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Mid-Century Modern Meets Chinoiserie Chic

Mid-Century Modern Meets Chinoiserie Chic

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Houses | 8 comments

I’m excited to share some photos of my latest design project: furnishing an open plan living and dining area of an apartment in San Francisco. My good friend Cynthia wanted to turn her place into a sophisticated refuge from her busy job running her own daycare. The space needed to be restful, pretty and most of all, completely grown up. We settled on...

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How to Make Neutral Spectacular

How to Make Neutral Spectacular

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in Decorating, Design, Houses | 0 comments

Here I go again – raving about the wonders of all-neutral interiors. But, seriously, this house (by Neuhaus Architecture and JP Warren Interiors) would persuade even the most vocal of the anti-beige crowd that pale is, indeed, interesting. The house, which was apparently decorated by the owner – the Jessica in JP Warren – was covered by...

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Luxurious Ski Lodges

Luxurious Ski Lodges

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Houses, Inspiration | 4 comments

It’s at this time of year I start thinking about ski chalets. Not your typical A-frame alpine cabins, mind. I mean expansive wood structures with soaring ceilings, incredible views, and open fireplaces. So I was happy to discover that this month’s Architectural Digest has just such a home on its cover. Now this is my idea of a ski...

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Modern ski lodge

Modern ski lodge

Posted by on Feb 2, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Houses | 5 comments

We’re going skiing at the end of February but, sadly, we’re not staying here… This Tahoe home is the work of John Maniscalco Architecture (also on Houzz). I love the way all the traditional features of an alpine cabin – from the wood-clad walls to the fireplace to the fabrics – are reinvented with a more modern twist....

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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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An eclectic family home

An eclectic family home

Posted by on Jul 12, 2010 in Between these four walls: house tours, Decorating, Design, Houses, Inspiration | 6 comments

I love stumbling across beautifully-designed ‘real’ homes on Flickr. So I’m crazy about this refreshingly eclectic place. It’s owned, and impeccably styled by Yvonne, who also blogs about her travels, family, crafts and home on her blog, Moline. Yvonne has lived in Germany, Istanbul and Mexico and her style is clearly influenced by...

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Beach house gem

Beach house gem

Posted by on Mar 4, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Houses | 6 comments

Just thought I’d share a few images of our little beach house… Just kidding, of course. While I wish with all my heart that this place was ours, it is actually a home from the portfolio of designer Kara Mann. If I did have a stunning ocean-front villa, though, I’d want the combination of Moroccan shapes, ethnic textiles and rough-hewn...

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