I had a completely different post in mind for today, but then I saw this Victorian show-stopper on the Design Sponge Instagram feed, and just had to do some gushing. Childhood memories have given me a soft spot for cedar shingles, so it was love at first sight with this Seattle abode. Michele and Ryan Tansey own the fabulous vintage furniture shop Homestead Seattle and have parlayed their great taste in all things interior design into their first home (and Airbnb!). I love their prolific and diverse collection of vintage wall art and furniture pieces and their no-fear approach to deep green wall paint. The pair have deftly employed function and style into every nook and cranny of their home. I am so ready to book my trip to The Emerald City!
After weeks of watching the leaves change color and fall off their branches, it is safe to say that autumn is here. Rather than continue to pine away for more summer memories, I am embracing the season of flannel and leather boots with a compilation of Fall-inspired home decor products. Spoiler alert: there's a lot of plaid!
I love the out-of-the-ordinary cool taking place over at interior designer Vanessa Alexander's renovated Malibu farmhouse. The home underwent a dramatic renovation in order to bring in more light and greenery from the outside. The wood floors are downright amazing and work well across the varied furniture and fixture styles mixed and remixed throughout the home. Overall, Vanessa expertly rides the line between modern and Bohemian rustic, mixing new and vintage pieces to breathe color and soul into crisp white spaces.
This apartment renovation in the Ostermalm district of Stockholm, Sweden is a great example of blending vintage architectural features with modern updates. I love the curved wall in the living room and the original millwork, herringbone flooring, and iron fireplace. The kitchen has been renovated to perfection with a gorgeous brass chandelier and crisp white wall tiles. We love the poured concrete floors and Carrara marble countertops. Leather pulls have become a popular hardware alternative lately, and they pair beautifully with the grey cabinetry and oak dining set.
This story originally ran on Per Jansson.
I am loving everything about the latest project from Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors. Using predominately blank white walls as her canvas, she has created the perfect balance of colorful patterns with neutral solids. This home exemplifies edgy boho chic. I love the combination of vintage concert posters and wood block prints, skulls, and sculptures as well as the mix of wood and upholstered furniture. As Amber so cleverly pointed out, keeping the wall palette simple and focusing the pops of color on the rugs, pillows, and throws is the perfect way to make your pieces last you through multiple moves. When wall treatments are employed, it is pure perfection. Case in point: that black tribal print bathroom wallpaper popping against bright white cabinets and marble and nickel finishes. Swoon!
The newly-opened Freehand Hotel (formerly the Tokyo Hotel) in downtown Chicago is a work of Mid-Century Bohemian beauty. This is the second location after the flagship Freehand Hotel in Miami and was designed by the same team that gave us the Ace Hotel in NYC. The lounge area lighting is perpetually set to moody seduction, complimenting the kilim rugs, woven tapestries, terrazzo flooring, and teak wood tones used throughout the space. Whereas, most hotel lobbies feel false and sterile, the Freehand intentionally created a space that felt accessible, welcoming, and familiar. The private and shared rooms are given the same custom design treatment, making visitors to Chicago feel more like native residents rather then temporary tourists. One of my favorite aspects of this design is that the developing team specifically maintained the existing architectural elements in the building, rather than totally gutting and scrubbing it. The time-worn outline of the former hotel signage is still seen on the exterior of the building, and the original millwork and terrazzo flooring add warmth and sophistication to the interior.
If glamour is your thing, then you are going to love this 1920s apartment in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. Funky pendant lighting and high-gloss finishes abound in a full-floor residence overlooking the Bay Area. I am in love with the restored millwork and dramatic black-and-white contrasting color palette. The completed space is a work of art layered in works of art.
We are slowly drifting into the tail end of summer, which means it is time to begin planning ways to escape the impending winter doldrums. When I stumbled upon the glory that is Drift San José, I knew we had found our winter sanctuary. Owner and designer Stu Waddell describes his retreat as a mix of Baja style with industrial finishes. I love the simple concrete platform beds, the Argentine-style outdoor grill, and the clear blue swimming pool. New Year's Eve in Mexico? Yes, please!
Matt and Lentil Purbrick of Grown and Gathered have re-built a once crumbling farmhouse cottage in Tabilk, central Victoria into crisp, clean perfection. Best of all, they did it with their own two hands and the aid of skilled friends and family. I love that everything in their home, from the décor to the building materials, was obtained through re-use, salvage, DIY, and trade. This home exemplifies the possibilities achievable through creative resourcing and hard work. No cookie-cutter designs or from-a-kit short-cuts here! And we love it that way.
A common challenge encountered when decorating a home is how to go about filling empty wall space. Although you might have all the furniture components needed to make a room function, artwork can be the perfect pièce de résistance to make the space pop. A collection of framed prints or three-dimensional sculptures can be a great way to give visual interest to dead wall space. Whether using just a few pieces, or filling a full wall, the key to a successful display is balance. The collection shouldn't seem too sparse, and the pieces shouldn't be spaced too far apart. There shouldn't be a myriad of shades/hues used in the frames or in the prints -- stick to three, maybe four different colors/finishes tops. Overall, you want the collection to be proportionate to either the wall it is filling or the furniture it is hanging above (or both). While you're hanging your pieces (and again when you are finished) make sure you step back and check that everything is laying straight. One way to deflate the impact of your display is to have a bunch of crooked frames looking like they might fall off the wall at any second.
