Mark Sikes is a decorator’s decorator. I would hire him in a minute to do my own house without question and let him just go to town. I imagine we’d have a Chip-and Joanna reveal and I would cry and hug him and all would be right in the world.
Anyways, he’s a genius with impeccable taste. Case in point, his bedroom in the Kips Bay Decorator’s Showhouse. I. AM. OBSESSED.
My jaw fell open yesterday when spotting this spread in August’s Vogue on Marina Rust’s Charlottesville, Virginia home. Talk about a classic, stunning country house. I want to see MORE, but alas there were only a few images.
I’m back! A week off from blogging was just what I needed to get excited about sharing some cool stuff with you guys the rest of the summer. We had an overwhelming, but nice, trip to Maine and some QT with Henry which was wonderful. He’s growing faster than I can even fathom and so time away from work is crucial for me as a mom. But MAN does it feel great to be back at work! :) I have a new accessory collection launching this week, a re-branding effort underway and a new renovation project starting at my house in August- so lots and lots going on!
To kick off the week I wanted to share with you this incredible project done by fellow Boston designer, and friend, Jill Goldberg (who owns Hudson in the South End, Boston’s best home store in my opinion!) She was chosen to do this renovation project in conjunction with This Old House in Arlington, MA and I absolutely LOVE it and have not seen much of it on the ol’ interwebs so I thought it would be fun to share as well as some insight from Jill on the design! The clients wanted a very serene, California vibe that took cues from the style and age of the old home, and I certainly feel it was a very successful result!
This picture had me at hello- from the modern bubble chandelier by Oly (I found a more affordable one- see bottom of post) to the oak cabinetry, wall paneling, William Morris paper, modern slipcovered chairs and sculptural table….it’s an A+++ in my book (and also one of Jill’s favorite rooms for it’s timeless yet modern feel).
The most awesome spread in the current House Beautiful had to be the cover story- not only for it’s decor (by Hannon Douglas) but the story behind the space. This feminine beauty is not a full time residence, but rather a getaway for the mother of four whose main home is down the street. Used as a space for her to get some alone time, drink wine with friends and hold small gatherings (as well as being a guest space for visitors) I think this has to be the most amazing luxury I’ve heard of as of late. Can you imagine having a separate space from your family to just GET. AWAY. ?? Not to mention one that looks like THIS? I dunno, if it were me I might pick some extra fights with my husband just to “take a time out”. :)
I am pretty sure her kitchen uses my bathroom floor tile as the backsplash! And how about those vintage doors?
I had torn out this picture from a past issue of House & Home of Maxime Vandal and Richard Ouellette’s home (the duo behind the design firm Les Ensembeliers) a couple months ago. I came across it again yesterday and still marvel at the blend of simplicity and bold statements. I adore the use of oversize art and the use of a modern patterned fabric on vintage chairs. I think a space like this is one that anyone can easily make a reality in their own home, so I went about re-creating this look for you!
1. A HUGE abstract print from Z. Gallerie fills a large blank wall.
2. A large white drum pendant can be dressed up to look like the one in the picture by applying leather tape trim (see #5) to the top and bottom edges with a hot glue gun!
3. Simple back tab drapes looks crisp and simple flanking a window, and no need for rings!
4. A clean lined pedestal table.
5. Faux leather tape trim.
6. An arrangement of orange and coral flowers (like these orange tulips) really pop against the navy and blue art.
7. My favorite brass rods from West Elm are back in stock.
8. Look on Etsy for sets of vintage chairs with interesting backs, like this set!
9. Navy printed zebra burlap is modern yet country and only $6 a yard!
10. Keep the walls a creamy white, like Ralph Lauren’s Tibetan Jasmine (the white all their stores are painted, apparently!). Painting the floors white as well make for a particularly fetching backdrop to the wood chairs and tables. If a white floor is not in the cards I’d stick with a light colored, neutral rug like this one.