And voila! Simple, custom made draperies with a high-end look for less! Hanging the panels on rings made all the difference in the world. Had I
inserted the rod through the pockets on the draperies, they wouldn't
have looked the same.
Calypso Home's vignette probably had one of my favorite back stories. This room belongs to a young woman who just had her heart broken by her boyfriend. The space has a youthful aesthetic but it looks very disheveled because its owner has been holed up in her room feeling sorry for herself and mourning the end of her relationship.
The crumpled up facial tissues strewn about the room are evidence that the young woman has been crying quite a bit. And the empty wine and champagne bottles seen on the floor reveal that she has also been attempting to drink away her sorrows! All of the products seen here are from Calypso Home. Draped over the giraffe printed chair is Calypso's pom pom blanket which I love and have blogged about before.
"It’s going to have a potting table, a hall tree, gardening books and implements, and hats and pots. And there will be silk panels on the wall with art hung over it—that’s the chic part." I absolutely loved this room...there were so many interesting visual elements but my favorite the fur coat that was hanging inside space. You can see it in the top photo on the far right. The coat once belonged to Helen Gurley Brown, the most ifnluential editor-in-chief in Cosmopolitan magazine's history. She was also a major player in the women's feminist movement in the 60s. The coat even had her monogram inside! My friend Samantha tried it on and in the 60 seconds she wore it, at least 5 people came up to her and told her how fabulous it was!
I've been keeping up with the work of LA based interior designer Carla Lane since seeing her work featured on DesignSponge a while back. Fresh and colorful, Lane's work is a juxtaposition of modern and traditional and her spaces evoke a timeless feeling. I recently visited her website and a few newly posted photos from a project in Hancock Park caught my eye. I'm especially loving that toile covered bathroom! See more here.
My business trip to Santa Barbara last week took me to a magical place called Lotusland which is the most beautiful botanical garden I've ever seen. Lotusland is a 37-acre estate and botanic garden in Montecito just east of Santa Barbara. I spent the day supervising a camera crew that was covering behind-the-scenes of a television commercial that was being taped on the property. Talk about a great day at the office! The sun was shining all day and during my moments of downtime I wandered around the gardens testing out my new camera and taking in all the beauty.
Here an arbor covered with growing vines of lemons surrounds a picturesque walkway.
A fountain at the end of The Orchards portraying a mythological sea monster.
Looking away from the fountain you can see rows of beautiful olive trees, also part of the orchards.
There were so many pretty brick walkways like this one leading to and from each of the gardens.
Here you can see some of the perfectly manicured boxwoods on the property.
This is the topiary garden which was one of the highlights for me. The main feature is the giant working clock that you see in the foreground which is planted with succulents and embellished with copper zodiac signs.
The topiary garden contains collection of extraordinary topiaries shaped like various animals like the bear and duck you see here.
The topiary "zoo" also includes this meticulously shaped dinosaur...
I was intrigued by this tangled mess of cacti growing against one of the properties main buildings.
These giant silvery-blue palm plants were incredible.
Here is a plaque honoring all of the donors that supported the planting of Lotusland's cactus gardens.
Here are some of the beautiful cacti on the grounds.
The collection of cacti was truly impressive.
The property features two swimming pools and next to one is this sandy "beach" filled with giant clam shells.
This is the butterfly garden which includes many varieties of flowering plants that attract butterflies and other beneficial insects which feed on the plants then move to other areas of the garden to prey on common garden insect pests. This natural method of pest control reduces the need for harsh chemical pesticides.
Here's a view from the butterfly garden looking out into the orchards.
Here's a beautiful red bloom from one of Lotusland's many flowering aloe plants.
I spotted this colorful patch of round cacti while walking down one of the property's many pathways.
This giant tree was so eye-catching...it had hundreds of branches and the beautiful sun rays beaming across its trunk only added to its beauty.
The Japanese garden one of my favorite sites at Lotusland. There were many concrete lanterns such as this one scattered about.
The Japanese garden includes many beautiful trees and plants including Japanese maples and Japanese cypress trees as well as azaleas. In the background you can see many of these trees and plants surrounding a small Shinto shrine.
Here is a serene Buddha statue sitting among flowering blooms.
And here's a closeup of some of the colorful flowers.
Near the Japanese garden is a water lily pond filled with koi fish which you can see here just under the surface of the water. I was told that the lily pads are plentiful in the spring but there were none visible during my visit.
The parterre includes two beautiful water fountains one of which is seen here. The fountains are surrounded by hedges, shrubs and rose bushes. I loved all of the mosaic tiles that line the inside of this fountain and I was also intrigued by all of the interesting stone statues.
Here's a closeup of one of the statues.
