Monochromatic White and Beige Minimalist Bedroom

Posted 4 July 2016 at 10:45 PM | Comments (0)

Ahhh. Sleep. Precious sleep.

This tranquil, minimalist bedroom first reminds me of everything I loved about the ‘90s, and then, second, it hypnotizes me so that I am running for my own bed. Not much can convince me to go to bed (I am of the “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” philosophy), but this room is doing a pretty good job.

Monochromatic White and Beige Minimalist Contemporary Bedroom

Though I am a huge fan of color, I admit I’m looking forward to the reemergence of monochromatic minimalism in home décor. It’s coming, people. Maximalism is not going to last forever…

Glamorous Teal and Beige Living Room

Posted 3 July 2016 at 10:21 PM | Comments (0)

What is it about this color combination? It gets me every time.

Glamorous Teal and Beige Living Room

Notice all the shine in the room. Sometimes, in a room of matte or rough textures, I find that something with a bit of shine—a silver picture frame, a gilded mirror—elevates the design.

This room, on the other hand, is all shine. So here, something as simple as that wooden tray can be grounding.

Hayden Panettiere’s Nashville Home

Posted 22 September 2015 at 8:17 PM | Comments (0)

I adore the edgy, eclectic mix of patterns and textures in Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko’s Nashville home. There’s a little of everything—something modern, something traditional; something playful, something moody—and the effect is splendid.

Hayden Panettiere's Nashville Home Entryway Designed by Benjamin Vandiver

Hayden Panettiere's Nashville Home Living Room Designed by Benjamin Vandiver

Hayden Panettiere's Nashville Home Dining Room Designed by Benjamin Vandiver

Designed by Benjamin Vandiver, I really like how these three particular rooms possess somber, dark colors next to luxurious, gilded shine. The combination is so striking and serves as a reminder that, in contemporary décor, it’s opposites that attract.

For the full article in Domino, click here.

Polished Concrete Floor with Marble-Like Shine

Posted 15 September 2015 at 10:59 AM | Comments (0)

Holy moly. This concrete floor is not industrial at all. It is contemporary elegance, thanks to that marble-like shine.

Polished Concrete Foyer Floor with Marble-Like Shine

*Image from Domino.com.

Brilliant Use of Wallpaper in Dallas Condo

Posted 13 September 2015 at 1:11 PM | Comments (0)

What an interesting bedroom. From this angle, it almost looks neutral:

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

But turn your head, and kapow!

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

This bedroom is just one exciting part of a 3-story, Dallas, Texas condo designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25. Even though my insides are on a massive swoon-fest, I am so humbled by the level of sophistication here that I bow down to the designer in quiet restraint (instead of throwing myself at her feet and squealing, like I really want to do).

Seriously: respect.

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

This next photo might be my favorite surprise in this room. It’s a tasteful glimpse of spotted wallpaper behind equally tasteful shelving. And I know the wallpaper well—Tanzania by Thibaut—as I have eyed it many, many times and could probably draw it from memory by now. (My obsession with this wallpaper: not so tasteful.)

Farmers Market, Dallas, TX Condo Bedroom Designed by Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25

Lastly, I’d like to share this photo of one of the bathrooms in the same Dallas home, because, well, you’ll see. I can’t not share this one:

farmersmarketdallasbutterflybathroombyabbefenimore

For more photos of this exciting home featured in Domino, click here.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s Nolita Loft

Posted 30 August 2015 at 9:22 PM | Comments (0)

Oh my, I love the drama! This is Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s New York City apartment, completely customized by by Don Stewart of Desiderata Design and featured in Architectural Digest. Dark colors, rustic textures, and oversized proportions are front and center in this dramatic, but unexpectedly moody, design.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Dining Room

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Kitchen

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Living Room

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Piano Sitting Area

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Bedroom

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Manhattan Apartment Bathroom

My absolute favorite part of this apartment is the kitchen. Everything, everything surprised me here, from the rhythmic cabinetry to the textured backsplash, and from the open shelving on the kitchen island to the flat geometric pendant lights. And those gold stools! They look like trumpet buttons in motion! This whole room is just perfectly musical. Plus, the departure from the all-white kitchen trend is so very refreshing. Take note, people.

