DREAM HOME

DESIGN PROJECT:: TIMELESS MONOCHROMATIC PHOTO TOUR, PART I

Timeless, classic, tailored, detailed and monochromatic are a few words I would choose when describing this space I am about to share. This home is so refreshing and calm. I honestly feel a breathe of fresh air (accompanied by lilies, the homeowners always have fresh lilies on display.) right when I walk through the beautiful set of glass french doors in their foyer. Not to mention the Gardenia tree that greets you with it's magical smell at that perfect time of year.

When I first meet with a potential client, there are always some key things that tell me we will either click well (myself and the client) or we will not click well at all. Sometimes it's small things, like an inspiration photo they have pulled that really speaks to me, or maybe a specific style they are drawn too. The first time I met with these homeowners, it was no different. But first, let me show you a few before images of their home. They had just moved into the house, and had a few pieces placed throughout, but as you can see, it was far from finished. 

Myself and the homeowners were chatting, learning more about each other and what their goals were for their home. Then it happened. You know, that moment that something speaks to me and I know this is going to be the perfect project and relationship...

As they were talking, I couldn't help but keep looking past them a little bit, wondering if what I was seeing hanging on their wall, was really what I thought it was. And it was. It was. 

An original signed Slim Aarons photograph, proudly hanging in their (what would soon be) dining room. I died, just a little. That was the moment, that I knew this would be something fabulous, and oh my, how it was. 

I'm so excited take you, on a photo tour of these beautiful space, a space that we turned into a home full of character, love and amazing design.

Because this property is filled with so many details, I've decided to break it apart into different parts, that way we can touch on all the amazing elements throughout the home. So please enjoy, part I... 

When the homeowners returned from London, they brought back a beautiful book filled with botanical sketches. We selected a few of the sketches and had them framed and hung in the foyer on top of the stunning hand blocked wallpaper. It fits perfectly with the tone of their historic home and is a lovely greeting for guests, complete with a cozy tufted wing chair duo. 

The formal living room was a really fun space to work with. The fireplace is on an angle, so naturally you feel like you should surround your furniture with focus on the fireplace. In this situation we decided to throw that thought out the beautiful french doors. Instead of letting the fireplace be the focus, we decided it should be a supporting role in the layout. 

Heirloom quality furniture choices, slivers of gold and different hues of wood tones contrast perfectly with the white textile choices. We decided to add the custom plaid bolsters on the chairs for a bit of a masculine touch to accompany the graceful curves of the sitting chairs. 

I really love antique area rugs, there is truly nothing that compares to modern day. We got the rest the furniture atop this antique vegetable dyed peace of art. 

Our clients have a love for antiques, beautiful books and items that tell stories. We were able to combine the use of heirloom pieces passed down through their families and pair them with modern accessories of today. All together, they blended lovely. 

Just past the formal living room, the stairway boasts beautiful architectural documents of sailboats along with black and white photography of regatta races. We had a lot of fun coming up with the framing and layout for this area.

In the dining room we chose a large scale chandelier to dance over  the Ralph Lauren dining table and chairs. A collection of photos from travels, family, friends and their beloved furry friend, Franklin give the dining room a more casual feel. Not too stuffy and formal for entertaining. Plus lots of light, lots and lots of sunny Florida natural light. My heart just sings in there.

And of course, Slim Aarons stayed right where he had been all along, we just let him share the wall with a stately wine cabinet.

This brings us to the end of our part I story, but I leave you with the above photo, that just gives you a sliver into the not so monochromatic family room... 

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** All professional photography by Native House Photography

TREND ALERT:: PURPLE HUES

Purple, beautiful brilliant purple. The perfect blend of calming blue and the fierce energy of red will get you so many different hues. I'm always amazed, every time I mix the two colors how I can achieve a new shade of purple. 

The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence and magic.

-- that's a lot for this color to live up too!

Let's just dive right into purple and take a big scoop! (Cheesy pun intended)

I think there are many ways we can use purple. It really just depends on the level of intensity (and how much you want to commit) to the bold hue. 

