Lonny http://www.lonny.com en-us Copyright 2016 Livingly Inc. support@livingly.com (The Livingly Team) 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 You’ll Want to Work in this Cheerful Co-working Space <p><span class="dropcap">H</span>illary France always roots for the underdog. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve always had a passion for the success of young businesses,&rdquo; mused France, &ldquo;I love helping people get to that next level&mdash;finding undiscovered talent.&rdquo; And that&rsquo;s precisely what she does. France co-owns New York-based <a href="http://www.brandassembly.com/">Brand Assembly</a>, a community for young fashion professionals to have access to the tools they need to be successful in the competitive, often cutthroat fashion industry.</p> <div class="widget left pull-quote-big-icon designerTitle w50 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="yK_TtEGkItx" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/pull_quote_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="pull_quote_widget"> <p class="text primary">I love helping people get to that next level&mdash;finding undiscovered talent.&rdquo;</p> <p class="author primary">&ndash;Hillary France</p> </div> <p>France has worked in fashion her entire career. Through a retail job at Kate Spade New York in D.C., she fell in love with what she refers to as fashion&rsquo;s back-office&mdash;basically the operations side of the business. This seemingly unglamorous area of interest brought France to New York City to work with fashion mainstays like Diane von Furstenberg and Rachel Zoe, and smaller contemporary brands, like Kimberly Ovitz. It was at DVF where she met Alex Repola, who at the time was a third party logistics provider. The two like-minded creatives hit it off, and France enlisted Repola&rsquo;s expertise for her subsequent career ventures.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w45 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="KMSWIyL6krX" 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="KMSWIyL6krX"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/YlwoYjJG11ox.jpg" title="Brand Assembly" alt="Brand Assembly&rsquo;s founder Hillary France at the entrance to Brand Assembly Square in New York. The fashion purveyor is stylishly clad in pants from&nbsp;Svilu and top from Silvae." /></div> <div class="below">Brand Assembly&rsquo;s founder Hillary France at the entrance to Brand Assembly Square in New York. The fashion purveyor is stylishly clad in pants from&nbsp;<a href="http://svilu.com/">Svilu</a> and top from <a href="http://www.silvae.co/">Silvae</a>.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w45 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="-tbJKoUcj6b" 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="-tbJKoUcj6b"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/I8_1_AsnguKx.jpg" title="Brand Assembly" alt="The Square features a neutral selection of low-slung lounge seating and minimal frames to complement the varied textures and colors on the garments. The artwork pays subtle tribute to the brand&rsquo;s chosen industry.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">The Square features a neutral selection of low-slung lounge seating and minimal frames to complement the varied textures and colors on the garments. The artwork pays subtle tribute to the brand&rsquo;s chosen industry.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>While working at Kimberly Ovitz, the duo started talking about the often debilitating challenges that emerging brands face in the fashion scope today. France explained, &ldquo;Ninety percent of a young designer&rsquo;s time is being spent doing things they are not interested in, or really, good at,&rdquo; for example, bookkeeping, deciphering compliance manuals, and data management. Their solution was simple: provide those crucial back-of-house services to developing fashion brands, and in doing so, foster a community of creative collaborators. So in 2013, they began Brand Assembly. Alongside their provided services, France and Repola launched a highly curated trade show in Los Angeles for these budding brands to gain some exposure on the West Coast. Two years later, after the success of their simultaneous endeavors, the pair extended their brand to include a brick-and-mortar co-working space in New York&rsquo;s fashion-y Flatiron district, coined Brand Assembly Square.</p> <div data-widget-guid="DhnTpXZ31W5" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget" style="width: 800px; height: 530px; float: none;" data-style="width:800px;height:530px;float:none;" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/DhnTpXZ31W5" class="dynamic-widget"></div> <p>&ldquo;We wanted to offer small brands a place where they could get noticed, and have a longer selling lifetime &ndash; whether year-round or in extended market periods,&rdquo; said France. Taking a cue from the models of their co-working predecessors (see <a href="https://www.wework.com/">wework</a>), they opened the collaborative office space. Fashion professionals can rent a private space, semi-private space, or just a desk in the Square, to function as their own headquarters&mdash;acting as both a studio and a showroom. They have access to shared conference rooms and lounge areas, and can tap in to Brand Assembly&rsquo;s back-office services and industry know-how.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our temporary space in LA is open and airy, and gets so much natural light,&rdquo; explained France. &ldquo;We wanted to find a place here that had that same aesthetic.&rdquo; They found the perfect space on the ninth floor of an office building in the Manhattan&rsquo;s centrally-located Flatiron neighborhood. Not only is the location ideal in terms of access&mdash;less than a block from four major subway lines&mdash;but it is a mere ten blocks from the Garment Center, fashion&rsquo;s epicenter. The nearly 3,000-square-foot space boasts 360-degree, unobstructed views from its numerous windows.