My obsession for blue and green continues!!! I had something else in mind for today’s post but I just can’t help myself! Last night I leafed through the May issue of House Beautiful and was impressed by one project in particular. Michael Maher‘s New Jersey home is simply stunning! Maher lives in a historic Victorian style house (a blend of Gothic and Second Empire) together with his two teenager sons and has created a happy family home filled with color, pattern and history. I just wish there were more shots of the rooms but among the ones in the magazine, one stood out like no other – a small guest bedroom tucked under the eaves where Maher mixed freely patterns in soft blues and greens, with cheery yellow accents!
Let’s be honest, backyard storage is often times an eyesore! A designated dump yard for all of our gardening equipment, lawn mowers, paint brushes and potting benches, the shed can be a real pain to make pretty. But if you thought garden sheds cannot be glamorous, think again because this talented and business savvy mother-daughter duo has taken backyard storage to new heights of chic.
What started as an unfortunate event – their barn burned down a few years back and the neighboring Amish community helped rebuild it – has turned into a creative business idea. Impressed by the skilled craftsmanship of the Amish, the two soon came to realize that the market in the States is lacking in beautifully crafted, prefabricated garden sheds. With this thought, Hillsbrook Collections was born. Inspired by classical architectural styles, their garden cottages are stunning and highly customizable. You can chose your finishes and opt for charming add-ons like towerlets, finials, Dutch doors, trellis work, lanterns or armillarries. The only trouble will be in deciding between their pretty designs!
A few weeks ago, Caitlyn Dorris, Community Manager of Chairish, kindly extended me an invitation to participate in a bucket list challenge marking the launch of Decaso, the Chairish baby sister site.
Decaso is a high-end market place for some of the world’s most respected antique dealers and it completely lives up to that description. It is a treasure trove of antique and modern furniture pieces, artwork and vintage textiles, botanicals and decorative objects – so make sure to bookmark it for future client projects!
I happily accepted Caitlyn’s invite as it meant virtually shopping with a limitless budget in mind. When does that ever happen? Real life projects, no matter how large or small ALWAYS, ALWAYS involve a budget so this was a great distraction for someone who lives and breaths design. Mind you, it will be hard to get reacquainted with the real world but boy, was it fun!
Blue and white is a timeless color story, worth to be told over and over again. I’ve never ceased loving its fresh appeal and neither did some of the world’s hippest designers! There’s something very soothing about a blue and white bedroom or a display of blue and white chinoiserie ginger jars. Classic and elegant, each of these rooms are different in style and function but share the common thread of blue and white. Natural textures like wood, bamboo, sisal and seagrass, along with black lacquered accents ground this light palette. I am obsessed with each and every one of these spaces!
I’ve long had a design crush on Meg Braff and since yesterday was the launch of her first book, The Decorated Home- Living with Style and Joy, I want to spread the word – get your copy, it’s great! Like many native Floridians, Braff has a way with color and patterns like you wouldn’t believe! She can instantly transform a blank canvas into something fabulous by infusing it with her signature island palette of blues, aquas and mint greens. Pink and tangerine, yellow, lilac and exotic prints are all in her repertoire so there’s a lot to learn for anyone looking to add more color and fun into their home.
“I try to space out the color and the pattern and give each room a little breathing space,” she says of her method of mixing varying scales to create a breezy beach vibe or a more buttoned-up oceanfront aesthetic. “What’s really important is creating circulation between the inside and outside—easy indoor-outdoor living.” –Meg Braff
”Introducing a hint of color is one of the easiest ways to liven up a space, but it’s time to consider going all in with big doses of bright, saturated hues (think electric blue, rich tangerine, and emerald green). Decorator—and self-professed color lover—Meg Braff is sharing her secrets to designing with these intense hues in her new book The Decorated Home ($45, Rizzoli). There is no avoiding the impact of the eye-catching palettes she employs. Fellow designer Charlotte Moss writes in the foreword: “Meg is one of those people who immediately adds a sense of gaiety to a room. Her spaces are filled with bold patterns, bright happy color, and a sense of celebration.” A similar feeling in your own home isn’t out of reach.” – book review, Architectural Digest