/Photos/ Elle Decor, sourced from Domaine Home/
I have been a fan of Kelly Wearstler's for years, but her more recent work has, in its gravitas (quite literally, with all those heavy metals), seemed made more for museums than daily living. Elle Decor's October issue features this home (below) - a collaboration between Wearstler and Cameron Diaz - and it capitalizes on Wearstler's strengths so well, marrying absurdist scale with intimate spaces and soft colors. The living room is classic Wearstler, blending comfort with surprise - and gorgeous walls by de Gournay.
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I recently decided to freshen up a few spaces around my apartment for summer - who isn't ready for a change? I switched out some pillows in the living room, and tossed in a green throw, which is perfect for the frigid summer a/c (I found it at Hattan Home, a purveyor of lovely, colorful home goods - it's the pom pom throw in lime).
I made the palm pillows out of a Tommy Bahama tablecloth, and the lattice ribbon pillow DIY is HERE.
Here's the "winter" version (the cheetah print is what gives it away).
I'm also switching out a rug. Completely unplanned, but when I found this beautiful stencil-look rug for TWENTY FIVE dollars at T.J. Maxx, I couldn't resist!
Here's the "winter" version.
What about you? Do you change out your decor with the seasons?
Posted by Sanity Fair at 11:56 PM
Trucking might be an odd metaphor to invoke for picture matting, but I promise, it fits. A wide, white mat can truck a variety of colors, patterns, or frames to one destination: a unified look.
An otherwise lightless entry takes on a sunny aspect in the hands of Lauren Liess Interiors.
Home of Vera Wang president Mario Grauso and Serkan Sarier, featured in Harper's Bazaar.
A broad white mat can also make an impression greater than the sum of its parts; in both of these rooms, a small image makes a big impact.
Interior Design by Pablo Paniagua and Studio in Malaga, Spain, via Nuevo Estilo.
Home of designers Curtis Elmy and Trevor Ciona, via Style at Home.
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There are pagoda beds, and then there are PAGODA beds. Mario Buatta, never shy, showcases a highly architectural sleeping style in this Southampton home featured in Architectural Digest. Silvered, no less. Bed clothes by Pratesi and D. Porthault. Curtain fabric by Brunschwig and Fils. Dreams of the Forbidden City by Mario Buatta.
/Image/ Architectural Digest, Photographed by Eric Piasecki/
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This Manhattan apartment plays with blueberry blues, strawberry reds, and whip cream white (wow - I know what I want for desert!), for a mix that's part colonial, part modern, part Asian, and mostly melting pot. Scroll below for a few examples of how Sao Paulo designer Sig Bergamin layers the Colors with numerous patterns and textures, for a happy, cheerful mix that doesn't overwhelm.
Bergamin uses large patterns with color and flourish, and deploys smaller designs as near-neutrals; plenty of white in the couch, chair, and picture mats give room to breathe.
Mirrors expand the vista.
The bedroom continues the story (even with the same rug), combining red, white, blue, and a touch of corn yellow.
Finally, don't forget to say thank you to our men and women in uniform. It would be Dependence Day without them. :)
/Images/ All room images, Elle Decor/ President Bush image, attribution below/
Read more here: How to Thank a Solider.
Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July!
Earlier this year, I created a Pinterest board for a home office space in patriotic hues, and I'm mining some of the best rooms for posting here this week. As the designers below prove, this trio of colors can be as festive as a party convention, or as subdued as a boy's nursery. Here's an all-American house tour:
This room decked out in Thaibut patterns - Sulu curtains, pillows in Mandarin, and side chair in Lucas - creates a floral, feminine take on a more traditionally male palette.
Furbish Studio's living room blends Americana with Africana - eagle topped mirrors are right at home with zebra, cheetah, and tribal baskets.
How light and lovely is this beach cottage room by Mary McDonald? I have a very similar set of black bamboo arm chairs, and they usually look very heavy, but this is a fresh way to use them.
Red, white, and blue gets a light touch in this little boy's room featured in Elle Decor (via Peppermint Bliss).
/Images/ as attributed above/
The One King's Lane sale of prints in blue and white caught my eye. I love blue and white, but the eclectic mix of modern and traditional prints makes it much more fun.
Intrigued? Here are some great examples of how to hang blue and white art around your home.
Via Coastal Living.
A mix of sea blue and white by Amanda Nisbet.
A William de Kooning in Valentino's New York apartment, featured in Vanity Fair.
Soft blues from Ana Antunes.
Via Apartment Therapy.
Via Apartment Therapy.
/Images/ First three, One King's Lane/ remainder, as attributed above/
Back in January, Small Room Decorating shot my apartment - all 425 square feet of it. Photographer Helen Norman meticulously, and beautifully, documented every inch of the space (though not so many inches, to borrow a phrase from J.M. Barrie), while writer and stylist Charlotte Safavi brought in lovely, fresh touches with flowers.
The issue came out last week! I'm hoping to have some of Helen's beautiful photos to share soon, but in the meantime, here are a few shots of the spread.
Small Room Decorating is on newsstands now, at Barnes and Noble, Target, CVS, and Safeway.
The issue also features two of my favorite designers, the pattern-mad daredevils of Madcap Cottage: John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon!
Green is one of my favorite colors and plainly, Katie Rosenfeld, doesn't think it's half bad either. There's a little bit 'o the green growing through most of her roomscapes.
/All images/ Katie Rosenfeld/
Hey! She's on Pinterest! Follow Katie by clicking here.
Posted by Sanity Fair at 10:43 PM
A mirrored screen, stone lions, and orange sideboard at Luckett's.
I'd heard about the antique Old Luckett's Store in historic Leesburg, VA, for years, but never made it out until this past weekend, when a friend suggested a trip. It is a WONDERLAND.
I should have taken a few more pictures of the outdoors, which includes wrap-around porches stuffed to the gills, and multiple out-buildings also full of decor. This was the stack of furniture around the main entrance - home run.
The interior is a combination of french cottage, Virginia country, and cluttered attic.
There were little surprises everywhere, including these doll-sized Stark chairs.
Fabulous black and white stripe settee. I really wish I'd checked the price, but most things at Luckett's were very reasonable.
Charming chintz covered stairs!
Loved this chair! I wanted it so badly. And I'm not allowed to have it... seating for 10 in a 425 square food studio is already ridiculous. But it was fantastic.
There were a lot of great screens at Luckett's, and if you need antlers, plenty of those too.
A Chinese bamboo stand and a Roman-esque soldier get on just fine.
Look at these mirrored obelisks! (The chair in the LH corner should help you get a sense of their size. They were enormous.)
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42350 Lucketts Road
Leesburg, VA 20176
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