Thursday, April 10, 2014

California Cool: #BlogTourLA Revisited

#BlogTourLA design bloggers at WestEdge Design Fair:
Geraldine Tan, Gudy Herder and Ronique Gibson

In honor of #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) I am reminiscing about my October visit to sunny Los Angeles with my design blogging friends from #BlogTourLA. One of the highlights of our Modenus sponsored trip was checking out the inaugural opening of the WestEdge Design Fair in Santa Monica. We also toured a wealth of West Coast design destinations including the studio and boutique of designer Kelly Wearstler, fab shops in the La Cienga Design Quarter, plus numerous art studios and design industry showrooms. There was a lot to love!

Below are my favorite snapshots from the trip that capture a dozen design trends that are currently in fashion:

Lighting that Shines
Vintage Glamour
Bright Colors
Nature Inspired
Reclaimed Materials
Industrial Design
Geometric Patterns
Organic Sculpture
Rock + Roll Edgy

faucets as art: Gessi Goccia on display at
Snyder Diamond Los Angeles showroom

Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar and Ashlina Kaposta of the Decorista
visiting Gessi at WestEdge Design Fair with #BlogTourLA

Brass lav faucet from Gessi at WestEdge Design Fair

Natural Curiosities design studio

monarchs as art via Natural Curiosities

vintage screen at Dragonette Ltd.

colorful dinnerware at Heath Ceramics

design bloggers getting cozy at the WestEdge Design Fair:
Veronika Miller, Emily Anderson, Cheryl Kees-Clendendon, Andie Day, myself

honey comb sculptural lighting by Patrick Weder

vintage dining featuring custom wallpaper and brass accents
at Dragonette Ltd.

lighting by Apparatus at WestEdge Design Fair

lighting by David Trubridge at WestEdge Design Fair

furnishings from BDDW at WestEdge Design Fair

unique lighting design from Zia Priven at WestEdge Design Fair

industrial lighting at Lamps Plus

pattern and texture at Mecox Gardens

bright and bold leathers from Moore and Giles at WestEdge Design Fair

repurposed Dhurrie handbag at Will Leather Goods

succulent gardens outside Sherle Wagner on La Cienga Boulevard

sidewalk succulent garden

succulents with orchids

Geraldine Tan, Mindy Miles Greenberg, and Lynn Byrne
relaxing on set at WestEdge Design Fair

colorful mix and match lighting at Lamps Plus

vintage pattern play at Dragonette Ltd.

Kelly Wearstler designed accents: ceramic, brass and stone

brass accents and grand scale in the conference room at Kelly Wearstler studios
photo op with Krista Nye Schwartz, Kelly Wearstler, Tami Ramsay

Marble Kiss on brass etagere at Kelly Wearstler’s LA boutique

friendship, champagne, sunshine

apres shopping at Kelly Wearstler boutique:
Susan Serra, Will Taylor, Cheryl Kees-Clendendon

macaroons and champagne served at Dragonette Ltd.

Lynn, Emily, Gudy, Ronique, myself, Geraldine, Mindy
Krista,Will, and Tami enjoying a West Coast sunset

Click below to discover the design trends that Modenus
and BlogTour have seen lately. Since my #BlogTourLA trip, they have gone to Vegas, New York and most recently Milan!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Get the Look: HGTV Smart Home 2014

kitchen pictures from HGTV Smart Home 2014

The latest HGTV Smart Home was introduced this week online. I’m super excited about it because custom designs from Bassett Furniture are featured throughout this Nashville based home. The pieces are fun and functional, dressed in rich colors and fabulous patterns. A lot of the accent pieces are from the HGTV Home collection which is manufactured by Bassett. Take the virtual tour online and then come visit me in Burlington to get the look for your own home. Below are some of my favorite Bassett pieces from the HGTV Smart Homes great room.

P.S. The Smart Home has some great examples of stylish and dramatic draperies. Custom windows available via Bassett.

What is your favorite room in this year’s HGTV Smart Home?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Get the Look: Spring Styled at Glen Magna

Last weeks #SpringStyled event at Glen Magna Farms in Danvers was so much fun! After designing The Lounge, Powder Room and Hallway for the Holiday Show House in December, it was a special treat to be able to return to re-style the rooms for spring. This time around I brought select pieces from the Bassett Furniture Design Studio to infuse my traditional spaces with a modern freshness.

Below are links to the art, custom upholstery, pillows, and accent pieces that I had on display along with the other elements from the holiday show that are now a permanent part of each room. If you would like to see any of these spring accessories in person, stop by the Burlington Bassett location on Middlesex Turnpike. Let me know if you are planning a visit and I will set aside time to give you a studio tour. And if you are looking for a pretty spot to host your next event, contact Heather King at Glen Magna Farms to see the lovely rooms of this historical mansion in person. The gardens are beautiful in the spring!

from Bassett

lighting from Lucia Lighting

photography by Elizabeth Wertz

custom ottoman from Bassett Furniture

{customize your own}

For the holiday show, I had a couple Glen Magna estate pieces revitalized with a white pearlescent-finish Chalk Paint from Annie Sloan and reupholstered with a durable, sparkling champagne colored fabric from Kravet. Chair reupholstered by Home Decor Group. Chalk painted finish courtesy of Maison Decor. Pink velvet pillow with Greek Key from Bassett. 

fabric selections from Bassett

wallpaper from Farrow & Ball

carpet from Landry and Arcari

More fun accessories from
Bassett in Burlington ...

also available in Turquoise Enamel,
Newport Navy and lots more colors

Aprilyn, Stephanie and Jessica from Bassett

A recent “paint night canvas of mine made it on the spring styled book shelves. My instructor was Mary Taggart of TaggArt Studios who painted the birch tree mural in the powder room (this surprise mural was an all-around show house favorite!)

Powder room mural by Mary Taggart

photo credit Mary Barthelmes

There is still time to take home a bit of #SpringStyled inspiration to feather your own nest. Enter now to win the $4,500 Home Improvement Sweepstakes via Coastal Windows and Exteriors. It includes an in-home design consult from me, along with great giveaways from the other local home improvement experts from the Spring Styled Series. Deadline to enter is March 31st.

A special thanks goes to Stephanie Vanderbilt and Julie Fairweather for coordinating this first event of the Styled Series!