Lonny http://www.lonny.com en-us Copyright 2016 Livingly Inc. support@livingly.com (The Livingly Team) A Classic Westchester Cottage Goes Glam <p><a href="http://keoughstearnsinteriors.com/about.html"><span class="dropcap">A</span>lison Stearns</a>&nbsp;tried to resist the old house&rsquo;s charms. During her search for a new home in Rye, New York, she had walked through its rooms and imagined her family living in them, only to walk away. &ldquo;I knew that moving here would entail switching school districts, not to mention making a lot of changes to the house,&rdquo; the designer and a principal of Keough Stearns Interiors &mdash; a firm she founded with friend Megan Keough &mdash; explains. But more than half a year after her first visit, when the house was still for sale, and still on her mind, Stearns gave in and made an offer.</p> <div class="widget left pull-quote-big-icon designerTitle w50 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="adBJ8u23qHY" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/pull_quote_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="pull_quote_widget"> <p class="text tertiary">I think an important part of any renovation is taking time to live in a place and discover what&rsquo;s going to be important to your lifestyle.</p> <p class="author tertiary">&ndash;Alison Stearns</p> </div> <p>There was a lot to love about the 100-year-old home. Tucked away on a quiet tree-lined street, it offered plenty of privacy yet was only a five-minute walk from the train station in the heart of Rye. It captured all the romanticism of the picturesque Tudor-Cottage style with its steeply pitched roof, prominent stone-and-brick chimney, and cozy bedrooms built into the eaves. But, what captivated Stearns most was the light. "It&rsquo;s deceiving," she says. "The exterior doesn&rsquo;t suggest how light and bright it feels inside all day long. In the morning, soft light floods my bedroom and the kitchen, and the evening sunsets at the front of the house."</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="0Xn0z3DhapD" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="0Xn0z3DhapD"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/1iqZASn-_13x.jpg" title="Exterior" alt="A graceful table and antique French armchairs lend an air of refinement to the dining room. Closer inspection reveals a few unexpected finds: a teak-and-sheesham-wood marquetry buffet and oversized silver lamps from Global Views, and a mod metalwork mirror designed by artist Curtis Jer&eacute;." /></div> <div class="below">A graceful table and antique French armchairs lend an air of refinement to the dining room. Closer inspection reveals a few unexpected finds: a teak-and-sheesham-wood marquetry buffet and oversized silver lamps from Global Views, and a mod metalwork mirror designed by artist Curtis Jer&eacute;. <div class="below attribution">Jane Beiles.</div> </div> </div> </div> <p>But the place was far from perfect. The kitchen was cramped, the dining room was tiny, the bathrooms were dated and the main floor lacked a powder room.</p> <p>For several years, Stearns, her husband Neal and their four children lived in the house without changing a thing.&nbsp; &ldquo;I think an important part of any renovation is taking time to live in a place and discover what&rsquo;s going to be important to your lifestyle, how you&rsquo;re going to use each room and how you want to feel when you walk in,&rdquo; she explains.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="qjTX-3AS5eX" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="qjTX-3AS5eX"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/r-ZU8GLeu9Px.jpg" title="vignette" alt="A large white-lacquered desk with polished-nickel legs and hardware from Williams-Sonoma Home provides a work surface large enough to accommodate homework or art projects. To personalize the space, Stearns selected artwork that celebrates her daughter&rsquo;s love of fashion, including vintage black-and-white fashion photography." /></div> <div class="below">A large white-lacquered desk with polished-nickel legs and hardware from Williams-Sonoma Home provides a work surface large enough to accommodate homework or art projects. To personalize the space, Stearns selected artwork that celebrates her daughter&rsquo;s love of fashion, including vintage black-and-white fashion photography.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="UDA9_XIixsD" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="UDA9_XIixsD"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/HGxi1fa81f6x.jpg" title="bar" alt="Stearns keeps her midcentury French bar cart stocked with barware and bottles. A large painting by Robbie Kemper hangs behind it. &ldquo;I just love the color and freeness of the brush strokes,&rdquo; the designer says of the contemporary piece." /></div> <div class="below">Stearns keeps her midcentury French bar cart stocked with barware and bottles. A large painting by Robbie Kemper hangs behind it. &ldquo;I just love the color and freeness of the brush strokes,&rdquo; the designer says of the contemporary piece.</div> </div> </div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <div class="separator two"><br /><br /></div> <p>&nbsp;For Stearns, it was important to create a place where her children would want to spend time with their friends. Must-haves included a large kitchen that would function as a central gathering place, living and dining rooms spacious enough to host holiday get-togethers with the extended family, and a separate bedroom for each child.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="KbQX4yAmGB3" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="KbQX4yAmGB3"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/qjLQE7We0Bdx.jpg" title="living room" alt="The spacious living room offers two separate seating areas. This inviting arrangement includes a Kravet sofa upholstered in Holly Hunt fabric, shaggy alpaca-upholstered stools, a hide rug, and an antique brass-and-mirror coffee table. Ornate frames and velvet borders add texture to three paintings by Hunt Slonem, an artist known for his charming and abstract representations of bunnies. Stearns purchased the large gilt mirror at the Paris Flea Market." /></div> <div class="below">The spacious living room offers two separate seating areas. This inviting arrangement includes a Kravet sofa upholstered in Holly Hunt fabric, shaggy alpaca-upholstered stools, a hide rug, and an antique brass-and-mirror coffee table. Ornate frames and velvet borders add texture to three paintings by Hunt Slonem, an artist known for his charming and abstract representations of bunnies. Stearns purchased the large gilt mirror at the Paris Flea Market.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>With plans for the extensive renovation in place&mdash;with help from Paul Benowitz of Benowitz Shah Architects&mdash;Stearns&rsquo; team began the work of expanding and improving the floor plan on each of the home&rsquo;s four levels. On the ground floor, they created a large family room, casual TV room, laundry room, mudroom, guest suite and small exercise room. On the main level, two rooms were combined to create one large dining room, a powder room was added, and the kitchen was renovated and expanded with a new butler&rsquo;s pantry, bar and adjacent sunroom. The third-floor master suite was renovated, and even the attic got an upgrade: Stearns used some of the unfinished storage space to expand two top-floor bedrooms, a common workspace and a shared bathroom for her daughters.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="SDPevhG14u6" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="SDPevhG14u6"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/x6EUfK0Vk_ex.jpg" title="kitchen" alt="&ldquo;I had a vision of a clean, white wall,&rdquo; Stearns says of her bright and uncluttered new kitchen. Stainless-steel shelves&mdash;with halogen spotlights that illuminate the countertop below&mdash;offer storage space without detracting from the 30-inch-wide wall tiles from Waterworks." /></div> <div class="below">&ldquo;I had a vision of a clean, white wall,&rdquo; Stearns says of her bright and uncluttered new kitchen. Stainless-steel shelves&mdash;with halogen spotlights that illuminate the countertop below&mdash;offer storage space without detracting from the 30-inch-wide wall tiles from Waterworks.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>&nbsp;Throughout the process, Stearns took care to preserve as many of the home's original finishes as possible, from fireplaces to trim-work and doors. "I lean toward the contemporary side of design," she explains, "but I like the details of a traditional home.&rdquo;</p> <p>Merging such traditional details with her eclectic collection of midcentury furnishings, contemporary art, French antiques and retro 1960s finds was a challenge the designer was excited to take on. "It's like a laboratory," she says of her interiors. "I can experiment and take risks in my own home that I can&rsquo;t take with clients."</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <p></p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="VwVqo-2twrM" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="VwVqo-2twrM"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/vA6nW2hc5u-x.jpg" title="side" alt="ON A twinkling Sputnik-style chandelier from Jonathan Adler and reproduction Barcelona chairs energize the traditional living room with a sleek midcentury vibe." /></div> <div class="below">ON A twinkling Sputnik-style chandelier from Jonathan Adler and reproduction Barcelona chairs energize the traditional living room with a sleek midcentury vibe. <div class="below attribution">Jane Beiles.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="846vQxvxxId" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="846vQxvxxId"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/xwUUmYpbNHJx.jpg" title="desk" alt="A large white-lacquered desk with polished-nickel legs and hardware from Williams-Sonoma Home provides a work surface large enough to accommodate homework or art projects. To personalize the space, Stearns selected artwork that celebrates her daughter&rsquo;s love of fashion, including vintage black-and-white fashion photography." /></div> <div class="below">A large white-lacquered desk with polished-nickel legs and hardware from Williams-Sonoma Home provides a work surface large enough to accommodate homework or art projects. To personalize the space, Stearns selected artwork that celebrates her daughter&rsquo;s love of fashion, including vintage black-and-white fashion photography. <div class="below attribution">Jane Beiles.</div> </div> </div> </div> <p></p> <div class="separator two"></div> <p></p> <p>In the now-spacious dining room, Stearns paired her mother-in-law&rsquo;s old table with a set of graceful French chairs reupholstered in pony hair. She hung a reproduction Curtis Jer&eacute; brass mirror above the traditional mantel, and mounted a dramatic piece of contemporary art on the opposite wall. At one window, she topped a sculptural buffet with a pair of oversized silver lamps.</p> <p>&nbsp;A midcentury Lucite-and-brass coffee table grounds the living room&rsquo;s arrangement of streamlined Barcelona chairs, a zebra-print bench, hair-on-hide rug and brass Sputnik-style chandelier.</p> <div class="dynamic-widget" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/YOwr4d3qr3T" data-style="width:805px;height:535px;float:none;" style="width: 805px; height: 535px; float: none;" data-widget-guid="YOwr4d3qr3T" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget"></div> <p>&nbsp;The kitchen&rsquo;s pristine expanse of Calacatta marble and 30-inch-wide tiles from Waterworks defers attention to showy glass-and-metal-mesh pendants and an adjacent dining nook furnished with a sleek Saarinen-inspired table, vintage Lucite chairs and a velvet-upholstered banquette ("Dumb, but I couldn&rsquo;t resist!" Stearns says of the rather impractical material.).</p> <div class="widget center pull-quote-big-icon w50 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="ED5t2cThWyQ" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/pull_quote_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="pull_quote_widget"> <p class="text tertiary">It all goes hand in hand with the feeling I wanted to create in the house.</p> <p class="author tertiary">&ndash;Alison Stearns</p> </div> <p>To unify such diverse styles and sculptural shapes, the designer relied on a consistent palette of "very mellow" tones, ranging from whites to grays and greiges, and inviting textures: hide rugs, plush carpets, wool draperies, cashmere throws, velvet upholstery and pillows, and acrylic and oil paintings. "It all goes hand in hand with the feeling I wanted to create in the house," Stearns says of her composition: "welcoming and beautiful &mdash; but not so beautiful that we felt we couldn&rsquo;t live in it."&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p></p> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:27:45 -0700 http://www.zimbio.com/Decor/articles/05lIE5EOIwq/Classic+Westchester+Cottage+Goes+Glam 05lIE5EOIwq The Iconic IKEA Shopping Bag Gets A Makeover <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="WfwKg4e0Ke2" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="WfwKg4e0Ke2"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/6vZ9hiLcR0vx.jpg" title="Ikea Bag" alt="The Hay design of the Frakta bag on the left and the current iteration on the right." /></div> <div class="below">The Hay design of the Frakta bag on the left and the current iteration on the right. <div class="below attribution">Deezen.