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A Cool and Collected California Home

9 Oct

Wow I haven’t blogged in quite some time. Two years if you want to be all specific about it. Anyway, I guess the best way to start is to just jump right back in.


This space has been on my mind since it was published in Elle Decor….8 months ago. When I say space I really mean this crazy awesome home designed by Rita Konig and architect Gill Schafer. There are not enough adjectives in the English language to express my feelings on this project. It’s that good and includes everything I love from botanical wallpaper to vintage rattan furniture to a painted brick facade. Do I have a house crush? Probably.

The property was actually a YMCA camp in the 1880’s and it still has that kind of eclectic vibe.  Konig and the super hip couple who purchased the land certainly kept that feel in mind with the overall design and details. Details like reclaimed wood floorboards that were spaced as if they were there 100 years, quirky oil portraits, hand blown windows and a vintage trunk reposed as an outdoor cocktail table. The whole home has the air of a laid back vacation retreat not a formal residence. I think I am so drawn to this particular project because there ARE so many layers. Obviously much love and care went into the whole selection process. Check it out.


I said botanical wallpaper and I delivered. Love this paper by Pierre Frey. Check out his website such good stuff. Back to the above pic please look at the brass window hardware. Again another rich detail that makes the space.


Pretty room of pretty. Quite and soft yet so much character.


Konig knows the way to my heart. Rich hunter green paint (Emery & Cie’s Vermoulu 6) with a killer galley wall and white-painted floor. Look at the corner bookcase and library light please and thank you.


I want to drink here. Love a dark and moody bar area. This will be the pre dinner cocktail spot.


And this will be the after dinner nightcap spot. That ivy detail with the vintage painting just kills me every single time. Such a cozy collected space.

Photos by Eric Piasecki /Source:Elle Decor


Office Designboard Take Two

1 Mar

Go tiny design board that won’t post any larger than the above size no matter how much resizing I do!

With that out of the way above is what I would so with my small office.  Now in reality not all could ever fit.  That gorgeous shiny gold screen would be way out of proportion and take over one whole wall.  But it definitely helped me focus my thoughts on the overall look for the space.

My walls are a bit more pink and less blushy nude than above. Pink Hibiscus 2172-60 from Benjamin Moore, a coral pink is what I have.  The walls have been painted for about 4 months now I just have been procrastinating obsessing over what direction to go in. Immediate needs are few but I reallllly want a new desk bad.  Dreaming about this from West Elm.

Metal wrapped parsons desk.  Simple and classic but I think the finish amps up the glam factor.  And I like me some glam factor.  But I was checking out 1st Dibs and came across this black antique stunner. Now I in no way can afford it but I may be able to find something similar in a thrift store.  All I would have to do is sand, paint and refinish.  I think I could do it but there would be a lot of searching and visiting local thrift shops.  Believe me I love to do just that but it took me two years to find a buffet for the dining room. But I lucked out and found the ONE for only $20 dollars.  I’m impatient, I want it now!

via 1st Dibs

via 1st Dibs

1950s Python leather Eames chair originally from the Time Life building.

via 1st Dibs

Lacquered 1940s dresser, would use this for storage.  Yes, those are brass caps on the legs and the inside drawers are lacquered in black. Shiny, Shiny

via Madeline Weinrib

Perfection via Pinterest

Arteriors Screen via Zinc Door

I love mixing modern pieces with traditional. The spoon back chair reupholstered in a polka dot fabric, that kind of reads as an animal print, is unexpected and fun. A striped purple, orange and pink turkish pillow placed on the chair brings in color and texture. Throwing a modern orb table beside the chair is not only a little crazy but it balances out the openness of the legs. Give the table a classic urn lamp and you got yourself a cozy put together little nook. Oh and that antique mirror is so good why not add four.

Later this week I will dicuess the art and accessories because I need to talk about that gem shaped lamp on the console.  So cool and it comes in a dozen colors.

Happy 1st day of March everyone!

Animal Print of the Month-February

23 Feb

Being that this is the time of love and all (Okay I know Valentines Day was over 10 days ago) I wanted the February animal print of the month to be one of my favorites.


via Lonny Magazine June/July 2010

This is the lovely bedroom nook of designer Elizabeth Bauer and I have been in love ever since I came upon it in Lonny over two years ago.

Using Rose Cummings blue and white Zebrine paper on the walls and ceiling gives the area a cozy vibe.  Even though the nook is basically part of the seating area it feels like it’s own separate space.  Such a smarty pants idea for a room that needs to serve two different purposes.  This Elizabeth Bauer knows what is going on.

So pretty are those D. Porthault bed linens. It would be like your bed was sprinkled with candy colored confetti.  Very very expensive french confetti.  Honorable mention going out to those pink lamp shades, great use of color and another excellent idea for a tiny room.  Can’t fit a table lamp, use a swing arm wall sconce.  