To help you in your quest for wall gallery perfection, I've compiled a few visual aids for what to avoid and what to emulate.
Here are a few examples of gallery wall designs that just aren't quite nailing it.
Here are some examples of displays that are right on point!
We hope these examples will be helpful to you as you start putting together a gallery display for your own home!
Long gone are the days when having a fireplace was a basic necessity for warmth and meal preparation. Nowadays, those lucky enough to have one in their home can feel free to turn their fireplace into a stylized showpiece of their own creation. A non-working firebox can be the perfect nook for a collection of books, framed prints, candles, or whatever your heart desires. When it comes to mantel decor, really there's no way to go wrong (aside from a mounted TV...blech). Whether you like your mantels minimal, messy, or meticulous, I've rounded up some pretty amazing style inspirations sure to light your fire!
Tufted wingback headboards are very on-trend lately, and I particularly love its application in this eclectic-style bedroom. The bold pops of color in the rug and the loveseat provide the perfect balance to an otherwise muted palette. This is the perfect design for a sophisticated studio apartment or for a relaxing retreat in a spacious bedroom. Whatever space you're working in, I made it easy for you to get this look, just check out the links below our inspiration board!
Designed by Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors, this bright, airy home is filled with a mix of Mid-Century furniture and Moroccan flare, giving off an overall Eclectic style. The crisp white walls and honey brown hardwood floors compliment the blues, greens, and corals popping up from the pillows and rugs. If you're looking for inspiration to turn your blank canvas into a vibrant, inviting abode, your search is over!
In my search for dining room inspiration, I spotted this beauty and just had to know where to find some of these great pieces. From the chic Moroccan shag rug to the copper light fixture, I broke down where to source similar items so you too can get the look!
Tamsin Carvan's warm and weathered farmhouse abode is everything I am about. It's broken-in vibe aches with the familiarity of all the goodness and simplicity of childhood summers gone by. Although the images presented set an orderly and idealic scene, one can easily envision the delightful chaos of canning harvested tomatoes from the garden or chasing chickens in the yard.
Blending in a few modern updates only adds to the appeal of this home.
Never have I ever had such a case of flooring envy as when I first spied this gorgeous church-to-home renovation. From the ceiling beams to the light fixtures to the arched doorways, this home in rural New South Wales is utter perfection. While a few alterations were needed in order to convert the church into a private residence, many of the original features were kept intact such as the church bell, various signage, and the exterior chalkboard that announced mass. The need for a kitchen was executed marvelously and successfully compliments the home's original architectural details. I even love the unexpectedness of the hidden bathtub -- how delightfully unconventional!
When I spotted Mandi Johnson's gorgeous and no doubt laborious kitchen makeover, I found so much to love. Not only did she successfully convert a dark and dated kitchen into a bright and welcoming space, but she did so while still re-using many of the original components. From her built-in oven and stove top to her adorable mug collection and clever utensil rack, we are in eye-candy heaven. This amazingly talented woman even cut her own countertops!
I am only showing the after photos on my site, but you should check out her article to get the full effect. She also offers many helpful DIY tips for those of you looking to complete you own kitchen makeover.
I am loving this re-vamp of a Portland Victorian kitchen. Designer Jessica Helgerson took on the task of overhauling the work of a previous remodel completed circa 1970/80, which left the kitchen a dark, cramped space. By re-opening the room to let in natural light and restoring finishes and cabinetry to fit the original era of the home, Helgerson has made this kitchen into the focal point and primary social hub for the busy family who lives here.
Especially lovely points of interest for me are the concealed refrigerator, that mint green scale, the canary yellow sofa, and those lovely light fixtures. Well done indeed!
I'm stepping outside of my usual color palette today to show you a truly vibrant and inspiring event space in Los Angeles, California. The Fig House was designed by Hospitality Collective, whose mission it is to provide a fresh approach to special events. The Fig House venue space has been used for weddings, corporate events, exhibits, etc. and features a main event space as well as a smaller secondary space and an outdoor garden area. The well-curated mid-century-meets-Hollywood-glam design makes The Fig House a stand-out choice for special events.
All images from The Fig House.
This sweet, serene cottage in the tiny Swedish locality of Svanesund is everything one could want if they were looking for vintage seaside living. Built it 1914, certain architectural details have remained charmingly preserved, specifically the original wood burning stove in the kitchen. What I wouldn't give to enjoy an evening cup of tea boiled from that rustic beauty.
This home has me dreaming of summer days spent picking from fruit trees and sailing in the bay.
This story originally ran on Stadshem.
Photography: Janne Olander