While I absolutely love, adore and cherish design work, the time has come for me to take a break. It’s bittersweet, but in the end I know my time for now is best spent with my family, friends and the non-profits I serve. I will still provide my best creative juices for my close friends and promise to remain dedicated to those special clients. Unfortunately my blog, along with my usual “extra” clients, will have to be placed on the shelf for now. As Lena Horne stated, “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it”. Best.
“I love a white kitchen, but a soft blue is a very close second, ” I told my client asking for a tiny bit of color. I love the calmness it brings to a space. French blue or a cloudy muted hue, goes great on cabinets throughout and if you aren’t quite ready for that, try is as a base to island. Here’s some inspiration to get you started….
I’ve been trying to slow down a bit….so last week I snuck away with a friend (in the middle of the day!) and saw the movie The Intern. We have all fallen in love with pretty much every set Nancy Meyers has created, including one of the most requested kitchens from Something’s Gotta Give. This set did not disappoint either. In the kitchen, she embraced the up-to-date look with gray countertops, stainless steel appliances and that marble like synthetic countertop we all want. I love the open shelving too. Here’s a look….
All images from My Domaine.
The kitchen and master bath does get you the most bang for your buck when it comes to resale, but what about the master closet? As Sex in the City’s Carrie Bradshaw once said, “I like my money where I can see it, hanging in my closet.” I can’t tell you how many times I have seen women swoon over beautiful closets. And while those nice slanted shoe racks and beautiful wallpaper may have cost a bit more than expected, all of my clients believe the daily trot into their new digs has been worth it. Here are a few that have stole the show…
There are many luxurious items in the world of design, but one of my favorite “go for it” recommendations is a silk taffeta. It always drapes effortlessly and has the beauty of a wedding gown. Use it on drapery, a canopy, pillows or dare I saw as a wall covering. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Yes. Just ask a few of my clients who coddled them with great care at our reveal. I love having them custom made, but if that’s not an option, Neiman Marcus has some great ones (love the Hampton) and Drape Style and Half Price drapes are options too. Indulge….
“Well, sometimes I need a lot of seating.” That’s a comment a get quite a bit from clients who are social butterflies often hosting their kids youth groups, a bookclub or small group. What to do? Consider putting stools or ottomans underneath a console. The console can be set against a wall or even behind a sofa. It keeps the room from being crowded with furniture, while still providing extra seating. So say goodbye to those “card table chairs” and just pull out a stool instead…
Almost everyone has some type of table or chest against a wall that need to be developed. Often times, we consider a piece of artwork, a mirror or shelves to add some drama. It’s easy to get stuck in just considering one piece of art, but how about two, three or some other type of combo? Here’s a look….
I have a love hate relationship with Walker Zanger. I absolutely LOVE their tile, hands down. On the flip side, many of my clients almost faint when they see the price tag. That’s where I come in, the middlewoman, suggesting ways we can use “at least a little bit of it somewhere”. Last week we did just that, figuring out how to showcase it behind a range, but using simpler tile for the rest of the kitchen backslash and later on the shower floor but not the walls. Here are some of my favorite tiles….
As we were about to step foot into Taylor’s on Ten, I reminded my client that she might be taken away by the lighting that looked so very close to jewelry. A few minutes later, Aerin Lauder’s lighting line had her at hello. Lauder, having recently completed a house in Aspen and a new book release, has now brought her style to chandeliers, table lamps and sconces. The options will take your breath away. Here’s a look at some of my favorites….
Rarely am I’m looking for the same thing for two different clients, but this summer I’ve been busy evaluating swivel chairs. Both clients are in need to chairs that are more functional and will allow for a variety of seating options. The swivel chair is perfect for this. It allows guest to get in and out easily, but also allows one to capture a view of the pool, while later turning back for movie watching. Add an ottoman in front if when you need one it and the swivel slowly becomes your new favorite place to sit.
Here are some great rooms that feature swivels….