Last week I finally had the opportunity to tour this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase. One room that stood out as a personal favorite was the formal dining room by Cecilia Sagrera-Hill and George Brazil of SagreraBrazil. The room’s elegant design was inspired by the existing beautiful wood detailing and gorgeous hand-painted chinoiserie wallpaper installed by interior design icon, Michael Taylor (1927-1986). Mixing up period styles, the design duo added modern elements including the rug, upholstered chairs and geometric shaped dining table covered in a form fitted golden cover. The most eye-catching element however was the modern art hung above the fireplace – a magical infinity mirror with suspended butterflies in colors pulled from the wallpaper. I tried capturing an image of the artwork, but failed (so sorry!). These images don’t do the room justice, but I pulled some of the best ones I took and found:
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It’s that time of year we start thinking about taking a warm weather holiday. Palm Springs has been one of my favorite sun-drenched destinations. The sunny desert community has a wonderful, laid back feel I love. It’s also home to some of the best mid-century architecture and interiors around.
To put us in the mood, today we are touring a beautiful desert vacation getaway San Francisco’s Brian Dittmar designed for his Northern California clients. Fondly referred to as the “Atomic Tiki” house by Brian, it was built in 1965 in the Golf Club Estates section of South Palm Springs and has an unusual Polynesian-style roofline with mid-century interior. The result is colorful, playful and looks like a set from Mad Men. Makes me want to book a trip to Palm Springs today.
My design brief was to make carefully considered, artful and subtle changes that would refresh the interiors while keeping the residence’s original vibe through a mix of mid-century furnishings and pieces with subtle Polynesian references. – Brian Dittmar
For more images of this home, design details and a fun list Brian’s favorite finds in Palm Springs, visit The Style Saloniste.
*photo credit: David Duncan Livingston
This weekend I caught up on reading some of my favorite shelter magazines. There was one house tour featured in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle that caught my eye. Atlanta-based Interior Designer, Courtney Giles transformed the historic 1911 four bedroom house for a young couple. Sticking with a neutral palette for the most part, Giles’ design blends traditional elements with fresh , modern accents – it’s what I refer to as new traditional interior design. The result is inviting, elegant and current.
Love this black and white paneled pocket door, brass elements and chinoiserie wallpaper!
The chinoiserie wallpaper in the powder room is dramatic and bold, but a fun choice for this small space.
The curved window-seat bench in the boutique style walk-in closet is my fave!
For more images and information about this home, visit Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle.
*Photo credit: Emily Followill via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle
Pantone’s Radiant Orchid (18-3224), an intriguing shade of purple associated with joy, love and good health, has been selected as 2014′s “it” color. The captivating tone is quite a contrast from last year’s Emerald Green and 2012′s Tangerine Tango.
An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society. An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid draws you in with its beguiling charm.” – Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®
What do you think? Will your be embracing Radiant Orchid as the color of the year 2014?
*first image via Pinterest