Seats of Denmark

With elegant lines and simple, sophisticated, timeless forms, Nordic furniture is among some of my favorite pieces. Currently in my collection are a few fabulous Danish chairs that exemplify this Scandinavian style.

This vintage chair features similarly sized turned rosewood pieces that provide structure and form. These are bound together by curved stainless supports with a soft nickel finish, and alluring suede upholstery. I see it working well in an office or family room. Circa 1960, this design has a timelessness that is just as current and enticing today.

Another favorite of mine, featured as such in AtHome magazine, are these classic Arne Jacobsen Series 7 chairs, to which I’ve added an unexpected twist. The Danish architect and designer, who also created the famous Egg Chair, designed this iconic seat in the 1960s. Its form beautifully combines simplicity with ease and comfort. I reupholstered them with cowhide for a modern, sophisticated, and tactile surprise.

Do you have a favorite piece that embodies this Danish style? Let me know in the comments below.

Mood Lighting

Nothing says mood more than Vintage lighting… Like this one I’m currently featuring in my Design Lab in Westport!

What I love about this lamp is its size and shape.

The thick glass also gives the light a soft glow that warms up the entire room. It creates a sensual, romantic mood, making it perfect for a bedroom or living room. In fact, it reminds me of a full moon aglow on a clear summer night.

Where would you put this beautiful vintage lamp? Leave your answers in the comments below.

 

The Luxe White Kitchen…Dress It Up or Dress It Down

The Memorial Day holiday usually signals our love affair with summer whites.  I, for one, am looking forward to breaking out my favorite pair of white jeans – it seems no matter what, the white jean is perfect for just about any summer occasion. The same is true for the luxe white kitchen… it really shows off its personality in the warmer months and is the perfect backdrop for casual summer dinner parties or elegant, elaborate affairs.

Here are some of my favorites – I love the way the light reflects in this room, the modern freshness of a white kitchen against the warmth of rustic touches like wood floors or other decorative elements, like the oversized antique mirror, all add up to create a stunning, highly functional space for gathering family or entertaining friends.

White marble and countertops offer sumptuousness and a luxe finish in the kitchen above. To keep the space from feeling grounded and welcoming, I incorporated the walnut-hued cabinetry, gray-stained hardwood floors and a vintage light fixture to add warmth.

Do you love a white kitchen… how do you keep it warm and inviting? Drop me a comment or share this post.

Bringing the Outdoors In

An advocate of incorporating nature into my designs, I often look for creative ways to open a room to the outdoors. Doing so breathes fresh life into a home, to rejuvenate and renew — especially after a long, hard winter.

Some of my favorite design solutions provide a seamless transition from inside to outside. In this space above, sliding Nana glass doors fully open an entire side of the room to the outdoors. With outdoor furniture following the same design scheme as inside, the interior flows uninterrupted into nature.

To enjoy the outdoors from within the comforts of your home, full-length glass is the way to go. Windows like these, with additional panels at the top angled for an expanded view, are great ways to let in light and beauty of nature into your home, while keeping the harsh elements at bay.

What better way to start the day than waking up to the beautiful outdoors. In this master bedroom, floor-to-ceiling windows line multiple walls of the uniquely shaped room to provide a spectacular panoramic view of the landscape.

How would you bring the outside in? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

Treating Walls Like Canvases

A blank canvas opens up limitless possibilities for an artist. Likewise, an unadorned wall presents a tabula rasa for a designer. For me, no space is complete without the right art. Just like the perfect pair of shoes complete any outfit, the perfect piece of art in a room ties it all together. It can be provocative, playful, serene, dramatic – the possibilities are endless!

Here’s a vignette from my Design Lab in Westport. I love to play with texture, form and scale and often will use oversized art, whether paintings or photography to add just the right amount of attitude, or personality to a space.

Wall color and large-scale art can be used to add ambiance to a room. For example, a dark chocolate wall infuses warmth while highlighting the colors and personality of the subject in this painting. The art becomes a riveting conversation piece.

Hanging sculpture is a great way to add dimension and texture. The circular shape of the piece above balances the voided space of the fireplace below it and echoes the lines of the Italian leather dining chairs. It adds visual interest to the wall, covering a large space without any heaviness.

What are some ways that you’ve dressed your walls? Leave us a comment below.

The Sensual Bedroom

I love creating personal sanctuaries for my clients, and considering that we spend as much as one-third of our life in the bedroom, it is one place where this becomes even more important. To me, bedrooms are a refuge of peace and tranquility away everyday life. I like to heighten the experience of relaxation and rejuvenation by creating a luxurious and modern space that stimulates the senses. Every element, from the fabrics to the art to the furniture to the scent of the room, are carefully chosen with my clients’ distinctive tastes in mind.

I love to blur the lines between masculine and feminine, and play with textures and shapes that are plush and inviting. Naturally, the bed is often the centerpiece of the bedroom. Lush sensual fabrics on pillows, bed linens, and even the headboards create warmth and beg to be touched. Throw pillows of complementary sizes, colors and materials are also a great way to accent a bedroom. This bed above is layered with lots of detail from the headboard to the accent pieces in fur. Don’t be afraid to play with tones, fabrics and textures.

Bedroom ceilings are important! This often overlooked element is integral to completing the overall vibe of the space. I love modern lines of the bedroom above are softened by the natural light that flows in, the textured wall and of course, the ultimate finishing touch: the light fixture is a bit of a showstopper in the room…engaging your senses wherever you look or lay! This is one of my favorite luxurious sanctuaries I designed.