</p> <div class="widget pull-quote-big-icon designerTitle w80 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="E-c-McuT__6" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/pull_quote_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="pull_quote_widget"> <p class="text primary">We wanted to offer small brands a place where they could get noticed.&rdquo;</p> <p class="author primary">&ndash;Hillary France</p> </div> <p>Design-inclined France worked with an especially creative team member, Adam Eisenhut, to tackle the interiors of the Square. Together, they set out to take advantage of the ample natural light in the space. They replaced interior walls with windows and sliding glass doors. These transparent borders keep with the collaborative nature of the shared offices, while letting the light pour in. &ldquo;We wanted people to be able to shut the door when they needed to have a private conversation, but still allow buyers to see the product inside,&rdquo; said France.</p> <p>An open floor plan makes way for the flexible arrangement of the floor&rsquo;s center. This area mingles dedicated office spaces with community lounge areas with no structural boundaries, so that the space can ebb and flow with the needs of the community. To reinforce the airy interior, they chose a lightly-colored matte finish on the maple floors, and lapped the walls in what France designated as, &ldquo;the brightest shade of white possible.&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w90 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="y5CNGbkiK4H" 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="y5CNGbkiK4H"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/wTncBO-dEOMx.jpg" title="Brand Assembly" alt="The dedicated space for&nbsp;NYLA, a multiline showroom that sells several emerging brands including&nbsp;Owen, Adaptation,&nbsp;ROI, and&nbsp;Frank &amp; Eileen. &ldquo;NYLA mainly carries emerging brands with a more casual, laid back feel,&rdquo; said France of the offering." /></div> <div class="below">The dedicated space for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.designernetworknyla.com/">NYLA</a>, a multiline showroom that sells several emerging brands including&nbsp;<a href="http://owennyc.com/">Owen</a>, Adaptation,&nbsp;<a href="http://roinyc.com/">ROI</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://frankandeileen.com/">Frank &amp; Eileen</a>. &ldquo;NYLA mainly carries emerging brands with a more casual, laid back feel,&rdquo; said France of the offering.</div> </div> </div> <p>A steady mix of modern furniture silhouettes and sturdy, more authentic wooden pieces is used throughout. The Restoration Hardware tables in the designated &ldquo;sunroom&rdquo; were refinished by France herself. She explained, &ldquo;We are pretty hands-on when it comes to design elements here,&rdquo; recalling a time she brought six planks of wood from Upstate New York to the studio to fashion display shelves. In the private studios that line the perimeter, decoration was kept to a minimum, allowing brands to embellish the space with necessary brand imagery and d&eacute;cor.</p> <p>The Square&rsquo;s communal areas are decidedly homey, opting for furniture brands often found in a Millennial&rsquo;s apartment. In France&rsquo;s own home she uses generous amounts of color, but here the interior provides a uniform backdrop for the varied textures and shades found in the garments displayed. France stated, &ldquo;The clothes have to speak for themselves.&rdquo; Subtle pops of color in the space come by way of woven rug patterns, a few deeply-hued pillows and chairs, and fresh greenery. And one of the Square&rsquo;s claims to fame is their wine tap (seriously). The tap is used for markets, buyer meetings, press dinners, holiday parties and sometimes, just to remedy a long day at work. Sounds like our kind of office.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w90 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="4jJBEcw_X_F" 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="4jJBEcw_X_F"><img src="http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/GQS33Dxvo2vx.jpg" title="Brand Assembly" alt="On the left is co-founder Alex Repola&rsquo;s brightly-hued bike by&nbsp;Martone Cycling Co. Center, the central meeting space features a Target table, surrounded by tomato-colored upholstered armchairs from Dot &amp; Bo. On the right, the fall/winter 2016 offering of camel-toned jackets from&nbsp;ThePerfext." /></div> <div class="below">On the left is co-founder Alex Repola&rsquo;s brightly-hued bike by&nbsp;<a href="http://martonecycling.com/">Martone Cycling Co</a>. Center, the central meeting space features a Target table, surrounded by tomato-colored upholstered armchairs from Dot &amp; Bo. On the right, the fall/winter 2016 offering of camel-toned jackets from&nbsp;<a href="https://www.instagram.com/theperfext/">ThePerfext</a>.</div> </div> </div> <p></p> Wed, 4 May 2016 09:10:26 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/2Fk8ipOzUEQ/ll+Want+Work+Cheerful+Co+working+Space 2Fk8ipOzUEQ A Jewelry Designer's Travel-Inspired Home <p><span class="dropcap">W</span>hen approaching&nbsp;the front door&nbsp;of <a href="http://www.lizziefortunato.com/" target="_blank">Lizzie Fortunato's</a>&nbsp;circa-1930s brick apartment building, and you can just feel that something dreamy is upstairs. "I love the beams in the bedroom, the clawfoot bathtub, the shutters in the dining room that fold in and out," says Lizzie, counting all the ways in which she's come to love the space she shares with her boyfriend, Peter Asbill. The couple occupies the top two floors of a three-story townhouse&nbsp;on a tree-lined street in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. Their landlord, who lives on the first floor, has painstakingly restored the building from the ground up to it's original grandeur. And if there's anyone who can appreciate quality, history, and design, it's Lizzie.