I am having a very serious love affair with cement / concrete tile right now. I am completely obsessed and in love with the graphic patterns, subtle and not so subtle color variations and the matte texture and hand. I ordered some color samples from Granada Tile, and they are just gorgeous. The depth of each color is just beautiful, and the feel of the tile is just amazing…I can picture bare feet on a warm day walking down a great tiled hallway in a fantastic modern Spanish home – the cool feel of the concrete tile, the stark yet graphic feel of the space…Ok, sorry – back down to earth…Anyway, here are some inspiration images and some tile pattern favorites I have found so far. I absolutely LOVE the gray and white bold patterns, some of which are shown below, and have such admiration for the many projects that I have found and were done, seemingly without a bit of hesitation…I just love the graphic quality they give each space, and how many have such a timeless quality as well. The tile can lean toward either a classic or modern style. We have a very small guest bathroom that is in desperate need of being remodeled…might I be so bold to go for it?? I will keep you posted…Enjoy!
I really LOVE grey-greens. Think olive trees, lambs ears, French lavender…love. I also love chartreuse. PMS 390…PMS 397…you know. Well when I came across this post searching for tile – my newest obsession (more on that later)…I saw it and was in complete awe. Then I saw it was another amazing project from one of my favorites Joseph Dirand. Of course it is. Monsieur Bleu at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. A palette of black and white, with grey-greens, soft greys, chartreuse and a fantastic punctuation of gold!!…I mean come on…Look at this space!! It takes a very special talent, and a very refined touch to pair those colors together with such elegance, subtlety, and vibrance at the same time. The lighting fixtures are just fantastic…and look at that amazing stone on the banquette – he clearly pulled his palette from the coloring…just stunning. Oh how I’d love to see the space at night, drinking a glass of champagne of course…enjoy.
I would imagine that many of you have by now seen these images out there in the design blog-isphere, but I was SO blown away by the design…truly one of my favorites to date, so I thought it warranted re-posting. I absolutely LOVE the palette, mix of materials – both classic and modern, and the overall sense of the space…just gorgeous. The cabinets are amazing. The marble vanity / trough incredible. Simple. Uber elegant. Gives me a whole new thought process as I begin concepts on our upcoming bathroom remodel. Now if I only had about 100 more square feet and a Parisian balcony play with…
images via pinterest
I have been a bad, BAD blogger. No two ways about it. I have been busy, distracted and focused on other things…namely, beginning design concepts for our upcoming remodel. Awesome and terrifying at the same time ( why is it so much easier to design for a client than it is for yourself??? ). One of the biggest hurdles has been the selection of lighting. I need bedroom, bathroom and office lighting. Ugh. And given that I tend to like simple, clean spaces, the lighting will be absolutely critical. It’s like the perfect accessory to go with that little black dress…the detail(s) that is needed to really finish the spaces off well. It doesn’t help that I really, really love lighting – so narrowing down the fixtures will be a big challenge for me. I believe that lighting is one of the most critical elements of interior design. The design of the lighting fixture is, in itself – absolutely critical and can be very tough to narrow down given all the options out there, but the quality of light it produces is just as critical. There is also the ( damn ) lighting code…and of course there is the cost. Apparently every fixture I have honed in on is at the higher end of the price spectrum…go figure. I thought I would share a few of the fixtures I have on my ‘wish list’ so far. The styles may seem quite varied, but I love so many styles…which only adds to the thrill (?) of the hunt. Enjoy!
Timing is everything. To be honest, I have been in a bit of a creative rut lately – maybe because summer is coming to and end…and though I love the fall, I dont think I am quite ready to say goodby to summer just yet. So just when this uninspired feeling was really starting to get to me ( you might note the lack of posts from me in quite awhile ) I get an Est email in my mailbox this morning and this space got me going again! This is my absolutely favorite palette – predominantly white, with touches of black, gray and neutral – and all done using raw and/or natural materials…it makes me happy just looking at it!! It doesn’t hurt that the architecture is modern, clean and simple, and that the location is to die for! I love the mixture of textures and styles; modern mixed with ethnic, natural, traditional, classic and even tribal…all pulled together magically…the overall feeling is just wonderful. Just look at those amazing black suede pillows on the sofa…and what looks to be the trunk of a eucalyptus tree…the colors and texture of that trunk are just beautiful – a piece of art in itself! Enjoy!!
