Classic and Cool LA Home Tour

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I’m not gonna lie, I’m not an L.A. kind of person. I’ve tried several times and each time I leave with a ‘this isn’t real life’ kind of feeling. I know plenty of ‘real’ and wonderful people who live there, so it’s making me think that maybe I’m just not in the right places when I go.

Regardless, it’s not often that I find a house that really hits me on all levels.  If you’ve noticed in my own home decor, I really love classic and clean design with a touch of rustic and global influences.  Usually homes are strikingly classic or strikingly rustic, but getting a really wonderfully classy mix is the unicorn I chase. This house, totally does it for me.

It’s so classic on one hand, but really cool and relevant on the other.  A woman who lives here would wear the most basic oxford shirt in the most minimal designer chic way… you know?

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To some, this might just look straight up formal or classic, but I urge you to look a bit further.  Look at the casual, natural fabrics mixed with textured cane, kilim rugs, found objects, and interesting light fixtures.  These are the elements that add personality and depth to a home. Do you love it?  It’s totally clear that I’m obsessed.

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The thing that really got me was the vibrant rugs mixed with the dark flora and white woodwork.  I am in love with this mixture.

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The bathroom is very glam, but isn’t that wonderful quality in a bathroom?  If it were my house, I might throw some penny tile or pieced marble hex tile in there instead of all the solid marble, but I wouldn’t ever want to come across as not loving all of this carrera!

Give me your thoughts?  What is your favorite part?

 

Photos from Burnham Design

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Summer Styling Series: The Basics

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I am so excited today to bring you guys a series that has been a long time in the works.  In the years that I’ve been blogging, one consistent request I get is to do some styling tutorials.  Styling comes so easy to some, but if you’re not one of those people there is good news.  I believe that good styling habits can be learned.  I’ve been styling rooms and vignettes as long as I can remember.  It started with the multitudes of times I would rearrange my room as a child, once even tricking my sister into switching rooms with me while my parents were gone (I wound up with the much better deal). I would stay up so late until every desktop, dresser surface, and bedside table were just perfectly styled – displaying everything from vintage clocks and jewelry boxes to my assortment of porcelain ‘growing up girls’ (did you have those??) My love for styling obviously transcended into adulthood and has been the driving force for my creative career. I am so eager to teach you all the few tricks I employ and easy ways to boost your styling skills.

We’re starting out today with some basic things that I think about when I’m working with a blank slate.  These tips are things that will recur through all of the various styling scenarios I have planned – Bedside Tables, Mantles, Coffee Tables, Bookshelves, and Bars.  First, there are several types of items I like to look for when I’m beginning a styling project.  Usually, I’ll wander around my house finding things that don’t have a good home or that I’m not thrilled with in their current placement.  Or, if you’re anything like me, you might have a ‘junk’ closet or room filled with random things that you don’t know what to do with (hoarder, much?).

I always looks for cool, artsy objects, books, candles, trays, and boxes or jars.  Additional items could be clocks, vases, photo frames, calendars, mini bowls, or baskets.

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When I’m gathering all of these things, I try to grab things of varying heights, colors, finishes (shine vs matte vs metallic), and textures.  Starting with a nice mixture will help your styling go much smoother.  For instance, don’t grab a cube glass vase with a square mirror photo frame with a mercury glass box.  All of those things are about the same size, square, and glass – not the variation we’re looking for!  Think also about using items that aren’t too different in size.  For instance, I wouldn’t grab a mini bowl and tall lamp unless I had a few other items to bridge the size gap.

 

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The ‘rule of three’ is just a good starting point for people who struggle with styling and not necessarily a rule.  It’s actually just easier to style in odd numbers because items automatically look less contrived and ‘placed’.  If you have just two of something, be sure they’re different sizes and place them in different planes (at an angle) then place a little something else between them, creating a triangle.  If you have four of something you’d like to display, consider splitting the items between two sides of your surface with three objects on one end and a singular object opposite.

