April 16th, 2014
This week we’re not only giving you our top picks, but also letting you in on a little secret. We have a stunning master bedroom in the works featuring a beautiful indigo wallpaper that is sure to stop our clients in their tracks. We took our above room inspiration and decided to pull a few watercolor-esque wallpapers that showcase the various mesmerizing shades of indigo for a dramatic master suite of your own:
1. Dynasty Indigo – Eskayel / 2. Tidal Wallpaper – Emma Hayes / 3. Polka Dots in Smoke – Kreme / 4. Stirring Seas – Anthropologie / 5. Bali Stripe – Eskayel
April 1st, 2014
We can’t think of anyone better to showcase for the latest Artist Spotlight than the super talented team behind Sweet & Vicious. Written and styled by Libbie Summers with stunning photography by Chia Chong, Sweet & Vicious is all about whipping up wicked-sweet creations in your kitchen that feature daring culinary combinations to delight your taste buds. The hundreds of recipes, elixirs, and extracts throughout the book aren’t even the best part; just try and keep a straight face as Libbie shares the conception of each and every bite along her journey from fierce foodie to culinary producer.
For our Sweet & Vicious interior, we took inspiration from the bright and poppy photo behind Libbie’s Good and Plenty Cupcakes. The playful contrast between the bubblegum pink icing and daring black and white patterned blouse had us envisioning a young but fierce coming-of-age girl who’s not afraid to style her bedroom with a little punch. Following Libbie’s daring attitude, evident throughout the book (think Habanero Carrot Cake and Meatball Muffins), we curated interior elements that aren’t afraid to express a little personality.
1. Wireframe Coat Rack – Land of Nod / 2. Bone and Wood Inlay Frame – Zinc Home / 3. Cinque Brass Pendant – Iacoli & McAllister / 4. Kiara Rug – Anthropologie / 5. Amour Pillows – Anthropologie / 6. Douglas Bed – Noir / 7. Coconut Chine – Walnut Wallpaper
Grab a copy of Sweet & Vicious here.
March 26th, 2014
When it came time for the Mercers to finish out their home’s full renovation, Caroline knew she wanted a dedicated space for both her and her youngest daughter Louise to spend time together. The last round of design work gave the oldest daughter, Margaret, a hip bedroom of her own with an adjacent playroom for hanging out after school with friends. As round two came to fruition, it was time for the youngest to have a perfect place for crafts, homework, and an after school escape. The mother and daughter team envisioned a feminine, creative space where they could bond over glitter and popcorn, with the one requirement to infuse the color pink. The result is a Lady Library; a girly yet sophisticated study for both work and play.
Apart from a place to lounge and hang, we designed a streamlined desk surface that seamlessly extends from one of the flanking, open etageres. This allows for a craft-worthy table surface with enough room leftover to house a computer and hidden drawers below for when homework time strikes. Opposite, a fully custom cabinetry system with minimal leather pulls to house bulky storage bins along with narrow pull-out drawers; perfect for large sheets of colored paper.
Check out our creative process below as well as the sources you need to get the look:
1. Nailhead Sofa – Bunny Williams / 2. Varese Fabric – Designers Guild / 3. Chenonceau Wallpaper – Schumacher / 4. Harlow Nesting Tables – Madegoods / 5. Fineas Table Lamp – Robert Abbey / 6. Calvin Chair – Arteriors Homes / 7. Jacques Cocktail Table – Jonathan Adler
January 15th, 2014
With such great response to one of our recent Instagram posts that revealed parts of Rye’s playroom, we thought it would be nice to spread the love and source a few fun decor elements to help your kid’s rumble room have the same look. One thing we always stress to our clients (and personal style) is longevity. Even if you’re designing for a child, use classic design elements on more permanent pieces (such as wallpaper) that will last long past their teen years or transition to a new use. While you can easily get the look by sourcing our favorite online stores, don’t be afraid to browse your local thrift shop for rattan furniture or quirky art; these pieces are not as “dear” and can withstand the rigors of a playroom. See below our original Instagram photo as well as a few things you can grab to duplicate Rye’s digs:
1. Display your little one’s latest creation or favorite toys with this simple bookcase from Anthropologie. The low shelf allows books and baubles to be within arm’s reach.
2. The Grove Garden wallpaper from Osborne and Little has soft, metallic hues that work for both a boy and girl. When the kids are old enough to have a space of their own, this timeless pattern makes a great guest room backdrop.
3. Add some whimsy to your playroom with these fun nature prints from Land of Nod. When they’re not watching your children learn and grow, they make for great story time inspiration.
4. Your baby bookworm will love picking books from this grinning whale bookend. With a hollowed metal construction, he’s heavy enough to hold a collection of literary classics for your little scholar.
5. Keep toys out of sight with a large canvas basket from Anthropologie. The built-in handles allow them to be easily moved for cleaning and storing.
6. Lay a rug down over your existing flooring to provide a softer surface to rumble and tumble. The raised gold bars in this Land of Nod rug have an open loop, making it ideal for small kids and pets alike.
7. Learning gets a chic re-do with this brass-colored chalkboard globe from Pottery Barn Kids. Use the round surface for mathematics or practice your geography by drawing shapes together.
June 13th, 2013
We had the opportunity to do some really fun, custom designs for our latest downtown project – from upholstery and furnishings down to the artwork and wallpaper. The powder room on the first level is no exception. Using a patterned graphic wallpaper, we were able to transform a small hidden space into an inviting conversation-starter that guests will enjoy using. Like any custom project, this feather wallpaper had a lengthy design process that began with inspiration and slowly transformed through stages of manipulating and tweaking into the final design our clients see today. To give you an idea of how the process works, we’ve broken down a few key elements that led to the ultimate installation of this completely unique powder room:
Would you let a small space in your home go from boring to bold with the help of our feather wallpaper? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!