I remember growing up thinking how hideous our blond wood kitchen cabinets were. And lo and behold the return of wood is back with a vengeance, and I am fully on board! From architectural accents to turned wood bowls, this natural beauty is everywhere and has permeated architecture and the design market.
Wood, being an organic material, instantly warms up a room. It mixes beautifully with other materials and is a wonderful layering tool. A recent trend emerging is the interest in Biophilic Design- the relationship between humankind and nature, and the importance of living in conjunction with our environment.
PBK Arquitetura, a firm in Rio de Janeiro, shows off their skill at incorporating natural wood accents into their projects. This Rio apartment is sustainable and warm, blending perfectly with its surroundings.
Beyond furniture and architecture, wood turning has made a splash in the design world too. This is the craft of using the wood lathe with hand held tools to create a wide variety of objects from candlesticks to lamps.
James English and Angela Panozzo are two local artists who fabricate an array of wood objects that are a stunning addition to any interior.
Looking for that perfect floor lamp? These turned wood pieces by Lostine will be the star of any room.
Happy wood hunting!
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Okay I know we need the rain, but between storms I have been dreaming of my next getaway. And though some may say it is already passé… I see Tulum in my immediate future.
As a design buff I cannot resist this chic escape where the beach meets the jungle, and the décor is a mix of modernism and historic influences. This combination of minimalism with a focus on natural surroundings is appealing in any interior and we can take away some great design tips from our neighbors to the south.
The cutting edge architecture in Tulum is a blend of sustainability and local construction techniques.
The interiors are simple and effortless, but loaded with texture and warm colors
Art and culture are an integral part of the Tulum community. The exhibit Configurations is currently at the IK Lab in the ecological resort Azulik.
And if you can’t make it to Tulum, here are some design ideas to steel and bring Tulum to you…
Equipale chairs, a woven pendant and palm leaves is all you need.
Remember the days when you couldn’t wear white after Labor Day? Now as the days turn shorter and colder I find myself gravitating towards a serene white palette. Surrounding yourself with warm brightness seems to ward off the winter blues and creates a peaceful surrounding. The pared down spectrum of white is versatile and visually restful. Whites can be tricky, however. If not done correctly you can end up in a sterile box. The three keys to decorating with white are texture, layering and materials.
Warm colors and soft woods are a perfect match for white. This NYC apartment feels cozy and inviting with soft rust colors and rich wood floors.
Texture is white’s best friend. Without texture and layering, white may becoming boring and stark. Layering pillows or adding wood ceilings can soften a white room and add interest.
Try painting materials white like a brick fireplace for a calming effect.
White can be used just as effectively in products and fashion as well. Stephen Antonson’s gorgeous plaster lighting evokes a winter wonderland.
And you can’t go wrong with a classic mix of warm whites on a chilly day
As they say… don’t be afraid of a “lack” of color.
For all you dog lovers out there, you know that a house is not a home without a dog! And many top designers would agree that interiors should not only represent people but their furry friends as well. Dogs bring us such joy and companionship that many of us can’t imagine a life without them. But do you have to compromise good design for a four-legged family member? Absolutely not. Today’s interiors offers many pet friendly options, so a stylish life can be shared by all.
Here are a few tips for finding that balance between dogs and design…
Invest in dog products. This custom bed designed by JC Studio’s own Angela Panozzo is chic and comfy. Dogs love being off the ground and the legs provide for easy cleaning.
And if you want to invest a little more… you can go for the MDK9 Dog Haus, which can be purchased with custom bedding too.
Without fail dogs love to sleep on beds and sofas. Easily washable bedding and removable slip covers are perfect options. Durable fabrics such as leather can be cleaned easily and do not show hair.
Let’s face it all dog owners know there will be accidents. Make it easy on yourself and buy rugs than have patterns and multiple colors. Always place a thick non-skid pad under all rugs.
The good news is that sometimes a dog may even compliment your interiors and fit right into the scheme… accidentally of course.
Let’s face it there really is no substitute for black. From the little black dress to building facades, black remains a dominant force in the fashion and interiors world. It has permeated into every design crack imaginable from pottery and tile to paint and furniture. And why shouldn’t it? Black is chic, sophisticated, versatile and will never go out of style. It makes a great backdrop for textures and art and adds a touch of drama. There are big and small ways to incorporate black into your interiors, and none will disappoint. Before you know it you too will be a dark addict…
Black on the stairs adds a bold touch. Try just the steps or even the whole staircase!
Whole rooms look glamorous in all black and make other colors pop. Try glossy black for a more dramatic look
Black furniture is a great way to ease into the dark. This painted sideboard is stunning in a painted black finish
Who would not want this black oak turned lamp by their bed?
