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Dark-Walled Rooms Bridge Winter and Spring

Dark-Walled Rooms Bridge Winter and Spring

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Color palette, Round-ups | 1 comment

How do the winter months influence your design aesthetic? I find that, in the weeks before the holidays, I’m coveting dark, cozy spaces with layer upon layer of texture. As soon as the New Year arrives, I start looking ahead to spring, with fresh greens, plenty of light and splashes of color. Some rooms seem to bridge the two moods just perfectly...

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The Perfect Dark Taupe Walls

The Perfect Dark Taupe Walls

Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Color palette, Decorating, Design | 1 comment

I’m on a quest for the perfect paint color for our dining room. It will be redecorated after the kitchen renovation and I’m planning a neutral scheme, enlivened with plenty of pattern. The big challenge is finding the perfect taupe. I want to go with darker walls for a bit more drama, and have decided charcoal will be too gray but don’t...

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Top 10 neutral interiors

Top 10 neutral interiors

Posted by on Aug 15, 2011 in All-time favorites, Color palette, Decorating, Design | 4 comments

I am a huge fan of neutral interiors. Huge. Those people who say beige is boring can’t have seen it done right. To me, nothing is more soothing and elegant than a beautifully balanced scheme with whites, grays, taupes, chocolates and charcoals. So this post is both a defense and a celebration of neutral interiors. Here (in no particular order) are my...

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Monochrome and metallics

Monochrome and metallics

Posted by on Mar 8, 2011 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 1 comment

Why didn’t I know about this beautiful blog until this weekend? Of course, I’ve seen these photos of blogger Nicole’s stunning apartment all over the blogosphere, especially since it was featured in Rue Magazine. But the blog is a great source of inspiration too. Especially right now – while Nicole is off bonding with her newborn,...

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Black walls for a bedroom

Black walls for a bedroom

Posted by on Feb 10, 2011 in Color palette, Decorating, Design | 11 comments

Although I’m a fan of black walls, I always felt that black was for cozy, moody rooms. To take a bright, airy room with lots of windows and paint it black would surely be a waste of all that natural light, right? How wrong could I be? Take a look at this striking bedroom from Ab Chao. And here’s what it looked like before. Incredible, right?...

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A non-traditional red dining room

A non-traditional red dining room

Posted by on Jan 12, 2011 in Color palette, Decorating, Design | 3 comments

Maybe it’s a sign that I need some warmer weather and brighter days, but I’m on a roll with red rooms. How stunning is this dining room, spotted on Norwegian interiors site, Bo Bedre? They say red is ideal for dining rooms because it stimulates both conversation and appetite. But this one turns tradition on its head with an all-white room,...

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Decorating with teal

Decorating with teal

Posted by on Jan 4, 2011 in Color palette, Decorating, Design | 3 comments

I think teal might just be my color obsession for January. Fresh, but not in your face, it’s just the tonic we need for this time of year. Sort of the color equivalent of a detox! I recently came across this stunning loft apartment, the Paris Home of artist Claire Basler, featured in March 2010′s Elle Decoration. (Found on the charming blog of...

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A red and gold apartment scheme

A red and gold apartment scheme

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Houses, Inspiration | 7 comments

A few weeks ago my sister asked me to help revamp her Manhattan apartment. Only trouble was, I wasn’t planning to head out East and so any help I could offer had to be remote. Luckily, my sister has excellent taste and so all she needed was some help in bringing her ideas together into a cohesive scheme. Sometimes, all it takes is a fresh pair of...

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