Making a room for Ursula in our new home together took awhile but it was a joy. For her first room to herself in our new life (we were sharing a one bedroom for a year), I was able to take a white sheetrock box with a high ceiling and make it airy but cozy and have plenty of storage for her growing lifestyle of clothes, dolls, costumes and toys.
Stripes promote order and organization, and a classic black and white color combination demands to be taken seriously. So when a room can combine the two, the result is a workspace with great working mojo that oozes with style.
Name: Deirdre and Vito Donno (and cat Onzo) Location: Brooklyn, New York Size: 3,000 square feet Years lived in: 16 years; Owned
Long time Brooklyn resident Deirdre Donno has an an unparalleled eye for style. After many years of working in fashion merchandising, she settled down to dedicate her style to boutique clothing store Otto in Park Slope. A joint venture between herself and fellow store owner Annette Englander, the boutique reflects her classically elegant style with an emphasis on local designers and high-quality forever pieces. That same philosophy can be seen in her home as well.
Wendy from Designed to Dwell had a perfectly nice formal study, yet she came to a realization I think we've all had at some point: sometimes what we think we like isn't our style after all. Check out how Wendy lightened and brightened to create a completely fresh new room that's much more her.
Layering multiple patterns in a room — that is okay. Encouraged, even. But using the same pattern over and over and over in the same room can be... a bit much. To modern eyes, this 60s bedroom may look fussy, or precious. You would never see this in a contemporary space... or would you?
Summer has ended but that doesn't mean that vacations are over. How about a nice cozy retreat? It's this time of year when I really want to escape to the woods, see the rainbow of Autumn colors, and cozy up next to a roaring fire. Wood paneling, logs, fire pits, porches, and swings — here are some great images to inspire your next fall getaway.
I've posted pictures of similar techniques before, but what I found both exciting and challenging about this project was the location — it’s an intriguing room architecturally, and it’s also located in a big house in the woods.
Alison has, for the longest time, been drawn to this super cool, city-scape baby boy's room. Pops of color, cool white, and Basquiat? How can you go wrong? If you also like Xavier's room, here's a quick guide to getting the look yourself...
Name: Karen Baumann of Intrinsic Design Location: Corte Madera, California Size: 460 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Owned
When I arrived at Karen Baumman’s apartment in Marin County, just 15 miles north of San Francisco, I was greeted with a glass of delicious lemonade, squeezed from the Meyer lemons growing outside. It was a gorgeous day and the apartment was flooded with sunlight — a nice feature for a 460-square-foot space. Karen, owner of Intrinsic Design, converted the garage of her duplex into this luxe little pad she calls her own while renting the other two apartments. Complete with did-it-herself electrical, flooring, and a mosaic kitchen table, the space is very personal and filled with only the things Karen loves. Her beautiful paintings accent the neutral walls and add dramatic color to each room, including a decent-size office.
Feeling a little blah? Maybe it's time for some bling. While we don't recommend an overdose of glitter, a few glam pieces never hurt anyone. Here are five easy embellishments you can add to your room right now to liven it up.