Archive for the ‘design crush’ Category

Michelle Smith’s Sea & City Homes

Monday, August 11th, 2014

In perusing the internet and blog world recently I came across not one but TWO homes that belong to New York designer Michelle Smith- one in Sag Harbor (via Lonny) and her city apartment in Greenwich Village via (One King’s Lane).  I am loving her non-fussy, laid back, collected-over-time look in both homes. This kind of understated design always feels natural, comfortable and timeless to me.
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Obsessed with the detail on this table. OBSESSED.

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Small But Mighty

Monday, July 21st, 2014

I really loved reading about designer Peter Dunham‘s Los Angeles apartment in the new House Beautiful small spaces issue. What’s really interesting is that after a tumultuous personal time, he decided to sell his 3,500 square foot house and move into this 550 square foot apartment . And it sounds like he’s happier than ever in it! I’ve always liked small but efficient spaces, there’s a coziness and feeling of safety to them. Check out his adorable new place and then see how to get the look…

Love the blue door…
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The living room in a mix of his own fabrics set against a pretty pink wall color.

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This window seat makes the perfect spot for a small dining area.

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Farm Dreams.

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

When I was younger, all I wanted was an apartment in the city. Then I grew up a little and decided I wanted a yard, and all that suburban life offers. Now, I have moments when even THIS feels too congested and busy and I declare that I want a freakin’ FARM.  Granted, this desire might stem from my addiction to baby goat videos on the internet, obsession with owning a mini-horse and general dislike of people- but it also comes from a deeper place that craves solitude, quiet and peace.  You know how your blood pressure just drops when you are in the middle of beautiful countryside or by the ocean? Well, this house will slay you then- because it’s BOTH.  Welcome to Grey Barn Farm on Martha’s Vineyard, as seen in this month’s Architectural Digest.  This couple left behind the city rat race and built the most amazing modern, minimalist farmhouse on the gorgeous islands of Martha’s Vineyard I’ve ever seen.  Dreamed up by the incredible Hutker Architects, this place is just a bit of heaven to me.

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{Get ready for some rustic wood beam porn}

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THAT. STOVE. BEAMS. MARBLE. EVERYTHING.

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Inspired By: The Marlton Hotel

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

One of the hottest new hotels in Manhattan right now has to be The Marlton.  I love the style of the hotel which proudly announced that it’s rooms are small but their ideas are big. The blend of modern and traditional is totally my personal style, and I think a lot of inspiration can be gleaned from these spaces.

Small IS the new big after all! :)
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This is reinforcing my choice to do brass in my new bathroom- I was up in the middle of the night questioning my decision but now, not so much.

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Provence in Austin.

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

I’ve never been to Austin, TX and I’m thinking that I need to go!  My husband has been there many times on business and I think the next time he heads that way he may find his wife sneaking in his suitcase.  One of the many reasons for this would be the incredibly designed restaurants I’ve been noticing in the southern city.  I’m all about delicious food, but it’s best when served amongst a visual feast as well as a literal one. Case in point, LaV. I FREAKING DIE, Y’ALL. DIE. This place is heaven! Designed by McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier (whose portfolio makes me sweat it’s so good) the space is like a modern farmhouse in Provence. I love it.

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