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w50 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="mn0Ps-0WENB" 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="mn0Ps-0WENB"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/6vi6TegHdZHx.jpg" title="Lizzie Fortunato | Lonny.com" alt="A Jewelry Designer's Travel-Inspired Home " /></div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="fCsiHjznPJk" 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="fCsiHjznPJk"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/zSmRDWx_rFDx.jpg" title="Lizzie Fortunato | Lonny.com" alt="Peter Asbill and Lizzie Fortunato outside of their Clinton Hill apartment.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">Peter Asbill and Lizzie Fortunato outside of their Clinton Hill apartment.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="5ozpXXn7a0I" 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="5ozpXXn7a0I"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/BER0va9bMB-x.jpg" title="Lizzie Fortunato | Lonny.com" alt="Unruly yellow ranunculus find a spot in a&nbsp;ceramic pitcher&nbsp;that's a part&nbsp;of the sisters' Fortune Finds&nbsp;collection." /></div> <div class="below">Unruly yellow ranunculus find a spot in a&nbsp;<a href="http://shop.lizziefortunato.com/collections/fortune-finds/products/ivory-duck-pitcher" target="_blank">ceramic pitcher</a>&nbsp;that's a part&nbsp;of the sisters' <a href="http://shop.lizziefortunato.com/collections/fortune-finds" target="_blank">Fortune Finds</a>&nbsp;collection.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>After graduating from Duke in 2006, the designer "moved to the Lower East Side and then bounced around Chinatown and SoHo." Before making the move to Brooklyn in 2014, Lizzie&nbsp;lived in a fifth-floor walkup with her twin sister and business partner, Kathryn, for four years. Lizzie started designing jewelry as a passion project during college, but eventually she and Kathryn left their jobs&nbsp;to turn the project&nbsp;into a full-fledged brand (Lizzie heads the designs, while Kathryn oversees the business side of things). Walk into any major department store or open any major fashion magazine, and you're bound to run into their beautifully-set stone earrings and statement necklaces standing out from the crowd. &nbsp;</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w80 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="YYyspHdgD9B" 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="YYyspHdgD9B"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/lixSdmn-bGux.jpg" title="Lizzie Fortunato | Lonny.com" alt='"I wasn&squot;t sure a tasseled wall-hanging was what I should be spending our furniture budget on, but now I can&squot;t imagine living without it&mdash;I adore it," says Lizzie.&nbsp;' /></div> <div class="below">"I wasn't sure a tasseled wall-hanging was what I should be spending our furniture budget on, but now I can't imagine living without it&mdash;I adore it," says Lizzie.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>Kathryn too now lives in Brooklyn, only a few minutes away on foot. With these particular sisters, the two spend endless hours together, and Lizzie's apartment proves to be an ideal place to convene. The main living space is perfect&nbsp;for both low-key nights at home&mdash;"Peter loves our wide-open, sun-drenched kitchen, and I love sitting on the sofa [nearby] while he cooks"&mdash;and larger gatherings. "We've been known to pull up&nbsp;little tables to the ends of the dining table and really pack our guests in," says Lizzie. Wide-plank wood floors stretch from the dining room to the main living room, and upstairs to the master bedroom and second, casual living space. The home's timeless elements, like the stone fireplaces, beautiful trim woodwork, and subway-tile clad bathrooms, live in harmony with pattern-rich textiles from their far-flung travels, along with treasured family heirlooms, striking that effortlessly cool, collected look.<br /><span style="text-align: center; color: #222222; line-height: 17px; background-color: initial;"></span></p> <div data-widget-guid="cCYyx9mg6RG" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget" style="width: 800px; height: 531px; float: none;" data-style="width:800px;height:531px;float:none;" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/cCYyx9mg6RG" class="dynamic-widget"></div> <p>"My grandparents lived in rural Pennsylvania in a mid-century home on ten-acres," recalls Lizzie. &ldquo;They were pretty much out in the middle of nowhere&mdash;in the woods at the end of a dirt road&mdash;but they had this sanctuary of contemporary sculptures, walls covered in art, and expansive glass windows that looked out onto this huge creek."&nbsp;The sisters have been known to bring back a piece or two from their grandparents house when they visit, but one specific blue oil painting in the dining room of girls playing instruments, really strikes a chord with the couple. "It reminds me of them and their home, but Peter also loves it," says Lizzie. (Asbill co-founded the music streaming service&nbsp;Songza, which was acquired by Google in 2014&mdash;naturally, music plays a big role in the couple's life.) "It feels very special to us.&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="VFXfN4iR5jI" 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="VFXfN4iR5jI"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/ELDcdvws8TXx.jpg" title="TK" alt="A Jewelry Designer's Travel-Inspired Home " /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w80 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="JUrGgenCVtM" 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="JUrGgenCVtM"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/6rDxVcDZdx-x.jpg" title="Lizzie Fortunato | Lonny.com" alt="The white walls of the apartment provide the perfect backdrop for Lizzie's&nbsp;collected textiles and art to&nbsp;take center stage.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">The white walls of the apartment provide the perfect backdrop for Lizzie's&nbsp;collected textiles and art to&nbsp;take center stage.