Image: Miluccia Nurseries are one of the toughest rooms to design. Why? It seems like it would be piece of cake! Well, it’s hard to design a room that’s functional for a baby’s needs (and parents’ too!) while not looking too gimmicky, matchy, or cheesy, all of my pet peeves! To me, a lovely nursery Continue Reading »
Some things are simply self-evident. The sky is blue, fire is hot, and shelves store stuff. Or shelves display stuff. Or shelves help organize stuff. My point is that—at least on the surface of the subject—there’s really nothing new to discover about shelves. Or is there? I started taking a look at shelves – floating shelves, specifically – and found that there’s actually more than meets the eye when it comes to the kinds of things you can do with floating shelves. Here’s what I discovered:
Image: Badrumsdrommar Bathrooms have become masterpieces in their own right. Great bathroom design, in a well designed home, is like foam to a perfect latte. It should go hand in hand. I’ve been working on a few bathroom remodels and both are taking my breath away. And can I tell you what my favorite detail Continue Reading »
Design and Image: Jeffrey Alan Marks, “Jeffrey Alan Marks: The Meaning of Home by Jeffrey Alan Marks”, Rizzoli New York, 2013 I know what you’re thinking. You’re wondering if they put the wrong name on the author line of this post, aren’t you? How that little image of the person who wrote this could possibly Continue Reading »
Image: Vogue, Photographed by Claiborne Swanson Frank The room above in Minnie Mortimer’s home beautifully does double duty as a library and a dining room. The choice was practical (too many books, not enough storage), as well as aesthetic (a wall of books is beautiful!). You can get a similar look by lining your walls in Continue Reading »
Trends come and go; that’s why they’re called trends. Art is subjective—in the eye of the beholder, if you will—and that’s one of the great things about art: you’re either affected by something or you’re not. One person’s spray-painted abomination is another person’s perfect expression of self. So, when an artistic genre – like graffiti – becomes an interior design trend you can count on lines being drawn and people taking sides.
No longer just for parties, garlands can add polish, sophistication, whimsy and fun to your home. But it’s all in the application! Some garlands read temporary while others may stay for the long haul, depending on the materials and purpose. Some of my favorite garland applications are a temporary floral piece on a doorway like the top image, or a more long-term garland like the ones below. Read on to see some beautiful and inspiring garland ideas for your home.
Wallpaper is definitely one of those trends that has an ebb and flow. Lucky for us it’s on the up and up once again and there are countless looks and styles ready and waiting to add new interest to our homes. The thing is that today’s wall coverings aren’t your grandmother’s – in fact they’re not even last decade’s. They’re fresh, eclectic, and full of personal style that you can design an entire room around.
Fashion and interior design go hand in hand. Both worlds overlap more than we know or think. As a designer, I am always looking to the fashion world for ideas on fabrics, colors and patterns. Color palettes are important, and there is no better way to view a color pattern than in a clothing ensemble. So if fashion is that important, why not use it as a form of décor?
When I lived in Copenhagen, I fell in love with the minimalist, mid-century modern interior style, though it often felt a bit too colorless for me. I need tons of color in my life. A bit after I moved there I started to notice a fun trend that helped alleviate the lack of color: mint floors. These new mint floors still kept to the minimal aesthetic, while warming up the space and creating a refreshing palette. The color mint has been en vogue for a few years now but I’d gladly have it stay for a very long time. Here are some of my favorite interiors that use mint green as a focal point.