images via Est & Les Interieurs
Most of the time, I believe less is more. I love simple, bold statements, whether it be with a large signature furniture piece in a room, or one shot of a strong color in an otherwise neutral palette, or something like this project…the VERY confident use of only 2 – 3 materials and /or colors (or lack of!). You may have already seen this rental vacation home in Treia Italy – Casa Olive, by Swiss Architects Wespi De Meuron, but I felt it was SO well done – just phenomenal in my opinion, that it was worth sharing again. I just LOVE the smooth white walls, floors and ceilings with the natural, textural stone…it’s so serene. The juxtaposition of the stark modern pool with the historical architecture…Perfection. I think that a 3+ week stay there would be just about perfect!! Enjoy!
Here is another incredible project that my husband found for me. I love the openness of the space…and look at that – another sunken living room!! I love the use of commercial glazing with wings to keep the glazing free of any hardware so there is little obstruction to the amazing views…just beautiful. And such an interesting way to do the roofing…using tension cables to attach the roofs to the ground. There is a peek of a raised pool in the background and solar panels…Very nicely done. Someday….
…Steel, concrete, wood, limestone and WHITE! The door is fantastic! And the limestone floors are just incredible…I can only imagine how they would feel walking barefoot on a hot summer day! The mossy-stone-water-feature-niche-area is amazing. Such a great contrast between the natural stone and the smooth concrete…and the stone vessels in the bathrooms are such an incredible touch. It’s such a clean, open modern space, but the natural elements, textures and materials give it such soul! And I especially love the limited, yet strategic use of blues throughout the various spaces…It doesn’t hurt that it is in Spain either…Enjoy!
I have a love affair with Greece. It could be the people, it could be the food, it could be the clear blue waters, warm dry breezes and happy relaxed lifestyle…but my best guess is because its (mostly) a country washed in white. Check out this retail boutique on Mykonos…I am in love with those lighting fixtures – so carefully done and subtly placed – the one at the entry is just gorgeous! I love the iron detailing on the display pieces, the material choices & of course, the palette. The white washed exposed stone is amazing…This project was done with such restraint. The cultural architectural touches mixed with the modern edge is just beautiful. Απολαύστε!
I get dozens of great design magazines each month – I’m kind of a junkie that way. I have piles of them that I am just waiting to go through…In particular, waiting for the perfect warm afternoon to sit on the patio, under the grapevines with a glass of wine with time to slowly read though every one – or at least 2 or 3! When my Sunset Magazine showed up the other day – low and behold…there was an amazing destination hotel profiled that really caught my eye. Not Architectural Digest, not Cote Est, or Elle Decor or Interior Design Magazine…but Sunset Magazine. Check this out…what wonderfully clean, simple architecture – with a little nod to Neutra, that subtly ( the best part! ) tucks into the landscape…the interiors are wonderfully clean ( white! ) and simple as well. What more do you need when you are floating above the incredible valley and landscape below? What a view! So, so cool! And with further exploration, I find that they are part of Groupo Habita ( of course they are! ) – who also own a few other favorite hotels of mine…one favorite is Distrito Capito in San Diego. I have been a huge fan of their hotel design for so long…I love the minimal, industrial, sort of raw feeling of the spaces. How fun it would be to design for a group that does not hold back, or seem to have rules…Just love.
I have long had a dream to live in a barn. And by that, I mean finding an amazing old barn and fixing it up – into a ‘modern’ barn. I have had the entire thing designed in my head forever, down to the smallest of details. It will of course be situated next to a beautiful creek or stream of some sort that will flow under the elevated breeze-way that connects the adjacent design studio and guest house. It will have amazing views across empty fields and rolling hills, and room for an incredible vegetable garden and dozens of fruit trees. There will be a large mud room, complete with dog shower and tub…it will have heated concrete floors, a sunken living room with huge wall to wall cushions for lounging…walls that completely open up so there is NO line between inside and out…a gourmet kitchen with a 14′ table for long dinners with good friends, an indoor-outdoor pizza oven that is accessed from the kitchen, as well as from the deck adjacent to the black-bottom beach-entry pool. Ah yes, I do have the entire thing designed in my head, but for now, I will just continue to search for and file away other great ideas so that when the day comes to start gutting (: ) ), I will be ready!! Enjoy!