</div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you love or loathe Swedish d&eacute;cor emporium <a href="http://www.ikea.com/">IKEA</a>, there&rsquo;s no denying its global influence. And, perhaps one IKEA piece that has made its way into every household is the iconic blue and yellow shopping bag. Don't act like you don't have one crumbled up in your closet right this second. We can&rsquo;t even count the times we&rsquo;ve used it post-IKEA trip. It's come in handy for everything from laundry to groceries to thrift store runs.</p> <p>So, when we heard the Swedish retailer partnered up with Danish design brand <a href="http://hay.dk/">Hay</a>&nbsp;to makeover the carryall (otherwise known as the Frakta bag), we knew it had to be good. According to <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/08/hay-redesign-ikea-iconic-blue-yellow-frakta-bag-collaboration-chair-bench/">Deezen</a>, Hay and IKEA teamed up to reinvent the oversized tote in a gorgeous gray and green hue, woven fabric, and sans the bold logo on the straps.&nbsp;</p> <p>The bag redesign is part of a larger collaboration which will feature furniture and lighting and launch in 2017. We can&rsquo;t wait to get our hands on<em> all</em> of it. But, we're admittedly thrilled to carry around the new IKEA bags everywhere.</p> <p></p> Thu, 9 Jun 2016 12:00:39 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/See+It+Now/articles/apchlGfc4ix/Iconic+IKEA+Shopping+Bag+Gets+Makeover apchlGfc4ix A Lowcountry Home With Eclectic Southern Style <p><span class="dropcap">W</span>hen it comes to designing a beach home, there is the obvious route and then there is the road less taken. Sea shell accessories, shades of misty blue hues on the walls, and a beige slip cover on the sofa to hide the sandy leftovers are typical, if not traditional, requests associated with water-front properties. So, when designer <a href="http://cortneybishop.com">Cortney Bishop's</a>&nbsp;longtime clients purchased a brand-new home on Sullivan&rsquo;s Island in South Carolina &mdash; a mere three blocks away from the Atlantic ocean &mdash; she knew this space was about to chart new territory.</p> <div class="widget left pull-quote-big-icon designerTitle w50 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="k_kzHszcg5Y" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/pull_quote_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="pull_quote_widget"> <p class="text primary">The mix of different time periods and refined textures are what bring each space to life.</p> <p class="author primary">&ndash;Cortney Bishop</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It wasn&rsquo;t that her clients weren&rsquo;t traditional, far from it. &ldquo;I like to say that they are a modern southern family who appreciate those time-tested southern values,&rdquo; says Bishop of the homeowners, and their two young boys, who travel the world for pleasure, often picking up design inspiration throughout every trip. "Their tastes combine the wife&rsquo;s love of worldly, ethnic art and influences along with her husband&rsquo;s appreciation and great knowledge of furniture design&mdash;especially mid-century modernism.&rdquo; The homeowners came to the table with their personal collection of art, vintage rugs and furniture, and an edited selection of accessories from their travels to make the home sing. Comfortable, practical, and most importantly, unique were the terms inflicted upon the designer to give this brand new home an old soul.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w45 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="DgGBV3MsHAG" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="DgGBV3MsHAG"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/yk_OORTu-wnx.jpg" title="Cozy Corner " alt="A cozy corner in the breakfast nook combines art and plush seating from the owner&rsquo;s personal collection and a vintage chest and lamp that were found by Bishop." /></div> <div class="below">A cozy corner in the breakfast nook combines art and plush seating from the owner&rsquo;s personal collection and a vintage chest and lamp that were found by Bishop. <div class="below attribution">Andrew Cebulka.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w45 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="Xrc9av-3xgX" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="Xrc9av-3xgX"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/Zg980i_xMlex.jpg" title="Image" alt="Artwork, made by the homeowner&rsquo;s children, are proudly displayed on a vintage walnut chest of drawers." /></div> <div class="below">Artwork, made by the homeowner&rsquo;s children, are proudly displayed on a vintage walnut chest of drawers. <div class="below attribution">Andrew Cebulka</div> </div> </div> </div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>Coming in off the wrap-around porch, the home opens in typical southern fashion. A grand plantation-style hallway with pine flooring repurposed from an old church, unfolds throughout the entire first floor. In front, the formal living and dining room are traditional in nature, perfect for entertaining but not necessarily spaces that the entire family can enjoy. So, in the back of the house, the walls were removed, creating an open floor plan that combined the large, custom kitchen with the laid-back family room, allowing the family to spread out yet still be together.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="jGmTu2Fqx-1" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="jGmTu2Fqx-1"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/8JZULrz3i4Mx.jpg" title="Dining Room" alt="The dining room is another space in the home that combines a mix of artwork that the homeowners have collected throughout the years, custom furnishings, and vintage accessories that help give this room a story of its own. Both paintings are by local Charleston artist David Boatwright&nbsp;and the curtains are by Katie Leede." /></div> <div class="below">The dining room is another space in the home that combines a mix of artwork that the homeowners have collected throughout the years, custom furnishings, and vintage accessories that help give this room a story of its own. Both paintings are by local Charleston artist <a href="http://www.luckyboyart.com">David Boatwright</a>&nbsp;and the curtains are by <a href="http://www.katieleede.com/home/#/Home/">Katie Leede</a>. <div class="below attribution">Andrew Cebulka.</div> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>When entertaining guests, the formal living room and dining room play off each other in perfect harmony. Each piece, from a vintage sofa in the living room to the custom-made table in the dining room, was carefully selected (over the two-year design process, nonetheless) to add purpose and fully-developed character to each room. &ldquo;In many cases, we used new pieces that are throwbacks to a more traditional design. Then we upholstered it in a modern fabric from an Italian design house that almost feels historic yet new and playful,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;The mix of different time periods and refined textures are what bring each space to life yet also flow seamlessly from one room to the next.&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w45 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="ZMXblmPjqDE" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="ZMXblmPjqDE"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/IBLiyAQc0Bfx.jpg" title="Vintage Area" alt="Vintage accessories collected by the homeowners give the room the personal touch they requested not only in this space, but throughout the rest of the home. &nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">Vintage accessories collected by the homeowners give the room the personal touch they requested not only in this space, but throughout the rest of the home. &nbsp; <div class="below attribution">Katie Charlotte.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w45 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="xVkMVmu3UDK" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="xVkMVmu3UDK"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/Rh4_wohKw7Ax.jpg" title="Nightstand. " alt="The nightstand was custom-made by Peterson Antiques and the light above is vintage." /></div> <div class="below">The nightstand was custom-made by <a href="https://www.1stdibs.com/dealers/petersen-antiques/">Peterson Antiques </a>and the light above is vintage.</div> </div> </div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>With all of the reclaimed wood in the home, Bishop needed an element in each space to make the dark and dapper elements pop. &ldquo;My clients were not afraid of color,&rdquo; she says of the gray-greens and milky blues that swath each wall. &ldquo;The local Lowcountry landscape was our grounding palette and then we layered in different shades of red and blue with plenty of black. I&rsquo;m always pushing for that contrasting edge.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget left pull-quote-big-icon designerTitle w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="mQczYnZFDOy" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/pull_quote_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="pull_quote_widget"> <p class="text primary">The biggest reward, with any project, is that point where I&rsquo;ve gained my clients trust.</p> <p class="author primary">&ndash;Cortney Bishop</p> </div> <p>One place where she didn&rsquo;t have to push her edgy agenda was in the kitchen. The savvy home owners requested the subdued yet bold-in-choice hue on all of the cabinets. The color, to Bishop, made sense and elevated the overall design of the home while, at the same time, balanced the eclectic and collected interior.</p> <div class="dynamic-widget" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/Ao6p-KMI_8Q" data-style="width:800px;height:535px;float:none;" style="width: 800px; height: 535px; float: none;" data-widget-guid="Ao6p-KMI_8Q" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget"></div> <p>&ldquo;We allowed their ideas to unfold into ours and in the end, we presented something that is completely unique to them,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;The biggest reward, with any project, is that point where I&rsquo;ve gained my clients trust.&rdquo; Eventually, the brand-new home by the sea didn&rsquo;t seem so new, after all. The modern translation of Bishop&rsquo;s design recoiled simply into more personality and less proximity&mdash;the culmination of a true southern charmer.</p> <p></p> Mon, 6 Jun 2016 13:53:17 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/GfLagfg14XR/Lowcountry+Home+Eclectic+Southern+Style GfLagfg14XR Coolness cxcxzcxz Thu, 2 Jun 2016 16:14:25 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/6fS2SNeFeIF/Coolness 6fS2SNeFeIF A Chicly Renovated Spanish Revival in Los Angeles <p><span class="dropcap">W</span>hen interior designer&nbsp;<a href="http://www.navyinteriordesign.com/">Shana Sherwood</a> was moving back to her native Los Angeles from New York City, she didn&rsquo;t really have a plan. At the time, she was ready to move on from her job, her boyfriend (now husband) was heading west, and after eight years spent living in no more than 600 square feet &mdash; and that was late in her tenure &mdash; she was ready for more space. It wasn&rsquo;t until her dad alerted her to a family-owned 1929 Spanish Revival duplex in Los Feliz that her path became clear.</p> <div class="widget left pull-quote-big-icon designerTitle w50 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="PxegDwYszmx" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/pull_quote_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="pull_quote_widget"> <p class="text primary">I like to think of the design as a reduced version of what would&rsquo;ve been here."</p> <p class="author primary">&ndash;Shana Sherwood</p> </div> <p>&ldquo;I thought, I&rsquo;m going to renovate it,&rdquo; said Sherwood, of her love-at-first-sight reaction to her now home&rsquo;s once crumbling interiors. Great bones and tons of natural light, helped her look past things like mismatched architectural fittings and an outdated kitchen layout. After only a few months in Los Angeles, her formerly confused fixer-upper became an airy one-bedroom house with a subtle, stylish nod to its Spanish Revival roots.