Name: Ella Grace Location: Westlake Village, CA Room Size: 120 square feet
Ella Grace's room is a very special haven for a very special little girl. Creamy walls and neutral rugs are a soothing platform for the myriad of soft pastel fabrics and accessories. Gently old-fashioned but enlivened with on-trend touches, this room glows with handmade goodness.
Name: Mark Pellant of Koru Architects, and his son Alexander Location: Hove, UK Size: 1,800 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; owned
Husband and wife architects Mark Pellant and Abi Torr have built a light-filled contemporary family home and studio using natural, sustainable materials and renewable energy sources. Solar panels in the roof and a wood pellet boiler provide heat and light, while an underwater tank harvests rainwater, which supplies the house with water.
The temps have been seriously dropping around here, and we've got fireplaces on the brain. One trend we've noticing is wood not only inside the fireplace, but on the outside, too. From slick matchbooked panels to reclaimed boards, wood fireplace surrounds are something we're really warming up to.
While putting together a style collage last week, I realized that two of the components were ones I had used in a post last year about setting an organic modern tabletop. At that point I started to gather a list of 15 items that embody the look and will endure in style and quality over time.
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.
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.
Scandinavian design is often associated with clean, white interiors and modern furniture. But the exterior of the architecture often reflects something much darker — façades clad in dark hues ranging from weathered grays to jet blacks. They are dramatic and cozy all at the same time, and especially inspiring.