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Happy 2nd Birthday Lonny! {new issue too}

One of my favorite online shelter mags, Lonny is celebrating it’s two year anniversary! Their  latest issue was also release today and is inspiring as ever. It features wildly talented designers including Celerie Kemble, Eddie Ross and David Flint Wood. I had a really hard time narrowing down my favorite images, but here goes…

lonny september 2011 issue

lonny eddie ross pink orange table scape indianlonny bath tub attic

lonny entry yellow french doorlonny home officelonny celerie kemble living room

lonny breakfast nook celery kemble butterfly

lonny library dining room designerlonny stylish closet organization

I also loved Melanie Fascitell’s feature, How To: Win Back Your Wardrobe. “The key to an expertly organized wardrobe is a unified design” Melanie states in the article. She has spot on advice about hangers, adding color & texture and displaying shoes and accessories. 
organizing your wardrobe tips lonny

You will have to check out Lonny’s anniversary issue and let me know what you think!

*images via Lonny
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Read full story By on September 10, 2011 in bathrooms, breakfast nooks, Closets, interior design, living rooms, office/study

Home Tour: Eco-friendly, Healthy Home Design

Building healthier, more energy-efficient homes is in no way a passing fad. And if you think green homes are just ho-hum, take a look at the Concord Green Healthy Home.

all-american green home design
Interior design and owner, Lisa Kauffman Tharp and architect Stephanie Horowitz of Zero Energy designed the beautiful eco-friendly Concord, Massachusetts home.

all-american front porch green
all-american home front door white
eco-friendly home entryway slate floor
eco-friendly white designer kitchen
eco-friend home kitchen nook bench
eco-friendly designer home
eco-friendly designer living room
map wallpaper office
eco-friendly design bath sink lighting


Isn’t green beautiful? For more details and gorgeous pictures of this home, please visit Houzz.

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Read full story By on September 6, 2011 in bathrooms, breakfast nooks, foyers, green design, interior design, kitchens, living rooms

Interior Designer: Amanda Nisbet’s NYC Home

Colorful, layered and inviting. Amanda Nisbet’s designs are some of my favorites. Recently New York Social Diary interviewed Amanda and toured her lovely New York City home. Let’s take a closer look…

new york entryway bark skin wall covering nisbet

In the front entry {above} colorful tulips greet guests and bark skin handmade paper from Caba Company covers the walls.

amanad nisbet formal living room yellow orange

In the living room, Amanda divides the space into two seating areas. A console table separates the sofas and houses a pair of Aurora double gourd lamps by Christopher Spitzmiller. A macassar ebony coffee table from Pollack is placed in front of a sofa topped with raspberry and tangerine pillows {fabric from Manuel Canovas}.

living room orange drapes amanda nisbet

Original artwork in various styles is hung throughout the living room. Between the widows draped in tangerine fabric by Pierre Frey, an abstract painting by artist Maureen Russell is hung.  For a coffee table, Amanda selects a playful ottoman upholstered in a zebra print.

orange yellow formal living room amanda nisbet

Adding wonderful texture, an oval, handmade ceramic mirror by artist Eve Kaplan is hung above the fireplace mantel. Amanda is a master of mixing styles, colors and pattern. Here she pairs modern, purple velvet covered Lucite stools with gilt French console from Gerald Bland. The console is layered with colorful books, family photographs and modern art.

amanda nisbet living room yellow drapes
I love to see how a room evolves overtime. Here’s a photo of Amanda’s living room a couple of years ago. As you can see some changes have been made. The drapes {now tangerine}, stools {replaced the pillow tucked under the console} and sofa {darker upholstery fabric} are all new.

amanda nisbet dining room formal

The formal dining room features beautiful parquet wooden floors, crystal scones from Niermann Weeks and stunning crystal girandoles atop the dining table {a family heirloom}. Between the windows artwork, ‘White Wave’ by James Nares coordinates with the lilac covered dining chairs and really pops against the Venetian plaster walls.

ikat tufted chairs brown white

Love these tufted chairs covered in a brown silk ikat fabric with black lacquer legs flanking the traditional fireplace mantel in the dining room.

master bedroom pink white amanda nisbet

Amanda’s master bedroom is serene. A muted palette of pink and yellow are quiet feminine. Farrow & Ball ‘Tarlow’ covers the walls. A built-in, white bookcase provides additional storage and adds visual interest to the room.

