It is Spring Break in our neck of the woods and I’m taking some time off from my regular blog schedule. However, I couldn’t help but share with you a lovely room designed by Miles Redd, a room I am smitten with at the moment. It is an old library Redd turned into a home office for his mother, Sue. I love the fresh emerald green on the walls mixed with the prettiest chintz of the table cloth. Blue and white chinoiserie lamps and layered office supplies create a chic and comfortable room. I’d be happy to work in this library!

The following  excerpts are from House Beautiful and explain some of Redd’s design choices for this space. The beautiful photography is by Peter Murdock.

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Happy First Day of Spring! I thought and thought about spring for months now, right after Christmas to be exact and finally it’s here. Technically at least. We started off spring break last Friday, which means students are away and hubby and I have the campus all to ourselves. I just love how calm everything feels and that I get to chose my favorite seats in cafés. We have a few fun trips planned to Chicago and Galena – House Beautiful recommends this little town for all our antiquing needs – so yaay!

In the meantime, I got inspired over the weekend by the beauty of Nantucket cottages. Clad in cedar shakes and shingles that weather so beautifully in the salty air, the contrast with the crisp white window trims is made even prettier by some of the most amazing window boxes one can ever see. What better way to celebrate spring?

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One of my many new year’s resolutions is to travel more. As a creative (and human!), I owe it to myself to live fresh and exotic experiences and traveling is one of the best ways to get all that creativity flowing. I have recently come across beautiful places located in modern-day Uzbekistan that are lesser known but so worth the trouble of discovering. The three jewel cities along the Silk Road (the ancient trade route that connected the Orient with the Mediterranean Sea) Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva are famous for their exquisite weaves, carpets and fabrics, but also for their outstanding architecture. I must confess that the Orient is unknown to me. I’ve travelled all around Europe and South America but never to Asia. Istanbul is as far east as I got so Uzbekistan is definitely on my list.

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Good design is comfortable and personal, great design is timeless. Happy Friday, friends! In the world of interiors there are trends that come and go, colors and design elements that are so ‘in’ one year and totally ‘out’ the next. Personally, I do not follow trends nor do I believe in them.  A great design has no age and will look as fresh now as it will in a decade or two. Needless to say, such timeless interiors are not easy to create or replicate. It takes talent, experience and a willingness to take risks. Constantly stepping outside of one’s comfort zone is what makes a good designer, great. That and the right clients to experiment on! 🙂

Case in point: this gorgeous home designed in 2005 by Binny Hudson is as beautiful and relevant today as it was back then. It looks as if time stood still, twelve years of design did nothing to diminish its appeal.  By the way, Binny Hudson is untraceable on the world wide web. She has no website or contact information, all I could find were bits and pieces from an old interview that accompanies a spread of her home in House & Garden UK.  We are told she is a florist and interior stylist (and a talented one for sure) living in the heart of London with her husband Graham.

Whenever I see a space like this, I do my best to study it carefully. I try to find out what is it that makes it stand the test of time. Is it a particular color palette? A choice of furnishings? Or is it the story this home tells? I think it’s a little bit of everything.

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Hi, friend! I have a lovely room to show you today. Rafe Churchill Traditional Houses is an award winning architecture and design firm based in Sharon, Connecticut with a passion for the vernacular. Their portfolio is a beautiful string of country homes, old and new that Churchill and his design team have restored and renovated.

A carpenter by tradition and training, Rafe spent a few years in NYC as designer and exhibiting sculptor before moving to Connecticut with his wife, interior designer Heide Hendricks. The couple’s love for architecture and design inspired a successful collaboration. Rafe Churchill coordinates the architectural side of their firm while Heide is involved with the interior design aspects. A great match!

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