Posts Tagged 'room'

Children’s Book.

I’ve been thinking of a small craft project that would allow children to be expressive in terms of interior spaces. And I’ve been doing some reasearch which brings me to all of the great design books for children’s room and baby nursuries. My sister asked for some help from me when decorating her two children’s rooms so these are three great resources to go to when you need to gather ideas for ways to decorate your kids cabana.

 

Room for Children design book susanna salk

Room for Children book by Susanna Salk, $29.70

feathering the nest Tracy Hutson, $20 | Amazon.com

Feathering the Nest by Tracy Hutson, $20

Terrance Conran Essential Children's Rooms design

Terrance Conran's Essential Children's Rooms, $14 (releases May 2011)

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Taken Away at Kips Bay.

Last Friday was a day to remember. I had a fantastic road trip to the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in NYC with the Washington Design Center and design crew. I made some new friends and soaked up major inspiration from the talented interior decorators at the show house. First of all, I want to move into that townhouse immediately. Wowsers! It’s incredible! And on the market for over $20 million. Someone out there is going to be living large when they buy that awesome real estate. Back to the design part. Oh my GOSH! I am in love with so many details of that space. Here are some pics I snapped while inside. One of the photos include the real talented Vincent Wolf who was there photographing his room.

Glossy coral red trim in the entryway.

Glossy coral red trim in the entryway.

Artful staircase with awesome wallpaper insets by Rod Winterrowd.

Artful staircase with awesome wallpaper insets by Rod Winterrowd.

I love these glass lamps in the kitchen designed by Eve Robinson.

I love these glass lamps in the kitchen designed by Eve Robinson.

The mirrored walls are a great way to enlarge an outdoor space with forever views - by Plant Specialists, LLC

The mirrored walls are a great way to enlarge an outdoor space with forever views - by Plant Specialists, LLC

The blue Ventian plaster walls were in high glass mode with Aegean and slate undertones.in the

The blue Venetian plaster walls were created with a high gloss sheen and has subtle variations of Aegean and slate undertones.

A bit dark, but this photo is of Vincent Wolfs room, and there he is in his talented glory!

A bit dark, but this photo is of Vincent Wolfs room with the excellent all white light fixtures on medium wood paneling... and there he is looking a Polaroid's through his scope - in his talented glory!

The hallway carpeting leading into the mens and owmens lounges was imitated with same pattern replicated with paint on hardwood. very creative and way cool Daren Henault Interiors!

The hallway carpeting leading into the mens and women's lounges was imitated with same pattern replicated with paint on hardwood. very creative and way cool designers at McMillen Plus!

I loved the warm and dfeep palette of the mens lounge with the trim applied directly to the walls and accented with gold toned wall sconces and modern wall art.

I loved the warm and deep palette of the mens lounge with the trim applied directly to the walls and accented with gold toned wall sconces and modern wall art.

In the womens lounge room, the wall closets were mirrored and then painted with a subtle and tiny pattern in a chalky color paint. Delicate and gorgeous.

In the women's lounge room, the wall closets were mirrored and then painted with a subtle and tiny pattern in a chalky color paint. Delicate and gorgeous.

Daren Henault Interiors created this glistening retreat in soft hues of blues and green accented with yellowish creams. I love the small painting above the bed. Striking art even at it's smaller size.

Daren Henault Interiors created this glistening retreat in soft hues of pale blue green accented with golds. I love the small painting above the bed. Striking art even at it's smaller size. The ceiling light is tops too.

The sisters at 2Michaels have a knack for creating serene enclosures and this calming space with modern accent lighting and furniture was one of my favorite rooms in the house.

The sisters at 2Michaels have a knack for creating serene enclosures and this calming space with modern accent lighting and furniture was one of my favorite rooms in the house.

Coffinier Ku Design was the brainchild behind this beautiful bathroom. I love the rug and the contrast of the claw foot against the more contemporary legs of the bench and lines of the rug.

Coffinier Ku Design was the brainchild behind this beautiful bathroom. I love the rug and the contrast of the claw foot against the more contemporary legs of the bench and lines of the rug.

The lilac sconce shades were a welcome touch to nickel fixtures and worked with the slate blue of the area rug.

The lilac sconce shades were a welcome touch to nickel fixtures and light sand hued wall tiles and worked with the slate color of the area rug.

The master bedroom was an experiemnt in candlelight - the colors were warm and yellow and the accents were a nice opposite in charcoals and blacks.

The master bedroom was an experiment in candlelight - the colors were warm and pale yellow and the accents were a nice opposite in charcoals and blacks.

The upholstery on the bed had a pearlized quality to it and the zig zag on the bench was really the first piece that caught my eye. Great combination!

The upholstery on the bed had a pearlized quality to it and the zig zag on the bench and similar key pattern on the rug was really the first surfaces that caught my eye. Great combination! And great flooring choice!

A successful experiment in venetian plaster, thin tape, and gold dots.

A successful wall covering experiment in venetian plaster, thin tape, and gold dots.

Aman & Carson Interiors created this welcoming lounge and library  space with leather seating, reading and super glossy off white walls and ceiling.

