Monthly Archives: September 2016
There is no reason at all that a small bedroom – even a really tiny bedroom – can’t be every bit as gorgeous, relaxing, and just plain full of personality as a much larger space. (As proof, check out the elegant bedroom from Laura Stein Interiors shown here.) The trick to creating a lovely bedroom when square footage is limited is to make smart use of the space you do have, keep furnishings scaled to the room, and most of all, not be afraid to show off your decorating chops.
Take a decorating tip from Lisa Teague Studios, and create interest in your small room by placing your bed at a slight diagonal. It’s even better when a pretty folding screen takes the place of a traditional headboard; the screen acts as a focal point for the room, drawing the eye upwards to increase the visual size of the space.
Looking for a sophisticated palette that manages to be both masculine and glamorous at the same time? Then consider the combination of chocolate brown and white. Amp it up further with a small chandelier, a patterned rug and white bedding, and the result is pure splendor.
Most of the time, a small bedroom means an equally small closet. A great solution to this common concern is incorporating built-in storage around the head of the bed, as in this serene space designed by Chris Ebert of Normandy Remodeling.
Think neutral bedrooms have to be boring? Then take a look at this masculine, relaxing, and anything-but-dull bedroom from architect and designer Patrick Brian Jones. When the palette is quiet, clever use of subtle pattern adds interest without overwhelming the small space. A folded throw blanket in a contrasting hue adds extra oomph to the foot of the bed.
Is your furniture looking a little tired? Don’t worry – you don’t need to throw it all away and start fresh. Instead try one of these fun furniture hacks.
Adding nailhead trim to a piece of furniture is one of the easiest ways to quickly get a high-end look. Traditionally nailhead trim was used on upholstered pieces to give them a more tailored look, and while this is still a terrific option, nailhead trim has since been discovered as being a great decorating tool with a wide variety of applications.
One of the most popular is to apply trim to a piece such as a chest of drawers or side table. What’s great is that you can apply it in any pattern you like. It can be a simple border or an intricate pattern, and depending on the complexity and the quality of the piece you can either use traditional tacks or adhesive strips. You an also apply nailhead trim around windows, doors and even area rugs and runners.
New upholstery can liven up a room – even if it’s on a small piece. Imagine switching out a dull pattern for a bold solid, or a tired stripe for a stunning botanical print. The difference can turn a boring piece into a great statement piece. New upholstery can be expensive so unless you’re looking to make a big investment stick with something like a side chair or stool as opposed to a sofa. What’s great about many small pieces also is that if you have some DIY skills you might be able to do it yourself.
A decorating trick that professionals sometimes use on upholstered pieces is contrast piping. What this means is that you use a different fabric to make the piping (or welting) than you’ve used on the rest of the piece. Colored piping on a neutral sofa, or a patterned piping on a plain sofa is a great way to add a “decorator” detail without making a big commitment.
Although this is a seemingly minor detail it can actually make a really big impact. If you have some dull upholstery but you can’t afford to replace it consider adding new contrast piping to give it a little kick.
Gold leaf is a luxurious addition to just about any plain piece of furniture. It can be applied to tables, chairs, accessories, mirrors, photo frames – you name it. And what’s really great is that it’s a relatively simple and inexpensive DIY project. That said, if you’re trying to apply gold leaf for the first time it’s recommended you try in an inconspicuous spot just in case. For a great example of a simple DIY gold leaf project check out this table transformation.
Add Your Own Hardware
The hardware on a piece of furniture is like the jewelry you wear with an outfit. In some cases it enhances what’s already there, and in others it can really make or break it. Certain pieces of furniture come with existing hardware, and sometimes it looks perfect as is. But if you feel like your piece could use a little pick me up try switching out the existing hardware for something new and different.
Some pieces of furniture come with standard hardware so replacing it with something more decorative is a great way to enhance it. Also, if you have a really plain piece that doesn’t have any hardware you can drill holes and add some. This obviously doesn’t work on all pieces, but some builder basic pieces can really benefit from this decorative addition.
We heart companies that make beautiful yet affordable furniture, whether it be from an online retailer or everyone’s favorite Swedish flat-pack furniture retailer. Truthfully though, putting together flat-packed finds can be hard– not to mention time-consuming.
Thankfully, a startup furniture company called Greycork, based in Rhode Island, aims to take the hassle out of assembling furniture. Everything they sell takes minutes to put together, and just as amazing–no tools are required.
And here’s the frosting on the cake: Greycork sells a living room set called Felix, which includes a sofa with a chaise, coffee table, end table and bookshelf, all for less than $2000. You can also purchase each item separately.
