There used to be a time when a fresh, new shelter magazine dropped through my mail slot I would attack it with rabid fervor. There was no talking to me, no tv, no interwebs- just a fresh, new pages full of inspiration ready to be devoured. And then a few months ago I realized that I had a stack of unread shelter mags sitting next to my spot on the sofa for over a week. What? How did that happen? Now, to be fair I have been really busy as of late, but that had never stopped me before. So I started thinking, why was I not consuming this material like I used to? Why am I just flipping through the pages quickly without really getting into it? With some of my favorite publications of times past I feel like the spreads are all so, so incredibly high end it’s hard to take away any ideas that are actually possible in most people’s homes. A paint color, an overall feel,sure- but upholstering an entire room in $200 a yard fabric? Not so much. As a designer it’s a little easier for me to tally up what costs what in rooms and it can be…well, overwhelming. I feel like there isn’t a lot of variety offered up and sometimes I find a lot of what’s shown is SO overdone I find it not very attractive or interesting. I love a good aspirational room, but I love it more when it’s paired with other spaces that offer up a mix of sources and price points. Perhaps it’s because that’s how I work and live- with a high/low mix. A good splurge here and a bargain there make for a creative palette –just as I enjoy equally working with high end clients and those more budget conscious. Keeps me on my toes!
Have you felt this way at all or is it just me?
Some fashion magazines have gone this way too, but I still rarely leave a fresh InStyle on the table unread for more than 24 hours, let’s be honest! And when it comes to tomes like Vogue, I find myself READING the articles more and bypassing the spreads. Is this what they call “getting older”???
I’d love to know your take on this- what magazines do you LOVE and which do you skip? Have you noticed any changes int he shelter magazine industry?
The spring issue of Domino is AWESOME. It saved me from losing my mind on my delayed flight back from Arizona. There are some seriously awesome spaces in it, lots of inspiration and many reasons to go pick up a copy!
The biggest reason in my book? Lauren Liess’ new home. She’s been chronicling her reno on her blog and now we get to see the final reveal. It’s SO good. SO SO SO good.
That ceiling???? DIE.
This kitchen? The island? The iron racks? Yes please. With a cherry on top.
This TV room is amazing- those shelves were made of IKEA butcher block counters. Can you say GENIUS?
This shot wasn’t in the mag but I love it. How badly do you want to sit here and read?
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I was flipping through my Elle Decor last night when I was stopped dead in my tracks by a spread on one of fashion’s most popular social media stars, OscarPRGirl, also known as Erika Bearman. Her Southampton home, designed by none other than Miles Redd, is quite an exercise in bold doses of color mixed with a heavy dose of white.
Speaking of bold- how about this high gloss green living room?
This entry slays me. Love the paper paired with the stripe ceiling!
A black and white bathroom speaks to my monochromatic sensibilities.
More my style- the kitchen with the black grouted subway tile and custom hood.
That polka dot tablecloth is so darn cute.
A pink and navy guest room any girl would love to stay in.
Although this one is more my speed in turquoise and yellow…. that floor is one bold choice.
The only space I’m not hot on is the master- it’s more the styling than anything else- those red accessories don’t work for me (and I’m 99.9% sure they were brought in for the shoot and not how the room looks everyday). If it were me I would have added a woven seagrass bench or for something more bold a pair of white leather and chrome Barcelona ottomans at the foot of the bed.
The master bath certainly is more bold fun. Miles doesn’t do understated.
peaking of color, a special thanks to Jaime Meares and the Furbish Studio team for a fun feature on styling an colorful and functional entry! Check it out HERE!
When I found out that my old bedroom was the cover shot for Better Homes & Gardens I couldn’t believe it. I screamed, of course, but a part of me was like “I’m pretty sure I hallucinated that” and until I saw it I still kind of expected the magazine to arrive and have a cake on the cover instead. Well, it’s TRUE and I am shocked, honored, flattered and flabbergasted. My first cover. On a huge national magazine. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN TO ME????
It’s funny, since not only is this my old place in the city, but I only lived there for 8 months! But thanks to the amazing styling of Stacy Kunstel and the incredible photography of Michael Partenio (also the owners of Dunes & Duchess- check them out) we took some great images. Go pick up a copy! But in the meantime, here is the article:
A lot of people have asked about the bedding- it was from Lands End, but is no longer available! Why don’t more affordable bedding producers make coral banded bedding??? Lamp by Jill Rosenwald, bench from Ballard Designs in Duralee fabric, nightstand and dresser are antiques, bed is Crate & Barrel, wall color is Elephant Skin by Behr (AWESOME color).
Here are some shot that didn’t make the article, but I still think are fabulous!
This one was int he article, but small, and I love it :)
LOVE this shot from the studio!
I had to share what is the best picture every take of all four of us too. :)
And they also filmed a video at the studio of some tips (and Lindsey and I being a little spastic over a magazine). More proof of why I’ll never be a TV star.
All images: Michael Partenio for BHG
I have made the executive decision that most of my house (the main living level, anyways) will be only done in black, white, tan, grey, wood tones and brass. This is pretty much the polar opposite of how I’ve decorated my past spaces but I feel like I’m in a different place mentally and spatially. Our house is TINY. It doesn’t look tiny from the outside but it is. And the ceilings are pretty low. So the light grey walls, white trim and soon to be dark floors really help make it feel bigger. I am constantly stimulated by color during the day while working on other homes so I really want my new space to feel calm and serene. And it’s as if the people at Lonny read my MIND with their new issue because so many of the spaces they featured were exactly the palette I’m working with!
The Copenhagen house of the couple behind the fashion label Day Birger et Mikkelsen has me writhing in delight. It’s pretty much my perfect space (if you add a dash of leopard or zebra somewhere). This living room is proof that warm and cool neutrals can live a very happy life together.
I mean seriously? Can I please live here?
OH! There is some zebra! See, it is perfect (well, I’d add a smidge of art tot he walls in this room)
I’ve just passed out from looking at this bathroom. Can you even believe that tub? However, I could never shower in the open like that. It would be a little wierd to be showering right next to Andrew brushing his teeth.
This is what heaven looks like. Except in my version there is a TV with The Notebook on repeat in there too.
This stylin’ studio apartment they also feature is like a smaller scale version of the house above.
SUCH a stylish little darling!
A desk under a desk? Genius.
I am straight up obsessed with Haven’s Kitchen, also featured. A cooking school meets coffee shop meets foodie pantry meets event space? It’s to die for gorgeous! I must go my next trip to NYC!
And this is a public service announcement for my husband: THIS CLUTCH FOR CHRISTMAS. MY CHRISTMAS SPIRIT DEPENDS ON IT.