Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lauren McGrath's Upper East Side Apartment

You can tell I've been blogging for a long time, when I remember when Lauren McGrath's first apartment was published in Traditional Home.  Any of you remember that?  It was one of my favorites.

Fast forward to today, she is now living on the Upper East Side in a pre-war one bedroom apartment with her boyfriend, a celebrity hairstylist.  I like McGrath's style.  What appealed to me the most was how comfortable and cozy her apartment feels.  This comes from the traditionally upholstered english-esque type furnishings.  The florals, animal print and ikats warm up the white walls while the contemporary art creates great contrast - I love the mix!

How beautiful are those upholstered slipper chairs?  I'm sure they are Billy Baldwin.  And, the club chair upholstered in Quadrille's Jardin Des Plantes, so beautiful!

I'm seeing more and more of where the seat of the sofa is upholstered in a different fabric.  If you follow William McClure on instagram, he recently did that to his sofa and it looks great.

And, the above space is just perfect!  So soft and feminine.  I love the bamboo desk as a bedside table with the bentwood chair.   The dark chair grounds the otherwise light and airy space.

If you want to see the full article, go here.

Monday, August 24, 2015

A Fresh Perspective

I am drawn to interiors that are classically designed but are infused with a fresh perspective.  By that I mean rooms that have traditional design but are layered with modern elements.  Great things can happen when you carefully mix traditional and current elements.

Take for example, this beautiful bedroom designed by Henry & Co. Design (Elle Clymer and Stephanie Woodmansee), one of Traditional Home's 2015 rising stars of design.  

I have always loved the classic Colefax and Fowler's Bowood chintz fabric seen here on the upholstered headboard.  I actually plan to use this fabric as an accent fabric in our master bedroom.  It is such a classic and here, it is beautifully paired with the Chelsea Textiles streamlined bedside table.  A perfect example of classic and current elements carefully mixed.  

A beautiful blue Christopher Spitzmiller lamp sits on top of what looks like Ikea's malm dresser.  And, I love the custom banding on the pretty quadrille roman shades!  I think panels would have made this room too fussy - roman shades gives it a casual yet sophisticated feel, that is also practical.  

Friday, August 21, 2015

Affordable Pillows at Pier 1 Imports!

The other day I was browsing at Pier 1 Imports and I have to say I was impressed with their pillow collection.  They had some great solid, striped and ikat pillows in various blue colorways and you can't beat the price!!  If you're looking for a new pillow for your home, I would check it out!

Here is a round-up of some of my favorites….

L to R: Solid, Floral, Striped
L to R: Solid, Ikat, Medallion

Happy Weekend!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Client Progress: Flagstone Fireplace

When my client contacted me about helping her with her family room, her biggest complaint was how dark her family room felt.  She has this massive flagstone fireplace that reaches to the ceiling that weighs down the entire room.  The walls were also painted brown.

She wanted a light, airy and bright space.  

Initially, I suggested adding white millwork or tounge and groove paneling above the mantel to diminish the flagstone.  That might be a project she will tackle down the road, but for the time being, she took my recommendation of painting the mantel and living room walls in a warm white.  

In Progress:

She plans on getting a larger piece of artwork to go over the mantel, but I love how the originally brown mantel (now white) changes the whole look of the fireplace.  It breaks up the flagstone.  And, the white on the walls brightens the whole room.  This is what the fireplace looked like before…


Slowly, but surely, she is making progress and it is looking good!  Baby steps, right?  We've all been there.  She told me she has wanted to paint for the longest time, but was afraid to for fear it might look all wrong.  She now says she just wishes she would've done it sooner!!  

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Hello August!!

Well, August is upon us and the throws of summer are still in full swing here!  Trying to get in the last bits of swimming, tennis, playdates and amusement parks before we have to worry about packed lunches, backpacks and schedules.  Here are a couple of beautiful pictures to get your week started off on the right foot!!

These colors remind me that fall is just around the corner.

How adorable is this outfit - so cute and comfortable to boot!  Just how I like it!!   

Friday, August 7, 2015

Our Home: Landscaping

This morning I am meeting with a landscape designer to talk about our landscaping starting with our front lawn and beds.

In regards to design, I want it simple.  A green and white palette consisting of boxwood, pachysandra and hydrangeas (limelight).   I'd also like some climbing vines on the side of our garage.  Below is my inspiration.

We plan on having a removal company remove all the plants this fall, but the hope is for my husband and I to do all the installing/planting in the spring.  I don't know yet if that is just an over-ambitious idea or just complete nuts??  We'll see….wish me luck and happy Friday!!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Latest and Greatest

Sometimes, when I think about decorating my home, I wonder if it all going to make sense once it is all said and done.  Is it going to flow?  Or is it going to be all a jumble because there are days when my mind feels like that.

The other day I quickly threw together a design board of key pieces that I am currently loving and want to be the main elements of certain rooms in my home.

I am seeing a theme, at least in a color palette, as I forge ahead with decorating my home - hues of blues with touches of red.  If you look at my designs for my dining room and guest room, both have this color palette and lately, I am just really drawn to it.  Of course, I still love green, and there will be touches of green thrown in for good measure.

Here are the details of what I would like to do:

{1, 9} - The current plan for our powder room - have always loved Manuel Canovas' trellis wallpaper and wanted to find a place to use it.  Imagine wallpaper with paneling! And, I love how PB just came out with this mango wood mirror (already ordered it) and think it'll look perfect!  It's the perfect size for a bathroom!

{2,3,4} - This is the plan for our kitchen nook.  Mind you, this plan changes daily (or so it seems) so I'm trying to really solidify it.  It's one of the first things you see as you walk through our entry so I want it to stand out.  Quadrille's volpi fabric in a soft blue as roman shades, those chairs around a white pedestal table and a fun pendant hanging above like the hicks pendant in polished nickel.

{5,6,7} - This is the plan for our entry.  Imagine crisp white paneling paired with Ralph Lauren's textured herringbone wallpaper.  I am loving the idea of a navy console like Oomph's (will never be able to afford this so most likely a DIY) topped with serena and lilly's mirror.  I'm afraid this might be too trendy and so I might alter this a bit.

{8} - For the longest time, I have wanted to invest in a nice throw for our family room.  Deciding on a color has stumped me until now!  I need a pop of red so Serena and Lily's throw in red is perfect!

Of course, the hardest thing for me when decorating my own home is committing because I fear my likes will change.  But, for now, I like where this is going.  How about you?  Any pieces of this plan appeal to you?