Greycork’s co-founder and CEO, John Humphrey worked the assembly line in his family’s furniture factory. His experience helped to inspire his decision to create a collection of living room furniture that was easy to ship, and just as necessary, a cinch to assemble.
Shown here is Greycork’s flat packed sofa. The frame is warp resistant MDF, and the legs and the back frame are ash — that’s the same wood used to make baseball bats.
There’s something truly beautiful about textiles. They are the pieces of fabric that work to give our home an identity. The perfect pillow, a beautiful throw, a handmade blanket. Each of these pieces has a story behind it. Each textile has a history to it, a level of artisanship and thought-provoking design. And each can be used to tell our own individual story at home, highlighting a color, pattern or place that we love. Many times it’s the textiles that truly make a house feel like a home.
Kera Thompson, the founder of Interwoven, has a focus on bringing handmade textiles from around the globe to all of our homes. This textile maven’s Salt Lake City home is a nod to her well-traveled life. From room to room you can spot an array of pieces she’s discovered during her travels. Vintage kilims, colorful kantha quilts, and Hmong pillows, are woven seamlessly into the interior. With a focus on highlighting our world’s global connection, through textiles, Thompson hopes to highlight just how interconnected we all truly are.
“From my travels and experiences as a designer, mother, and model, I have realized how interwoven we are as a world community, and cherish the beauty that comes as we become aware and embrace the good around us,” remarks Thompson. “Each piece in my collection is just a small reflection of that beauty.”
Nestled in the Hidden Hills of Los Angeles is the family home of Tyson and Kimberly Chandler. While the family name is immediately recognizable to anyone who follows the NBA Center of the Phoenix Suns, the Chandler’s are also known for their acute sense of style. Kimberly, who can be seen in fashion circles, spotted at New York Fashion Week in coveted front row seats for Suno, Alexander Wang and Valentino, has been described as having a “pitch-perfect” sense of style. And this year, the couple was spotted at Coachella rocking out and having fun in the most fashion-savvy of ways. So, it’s no surprise that when looking to design the family home, they turned to LA-based interior designer Jeff Andrews, whose focus on sophisticated yet livable interiors appealed.
The interior is filled to the brim with classic details in each and every room. From an open and airy living room to a glamorous family dining area, beautiful architectural details and gleaming accessories abound in this polished interior.
The kitchen in this home is a room unto itself. In true California style, this kitchen has been designed with entertaining in mind, with an abundance of space for preparing meals. With three children, the Chandler kitchen does double-duty as an area for dining with an oversized bar and counter space that little ones can eat at.
The family room has a mix of modern and rustic details. An oversized sectional creates a cozy vibe in the space. A hardwood coffee table adds rough-spun texture. For accents, the family room features a variety of stunning textiles. Modern suzani pillows in shades of gray and brown are used to marry the room’s soothing neutral color palette.
A variety of artisan details are featured throughout the interior. From beautiful stoneware vessels to sculptural metal accessories, the mix of textured elements is a trademark of Andrews, who knows how to effortlessly blend various styles and eras.
Idyllic. That’s the perfect word to describe this beautiful 7,000 square foot home, staged by ASH NYC in Southampton. Idyllic, picturesque, and absolutely perfect. Six bedrooms, five-and-half baths, a private master with balcony, a free standing pool house and gym. This new-build home, filled with an exclusive inventory of vintage and contemporary pieces from ASH NYC, is the ideal interior, and the ultimate upstate New York dream home.
The living room is a study in texture. A clean black and white color palette may set the stage, but it’s the variety of tactile items that makes the design of this room stand out. Under foot, a cool jute rug is perfect for a family home upstate. Woven vintage side chairs offer plenty of relaxation. And a mix of metals – on the coffee table, lighting and curtain rods – brings an industrial feel to this contemporary New York home.
In the dining room, it’s all about the architecture. Floor to ceiling windows show off the dramatic scale of this 7,000 square foot home. They are also the perfect bridge between the interior and exterior, letting in tons of light and views of the lush trees that abound on the property. For the dining room furnishings, the large farmhouse table easily seats ten. The scene is completed with a set of white wishbone chairs.
The kitchen continues the home’s color palette of black and white. For a unique way to create contrast, the walls have been painted a bright white, while black subway tile has been brought in as an unexpected backdrop. The effect is beautiful, allowing the white walls and painted window frames to shine in this large family kitchen.
With plenty of seating and storage for all to enjoy, this kitchen is most definitely the heart of the home. Like much of this interior, it features a mix of influences. Above the bar, industrial chrome lighting brings in a little New York-edge. While, on the shelving, hand-hewn olive jars celebrate the rustic environment that surrounds this home.