For some reason Eva Menz popped into my head yesterday…probably seeing something that reminded me of her work. I absolutely love her lighting ‘sculptures’ and her installations. I would love the chance to see one in person – to get a sense of the scale and detail. I thought since I was enjoying a refresher of her work, and some of you may not know her, I would post some of her pieces…Please visit her site to see even more of her amazing work and be sure to look for the behind-the-scene shots of how she and her team create these amazing pieces…Enjoy!
During my obsessive and relentless search through design blogs, interior and architecture sites, and all the other vast options for design inspiration and information, I came across a name that I didn’t immediately recognize, yet have known and loved his work for years! Joseph Dirand is a French Architect and designer. I thought I would post a few of my favorites from his residential and hotel work for those of you who don’t know him or just haven’t seen for a while. I think his attention to detail is incredible and his work is absolutely stunning…Enjoy!
…from the same issue of Est Magazine.
I have been following Tine K Home for some time now (see my ‘dreamy office‘ post from awhile back). I absolutely love, love, LOVE this palette – her mix of neutrals, the collection of pieces and natural materials in the light-flooded all-white home. It’s such an incredible space!! It makes me want to paint my floors all white (Hmmm….weekend project??). Her on-line collections have the same sensibilities that you see here in her home – check them out at the link above…love Scandinavian design…Just gorgeous!
This is a shot from the latest issue of one of my new favorites – Est Magazine – out of Australia…on the latest work of one of my favorite designers, Piet Boon. His use of materials and that palette…there is just something about how he creates spaces, along with his wife Karin, that makes them feel fresh and new, but comfortable and very familiar at the same time. Hope you enjoy!!
Standing in line at the grocery store on a rainy Sunday, my husband hands me the Elle Decor Special Edition and says’ Do you have this one?… My answer? ‘ oh my god – I love that!…look at that room!! ‘ – Apparently I do not have that one yet. Just a little day dream…I am imagining my feet digging through the warm sand (yes, heated floors below the sand!) in that simple spare room, relaxing on those deep, crisp ever-so-white sofas (those look an awful lot like the Gervasoni Ghost sofas I am so in love with!) with my morning coffee or afternoon cocktail, on a quick trip to Portugal…sure, why not! I thought I’d share this one in case you haven’t seen it yet, and need a little get-away too!…Mmmmm...Enjoy!
I love concrete. I love it polished, rough, broken, board formed, in blocks, formal, industrial, modern…I just love concrete. And there is nothing like a concrete wall! I have been researching concrete block for a clients’ fireplace refacing, which will most likely be concrete block in a very long narrow mid-century modern style. Since I was going through my files, I figured I would put up a few of my favorites, as well as some of the newer images that I found while doing my research. Enjoy!
I love, love, LOVE chevron and herringbone floors. They have such a wonderful graphic presence and when done with an amazing wood species in the right space, they can be the most incredible floors...and the best part is that they can easily can go either classic or modern! They make such a phenomenal statement – I think if I had them I wouldn’t want to put anything else in the space!! There is such a subtle difference between the two patterns, I wonder which I would choose if I ever had the right space (and $$$) to install them. My guess is that I would probably go for chevron because it has slightly bolder cleaner lines overall, but the herringbone is so classic and beautiful…I’m sure it would be a huge struggle to decide. Here are just a few great images of each pattern from my files…Enjoy!
I have been really getting into the holiday spirit this season, and for some reason, I have been obsessing over great holiday wreaths! And as you may or may not have guessed yet, I am not a huge fan of too much ( or any for that matter ) color, and I SO want to make my own, but trying to narrow down the design is, well, a little hard for someone like me. I will probably spend so much time thinking about the perfect wreath, that the holidays will be over and it will become a Spring project! In the mean time, here are three that I have filed away as inspiration. I love the neutral color palette & materials, but mostly the sheer simplicity of each of them…Cheers!
