Archive for the ‘design crush’ Category

Cabin Fever

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

I have always had dreams of renovating (and owning) a teeny tiny cottage somewhere I could escape to. So when I saw the cabin that Smitten Studio’s Sarah Sherman Samuel worked hard to transform, I became- well- smitten!! They took a nondescript, modern shack and turned it into my dream getaway! Check it out!

I love the black exterior with white framed glass doors. LOVE.


What a location!!!


An open and airy living space.



The renovated kitchen looks so fabulous- adore the open shelves, butcher block counters and overall simple, clean look.



The one bedroom in the cottage sleeps 4- the main bed has the fantastic Woods wallpaper by Cole and Sons behind it while the bunk beds on the other side of the room ingeniously have curtains for privacy!


A gorgeous IKEA hack (directions here)



The bathroom was totally redone. See all the before pictures on Sarah’s blog.


Sarah also is a graphic designer- a very talented one- check out the details of this wedding she helped design:




AND she has a cute little company of home goods called A Sunny Afternoon. ADORBS.



AND, did I mention she looks like THIS?


Yeah, that’s a lot of talent in a very pretty package! ( p.s. #notfair )


A Modern Rustic Makeover

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Now that my house is pretty much done and decorated, I of course have the itch to redecorate. I’m not going to because I just spent so much money on this place (and I do think it looks great), but I can’t help but feel the desire to start switching out a rug here, pillows there…. you know?  In particular, winter always makes me want a more rustic interior.  We get all cozy inside and have fires and it makes me want to whitewash some wood and throw up some farmhouse inspired pendants- I can’t help myself!  This spread from Country Living, showcasing a really awesome interior in that vein, only feeds the flames.  And how I LOVE a good before and after! The owners of this Pennsylvania home happen to be the force behind Acre Creative and looking through their work I was pretty inspired!

This kitchen is a great example of a budget renovation- the cabinets are IKEA!  Love the fresh, white feel with the rustic ceiling and vintage island.


Such a great example of how you can turn something gross into something stunning.


Love this open, bright living room space. Decor-wise, I would have done it a bit differently ( a big linen slipcovered sofa somewhere!) but I adore the mirror and the ceiling!


Look how bland it was before- they added SO much character to it!


Some fun detail shots.


Love this bedroom, the beamed vaulted ceiling (which I want to do in my new master suite when we do our addition) is so airy and lovely.  And it such a good idea to treat the low wall as an extended headboard by applying a different material to it!


This vintage chair the homeowner covered in sheepskin reminds me SO much of this new West Elm chair I’ve been totally obsessed with since it came out a few weeks ago! I personally would go nuts having to look at the contents of my closet all the time and would probably have added some great curtains to the opening here to close it off.


The before shot. I mean, DAAAAYYYYUMMM.


The showstopper- the bathroom. Just scroll down and see the before and then come back up and let’s discuss…..

YEAH. I mean, it’s pretty awesome.  I have too many issues to feel comfortable showering in the open like that- I don;t need Andrew seeing me shave my legs while he’s brushing his teeth, but I love the idea of a space like this!




This little vintage sink is too cute.


The guest room/ office is so adorable. Love the black walls offset by the white wood ceiling and the curtain separating the bed from the office space is just beyond cute (and smart).


The guest room before- the blew out that wall at right to extend further and create the sleeping nook!


Get the look of their home with some of these ideas!

Photos via Country Living/ Max Kim-Bee

Stephen Schubel Is My Decorating Spirit Animal.

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

There are some designers that even designers want to hire to do their homes. Stephen Schubel is one of those people for me. I have been so enamored with his work for years and am starting to see his influence in my own.  The mix of antiquities and modern classics, leopard print, lots of white and black, stripes and small doses of green all are key elements in my own home now!

This is his San Francisco loft where he runs his design company- you saw it in Domino YEARS ago (2008 I think).  That ceiling height and light is just spectacular.



Of course, you know I was heavily influenced by these stairs…..