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="dynamic-widget" data-url="/widgets/picture_slider_widget/23wwveactKs" data-style="width:905px;height:647px;float:none;" style="width: 905px; height: 647px; float: none;" data-widget-guid="23wwveactKs" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/picture_slider_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="picture_slider_widget"></div> <p>The almost 1400-square-foot duplex is nestled on a quiet, hilly street, lined with Italian pine trees, which adds to its inherent charm. The area is very "neighborhood-y" and people seem happy to live there, according to Sherwood, a vibe she was missing in her New York City digs. The home&rsquo;s existing interiors were a hodgepodge of design styles, as its Spanish Revival beginnings were plagued by a previous owner's penchant for English-style architecture (think pilasters, half columns, and ornate crown molding). From the start Sherwood set out to uncover the integrity of the home&rsquo;s original architecture, some of which, upon further inspection, remained standing. The fireplace, for instance, which was covered by "crazy paneling" and ornate columns, revealed a quintessential revival-style hearth, when torn down. Sherwood jokingly calls this day the happiest of her 2000s.</p> <div class="dynamic-widget" data-url="/widgets/picture_slider_widget/wcH7JN6kkyJ" data-style="width:900px;height:643px;float:none;" style="width: 900px; height: 643px; float: none;" data-widget-guid="wcH7JN6kkyJ" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/picture_slider_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="picture_slider_widget"></div> <p>Although the previous renovations were unsightly, they didn&rsquo;t affect the home&rsquo;s original floorplan, so structural changes were kept at a minimum. An oversized island was removed in the kitchen to make way for a "dream-come-true" master closet in the adjoining bedroom. Now, a built-in banquette cozies up to a bar-height table to add an extra prep station, and invite lingering breakfasts and mealtime visitors. The existing L-shaped plan ushers guests casually through the space, while storybook alcoves and smart seating arrangements never let it feel too crowded. "Often in interior design people want an open plan," the designer noted, "But I think this layout has that same effect, with a more natural flow."</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w90 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="RZ2ASkerM-r" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="RZ2ASkerM-r"><img src="http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/X2NaVH5gzJfx.jpg" title="Shana Sherwood Home" alt="The breakfast nook features a custom banquette with cushion and pillows fashioned by the designer. A pair of vintage cane barstools &ndash; a favorite Craigslist find &ndash; bellies up to a tiled table that doubles as an extra prep station in the kitchen. On the right, a contemporary combination of cherry butcher block and sleek, white marble creates a rustic feeling in the airy kitchen. " /></div> <div class="below">The breakfast nook features a custom banquette with cushion and pillows fashioned by the designer. A pair of vintage cane barstools &ndash; a favorite Craigslist find &ndash; bellies up to a tiled table that doubles as an extra prep station in the kitchen. On the right, a contemporary combination of cherry butcher block and sleek, white marble creates a rustic feeling in the airy kitchen.</div> </div> </div> <p>Where the architecture of the space endures its 20th century origins, the playful potpourri of furniture and accessories exemplifies Sherwood&rsquo;s collected design sense. &ldquo;When I first moved in, my grandmother was moving out of a giant Colonial house in Beverly Hills that she had lived in for 50 years,&rdquo; explained the designer, who ended up with her impressive collection of English Regency antiques, Persian rugs, and vintage artwork. Sherwood smartly stages these pieces amidst decidedly modern online scores &mdash; hello, half moon chair! &mdash; and more textural counterparts, like a pair of rattan poufs from&nbsp;<a href="http://lawsonfenning.com/">Lawson-Fenning</a>. Hints of her newfound milieu are seen throughout, as in the midcentury armchairs picked up at the Rose Bowl Flea Market that anchor her living room; and artisan wares from local purveyors like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bzippyandcompany.com/">Bari Ziperstein</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.heathceramics.com/">Heath Ceramics</a> that are scattered intermittently. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In keeping with the home&rsquo;s natural airiness, provided largely in part by its numerous windows, the designer covered the lightly-textured walls in muted tones, for example Farrow &amp; Ball&rsquo;s Elephant&rsquo;s Breath in the living room and China White from Benjamin Moore in the kitchen and bathroom. "I wanted it to have a slightly adobe feel," said Sherwood. The oak flooring was original to the home but had yellowed over time, so she bleached it. Sherwood, who typically eschews such trends, noted, &ldquo;In this space, that doesn&rsquo;t feel trendy architecturally, the bleached floor is actually a nice contrast.&rdquo;</p> <div class="dynamic-widget" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/yjWA6GC9OBX" data-style="width:900px;height:602px;float:none;" style="width: 900px; height: 602px; float: none;" data-widget-guid="yjWA6GC9OBX" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget"></div> <p>The master bathroom is perhaps the most emphatic reincarnation to the home&rsquo;s original style. Sherwood left an original arch over the bathtub and kept the shower petite which was typical of the time period. A vintage combination of mint green and black tiles cover the walls, accentuated by a nostalgic diamond pattern. Before Sherwood points out the appointed Restoration Hardware sconces and mirrors, visitors often assume the bathroom remained untouched during the renovation, which, despite initial hesitation, the designer feels is a compliment. "I like to think of the design as a reduced version of what would&rsquo;ve been here," she concluded, "Just simplified."</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w90 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="nRyKGy9hXBy" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="nRyKGy9hXBy"><img src="http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/TDZ1D_IUBTXx.jpg" title="Shana Sherwood Home" alt="The molding on the ceiling, installed by the home&rsquo;s recent owner, provides an elegant backdrop for a sculpture pendant &ndash; the result of a DIY project by the designer. On the right, A bar cart from her grandmother stands by a vintage zoo poster Sherwood found on eBay. A vintage sconce, which is also her grandmother&rsquo;s, hangs nearby." /></div> <div class="below">The molding on the ceiling, installed by the home&rsquo;s recent owner, provides an elegant backdrop for a sculpture pendant &ndash; the result of a DIY project by the designer. On the right, A bar cart from her grandmother stands by a vintage zoo poster Sherwood found on eBay. A vintage sconce, which is also her grandmother&rsquo;s, hangs nearby.</div> </div> </div> <p></p> Thu, 26 May 2016 09:28:45 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/c3v9eMW4aSi/Chicly+Renovated+Spanish+Revival+Los+Angeles c3v9eMW4aSi Finally, A Bed That Actually Makes Itself <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="aD32z5ZAzmI" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="aD32z5ZAzmI"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/agxkoEU2MeCx.jpg" title="Ohea Smart Bed." alt="Finally, A Bed That Actually Makes Itself" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Ohea Smart Bed.</div> </div> </div> <p>In a perfect world,we'd start every day with a made bed. But, if we're being honest, half the time we can barely get of the door on time. Therefore, making our bed falls to the bottom of our morning priority&nbsp;list. Well, there&rsquo;s an invention that not only helps check that chore off &mdash; but you don&rsquo;t even have to lift a finger. Okay, we take that back. There is a button you have to push.</p> <p>There is a bed, <a href="http://www.ohea.eu/eng.html">The Ohea Smart Bed</a>, that tidies up your sheets for you. You can either set it to a mode where 50 seconds after you rise, it straightens up your linens or you can manually push the button to get things going. It does come with some limitations though. The device doesn&rsquo;t allow you to toss on any bedding, you have to purchase the Ohea-designed sheets if you want it to work. The video of the bed being demoed is striking quite the chord. Some folks are praising it for its time-saving features, while others dubbing it lazy. Check out the video below !</p> <div class="widget html-widget w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="3ELq_yn2s3W" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/html_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="html_widget"><iframe width="600" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7aznYlM5c5U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></div> <p></p> Tue, 24 May 2016 15:09:42 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/See+It+Now/articles/MHT53_LoJft/Finally+Bed+Actually+Makes+Itself MHT53_LoJft A 400 Square-Foot Nashville "Shack" Gets A Sleek Facelift <p><br /><span class="dropcap">"W</span>e were here for about fifteen seconds when we asked our realtor, 'Where do we sign?'," said Jessie Pickren, speaking of her and her husband, Tristan Warner&rsquo;s first visit to the four-acre "junkyard of a lot" on which their charming black cottage now sits. The couple was living in Brooklyn when, after a particularly long wait on the subway platform, they decided to move to Nashville. In their initial search they skipped over the listing, and who could blame them? The sprawling lot was abruptly abandoned after the city&rsquo;s flood in 2010, and was plagued by overgrown ivy and rampant hornets.</p> <p>But, after countless subpar showings and one-too-many last-minute flights from New York to Nashville, they reluctantly visited the property. And, after discovering its proximity to the Cumberland River and a surviving storybook cottage &mdash; albeit structurally unstable &mdash; there was no looking back. Now, after a touch-and-go renovation and clean up, the formerly discarded shack is a petite but highly efficient, light-filled retreat only fifteen minutes from Nashville&rsquo;s buzzy center.</p> <div class="widget left pull-quote-big-icon designerTitle w50 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="sceDpdmb01d" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/pull_quote_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="pull_quote_widget"> <p class="text tertiary">"I&rsquo;m a believer in the idea that how you feel in your space affects your creativity."</p> <p class="author tertiary">&ndash;Jessie Pickren</p> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="D9lbbMvTUsJ" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="D9lbbMvTUsJ"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/Oy9pMfN16zex.jpg" title="Found Arrangement" alt="The main living space is anchored by a beloved deep blue velvet Chesterfield from ABC Carpet &amp; Home, alongside a pair of vintage accent chairs from Pickren&rsquo;s grandmother. The white bucket atop the seat was salvaged from the original property; And the oak coffee table is a creation of Warner&rsquo;s." /></div> <div class="below">The main living space is anchored by a beloved deep blue velvet Chesterfield from <a href="http://www.abchome.com/">ABC Carpet &amp; Home</a>, alongside a pair of vintage accent chairs from Pickren&rsquo;s grandmother. The white bucket atop the seat was salvaged from the original property; And the oak coffee table is a creation of Warner&rsquo;s.</div> </div> </div> <p>Pickren made the move first, and spent a month overhauling the unsightly piece of land in preparation for the renovation. &ldquo;I spent several hours a day doing dump runs, weeding, and just clearing everything out,&rdquo; she recalled, &ldquo;I got to do all the nitty-gritty.&rdquo; Pickren is the designer behind stationery brand, <a href="http://www.hewandco.com/">Hew and Company</a>, while Warner of <a href="http://www.tristanwarner.com/">Tristan Warner Studios</a>, is a general contractor and carpenter &mdash; which made him uniquely qualified for a project such as this. After finishing up a final job in Brooklyn, Warner joined Pickren, and the two began stripping and reframing their new abode while camping out (yes &mdash; in a tent!) by the home&rsquo;s adjacent riverbed.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="wUCONCSSkEN" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="wUCONCSSkEN"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/rqOaoVndv2Fx.jpg" title="New Look." alt="A pair of Brooklyn-transplants reimagine a 400-square-foot abandoned &ldquo;shack&rdquo; in Nashville into a cheerful charmer complete with sly storage." /></div> <div class="below">A pair of Brooklyn-transplants reimagine a 400-square-foot abandoned &ldquo;shack&rdquo; in Nashville into a cheerful charmer complete with sly storage.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>&nbsp;The plan was to eventually build a woodshop for Warner at the property&rsquo;s entrance to dually serve as their main residence, so they kept the existing cottage&rsquo;s small footprint. They knew they wanted a home that was airy and livable despite its mere 400 square-feet, but could also transition easily to Pickren&rsquo;s design studio. