Good Things Come in Small Packages

Shelter magazines have been letting me down lately- a bevy of them just full of way too lofty, astronomically high end and even flat out disappointing features. I was delighted to find the new issue of House Beautiful to be quite interesting this month though- one I didn’t just absentmindedly flip through! A total mix of styles and sizes, I found myself looking at it a couple times and reading more of the articles, which honestly I haven;t felt compelled to do in a while!

My favorite space was the smallest one- which is no surprise as I LOVE tiny things. Tiny houses, tiny animals– you name it, if it’s super small I am ON BOARD.  This space was a unique top floor one bedroom in Manhattan that was gutted and renovated to create the most soothing, simple space ever- and BONUS, it has one hell of a roofdeck. Please pardon my crappy iPhone snaps and pick up the issue to see them for real :)
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An Amazing Bedroom Makeover

I was checking out the designs for the One Room Challenge and was totally blown away by the master bedroom done by Design Daredevil’s Jessie Miller.   Such a glamorous, awesome, amazing room! See the before pictures and more detail shots on her blog.  The only thing missing? A copy of my book on those bookshelves (would look AMAZE.) Take a peek, and see how to get the look at the end!

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Michelle Smith’s Sea & City Homes

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

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.

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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