christopher farr springtime rose canopy bed

A sweet canopy in ‘Springtime Rose’ fabric by Christopher Farr frames the bed beautifully.

pink wallpaper bathroom amanda nisbet

The color pink is carried into the master bath with the ‘Pali’ wallpaper by Manuel Canovas. It is a bold statement and apparently one that surprised her husband. 

girls bedroom lavender amanda nisbet

Amanda’s daughter’s bedroom features shades of lavender in the Roman shade, throw pillows {love the ikat!} and throw at the foot of the bed. And more outstanding artwork!

boys room wallpaper ceiling amanda nisbet

Here is a look at Amanda’s boy’s bedroom. The persimmon banded headboard with nail head, vintage tree art and wallpaper ceiling are my design  favorite elements.

Jalapeno Pepper Benjamin Moore walls study

Benjamin Moore’s Jalapeño Pepper covers the walls in the study. Gorgeous ikat pillows by Madeline Weinrib are layered on the sofa and slipper chair.  A pair of 1940’s brass bar stools are place in front of the sofa and used as drink tables.

amanda nisbet breakfast nook green leather banquette

The eat-in kitchen breakfast nook has also been updated {see the old version below}. The cozy banquette is now covered in an avocado leather or vinyl fabric and a banded Roman shade replaces blinds.  The chairs, table and photo art remain the same.



amanda nisbet kitchen nook floral

Which room is your favorite?
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Read full story By on May 16, 2011 in breakfast nooks, interior design, living rooms

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2011–The Kitchen & Cookbook Nook

san francisco showcase kitchen

{image via SF Gate}

San Francisco-based interior designer, Tish Key blended old and new elements when designing the kitchen in this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase. The completely remodeled galley-style kitchen features traditional pecan floors with a modern, glossy white painted ceiling.

kitchen clock tile backsplash range designer

Tish kept the original brick archway and added a state-of-the-art stainless steel range with sparkling white marble mosaic backsplash. Inset in the tiles, is a large Roman numeral clock that is fully functional.

kitchen cabinet sf decorator showhouse 2011

The clean-line, white cabinets showcase sleek pulls and large octagon knobs {which are actually door knobs} in polished nickel. Above is a detail of some open shelving that is backlit in a soft blue light.

calacutta marble sink waterworks faucet
Beautiful calacutta marble is used for the sink and surrounding counter. The faucet, by Waterworks is kept simple. Vintage Campbell Soup can lining the window add a splash of color and nod to the past.

blue lava stone countertops kitchen

Cobalt blue lava stone countertops flank the sink and again add that “new” element to the space.

breakfast nook SF decorator showcase kitchen

The sweet breakfast area is positioned next to an old stained glass bowed window which faces the front of the house. The area is also warmed by the chocolate wallcovering by Donghia. The vintage dining table is anchored with a simple white chandelier. The relaxed Roman shade in a Katie Leede & Company fabric adds a fresh, fun pop of blue that plays off of the colorful wall art.

san francisco showhouse cookbook nook

Just off the kitchen, sits a sweet, yet sophisticated “Cookbook Nook.” Designed by Brian Dittmar, the cozy spot is tucked underneath the home’s grand, curved staircase. Like the kitchen, Brian incorporates a bit of old and new in the space. A dark, 1930s Swedish Art Deco Secretaire desk is the perfect scale for the room. Above hands a playful vintage-inspired poster {“Phoebe the Lettuce Queen” by Cassandria Blackmore} – a nice tribute to the beautiful, modern woman that does it all!

lee jofa lounge chair kelly wearstler trimmed pillow

In the bay window, an inviting lounge chair is covered in a modern gray mohair with contrasting welt by and topped with opulent silk pillows {fabrics from Kravet & Lee Jofa}. The beautiful detailed trim in the yellow silk pillow is by Kelly Wearstler for Lee Jofa. The floor length drapes are made in an exquisite fabric by Oscar De La Renta {also for Lee Jofa} that pulls together the saffron and gray color palette nicely. In the corner a floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcase houses a collection of cookbooks, a small television and other decorative treasures. This room is a gem.

In case you missed it, here are some more images of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2011. Located at 2950 Vallejo Street on one of the most coveted blocks in San Francisco, the showhouse is open to the public now until May 30, 2011.


Today, I am also blogging over at Michaela Noelle’s and sharing what I love & what I don’t.

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Read full story By on May 4, 2011 in breakfast nooks, interior design, kitchens, textiles, upholstery