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m a believer in the idea that how you feel in your space affects your creativity,&rdquo; she explained, &ldquo;we wanted it to, when needed, feel like my workspace &mdash; not our bedroom.&rdquo;</p> <div class="dynamic-widget" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/ZbnfzVZ8bUC" data-style="width:800px;height:535px;float:none;" style="width: 800px; height: 535px; float: none;" data-widget-guid="ZbnfzVZ8bUC" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget"></div> <p>So Warner conceived of a smart solution that involved trap doors and covert compartments, to house the couple&rsquo;s wardrobe, office supplies, and typical household wares, along with a queen-sized Murphy bed &ndash; all encased within a wall of crisp white cabinetry. The built-in space saver also conceals what Pickren calls a &ldquo;Harry Potter door," that leads to a shower, full length mirror and linen closet.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w70 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="ZddaKbdZj44" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="ZddaKbdZj44"><img src="http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/YHba7LIsmPHl.jpg" title="Master Of The House" alt="Homeowners Jessie Pickren and Tristan Warner in the kitchen space of their handcrafted cottage by the Cumberland River." /></div> <div class="below">Homeowners Jessie Pickren and Tristan Warner in the kitchen space of their handcrafted cottage by the Cumberland River.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>Where the structural fixes and sneaky storage solutions were carefully tried and meticulously executed, the home&rsquo;s effortless aesthetic came about a bit more organically. &ldquo;We wanted to keep it light and without clutter,&rdquo; Pickren explained. Because of the a-frame&rsquo;s size and the owners&rsquo; simplistic proclivities, all-white walls and minimal d&eacute;cor were a no-brainer. A few well-loved pieces, like a deep blue tufted Chesterfield from <a href="http://www.abchome.com/">ABC Carpet &amp; Home</a>&nbsp;and vintage accent chairs from both of Pickren&rsquo;s grandmothers, are placed in a &ldquo;loosey-goosey&rdquo; arrangement, hinting at the space&rsquo;s ability to transition quickly.The bathroom offers a rare moment of color, featuring a bold checkerboard pattern of hunter green and white tiles from The Home Depot, alongside a powder-blue sink from a local salvage yard. A drop ceiling was torn out to expose rough-hewn beams that combine with unfinished concrete floors, adding to the house&rsquo;s inherently rustic feel.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="SEr29sL1qqT" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="SEr29sL1qqT"><img src="http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/-hnXJLe2E5Ox.jpg" title="Cottage" alt="Warner&rsquo;s sequestered storage solution houses a queen-sized Murphy bed, a secret room, and other household items. The cabinet color was a custom white from Sherwin-Williams, and the hardware is from House of Antique Hardware" /></div> <div class="below">Warner&rsquo;s sequestered storage solution houses a queen-sized Murphy bed, a secret room, and other household items. The cabinet color was a custom white from <a href="http://www.sherwin-williams.com/">Sherwin-Williams</a>, and the hardware is from House of Antique Hardware</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>Light pours in to the home through salvaged windows and vintage French doors (once belonging to Pickren&rsquo;s grandfather) that often remain open. The couple treats their newfound woodsy environs as an extension of their living room, spending as much time outside as in. &ldquo;In New York you&rsquo;re so used to noise, things and people,&rdquo; said Pickren, &ldquo;Here, there&rsquo;s a comforting isolation.&rdquo; The pair forewent a conventional kitchen in favor of an old-timey wood burning stove &ndash; their only source of heat - and an outdoor utility sink where they wash post-meal dishes. Gatherings at the cottage boast a summer camp appeal, as most nights are spent grilling under bistro lights on the porch, pulling up chairs to the riverbed, or playing badminton on their lantern-lined court.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="luxO0-lliBt" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="luxO0-lliBt"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/0BEAgEwua7ax.jpg" title="Living Large." alt="Pickren calls their hanging storage, &ldquo;a total lifesaver.&rdquo; You can be sure to find the homeowners&rsquo; hats, jackets, and bags dangling from the obliging pegs." /></div> <div class="below">Pickren calls their hanging storage, &ldquo;a total lifesaver.&rdquo; You can be sure to find the homeowners&rsquo; hats, jackets, and bags dangling from the obliging pegs.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>This past fall the pair got married in an ivy-lined empty swimming pool&nbsp;that remained near their picturesque cottage. For Pickren their petite piece of heaven is an exercise in simplicity. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve learned what I need day to day,&rdquo; she explained, &ldquo;You can have fewer, nicer things. You don&rsquo;t need all the other stuff.&rdquo;</p> <div class="separator three"></div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Tue, 24 May 2016 11:48:29 -0700 http://www.zimbio.com/Cottage/articles/wa1dVyfhLZp/400+Square+Foot+Nashville+Shack+Gets+Sleek wa1dVyfhLZp 5 Ways To Streamline A Funky Floorplan <p><span class="dropcap">T</span>he railroad apartment. This nostalgic style of dwelling, characterized by its straight-down-the-middle floorplan, is usually a red flag for apartment-hunting New Yorkers. But when interior designer <a href="http://www.jrichdesign.com/">Johanna Rich</a>&nbsp;was enlisted to revamp a Brooklyn couple&rsquo;s linear-leaning kitchen, she willingly accepted the challenge. The designer&rsquo;s goal was to eliminate the room&rsquo;s thruway feel, and design a space that felt dynamic and comfortable, using cool-toned neutrals, strategic lighting, and accessible counter space.</p> <p>&ldquo;The potential energy of the space is what really attracted me to the project,&rdquo; says Rich, who recalls the kitchen&rsquo;s original wall-facing countertops and cabinetry. Her first order of business was to bring those shunned work stations toward the center of the space &ndash; perpendicular to the wall &ndash; making interaction easy, and natural. In keeping with this new flow, Rich traded the couple&rsquo;s rectangular dining table for a round tulip table from <a href="http://www.dwr.com/">Design Within Reach</a>, and added an open-ended center bar, where a closet once stood.&nbsp;</p> <p>Casual barstools and lightweight furniture frames hint at the room&rsquo;s ability to quickly change its seating arrangements depending on the occasion. Rich kept the palette light and crisp, choosing honed Calacatta white marble countertops, and cool gray and white tones from <a href="http://us.farrow-ball.com/">Farrow &amp; Ball</a>&nbsp;for the cabinets; reclaimed white oak on the floor and bar offer its warmer counterpoints. Because of the limited horizontal space, the designer took advantage of the kitchen&rsquo;s height, implementing smart vertical storage and dropping in pendant lighting from <a href="http://www.barnlightelectric.com/">Barn Light Electric</a>. Here, we sit down with Rich to get more of her expert tips on how to turn a usually limiting plan into a stylish space that&rsquo;s comfortable and inviting.&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="4Nj_KotOVHj" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="4Nj_KotOVHj"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/9FJeGOJW0Qcx.jpg" title="Room." alt="5 Ways To Streamline A Funky Floorplan" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Gotham Photos.</div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">1. Direct Energy Inward&nbsp;</h3> <p>"In such a linear space, my goal was to create surfaces perpendicular to the length of the room to direct energy inward. So, no matter where you&rsquo;re sitting or standing you are comfortable facing the center of the room, to facilitate interaction."</p> <h3 class="article_heading oak">2.&nbsp;Ground Your Colors</h3> <p>Keeping darker color tones lower in a space tends to make you feel a little more grounded. Here, we did gray base cabinets and a lighter shade on the upper cabinets. This can definitely help a space feel open and airy, but also cozy.</p> <h3 class="article_heading oak"></h3> <h3 class="article_heading oak">3.&nbsp;Offer versatile &ndash; and comfortable &ndash; seating options.</h3> <p>&ldquo;Having comfortable seating areas is important for entertaining. Give people different options, like a decorative chair in the corner to pull up if you have an unexpected guest. This is also a good way to add an upholstered piece or a pop of color. I really like to use storage benches and trunks as multitasking seating in a space.&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="5IBfcCTEVE-" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="5IBfcCTEVE-"><img src="http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/vG12d3EeWaix.jpg" title="Photos." alt="5 Ways To Streamline A Funky Floorplan" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Gotham Photos.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">4. Use Light To Create Space</h3> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m really a fan of using lighting to create gathering spaces. You can drop down pendants over a surface to visually demark a space, much like rugs do on the floor. Here, everything is on dimmers so the homeowner can control the mood of the space with the lighting. There&rsquo;s nothing worse than spending time in a room with horrible lighting.&rdquo;</p> <h3 class="article_heading oak">5. Get Creative With Storage</h3> <p>&ldquo;Creating good storage solutions so that you don&rsquo;t have a lot of clutter, especially when you have a small apartment in Brooklyn or New York, is really important. Vertical space is often underutilized in a home &ndash; and that was something that was really important in this project. Also, adding different types of storage makes a space more dynamic.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 19 May 2016 16:01:29 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Decorating/articles/wbtN9vWKsnH/5+Ways+Streamline+Funky+Floorplan wbtN9vWKsnH This Home Proves "Grown Up" And "Kid Friendly" Can Coexist <p><span class="dropcap">I</span>f you believe the old saying &mdash; or the familiar decorative placard &mdash; the kitchen is the heart of the home. It&rsquo;s where families gather for casual weeknight dinners, where they cook together on holidays, where homework gets done, midnight snacks get snuck, and where every party guest winds up at the end of the night. If you discuss the subject with Midwest designers <a href="http://lg-interiors.com">Cari Giannoulias and Melissa Lewis</a>, however, you&rsquo;ll likely walk away with a different pick for most valuable room.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w50 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="L0fxkb3GvB4" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="L0fxkb3GvB4"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/iSDqY5T1L-rx.jpg" title="LG Interiors | LONNY.COM" alt='A Super Chic Chicago Home That Proves "Grown Up" and "Kid Friendly" Can Coexist' /></div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="VohMnl1jQdj" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="VohMnl1jQdj"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/zh6t3UsBh3cx.jpg" title="LG Interiors | LONNY.COM" alt="The open kitchen cleverly combines traditional cabinetry&nbsp;with of-the-moment factory lights and sleek&nbsp;marble countertops." /></div> <div class="below">The open kitchen cleverly combines traditional cabinetry&nbsp;with of-the-moment factory lights and sleek&nbsp;marble countertops.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="f-PNhrEl--P" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="f-PNhrEl--P"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/v-BvyoiaCXXx.jpg" title="LG Interiors | LONNY.COM" alt="Stately slipcovered armchairs compliment&nbsp;curvaceous midcentury-style seats at the dining table." /></div> <div class="below">Stately slipcovered armchairs compliment&nbsp;curvaceous midcentury-style seats at the dining table.</div> </div> </div> <p>"If you live in Chicago, you know a mudroom is key, especially with kids," says Lewis. As a transitional space that invites visitors from the often-frigid outdoors into the embrace of a cozy interior it has to make a stylish first impression. And, as the landing zone of every jacket, backpack, and pair of muddy soccer cleats, it needs to provide storage and near-magic tidying capabilities. It&rsquo;s the ultimate test for blending form and function, a speciality of the design duo, and a very solid contender for always-pulsing, sometimes frantic, and ever-indispensable heart of the home.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="fX7vUF6bvrT" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="fX7vUF6bvrT"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/5pudRFeULCjx.jpg" title="LG Interiors | LONNY.COM" alt="Accessories from&nbsp;Jayson Home and One Kings Lane, as well as the homeowner's collected antiques, ornament&nbsp;the bookshelves and tabletops.