And not for the faint of heart we have the whole house
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With Spring upon us floral design is in full bloom. Now mind you I am not talking about the musty old florals you saw in your great grandmother’s house, but fresh, modern and innovative ways to incorporate florals into design. From wallpaper to textiles and fashion florals are continuing to have their moment. They breathe in life and bring nature inside. They are a great way to add pops of color to a room and can be a striking contrast in a modern setting.
Here are some ways to incorporate the easy breezy look of florals into your life…
Wallpaper, wallpaper, wallpaper. I can’t say enough about floral wallpaper. There are so many spectacular option out there it is hard to pick. For a large space go for a big, bold print like this stunning green leaf paper from Essential Home Design
For smaller spaces, like a powder room. This Hygge and West paper is fresh and colorful.
If wallpaper scares you then take baby steps with a few floral accent pillows. These John Robshaw prints have a carefree bohemian vibe
Florals can be found everywhere these days from art to fashion. Artist Guy Yanai’s paintings consist of bold colors and a modern perspective of nature.
And Ulla Johnson’s fabulous floral blouses are always chic and modern
Time to get your bloom on!
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Decorating with natural wovens never ceases to amaze me and never goes out of style. From rattan and raffia to rope and seagrass these timeless textures add an earthy warmth to any space. Although clean lines and smooth surfaces can create a polished look they can also feel cold or untouchable. Textured items bring back that organic approachability. They are welcoming, inviting and let’s face it make a space more livable.
Here are some different way to incorporate wovens into your life…
Furniture is the most obvious choice. Woven furniture pieces come in all shapes and sizes and span all styles. In our Palos Verdes project this woven end table, from Hollywood at Home, stunned paired with succulents and a patterned rug.
These entry chairs mix wood and a rush back for the perfect relaxed vibe
Lighting is another great way to integrate some texture. An oversized woven pendant brings an island feel to this boutique hotel in Greece. While simply changing the lamp shade of a fixture can do the trick as well.
And texture is essential in fashion as well. These woven purses make an ordinary outfit extraordinary.
So bring a little woven into your life… and feel the warmth!
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As the temperature finally drops in Los Angeles I begin to dream of snow. What cozy mountain house awaits…? The décor of typical mountain homes can be very predictable with heavy stone, dark colors, iron and of course the typical antler chandelier. But there is hope! And there is a way to balance good design with a mountain lifestyle.
This Utah home by Studio McGee brings a modern twist to the quintessential mountain home. It remains warm and comfortable while also being fresh and chic. The clean lines and bright colors mixed with the textures and materials are both minimal and inviting at the same time.
This kids bunk room could not be more cozy with the layering of rugs and warm neutral colors. The brass accents add a touch of sophistication.
Even this beautiful stone bathroom feels light and airy mixed with the crisp white tub and side table.
And this stunning A-frame in Big Bear has the perfect modern cabin vibe. The white walls combined with colors, patterns and textures create a relaxed yet refined environment.
Here’s to a fabulous winter getaway!
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Never underestimate the role accessories play in a home. They create warmth, personalization and breathe life into the design scheme. Accessories tell the story of a home, who you are and what you value. Living in a city like Los Angeles there are so many opportunities to buy locally from incredibly talented artisans. Here are a few of my favorite accessories that will not only bring you immense joy, but also are handmade in Los Angeles
Local ceramicist Natan Moss creates stunning pieces from handmade lamps to soy candles. His beautiful glazes make every piece unique.
De Jong & Co is a Los Angeles woodworking company that specializes in custom handcrafted one of a kind pieces. From cutting boards to benches, each piece is a work of art.
Magnolia Ceramics is a Southern California company known for its pureness of form and clean lines.
Nickey Kehoe, a local neighborhood showroom, has a line of handmade products that will take your breath away…. and let your pup sleep tight.
When you choose to shop for accessories in the community you are getting the most bang for your buck. Supporting local artists and finding those special objects that last a lifetime. It is a win-win!
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On the heels of an amazing northern California beach vacation I am reminded how lucky we are to live in the Golden State. We are able to incorporate the natural beauty that surrounds us, from the mountains to the ocean, into our everyday life. We can blur the lines between inside and out, and create spaces that have no boundaries. As the rest of the country begins to pack up for fall, we are just gearing up for another year of indoor-outdoor living.
Here are some reminders as to why you live in California, in case you forgot…
The garden view from this modern Venice Beach Bungalow cannot be beat
And if you need to cool off after a meal, just step down into your pool
And check out this Midcentury beauty in San Diego
Looking for something more rustic? Escape into the woods with these chic structures
Now aren’t we the lucky ones!
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