Living in the world today we are faced with the challenge of mixing new and old together. This mixture can either be a toxic mess or a wonderful collaboration that not only tells a story but freshens things up a bit! When it comes to design, buying an older house/condo/apartment and trying to modernize it can be challenging but it can definitely be done. Architectural Digest recently posted an article about a beautiful town home in Greenwich Village that needed to be updated while still keeping its charm.
Architectural firm Leroy Street Studio and interior designer Christine Markatos Lowe took on the task of creating an up to date design while keeping the Greek Revival structure that was built in 1842 in tact for the family of six. This town home is so bright and inviting with hints of distressed furniture and gorgeous architectural details…. take a look!
The fireplace and chair rail detail that was kept in the design really gives the essence of the Greek Revival Structure that was created years ago. By keeping the room bright white and adding pieces that were both contemporary and historically inspired created a flowing design.
Do you love this town home just as much as we do!? We searched high and low to give you our spin on this design with pieces that are currently available to help you get inspired!
Looking through magazines and online home decor sites can be inspiring and frustrating all at once. Most people fall in love with a certain look but have no idea where to start. Whether it is the mood, color or the overall space that is captivating- we are here to show you that a certain look you love can definitely be achieved- even if it is in your favorite magazine…
ELLEDecor.com feautures Courtney Cox’s beautiful Malibu Beach home that was renovated by architect Michael Kovac and designed by Trip Haenisch. Her home captures the essence of an earthy vibe with streamlined finishes. The mixture of natural stone and wood with contemporary furniture and artwork create a harmonious relationship throughout the home.
Taking elements from each room such as contemporary furniture, organic shapes and textures with an industrial flare we came up with the design below. The best part is everything we found is available to the public from local stores and online retailers. Adding a splash of crisp white paint to the walls and framing the windows with dark drapery will really complete the look!
Last Sunday HGTV aired a new episode of “House Hunters Renovation” that I was so honored to work on!! It was an absolute pleasure working with the HGTV team and of course the wonderful homeowners, Bill and Meredith, on this kitchen renovation! You guys all made it such a blast and I will always remember how great the experience was!
For some of you looking for a few snap shots, take a look below for a couple before and after images of the kitchen renovation…
This kitchen needed some major color and updating! After getting an idea of what Bill and Meredith were looking for in their kitchen… I had a plan! Below is the sketch for my concept on the kitchen design.
By choosing warmer color tones in walnut and grey, the kitchen came to life. Adding a colorful glass and slate back splash tile gave a contemporary touch especially since I decided to install it vertically instead of horizontal!! Matched with the quartz counter tops for the island and main kitchen, along with industrial details like the reclaimed wood mirror and swivel bar stools, this kitchen got its masculine vibe. And who could forget the beautiful accent wallpaper in the dining area that tied the theme together!
We searched for products that had an industrial edge but also a natural element to them. Thanks to the vendors below we were able to achieve our goal: Here are just some of the vendors….West Elm, CB2, Target, Crate & Barrel, World Market, Home Decorators, Astek Wallcovering, The Shade Store, BEHR and Amarock.
A big shout out to A-List Construction! You made the designs a reality and we could not have done it without a quick and professional team likes yours! Find them online at a-listconstruction.com
This summer we are indulging into the warmest color of them all… red! And not just any red, burnt red. It has a deep and vibrant appeal attracting attention with even the tiniest splash of its shade. Today, we are going to share with you a few of our favorite burnt red products, ideas and inspiration!
With this color it is easy to transform any room from dull to lively! Many stores are stocking up with some great red products that also have some really interesting and unique patterns. Check out some of favorite things from West Elm, Pottery Barn & World Market below!Since this color is so bold, it is really important to not overdo it, especially in a room where you want to keep the mood soothing and relaxing. Getting a multicolored pattern (like the one on the bench above) is the perfect way to break up the intense color. Also, patterns will help you bring in more colors and make it easier to create the color pallete you want to stick with. Without completely re-doing (and spending a ton of non refundable cash) adding pops of red to your drapery, wall color, pillows, lighting or accent chairs can make a big difference. Pair this color with greys, yellows, whites, navy blue or even aqua! Not sure where to start? Check out some inspiration pics we gathered below…
Lighting fixtures are one of the most important factors I consider when I design a space. Whether you’ve got tons of natural light, or none at all, a beautiful light is a perfect way to add drama and personality to a room. It’s not just for task purposes, but aesthetically as well! Below I have hand picked some of my favorite fixtures that will add the wow factor to any home for under $500!
Design Within Reach is one of the best places to purchase something unique and modern. Their pieces truly reflect sophistication and originality. Check out these fixtures I found… The Coral Pendant from Design Within Reach portrays a natural and minimal look. It’s 23.5 inch diameter would be the perfect pendant above a breakfast table!
The Satellite Pendant is another mid century modern option from Design Within Reach. It’s the perfect fixture to create a retro flair in your space! And the large scale makes the fixture have presence!
West Elm is another favorite company of mine that offers a wide range of table lamps, floor lamps, sconces, and chandeliers. You could be shopping for a bedroom, living room or entry and you can always find something at West Elm that wont break the bank! These pendants from West Elm come in an antiqued mercury glass or clear glass. The have a clean and contemporary shape and can go in a transitional or modern space. Depending on the space, adding 1-3 pendants in a row will add a finished look over your island or rectangular dining table with plenty of light! Or even create your own cluster of lights using 3-5 of them together hanging at different heights.
Looking for a floor lamp? Look no more… Pottery Barn has a “Photographer’s Tripod Lamp” that will complement an office, bedroom or even family room, giving off a “well traveled” look.
Another great resource that I use all the time is Lamps Plus. This chrome base lamp would be perfect as a pair for any entry way. It has a four-way switch to control the lighting and a glamourous chrome base design to add a unique look to your room.
Lastly, is this eye catching pendant from Lamps Plus featuring amazing design by Possini and made of metal. Pair this with a sleek round dining table and you’ve got a modern show stopper!
In need of some room inspiration? Check out these spaces with great light fixtures…
Just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to West Elm for sharing the room I designed on there blog!! I use there products all the time and I’m thrilled that they have selected to feature my work!!
Check it out here. I’ve added a few more pictures of that room for you to check out below…
It isn’t too late to get that great design gift to finish off your holiday shopping. Home design gifts are a great pick for everyone on your list. These are our recommendations for good places to look for those last minute home gift ideas.