&nbsp; &nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">Accessories from&nbsp;Jayson Home and One Kings Lane, as well as the homeowner's collected antiques, ornament&nbsp;the bookshelves and tabletops.&nbsp; &nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="DcObvu6fZdU" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="DcObvu6fZdU"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/S_joj6ng-eQx.jpg" title="TK" alt="How to Decorate an Elegant Home Kids and Adults Will Love" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="dynamic-widget" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/5n2Bhb1YTj2" data-style="width:1000px;height:658px;float:none;" style="width: 1000px; height: 658px; float: none;" data-widget-guid="5n2Bhb1YTj2" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget"></div> <p>For the residence of a young family in Lincoln Square, Giannoulias and Lewis took that ethos and applied it to every plain, white corner of a new construction property. The homeowners, Christos, an orthopedic surgeon, and Patricia, a board member of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, are relatives&nbsp;of Giannoulias'."Everyone says doing design work for family is difficult but we had a ball," the designer attests. Along with their two young children, Spiros and Kathleen, they&rsquo;re a well-traveled, whip-smart, and endlessly busy crew, so they required a plan that was both undeniably stylish and kid friendly.</p> <p></p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="2M80c_YU-7f" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="2M80c_YU-7f"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/T8i_u6TMWBix.jpg" title="LG Interiors | LONNY.COM" alt="Small doses of rich color including violet and persimmon can be spotted in the entryway, powder room and attic craft space." /></div> <div class="below">Small doses of rich color including violet and persimmon can be spotted in the entryway, powder room and attic craft space.</div> </div> </div> <p>"It's so important that as designers we help create spaces that tell [our clients&rsquo;] stories, relay their passions, and fulfill their aspirations," says Giannoulias. In addition to adding the mudroom-foyer hybrid that was missing from the original floor plan, they turned half of the attic space into a DIY room for Patricia and a spare bedroom into a masculine office for Christos. Everything in between received a lush, layered facelift complete with an exciting mix of neutral hues, rich textures, and durable yet elegant furnishings. "The style of the home is a cross between New American and Cape Cod," explains&nbsp;Lewis. "There&rsquo;s an ease in both those styles and an unpretentiousness that makes you feel welcome."</p> <p></p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="hFnfTOL9EWS" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="hFnfTOL9EWS"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/8ZITDDkf5-lx.jpg" title="LG Interiors | LONNY.COM" alt="The master suite is sheathed in a pale grasscloth wallcovering that&nbsp;gives the space an undeniably cozy feel to balance its glamorous&nbsp;accent pieces.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">The master suite is sheathed in a pale grasscloth wallcovering that&nbsp;gives the space an undeniably cozy feel to balance its glamorous&nbsp;accent pieces.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>The resulting blend of sophistication and comfort hits a mark so many homeowners are aiming for. In the living room, a pair of exuberant black-feather pillows rest atop streamlined neutral armchairs custom made by their firm, <a href="http://lg-interiors.com/">LG Interiors</a>. Jewel-like light fixtures hang above the dining table and master bath&rsquo;s tub. In that all important entryway, a&nbsp;Ro Sham Beaux pendant, a tufted ottoman in purple velvet, and a glimmering console table from Worlds Away, while beautiful, all play second fiddle to the space's star feature: a gallery wall filled with&nbsp;family photos, a constant reminder of more happy memories that will doubtless&nbsp;be made in their&nbsp;beautiful new home.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="FWrjAto18wI" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="FWrjAto18wI"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/RnYs5dzt0Fjx.jpg" title="LG Interiors | LONNY.COM" alt="One corner of the space spotlights a sparkling table lamp by&nbsp;Jamie Young and a pair of classic botanical prints." /></div> <div class="below">One corner of the space spotlights a sparkling table lamp by&nbsp;Jamie Young and a pair of classic botanical prints.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="sSQ9iR0MzSL" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="sSQ9iR0MzSL"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/UtUQBvRjvOxx.jpg" title="Jamie Young" alt="A freestanding tub beneath a glowing chandelier is the couple's master suite indulgence.&nbsp;&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">A freestanding tub beneath a glowing chandelier is the couple's master suite indulgence.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="separator one"><span class="dropcap"></span></div> Thu, 19 May 2016 09:31:12 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/2GsZgef2_bC/Home+Proves+Grown+Up+Kid+Friendly+Can+Coexist 2GsZgef2_bC A Home That Redefines The Meaning Of "Beach House" <p><span class="dropcap">D</span>ecorating a laid-back yet sophisticated beach house in The Hamptons would be a dream task for most. For <a href="http://jengoinginteriors.com">Jen Going</a>, it&rsquo;s a calling card. The Westhampton-based interior designer has made her name mastering un-kitschy seaside style: a mix of earthy modernism, a touch of new trad, and just enough vacation house vibes to be every city dweller&rsquo;s ideal weekend escape.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w50 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="gdncWwQQ4la" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="gdncWwQQ4la"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/8j8Yr1ZhZBjx.jpg" title="TK" alt="The New Standard of Summer House Style" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="XMXTEjYDOEG" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="XMXTEjYDOEG"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/gpejHeNlt-Jx.jpg" title="Jen Going | LONNY.COM" alt="Indoors and out, the transitional&nbsp;residence marries vernacular notes&mdash;cedar siding, sea-inspired accents&mdash;with eye-catching&nbsp;pieces that are unapologetically&nbsp;modern." /></div> <div class="below">Indoors and out, the transitional&nbsp;residence marries vernacular notes&mdash;cedar siding, sea-inspired accents&mdash;with eye-catching&nbsp;pieces that are unapologetically&nbsp;modern.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>She applied such a treatment to the home of a New York couple whose 1980s contemporary less than a block from the sand in Amagansett was no longer meeting their needs or suiting their style. Having already completed a significant renovation by Bridgehampton architect <a href="http://www.prestontphillips.com">Preston T. Phillips</a>, that included a master suite expansion and the addition of a wood-lined media room, as well as a streamlined cedar exterior and standing-seam roof, the couple asked Going to reimagine the interiors to reflect the home&rsquo;s new warm-modernist feel.&nbsp;</p> <p>Once a retreat for family vacations, the house, Going explains, is now used mostly for casual entertaining, and as a getaway for the couple&rsquo;s grown children and their friends. Not to mention the decor choices that were the peak of chic when they purchased the home in 1994 were in serious need of a refresh. 'The fireplace had been covered in blush-pink paver stones," the decorator reveals. 'And the living room walls were a minty green." Luckily, the era-specific finishes couldn&rsquo;t detract from what the home did have, a gorgeous art collection, and some choice modern furnishings that set the tone for it&rsquo;s new look.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>"We wanted to keep it very casual and comfortable, but still have that level of elegance," says the designer. "The homeowners are art collectors. They&rsquo;re huge music fans. They&rsquo;re just very cool.&rdquo; Dull and dated wasn&rsquo;t going to work, of course, but neither would the typical East End staples of shiplap walls, sisal rugs and shell motifs. "Sometimes people out here want to go full-on &lsquo;beach house,&rsquo; but you have to really balance that idea and not be too literal with it, says Going. Painting the walls a crisp white or sheathing them in a natural grasscloth enhanced the easygoing feeling the location necessitates, without relying on rope-wrapped furnishings and stray starfish.&nbsp;</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="D6_blFNJiWP" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="D6_blFNJiWP"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/ZLm_Jkc04Hyx.jpg" title="Jen Going | LONNY.COM" alt="Rich texture, playful textiles, and statement-making artworks define many of the home's private spaces." /></div> <div class="below">Rich texture, playful textiles, and statement-making artworks define many of the home's private spaces.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="COcDSZW320y" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="COcDSZW320y"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/jgcZslo36x6x.jpg" title="TK" alt="The New Standard of Summer House Style" /></div> </div> </div> <div data-widget-guid="bLPLvx0fiCe" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget" style="width: 900px; height: 631px; float: none;" data-style="width:900px;height:631px;float:none;" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/bLPLvx0fiCe" class="dynamic-widget"></div> <p>Phillips had eschewed those stereotypes, too. By lining the media room and den in warm cedar paneling, he pushed the style toward eclectic midcentury, and definitively away from&nbsp;white-washed shabby chic. Going happily continued the trend, giving&nbsp;a Vladimir Kagan sofa pride of place in the living room, choosing&nbsp;curvaceous wood pieces that echoed the home's show-stopping staircase, and selectively adding&nbsp;to the clients' &nbsp;already impressive collection&nbsp;of modern artworks.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="D5_lNV9eP8S" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="D5_lNV9eP8S"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/mL7stIdYNLPx.jpg" title="Jen Going | LONNY.COM" alt="Green Serpentinite countertops and dark-wood cabinetry sidestep&nbsp;the all-white bathroom trend in the master suite.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">Green Serpentinite countertops and dark-wood cabinetry sidestep&nbsp;the all-white bathroom trend in the master suite.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="fPLMdUukysP" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="fPLMdUukysP"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/kZpkDOrVlAwx.jpg" title="Jen Going | LONNY.COM" alt="An adjacent seating area hosts a cozy Thomas Pheasant chaise, Madegoods stool, and a pom-pom throw from Going's online shop.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">An adjacent seating area hosts a cozy Thomas Pheasant chaise, Madegoods stool, and a pom-pom throw from Going's <a href="http://jengoinginteriors.com/shop/">online shop</a>.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>As the designer's updates manifested, the scope of the project continued to grow. The clients added the double-height living room, kitchen and dining area&nbsp;to the list of spaces that would receive a refresh, and Going jumped at the chance to create a cohesive look for the whole home. After a little convincing, the couple bid farewell to that&nbsp;pink stone fireplace facing, and the designer replaced it with metal panels in a bronze finish created by a local artisan. The luxe yet earthy surface is now undeniably the showpiece of the home, and has ended up being the owners' favorite element. Going&nbsp;recalls with a laugh,"They'll call me or text me to say, 'I just walked in and I still love it.'" Perhaps the only better marker of a job well done is that she's just signed on to redo their townhouse in New York City.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="IU4p2vU6Ka5" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="IU4p2vU6Ka5"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/CnDzmc6YSvDx.jpg" title="Jen Going | LONNY.COM" alt="In the master bedroom,&nbsp;Dunbar stools outfitted with striped cushions, printed pillows by John Robshaw, and a pair of turquoise lamps combine for&nbsp;the home's beachiest moment." /></div> <div class="below">In the master bedroom,&nbsp;Dunbar stools outfitted with striped cushions, printed pillows by John Robshaw, and a pair of turquoise lamps combine for&nbsp;the home's beachiest moment.