Aman & Carson Interiors created this welcoming lounge and library space with leather seating, reading and super glossy off white walls and ceiling. I loves the neutral background with touches of soft color like these Ikat pillows. And I've always been a fan of oversize mirrors.

I WANT this fantastic rock cryestl like hanging dome ceiling light - don't you love how the light reflects off the glossy ceiling?

I WANT this fantastic rock crystal like hanging dome ceiling light - don't you love how the light reflects off the wet-looking glossy ceiling?

The small seating area on the fifth floor had these amazing shagreen wall tiles that covered the walls. Nancy Boszhardt really selected great materials for this small seating area.

The small seating area on the fifth floor had these amazing shagreen wall tiles that covered the walls. Nancy Boszhardt really selected great materials for this small seating area.

Jennifer Post commanded much attention with the entire top penthouse of the home. The massage room already has a waitlist until 2012. If this were real life, this striking room with its black and white ensemble would have the most requested tables in the place.

Jennifer Post commanded much attention with the entire top penthouse of the home. The massage room already has a waitlist until 2012. If this were real life, this striking room with its black and white ensemble would have the most requested tables in the place.

This TV room by Jennifer Post would be a dream come true in the urban lofts of Washington DC.

This TV room by Jennifer Post would be a dream come true in the urban lofts of Washington DC.

A roof top terrace picked up on the black hues and unique metal sculptures from the inside spaces. Can you imagine a view like this on a warm summer night!

A roof top terrace picked up on the black hues and unique metal sculptures from the inside spaces. Can you imagine a view like this on a warm summer night!

Vincent Wolf WAS there and here is a sneak peek at some test polaroids.

Vincent Wolf WAS there and here is a sneak peek at some test Polaroids.

All is Lovely in Aix-en-Provence.

While in the Southern Provence area of France, I stayed at this adorable and beautifully designed ‘hotel particular” called 28 a Aix. It’s located in town center of Aix-en-Provnce, an area of France known for it’s love of art and it’s association with water. As the tourism board heralds, “all is colour and sensation: the light of the sky, the golden stone of the facades, the transparent green of the fountains, the shade of the plane trees”. They are so right!

Our stay at 28 a Aix will never be forgotten. I hope to return again.  Michael and Sophie were so warm and welcoming from arrival to departure, and truly perfect hosts to us during our three night stay. This row house-turned-inn has four gorgeous rooms that are in high demand. Look at my pics and you will see why!

Bonjour Michael (look at the upper left window!) The front facade at 28 a Aix.

Bonjour Michael (look at the upper left window!) The front facade at 28 a Aix.

We bunked in Room #2 which has 14 foot high ceilings, two windows looking over the back courtyard with bamboo furnishings, a koi pond, old wall, and so many photo ops… such a treat for the trigger-happy gal that I am!

The to-die-for backyard was just underneath of window and such a treat!

The to-die-for backyard was just underneath of window and such a treat!

The room is the best part! Sheer white drapery covered the lower 2/3 of the walls which made us feel like we were sleeping on a cloud.The bed was covered in custom labeled ’28’ sheets and cases, while a corner wood burning stove, a huge Bang & Olfson flat screen, large closet, and large bathroom with modern shower flanked other sides of the large room. I love the two Ikea lamps hanging above the bedside tables (these inexpensive hanging lamps looked great in that room).

Our adorable home for three nights! Lots of natural light!

Our adorable home for three nights! Lots of natural light!

Breakfast was delicious. Each morning, Michael entertained us with his humourous tales and helpful hints for making the most out of the city and surrounding areas of Provence. While French show tunes played in the background, we feasted at intimate tables in the front parlour room on fresh fruit cups, assorted pastries, fresh OJ and aromatic coffee. The dining room is littered with beautiful interior design books and is decorated with soft rose and gold colors intertwined with sage green.

Mornings were a treat amoung music, scented candles, and delicious homeade food.

Mornings were a treat among music, scented candles, and delicious homemade food.

The large and inviting living space has an awesome assortment of design books.

The large and inviting living space has an awesome assortment of design books.

Fresh floral breezes from the flagstone courtyard was sleep inducing. I absolutely loved it. If I have the luxury of returning to Aix-en-Provence, I’m snuggling up in this perfect Provincial home.

The lush back courtyard with lanterns, a winding staircase, bamboo furnishings and a koi pond. Lovely.

The winding staircase leads up past lanterns to the living space.

Some Rules are Meant to be Broken.

Thank you House Beautiful for your Designer Tip of 10 Decorating Rules to Break. I’ve certainly have had my own share of rule breaking when it comes to interior and exterior design. And I’m glad to see I’m not the only one on the wild side! Ready to break some more?

Old Rule #1: Use Only One Type of wood in a room. I’m not a matchy matchy kind of gal. Mixing woods can make a room so much more interesting and dynamic!

Eclectic and deeply lacquered library designed by Miles Redd.

Eclectic and deeply lacquered library designed by Miles Redd.

Old Rule #2: The Most Important Piece of Furniture is the Sofa. So wrong! I’m going to go out on a limb and say that for me, it’s the way the room comes together and serves it’s purpose, beautifully. Some living rooms can go without a sofa – my sister-in-law prescribes to that rule with the use of four comfy lounge chair encircling a center table. The room called for this type of treatment. Head to the family room for some lounging time.

