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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

Infusing Yellow in Your Color Scheme and Interior Design by Amanda Nisbet

Yellow is the color of some of my favorite things including sunshine, lemons and bumblebees. New York-based interior designer and one of my personal favorites, Amanda Nisbet knows how to design a space with the color yellow. In some instances she uses this cheerful hue as the primary color and other times as an accent. Following Nisbet’s work as a guide, here are some ideas on how you can infuse yellow into your space’s color palette.

In this elegant sunny living room, Nisbet keeps the color scheme warm – yellows, neutrals and accents of red. She selects neutral tans and browns for the upholstered furniture and natural woven rug.

Nisbet selects a soft canary yellow like Farrow & Ball’s Dayroom Yellow for room’s walls. She coordinates the window floor-length draperies to match.

Nisbet also bring the color palette together in throw pillows and accessories. This Citrus Swirl Throw Pillow from Pieces would do the trick.

In this stunning living space Nisbet pairs golden yellow with neutrals and accents of teal and melon. Yum! Various shades of yellow are picked up in the room’s walls, console table, throw pillows, draperies and accessories.

Nisbet frames the French doors beautifully in floor length buttercup draperies. To achieve this look, consider a fabric like Peter Fasano’s Vallelunga in Dijion to add a splash of color and interest to your windows.

Picking up additional citrus hues, the sweet bench behind the sofa is upholstered in Amanda Nisbet’s own fabric collection available through Holland & Sherry. The Chip 2 pattern in Tutti Fruitti would also look fabulous on an armchair!


A linen Lemon Rope Throw Pillow available at Pieces in a neutral shade armchair would mimic Nisbet’s inspirational look nicely.

Nisbet creates an upbeat modern white and raspberry girl’s bedroom with bright accents in citron yellow, turquoise and orange. It’s darling. Notice how she consciously places bits of yellow throughout the room, but not next to each other.

To achieve this look, simply add splashes of bright yellow and repeat it in small accessories once or twice. A Garden Stoolwould pull in the yellow accent color beautifully while being multifunctional – use it as a chair or table.

 

Pair the garden stool with accessories like this handmade, glazed ceramic Double Yellow Parrots to repeat the accent color. These darling feathered friends would look fabulous atop a contrasting side table, but would get lost if near or on the garden stool in the same hue.

In this chic contemporary living area, Nisbet pairs neutral walls and upholstered furniture with black and yellow accents. She selects dramatic golden floor length drapery – similar to Durlee’s Sungold fabric below. Nisbet repeats the color in an armchair on the opposite side of the room and lamp shades placed throughout.

An upholstered chair is always a great place to add an accent color.

This romantic tufted Earl Chaisein citrus by Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams would be a great choice.

Like in the Nisbet living room example, adding a table lamp like this Yellow Faux Bamboo Lampis a perfect way to pull yellow accents to your room.

In this living room, Nisbet combines yellow with deep reds and neutrals to create a warm color palette. She has the wall painted a bright yellow while placing an area rug in a more subdued, muted tone. In addition, Nisbet splashes yellow accents in the throw pillows and ottoman.

This exquisite silk and wool Marigold Tulip Rug by Galbraith & Paulwould be a lovely way to pull in a muted yellow tone into your room.

Nisbet creates a sunny breakfast nook by painting the walls and upholstering the bench and chairs in citron yellow. Love those lucite chairs!

Instead of paint, wallpaper is another option for adding color to your room’s wall. I love this sweet Bumble Bee Wallpaperfrom Farrow & Ball and think it would look great in a breakfast nook.

Which of the cheeful rooms designed by Amanda Nisbet is your favorite?

*images from Amanda Nisbet, Pieces, Tonic Home, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, Duralee, Decorati

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Read full story By on September 30, 2009 in breakfast nooks, color, girl's bedroom, home accessories, interior design, living rooms