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"> <div class="separator one"></div> </div> Tue, 17 May 2016 09:06:40 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/Xl2Cm-E1lbT/Home+Redefines+Meaning+Beach+House Xl2Cm-E1lbT A Colorful and Eclectic Brooklyn Apartment <p><span class="dropcap">M</span>any designers recall constantly rearranging the furniture in their childhood bedrooms &nbsp;or sketching layouts&nbsp;in their school notebooks as the earliest sign that they might just have&nbsp;a penchant&nbsp;for creating beautiful&nbsp;interior spaces. For Virginia Toledo and Jessica Geller, the business partners behind<a href="http://www.id810designgroup.com/team.php"> ID 810 Design Group</a>, that most primal of designer instincts is what won&nbsp;them the job of decorating&nbsp;a lovely Brooklyn apartment with a confounding floor plan.&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w50 no-top-padding" data-widget-guid="wRT5JYlva7Q" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="wRT5JYlva7Q"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/EiHusk_s8bbx.jpg" title="ID 810 | LONNY.COM" alt="A Colorful and Eclectic Brooklyn Apartment" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 no-top-padding" data-widget-guid="FiHTdDhezAJ" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="FiHTdDhezAJ"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/xqD_xkC6PZ5x.jpg" title="ID 810 | LONNY.COM" alt="Homeowners Lana and Steven Kleimen in the multipurpose library-playroom area of their sun-filled apartment.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">Homeowners Lana and Steven Kleimen in the multipurpose library-playroom area of their sun-filled apartment.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="UM2odiAZCv_" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="UM2odiAZCv_"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/-CJbqfpAnr7x.jpg" title="ID 810 | LONNY.COM" alt="The couple's&nbsp;art collection, arranged gallery style,&nbsp;complements&nbsp;a sleek&nbsp;pair of&nbsp;Room &amp; Board armchairs." /></div> <div class="below">The couple's&nbsp;art collection, arranged gallery style,&nbsp;complements&nbsp;a sleek&nbsp;pair of&nbsp;Room &amp; Board armchairs.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>When the pair first set eyes on the new Carroll Gardens three-bedroom of Lana and Steven Kleiman, it was still largely a construction zone with bare concrete floors and no kitchen to speak of. What it did have in abundance were two qualities New York City house hunters don't often find themselves confronted with: light and space. And lots of it. Before the drywall dust had settled it was&nbsp;clear to the homeowners that the sprawling living area&nbsp;that had first attracted them to the unit now had them far out of their depth design-wise. "The main&nbsp;space&nbsp;was way too big to devote half to living&nbsp;and half to dining, or even two thirds to living and a third to dining," explains Toledo, of the glass-walled expanse&nbsp;that separates the home's master suite&nbsp;at one end from two bedrooms and an office at the other. Lucky&nbsp;for the Kleimans, on that first visit Toledo and Geller's space-planning senses were already devising an atypical solution that would accommodate&nbsp;evenings in, entertaining, and in a fateful&nbsp;twist, a cozy play area for the little girl they found out they were expecting mid-makeover.&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="9fAqfwmH2VF" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="9fAqfwmH2VF"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/rguE3vtw4rIx.jpg" title="ID 810 | LONNY.COM" alt="A classic&nbsp;Eames lounge and vinyl-upholstered daybed are complemented by a punchy, striped garden stool and color-coded bookshelves." /></div> <div class="below">A classic&nbsp;Eames lounge and vinyl-upholstered daybed are complemented by a punchy, striped garden stool and color-coded bookshelves.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding" data-widget-guid="uPGfoiCFqA5" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="uPGfoiCFqA5"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/hyyQnc17ztqx.jpg" title="ID 810 | LONNY.COM" alt="A Colorful and Eclectic Brooklyn Apartment" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="q4OBXWLlr5u" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="q4OBXWLlr5u"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/xkR-UV_z-1qx.jpg" title="ID 810 | LONNY.COM" alt="Two-tone&nbsp;curtains, cool blue tiles, and artsy&nbsp;animal print wallpaper are just a few of the designers'&nbsp;clever uses&nbsp;of color in the mostly neutral home." /></div> <div class="below">Two-tone&nbsp;curtains, cool blue tiles, and artsy&nbsp;animal print wallpaper are just a few of the designers'&nbsp;clever uses&nbsp;of color in the mostly neutral home.</div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;plan&nbsp;called for a TV-centric lounge space at one end, a library-playroom at the other, and a spotlight-stealing dining area floating in the center. "It took them some time to wrap their heads around our proposed layout," says Geller, "but we persisted and they trusted." An extra deep Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman sectional defines the primary&nbsp;seating area, which also features color-blocked curtains and&nbsp;a bold&nbsp;rug in a modified Greek key motif.&nbsp;A deeply personal art collection comes together in a gallery-style arrangement behind&nbsp;a pair of leather-and-chrome armchairs from Room &amp; Board. "Steve and I have collected the art pieces throughout our entire relationship from different places in the world we've traveled to," explains Lana. The mask and the two ladies nearest the floor are from Israel, the parrot from Costa Rica, and the woman in the wooden frame from an antique store in the Hudson Valley. The Picasso print, in the top row second from the right, was a gift from Lana's father, who is an artist.&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="i1DA1V48V6Z" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="i1DA1V48V6Z"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/JXkIXpbhSyLx.jpg" title="ID 810 | LONNY.COM" alt="Fresh whites and rich wood tones, as seen in the nursery, master suite and entryway, lend a sense of polish and quiet sophistication&nbsp;throughout." /></div> <div class="below">Fresh whites and rich wood tones, as seen in the nursery, master suite and entryway, lend a sense of polish and quiet sophistication&nbsp;throughout.</div> </div> </div> <p>At the far end of the space, rich wood bookcases anchor what started out as a sleek library and, with the arrival of&nbsp;now two-and-a-half-year-old&nbsp;Frieda and the addition of a cozy shag rug, has morphed into a flexible playroom. In&nbsp;the center of it all, a stately Altura Furniture dining table is framed by Modshop chairs, and a bar cabinet topped with a vintage palm tree lamp that belonged to Steven's grandmother. "Having a special dining table that was an investment piece and they could have for years to come was a priority," says Geller.&nbsp;The custom light fixture above expertly conceals the designers' second greatest challenge. "The architect only provided one overhead light and it was in a very awkward location," explains Toledo of the &nbsp;placement in a pass-through to&nbsp;one&nbsp;side&nbsp;of the table. "Unfortunately, in the city&nbsp;you are limited by&nbsp;concrete ceilings and can&rsquo;t simply relocate a light." The pair's creative solution? A custom fixture that draws power from the off-center source and extended across the dining area like a glowing art installation.&nbsp;</p> <div class="dynamic-widget" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/tNQhcxMpSQi" data-style="width:800px;height:447px;float:none;" style="width: 800px; height: 447px; float: none;" data-widget-guid="tNQhcxMpSQi" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget"></div> <p>The master bedroom and nursery carry on the home's lush&nbsp;color palette and urban-sophisticate air. The former features a tufted&nbsp;headboard and custom vanity with a faux-fur stool from Clayton Gray Home. The latter, crowned by sunny&nbsp;yellow awning stripes on the ceiling, incorporates a Made Goods tree branch pendant&nbsp;and an elephant-shaped rug from Fitz Felt. With baby number two due to arrive any day&mdash;Geller and Toledo back at work on a&nbsp;new nursery&mdash;there's no doubt that&nbsp;the super-sized heart of this home will be put to good use for years to come.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="separator one"></div> Thu, 12 May 2016 08:56:22 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/BL6Y5o4E7rm/Colorful+Eclectic+Brooklyn+Apartment BL6Y5o4E7rm Meet Lonny's New Editor, Angela Tafoya <p>In case you may have noticed, there is a new kid (ahem, me) in town. I'd like to consider this my digital handshake of sorts, and I figured why not extend a friendly hello? And, what better way to get acquainted than to share a few things that are currently inspiring me right now, and give you a hint of things to come at Lonny.</p> <p>I'm really excited to be overseeing the site (I officially joined a few weeks ago, coming from Refinery29 where I was working as the West Coast Lifestyle Editor) and now that my sea legs are starting to set in, I can't wait to fully dive in. But I don't want to make this all about me. I'd love to hear from you guys about what's on your mind these days and what Lonny content you're loving right now. Give me a shout in the comments and feel free to share your own current obsessions below. Ahead are five things I can't get enough of these days.</p> <h3 class="article_heading oak"><strong>1. Decluttering&nbsp;</strong></h3> <p>Okay, I have a confession: I am not much of a minimalist. In fact, I might go so far as to say I love&nbsp;(controlled) clutter. But, after reading Fay Wolf's amazing organizing book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/New-Order-Decluttering-Handbook-Creative/dp/1101886196">New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else)</a>, I am finally starting to toss things out. And it feels great. Yeah, maybe I don't need every holiday card from the past four years. This book has kind of changed my life. Marie Kondo, who?</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="jDd93r9FLSZ" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="jDd93r9FLSZ"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/9WMJ9CYKOh3x.jpg" title="Fay Wolf's Decluttering Handbook." alt="Meet Lonny's New Editor, Angela Tafoya" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Fay Wolf.</div> </div> </div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <h3 class="article_heading oak"><strong>2. Lemonade&nbsp;</strong></h3> <p>I don't think there is even a word for the game-changing level Beyonce reached when she dropped <em>Lemonade</em>. I have had it looping on repeat non-stop.&nbsp;Beyond looking to her as a powerful #girlboss, the album&rsquo;s themes of evolution and progress really resonate with me, especially thinking about the months ahead. Plus, there are so many compartments to unpack in terms of the societal and political statements she makes with this album. It's such a great piece of work.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="DdmyPCtGMf_" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="DdmyPCtGMf_"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/P3uYsoYbX-Dx.jpg" title="Beyonce's Lemonade album cover." alt="Meet Lonny's New Editor, Angela Tafoya" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Photo: Beyonce.</div> </div> </div> <p><strong></strong></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p><strong></strong></p> <h3 class="article_heading oak"><strong>3. Unwinding</strong></h3> <p>There's nothing that sparks creativity like time spent away from screens. I find that all my best aha-moments come in the most peaceful, relaxing settings. I just recently got married and am embarking on a Hawaii getaway in the next few weeks, so I'm really looking forward to time spent unwinding and drumming up ideas in Kauai &mdash; and coming back with fresh content for the site.&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="EfpTj3Rhnih" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="EfpTj3Rhnih"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/dXhiWHvP5VQx.jpg" title="Kauai's Napali Coast" alt="Meet Lonny's New Editor, Angela Tafoya" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Photo: Visit Hawaii.</div> </div> </div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h3 class="article_heading oak"><strong>4. The New SF MOMA</strong></h3> <p>I recently checked out the SF MOMA ahead of its opening, and every nook is reimagined and breathes new life into the modern museum. Designed by architecture firm&nbsp;Sn&oslash;hetta, you can really sense how every element of the interior was meant to emphasize the art. I could have wandered around for days and can't wait to go back.</p> <p></p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="z0LYN-uXhNg" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="z0LYN-uXhNg"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/vhCuIHiy-aHx.jpg" title="Karen Doolittle poses in front of a colorful Ellsworth Kelly piece." alt="Meet Lonny's New Editor, Angela Tafoya" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Photo: Instagram/Karen Doolittle.