It can say "purple" without jumping at you purple...

Or it can say "HEY! And I'm here to liven up your space!"

Either way you choose to speak the purple color language, is fine, neither is wrong. Its your personal style that counts!

For this specific project, we chose a nice warm eggplant for the walls of this media room, I loved it paired with bright modern colors! (Check out more of this project here)

When we were at  Market, last fall, we saw a lot of purple hues happening. Here is a collection of a few of our favorite things that got our wheels turning. Everything from boxes blinged out with gems, to art, to furniture and whole spaces.

And, well, you know me. I always feel that interior design and fashion intersect...

Some of my favorite purple shoes... and they are velvet. What's not to love?!

So how do you feel about purple? What are some of your favorite pairings for the color? Do tell!

EARTH DAY INSPIRATION:: GREEN HOMES

On Earth Day, nothing is more appropriate than looking at some modern homes that are also eco-friendly.

Thanks to ever evolving technology, today we don’t have to choose between looks or sustainability and when those two get together in a beautiful green design, we can’t help but stop, stare and admire.

Like this home in California that has drought-resistant grasses planted on its flat rooftops to provide passive cooling and hidden solar panels that provide enough electricity to operate the entire home.

Photo Credit:  One Kind Design

Photo Credit: One Kind Design

Photo Credit:  One Kind Design

Photo Credit: One Kind Design

In this Singapore home made with bamboo, outside and inside areas come together into one, giving every room lots of natural ventilation instead of relying on energy wasting air conditioning.

Photo Credit:  Design Rulz

Photo Credit: Design Rulz

Photo Credit:  Design Rulz

Photo Credit: Design Rulz

Photo Credit:  Design Rulz

Photo Credit: Design Rulz

And this house in Croatia allows for plenty of natural light to come in, saving energy on electricity.

Photo Credit:  Fresh Home

Photo Credit: Fresh Home

In this house in India every room is open on two sides for a breeze and sunlight to come in. The pool also uses rainwater stored in a 60,000 liters water tank and most of the materials in the home’s construction were recycled.

Photo Credit:  One Kind Design

Photo Credit: One Kind Design

Photo Credit:  One Kind Design

Photo Credit: One Kind Design

Just like in this home in Australia that is made with reclaimed wood…

Photo Credit:  Decoist

Photo Credit: Decoist

Photo Credit:  Decoist

Photo Credit: Decoist

And this one in Portland that has upcycled beams.

Photo Credit:  Hammer and Hand

Photo Credit: Hammer and Hand

Green never looked so good!

INSPIRATION :: COVETABLE CLOSETS

Some people consider the living room the centerpiece of their home. Others prefer a nice big kitchen to congregate in. Us, we have a more personal space in mind and if you were to ask what the absolute must for the perfect home would be, we’d have to borrow the great Carrie Bradshaw’s words and say, “Just get me a nice big closet.”

It may be dark…

Photo Credit:  All Women's Talk

Photo Credit: All Women's Talk

Or modern and just as glam.

Photo Credit:  The Love List

Photo Credit: The Love List

An intimate sanctuary with a boudoir feel like this one designed by Tinsley Hutson-Wiley…

Photo Credit:  Traditional Home

Photo Credit: Traditional Home

Or an open space with a sitting area to chat with girlfriends while getting ready like the one owned by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Photo Credit:  The Coveteur

Photo Credit: The Coveteur

A sophisticated clean white design…

Photo Credit:  Unique Home Design

Photo Credit: Unique Home Design

Photo Credit:  Love Sales

Photo Credit: Love Sales

Or a more romantic, pretty in pink space.

Photo Credit:  Elle

Photo Credit: Elle

Photo Credit:  DigsDigs

Photo Credit: DigsDigs

As long as we can have this shoe display, our lives would be complete.

Photo Credit:  Harper's Bazaar

Photo Credit: Harper's Bazaar