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Beautiful Southern California Home Tour

It’s a new week and I’m thrilled to be sharing a beautiful project by Corona del Mar, California-based interior designer, Ohara Davies-Gaetano. The emerging designer (recently published in Veranda) helped a family remodel and settle into their new Newport Beach home (downsizing from their previous one in Virginia). Ohara created an inviting, comfortable, yet elegant space reflective of her clients’ casual lifestyle. She also wanted a very open feeling where all areas of the house seamlessly flow into the next. Because the home was much smaller than what the owners were used to, each room had to serve its purpose and be functional. European antiques found throughout the home add small but elegant touches, which epitomize Ohara’s passion for mixing a little old with the new. I also love how her design  embraces the gorgeous light, landscape and outdoor living Southern California is known for.

california home with stone fence #curbappealrelaxed + elegant california living room designelegant living room designwhite modern kitchen // marble coutertops and backsplash // Ohara Davies-Gaetano elegant kitchen // california homedining room // upholstered chair details #nailhead #slipcoveredelegant california bedroom #bedside #bedroomswhite marble bathroom // Ohara Davies-Gaetano #bathroomsserene white bedroom designmodern stainless steel tub #bathroomsgorgeous southern california patio #outdoorliving

 

 *images published with permission via Ohara Davies-Gaetano Interiors

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Read full story By on September 8, 2014 in antiques, Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, dining rooms, Garden, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, lighting, living rooms, patio furniture, tile

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.

global chic orange living roomglobal chic dining room // lonnyglobal chic living room // lonnykid-friendly kitchen design #kitchenschinoiserie bedroom design #bedrooms #chinoiseriegirls-bedroom-nina-campbell-perroquet-wallpaperglobal chic boy's bedroom

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

Bold & Bright :: Miami Beach Apartment Tour

Recently House Beautiful toured the colorful Miami Beach apartment of interior designer, Robert Passal (loved his master bedroom for the Hampton Designer Showhouse in 2012). The mix of modern and traditional used throughout is a personal fave as well as the classic blue and white color palette that flows in both indoors and out. Passal is a master at combining pattern, texture and color. Take a look and I think you’ll agree!

bright blue linen sofa // Robert Passal Interiors

To get just the right watery effect, he even paints the door in a bright blue car paint. What? yep.

blue chair with  henrique oliveira painting #art #blue #interiordesign

Love the combo of pattern and color in this image. The Louis XVI–style chair upholstered in an African batik fabric looks amazing paired with the stunning swirl painting by Henrique Oliveira.

kitchen with marble top lostrine prep table // Robert Passal

Love the clean, modern lines in the kitchen and the pops of bright color.

Lepere table with Tom Dixon chair // Miami Beach apartment // Robert Passal Interiors

Passal mixes artwork and accessories beautifully here in the apartment’s entry and creates a fun, unexpected work area. The modern Tom Dixon chair is a personal fave!

toile grasscloth wallcovering in blue // Robert Passal

In this bedroom, Passal covers the walls in a traditional blue and white toile, features an elegant blue velvet bed and adds a fun green accent with bed linens.

marble square tile in bathroom // Robert Passal

In the bathroom, square marble tiles cover both the walls and floor. Love the painting hung above the tub. So daring!

Quadrille Nomad drapery // Miami Beach Apartment // Robert Passal

In the master bedroom, matchstick blinds are layered with ceiling to floor panel drapery in Quadrille’s Nomad pattern. They frame the sliding door beautifully.

bathroom with Elitis Paradisio Cristal fabric walls // Robert Passal

Covered in gorgeous shimmery blue fabric, this powder room is a head turner.

outdoor patio with saarinen table and blue sofa // Robert Passal

And last, but not least, the outdoor patio which features traditional teak seating with blue and white cushions. It’s paired with a modern white Saarinen table by Knoll. Love!

I’m also thrilled to be over at Erin’s House of Turquoise today talking about my playroom + guest bedroom design project. More beautiful bright color!

happy decorating,

cristin

*photo credit: Jonny Valiant via House Beautiful

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Read full story By on July 7, 2014 in Bathroom, Bedroom, chairs, color, decorating small spaces, gallery wall, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, Living Room, living rooms, original artwork, tables, wallpaper

Design Crush: Eric Olsen Design

coastal southern california home

I recently came across the portfolio of Southern California architect and designer, Eric Olsen. I’m in love. He creates beautiful, traditional homes with a fresh, contemporary feel. Many of his projects feature gorgeous aged wood ceilings, paneling and cabinetry that give a wonderful earthiness to the space. One project referred to as “Port Streets”, is a favorite. Pictured above, the home has a relaxed California style I adore. The backyard patio with fireplace is a stunner too. Take a peek for yourself!

clean and rustic entry stairwayrelaxed california style living roomrelaxed california dining roomreclaimed wood ceiling and beamsgray and white kitchenkitchen nook with corner windowslarge marble shower for twoeric olsen design - backyard patiooutdoor fireplace and patio

*images via Eric Olsen Design

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Read full story By on April 30, 2014 in contemporary decor, foyers, Garden, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, Living Room, living rooms, patio furniture