</div> </div> </div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <h3 class="article_heading oak"><strong>5. Moody Hues</strong></h3> <p>It's no secret inky blues and darker tones are having a moment. I&rsquo;m a huge color lover, but I am finally warming up to and feeling inspired by the mysterious vibes of darker hues. I love the idea of experimenting with painting furniture or an accent wall pitch-black.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="eqxhKj4hgZY" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="eqxhKj4hgZY"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/BP0yi1qVfcWx.jpg" title="A moody dresser sets the tone." alt="Meet Lonny's New Editor, Angela Tafoya" /></div> <div class="below attribution">Photo: SF Girl By Bay.</div> </div> </div> <p></p> Wed, 11 May 2016 12:33:47 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/News+from+the+Lonny+Team/articles/JBu-DHMkHK4/Meet+Lonny+New+Editor+Angela+Tafoya JBu-DHMkHK4 Meet Lonny's New Editor, Angela Tafoya <p>In case you may have noticed, there is a new kid (ahem, me) in town. I'd like to consider this my digital handshake of sorts &mdash; and figured why not extend a friendly hello to you guys. And, what better way to get acquainted than to share a few things that are currently inspiring me right now and a hint of things to come.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>I'm really excited to be overseeing the site (and officially joined a few weeks ago, coming from Refinery29 where I was the West Coast Lifestyle Editor) and now that my sea legs are starting to set in, I can't wait to dive in. But, I don't want to make this all about me. I'd love to hear from you guys (you know, the folks reading this!) what's on your mind these days. Give me a shout in the comments and feel free to share anything (well, almost anything) below. I'm here to chat. Okay, let's get this started. Ahead, are five things I can't get enough of these days.</p> <p></p> Wed, 11 May 2016 12:27:01 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/News+from+the+Lonny+Team/articles/QzC_BoeaSPu/Meet+Lonny+New+Editor+Angela+Tafoya QzC_BoeaSPu Home Tour: An Architectural Gem with a Collected Interior <p><span class="dropcap">I</span>n New York City it is rare to find an apartment that, from the very beginning, perfectly aligns with your own sense of style. So before renovations, before paint, before furniture&mdash;to come across a place that seems like it was built only for you to inhabit, is in a word: exceptional. This is just what happened to Manhattan-based real estate agent Scott Francis. Francis is an avid real estate scout &mdash; it comes with the job, right? &mdash; and had been watching a certain block on Gramercy Park for years, hoping to refresh his browser at just the right moment. &ldquo;I saw it online at 9pm,&rdquo; said Francis, of a 1,000-square-foot architectural gem on the idyllic corner of 19th and Irving, &ldquo;and by 9:30am I was standing in the apartment with the agent.&rdquo; His only question: &ldquo;What&rsquo;s the longest lease I can sign?&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget left pull-quote-big-icon designerTitle w50 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="RGhph4HcYhu" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/pull_quote_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="pull_quote_widget"> <p class="text primary">If you have a nice, well-appointed home you have to use it. It means nothing if you have no one to share it with.&rdquo;</p> <p class="author primary">&ndash;Scott Francis</p> </div> <p></p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w45 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="fuRLLE6x-4E" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="fuRLLE6x-4E"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/SRFzqQkOujpx.jpg" title="Scott Francis NYC Apartment" alt="Scott Francis in front of his charming wood-burning fireplace in his apartment in New York City&rsquo;s Gramercy Park." /></div> <div class="below">Scott Francis in front of his charming wood-burning fireplace in his apartment in New York City&rsquo;s Gramercy Park.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w45 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="PHcgkhOCe4R" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="PHcgkhOCe4R"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/XrsPCqHvGwTx.jpg" title="Scott Francis NYC Apartment" alt="&ldquo;Lighting is the energy of a space,&rdquo; posed Francis, whose apartment grants ample daylight. Nestled beside the bay windows is the dining table, hemmed in by B&amp;B Italia chairs. &nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">&ldquo;Lighting is the energy of a space,&rdquo; posed Francis, whose apartment grants ample daylight. Nestled beside the bay windows is the dining table, hemmed in by B&amp;B Italia chairs. <span style="color: #222222; font-family: Leitura_News, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.5px;">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> </div> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>&ldquo;All of the architectural details are original to the building,&rdquo; noted Francis. The prewar structure, constructed in 1910, lends the one-bedroom its &ldquo;old New York&rdquo; appeal, featuring sixteen-foot tall ceilings, ornate wooden paneling, herringbone floor, and a hand-carved, wood-burning fireplace. These historic stylings, while universally charming, were essential to someone with Francis&rsquo;s design sense. &ldquo;My personal style is very traditional,&rdquo; he offered. And how could it not be? He grew up in Massachusetts and has always had a penchant for antiquing. &ldquo;As my mom calls it, &lsquo;we are true Puritans in that we love a bargain&rsquo;,&rdquo; laughed Francis. His grandfather was a long-time employee of American silversmith Reed &amp; Barton, so reaching for an heirloom-quality silver platter for a casual dinner party is commonplace. However, the allure is not lost, he explained, &ldquo;I have always been drawn to the tradition of silver&mdash;the concept of polishing, and taking care of a piece.&rdquo;</p> <div data-widget-guid="dh3MVtOpwIR" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget" style="width: 900px; height: 602px; float: none;" data-style="width:900px;height:602px;float:none;" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/dh3MVtOpwIR" class="dynamic-widget"></div> <p>Rather than blandly appointing his home with precious collectibles, Francis layered styles. In the living room, he gave the wood-paneled ceiling a chic update with a sculptural chandelier fashioned from thin brass arms and exposed bulbs, a piece he designed himself at a hole-in-the-wall lighting shop in the Bowery. A sturdy Mastercraft coffee table (Francis&rsquo;s favorite find) coexists with a rug from Ralph Lauren Home, a Restoration Hardware armchair, and a Chinese garden stool Francis found in the Hamptons. Cushy forms, like a pair of cream-colored <a href="https://www.hollyhunt.com/">Holly Hunt</a>&nbsp;sofas, ground the living area, and host a gentlemanly assemble of wool, velvet and cashmere pillows and throws. &ldquo;My place might look formal, but the way I hope to make people feel when they&rsquo;re in my home is relaxed,&rdquo; shared Francis, who relishes the idea of &ldquo;kicking off your shoes&rdquo; in a beautiful backdrop.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w45 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="aPrlmXdm_DO" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="aPrlmXdm_DO"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/QnAEezojTOFx.jpg" title="Scott Francis NYC Apartment" alt="This mirror is not an antique! Surprisingly, the Federal style convex mirror is from Restoration Hardware. &nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">This mirror is not an antique! Surprisingly, the Federal style convex mirror is from Restoration Hardware. <span style="color: #222222; font-family: Leitura_News, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.5px;">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> </div> <p>The elevated ceiling makes way for the tenant&rsquo;s eclectic art collection, most of which he&rsquo;s scoured from various estate sales. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s how I spend my Saturdays and Sundays,&rdquo; he explained, &ldquo;at antique stores; or driving around the coast, stopping in and picking up interesting relics.&rdquo; His maritime affinity, learned from a life spent a stone&rsquo;s throw from the ocean, is seen throughout. An emphatic example dangles above the hearth, in an antique painting of an old clipper ship&mdash;another estate sale find. The living room&rsquo;s overall nostalgia is penetrated by undeniably modern chair silhouettes, see <a href="http://www.kartell.com/gb">Kartell</a>&rsquo;s Ghost chair, dining chairs by <a href="http://www.bebitalia.com/">B&amp;B Italia</a>, and a blue velvet incarnation of <a href="http://www.knoll.com/">Knoll</a>&rsquo;s Brno chair. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Beyond the well-collected living room, treasured curios continue into the apartment&rsquo;s master bedroom. No style is lost inside the room&rsquo;s limited square footage, seemingly enlarged by the lofty ceilings. An edited medley of antique and modern pieces brings the room to life. Francis&rsquo;s inherited four-poster bed stands center behind a pair of multitasking x-benches from Ralph Lauren Home, while an early edition Ethan Allen mirror hangs alongside a ceramic lamp from One Kings Lane.</p> <p>Francis&rsquo;s architecturally generous apartment offered a fitting canvas for his contemporary assemblage of meaningful antiques. &ldquo;I love to entertain here,&rdquo; said Francis, recounting an annual Christmas Party he hosts with upwards of 150 people&mdash;complete with a sixteen-foot tannenbaum. &ldquo;If you have a nice, well-appointed home you have to use it,&rdquo; he concluded, &ldquo;It means nothing if you have no one to share it with.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w90 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="RW-ce6vRxo_" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="RW-ce6vRxo_"><img src="http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/2xZGi1aKyN8x.jpg" title="Scott Francis NYC Apartment" alt="The antiques endure in the master bedroom, where the walls are decorated with Francis&rsquo;s continued art collection. In the center,&nbsp;Francis devised a warm setting of multi-tonal woods to bring a richness to the space. The desk in the foreground is an early edition Ethan Allen. On the right,&nbsp;Francis&rsquo;s finds are displayed in a traditional cupboard&mdash;a piece he predictably scored at an estate sale. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">The antiques endure in the master bedroom, where the walls are decorated with Francis&rsquo;s continued art collection. In the center,&nbsp;Francis devised a warm setting of multi-tonal woods to bring a richness to the space. The desk in the foreground is an early edition Ethan Allen. On the right,&nbsp;Francis&rsquo;s finds are displayed in a traditional cupboard&mdash;a piece he predictably scored at an estate sale.<br /><br /> <span style="color: #222222; font-family: Leitura_News, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.5px;">&nbsp;</span> <span style="color: #222222; font-family: Leitura_News, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.5px;">&nbsp;</span> <span style="color: #222222; font-family: Leitura_News, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 17.5px;">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> </div> <p></p> Tue, 10 May 2016 09:14:14 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/CPNli4m8pXO/Home+Tour+Architectural+Gem+Collected+Interior CPNli4m8pXO Designer Secrets: 14 Chic Ways to Trim Your Decorating Budget <p><span class="dropcap">T</span>he Victorian house in the heart of San Francisco&rsquo;s sunny Noe Valley neighborhood had been well-loved over the past 100 years&mdash;but it had also suffered from an ill-conceived remodeling project or two. So when the new owners of the duplex&rsquo;s upstairs flat began planning a redesign of their own, their strict budget had to allow for fixing past mistakes and creating a forward-thinking family-friendly design.</p> <p>&nbsp;The couple enlisted <a href="http://www.katiemartinezdesign.com">Katie Martinez</a>, a young San Francisco-based designer known for bright, effortlessly elegant interiors. To meet their budget without compromising on style, Martinez created a few ground rules: Stick to a simple palette of classic finishes, make efficient use of labor and materials, choose affordable fixtures and furnishings when possible, splurge where it really counts, and have patience. &ldquo;The clients understood that there were significant savings to be had by not rushing the project,&rdquo; Martinez says.</p> <p>They began the seven-month construction process by stripping the rooms of their dated wood veneers, dark granite counters, cheap lighting and appliances, multicolored glass backsplash tile, and vinyl flooring. