Interior designer Erica Reitman has a definite design point of view — how can you tell? The tagline of her website (VintageDesign.Me) says it all: “I Will Kick Your House’s Ass.” And that, she does very well. Erica strives to help homeowners make their homes look “bangin’” and when she’s not working her magic in homes across the country, she’s offering up helpful design tips and advice online. As we’ve done in the past, Design Happens dares to go beyond the interior design photos we’re accustomed to seeing and talks to the designers who actually created some of these stunning rooms. This week, we’re chatting with Erica Reitman.
D-Happ: Tell us about your website.
ER: I created VintageDesign.Me to be a spot online where people can go to get great advice, learn an easy tip, or read about my favorite resources. I really try to stay focused on tangible, real-world value and results, so I don’t do inspiration posts or random mood boards that don’t relate to anything (though I love looking at those things on other people’s sites!). I get how valuable everyone’s time is, so I always want people to come away feeling like: “I’m SO ready to go do this random decorating thing that I’ve never thought about before” after reading one of my posts. I also try to stress that while, of course I’d love for you to hire me to come decorate your home, you really don’t have to because e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e has it in them to put together a great space that makes them smile when they walk through their front door. And yep, I do mean everyone.
D-Happ: How would you describe your aesthetic?
ER: My overall aesthetic is kind of like a mosh pit at a Pearl Jam concert in 1992. I love, love, love the graphic, colorful design of the 60′s and 70′s, and really dig mixing pieces from that era with newer modern pieces. Big, bold pieces of art make me smile, and vintage anything always gets me revved up — especially if it comes from a flea market or a thrift store. I do tend to lean more toward more masculine interiors, and so I especially love working with guys on “dude designing” their spaces. So I guess my aesthetic is eclectic/vintage/arty/masculine/70′s/chic?
D-Happ: Where do you source inspiration?
ER: My favorite source of inspiration is vintage interior design magazines and books. I recently moved to Los Angeles, and the flea markets here are pretty amazing. So I often find great old issues of Architectural Digest, Town & Country and House and Garden magazines that I buy for a buck apiece and then pore over at home.
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Top L to R: Pottery Barn, Pencil Shavings Studio, Lonny | Middle L to R: Yossawat, Design Home, H&M | Bottom L to R: Country Living, Target, H&M
We could use up all of our effort — and budgets — on flawless furniture, but the details are what really bring a room to life. With the summer holidays and parties quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to experiment with new design ideas and tips.
For this warm weather season, many designers are harnessing the impact power of accent pillows. Whether it is a coordinated look, or an eclectic mix of different styles, the beauty of this trend is that you can continuously change the mood and feel of a room by simply switching out a few inexpensive cushion covers.
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Try mixing a nautical inspired pillow with a contrasting graphic stripe for a crisp yet bold statement. Or create a more subtle tone with vintage embroidered pieces with a calm color palette. The possibilities are endless with this trend — and they will no doubt impress at all of your summer parties.
Garden design by Botanical Decorators
Attention design lovers and do-gooders! You gotta see this house.
The Washington, D.C. Design House is on a mission to showcase designer talent and help bring healthcare to children in need. The Design House got its start in 2008 as a one-time exhibition for designers to raise money for a local charity by showing off their work. The showcase was such a success, it was made into an annual event, and they raised more than $1 million for Children’s National Health System in just six years! Pretty amazing, huh?
Now they’re back for their 7th year with a spectacular house filled with bold blues and cool greys. Every nook and cranny (inside and out!) of the 2014 house has been personally crafted by top area designers, so each space has a unique look but still flows seamlessly into the next.
Entry Garden by D&A Dunlevy Landscapers, Inc. | Facade by Rill Architects
See inside the Design House!
The 43rd annual Decorators’ Show House & Gardens at Tuffeau Estate in Atlanta is open to the public now through May 12th. An array of the Southeast’s most brilliant designers have showcased their talents by transforming more than 30 design spaces in the estate into spectacular pieces of art.
If you are in the area in the coming weeks, this is a must-see destination. Over the weekend, some of our bloggers had the privilege to get inside and check out this home — and, wow. Below are several of our favorite rooms.
**All Photos Courtesy of Jeff Roffman Photography, LLC**
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Readers: I have a confession to make. Sometimes our Color of the Month meetings get a little…heated. It turns out that when you get a group of people together, all of them passionate about design and boasting a wide spectrum of style preferences, there are a lot of opinions worth discussing. And oh, do we ever discuss them.
Here we are in September, school is back in session and the first whiff of fall is in the air. And for the crack team of editors here at Design Happens, that means any number of things color-wise. It’s not quite full-on fall yet, so traditional autumnal colors don’t feel right. Pastels, neons, aquatic blues? Eh, too spring/summer. And so, do you know what color ended up being pitched in a record SIX different shades? Green. Everything from verdigris to citron to kelly, we were all fired up about Kermit’s favorite hue. After a lot (and I mean a lot) of discussion, we finally settled on our winner: Emerald Green.
photo: Miles Redd
Farima was the big winner this month, after pitching her Emerald Green Pinterest board almost every month since last January (see what I mean about passionate?). Finally this gorgeous color felt just right—it’s a moody, deep green with a hint of blue undertones and it makes an amazing impact when used in decorating. Farima has this to say: “Vibrant and rich are the first words that come to mind when I see a space decorated with emerald green. Even though it’s a very trendy color right now, the jewel tone also brings a timeless look when paired with metallics and other rich colors. It’s a great shade to transition from summer to fall.”
photo: Kishani Perera
Emerald green! It’s what we are loving for September. Check out the HGTV Color of the Month Pinterest board for even more emerald inspiration, and tell me: what do you think about this jewel tone?
Even though it resembles a kitchen strainer, 4Grammy was the first to guess correctly. The fly chair by Zanotta is a versatile furniture piece because of its clear carbon frame and quota fabric. I picture it sitting in an outdoor space or an urban loft because of its futuristic look. What room in your home would you place the chair in?
Check back next Wednesday to guess at a new item.
Most of you thought yesterday’s “What the … ?” item was a hook, but Bantie1 was closest with her shower head guess. The curved design of the Luna bathroom faucet by GRAFF is inspired by the moon and stars.
At almost 40 inches long, the sleek faucet also acts as a wall sculpture and comes with a matching shower head. But beware, the faucet costs about $3,000.
The sleek design of this object will help save some serious space in your home. Do you know its function?
Give us your best guess, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow.
Today is What You Think Upon Grows Day (think of it as an earthy twist on the sentiments behind “The Secret”). So today, or even better - every day – turn all your positive thoughts into reality. I don’t know about you, but I tend to get stuck in the same old daily rut, so I’d love to expand my view on what life hands me.
This quirky little art print illustrates this thought in a not-too-cheesy way. The strong message it sends in a lighthearted way really caught my attention. Plus, the View-Master brings me back to my childhood days where everything in life was almost always positive. I could see this hanging in my foyer or maybe sitting on my sunroom coffee table while I read 19th-century literature. Okay, maybe more like Hunger Games, but you get my point!
As the days keep getting warmer – and since today is National Maritime Day - I wanted to share a nautical-inspired design with all of you. I love this design style, from Cape Cod architecture to the classic navy and white color combo, so I had a hard time (and got very distracted!) choosing one delight today. This Whitby wallpaper by Mini Moderns really jumped out at me. It’s printed with water-based inks on paper from sustained forests. My favorite part are the whimsical curves and ocean-inspired colors it comes in.
What room would you use this wallpaper in? Tell us in the comments below.