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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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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Inspired (Still) by Beth Webb

** NOTICE: My product launch originally slated for today had to be pushed to Tuesday the 11th due to some logistical delays. SORRY GUYS! But Tuesday will come soon! I’ll post it here as soon as it’s live. XOXOX

I’ve blogged about designer Beth Webb‘s work before, but these two newer projects have me swooning all over again.  I’m so inspired lately by serene, traditional design with slight modern accents like these two homes.  All the limed wood, white, linen and natural light really stirs something up in me.
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Current Crush: Painted Floors

Since seeing the wonderfully talented Lauren Liess’ painted ivory floors I’ve been obsessing over the look of white floorboards. I recall Lauren saying she probably would not do them again (I can imagine with four kids it would be hell to keep up) but I can’t keep myself from typing “white floors” into Pinterest.
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Lauren’s floors are Farrow & Ball Ivory Floor Paint (see more here- also, her incredible house is for sale!)

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BEAUTIFUL

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I received a preview copy of Mark Sikes new book Beautiful on Friday and spent a lot of time absolutely going gaga over every page in this stunning book.  There are only a couple of designers I would hire to do my own house if I could (because doing my own house is so hard for me) and it’s Mark Sikes or Steven Gambrel, no question.  I am planning a little refresh of a couple rooms in my house and this book gave me SUCH inspiration to get moving and clarify what I want to do.

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