Designer Dan Marty feel the same way - love this cozy room with no sofa!

Designer Dan Marty feel the same way - love this cozy room with no sofa!

Old Rule #3: Play it Safe in Small Spaces. Sometimes big is better. Believe it or not. I think an oversize pattern in a cozy dining room or powder room can really make the space sing. On occasion a small and uninteresting room can be made more exciting with the addition of a large-scale treatment.

Designer Victoria Neale agrees that a bold print can make a smaller, less-used room and exciting space to spend time.

Designer Victoria Neale agrees that a bold print can make a smaller, less-used room and exciting space to spend time.

Old Rule #4: Every Room Needs a Rug. Not every bare floor or newly finished wide wood plank floor needs to wear a hat. Uncover these rooms if you like and leave the rug to the bedroom where bare feet really appreciate the softer feeling. Removing a rug from a kitchen or dining room and can open up the space and keep it cleaner in the long run.

"Bare wood and stone floors can be just as beautiful," says designer Eric Cohler.

"Bare wood and stone floors can be just as beautiful," says designer Eric Cohler.

Old Rule #5: Furniture Styles Should Match. Who told you that? Not Mr. Wolfe! Like Vicente, I lean towards layering of textures, colors, styles rather than stick with a single one digit. Add some decorative lighting and accessories to dress up the various styles and voila… instant interest!

With layering, decor choices will have a much longer life," says designer Vicente Wolf.

"With layering, decor choices will have a much longer life," says designer Vicente Wolf.

Old Rule #6: Always Put a Coffee Table in Front of the Sofa. I think we can all agree that sometimes, a single table just does not cut it. We might be crowded in this house and need a bit more maneuverability. Pull up an ottman topped with a lacquer tray, spread out a few nesting tables with various heights, or even scatter some small stools.

Vicente Wolf knows where a coffee table goes in this home.

Vicente Wolf knows where a coffee table goes in this home.

Old Rule #7: Vintage Pieces are Best Left “As Is”. Whoever invented paint is a genius. Thank you Thank you Thank you. With anything old and maybe a bit beaten down, a good shellac in any color will work wonders for updating your room and adding life to you loveliest pieces.

This bed went from blah and brown to bravo and black.

This bed went from blah and brown to bravo and black.

Old Rule #8: For a Small Bedroom, Use Small Furniture. This is no doll house. Small scale anything can make a smaller room seem like a Barbie retreat. Adding height and width to a cozy quarter will feed your room like a plant – grow grow grow! Now it’s not so small is it?

I've always loved this image of designer Melissa Warner's own West Hollywood bedroom

I've always loved this image of designer Melissa Warner's own West Hollywood bedroom

Old Rule #9: Dining Chairs Should be a Part of a Matching Set. Whether it be a round or rectangle, a dining table could more than one style of chair. Make sure they have the same proportions and maybe the same style, wood, leather or metal to keep things cohesive. But just as you imagine tall backed chairs flanking the ends of medieval dining tables, here to can we mix-it-up a bit with introducing a bench, accent chair or upholstered arm-chair to the dining equation.

This Saarinen base rectangle table has room to grow with the varied seating by designer Vicente Wolf.

This Saarinen base rectangle table has room to grow with the varied seating by designer Vicente Wolf.

Old Rule #10: Children’s Art is for the Fridge. You might have a resident artist in the house. So flaunt his/her skills! The mere abstract nature of a child’s painting or drawing can be that one accent you’ve needed in the dining room or even above the master bed. The colors and brushstrokes of a child can make the most boring of rooms the new favorite spot in the house.

"Display drawings ina colorful frame or white frame with mat. They are full of spirit and meaningful", says Eric Cohler.

"Display drawings in a colorful frame or white frame with mat. They are full of spirit and meaningful", says Eric Cohler.

Room to Grow.

My client (and grade school friend) asked me if I could redesign her five year old son’s bedroom. Her vision included modern furnishings and accessories that were colorful and somewhat gender neutral – she wanted everything to have a timeless quality and look just as good and age appropriate for her son now as it could for a twelve year old. She also needed this within a day. The challenge was on. I think I passed the test with a funky fresh approach that stands the test of time. Scroll to see my vertical story board. What do you think? =)

Abacus Wall Decor

Abacus Wall Decor

Ceiling Light Pendant Fixture

Ceiling Light Pendant Fixture

Accent Chair

Accent Chair

A colorful and graphic area rug.

A colorful and graphic area rug.

Modern Twin Bed

Modern Twin Bed

Very cool kids bedding

Very cool kids bedding

Mohair Throw Blanket in Blue-Grey or Orange

Mohair Throw Blanket in Blue

Geometric Ceramic Table Lamp

Geometric Ceramic Table Lamp

European Oak Shelving Unit

European Oak Shelving Unit

A globe with animals imprinted on it.

A globe with animals imprinted on it.

Roomy mod dresser

Roomy mod dresser

Wooden wall clock

Wooden wall clock

Floor Cushion

Floor Cushion


Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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