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>With an appreciation for story-rich objects coupled with a love of travel, the sisters have expanded their brand into the lifestyle arena with <a href="http://shop.lizziefortunato.com/collections/fortune-finds" target="_blank">Fortune Finds</a>&mdash;an evolving collection of textiles, objets, and art that reflects the globally-influenced brand they've created. The seugway into this realm&nbsp;was a natural one. "Kathryn and I were collecting so many objects during our travels, and friends would request that we purchase something for them while we were gone," says Lizzie. Now friends and fans alike can browse the digital storefront for stateside talent, like Brooklyn-based artist Wayne Pate, to one-of-a-kind, hand-woven Moroccan rugs, and woven Mexican baskets. "As a young independent designer, it feels great to be recognized and supported, and we love discovering other independent artists and supporting their work as well."</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w80 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="rT3Yt8kVBQ2" 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="rT3Yt8kVBQ2"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/iKTGrW6artkx.jpg" title="Lizzie Fortunato | Lonny.com" alt='"Peter and I love spending time upstate, so when we found an apartment with a bedroom that looked like it had been plucked from the Hudson Valley (exposed beams, brick, and incredible wide plank wood floors) we were sold," says Lizzie.&nbsp;' /></div> <div class="below">"Peter and I love spending time upstate, so when we found an apartment with a bedroom that looked like it had been plucked from the Hudson Valley (exposed beams, brick, and incredible wide plank wood floors) we were sold," says Lizzie.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>Not tied to one specific place or era, Lizzie's&nbsp;jewelry is destined to be supported by consumers looking for originality over trends or labels. Her home also parallels this design approach&mdash;you can&rsquo;t pinpoint the interiors to one style or another, but rather can follow along as she weaves in classic silhouettes with bold color and pattern. "These are the things that make my home feel personal," says Lizzie. We couldn&rsquo;t agree more.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="6c7UG3JYdqC" 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="6c7UG3JYdqC"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/xeLAb2za1uex.jpg" title="Lizzie Fortunato | Lonny.com" alt="A simple, plush white bed creates a relaxing oasis.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">A simple, plush white bed creates a relaxing oasis.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="separator one"></div> Tue, 3 May 2016 09:08:51 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/KLtf3kIB6QG/Jewelry+Designer+Travel+Inspired+Home KLtf3kIB6QG Transporting Trips You Can Do in a Weekend from Los Angeles <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60" data-widget-guid="vbaRaqw-wjH" 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="vbaRaqw-wjH"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/bD8Gs-KJVItx.jpg" title=" Transporting Trips You Can Do in a Weekend from Los Angeles " alt="Transporting Trips You Can Do in a Weekend from Los Angeles" /></div> <div class="below attribution">All photos courtesy of Janelle Pietrzak, All Roads</div> </div> </div> <p><em>Excerpted from an&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/20FeWBA">article</a> that ran on <a href="http://bit.ly/263TPNl">Spot</a>.</em></p> <p>Even the most devoted Angeleno will tell you that one of the best things about L.A. is getting out of it for a day&mdash;if not a weekend&mdash;escaping the hustle, the bustle, and that crazy-making traffic. Lucky for them, many wildly cool places (including otherworldly Antelope Valley, above) exist within easy striking distance.&nbsp;</p> <p>Two of the most die-hard get-out-of-towners around are Janelle Pietrzak and Robert Dougherty, the founders of creative and textile studio <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.allroadsdesign.com%2F&amp;t=MTA4ZDMyYWMyMjMzYTBkMzFmMTlmZDZhZmZhZDI2N2IyNDBjZmJiNixhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">All Roads</a>, who&rsquo;ve collaborated with everyone from Ace &amp; Jig to Clare Vivier to Anthropologie. Even after three years in Los Angeles, these native east coasters (partners in both life and work) are still like wide-eyed kids when it comes to exploring their surrounds. They head east, north, or south from their Sunland-Tujunga home every chance they get. &ldquo;People think we live in Joshua Tree because we&rsquo;re there so often,&rdquo; laughs Pietrzak.&nbsp;And the couple&rsquo;s predilection for wide-open space shows in their work: The gradients of staggered mountains, horizons, sunrises, and sunsets are visible in Pietrzak&rsquo;s retro-cool weavings. And rustic, patinaed tones and desert-found shapes define Dougherty&rsquo;s metal and woodwork.</p> <p>As for what makes a good weekender, &ldquo;we look for places that have both nature and a small town,&rdquo; says Pietrzak. &ldquo;It won&rsquo;t make or break the trip, but it&rsquo;s nice to have a good place to eat or a cute coffeeshop when we need to interact with civilization. We also love thrift stores and yard sales.&rdquo;</p> <p>Read on for their leaving-Los Angeles picks, meant for locals looking to hit the road as well as visitors to L.A. who just want to see what else is out there.&nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="_JiLC-UdXqL" 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="_JiLC-UdXqL"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/B8waleyaHjsx.jpg" title=" Transporting Trips You Can Do in a Weekend from Los Angeles " alt="Transporting Trips You Can Do in a Weekend from Los Angeles" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">In One Hour: Antelope Valley</h3> <p><strong>The Whereabouts</strong>: &ldquo;About an hour north, in the high desert close to Lancaster.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The Draw</strong>: &ldquo;Poppies grow all over the valley and only bloom in early spring. You can go to the&nbsp;<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.parks.ca.gov%2F%3Fpage_id%3D627&amp;t=MmJlMDFiMGUzZmYyZjNmNGZmODc1YjgxOGEzMDQxZGM5YjRhNmZiYSxhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">Parks&rsquo; website</a> for daily poppy reports. Last year the poppies only lasted about a week&mdash;there was a heat wave and they fried pretty quickly. When you&rsquo;re there, it&rsquo;s hard not to pull over every five seconds to photograph more and more rolling hills and wildflowers.