Click any of the above photos to enlarge.
Here is Nate's living room again...this time in the winter 2006 issue of O at Home magazine. Here, the Mitchell Gold chairs are positioned in front of the fireplace, the chaise is moved toward the middle of the room and in front of it sits a new brown suede armchair.
Here's another photo from his O at Home story which features Nate and friends in his dining room. Notice the oil and burlap God Bless America painting by artist Remigo Gudin on the wall.
Here is Nate's newly rearranged living room as featured on the cover of Elle Decor's September issue. With the addition of a few stylish pieces to polish up the space, Nate
simply rearranged his existing furniture to give his space a totally new
look and the result is beautiful! The bold black and white Madeline Weinrib rug completely grounds the space. His linen sofa is repositioned on the wall where the French console once was. To the left of the sofa is an industrial looking steel shelving unit that was once positioned on a different wall in the room and to the right of the sofa is the God Bless America painting which once resided in his dining area. Behind the sofa is a different Joshua tree photograph by Bengoecha. In the newly created seating arrangement you can also see his Mitchell Gold chair, bergere chair, cocktail table and faux bamboo chairs from the previous photos.
Here's Nate's "new" living room from a different perspective. Here you can see more of his existing furniture rearranged. There are also a few new additions including a black linen sofa with a suzani from Nate's travels draped over it, a green upholstered armchair from Jayson Home & Garden and a distressed looking chest of drawers with an antiqued mirror sitting atop. Nate also dresses up his windows with blue linen curtains from Smith + Noble. The curtains and the new green chair infuse a welcome dose of color into his space that was primarily neutral before.
Here is Nate's office before. His glass top sawhorse desk was custom made. The rug is from Ralph Lauren Home and the wall hanging is actually an old folk art game board.
Here's the "new "office. Nate's additions include linen curtains, two new chairs and a small chest of drawers. The work chair is also reoriented so that Nate works facing the wall whereas before he faced the opposite direction.
Here is the same area now. In front of the fireplace is a custom tufted ottoman upholstered in a bright yellow Clarence House velvet. The large painting was replaced with a smaller grouping of artwork and other decorative objects.
Here's another shot of the library before. The two sofas were Nate's custom designs.
Here's another photo of the updated library. A new round coffee table is positioned between the two sofas and against the adjacent wall are two beautiful black leather tufted armchairs that were once in Nate's bedroom. The Hermes throw draped over one chair is a very chic addition. Could it be the influence of his fashionable boyfriend, shoe designer and Bally Creative Director Brian Atwood? Hmmm....
There's nothing I love more than an organized closet and Nate's is organized down to his color coded socks and boxers! The above photo is of his closet/dressing room before...
And this is what it looks like now. Nate updated his closet/dressing room with blue paint, grass cloth wallpaper and some stylish accessories.
Sorry I've been MIA all week. Work has been crazy busy and I've also been spending lots of time trying to organize my life and my home. Thursday I took a much needed day off from work and being the adventuress that I am, I decided to rent myself a minivan and drive up to Brimfield, Massachusetts to attend the Brimfield Antique Show. I had such a great time there. There were so many dealers and so much to see...the experience was beyond overwhelming. By the time I finished walking around for six hours or so I was completely exhausted. And if you're wondering, I definitely didn't leave empty handed. I scored some pretty vases and a pair of upholstered X-based stools that I plan to have reupholstered very soon. Once they're finished I'll definitely be posting some before & afters;-) This morning I am heading to Indianapolis to attend a wedding (Congrats Kuleni & Sean!) so I probably won't be back to regular posting until next week. For now, I'll just leave you with a bit of eye candy to feed your design fix...a few light and airy spaces by Tom Scheerer...Simply beautiful!
Here are a few fabulous interiors with bright pops of pink and yellow that provide lots of chic and cheerful inspiration. Hope looking at these brightens up your Saturday! Happy Weekend!
Photo by Roger Davies for Elle Decor
Photo via apartmenttherapy.com
Photo via redmondaldrich.com
Photo by Simon Upton for Elle Decor
Photo by Paul Costello for Domino
Photo via djimenez.com
Photo via jonathanadler.com
Photo by Julia Lynn for Angie Hranowsky
Photo by William Waldron for Jamie Drake
Photo by Wesley Rose for Elle Decor
Photo by Ditte Isager for Domino
I'm recovering from the flu and still feeling a bit under the weather hence the short and sweet nature of my last few posts. On a brighter note, I'm happy to report that I recently purchased a new rug for my bedroom! I picked up the robin's egg blue Madeline Weinrib Mimm print cotton flat weave rug that you see above from ABC Carpet. I plan to layer this on top of a neutral colored natural fiber rug which I'm still searching for. As for the rest of the bedroom, I've finally landed on a creative direction. Below is a little inspiration board I put together which gives you a feel for the look I'm trying to achieve. You can click the photo to see the details up close. I'll keep you posted on my progress!
