INTERIOR DESIGN

MERCURY IN RETROGRADE

WITH THE CURRENT STATE OF MERCURY IN RETROGRADE (THE ACT OF BEING PULLED BACK IN TIME AWAY FROM THE EARTH) ALONG WITH THE LOSS OF MAGNETISM AND SENSE OF BALANCE, I'M FINDING MYSELF DRAWN TO GROUNDING OBJECTS THAT ENCOURAGE REFLECTION, MEDITATION, AND CREATIVITY. 

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FRENCH CONNECTION

THIS 19TH CENTURY APARTMENT IN LYON, FRANCE, HAS ME COMPLETELY CAPTIVATED THIS WEEK. COMBINING MID-CENTURY ELEMENTS WITH MODERN ART AND RUSTIC EMBELLISHMENTS, INTERIOR DESIGNERS PIERRE EMMANUEL MARTIN AND STEPHANE GAROTIN OF MAISON HAND, HAVE CREATED A CURRENT AND RELEVANT SPACE WITHOUT COMPROMISING THE INTEGRITY NOR HISTORY OF THIS 164 YEAR OLD STRUCTURE. 

PHOTOS BY FELIX FOREST FOR VOGUE

ENTRANCE SONG

AN ENTRYWAY SHOULD BE SIMILAR TO READING THE SYNOPSIS OF A THRILLER. LAYERS UPON LAYERS OF STYLE, TEXTURE, INTRIGUE, AND REFLECTIVITY THAT ONLY DRAW YOU FURTHER INTO THAT PARTICULAR WORLD. THESE JEWEL BOX ENTRYWAYS LEAVE ME WANTING TO PEEK AROUND THE CORNER AND DISCOVER WHAT TREASURES MAY LIE AHEAD.  

CREATURES OF COMFORT

A NEW YEAR MEANS FRESH IDEAS, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN ONE MUST RESERVE THEMSELVES TO FOLLOWING TRENDS. ALTHOUGH THE PANTONE PREDICTIONS ARE INTRIGUING, BY SUBSCRIBING TO THIS YEAR'S HOTTEST NEW COLORS (ROSE QUARTZ + SERENITY), THE RISK OF CREATING AN IRRELEVANT SPACE COME NEXT YEAR MULTIPLIES TENFOLD. IN THIS DESIGNER'S OPINION, IT'S ALWAYS WISE TO STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF AND YOUR AESTHETIC, EVEN IF THAT MEANS BY-PASSING A TREND FOR SOMETHING MORE TIMELESS. THIS YEAR, I'M ALL ABOUT COMFORT AND ACTUAL SERENITY, WHICH ISN'T GOING ANYWHERE ANYTIME SOON. 

BOHO BADASS

I CAN'T GUSH ENOUGH ABOUT AMBER INTERIORS. THIS LA INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM IS A HUGE INSPIRATION TO ME, AS THEY BRING A LAID BACK, BUT CLASSY/COOL LOOK TO SPACES THAT I'D LIKE TO SEE MORE OF ON THE EAST COAST. AMBER LEWIS' ABILITY TO CREATE HIGH CONTRAST SPACES ACCENTED WITH LAYERS OF TEXTILES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE IS SUCH A FITTING STYLE FOR THE CURRENT TIME. HERE'S A LITTLE PEEK INTO A DREAM HOME SHE DESIGNED FOR TWO CALIFORNIA CREATIVES AND THEIR FAMILY. IT HAS A TRUE BALANCE OF LIGHT, PATTERN, COLOR, AND TEXTURE WHILE ACHIEVING FUNCTIONALITY AND DEPTH. SEE THE FULL BLOG POST ON THE LOVELY DOMAINE HOME BLOG.

NEO-HERRINGBONE

AS MUCH AS I AM A FAN OF THE HERRINGBONE PATTERN FOR FLOORING, I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO EXPERIMENTING WITH ADDITIONAL CUTS IN THE TILE TO FORM THE MORE MODERN CHEVRON PATTERN. INSTALLING A FLOOR IN THIS FASHION SIMULTANEOUSLY CREATES INTEREST AND DIRECTION FOR THE VIEWER. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THE INSTALL OF THE CERAMIC WOOD VERSION IN MY CLIENT'S GUEST BATH NEXT WEEK!