Among all the things that flow in and out of my brain on a daily basis, certain images from my digital library will occasionally just pop into my head – and for no reason that I have come up with at all. I have folders upon folders of various categories of design filed away; one of my favorites being the ‘DESIGNERS / ARCHITECTS’ folder…For whatever reason, this mornings’ ‘flash’ was of Jerome Abel Seguin, a French designer that I love. Take a look at his home in Bali…the palette is phenomenal, the mix of materials are just incredible ( and simply perfect in my opinion ) and touches of what I assume are some of his art and furniture pieces along with some local cultural artifacts. I just love the way the light plays on and with the structure and materials and bounces around the spaces…pure heaven.
And one of his newer art pieces as well as one of my long-time favorites…
It’s paint selection time for my residential remodel project and I am a little crazy-obsessed with what some people casually refer to as ‘white paint’! There are a million shades of white paint…and having gone through the dozens of swatches that I have pulled from various paint distributors spread out across my work table, I finally have narrowed down the selections for the client to about 10 – which will get narrowed down again for samples to paint on her walls so that she can live with them for a while in the space. Whites are so subtle and subjective it is an incredible task to select the perfect white. I tend to use cooler whites in my own home, because if I am ‘going white’ I like it to be crisp and clean, but the client for this particular project generally likes warmer tones. The flooring we are going with is a mid range wood floor, which is warm but with gray overtones, and though she says she is ready to break out of her comfort zone, I don’t want to choose a white that she won’t enjoy long-term. The room also has large windows on 3 sides, which casts a lot of green light into the space. We decided on a general palette at the beginning of the design process, which includes whites, pale, pale ever-so-slightly-dusty-bluish grays, tan or wood tones and touches of black. We are using a decent amount of black details throughout the kitchen ( though officially opted out of going with the black fridge ) which now opens up to the living room, or what I am calling the ‘Great Room’. The style we are going for is modern farmhouse, and given the overall palette so far, a (ever so) slightly grayish white should work…now to find the perfect one…
Ok. Has anyone seen the December Elle Decor cover? Is that Jean de Merry fixture not totally fantastic?!?!! I have had my eye on that fixture for a few years now, and especially love it in the blackened finish. ( continuing on my latest obsession for black iron and steel ) I first saw it in a design showroom at the SFDC and have been coveting it ever since. I have now seen it featured a few times in design mags and the recent cover of Elle Decor just brought it back to front of mind. So on a lighting note, I thought I would post of few of my favorites from my files. I love all types of lighting styles…from the decadent chandelier to the spare, single light bulb…
I have been obsessing over iron and/or steel frame windows lately…Our house has an enclosed patio, done by the previous owner. It’s one of the reasons we bought the house, because I loved the idea of having my office be part of the main living space instead of in a little room off somewhere. The room has glass on 2 sides, one to the inside – adjacent to the living room, and one to a small side patio area. It’s wonderful, because I get light from both sides, but the window wall to the outside are those crappy cheap metal frames – what I affectionately refer to as ‘winnebago’ windows, that I want to tear out daily!! They desperately need to be replaced, and I have been dreaming of replacing both sides with black steel frame windows (which would also help to satisfy my dream of living in a warehouse loft someday), but I know it will cost a fortune! It would be an amazing addition to our modern home, but would it be worth the cost even if we could afford it? My heart says hell yes, of course! But my head says, uh, well, no…sadly. What’s a girl to do?? Has anyone gone with iron or steel frame windows?? Was it worth it…are they amazing??
Happy Thanksgiving to all…
I woke up thinking about black refrigerators. Weird? Perhaps, but I am working out some of the details of my clients remodel and we were discussing the possibility of ‘going black’ with the fridge…thus the early morning subject matter. I love the idea. But will it show every little fingerprint and puppy-dog-nose smudge? We are doing a black range hood and industrial black island pendants. Would the fridge be too much? It’s so damn sexy…!! This is a ‘modern farmhouse’ design…and it could be perfect or just slightly too much. I am right on the fence, so will have to do a little visual palette to see it in action. I will keep you posted on the outcome. Maybe I will just get her a little b/w goat and that will solve everything! I’m sure the kids will love it!