The whole studio apartment is feminine, eclectic and oh so pretty and colorful.  Sometimes you just need some pretty. But definitely not your everyday typical pretty.

All via Lonny June/July 2010   Design by Elizabeth Bauer

Photography by Patrick Cline

Design Board Happenings

20 Feb


I was all set to have a big giant inspiration board ready for today’s post.  However, after several attempts this is as big as it gets people.  Remember I AM NOT a graphic designer, I just play one one this here blog.

Above is what I would do if I had a gazillion dollars to spend and could just buy from 1st dibs like it was my job.  In my mind this is what my office would look like.  All pretty, sparkly glam, modern and traditional at the same time.   Here sherbet colors and fabrics would mingle with a brass 1970’s screen and a chinoiserie table lamp can cohabitant with a burnt orange and purple velvet stripe toss pillow. Aw yeah.

  Notice my favorite discontinued Jane Churchill fabric on the antique black bench.  So perfectly wonderful in a small doses.

Despite the technical difficulties this was too much fun and I will continue to create mood/design/inspiration boards for your viewing pleasure.  Go HERE to see a larger view.

By the end of the week part two of the office will be up and ready.

Wait till you see the deck and office chair.

More Glossy Goodness

16 Feb

I know I posted about my obsession with lacquered walls last week but you must take a look at this.

Spied last evening on the blog A {Little} Dash of Ash.

  Deep glossy navy walls along with a brown checkerboard wood floor creates some major contrast.  The wood along with the white ceiling keep it from being dark and moody.  Also, everything here looks like it was chosen with care from the artwork to the  peices on the console.  Yeah, that console is awesome too.  Love that the molding and trim are the same color as the wall. It makes the space seem larger.

I was curious, did my research and found it is the apartment of  Todd Romano, published in Architectural Digest back in February 2011.  The space is a tiny studio in New York but the color scheme is big and bold.  Lots of color against glossy navy which are throughout the WHOLE space.  Pay close attention to the red stacking trays,  lime green velvet chairs and an amazing collection of art. Oh it is so so good!

Images via Architectural Digest & A {Little} Dash of Ash blog

Photography by Thomas Loof

Colorful Picture Matting

9 Feb

I have been coveting the below photo for quite sometime.

Photo by Ann Schlechter via Coastal Living

It is from Coastal Living but I cannot find anymore info on the room.  Cause I would LOVE to see the rest of it.  You see it is not just the vintage chairs, I imagine they were picked up for a steal at some wonderful out of the way antique shop or flea market then given new life with white spray paint.  Yes, these are the things I wonder about.  And it is not the cozy banquette seating oh no it is the those magazine advertisements framed with pink matting!  If someone had the creativity to use pink I want to see what else is going on in their space!

I gave me some much needed inspiration for our sad plain jane entryway.  It’s not really sad I’m just bored with it. But that is a post for another day. Till then here is some more colorful matting for your Thursday evening.

Lonny Magazine via Luxe + Lillies

via everything LEB

Thomas Cary’s apartment via New York Social Diary

Thomas Cary’s apartment via New York Social Diary

*Still from the film Indiscreet via Habitually Chic

I have never seem this movie, which stars Ingrid Bergman, but this interior set has me intrigued.

from Decorate by Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick via Chinoiserie Chic


All Lacquered Up

6 Feb

Saturday evening conversation over takeout Chili’s brought with gift card leftover from Christmas.

ME-“Maybe I should lacquer the walls in the bathroom since ya know we are going to have to replace the drywall”

Tim-Tim-“What are you talking about and who would take the time to do that?”

ME-“Welllll, there was this article in the new Elle Decor……”

Tim-Tim-blank stare/eyes glazed over thinking about the Patriots (they lost btw but Madonna was amazing)

Nothing says  glamorous like lacquered walls.  Rich, layered and dense especially when done in a dark moody color.  This is the perfect thing to bring a little shin to your Monday morning.

One of my favorites deep electric blue by Eric Cohler & Jennifer Mason from Traditional Home.

Love this stairway. Crisp vertical lines then alternating black and white on the stairs.  Black gloss on the woodwork.

via 1st Dibs photo archives

Layered, masculine with a green velvet sofa and leopard pillows.

via Pinterest

More high gloss black from interior designer Tommy Smyth.

Lets go completely the opposite end of the color spectrum and throw in some orange glossy goodness.  The draper chest looks amazing when paired with this wall shade.


More navy blue lacquer.  I never tire of this.

via Pinterest

Up to the ceiling with high gloss white.  A lovely bedroom is made all the more glam. I think ceiling paint makes it feel bigger and more open.


Another lovely room traditional and feminine then bam! glossy lemon yellow on the ceiling.

via Apartment Therapy