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s often easier to get rid of things and start over than to preserve little parts here and there,&rdquo; Martinez explains, &ldquo;so in some places we went down to the studs.&rdquo;</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget pull-quote-big-icon designerTitle w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="BgrifsrqoAa" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/pull_quote_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="pull_quote_widget"> <p class="text primary">The clients understood that there were significant savings to be had by not rushing the project."</p> <p class="author primary">&ndash;Katie Martinez</p> </div> <p>The two-story flat&rsquo;s top floor had been divided into tiny bedrooms, so they removed the interior walls and a dropped ceiling to create a large family room, then added a broad west-facing window to bring in natural light and views toward Twin Peaks and Sutro Tower. On the main level, they reconfigured the master bedroom, which had only allowed for the bed to be pushed into a corner, and opened up the staircase to help connect the kitchen and dining areas&nbsp;with the family room above.&nbsp;</p> <p>To emphasize the new floorplan&rsquo;s free-flowing vibe while bringing back some of the home&rsquo;s original character, Martinez composed a restrained palette of Carrara marble counters, white cabinetry, unlacquered brass hardware, porcelain doorknobs and solid walnut finishes. Bright white walls provide a backdrop for the homeowners&rsquo; collection of textiles, rugs, and artwork&mdash;and she also incorporated a few bursts of bold color and pattern, from the master bedroom&rsquo;s deep blue wall to the bathroom&rsquo;s graphic concrete floor tiles.</p> <p>The reimagined rooms reflect Martinez&rsquo;s bright and breezy signature style&mdash;but more importantly, the original character of the Victorian house and the personalities of its new owners. How did Martinez achieve such a dramatic transformation without breaking the bank? Here, she shares her secrets to this budget-conscious design&mdash;and how they can work for you:</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w90 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="kkfo_AaS0dy" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="kkfo_AaS0dy"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/U6KnUcPS3_Nx.jpg" title="Katie Martinez San Francisco design on a budget" alt="Designer Secrets: 14 Chic Ways to Trim Your Decorating Budget" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">1. SPOTLIGHT SPECIAL DETAILS</h3> <p>There&rsquo;s no need for lots of bells and whistles when you allow small, special details to shine. Here, Martinez created a &ldquo;simple white kitchen&rdquo; with Shaker-style cabinets, slabs of Carrara marble and a wall clad with subway tile from Heath Ceramics. Against that pristine backdrop, unlacquered brass cabinet pulls from Rejuvenation and an unlacquered brass faucet from Waterworks can make a bold statement.</p> <h3 class="article_heading oak">2. SHELVE IT</h3> <p>Instead of lining your kitchen&rsquo;s walls with closed upper cabinets, incorporate some open shelving, which makes a small space feel larger and is typically a less expensive choice. Here, Martinez mounted simple walnut boards atop shelf brackets from Liz's Antique Hardware. &ldquo;We used brackets rather than concealed steel supports ​because they felt more old-fashioned and added character,&rdquo; she explains. Exposed dishes and glassware take the place of art and accessories, adding functional beauty and texture to the space. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w60 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="MwGsQaK3FQK" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="MwGsQaK3FQK"><img src="http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/RZrupAe3Vv3x.jpg" title="Katie Martinez San Francisco design on a budget" alt="Designer Secrets: 14 Chic Ways to Trim Your Decorating Budget" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak"></h3> <h3 class="article_heading oak">3. CUT COUNTERTOP COSTS</h3> <p>If you love the look of veined white marble but don&rsquo;t want to blow your budget on one slab, opt for Carrara rather than rare Calacatta, as Martinez did. &ldquo;I chose it because I really love the look and simplicity,&rdquo; the designer explains, &ldquo;but it is less expensive than Calacatta,&rdquo; which is considered a luxury stone.</p> <p></p> <h3 class="article_heading oak">​4. MAKE EVERY PIECE COUNT</h3> <p>&ldquo;When each piece is beautiful and impactful, you need less,&rdquo; Martinez says of the eclectic dining set she created by pairing a custom oak table with vintage Paul McCobb arm-and side-chairs in classic black. (&ldquo;I typically don&rsquo;t match furniture finishes,&rdquo; she notes.) A rug purchased via Etsy and the midcentury-style Atomium chandelier from Lambert et Fils add a pop of color and personality to the room.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">5. KEEP IT SIMPLE</h3> <p>For a nursery, choose simple furnishings you won&rsquo;t mind parting with in a few years to create a clean backdrop for the personal artwork, objects and textiles you&rsquo;ll keep for a lifetime. Here, streamlined furniture and walls painted Farrow &amp; Ball&rsquo;s soothing Borrowed Light hue allow the eye to drift up to the ceiling, where a local artist hand-painted a view of the night sky at the exact time of the little boy&rsquo;s birth.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w90 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="MQmi6XYO5k2" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="MQmi6XYO5k2"><img src="http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/jtLJhRO_w13x.jpg" title="Katie Martinez San Francisco design on a budget" alt="Designer Secrets: 14 Chic Ways to Trim Your Decorating Budget" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">6. CREATE A HIGH-LOW MIX</h3> <p>Martinez trimmed her clients&rsquo; furnishings budget by having a craftsman make a built-in headboard wall and matching side tables, but not the bed base. For that, she simply pushed an inexpensive base from CB2 against the wall. To cut material and labor costs, she had the bedroom furnishings, office desk, and kitchen shelves all made at once from the same lot of wood, and requested walnut with visible knots and lighter sapwood portions. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s more cost effective than pristine boards and I love the character,&rdquo; she explains.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w90 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="OfdiwCojc96" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="OfdiwCojc96"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/xiL8Rl-5qEdx.jpg" title="Katie Martinez San Francisco design on a budget" alt="Designer Secrets: 14 Chic Ways to Trim Your Decorating Budget" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">7. INCORPORATE OLD FAVORITES</h3> <p>​&ldquo;Don&rsquo;t underestimate the power of a personal collection,&rdquo; Martinez advises. &ldquo;My clients&rsquo; little textile at the foot of the bed makes a huge impact&mdash;in fact, I think it makes the room.&rdquo; Beneath it, a hand-embroidered Mexican Otomi coverlet from L'Aviva Home emphasizes the bedroom&rsquo;s soothing blue mood.</p> <h3 class="article_heading oak">8. CHOOSE FUNCTIONAL &ldquo;ART&rdquo;</h3> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w45 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="z3poTI1xs9p" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="z3poTI1xs9p"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/NAJnbjORibRx.jpg" title="Katie Martinez San Francisco design on a budget" alt="Designer Secrets: 14 Chic Ways to Trim Your Decorating Budget" /></div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s no need to spend on paintings and sculpture when your furnishings and accessories pack a punch. This bedroom&rsquo;s dramatic built-in walnut headboard, walls painted Farrow &amp; Ball&rsquo;s bold Hague Blue, and brass Isaac sconces by Schoolhouse Electric &ldquo;provide so much color, texture and visual interest that you don&rsquo;t need to hang a thing on the wall,&rdquo; Martinez says.</p> <h3 class="article_heading oak">9. RETHINK THE DESK</h3> <p>Traditional desks can be bulky and pricey. Martinez saved money&mdash;and precious square footage in the small home office&mdash;by having a furniture-maker build a &ldquo;desk&rdquo; that&rsquo;s really just a smooth walnut board supported by both side walls. The design may be &ldquo;super simple,&rdquo; but it provides a large workspace that easily accommodates the couple on days when they both work from home. A wall clad with inexpensive cork provides a look Martinez loves&mdash;plus plenty of pin-up space.&nbsp;The slim and simple Flynn Table Lamp by Serena &amp; Lily (right) offers stylish task lighting.&nbsp;</p> <h3 class="article_heading oak">10. CHOOSE A COZY RUG</h3> <p>What&rsquo;s the secret to maximizing seating without spending a fortune? &ldquo;A very soft rug!&rdquo; Martinez says. &ldquo;Everyone is always lounging on the carpet.&rdquo; What style and size is best? &ldquo;I love larger antique rugs if you can afford them,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;If not, I suggest keeping it simple with a rug like this one below (from Restoration Hardware) and adding a small antique throw rug or pillows on top, or foregoing a big rug altogether and using small throw rugs.&rdquo;</p> <h3 class="article_heading oak">11. FIND FLEXIBLE FURNISHINGS</h3> <p>Smaller, portable furnishings typically cost less than heftier ones, and they&rsquo;re often more useful around the house too. Rather than pairing the family room&rsquo;s slipcovered Eilersen sofa with one large coffee table, Martinez chose a pouf from Serena &amp; Lily and a duo of acacia wood side tables from Blu Dot. &ldquo;They can easily be pushed aside to create seating or play space on the floor,&rdquo; she explains.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w45 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="6Y4LDxh1h9J" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="6Y4LDxh1h9J"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/z1Oh26y-RaBx.jpg" title="Katie Martinez San Francisco design on a budget" alt="Designer Secrets: 14 Chic Ways to Trim Your Decorating Budget" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w45 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="BtdEQ_qUgaG" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="BtdEQ_qUgaG"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/QqTnL9Oggjvx.jpg" title="Katie Martinez San Francisco design on a budget" alt="Designer Secrets: 14 Chic Ways to Trim Your Decorating Budget" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">&nbsp;12. TREAT YOURSELF</h3> <p>They say the most successful diets allow room for a splurge here and there, and the same principle applies to cost-conscious design. &ldquo;I think the splurges are what make a project,&rdquo; Martinez says, &ldquo;so make sure to preserve a few places in your budget for them.&rdquo; One of this family&rsquo;s favorite big purchases is an Eames Lounge Chair from Design Within Reach. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s beautiful and well-designed, as well as very comfortable,&rdquo; Martinez says.</p> <h3 class="article_heading oak">13. SKIP THE CURTAINS</h3> <p>Keeping windows bare eliminates pricey blinds and draperies from the budget with another added benefit: The simple, unfussy look helps create a continuous, light-filled space&mdash;and preserves the view.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w90 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="i-utHRQqlks" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="i-utHRQqlks"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/NpubIE51yNlx.jpg" title="Katie Martinez San Francisco design on a budget" alt="Designer Secrets: 14 Chic Ways to Trim Your Decorating Budget" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">&nbsp;14. SHOP AROUND</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s easy to spend a fortune on tile but certainly not necessary. Martinez discovered handmade encaustic cement tiles from Cement Tile Shop that make a major statement at a cost of $6.90 per piece. A new cast-iron-and-porcelain clawfoot tub from Rejuvenation looks like an antique, but offers the modern-day improvement of a deck-mounted faucet, while a streamlined vanity from Rejuvenation saves precious space.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w90 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="jFIhVlZMS55" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/image_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="image_widget"> <div> <div class="image-and-info-box" data-guid="jFIhVlZMS55"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/tstdCtNgKB8x.jpg" title="Katie Martinez San Francisco design on a budget" alt="Designer Secrets: 14 Chic Ways to Trim Your Decorating Budget" /></div> </div> </div> <p></p> <p>​</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 5 May 2016 08:06:27 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Decorating/articles/gxXMhyuwQOa/Designer+Secrets+14+Chic+Ways+Trim+Decorating gxXMhyuwQOa