A Chic, Mountain-Cabin Inspired Entryway

Posted 4 August 2015 at 10:58 PM | Comments (0)

I was just reminiscing about the ‘90s, the era of my youth. Specifically, I was trying to remember textile design trends and decided that the most popular of the decade was probably plaid. Am I right? Grunge plaid, lumberjack plaid, camping plaid. Man, we were so much more rugged back then. (In contrast, 2015 feels so polished. It makes me want to grab 2015 and mess up her hair a little.)

And then I started thinking about how great plaid wallpaper could be. In the right space—perhaps something a little mountain-cabin inspired?—it would be so nostalgic. I could listen to Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream and Nirvana’s In Utero all day in a plaid wallpapered room, hopefully draped across something better than flattened beanbag chair.

What would be really great is a plaid entryway, to welcome guests into your home with a bold and fearless representation of your youth. Add a practical but rugged hall tree, a rounded ceiling pendant to contrast all the straight lines, textured pillows that are fabulously mismatched, and lastly, a gold-framed art piece to avoid going too far into mountain-cabin theme and keep things chicly grounded.

It’s enough to make me want to put on a pair of Doc Martens.

Chic, Mountain-Cabin Inspired Entryway with Plaid Wallpaper

Crestwood Kitchen in Blues and Aquas

Posted 2 August 2015 at 8:04 PM | Comments (0)

Tobi Fairley is one of my favorite designers to watch. Her brazenly bold, feminine interiors are certainly not for everyone, but they almost always stir up giddy feelings in me. Even when I disagree with one of her design choices, I still want to roll around in them. Roll around, put my feet in the air, and giggle. I wonder how she would feel knowing she has that affect on people.

This very blue kitchen and family room she designed capitalizes on those giddiest of feelings, especially the feelings that are connected to my love of blue, which are connected to my love of anything that feels like an ocean, which this room certainly does. Cue rolling around and giggling.

HGTV Tobi Fairley Crestwood Bold Blue Kitchen and Family Room

HGTV Tobi Fairley Crestwood Bold Blue Kitchen and Family Room

HGTV Tobi Fairley Crestwood Bold Blue Kitchen and Family Room Sofa

HGTV Tobi Fairley Crestwood Bold Blue Kitchen Breakfast Bar

HGTV Tobi Fairley Crestwood Bold Blue Kitchen Breakfast Bar

HGTV Tobi Fairley Crestwood Bold Blue Kitchen Stove

*Images from HGTV.com.

The Apartment at the Connaught Hotel

Posted 9 September 2014 at 10:27 PM | Comments (2)

David Collins is the designer responsible for this visual feast. “The Apartment” is the penthouse suite at London’s Connaught Hotel, and it is dripping with sumptuousness. Every detail in this suite is exquisite and still it has incredible personality.

Connaught Hotel London The Apartment Penthouse Purple Door

Connaught Hotel London The Apartment Penthouse Entryway

Connaught Hotel London The Apartment Penthouse Living Area

Connaught Hotel London The Apartment Penthouse Living Area

Connaught Hotel London The Apartment Penthouse Dining Area

For a more detailed look, click the image below.

connaughthotellondonapartmentpenthouselarge

Ferm Living’s Marble Wallpaper

Posted 13 August 2014 at 3:04 PM | Comments (0)

In our Chicago condo, we had installed a faux-marble tile in our bathroom. We were doing a quick renovation to sell, and I honestly thought that, with our budget, we would end up with the same 4×4″ white tiles that everyone else had. A trip to the local tile store proved differently. The shop owner showed us a faux, gray and white marble from American Standard that was cheaper than the white squares and looked much richer.

Once installed, the faux marble looked so good that even our realtor thought it was real. We had to correct her when we noticed the listing read: “marble tile in bathroom.” Surprisingly, the faux marble won everyone over, even me.

Which is why I am not at all surprised that I love this marble wallpaper from Ferm Living.

Ferm Living Marble Wallpaper