Home Style: Color and Pattern, Oh My!

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HARLEQUIN-Amazilia-Papilo

I realize that it is only February 3rd and that most of the country is freezing, but here in sunny California spring arrives early. REALLY EARLY. I’m sure my daughter Lola would tell you that Shoe Season (aka, the terrible part of the year when I force her to wear shoes at the playground) is officially over. For those of you who are still scraping ice and shoveling snow, forgive me while I indulge in a little spring fever. I came across this gorgeous image yesterday and it makes me want to go out and buy the brightest floral throw pillows I can find. I love color and pattern, and this combination of vibrant butterfly drapery and textured turquoise wall covering gets the combo just right. The fabric is a new line from Harlequin called Amazilla. It premiered at the Paris Deco Off show in January. Rumor has it that brightly hued flora and fauna will be BIG in coming months.

Photo Credit:  Interior Design

Home Style: Fireplace in a Wall of Windows

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window fireplace

Wow. That about sums it up. This floor-to-ceiling wall of windows under a peaked roof is simply breathtaking. The elegantly neutral fireplace inserted into that wall of windows is even better. Add in the backdrop of a Norwegian forest and rocky mountains, and we are back to… WOW.

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Photo Credit:  Bo Bedre

Mood Board: Colorful Boy’s Bedroom

I’ve been working on the design for a 5 year old boy’s bedroom. Certain aspects of kids rooms are easy (lots of color, yeah!), but they present the unique challenge of capturing someone’s personality at a young age while still allowing plenty of room for that child to grow and evolve. As a general rule, I try not to go too themey. Then again, if a kid really loves a particular subject, it seems like a shame not to embrace that joyful enthusiasm and curiosity. And anyway, most kids believe that rules are made to be broken! So, in summary, there are no rules when it comes to kids rooms except this: Kids are fun. Their rooms should be fun, too.

colorful boys room mood board

This particular little boy loves red, green, and black. However, black feels too heavy for this little dude, so I toned down his favorite shade to charcoal gray. Then I loaded on lots of bright color, geometry, and comfort for a space that exudes modern, youthful energy. Perhaps most importantly, I incorporated flexible storage into the design. As a mom, I have learned the hard way that kids have so much STUFF! And with every birthday, every Christmas, (every trip to Target) their collections of stuff keep changing and GROWING. I guarantee that when the ABC lamp and playful throw pillow are long gone, that Ikea shelf will still be around.

Photo Sources: 1. Spiderman Mural Bedroom, NYTimes.com  2. White Bookshelf, Ikea Kallax  3. Brown Book Ledges, The Land of Nod Straight & Narrow Book Ledge 4. Rainbow Book Ledges, The Land of Nod Color Bar Ledge 5. Charcoal Gray Bedroom, House Tweaking 6. Chalkboard Stripe Boys Room, Isabella and Max Rooms by Janell Beals 7. Licorice Rope Rainbow Pendant, The Land of Nod 8. Alphabet Complete Lamp, PB Kids 9. Delerus Multi Rug, Overstock 10. Princess and the Pea Throw Pillow, The Land of Nod 11. Red Rugby Stripe Duvet Cover, PB Kids

Home Style: Painted Wood Walls

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The Barn painted wall

The idea of painting wood fills me with anxiety and excitement. Perhaps only design junkies can relate to that rush that comes with anticipating the failures and rewards of taking a decorating risk. I liken painting wood to coloring your hair for the first time.  You believe that the result will look new, fresh, playful, and fabulous, and yet… you may NEVER be able to get it back to it’s original color AGAIN! At least not without some suffering. But taking risks can be liberating. I love what New England designer Sarah Steinberg did with this converted barn. The rustic farmhouse frame appears light and youthful covered in this on-trend minty blue-green. Somehow I doubt the homeowner wasted a single moment mourning the loss of the natural wood finish.

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Photo Credit:  Houzz – Steinberg Custom Designs

Home Style: Fancy Casual

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the citizenry

Is Fancy Casual a real design term? If not, it should be. The term Bohemian feels vague and overused, whereas Fancy Casual describes exactly what you see here: a baby pink velvet sofa that looks as if it belonged in Great Aunt Ethel’s parlor in decades gone by, a sharp coffee table with mid-century lines, a hand-woven Peruvian rug, and a simple modern plant pot. If this image proves anything, it’s that you CAN mix styles without sacrificing authenticity and elegance. I stumbled upon this photo on Pinterest and discovered that it is actually a sales image from a website called The Citizenry. As it turns out, The Citizenry is a pretty interesting company. They seek out skilled artisans around the world and then help those artisans establish sustainable, fair-trade business practices. They sell direct to the public so as to eliminate heavy markups. With free shipping and free returns, you might want to check them out. You’ve got nothing to lose, but potentially some global goodwill to give. Visit The Citizenry to see more.

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Photo Credit:  The Citizenry Estrellas Rug

Home Style: Open and Closed Kitchen Storage

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Dodson-Interiors-whitekitchen

Despite the growth of the trend, I have continuously balked at the idea of open storage in the kitchen. I can’t deny that open storage looks fresh and modern in photographs, but I also can’t get past the impracticalities. Even if your dishes look lovely on display, open shelving seems like a magnet for dust, grease and grime. I want my dishes tucked away in a clean, hassle-free cabinet. At least, that is how I felt until I saw this photograph. This kitchen, by Dodson Interiors, combines the best of both worlds. It has extensive closed storage to hide food, pots and pans, and numerous gadgets acquired over time. However, the open shelving flanking the window makes the room appear airier and brighter than tight cabinets would, and allows the homeowner to display just a small selection of everyday dishes. The casual nature of the arrangement also makes this polished kitchen feel more homey. Consider me an open storage convert. As the saying goes, everything in moderation!

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Photo Credit:  Dering Hall

Home Style: Opposites Attract

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Taylor-Jacobson-Interior-Design

Some designers focus on just one style, but I love them all. This leads to the conundrum of how to choose the right pieces for my own home. Committing to one style feels so limiting! This gorgeous dining room by Taylor Jacobson Interior Design proves that you can have your cake and eat it, too – or more accurately, have Craftsman design and modern, too. Geometric shapes and patterns, strong colors, and attention to scale make this space appear balanced rather than mismatched. Opposites do attract!

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Photo Credit:  Dering Hall

Home Style: Two-Tone Chair

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two-tone-chair

This chair represents two of my favorite things: the endless possibilities of custom upholstery, and the refurbishment of old furniture. Designers Orlando Soria and Emily Henderson breathed new life into a worn old club chair by reupholstering it in a combination of navy and off-white belgian linen with crisp navy piping. Fabulous! I’ve been wanting to try my hand at upholstery (I even put the book Spruce on my Christmas list last year), and this chair has given me renewed motivation. Check out Emily Henderson’s blog to see fascinating before photos and hand sketches that led to the final design.

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Photo Credit:  Style by Emily Henderson

Home Style: Less Is More

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Gideon Mendelson_living room

This living room by designer Gideon Mendelson feels big in style and bold in color. Yet, if you take a moment to examine the elements, the room is really quite spare and simple.  The color palette is limited – black, white, beige, with a calm blue backdrop and pops of chartreuse. Colors weave from one element to the next. Geometry takes center stage  – squares, cylinders, circles – posing a modern contrast against traditional architectural details. Perhaps most important is the weight placed on a few select accessories and overscale (gorgeous!) artwork. Mendelson has proven that a space can feel full and complete without added clutter.

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Photo Credit:  1st Dibs Style Compass