DESIGN CHAT:: WINTER WHITES

SOFT MONOCHROMATIC INTERIOR DESIGN

January, new beginnings, cooler temps and in some areas snow days. What is it about a fresh new snow that feels so good? (Unless you have to shovel it, of course)

All of these chilly days and thoughts of snow have us reminiscing our favorite monochromatic white spaces that we have designed over the years:

Classic interior by Lisa Gilmore Design | Image: Native House Photography

Symmetry and balance at it’s finest. This classic interior will forever be one of our favorites.


Mid Century Modern interior by Lisa Gilmore Design

An oldie, but definitely a goodie. The way the shiny terrazzo floors, chrome details and white upholstery played with each other, makes the sunshine bounce heavenly through the space.


Lake house Interior Design by Lisa Gilmore Design | Image: Native House Photography

Lake house Interior Design by Lisa Gilmore Design | Image: Native House Photography

While this space isn’t completely just white, we can’t help but adore this lake house interior with it’s crisp white design, lucite cocktail table and jolts of navy blue.


Traditional foyer by Lisa Gilmore Design | Native House Photography

Classic tufting, mahogany, hand blocked wallpaper finished with a beautiful collection of botanical imagery. This monochromatic foyer is ever so pleasing.


Transitional monochromatic living room by Lisa Gilmore Design | Image: Native House Photography

Those beams, that chandelier, the bright walls in contrast with the dark trim. There is so much we love about this space, the layout, the texture and all the monochromatic calmness.

Where ever your winter days may find you, we hope you are enjoying them in a beautiful space, hopefully with a cozy fire nearby.

With love & design-y dreams,

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DESIGN PROJECT:: 5 WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR SPACE

5 WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR SPACE FOR THE NEW YEAR

It’s the new year, we all do it - we think of ways to improve our life, cut back, laugh more, live fully and feel good. There are diets, work out routines and cookbooks, the list goes on!

While you are thinking of all the ways to improve different facets of your life for the new year - don’t leave out your environment! People often underestimate the value of a happy living space, but if you think about it, it is where you spend most of your time, where you get rest, where you have quiet moments, where you dream and where you plan.

So, if a full remodel or decor overhaul isn’t in your plan, here are a few tips to help give new life to your home:

PAINT

Photo by Sladic/iStock / Getty Images

Ohhh the quick transformation of paint! To me this is one of the best ways for big change with low risk - because guess what, it can always be repainted! Even just painting the same color can help a space stay bright, clean and fresh. This year, we are seeing people gravitate to more saturated colors on their walls, which we couldn’t be more excited about. However, if sticking to a neutral like a calming gray or a refreshing shade of white is more your speed, that’s okay too, there is no wrong answer here, paint your home a color that brings you happiness, calmness and inspires you.


NEW AREA RUGS

Colorful interior by Lisa Gilmore Design | Image: Native House Photography

Have you been staring at that old area rug for far to long? Yeah. You have. It’s time to refresh your space with some new knots. Area rug knots, that is! I often hear people say they are worried to spend a lot of money on a nice area rug, because of kids, pets and daily life. However, it should really be the opposite! When you invest in a truly well made area rug with a great fiber content (stay away from poly blends) you can easily clean with something as simple as soda water. Another thing to pay attention to - the back of the area rug and the knots per square inch, the more knots per square inch = more durability, so things like spills can’t get through as easily and stains are easier to remove. You can really breathe a ton of new life into a room with a new area rug to ground the space and pull color inspiration for moving forward with other decor elements.

PRO TIP: don’t make your room feel dwarfed with a rug that is to small! We often see people underestimate the power of a larger rug. To make sure the rug size is proportionate to your room, the rug should hit underneath the front legs of all furniture.


FRESH BEDDING

Master bedroom by Lisa Gilmore Design | Image: Native House Photography

There is really nothing like getting into a bed made with fresh crisp sheets, right? Our bedding gets a lot of use, so treat yourself to some new threads for your bed, your dreams will thank you and you will wake up feeling extra refreshed!


THROW PILLOWS

Custom throw pillows by Lisa Gilmore Design | Image: Native House Photography

Seasons change, so does your mood. Sometimes it’s nice to switch out your throw pillows for those seasons. Maybe in the winter time you like more cozy, soft and monochromatic throw pillows. While in the summer time you might prefer something with more color, pattern and pop! Either way, dressing up your sofa with a new set of throw pillows for the year (or season) is a great way to refresh any space.


ESSENTIAL OILS

Okay, here’s the deal. I’m a sucker for essential oils. I use them - a lot. I used to burn a lot of candles (and don’t get me wrong, I still use candles) but I have pretty much converted to the use of essential oils in my home (and office). It has such a clean and refreshing impact on your space. I personally love mixing different blends for different moods, seasons and activities. This is an instant refresher for any space and also a mood booster!

