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Natural Vibes
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planter, stool, armchair, rug, peacock sofa, umbrella, bathing beauty 

Warmer weather and my last house project to complete (my deck!) has me thinking about natural colors and textures. I love playing with the natural landscape as inspiration and pulling from it to create the color palette for my designs. 

People often thing that going monochromatic is boring or flat, but by mixing texture and material you can really create an interesting mix that is very appealing to the eye. I am playing with the idea of this 70's peacock sofa, rattan chair and natural turkish rug for my outdoor patio... 

BTW the armchair and the stool are steal of the century from Target

I Want To Go: The Lodging
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Check it. The Lodging in Freemantle. I love me a good boutique hotel and black and pink and fab photos hits it in all the right spots. This little lady is a refurbished 1800's terrace house. Cant beat the look of modern and traditional all wrapped into one. This is a great example of how a really simple color palette and restrained design can make a huge impact on a space. 

Get me a ticket to Australia stat! 

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 all images via  The Lodging  

all images via The Lodging 

CANT TUFT THIS
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I have been looking at a lot of furniture lately (as usual!) and I am seeing tufted upholstered furniture everywhere! What used to be typically symbolic of traditional style, tufting is now being used in conjunction with clean lined modern pieces. I am loving this eclectic juxtaposition with furniture. It really adds a rich and unexpected twist to a room. Besides the stylistic element tufted in a great thing to consider in terms of furniture longevity as tufting usually requires more fabric just due to the construction is pulled tighter than a traditional sofa = so saggy fabric. Prints, velvets, leathers, linens- keep you eye on tufted furniture as I know you have not seen the last of it. Before you know it there is going to be reverse tufting, patchwork tufting and then we will all be tufted out. In the meantime peep these great styles that will look fab in virtually any space. 

 image via  Design Chaser

image via Design Chaser

 Image Via  Glitter Guide

Image Via Glitter Guide

 image via  pinterest

image via pinterest

India Inspiration

Travel, Wander, Seek. Besides interior design and furniture my next love is travel. I love seeing new places, getting new inspiration, re-finding myself in the context of a new country or city. I feel the most energized and the most creatively in tune when I travel and when I get home I can't wait to get to designing and letting bubble up to the surface in a tangible way the inspiration that I return with. Next week I leave for a quick jaunt to India and I can't wait. I know that most of my time is already scheduled out so I won't be able to do all the fun touristy things I would do if I was on my own, but I am excited to get a feel for the country and plan for my next sojourn back. 

Taking inspiration from other countries is very important in my design process. I spend hours every weekend (that I am home!) looking at books and images of interiors specifically from countries outside of the US and India has always intrigued me. I love the vibrancy of the colors, the rich culture that exists and of course the gorgeous textiles, rugs and pillows that are so much part of the country. I have been pinning away my to do list for my trip- that probably wont be happening this time around, but I certainly plan to go back and discover more when I have more time. In the mean time at least we can all soak up some beautiful images from India as I prep for my trip! 

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via Vetica

Stylin' in NOLA

Whoa its been a whirlwind and I'm just catching my breath before we keep on rollin. Spent all of last week in beautiful New Orleans working on one of our newest Sonder properties and as usual I had a blast exploring the city and designing on the fly. Nothing like arriving to a new city with a photo shoot scheduled and working under the gun to make it happen! 

First things first- painting and setting the stage. Luckily I had a great group of locals to show me all the spots to find the accessories we needed to add the perfect NOLA flavor to our units. And install! 

I had a blast sorting through vintage shops looking for cool finds- old coffee bags, found bottles, and amazing street photographs were some of my favorites that I took home with me.

Then its time to shoot- one of my favorite things! I always say no matter how great your work is, if you are not working with a stellar photographer it will never shine! Luckily we were able to get the amazing Jacqueline Marque to shoot for us, and I had so much fun collaborating with her and can't wait to do it again! 

And voila! Sonder's are ready for you if you are heading down to NOLA anytime soon! 

 

 

Gray Malin Before and After

Always on the road! I just got back from an amazing shoot from our newest Sonder property in New Orleans. I cannot wait to show you guys! While I was away a design that I did a few months back for the photographer Gray Malin came out and I am so thrilled about it! Gray has such a fun and distinct personal style that I was really excited about the prospect of creating a space that reflected him and his lifestyle. 