The abundant natural light in this room is highlighted by the white bed linens, slip-covered stools, walls, bleached wood floors, and bold artwork. The minimally decorated bed is the epicenter, radiating the light, and from which design details surround it.

The bedroom above is quiet, yet full of life. The contrasting colors of the purple bed linens and the artwork pop against the more neutral wall color and side tables. The vibrant artwork is a visual surprise for the eyes. The rich textures add sumptuous pleasure for anyone lounging in this bed. Fresh, fragrant lilies engage the sense of smell, enveloping the room with their delicate floral scent.

How do you make your bedroom feel like a personal sanctuary? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

Let the Sun Shine In

Natural light is fabulous for homes. It is a proven mood enhancer and a great way to set a welcoming and positive vibe in your home. After such a long winter, our bodies and our spirits need a healthy dose of sunlight, and so I try to incorporate ways to allow natural light to flood in and brighten homes.

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To further reflect natural light, nothing beats a simple mirror. Hang a large mirror (or even a grouping of mirrors) on a wall opposite a window. A large mirror could actually double the amount of light in a room!

The color scheme in your home is also crucial to enhancing natural light. Dark walls can be striking, but they also absorb light. Light white or cream-based paint with a shiny satin finish will enhance reflection. Stay away from yellow tones, because although you’d think they would be an ultimate sunlight color, they actually can make a room look dingy. Whites and light grays are brighter options. And don’t forget to maintain this color scheme with the furniture and accessories, like in the fabulous sun room pictured above.

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Window dressings, such as these, allow light in while still providing privacy. The gossamer fabric reflects the light to enhance the room’s breeziness and brightness. This is also one of the reasons that I love to use transparent materials such as glass or Lucite – it catches and refracts the sunlight to further add brightness and serenity into the ambiance.

How are you letting the sun shine into your home? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

Adorn Your Home with Patterns for Spring

After a long Winter, I cannot wait for the start of Spring to enjoy the beauty of nature’s rebirth. With the outdoors blossoming anew, it’s also a great time to freshen up your indoor space.

Nature is often a bountiful source of inspiration for my designs. Bringing in organic textures and patterns not only adds visual interest and warmth, but also stimulates the senses. Incorporated strategically, they can showcase the focal points in each room throughout your home.

When working with patterns, you want to enhance — not distract — from the overall design of the room. One way to seamlessly work them in is to stay within the same color palette of the space. In the dining room below the striped plush upholstery on the chairs add sumptuous texture while drawing the eye toward the large scale artwork behind the table.

An easy and effective way to introduce patterns into a space is through accessories such as an area rug. A graphic rug not only helps tie a room together, but also makes it feel more intimate or sometimes even larger. For example, the wide-striped rug below in one section of my Westport gallery completes a cozy area for conversation and/or relaxation.

A bold piece of furniture, such as the coffee table below, can be another great way to introduce pattern or texture into a room. In this case, the table is the striking star of the room, yet the symmetry of the open wood grid structure allows it to blend in beautifully without overpowering the other elements.

What ways are you sprucing up your home design this Spring? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

 

Exploring Your Dark Side For The Ultimate in Luxury Home Design

I love a neutral palette, but I also love the juxtaposition of darker tones often found in warm woods that rev up a room’s dramatic factor. Rich, dark tones add drama, create a sleek depth, and organically complement the natural vibe and interior. To me, it adds to the sensuality of a space and underscores the luxury that every home should have.

The statement in this powder room is the reclaimed wood walls. Small spaces are often a great place to experiment with unusual materials, finishes, or colors. I like to keep it modern and sophisticated — never serious.

In the room above, I used charcoal tones on the wall to create an intimate, cozy space. The dark textured wall treatment softens the bright white upholstered chair and ottoman, petals of the vintage lamp, and the gleaming base of the side table. Black-and-white iconic photography further adds a noir atmosphere to the space. This wonderful reading corner creates a serene haven for anyone enjoying a book or decompressing in this private nook.

 

Both modern and rustic, the dark cabinetry in the sleek open kitchen above grounds the space and adds grandeur to the home’s entertaining area. The ebony stained wood is balanced by white marble counters, ceiling, and furnishings that illuminate the space and open up the room. Of course, the vintage Italian chandelier is the bit of unexpected bling that becomes the room’s showstopper.

Have you explored your darker side when decorating your home? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

The Modern Home Office

Often relegated to remote areas of the house, such as the attic or garage, home offices are sometimes an afterthought…but they shouldn’t be. Regardless of its location, if you work at home (and these days, who doesn’t?), you can have a modern, inspiring dedicated space that is both functional and productive. I spend time with my clients asking them important questions about how they work so we can come up with a design scheme that integrates into the home overall, but also so we can ensure everything has its place. Whether it’s plenty of shelving for books or personal mementos, filing systems, or the perfect desk and chair, no element is left out of the design.

In the project above, I designed an inviting modern space by keeping the lines minimal and clean while utilizing plush, functional furnishings for ergonomic energy. Abundant natural light, brightened by the white upholstered high-back desk chair and Lucite desk, streams in to energize the space and create a work environment that is invigorating and productive.

Built-in shelving provides plenty of storage for books and files as well as showcases well-chosen decorative pieces for a highly-organized and efficient space. The custom wall unit also offers a cozy reading nook under the large windows.

In contrast, the office I designed above has an intense luxury about it, and functions as part library/part office space.  It’s meant to be a more immersive, yet still comfortable, environment that allows one to get lost in their work or lost in a great book. Whether reading curled up in a leather club chair, working behind a massive mahogany desk, or sipping coffee in front of a roaring fire, such a sanctuary can serve as an escape from the rest of the world.

How do you get your home office to work for you?