What are some of your favorite ways to refresh your space with the new year? Any tips or tricks that you feel must hit the list? Here’s to a happy new year - and an even happier home!

With love & design-y dreams,

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

NEW YEARS WISHES AND GREETINGS!

2018 was a very good year to our team, we kicked off the year in Paris for Maison Objet & Deco Off, we came back with loads of inspiration, new vendors and artisans to start implementing into our designs. Looking back, that trip was a really great call, it really started our year off to the best, most beautiful start!

Lisa Gilmore Design team in Paris, with one of our favorite reps - Jeff of Jeffrey Michaels

Lisa Gilmore Design team in Paris, with one of our favorite reps - Jeff of Jeffrey Michaels

I often still dream about all the beautiful lighting, textiles, furniture and natural beauty of the Parisian surroundings - and our sweet little Parisian flat, swoon!

We got the opportunity to work on some pretty amazing spaces - some bars with some serious swank factor like Mandarin Heights

Moody lounge area of Mandarin Heights

Moody lounge area of Mandarin Heights

Outdoor space of Mandarin Heights

Outdoor space of Mandarin Heights

One of our fabulous projects we collaborated on with ASD|SKY won Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Coolest Office Space of 2018 - we couldn’t be more proud of our beloved Penny Hoarder project!

The lobby of The Penny Hoarder

The lobby of The Penny Hoarder

coolest office space winner

We were featured on Forbes not once, not twice, but multiple times!

expert guide to outdoor furniture

We installed some pretty beautiful homes (and some we are anxiously awaiting to photograph!)

A pretty little curated moment - design by Lisa Gilmore Design

A pretty little curated moment - design by Lisa Gilmore Design

We have a lot of really great things up our design sleeves for 2019 and we are so very excited for what all is currently in the works…

Custom designed home in collaboration with Peregrine Construction

Custom designed home in collaboration with Peregrine Construction

A perfectly sweet southern style custom home in the works

A perfectly sweet southern style custom home in the works

A super chic condo in The ONE

A super chic condo in The ONE

When casual and chic collide so effortlessly - a custom home in collaboration with LaBram Homes

When casual and chic collide so effortlessly - a custom home in collaboration with LaBram Homes

Bringing 1920’s glamour back to the historic State Theater, in collaboration with Boyd Construction

Bringing 1920’s glamour back to the historic State Theater, in collaboration with Boyd Construction

As you can see, we have a lot of really amazing things to look forward to in this lovely new year. We are grateful for all of the continued support from our clients, vendors, colleagues, family & friends - without you, this beautiful dream would not be a reality!

May your 2019 be bright, filled with joy, love and all the good things life has to offer!

With love & design-y dreams,

lisa
 


DESIGN PROJECT:: A CUSTOM CAPE DUTCH HOME

A DREAMY FAMILY HOME INSPIRED BY CAPE DUTCH ARCHITECTURE

We absolutely love the start of a new project, meeting with clients, learning their styles, about their families, hobbies and things that all go into a happy home. I joke often, but it really is a lot like dating - going back and forth, understanding likes and dislikes etc. etc.

We just started working on a new custom residential project that is being built in sunny St. Petersburg, in the Snell Isle neighborhood, and we have loved getting to know this lovely family as we start designing the space.

So here is a little bit more about the vision for this beautiful future property:

British West Indies meets Dutch Cape vibe::  polished and elegant with mixes of natural and approachable (*and durable*) elements

  • Monochromatic tone all over::  but incorporating the use of contrast to make it fresh and modern. 

  • Wow factors throughout:: uses of interesting tile, lighting, architectural details, all shaking hands with supporting characters to create a beautiful and cohesive design.

  • High end resort feel:: lush greenery, indoor & outdoor drapery, lovely textiles and unique furnishings, everyone comes to your house for a great time and they can leave their worries at the door, as if they were stepping into a Slim Aarons photograph  "I'm concentrated on photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places" - Slim Aarons

  • Fashion influences:: posh and tailored but a very approachable feel, not trying to hard, luxury style that comes at an ease that makes heads turn 

  • Modern art mixed in with modern and traditional furniture:: nothing will feel matchy, a curated vibe, as if you picked up a side table on a trip to South Africa, a painting in France and a light fixture in New York. 

Vision board created by Lisa Gilmore Design for Custom Cape Dutch Style Home

Rendering of Cape Dutch custom home by ClearPH

The home was designed and is being built & executed by our friends at Peregrine Construction. We are so excited to break ground January 2019, follow along with the progress in our social media! #lisagilmore #capedutchmodern

With love & design-y dreams,

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