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As promised, I’m sharing a few of my favorite foliage plants.  Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate the beauty of a bloom, but the complex and diverse shapes and hues of leaves inspire me.  Big or small, outside or in, leaves add drama and life to a space.  Take a look below and be sure to check out my Instagram collection #ihavethisthingforfoliage for more leafy images and other botanical inspirations.
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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Areca palm leaves in a vintage vase atop our spirit filled living room bar.

Are you a foliage fan?

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Furniture placement should be uniquely suited to each and every room.  If the space allows it and the flow feels right, two sofas facing each other is one of my favorite ways to appoint a living room.  Whether one is enjoying alone time or entertaining friends, this layout is designed to either encourage conversation or provide total relaxation.  Although one often sees this type of placement with traditional pieces, some of the examples below take on a more eclectic look by featuring non-matching sofas, colorful futons, casual fabrics and unique accessorizing.
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Are you a fan of facing sofas?

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Relating To Taliesin West

February 14, 2015

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This week while visiting family in Arizona, Alex, our children and I toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and school, Taliesin West.  As soon as we entered the grounds we recognized architectural features similar to our house, which was designed by one of FLW’s apprentices, Fred Langhorst.  Langhorst spent 3 years at Taliesin and its influence is very apparent in so many of our home’s details.  The organic materials, the permanent connection to nature through floor to ceiling windows, the compression and release effect created by low soffits, the Asian accents, even the gentle rise and fall of the stone steps at Taliesin, all seem to match our home in the East Bay.  Even Wright’s favorite paint color, Cherokee Red, is the original color of the built-in cabinets in our project room!

We feel fortunate to live in house that is influenced by FLW’s architectural genius to this day, and love to share its history with our children (who want to tour Fallingwater next).

We’re SO going!!

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Meditation: 5 Inspiring Quotes

February 11, 2015

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For a long time I resisted pinning inspirational quotes on Pinterest, but at some point I came across a quote that resonated with me and I decided to start a  meditation pinboard.  From time to time I read through it and somehow I manage to find sayings that reflect how I’m feeling at that particular moment.  Today I’d like to share a few of my favorite ones.  They all encourage authenticity, courage and self love.  

Do you have any favorite motivational quotes to share?

 

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Twehues DR A psd Now that most of the living room components for the Eichler home I’m currently working on are in place, we’re moving onto the dining room.  This is the room inspiration that is guiding the look and feel of the living spaces.  Modern lines, warm metals and classic mid-century designed chairs will honor the home’s iconic style, while remaining fully family functional.  The West Elm dining table has been ordered, the benches have arrived and now we’re waiting for the lighting and deciding on an area rug.  Can’t wait to see it all come together and to share this home’s before and after images.

Room elements:

Curio Display Cabinet, Plaza Chandelier, Boerum Dining Table and Benches, Eames Dowel Leg Side Chair, Herringbone Hand Knotted Flamestitch Rug. 

 

 

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset About this time last week I was in Boston working with my #beachonhillchd clients.  I shopped and selected rugs, accessories, and even plants, for their newly renovated space.  With the addition of the textiles and botanicals the rooms took on a ‘homier’ look and feel.

Surprisingly, the color orange became the accent color in the main living areas allowing for ottomans and pillows to be interchangeable between the different spaces.  In the kitchen we emphasized the cabinetry color, Farrow & Ball’s Railings, with a dark rug and oversized vintage botanical prints.  Brass hardware and a lighting fixture lent a classic look to this space.   For the first time ever, I got to see the Modo Chandelier in its destined spot:  smack dab in the middle of my clients’ huge living room window.  I love it there and I’m happy to say my clients do too.  All of the lighting we selected for this Beacon Hill residence is spectacular and there’s more to come!

I’ll be venturing back in the warmer months to tackle the dinning room area and to add some final details to the living room.   Many thanks to AK and BD for allowing me the opportunity to work on your home.  It’s been,and continues to be, a great experience!

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Kitchen Of The Week: Houzz

February 3, 2015

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I have exciting news!  Our kitchen is the featured Kitchen of the Week on Houzz.   In case you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here.

Many thanks to Becky Harris of Houzz for a great article that speaks so eloquently to the inspiration and motivation behind our recent renovation.

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Blush & Brass: 4 Favorites

January 29, 2015

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My ‘up and coming’ trend radar must have been in overdrive when I reupholstered our womb chair in a light pink fabric and added brass accents to our renovated kitchen.  Suddenly that color combination is hotter than hot for both home decor and fashion wear.  Given the classic look of the current IT metal and the flattering flexibility associated with blush pinks, I suspect this combination will withstand the test of time if used in moderation.

Here are a few items that I’m currently blushing over:

One:  A gem shaped side table that’s both fancy and functional.

Two:  Softly hued wallpaper that works in either traditional or modern settings.

Three: These brassy, pointy clogs have my name written all over them.  However, their 4.5 heels bring me back to my senses.  Maybe one of you can rock them.

Four:  A sweet lamp for Zoe’s bedroom.

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For the past year I’ve been working with clients in Boston.  At first, we gutted their Beacon Hill condominium to update the utilities, raise the ceiling, refinish the floor and restore some of the residence’s architectural details.  Over the summer I had the opportunity to begin decorating the home and I’m flying East tomorrow to continue the process.  We’ll be adding rugs, accessories, accent pieces and, of course, some indoor botanicals.  Follow my search as I Instagram potential items for this project at #beaconhillchd.  It will be fun to have you along!
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This weekend, as we celebrate Martin Luther King, let us all strive to be compassionate towards others and ourselves.  To remember that any time it’s the right time to do what is right.  Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King, for your wisdom, passion and courage that are still called upon to the present day.  We need your strength and belief in justice and equality for all mankind now as we did then.

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