Sunday, January 22, 2017

Inspired by Clements Design

Always looking for like-minded design vibes, I came across the fabulous Los Angeles firm of Clements Design.
We love this organic California eclectic look, where traditional elements meet modern.  

Design elements to notice:
  • edited minimalism
  • organic design
  • mix of natural materials
  • neutral design scheme with subtle color accents
  • light and dark contrast
  • lots of natural light
  • collected artifact
  • dramatic art                                               

Interestingly enough, this is the former home of designer Kelly Wearstler, 
and the two designers rooms are shown in a side-by-side comparison in a great article in My Domaine.
                   I hope you are enjoying the winter months 'nesting' in your home!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Deconstructing good design

Happy New Year everyone!

Now that the holidays are over, it's the perfect time to 'nest' indoors and work on your interiors!
Good design doesn't just happen- lord knows we all try (reason 476 to hire a professional interior designer).  There really are key elements that need to be present and as often as we preach the principles and elements of design, it's easiest to illustrate in a well-designed room like this living room by The Design Co. 

It is beautifully clean and simple, but follows a plan.

Let's breakdown the key ingredients, the most obvious being the neutral color scheme punctuated with texture, warm tones and a balance of white and black contrast.

1. Mirrors and windows reflect light and enlarge any space.  It gives you a view into different spaces and keeps your walls from closing in.   Notice the mirror in the adjoining room.

2. Greenery is essential.  Live plants bring nature indoors and add life, improve air quality and provide an accent color that is good in any room!  Note the uncluttered shelves and symmetry.

3. Lighting should be present in every quadrant of the room. Not seeing the entire room, I feel more should be added here if it isn't already. Ambient light (overall), task lighting, accent and decorative lights all serve a purpose.

4. Texture added to the room provides variety in surfaces (see the throw on the bench also).  Seating should be inviting and comfortable and vary in type, i.e. chairs, benches, sofas and ottomans.

5. Rugs, layered on hardwood for warmth, texture and shape also provide interest.

6. A neutral color scheme with a hint of gray on the walls is used against white trim so the molding stands out.

7. Custom ceiling crown and other additional trim and molding adds a custom touch.  Note the wide door casement trim and tall base molding.

Details, details, details... 

Essential elements but not overdone.  Perhaps it's time this winter to invest in improving some of the 'bones' of your home, such as custom molding, which will take your room to the next level.

I hope you have a great winter 'nesting' and working on the inside of your home. 
 Best wishes to you all in 2017.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

PBI Office Project

A quick 2nd floor interior design expansion happened this November for a former office client we designed 5 rooms for a year ago. The partners at Meridian Financial Partners  could not be nicer to work with. With 'carte blanche' we installed a reception area and two large offices, continuing the vibe from the first floor. The two level townhouse in historic old town Warrenton, VA, exudes character, with  light filled rooms, hardwood floors and a 3rd floor loft surrounded by glass.  
Here are some iPhone peeks:

Here is how it all began:

I am so thankful to be able to choose the people I work with as well as having the freedom to make my own hours and earn a living doing what I love.

What do I want to do when I grow up? I'm doing it.

I wish the same for you. 

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Wreaths

      Happy Holidays to all!

 I hope you are enjoying the journey to Christmas, after all, that is what it is all about. Christmas day is over so quickly; it is important to savor this time building up to it. 

One holiday custom that welcomes people to your home is the hanging of wreaths.  There are fancy, super embellished wreaths, and then there are the more natural and simple ones.
I have found a few I hope you enjoy.


One thing I'd like to incorporate in my natural themed decor is dried oranges.  Here is a recipe for some to try. It can take up to 4+ hours in the oven but I can just imagine how great it will make the house smell!

Sometimes simple is best.

We hope you all are having a great time prepping for the holidays!