This interior is a bit too neon. Imagine just one piece set against something very neutral and soothing.
Perfection: A Dose of Neon
Neutral and Neon: A perfect combination
Both Fashion Images: Simon Burstall for NY Times
As a general rule of thumb, home decor trends usually follow fashion trends or vice versa. (Ikat comes to mind) Lately, fashion is steering toward acid neon colors reminiscent of the eighties. The new way to wear these colors is to set them against a neutral backdrop and just have a shot of bright color peeking through. Something to think about when decorating a space…neutral backdrop with a shot of color.
Images Courtesy of Gypset/Assouline
I am highly anticipating the release of the new Assouline Book, Gypset
, by freelance journalist, Julia Chaplin. In Julia’s words “Gypset (Gypsy+jet set) is about an emerging group of artists, musicians, fashion designers, surfers, and bon vivants– who lead semi-nomadic, unconventional lives. The book features photo portraits of the Gypsetters, their self-designed homes in far flung bohemian enclaves, and a written profile.” Some Gypsetters featured are Damien Hirst, Jade Jagger, Alice Temperley, and more.
Her ideas nicely compliment my current obsession with everything and all boho chic. Julia is beginning her book tour and it is slated for release in May.
Check out her blog and website:
Mecox Gardens is a real treasure. There are eight brick and mortar stores throughout the United States as well as a large online catalog of their merchandise. I chose the images to illustrate some essential elements I think every room should have.
1 Gold Mirror-I love just a glimmer of gilt in a room
2. Driftwood boxes- I like the naturalness of the driftwood lids mixed with the glossy lacquered base.
3. Side table- I love this table for so many reasons-it adds a weathered look and the octagonal shape is very ethnic/Moroccan
4. Baskets-every room should have a natural texture
5. Floor lamp-I like the simplicity of this lamp and the iron base also adds another texture
6 Round table-this… read more
A great accent for any space is a touch of vintage rattan-not of the Shabby Chic genre. The rattan I’m referring to is the European mid century modern type. Rattan adds a perfect dose of natural texture and interest to space. It can be beachy, boho, ethnic or modern. Its versatility is only strengthened by the fact that it is so lightweight and movable and looks right at home indoors or out.
Image: Domino. Thom Filicia’s Lake House
The Korakia Pensione-Palm Springs
A Tom Scheerer exterior
Image: Domino Mag. Kids’ room from Sunrise Ruffalo’s home
As soon as it reaches 80 degrees in Santa Monica, I’m thinking about 100 degrees in Palm Springs. I’ve always traveled to Palm Springs at least once a year. It is quite possibly the perfect LA escape. There are a multitude of chic hotels to choose from. My picks below.
The Lobby at the newly remodeled Palm Springs Riviera. Seems very glam.
A fire pit at Korakia Pensione. Simplicity at its best.
Although I might be envious of Jenna Lyons’ job as J Crew
’s creative director, I think I’m more envious of her Park Slope, Brooklyn Town home. Her home was recently featured in Domino magazine and created quite a frenzy on numerous decor blogs as well as blogs completely dedicated to anything and all J Crew. She is also interviewed in the May issue of Vanity Fair
in one of my all time favorite features-My Stuff. So below, some images of her home and her answers to the Home Section of My Stuff.
The Living Room-I love the fireplace and the architectural moldings
A sitting area near the… read more
Lately, I can’t get enough of French industrial floor/desk lamps. I really think they add a masculine, utilitarian touch to rooms that could otherwise border on too feminine. Below images and options.
Smashing next to a sofa. Image: Lilli Diallo
Besides being one of my all time favorite images, check out the Jielde lamp in Orange Image:Lilli Diallo
Creates a toughness against the soft scalloped bedding. Image: Credit to Original Photographer
Loft Lamp www.conranusa.com
The Original Jean Louis Domecq Loft ZigZag Floor Lamp www.lightology.com
Jacques Adnet Vanity Table www.1stdibs.com
Loft Lamp by Jean Louis Domecq www.conranusa.com
Recently someone pegged my style as boho chic. While it depends on the day, the term stuck and I’ve been inspired ever since. As it translates to design and decorating, Boho Chic is about starting with elements you have and then just letting things evolve. It’s about collecting furnishings rather than buying to fill a space. It’s about effortlessly mixing modern with antiques; high with low; feminine with masculine. It’s about creating a relaxed space that looks and feels undone yet pulled together at the same time.
Images from top to bottom: unknown , unknown, inside out magazine, unknown