I love that he has a sleeping loft in his office in case he works too late. If my office wasn’t two miles from my house I’d like this too!


this might be the one and only time I’ve liked fringe on the skirt of a sofa.



I mean, wouldn’t you kind of hope for food poising so you could hang in this bathroom for hours on end?


Even the back patio is simply perfect.


This is his fisherman’s cottage in Sausalito, which you can see continue the same palette from the office. Just when I start thinking I need to add more color to my house, I revisit these two spaces and feel totally justified.



I just want to sit here with some tea and read for hours.




When I was little I dreamed of a bed like this! I still get a little giddy looking at it.


Man, I am really realizing how much influence I’ve taken from his work looking at all these pictures….


Moody, dark and awesome.


 Get the look of Stephen’s work with some of these items:

Design Crush: Sarah Gray Miller’s Upstate NY Home

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

I was getting my nails done this weekend and picked up a copy of Country Living, and what do you know, this isn’t your mom’s country decorating magazine- it’s more modern country, if you will. Most of that is thanks to the young, hip editor Sarah Gray Miller.  I fell hard for the spread on Sarah’s own upstate New York home, which fit’s perfectly into my “obsessed with fall” mental state.  It also reminds me that I MUST make a pilgrimage to Hudson, NY for some antiquing!!!!

Loving the bold, over-scale floral paper in the entry.


Loving the deep grey wall color and the mix of modern fabrics with traditional furniture frames.


“More is more- and sometimes that’s good”.


What a gorgeous detail shot of a gallery wall- mixing in objects, mirrors and art always gives such great visual texture!


A big, open kitchen outfitting from eBay and Etsy (no joke, even the stove).


Love this plate rack and collection on white platters.



The blush walls remind me of my guest room- love the gallery wall of portraits.


DIE for this room and the wall color…and the bed…and that big old painting…and the painted floor. Just so much to love here!


Feathers can be a great, long lasting alternative to flowers in the fall. Also simply love the way the white lamp and accessories pop off the dark wall and wood grain chest.


Here are some finds to get the look of Sarah’s gorgeous and warm home.


The New Domino

Monday, October 7th, 2013

When I heard Domino was coming back as a quarterly magazine with all new content and a KILLER online presence I nearly peed my pants with excitement.  Nothing has ever compared to Domino and after perusing the first new issue, I can, with confidence tell you it’s back and just as good as it was.  With Domino veteran (and former Lonny editor-in-chief) at the helm the same vibe and aesthetic we all loved  in the original Domino is alive and well… maybe a tad more grown-up, but it has been four years and we all grow with time, right?

The feature that really nailed it for me was of the West Village townhouse owned by Haven’s Kitchen guru Ali Cayne.  Every inch of the place is just KILLER, and in a similar palette to my own home- lots of black, white, grey and wood. Of course seeing it is making me completely PANIC about the state of my own home which I’m shooting for my book this week…. but I have to just breathe and believe. But back to the good stuff- here is Ali’s place (and check out the extra content available only online):


This reminds me a little of Jenna Lyon’s home.  Love the chandelier, floor, mirror and gallery wall…I just wish that rug were bigger or layered over a solid neutral larger rug.


Some pretty details inside and out.


Ali and I are kindred spirits in our love of black and white (and striped shirts).


SHUT. IT. DOWN. That grey trim? That tile?


I can;t even with that range and hood. I would probably sell an organ for one of those. And I absolutely adore the wood shelves with brass brackets juxtaposed against the tile. It’s seriously perfect.




I once had a black accent wall behind my bed and I do love the look. Plus that light fixture? Yeah.


Most perfect bathroom ever. That tub. The brass fittings. That little rug. Not to mention her CLOSET. It makes want to bang my head onto my computer screen in jealousy.


A sleek and gorgeous office space.


Built in heaven (earmarking this for my master suite addition starting next year) and a kid’s space that even an adult can love.


Domino is now shopable, and has it’s own online shop for furniture, accessories and the like.  But here are some items to help you get this look as well:

Congrats Michelle and team- incredible job and we are all so thrilled to have you back!