Neutral vs. Color: The Work of John DeBastiani

I’ve been trying to freshen up our living room and I cannot for the life of me decide whether to keep things neutral or go blue. I have been pondering this for a YEAR!  I can make decisions for everyone else, but for myself…. I’m paralyzed.   And so I’ve been circling the internet looking at inspirational photos, which has only deepened my quandary!  Especially when I can across the portfolio of John De Bastiani-– he has SUCH good examples of both totally neutral and blue based spaces!

Like this Beverly Hills pied-a-terre done in all white, beige and black. Stunning!

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Artist (and Designer) Crush: William McLure

There are some people who are just SO talented you can’t believe one individual can house so much good taste and skill. William McLure is one of those people. I just cannot get enough not only of his incredible abstract paintings but also his interiors! Especially his own apartments. And he appears to be very young (with a little bit of a Zac Efron thing going on to boot…) so I can’t wait to see what else he does in his career.  And I’m absolutely looking to use his work in some of my projects- it’s fantastic.

This was his last place and it is INCREDIBLE- the layering, the mix of simplicity and detail and layering is really masterful william_mclure_apartment_02_07_2016_6489

Design Crush: Gil Schafer

I’ve been buying lots of design books I’ve been eyeing for years lately. I want more of my downtime to be analog, and books are the best accessories in a home, I think.  So really, it’s win/win. One can never have enough books (unless they are cheesy paperback chick-lit or spy thrillers in which case I believe they breed while we are sleeping and/or preparing to move).  One I recently picked up is architect Gil Schafer’s The Great American HouseI’ve flipped through it before at my parents house, but this time I really dug in and my appreciation and awestruck admiration for his work grew tenfold.

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Many of his projects have been published in the big glossies, so you may recognize a home or two when flipping through– but what is so wonderful about his work is that it looks so old, so full of the detail and craft of yesteryear, that you may have just assumed it WAS an old home.  Here are two examples- one int he north and one in the south that really exemplify his work:

This Duchess County New York home is seriously dreamy.

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So grand and yet perfectly at home in the country.

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Expanding Your Mind: Learning From Spaces That Aren’t Necessarily “You”

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Before I was married, I was an intern at a well known design firm in Boston.  And while many lessons (good and bad) were learned during this year-long experience in my career, one of the most important I took away from it was how to grow as a designer by appreciating and studying styles that aren’t necessarily “you”.  The designer I worked for was very modern, and I had grown up under the tutelage of my designer father who loves and works in a wholly traditional “New England” style.  It’s all I ever knew, and so I adapted it as “my” style as well.  So working under someone whose style was the compete opposite was challenging as selecting goods in this aesthetic did not come naturally to me.  But it was the best way ever to expand what I knew and figure out what I, as an individual, liked.  I found that I could really appreciate aspects of modern design, even if it wasn’t something I would do in my own home.  Now,  as a grown up (sort of) designer, my style is a complete blend of these two looks.   So I like to study the work of those who are perhaps bolder, or more demure, than what I typically like.   It’s a great way to push yourself and explore what  perhaps scares you or gets you a little excited.   I also work with clients all the time who don’t want “my” look, they want “their” look, so I have to keep myself abreast of all kinds of design styles.

Case in point, designer Patrick Mele.  I LOVE his spaces, but they are more bold and colorful than I would do in my own home.  But there is so much to be admired about his work. This room is probably closest to my own style, but even so, I am noting the bold, wide cuff roman shades as a great idea, as well as the blend of emerald green and super pale blue.  Just because as space as a whole doesn;t speak to you– find the elements that DO and consider how you could work them into your own space.

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Design Crush: Furlow Gatewood

I posted this picture on Monday regarding what I think will be “in” for this year.  But I wanted to go beyond this picture into the designer behind it and my new obsession (probably so late to the game on this one) Furlow Gatewood.  I received the new book by the staff of Veranda for Xmas (get it) and I fell madly in love with it- particularly Mr. Gatewood’s home, which I had seen before but never really paused to examine.  But when I did– my mind was blown and I had to know more. So I ordered his book (coming any day now!) and dug into the interwebs to see more.

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Mr. Gatewood is besties with Bunny Williams and has worked with her antiques dealer husband John Rosselli for decades.  You may recognize this shot of the entrance to his home from Bunny’s last book– this image stopped me in my tracks (he also raises peacocks, because he is THAT cool.)

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