&nbsp;We love the contrasts of the bright orange, sage green, and lavender that seem to go on and on.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The Diversions</strong>: &ldquo;We typically just go see the poppies then head home, but one year we packed a picnic lunch. It was windy, but we found a grove of Joshua trees that shielded us, and it was just lovely.&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="FajivLeNyJ5" 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="FajivLeNyJ5"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/tJyk54OZ93jx.jpg" title=" Transporting Trips You Can Do in a Weekend from Los Angeles " alt="Transporting Trips You Can Do in a Weekend from Los Angeles" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">In Two Hours: Joshua Tree</h3> <p><strong>The Whereabouts</strong>: &ldquo;It&rsquo;s two hours away, but you might hit traffic leaving L.A., so we don&rsquo;t stop anywhere along the way. We always just want to get there.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The Draw</strong>: &ldquo;We go to Joshua Tree whenever and however we can. The quiet and the vast landscapes calm your eyes and your mind. And we love the community of artist friends we&rsquo;ve developed there.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The Lodging</strong>: &ldquo;We book a different Airbnb every time we go. Once we stayed in an&nbsp;<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.airbnb.com%2Frooms%2F4520311&amp;t=OWEzMDgxZTU2MDNhMDgxODFiMmEyOTcxNjdhMGMxYWM3YTYxMTRjMyxhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">Airstream trailer</a> in Morongo Valley that&rsquo;s rented out by Joshua Tree artist <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sharielf.com%2F&amp;t=MGYwMjE5ZGIzYTU4ZjA2YmY1ZjEwZWRhNjE3MzgzMjI2MThlZDQ2YyxhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">Shari Elf</a>, who&rsquo;s the owner of the <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sharielf.com%2Fmuseum.html&amp;t=MTEwNGVhNzg1ZjEwZmNjMWFhNzQ4OWFlMWQxYWY5ZWJiZjU0ZjA0OSxhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">world-famous crochet museum</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The Diversions</strong>: &ldquo;Hiking, visiting friends, and eating! We visit our friend Kime who has a great vintage shop in Yucca Valley called <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FthiswaytotheEND%2F&amp;t=MTNhYWU0MGFlOWUyMmE4NTgzODNkOWQ1ZDBmNzJmMTYxNzkxMTdmMixhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">The End</a>, we eat pizza by the slice at <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fpieforthepeople.net%2F&amp;t=NDQ3YzdmOWM5NzM3MzQ4Y2ExM2Y2M2Y3ZGNmYzZiOWQwMWNkMmQ2MSxhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">Pie for the People</a>, and we get date shakes at <a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thenaturalsisterscafe.com%2F&amp;t=NmIwYWFiYjQzOTAwZjNmZTc0NWQwYjQxNjUzZTQyNzZjZjQxY2Q5NyxhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">The Natural Sisters Cafe</a>.&rdquo;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w60 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="g5DIlxBjlN-" 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="g5DIlxBjlN-"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/3ZpK_Vwq4T0x.jpg" title=" Transporting Trips You Can Do in a Weekend from Los Angeles " alt="Transporting Trips You Can Do in a Weekend from Los Angeles" /></div> </div> </div> <h3 class="article_heading oak">In Six Hours: Big Sur</h3> <p><strong>The Whereabouts</strong>: &ldquo;Since it&rsquo;s quite a way up the coast, we&rsquo;ll usually stop at San Luis Obispo for lunch, then in San Simeon to see the elephant seals. We often stop once more at one of the beaches along the way for a fun little walk on the rocky shore.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The Draw</strong>: &ldquo;Breathtaking coastline and beautiful colors! The landscape, the shade of the big trees, the quiet, the refreshing smell of eucalyptus. There&rsquo;s also little to no phone or internet reception, which makes it a good forced break.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The Diversions</strong>: &ldquo;<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bigsurbakery.com%2F&amp;t=NjIwMGZiMmJkMjBiMTVkMDY3YTY5M2IxNzcxOWJlODliNjdjMGQ3NixhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">Big Sur Bakery</a> for coffee, cookies, and fresh bread, and delicious grilled cheese sandwiches and pizza! Hike to the&nbsp;<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.parks.ca.gov%2F%3Fpage_id%3D570&amp;t=MWQwOTU2NDg5YTQwMWFkZDk0N2VjMjYzMjFmMmQ1ZmVlZGUyODRiYSxhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">Big Sur River Gorge</a> and go swim in the cold mountain water, which is crystal clear and refreshing. On our most recent family trip to Big Sur, we took our camp stove and a pasta dinner and cooked it on&nbsp;<a href="http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.parks.ca.gov%2F%3Fpage_id%3D578&amp;t=NWY1NTI2MGQ4M2VmNWU4NDYzYWRjYTliMmI1ZDQ4Njk5OWMyMDViYyxhSWJGOGF2ZQ%3D%3D">Pfeiffer Beach</a> and ate dinner at sunset&mdash;al fresco!&rdquo;</p> <p><em>From the team at <a href="http://bit.ly/263TPNl">Spot</a>. See the whole story, including more weekend trip ideas, on the Spot <a href="http://bit.ly/1Sa4Pzc">blog</a>.</em></p> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:57:00 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Escapes/articles/8gcB5C_AQwb/Transporting+Trips+Can+Weekend+Los+Angeles 8gcB5C_AQwb A Gut Renovation Creates a Serene Southern California Family Beach House <p><span class="dropcap">T</span>ucked away in a sleepy beach community in southern Orange County, a mid-century modern home was in need of a complete overhaul. The walls were textured and crumbling, the floors were covered in shag carpet, and the windows were so small, only a sliver of the ocean across the street was visible. But, when <a href="http://www.homepolish.com">Homepolish</a>&rsquo;s West Coast Creative Director Orlando Soria saw the dated pad for the first time, he knew that with a little elbow-grease and a lot of imagination, the un-loved ranch would eventually turn heads.