…Since I was talking black and white this morning, I just couldn’t help myself and thought I would throw in a few newbies that I spotted…Enjoy!
Piet Boon is one of my all time favorite designers. I have collected examples of his work over time and was thinking about him today and thought I would share some of my favorite inspirational images from my file. I love his clean lines, minimal neutral palette, and his modern design esthetic with an underlying touch of classical. He always does incredible flooring too – check out some of the examples below. His work, to me, has the perfect balance of contrasting natural materials and I am in awe of the amazingly simple and elegant symmetry throughout his work. Enjoy…
All images property of Piet Boon.
The decision has been made! The new sofa will not be in white, but in a wonderful medium warm gray! After months (and months) of anguish and swatches and upholstery quotes…and well, lots of stress – the final decision is a gray sofa. BUT!! Yes, BUT, since the new sofa will be a slip-covered sofa, I have the option to have a white sofa as well!! (see my earlier post about the great white sofa debate) I can have 2 sofas in one!! Sheer genius! I can now have the gray sofa for the cats and dogs and cocktails and movie-night snacks days…and I can have a white one for the no-one-will-really-be-using-the-sofa-so-it-can-be-beautiful-and-pure-white-right-now days too…Ahhh, total design relief! I opted not to go custom, but to go with a stock sofa as a temporary fix and focus on the master bedroom and bathroom (hopefully soon) remodel. I just couldn’t stand the thought of spending a fortune on a sofa that I wasn’t even sure I’d love once it showed up, as well as the cats, cocktails and such…so problem solved! Now if I can just wait until the January delivery!!
I have been working all day on a client’s kitchen remodel design (well not so much the actual design as much as the ‘production’ of the design). Today was lighting selection day, and since we are doing a modern farmhouse theme – flipped inside out – alot of the lighting fixtures we selected are barn style with a little industrial thrown in for good measure! Now my eyes are just about done for the day, but I thought since I am way over due for a posting I would throw out a little daily dose of white in the kitchen category…To me this kitchen has just the right amount of eclectic and contrasting materials…stone, concrete, wood, metal, and of course…a touch of glam! It’s modern, industrial, rustic and very chic all at the same time. For those of you who do not know of one of my favorite new on-line magazines…Take a look at EST from Australia – it’s a great source for inspiration! Enjoy!!
I am a huge fan of the use of black in interiors ( and exteriors ) and in honor of Halloween ( THE best holiday of them all, by the way ) and my newly painted finger nails, I thought I would post just a few of my favorite black inspiration images that I have collected over time…Our bedroom is painted entirely in Ben Moore ‘Black Top’ – it is a very neutral black – and we just love it…don’t be afraid to really embrace black, always best with a splash of white of course – its calming and elegant, yet bold and can be very, very sexy…it’s totally worth it!!
I have to apologize again for not knowing where most of these came from.
I have been in love with banquette seating for a very long time now and have recently been plotting how I might fit one into my own dining room. Trouble is that I have a parson’s style dining table and they don’t work well with banquette or bench seating. I’m not ready to throw out my custom 9′ dining table just yet…(and my husband would kill me) so I will share a few of my collected banquette inspiration images with you and simply dream about having one of my own for a little while longer…enjoy!
I apologize that many of these are older inspiration images and I can’t remember where they came from.
The Ranch is a new(ish) fitness and wellness retreat in Malibu. I designed their Brand Identity and website and art directed the photography for the site and all of their collateral and media. My husband shot the photography. The owner chose to use off white sofas and the look is fresh and casual and comfortable. What do you think…??? You can see more images of The Ranch at:
Ok. I may be completely crazy, but I love a pure white sofa. I mean…I LOVE a pure white sofa. Anytime I see an interior with a white sofa, I practically drool. But is it practical? Is it even remotely practical? I have been shopping for a new sofa for months now. I think it has taken me so long because I desperately want a pure white sofa, but know I shouldn’t. It was easier for me to buy my car. I walked in, took a test drive and bought my car within a few hours. This sofa thing has literally been going on for months! So, am I crazy? I’m sure the minute I buy one I will regret it…But I’m mostly worried I will regret not buying one even more…
The other thing I love about all these sofas is that they all have bench seat base cushions which adds to the beautiful clean white lines!