Wicker has a long and consistently popular history. The woven fiber material, usually made of natural ingredients but now often plastic, was used as early as the ancient Egyptian times. It was found in a number of common objects, like baskets and chairs. The trend lasted through ancient Romae and all the way through the Victorian and Arts and Crafts movements. A fun fact: in the mid 1800s, it was considered to be more sanitary than upholstery. Today it remains a popular material for a number of household products and can add a wonderful patina to any room. Here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate wicker.
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The more I define my interior style, the more I realize that I tend to lean towards French design. There’s something so romantic and ethereal, yet historical about the French aesthetic. In a modern vernacular, the style continues to remain strong with its reverence towards the past and embrace of the present. The following interiors celebrate the distinctive French design and include some tips on how to recreate the look for your space.
There’s nothing more frightening—or exciting, depending on your reaction—than a large empty space with nothing in it. You can do anything and everything, but just where do you start? When I go into such a space, I immediately think about how I would separate each function and give it its own identity. Dividing up a large room is almost the first way to start. Yes, you can do this by building walls, but if you want something less permanent and more adaptable, I suggest beautiful but temporary wall dividers that can also act as décor. Here are some of my favorites options.
The dining table can serve many roles in a space. It can welcome guests to a cozy meal or act as a bold statement as a part of the room’s decor. The right table can aid guests in conversation or capture the right moment. The wrong table can spread your guests too thin, be too cramped, or not match the space. That’s a lot to think about when choosing a table for your space! Here are some of my favorite dining tables and why they work for each specific location.
When I was in grad school I interned for Jonathan Adler, the celebrated king of happy chic. I remember being humored by his fascination with needlepoint everything—calling it “grandma chic.” I loved the idea of taking a dated fad and making it new. Once again, needlepoint and all types of stitching are back en vogue and it is now being applied everywhere—from shoes to chairs to dresses. It’s a bit nostalgic, whimsical, and awe-inspiring. Here are some of my favorite ways to use it.
One of my favorite parts of any two-story house is the staircase. There is so much scope for imagination as it can be the most dramatic part of the house. Right now we live in a one-story house, so no stairs, but in my dreams we have a staircase that I’m painting. A painted staircase can add whimsy or sophistication, depending on the look you try. Here are some of my favorite painted staircases and why they work.
Ballet is one of those art forms that leave me breathless and awe-struck. The way the dancers beautifully manipulate their bodies with such grace and control, the way the costumes move with each leap, the way the sets capture the scene. All of these visual elements create a feast for the eyes and a sense of wonderment that you don’t often get in an everyday space. However, I believe every space can have that sense of magic—a space so beautiful it takes your breath away. In that spirit, I’ve paired up interiors inspired by ballet to serve as a beacon of beauty, and possibly serve as inspiration for your home renovation or a simple change of décor.
I believe the Panton is the world’s perfect chair. It has the most beautiful, sinuous silhouette that exudes a clean vibe, and somehow, magically goes with almost any décor. It has the unique ability to bridge a modern aesthetic with a more glamorous flair. Here are my 9 reasons why you should consider this beauty for your next home purchase.
Organization is not one of my greatest strengths. I’d much rather make one creative mess after another than clean up after each project. However, I find it much easier to organize when I have beautiful tools to work with—I want to show them off! Baskets are my favorite organization tool because they, themselves, are beautiful and just asking to be filled.
It wasn’t until I moved to Utah for school that I learned about the wonderful world of basements and why every house needs and deserves one. They are great for storage, guest rooms, media rooms, and game rooms, to mention a few. The following list is some of my tips on how to create a beautiful space while retaining the useful character of a basement.