</p> <div class="widget left pull-quote-big-icon designerTitle w50 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="SmH5dc601_y" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/pull_quote_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="pull_quote_widget"> <p class="text primary">The entire home needed to be opened up to create a bright and breezy space."</p> <p class="author primary">&ndash;Orlando Soria</p> </div> <p>Soria&rsquo;s clients, along with their two young children, desperately needed a respite away from the urban stresses of Los Angeles city living, and charming San Clemente was their answer. &ldquo;They were comforted by the vibe of the town. It&rsquo;s a place where they really can relax and forget about work and responsibilities and just have fun,&rdquo; says Soria.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div data-widget-guid="HGWOyn4lcK8" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/picture_slider_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="picture_slider_widget" style="width: 900px; height: 645px; float: none;" data-style="width:900px;height:645px;float:none;" data-url="/widgets/picture_slider_widget/HGWOyn4lcK8" class="dynamic-widget"></div> <p>But before the family could move in, Soria had a little fun of his own in the guise of a gut renovation. &ldquo;The entire home needed to be opened up to create a bright and breezy space,&rdquo; says Soria, who has worked with the homeowners on their previous homes. &ldquo;My goals were to create a mid-century and beach-inspired sanctuary without it feeling too cheesy. My clients, on the other hand, wanted a bright, white, modern yet casual beach home.&rdquo; Soria&rsquo;s challenge was to deliver on all fronts, while making his client&rsquo;s needs and dreams a priority.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w45 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="zKIAjxhrf5M" 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="zKIAjxhrf5M"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/81GHwbOS6Twx.jpg" title="A Southern California Beach House by Orlando Soria for Homepolish" alt="The all-white kitchen begged for a pop of color, so Soria tiled the backsplash in sea-green tiles from&nbsp;Fireclay. The Thermador range is flanked by white Ceasarstone countertops." /></div> <div class="below">The all-white kitchen begged for a pop of color, so Soria tiled the backsplash in sea-green tiles from&nbsp;<a href="https://www.fireclaytile.com/gallery/detail/our-top-ten-glass/">Fireclay</a>. The Thermador range is flanked by white Ceasarstone countertops.</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w45 gutter mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="1ysTGcsgY_m" 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="1ysTGcsgY_m"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/U9tHJHLnDqmx.jpg" title="A Southern California Beach House by Orlando Soria for Homepolish" alt="&ldquo;The couple found the vintage &lsquo;cocktails&rsquo; sign before they met me,&rdquo; says Soria. &ldquo;It lights up and it makes them really happy, which to me, is the point of great design.&rdquo;" /></div> <div class="below">&ldquo;The couple found the vintage &lsquo;cocktails&rsquo; sign before they met me,&rdquo; says Soria. &ldquo;It lights up and it makes them really happy, which to me, is the point of great design.&rdquo;</div> </div> </div> <p></p> <p></p> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>Although the renovation was to be a complete gut, Soria didn&rsquo;t have a difficult time convincing them that some of the original features should be preserved and even highlighted. &ldquo;There were a few awkward mid-century accents we ripped out, but I wanted to make sure that the home wasn&rsquo;t devoid of character,&rdquo; he says. To maintain the mid-century appeal, Soria kept the original red brick fireplace and a long hallway of narrow but necessary closets. However, he ended up replacing nearly all of the windows in the home, some with floor-to-ceiling accordion doors that allowed more natural light to flood the space, while at the same time creating the modern edge his clients were looking for. &ldquo;By adding the accordion doors, the home is completely open to the outside. They offer a seamless flow from the back of the house to the front,&rdquo; he says.</p> <div data-widget-guid="S8CblTCp2I9" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget" style="width: 900px; height: 706px; float: none;" data-style="width:900px;height:706px;float:none;" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/S8CblTCp2I9" class="dynamic-widget"></div> <p>With the renovation complete, Soria was able to focus on the design. Style requests from the homeowners were simple and predictably chic: all white walls, beach-inspired pops of color, and hard-wearing, affordable furnishings. Soria&rsquo;s interpretation of the homeowner&rsquo;s list started in the custom kitchen. &ldquo;We wanted it to be totally integrated and streamlined without being boring, so we sourced recycled glass tiles and used them as the backsplash,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;We let those be our pop, kept everything else white, and then concentrated on colorful accessories that give the space the character it needed to feel complete.&rdquo;</p> <p>Because the renovation touched nearly every room in the house, Soria&rsquo;s furniture budget was modest. By implementing a dynamic mix of furnishings from Crate &amp; Barrel and West Elm, coupled with vintage finds from&nbsp;<a href="http://lawsonfenning.com">Lawson Fenning</a> and a few artful DIY projects, Soria achieved an understated modern look that doesn&rsquo;t lean too mid-century or too beach home. It&rsquo;s a natural combination of the two that is weighted in history and elevated with design.