Before + After: Decorating from Mood Board to Room
Two designers show us how they translated their vision on the page into a dreamy real-life interior
Visualizing a finished interior is often the hardest part of the design process. On the one hand, things can look so abstract that there's no way you can see the forest (the final design) for the trees (all the products that are going to fill the space); on the other, some people tend to see way more than what they've got—or budgeted for. That's why a mood board is so important: it can streamline your thoughts and provide a clear picture of what a home design project is supposed to look like, minus all the guesswork. We're big fans of the Photoshopped collage here at Lonny HQ, but if you can draw out your own illustration, all the better.
That's just what the designers at Maison de Luxe did. This weekend, 23 of the industry's leading talents came together to transform the rooms at Beverly Hills's historic Greystone Mansion into their visions of color, pattern, and texture, as part of Luxe Interiors & Design magazine's just-launched showhouse. The 55-room Baronial-style home features the designs and decor stylings of some of our favorite style gurus, including Timothy Corrigan, Chloe Warner, Sara Story, and more. AVO designer Brit Kleinman reimagined a minimalist kitchen, infusing bright-blue diamonds on the wall and a Scandi-mod aesthetic.
"The 'Butcher’s Kitchen' was inspired by the storied history of the space," says Kleinman. "Originally built in 1928 by the Doheny family, this room served as the prep kitchen for wild game shot from the nearby balcony. I imagined the Dohenys of today as sophisticated, innovative trendsetters who appreciate the delicate balance between luxury and utility, and wanted to find a way to breathe new life and energy into the room while maintaining some of its rich past." How she did it? "I focused on working with classic materials in a new way in order to create a unique backdrop for the space. Hand-painted leather tiles and soft hides offer an unexpected and opulent twist on traditional butcher shop tiles, adding warmth and life to this functional space. Bold graphic patterns, clean lines, and sumptuous textures complement original features like the carved wooden sink and vintage cabinets."
Meanwhile, Andrew Brown converted an upstairs nursery into a polished study, complete with a custom window valence and luxurious texture throughout. It's interesting to note how the design changed in each instance: see the lighting upgrade in Kleinman's creation, and a desk now takes the place of a settee in Brown's. It's proof that sometimes even the most meticulous planner can still go back to the drawing board when transcendent style is on the line. For more amazing room and decor transformations, head to the show before it closes on November 22.