Designer Tip :: Area Rug Placement

Designer Tip :: Area Rug Placement

Rugs serve a myriad of purposes in a room -- they add warmth and texture, delineate different zones, ground furniture groupings and provide contrast to flooring.  Rugs really are the foundation of any room and shouldn’t be considered an isolated item.  Choosing the right size rug is super important -- a too-small rug can make your room look smaller!

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Sound Like a Designer :: Greek Key

Sound Like a Designer :: Greek Key

The motif originated in Ancient Greece {thus the name, duh} and is an interlocking rectangular pattern made from one continuous line, also known as a “meander.”  One theory is that the motif is a representation of the mythical labyrinth that held the fearsome Minotaur, a creature with the head of a bull and the body of a man. The motif is also thought to represent unity and infinity.  In Ancient Greece the  pattern was featured on architectural friezes, pottery and bronze shields.  The pattern was later adopted by the Romans {as so much of Greek art and architecture was} and was seen on tiles, mosaics as well as architecture and later became an important element of the Neoclassical Style.  

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The Barcelona Chair :: Designed for a King + Queen

The Barcelona Chair :: Designed for a King + Queen

The Barcelona chair was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe along with his paramour Lilly Reich for the German Pavilion at the 1929 International Exposition in, you guessed it, Barcelona, Spain.  The fair organizers planned an opening reception in the German Pavilion and wanted to provide two chairs for the King and Queen of Spain and asked Mies van der Rohe to design them, thus the birth of the iconic chair.

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Girl Crush :: Aerin Lauder

Girl Crush :: Aerin Lauder

Ok, so I’ve had a girl-crush on Aerin Lauder for, like, ever.  My girl-crush dates all the way back to my Chapin days in NYC -- she was one of the cool, older girls that that I admired from afar because I was way too uncool and awkward to do anything else.  Here are some images from her drop-dead gorgeous apartment in NYC.  Pardon me while I wipe the drool off of my keyboard.

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For the Love of Lucite

For the Love of Lucite

I love the look of lucite furniture and accessories in interiors -- because it’s clear it takes up little to no visual space so it’s perfect for preventing small spaces from looking cluttered {click here for more on designing for small spaces}.  Lucite also makes a bold artistic statement without creating visual clutter and It brings a sense of whimsy and playfulness to a room.

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Color Love :: Gray + Yellow

Color Love :: Gray + Yellow

Gray and yellow is one of my favorite color combinations and it works in any style of decor, from the ultra-modern to the very traditional.  It was very trendy a couple of years ago, but I don’t really go in for trends -- if you like it, you like it, period.  Gray is timeless and can be mixed with any color. It can help tone down the stimulating effects of yellow and keep it from becoming garish.  The color combo works great in just about any room of the house too!

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Go Wild :: Decorating with Animal Prints

Go Wild :: Decorating with Animal Prints

Animal prints never seem to really go out of style.  They are incredibly versatile and work with pretty much any style of décor.  Animal prints can bring on the drama, but, amazingly enough, animal prints can be fairly neutral too when paired with other neutrals like browns and creams. Leopard and zebra are two of the most popular animal prints, but you can also find giraffe, cheetah and antelope in the mix too.

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The Ever Versatile Folding Screen

The Ever Versatile Folding Screen

Folding screens are an extremely versatile piece of furniture -- they can be used to decorate a bare wall, cover an eyesore, divide up a large space or even act as a headboard and there is a folding screen for every design style.

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Color Love :: Pink + Orange

Color Love :: Pink + Orange

My last post was about Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier’s fabulous Paris apartment, which is in a very neutral palette of whites and greys so I’m feeling a little hungry for color today.  One of my favorite playful color combos is pink and orange.

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Parisian Dream :: The Apartment of Patrick Gilles + Dorothée Boissier

Parisian Dream :: The Apartment of Patrick Gilles + Dorothée Boissier

Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier's dreamy flat on Boulevard Malherbes in the 17th arrondissement in Paris has totally caught my eye. The 300 sq meter apartment was rich in 19th century Napoleon III details and is the epitome of classic Parisian architecture with large rooms and floor to ceiling windows. The couple painstakingly restored the gorgeous herringbone floors and amazing boisierie. 

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Industrial Chic :: Utilitarian, Simple + Natural

Industrial Chic :: Utilitarian, Simple + Natural

The style known as “Industrial Chic” has been growing in popularity with the increasing conversion of former warehouse, factory and loft spaces to residential homes and work spaces. “Utilitarian,” “simple,” and “natural” are all great words to describe the style.  It is a simple and clean look with a focus on function.

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IKEA's Latest Collection is Nornäs {in the US at least}

IKEA's Latest Collection is Nornäs {in the US at least}

IKEA is finally bringing some of their newer collection to the US, and Nornäs is one of the seven coming soon to your local IKEA {I believe they will be available in February of this year.}  Nornäs is contructed of solid Swedish Pine from sourced from sustainable forests in northern Sweden; the collection is also designed to minimize waste during construction. Scandinavian pine has lots of knots and natural irregularities.  

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