Gray had a very specific idea of what he wanted for the space, so we started out with his inspiration board. It was a mix between Palm Springs and mid century. I was off and running! 

 BEFORE 

BEFORE 

The space was just a typical garage filled with lots of stuff! We did some cleaning of the space and then go started with the design. Luckily Gray loved most of the design that I came up with so the design process was very quick! Gray really wanted the space to be multi functional- a guest space, a hang out space for next to the pool, a work area. And I think we got it all! See yhe whole reveal here and also on Gray's site here

Time for a swim! 

Color Study: Pink

The other night we were walking along the bay at sunset and I was noticing how the sun on the water was making everything pink. Paired with the beautiful blue water of the San Francisco Bay it made me realize why I love the color combination of pink and blue so much and why I use it so frequently in my work. I love the way its both warm and cool and pulls in colors from the best times of the day, dusk and dawn.

Pink is an especially beautiful color to me- it can have so many variations and tones and can give a design so many different directions. Ballerina pink for a little girls room, dusty rose for a sophisticated twist, neon pink for an unexpected splash. Ok I know a lot of people don't think pin is as perfect of pop as I do- but my love for pink aint ever gonna die. Follow along my Color Study: PInk board on pinterest where I indulge my love for pink in nature, interiors and fashion. 

Images: SRTA-PEPIS / Another / Textile Tribe / Hotel Covell / mansurgavriel / French by Design / The Red List  / Habitissmo

Hustlin!

Have you read this great article on MyDomaine? I love reading about and being surrounded by smart, strong, talented women with vision who follow their dreams and their passions to success. MyDomain interviewed some of my favorites about their challenges and what inspires them on the daily. A good reminder to keep hustin' and following your inner truth, as it usually leads you the right way. I know that its always worked for me! 

Art On My Walls Part I-- How to Display

Art is such an important aspect to any design project. Art can set the tone of a space- it can completely transform the vibe of a room based on the subject, the color and the way you display it. Its always amazing to me the way adding a simple art piece to the wall or combining things together in a gallery wall can totally change the direction of a design. There are so many great artists out there, and discovering new artists is never ending- so I figured I would break up this subject into 2 blog posts, how to display and my favorite sources (I have a lot!). 

Gallery walls will never go out of style. I promise! Its a great way to combine multiple styles and sizes to create an impactful focal statement in a space. I created the gallery wall above in the Decorist office and it was such an inexpensive and one of kind option. I went on a little buying trip to one my favorite local vintage shops and sourced some cool abstract art pieces and displayed them above a vintage credenza. Instant gallery wall! 

For me gallery walls are great because I have a knack for collecting odd and mismatched pieces for the wall- tassels, horns, convex mirrors are some of my latest finds, so creating unique gallery walls mixed with my latest favorite artists is a great way to keep the space fresh and rotate my ever growing art collection. I created this fun gallery wall for San Francisco advertising agency Partners in Crime because my client also loved art and wanted a way to display his amazing walking sticks from the Mill Valley Walking Stick Company that he creates (more on my favorite art sources coming up!) 

So besides gallery walls how else do you display art? Don't restrict yourself just to displaying art on the walls. I love the idea of over-laying art on bookshelves or on other built in architectural elements. It immediately adds depth and unexpected interest in a room. 

Leaning art is another favorite of mine. Its feels so casual and sophisticated and has an easy Parisian flair to it. Best part is no nails in the wall so if you are a crazy art collector like me. you can easily change out without feeling like its too permanent.

So thats the skinny on how I like to display my art, stay tuned for some of my favorite (current) art resources! 

credits: Hollywood Hills/  Decorist/ Union Street / Prospect Street 

I Want to Go: El Cosmico

It opens like this.. "El Cosmico is an 21 acre nomadic hotel and campground in Marfa, Texas. In keeping with the belief that life should be a balance of adventure and do-nothingness...." Count me in! So much is happening these days that I am ever more grateful for, but the idea of running away to a remote getaway with miles of stars and quiet is always so appealing. Of course funky design, sunset soundtracks and camp cooking are just the extra pieces to get me to pack a bag and jump on a plane to wide open Texas. 

Trailers, teepees, yurts and tents dot this property inspired by "hippies, nomads, bohemians and those living a life of self-determination." Its the perfect spot to tune in and get centered. 

Follow along on my Wander pinterest board for a little reminder to breathe in the air and look around at all the beauty. 

all  images via El Cosmico