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w90 mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="DuR5hFXNoAy" 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="DuR5hFXNoAy"><img src="http://www1.pictures.zimbio.com/mp/FhPgD_ei7vBx.jpg" title="A Southern California Beach House by Orlando Soria for Homepolish" alt="On the left, a simple crochet wall-hanging found at&nbsp;Lawson Fenning is an artful nod to the 1950s-era mid-century modern home; The homeowner&rsquo;s specifically wanted white walls throughout the home&mdash; except in the kid&rsquo;s room. Here, Soria painted Caribbean Cool by&nbsp;Benjamin Moore on the walls to continue with the elevated beach theme throughout the home. On the right, the vintage map in the guest bedroom creates a complementary color story within the space while the CB2&nbsp;nightstands hold a weekend&rsquo;s worth of required reading." /></div> <div class="below">On the left, a simple crochet wall-hanging found at&nbsp;<a href="http://lawsonfenning.com">Lawson Fenning</a> is an artful nod to the 1950s-era mid-century modern home; The homeowner&rsquo;s specifically wanted white walls throughout the home&mdash; except in the kid&rsquo;s room. Here, Soria painted Caribbean Cool by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/welcome-to-benjamin-moore">Benjamin Moore</a> on the walls to continue with the elevated beach theme throughout the home. On the right, the vintage map in the guest bedroom creates a complementary color story within the space while the CB2&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cb2.com/saic-sling-nightstand-side-table/s333307">nightstands</a> hold a weekend&rsquo;s worth of required reading.</div> </div> </div> <p></p> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:58:33 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/2S4nKBWC9Y6/Gut+Renovation+Creates+Serene+Southern+California 2S4nKBWC9Y6 A Modern Bohemian Home Outside the City <p><span class="dropcap">A</span>ny&nbsp;design lover&nbsp;worth their Pinterest page can tell you that&nbsp;the most intriguing interiors often come about when just the right&nbsp;divergent&nbsp;styles meet and mix. Think of a&nbsp;midcentury chaise&nbsp;tucked beneath an old-world oil portrait or a&nbsp;piece of neon light art above&nbsp;an antique French&nbsp;settee.&nbsp;The epitome of this ethos (and the most difficult to do well) has to be outfitting&nbsp;a space with an undeniable time-stamp&mdash;say, a 1920s home in a notably historic New Jersey neighborhood&mdash;with pieces that would ordinarily&nbsp;never have found their way into it. Relocating from cramped quarters in the city to more space for her growing family, jewelry designer&nbsp;<a href="http://tammytiranasar.com">Tammy Tiranasar</a> was looking to bring her vibrant style into the new home she was creating. She looked to Jill Danyelle of&nbsp;<a href="http://verdoier.com/">Verdoier</a> to help make their new home come to life, and Danyelle merged the boho-modern tastes&nbsp;of her clients&nbsp;with&nbsp;a 100-year-old home to create a family-friendly refuge that's far from&nbsp;a time capsule.</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w50 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="cBQZytmQg28" 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="cBQZytmQg28"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/JoaaLRkPSAFx.jpg" title="Verdoier | LONNY.COM" alt="A Modern Bohemian Home Outside the City" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="bLyiXRTXzlD" 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="bLyiXRTXzlD"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/mC-2rTASnXgx.jpg" title="Verdoier | LONNY.COM" alt="The home's traditional air is balanced by furnishings that are light in both color and visual weight.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">The home's traditional air is balanced by furnishings that are light in both color and visual weight.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="blAS4zV52gF" 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="blAS4zV52gF"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/1QPh53bdXGLx.jpg" title="Verdoier | LONNY.COM" alt="A series of botanical prints in the sun room is one of the few things&nbsp;the couple repurposed from their city apartment.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">A series of botanical prints in the sun room is one of the few things&nbsp;the couple repurposed from their city apartment.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>The directive was relatively simple:&nbsp;honor the traditional style of the home, while keeping it fresh and livable for every day. In other words, marry the urbane cool honed during the couple's&nbsp;New York City&ndash;dwelling years with that magic, bucolic vision of life just outside of it.&nbsp;"They wanted to be able to entertain and have kids from the neighborhood over,&nbsp;but they also wanted the home to feel pulled together and stylish," says Danyelle, whose&nbsp;firm&nbsp;<a href="http://verdoier.com/projects">Verdoier</a>&nbsp;has taken on a number of projects&nbsp;in the city as well as the nearby enclaves its residents&nbsp;tend to escape to.&nbsp;</p> <p>"This house had me at hello," says Danyelle. "It is one of the smaller homes in the neighborhood, but I love its proportions. Each room feels cozy, but is big enough to gather in."&nbsp;Another plus, the floor plan feels open and airy despite having never been renovated to suit that contemporary&nbsp;inclination toward removing walls. The elegantly aligned passageways between each space create long sight lines and a feeling of grandeur, without&nbsp;undermining&nbsp;the formal separation of rooms that would have been typical of the time period (and, surprisingly, are preferred by its most recent decorator). "I know everyone seems to want an open floor plan these days, but,&nbsp;when done well, I actually like to have some separate rooms," she reveals.