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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I’ve loved watching Lauren Liess’ career explode over the past few years. Having had the pleasure of meeting Lauren at a design conference in LA., I can say she is super down-to-earth, approachable and beautiful. Just like her interiors!
In the last year Lauren opened Lauren Liess & Co., an interior design studio and home furnishings boutique in Virginia and launched the textile company, Lauren Liess Textiles. She did this all while raising her adorable three young boys (Christian, Justin and one-year-old Luke) and doing a huge renovation on her own home. Can we say super woman?! Her new home graced the pages of the latest Domino Magazine. It’s amazing. The open modern, yet rustic kitchen is a standout and gives you a great peek into the beautiful juxtapositions Lauren achieves so effortlessly in her designs.
The rusted iron opening shelving flanking the oven’s hood caught my attention first. They are so unexpected. Love, love, love! She also pairs modern white perimeter base cabinets topped with black soapstone with an island wrapped in reclaimed wood and topped with clean white marble. Although contrasting Lauren achieves a relaxed balance kitchen design that’s pleasing to the eye.
To make the sink area a focal point in the kitchen, Lauren created a whimsical art wall. Daring? Of course! She’s breaking all the “rules” here, but I love the result. Speaking of silly rules, did you notice Lauren didn’t add a backsplash and mixed hardware finishes throughout?
I mixed a variety of metals throughout the space for a relaxed collected feel- brass, iron, stainless steel, galvanized steel, bronze and more. My husband, David, found the antique apothecary drawer pulls on ebay. – Lauren Liess via Pure Style Home Blog
To display barware, vases and serving ware, Lauren hung butcher block shelving from Ikea next to the refrigerator. The wood gives the space a little warmth that contrasts nicely with the dark, honed soapstone perimeter countertop.
Here is a look at the kitchen from the living room that sits right off of it. As you can see, Lauren continues her relaxed, layered approach here to. It’s so friendly, just like Lauren.
*Photos by Helen Norman via Pure Style Home
Did you see Christine Dovey’s home featured last week on Style Me Pretty? Hello gorgeous. Christine, a stylist, mother of three and the voice behind the Bijou & Boheme, collaborated with interior designer, Meredith Heron (who I had the pleasure of hanging out with while in Vegas for BlogTour -love her!!!) on the project. The result is simply stunning. With a balanced mix of various period styles from mid-century modern to Art Deco, the home is all glam and all Christine.
You’ll see from some of my favorite images that Christine has embraced several current decor trends including the use of brass (hardware, lighting and furnishings), wallpaper (foyer, girl’s bedroom) and geometric patterns (textiles, rugs throughout). Love it!
*photo credit: Ashley Capp via Style Me Pretty
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