Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Cozy + Chic: The Boho Daybed

One of the projects I am working on at the moment has a little media room tucked away on the third floor. The client wants this to be a warm, family space for watching movies and lounging together so we opted to use a daybed and load it with a riot of fun, bohemian pillows. I love the idea of a causal, layered mix of patterns and textures. We started with a pair of blue batik pillows the client had picked up in Bali and added on from there with a color palette of indigo blues, creams and a pop of pink. The best part about this cozy and chic look is you can't go wrong - no matching required! Here are our fav inspiration images . . . 

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Celeb House Tour: Actress Nina Dobrev's Airy Bungalow

Today we are touring the chic LA home of actress Nina Dobrev. I just loved how this 1929 Spanish style bungalow was updated into a fresh, bright home. Modern elements, organic textures and a few industrial pieces combine with the architectural charm of the spaces for beautiful results! I also adore Dobrev's personal pieces and unexpected home accessories. Any details you love?

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Current Obsession: Round Mirrors

My design obsession of the month has to be large scale round mirrors. I was hunting for a concept to brighten up a client's dark dining space and now I can not get enough. Round mirrors add an instant focal point to any space and a bit of mod drama as well. They also reflect and amplify natural light - creating a spacious, fresh feel! Plus the circular form helps soften a room filled with hard angles (I always try to include a few round or organic forms in every interior). 

Here are some of my favorite inspirations . . . 

There are some incredible designer options out there like this amazing Arteriors Gervais mirror but this Ikea Stockholm mirror is a secret favorite of mine - I love the impact it brings at 32" diameter! 

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Designer Tip: Lighting Upgrades

One of my most oft used designer upgrades is to fix a room's lighting. So many rental spaces have harsh, florescent overhead lighting but with the right tweaks I feel that lovely lighting can really set the ambiance for the whole space. I always change out overhead fixtures if possible, and am sure to add lots of layers of softer lighting with floor and table lamps. I also find warm hued, frosted bulbs cast a much more inviting light than their cool, clear counterparts. Here are my top 3 tips for beautiful, welcoming lighting:

- Add a soft light source to 3 corners of a room if possible (in design school they suggest 8 light sources per room but I find that 4-6 is often plenty!)

- Incorporate lighting of various heights - a mix of table lamps, taller standing lamps and hanging fixtures create a layered feel.

- Try a pair - a pair of matched lamps flanking a piece of furniture or set on a large sideboard adds a great symmetry.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Katie Hodges Design: Fresh and Boho in Cali

While on my Pinterest travels, the photo above stopped me in my tracks! I love the organic, layered, fresh California vibe of this amazing nook - and no surprise, I adore the rest of the house just as much! Created by designer Katie Hodges, this L.A. rental is full of chic boho details and great vintage pieces. I especially love her gorgeous use of textiles and creative luxe upgrades (like the custom leather drawer pulls!) to add personality to a basic space. Any details you love?

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Designer Tip: Leaning, Layered Art

Many of my design projects are in rental homes, and one of the quirks of building in Singapore is that light and fan switches are often placed high in very awkward and unusual places. Just where I would like to hang a large mirror or piece of art! My solution is to create a layered tabletop vignette of smaller, leaning pieces - adding texture and interest while keeping the switches accessible! Not only is this functional but I love the causal, collected look and the flexibility to change out pieces as you like. The key is to mix pieces of different heights and different mediums. I like to incorporate small framed artworks, mirrors and stretched canvases, as well one or two decorative vases or flora. 

Here is a little inspiration I have been gathering!

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