On Monday, we asked our Facebook fans to vote on your favorite room from one of our top designers, Erinn Valencich. The votes have been tallied and, as promised, Erinn’s giving you the 411 on how she designed this gorgeous green bedroom.
Last fall, major designers debuted a range of purples for both tabletop and home. Any of my favorites below would make a gorgeous statement on your holiday table, sofa or bed. Pair purple with silver or gold, and say a chic farewell to 2010. Happy New Year everyone!
Bedroom needing a winter’s lift that will carry you right into spring? Check out Vera Wang’s new line of bedding, available at Bloomingdales. Super chic, and with a great mix of patterns and prints, so it looks like you culled many stores, instead of buying a set. Perfect!
What is the fascination with the skull as a decorating object? (Remember the Alexander McQueen skull-scarf that wrapped every celebutante for the last few years?) Now skulls are finding their way onto the products of the most luxurious decor brands and fashion houses.
Shopping on Larchmont Boulevard the other day, one of my favorite streets in L.A. for one-of-a-kind items and great cafes, I stopped by my friend’s salon, Marcie Bronkar’s Home Couture, to check out her great holiday window display.
Marcie is a very talented textile designer, and a seasoned veteran of both the fashion and home-furnishings industries, and happily, somewhat of a mentor to me. Her new salon is not only exquisitely put together, but offers her Home Couture line of fabrics for the first time outside of Quadrille (a to-the-trade showroom), as well as her new ultra-luxe, Cloth & Paper fabric and wallpaper collection.
You know it’s good when I was coveting the drapery in this fabulous room from Elle Decor (Nov. 2010), only to find out the curtains are made from Marcie’s Home Couture “Gypsy Dance” fabric! What are the odds? Her luxurious-yet-modern take on paisley, so perfectly designed for draperies, places the pattern at the top and bottom of the windows. And notice how the same print gracefully winds up on the bottom of the over-sized arm chair. It’s brilliant. And of course, it’s hers.
Celebrated paint purveyor, Farrow & Ball have revisited the elegance of 18th-century motifs with their new wallpaper collection, The Baroque Papers. Block-printed in the firm’s 21 colorways, you are sure to find one that suits.
Farrow & Ball is one of the highest quality paint companies in the world. They’ve been making paint in England, one batch at a time, since 1946 and remain one of a few companies making a full range of traditional and modern paint finishes. And so it comes as no surprise, that their extraordinary collection of artisanal wallpapers made using real Farrow & Ball paint is just as carefully crafted. Each double roll is 21″ wide and costs $230. Visit Farrow & Ball to view the entire collection, as well as see each paper paired with various colors of paint. Fabulous!
If buying vintage was a quirky hobby for some a few years ago, it’s now blossomed into a full-fledged design trend. And nothing gives a room personality and charisma like a well-placed vintage chair.
Gray is hot. At home. In fashion. And now on the floor. The trend in gray woods is something that I’ve been spearheading from my own soapbox for a few years. I have memories (some slightly traumatic) of endlessly searching for the perfect gray wood floor, telling every vendor I could: “Gray, gray, make it gray!”
I have finally been vindicated. Quick•Step answered my prayers with their stunning Country Rustic Cottage Oak. Its wire-brushed finish with slight metallic hints was the perfect choice for my new home studio. And the fact that I can lay it down over the existing floor means no mess. Easy and affordable–with great style? Yes, please!
In the days of email, iChat, Skype and text-everything, a hand-written note is still a treasure. And if you’re looking for a good reason to rush out to the stationary store, John Derian’s new line of note cards for Dempsey and Carroll is just that. Derian, who is a favorite decoupage artist and well known for his chic decorative plates and boxes, offers up a lovely collection pairing hand-bordered cotton-paper cards with envelopes lined with the designer’s signature patterns ($60 for a set of 10).
This marks Derian’s first foray into stationary, and I hope it’s not his last. Available in six graphic prints, including Water Lilies and Sea Urchin, each can be engraved in a complementary color, making them a terrific holiday gift to give and receive.
Indoor/outdoor fabrics are quite the rage these days. With their stain, mildew, bacteria and moisture-resistant properties, staying stylish has never been so easy!
These high-performance textiles are making their way inside the house as well, thanks to their durability, bold colors and fun patterns. I’ve used outdoor fabrics in kids’ rooms and playrooms for years, and as they continue getting softer and add more versatile styling, I can see them being used in an even wider range of rooms (think kid-and-pet-friendly sofas and dining room chairs).
Cowtan & Tout recently added a line of indoor/outdoor fabric. Made of 100% solution-dyed acrylic, you’ll still find plenty of awning and umbrella stripes, but you’ll also be pleasantly surprised with softer geometrics and animal prints.
Mixing and matching performance fabrics creates an exciting look. Instead of upholstering all of your dining chairs in the same fabric, mix up the patterns in the same color family for a little flair.
Arteriors Home is making big moves. Not only have they been a favorite resource of mine for years — offering a gorgeous line of home accessories, small furniture and lighting — but now they’ve partnered with a terrific product designer, Laura Kirar to launch the Laura Kirar Collection.
Laura is the founder and creative director of Laura Kirar*TRU Design. Under her direction the teams in New York and Miami work in tandem to create elegant, innovative interiors and products for the home with timeless sensibility.
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