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Similar to the idea of grabbing various sizes and shapes, always try to introduce various textures and finishes.  Since my style is mostly neutral, jazzing up a styled space with a mixture of metallics, natural textures, glossy finishes, and textiles is how I add visual interest.

Now that we’re aware of how to best choose items, how to start out in groupings of three, and how to mix texture, we’re off to a great start.  Why don’t you give just these few tips a try and see how they work out for you! Then come back here, let me know how you do!  If you have an area of your house that you struggle with styling, let me know what it is and I’ll add it into the series!

I look forward to hearing from you and working your problem areas into stylish masterpieces!

 

objects: horn sculpture  |  wishbone  |  calcite geode  |  The Spirit of Capri  |  Victoria Hagan: Interior Portraits  |  voluspa blanc  |  mercury glass candle holder  |  raffia trays  |  glass canister  |  gold trinket box  | initial jewelry box

“Iron” and Marble Side Table DIY

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Let’s get this Monday kicked off with a little Before & After action!  This project has been a long time coming.  I bought a round marble tabletop at a flea market almost four years ago knowing there would be a perfect opportunity to use it, an opportunity which didn’t come until this weekend.

I was at Matt’s mother’s house looking through her collection of entertaining gear for cutlery to use at our luau (more on that Wednesday) and this beige and gold stone faux finish table base caught my eye.  Sure, the finish was a little dated (hence why it was in her basement) but I loved the shape.  If you squint your eye and look at just the shape, you can tell it would make a great candidate for a paint project.

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I had initially wanted to do a fun pop color in a high lacquer finish, but after closely investigating the texture on the table, I thought the stone texture in a bright color would look odd, so I went the total opposite way.  Plus, you guys know how I am with color…

While at the hardware store, I found this soft, slightly metallic iron finish by Rust-Oleum® Universal® .  I’ve used Rust-Oleum® Universal® Gloss & Flat Enamel Sprays on pretty much every spray paint project that I’ve ever done since the inception of this blog.  The metal paints have a wonderful realistic look and they have primer in them.

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Funny story – I started buying the Rust-Oleum® Universal® paints way back when firstly because of the trigger nozzle, then the preference for the paint stuck.

After it dried and I got my marble top on it, I knew the color and finish were the right decision.  It looks like something you’d get at Restoration Hardware! I was so happy with the result and all for just the price of a bit of spray paint. The whole thing took under 15 minutes.  How’s that for instant gratification?

How do you like the outcome?  I have the table in my stairway landing, the perfect sunny spot for my orchid plant and now it has the perfect table to sit on.

 

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Grandiflora Summer

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I’ve been feverishly working behind the scenes on an amazing new line for Grandiflora Fall 2014, but in the meantime, I have a couple of fun updates coming along here and there for a little summer flair.  I am just obsessed with this marigold color mixed with levels of hot pint.  While hot pink normally isn’t my thing, I like what the yellow does to it – making it look like a perfect summer sunset.

While I was traveling last month, I had just the smallest quantity of these gorgeous summer rugs made for you guys.  These are handwoven in 100% cotton and small in size (2′ x 3′), perfect for bathrooms, in front of the kitchen sink, or anywhere your little heart desires.

I hope you love them as much as I do!

 

Calm & Collected

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Get ready to fall off your chair.  This home in the greater London area is absolutely gorgeous.  It’s got a lovely balance of light filled rooms and moody neutral nooks.  The black detailing in the kitchen alone is enough to swoon over.

Rustic elements really work well with the modern clean lines of the home to make it feel fresh and natural.

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Have you ever heard of this company – light locations – that scouts homes for the media or photographic industry? I can only imagine if I was a London blogger working with the company’s amazing homes (like this one) for shooting projects or posts.  I have worked on a few campaigns for which we’ve needed to use a location and in our area its all about a friend of a friend or finding someone who will let us borrow their home… so this is a dream of an idea.  See more photos of this gorgeous home below!  [Read more…]