved into our home the flat part of the property was mainly only in the front of our house. In order to have more garden and usable space we have had parts of it terraced over the past few years. It started off a few years ago with building a coop for our chickens which you see below. We built the coop and the enclosed chicken run and then had grass growing around the perimeter.
Little by little, we have worked out way over and have started to "tame" the yard. Last year I decided I wanted a vegetable garden. Being that we have so many deer in our area we needed to have the garden fenced in. We choose this little nook that was created by the stone retaining wall we had built to place the vegetable garden. I wanted the fencing to look nice but also have a rustic quality so we built this fence using locust posts. I love how it turned out. Unfortunately, my vegetable gardening has not been so successful but I love the way the fencing turned out. I have pretty much given up growing vegetables thanks to an abundance of chipmunks that eat EVERYTHING that I plant. Next year I have plans for a decorative herd garden!
If you walk past the vegetable garden you come to our upper lawn area that we are still working on plans for. For now we placed an iron arch at the entrance and planted a few shrubs that will grow into a solid hedge that will be trimmed into a formal square. The shorter fencing in the front surrounds our bluestone patio which is on a lower level under this section of the garden. In the foreground is the garden area that we just created. We didn't have any defined path to get from the patio to the coop/garden area so that was our latest project. We created steps from gravel and stone and made two small garden areas surrounding the path.
Along the new steps we planted some grasses along with catmint and salvia.
Along the top edge I planted a row of lavender. I am looking for white roses to fill in the rest of this area but haven't found just what I am looking for yet.
Along the edge of the stone wall between the chicken coop and the vegetable garden I planted a row of white peonies that bloom in the spring along with white daisies for summer blooms. This small bed is edged with antique french garden edging I found in Maine a few years ago. Above the stone wall is a small yew hedge we just planted this year.
I am really happy with how this latest section of our garden is taking shape. Pea gravel makes me so happy! I love the crunch it makes when you walk through it. Plus it has such a neat appearance and requires much less maintenance than more lawn. I can't wait to start working on the next section of our garden. We go back and forth between a pool, a bocce court (not my idea!) another patio or just more gardens.
A few of our chickens enjoying the gravel and looking for bugs to eat!
One of my clients is looking for furniture for their breakfast nook. The nook is in a little wing off the kitchen and all three walls are have large windows and doors that look out onto their beautiful backyard. The room gets so much natural light and is such a cheery space. We painted the room a light gray and it is so refreshing!
In the space right now they have some really classic pieces. A white, round Saarinen table with four light blue Eames chairs. The set, particularly the blue chairs, looks great in the space but the table is way too small. So, we decided to move it upstairs to the kid's rec room and have it be a place for homework and games. Now we are on the hunt for a new table and chairs for their breakfast nook.
This past weekend we went out shopping to see what we could find for the breakfast nook. Since we loved the way the blue Eames chairs looked in the space we thought we could look for chairs with some color. One option we came up with was to order another Saarinen table in a larger size and add fun chairs. We were looking at a blue or green colored windsor style chair with a modern squared off back. Classic chairs updated with a sleeker profile and a pop of color.
Another option (which is my favorite!) is to use this table from Oly Studios with some chippendale style chairs. The wife also loves this table so it is a possibility. There are a few companies that make these updated faux bamboo chairs like Jonathan Adler and Bungalow 5. They can be ordered in basic black or white or a bunch of fun, bright colors like the bright green below. Unfortunately, the chairs backs are not the most comfy so they were ruled out but the table is still in the running. We may pair it with the windsor style chairs above in a blue color.
Another table we are considering is this table from Redford House. To me is has a bit of an updated farmhouse feel. The lines are clean and simple but the washed gray finish relaxes it. We haven't seen it in person so they are a bit hesitant to order it but everyone really likes the look of it. I am loving wicker, woven style chairs with this table. These below are copies of bistro chairs that are traditionally used in Paris. They are made of synthetic rattan so they are soft and also easy to clean.
Another woven faux wicker chair that I like is this blue one below from Crate and Barrel. It is actually an outdoor chair so it is also easy to clean. I love this shade of blue with the gray tones of the tables finish but I haven’t seen it person so I a m wondering if it looks too much like outdoor furniture?
So....what would you choose? Coming up with options is the easy part. It's the narrowing it down and actually committing to the ordering of pieces (most of which can't be returned!) that is a lot more difficult.
Painting the back of built-in's is a great way to add some interest to a room. The navy high-gloss here by Nina Liddle is a perfect backdrop for all of the white seashells she has displayed. I love the clean look of the display here with a lot of open space.
This room is by Lily Bunn Weekes. She is one of my favorite designers. She uses color is such fresh ways. This is another example of high-gloss blue but it is enveloping the entire room. I love the mirror like finish! We have had high gloss walls done for a client and getting it right is not an easy process. It takes tons of work and time to create a smooth finish on the walls and then apply the paint for a smooth result. You really need to hire a painter who knows what they are doing.
