Why Don’t You…?

… play with color in your favorite space?


Image Credit: House & Home

On paper, this room sounds like a bit of a mess: peacock walls, blood orange ceiling and a teal couch. That’s a LOT of color. But you know what? It completely works. Due to a healthy amount of natural lighting, bold accessories and coordinating artwork, this cozy living room is as stylish as it is saturated.

A few tips to make it work?:
1. Don’t underestimate pattern. By mixing patterns and textures, the living room feels less like a graffiti wall and more like a well-designed hideaway.
2. Get neutral. With wooden end tables, a jute rug and hardwood floors, the room feels balanced in all the right places.
3. Accent! Throws, pillows and artwork are the perfect opportunity to marry colors that might not carry the room alone.

Happy color blocking!

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Nature’s Texture


I am always inspired by the qualities of color and texture found in the natural environment. I often look to nature for design inspiration, especially when exploring color. There is no better resource for complex tonal compositions, or bright complements and contrasts. On my trip to Yellowstone, there were endless opportunities to study and enjoy natures palette. From the texture of a molting bison, to the rainbow resulting from sunlight dancing on the spray of a waterfall. Beauty is all around us. What a gift.

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What I saw in… Casablanca.

Next stop: Casablanca, Morocco. A welcomed change of scenery – quite different from what I saw in Spain. If you ever travel to Casablanca, please do visit the Mosque of Hassan II, you will not be disappointed. It really is quite incredible… I don’t want to bombard this entire post with images of the Mosque, because I do have enough photographs to post 10 times over, but just wanted to give you a glimpse of it, the close-up details if you will. Wanted to start off the post with this super cute little girl (shown above, with the Mosque towering in the background). Don’t you just love her outfit? Fun mix and match of patterns, she definitely pulled it off!

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Missoni Home…

The Legends of La Cienega came and went this year… it’s an annual celebration of design that brings together tastemakers from home décor, interior design, architecture, and of course, art and fashion. I unfortunately was too caught up with work and couldn’t attend any of the two-day events. With all the buzz around the Missoni and Target collaboration coming out this fall, I couldn’t help but to reminisce a design panel that I attended last year during the Legends week. The panel was aptly named “La Dolce Vita: The sweet life of design with color in the home, film, and fashion”. One of the speakers was no other than Wanda Jelmini, the creative director of Missoni Home. Wanda, niece of Rosita Missoni, flew in from Italy to speak on the panel and what a treat it was. When asked what her favorite color is during the panel discussion, I was too happy to hear the answer: white. Yup. Ironic you may say, since Missoni is all about colors. But I think it makes perfect sense…

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Vintage wallcoverings…

My earliest memory of wallpaper designs was in the apartment that I grew up in. It was a muted color landscape with metallic highlights. Strange how I could remember the details so well, and now I'm thinking the metallic touch was quite brilliant actually. What prompted me to write this post wasn't really about wallpaper actually, but rather Lucienne Day's textile designs. As I was reading an article about Robin & Lucienne Day, the fabric images that were shown in the story reminded me so much of a wallpaper exhibition that I went to in 1995 at the Cooper-Hewitt. So I went through my archive and dug up the booklet (shown above) from that exhibition – titled "Kitsch to Corbusier, wallpaper from the 1950s". Did you know Le Corbusier designed a line of solid-color wallpaper in 1932? The National Design Museum started collecting wallpaper in 1900 and now houses over ten thousand wallcoverings dating from the late 17th century to the present. Below are just a few of the designs from the booklet that I scanned in, some of them are still very much relevant, don't you think? Click here to view their collection online if you are interested to see more.

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