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Design Crush :: Velvet Sofas

design crush // velvet sofas #interiors #blue

As the cooler weather roles in I find myself gravitating to certain textiles. One in particular is velvet. Love this soft, textured fabric on sofas in particular. I’ve pulled a few of my favorite interiors featuring velvet sofas and as you will see the textile look great in just about any color and style.

design crush // velvet sofas #interiors #blue

Known for mixing modern and vintage elements, Catherine Kwong selects a sofa in a deep marine blue velvet for urban living room. The tufting is beautifully executed and allows the velvet to shimmer. If you like this look, check out West Elm’s Chester Sofa (disclosure: affiliate link) in performance velvet.

green velvet sofa // lilly bunn #iinteriors #sofas

Interior designer, Lilly Bunn features a stunning emerald green velvet sofa in this chic living room. Love how she mixes period styles and pattern here. Gorgeous!

design crush // velvet sofas // michelle james apartment #interiors

Rich chocolate mohair velvet covers the sectional in lighting designer, Michelle James’ Brooklyn apartment (as seen in Remodelista). Cozy, luxury at its best!

happy decorating,

cristin

* first image source via J. Latter Design

 

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Read full story By on October 16, 2014 in Features, furniture, Get The Look, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, living rooms, textiles

Book Review :: Decorating The Way I See It by Markham Roberts

Book Review // Decorating The Way I See It // Markham Roberts #design #book #interiors

New York-based interior designer, Markham Roberts is bringing a fresh and modern approach to traditional and contemporary styles alike. Known for his ability to work in any design vernacular, Roberts trained with legendary decorator Mark Hampton for six years before launching his own design firm in 1997. Since then his career has skyrocketed. His work has been described as “the very definition of chic” and published in Architectural Digest, Domino, House Beautiful, and House & Garden – just to name a few. Roberts was also named to the elite AD100 earlier this year. For these reasons you can imagine how eager I was to get me hands on his newly released book, Decorating: The Way I See It. Simply put, it’s extraordinary.

First, I love how the book is organized. Rather than dishing out decorating advice, Roberts takes us step-by-step as he would a design project – from the floor plan to the color and pattern scheme to the furnishings and accessories. The 250+ pages showcases his work ranging from New York City apartments to sprawling country homes. The diversity, sophistication and exceptional personable touch he delivers project after project is truly outstanding. With over 300 stunning images, selecting ones to share with you was the hardest part of of this review, however here are a few of my favorites:

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Markham, with his unflinching ease, his assured eye, his natural understanding of how a house should function, and his total lack of pretense, creates rooms that age well and are timeless. – Senga Mortimer – Editor at Large at House Beautiful

family room in earth tones // beams and wood plank wallsgreen velvet sofa // library // markham robertsgreen velvet settee // great room // markham roberts #design #greendaybed reading nook // home office // design by markham roberts

 

This last image with cozy daybed in a rich velvet is perhaps my favorite. Roberts designed the colorful office for a mom with four children, three dogs and a husband that works from home. The inviting niche sits is directly across from her desk and provides a quiet place of her own. I long for such a space!

I know you will adore this book and fall in love with Roberts’ work like I have. It’s an absolute must have for any design library. Don’t pass on this one!

happy decorating,

cristin

*photo credit: Nelson Hancock and courtesy of Vendome Press

 

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Read full story By on September 30, 2014 in Bedroom, bedrooms, book, book review, bookshelves, color, dining rooms, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, living rooms, patio furniture, upholstery, wallpaper, window treatments

Global Chic + Kid Friendly Home Decor

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Global chic and kid friendly home decor. That’s the result when you have mom of two little ones and Tea Collection‘s co-founder and chief creative officer, Emily Meyer decorate her own home recently featured in Lonny. I was fortunate to meet Emily back in 2002 while pregnant with my first child and Tea was just a few months old. I vividly recall swooning over her gorgeous Asian style pima cotton baby sweaters and her brilliant vision for creating a globally inspired children’s clothing. I know how hard she has worked over the years and am thrilled with her success.

It’s clear to see Emily’s clothing designer roots and deep passion for print, pattern and color in her use of wallpaper, textiles and accessories incorporated throughout her craftsman style home in Palo Alto. She’s not shy to mix period and ethnic styles either. It’s a super approachable, multi-layered and kid-friendly space – love every inch. Here’s a look at my favorite rooms.

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Also, be sure check out Tea Collections New Germany-Inspired Arrivals! You’ll love it all too!

*photography credit & source: Melissa Kaseman / Lonny

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Read full story By on July 29, 2014 in baby and children, Bedroom, bedrooms, beds, Boy, boy's bedroom, chinoiserie, dining rooms, fashion, Girl, girl's bedroom, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, Living Room, living rooms, wallpaper

Holiday House Hamptons 2014 :: My Faves

Earlier this summer, Holiday House Hamptons at Watchcase in Sag Harbor opened its doors to the public. Showcasing eighteen talented interior designers, the prestigious design showhouse combines two of founder, Iris Dankner’s passions: interior design and fundraising for breast cancer research. This year Holiday House partnered with Hamptons Cottages and Gardens (HC&G) to deliver an inspiring design house which is actually a 19th century brick factory that’s now being converted into luxury condos. The grand industrial space set the stage for each designer to create a space themed around a holiday or special moment in their life. Here’s a look at some of my favorite spaces.

Holiday House Hamptons 2014 // Living Room

living room by Elizabeth Dow Home

Holiday House Hamptons // Kitchen

kitchen by West Chin Architects and Interior Designers

The event is as much about celebrating life as it is about fighting breast cancer. – Holiday House Hamptons

Holiday House Hamptons // White Room

bungalow living room by ID Creations

Holiday House Hamptons 2014 // Floral Bedroom

master bedroom by Campion Platt

Holiday House Hamptons 2014 // Bathroom

bathroom by Campion Platt

Holiday House Hamptons // Dressing Room

dressing room by Studio MRS

Holiday House Hamptons // Blue Room

media room by Bjornen Design

Holiday House Hamptons 2014 will be open daily until Monday, September 1 at 15 Church Street, Sag Harbor, New York. General admission is $35. For more information and and tickets, please visit: holidayhousehamptons.com.

happy decorating,

cristin

* photo credit: Rikki Snyder via Houzz

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Read full story By on July 21, 2014 in Bathroom, Bedroom, home accessories, houzz, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, Living Room, wallpaper