One of my favorite places to use blue and white is in a bedroom. The soothing color combination is just perfect for a relaxing space. This bedroom was in House Beautiful. The mix of patterns and shade of blue is perfect and gives the space a relaxed look. There is so much to look at in this room yet it is soothing and restful.
Have you use blue and white in your home? It is the main basis for most of the rooms in my house and it seems to be a palette that I don't tire of.
I have a client who just moved across the country. I have known her for a few years and worked with her on a couple of projects in her old house and over time she has become a great friend. She moved with her family to the west coast where they just bought a beautiful home. The house they lived in here was very modern and the house they just bought is very traditional. She asked me to help her come up with design plans for the new house and I am so excited! We are going to try and work with some of her existing furniture but add pieces that will help blend the modern style of her current furnishings with the new traditional house.
I am taking a trip out to see her new house in a couple of weeks and can't wait!
One of the first things we are looking to update in the house is the lighting. It's a big house so we have a lot of light fixtures to source. Lighting can really add so much style and personality to a home and we are really looking for some interesting fixtures!
Here are some they are currently in the running:
I LOVE this lantern. It comes is a ton of colors. We are looking at using this in the breakfast nook area over a modern Saarinen table and chairs.
This is in the running for the master bedroom. There is a tray ceiling and crown moulding in the master and it really needs something with presence. This will bring a youthful edge to a traditional room
There are a lot of bathrooms that need updated lighting in the house but we first want to work on the master bedroom. They are not in love with the current master bathroom and to add to the sting we just finished a beautiful master bathroom remodel for them a few months before they moved! But the bathroom is in great shape and really isn't that bad....it's just not their ideal style. We are thinking of adding these scones and then switching out the hardware on the vanity and adding a new window treatment to help update it the space.
I love this for the front entry. The entry has a ton of beautiful painted woodwork and I think this would look great. We don't have a lot of clearance so we can't do a hanging fixture but I think this one is perfect. It's not a typical flushmount and it's not too traditional.
That is just the tip of the iceberg for the lighting we need to choose but I think we are off to a good start. I'm so excited to visit the house and see it in person!
When we first moved into our house 8 years ago we immediately ripped out the bathroom. Actually, I went to work the first Monday after we moved in and came home that afternoon and literally the entire bathroom and adjoining laundry room were ripped down to the studs. A little unexpected but when your husband is a Contractor you never know what you may come home to!
We knew we eventually wanted to redo the bathroom but I didn't realize it was going to happen so soon. Plus, it is the only bathroom in our house.....so when I came home to no toilet, no shower, and no bathroom sink I was a bit concerned!
We quickly went about putting the bathroom back together but since it was done in a rush there are a lot of things I would like to change/update.
Here is the current state of our bathroom.
We have a custom black vanity with a Kohler Memoirs sink and toilet. The vanity has a calacatta marble counter. Our house is a 1700's farmhouse so I try to be sensitive to that while also making it much more modern when making design decision. Originally I had a much more delicate sconces but last year we switched them out to these. The medicine cabinet is Restoration Hardware. The lower half of the walls is simple beadboard painted white. The color on the walls is Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray.
Black roman shade and Serena & Lily shower curtain. The shower is tiled in white subways. The shower curtain and shade will have to be switched out. Probably for plain white with a banded edge.
You can't see the floor in any of these photos but it is a wide board wood floor that I had painted white. The floor is one thing that needs to be updated. I like the wood floor but since it was painted with oil based paint it has yellowed and that yellowing is magnified against the white beadboard and white toilet. Plus, a white floor in the bathroom shows every piece of hair that falls to the ground! The floor needs to be repainted with some type of pattern. I am thinking of something like these below.
This one is simple but has some interest. Don't remember where I found this pic online. I have had it saved for a few years.
I love this one from Meredith Heron Design. Especially with the green lacquered shelving:
I could always just switch over to another color and paint the whole floor one bright color. This is a Windsor Smith kitchen. I love it but wonder if I am going to tire of a bright blue floor?
This is probably what I will go with. A combination of this:
And this by Grant Gibson. I want to use three colors in the pattern (black, white, and gray) so I will have to modify these to come up with a design that incorporates all three colors. I like the idea of a large, simple graphic.
After the floor is painted I also want to choose a wallpaper. Here is where I can't make a decision! There are so many great wallpapers out there that narrowing it down is killing me! Here are some that are in the running:
I love this pattern from Quadrille. I want to use it in my bedroom for drapes as well so it may get ruled out for bathroom wallpaper so my house isn't covered in the same pattern! This is from Pinterest and was done by Van Roozebom Interiors.
Then there is the zebra pattern from Scalamandre. Maybe too overdone? But I love it in this blue/yellow combo.
Then there is lotus by Gilbraith & Paul .
Finally, another favorite is Island Ikat by Thibaut.
I would love to hear any thoughts or ideas on the wallpaper or any other suggestions you might have!