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div data-widget-guid="OaoWGscDTrN" data-widget-edit-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget" data-widget-modal="true" data-widget-type="slideshow_widget" style="width: 1000px; height: 745px; float: none;" data-style="width:1000px;height:745px;float:none;" data-url="/widgets/slideshow_widget/OaoWGscDTrN" class="dynamic-widget"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="MbuCQJZ8U17" 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="MbuCQJZ8U17"><img src="http://www4.pictures.lonny.com/mp/wscoHJuRoBdx.jpg" title="Verdoier | LONNY.COM" alt="A Modern Bohemian Home Outside the City" /></div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain w80 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="rNxLDmsL3S8" 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="rNxLDmsL3S8"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/0d4dlAo8pC_x.jpg" title="Verdoier | LONNY.COM" alt="Danyelle chose to leave&nbsp;the historic home's shell as it was, instead layering in globally-influenced, colorful furnishings for a contemporary mix.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">Danyelle chose to leave&nbsp;the historic home's shell as it was, instead layering in globally-influenced, colorful furnishings for a contemporary mix.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>&nbsp;In agreement that they wouldn't be doing any major renovations, Danyelle and her clients set about incorporating their not-so-historic interiors style into the largely unaltered 1920s shell.&nbsp;The only outright challenge they&nbsp;faced was the timeline, which had a rather intimidating end date&mdash;the couple's wedding, to be held on the front lawn. They decided to prioritize the main floor living spaces,&nbsp;which fatefully came together just in time,&nbsp;and circled back to the master suite after the big day. One last surprise item&mdash;a small and sweet nursery&mdash;was added to the agenda shortly after, when the couple found out they were expecting.</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain left w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="Q3X8RJV4YPW" 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="Q3X8RJV4YPW"><img src="http://www1.pictures.lonny.com/mp/mZjz5UGOIFwx.jpg" title="Verdoier | LONNY.COM" alt="A vintage&nbsp;bench and a pair of sketches belonging to the homeowners make an artful vignette in the master bedroom.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">A vintage&nbsp;bench and a pair of sketches belonging to the homeowners make an artful vignette in the master bedroom.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain right w40 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="dvnKRRrmOCF" 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="dvnKRRrmOCF"><img src="http://www3.pictures.lonny.com/mp/q1xFwYaeKD8x.jpg" title="Verdoier | LONNY.COM" alt="In the same space, a gold lattice headboard lends a glamorous note to the room's rich combination textiles." /></div> <div class="below">In the same space, a gold lattice headboard lends a glamorous note to the room's rich combination textiles.</div> </div> </div> <div class="separator two"></div> <p>With some cosmetic zhuzhing completed&mdash;floors&nbsp;refinished, light fixtures swapped out, and dreary&nbsp;metal blinds removed&mdash;prior to moving in, Danyelle&nbsp;got down to the fun part: outfitting a house several times bigger than the clients'&nbsp;previous apartment top to bottom. She&nbsp;mixed carefully selected custom-made furnishings&nbsp;with vintage items&nbsp;and accessible retail finds&nbsp;from&nbsp;West Elm, Lulu &amp; Georgia, and Anthropologie. While she&nbsp;excels at giving spaces a&nbsp;sense of soul with&nbsp;special pieces&nbsp;from flea markets, auctions, and eBay, she&nbsp;candidly advises that the retailers she calls&nbsp;"the usual suspects," are favorites for a reason. "Believe me, I am happy that all that goodness exists at those price points," she says.</p> <p>The space that perhaps best exemplifies the home's old-meets-new formula&nbsp;is the dining area. Danyelle&nbsp;and the homeowners&nbsp;chose to preserve the dark, wood-paneled walls original to the home and embrace the moodiness they created. A&nbsp;patterned cow hide, Blu Dot's standout Strut table, a set of bamboo chairs in crisp white, and an eye-catching faux&nbsp;peacock sculpture create the perfect balance between modern and traditional, light and dark, and formal and fanciful. &nbsp;</p> <div class="widget imagewidgetmain center w100 no-top-padding mceNonEditable" data-widget-guid="Ud-rNw4ofsR" 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="Ud-rNw4ofsR"><img src="http://www2.pictures.lonny.com/mp/Kv3EXEU74jNx.jpg" title="Verdoier | LONNY.COM" alt="In the nursery and attic office/guestroom, a bohemian vibe takes hold. The former includes a vintage bird print and colorful kilim. The latter plays host to curvaceous rattan chairs paired with a streamlined IKEA desk, and a pair of daybeds draped in drop cloths for flexible seating and sleeping setups.&nbsp;" /></div> <div class="below">In the nursery and attic office/guestroom, a bohemian vibe takes hold. The former includes a vintage bird print and colorful kilim. The latter plays host to curvaceous rattan chairs paired with a streamlined IKEA desk, and a pair of daybeds draped in drop cloths for flexible seating and sleeping setups.&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> <p>The final result? A home that feels warm and welcoming at all times and for all purposes. "I was there for a few days styling and photographing at the end," recalls Danyelle. "All of the windows were open and it was so breezy and bright. But I've also been there in the winter, when the clients often light a fire in the living room." Perhaps the home's&nbsp;star turn, thus far anyway, was when the longtime couple closed off the street and held a special wedding celebration&nbsp;on their new front lawn, complete with family, friends, and a very satisfied decorator in attendance.&nbsp;</p> <div class="separator two"></div> <div class="separator one"></div> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:04:00 -0700 http://www.lonny.com/Home+Tour/articles/JXftsryUWbY/Modern+Bohemian+Home+Outside+City JXftsryUWbY