If you're in need of a bit of design inspiration look no further than the portfolio of Timothy Kolk. This talented photographer specializes in interiors and shoots regularly for top publications including Elle Decor, O at Home, D Home & Garden, Interior Design and Southern Accents. He also shoots campaigns for prestige brands like Ralph Lauren and Bottega Veneta. Below are some of my favorite shots from his portfolio. The stylish interiors he photographs are beautifully lit and the colors are brilliantly captured. I hope you enjoy his work as much as I do. To see more of Timothy Kolk's photography you can visit his website here.
Photo via cookiemag.com
When I saw this living room of a Parisian loft in the April issue of Cookie it totally grabbed my attention. I'm kind of obsessed. It looks so chic but also very comfortable and lived in. I love the mirror, the Eiffel tower statue in the corner, the built in shelving, the rug...just about everything in the photo. I also love the muted colors which have a similar look and feel to my own living room. I'm not a huge fan of the Noguchi table but it totally works here. The ceiling medallion is also very beautiful but I don't get why there's no light fixture attached to it. Nonetheless it's a beautiful room so I had to share. What do you think?
Photo by Julina Sohn for House & Garden, Apr '07
I have a love hate relationship with New York. While there are definitely many things I adore about this city, two things I can't stand are the lack of outdoor living space and the lack of natural beauty outside. There are a lucky few living in Manhattan who are fortunate enough to have their own private outdoor space whether it be a balcony, a terrace or a small yard in the back of their brownstone. Those things are true luxuries that make me green with envy. The rooftop terrace below belongs to photographer and filmmaker Carter Smith whose lower Manhattan home was featured in the January '07 issue of House and Garden. I think the home's red brick wall provides an interestingly beautiful and colorful contrast to the terrace's rustic looking furniture, textiles, flowers and greenery.
Photo by Martyn Thompson
This next terrace was featured in the April '07 issue of Elle Decor and belongs to a stylish interior designer and architect couple who resides in the historic colonial Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende. The views are incredible! I love the colorful textiles here and I think the hand painted floor tiles is what really gives this space its "umph". Simply beautiful!
Photo by William Waldron
The wrap around terrace below was featured in the recent May issue of Elle Decor as part of a profile of architect David Mann's Manhattan studio. I love how the architectural details of the building are a such visible part of the space. This stylish little terrace has the feel of a garden in the middle of New York City...seems like such a perfect spot for cocktails at dusk!
Photo by Joshua McHugh
Even if you're lucky enough to have a gorgeous terrace like the ones above, if you live in New York you still have to deal with horns honking and all the other annoying noises of the city, the views are usually the brick facades of neighboring apartment buildings and you never really have true privacy because there's usually someone's window just across the way with a direct view into your space. Take for instance the terrace below which is attached to a $995,000 two bedroom Upper West Side co-op currently listed for sale with Halstead Property. Sure, the terrace is nicely decorated and HUGE by New York standards but who wants to be within a birds eye view of someone else's apartment?
Photo via Halstead Property
And New York is not the prettiest city to put it nicely. There's garbage everywhere, the city stinks in the summer, everywhere you turn there's construction and you hardly ever see things like grass or trees. People will argue that there's always Central Park. Yes, it's a beautiful park, even more gorgeous in the summer and it's a nice refuge from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Manhattan. But whenever I go there and see people in their swimsuits sunbathing in the grass while surrounded by groups of photo snapping tourists and stinky horse drawn carriages I always think to myself, "something's wrong with this picture." I don't mean for this post to sound like a hate letter to New York but if you didn't grow up here, after a while you really start to miss the normalcy of being surrounded by trees, the smell of fresh cut grass, peace and quietness, clean fresh air and wide open space. After living here for five years I totally get why so many people have weekend homes. I'd give anything to have a quiet peaceful retreat to get away to when I'm feeling overwhelmed by the city. I would love to have a country home with a nice little sitting area surrounded by a pretty garden like the one below which was featured in House Beautiful. This would make the perfect setting for an afternoon lunch with girlfriends...
Photo via HouseBeautiful.com
Or how about a chic patio leading out to my backyard like this one designed by Thom Filicia...
Photo via ThomFilicia.com
And wouldn't it be lovely to live near the beach and have a simple hanging swing on your patio complete with gorgeous views of lush hilltops and the ocean like the one pictured below? A girl can dream! This photo is from the portfolio of interior designer Jennifer Bradford Davis.
Photo via Jbradforddavis.com