Color

Stoker....

Seeing as I fell in love with the wallpaper in Oldboy, I thought it would be easy to write about Stoker (2013).  It is the director's, Chan-wook Park's, first English language film.  And it was off to a good start.  I love the pops of color.

Red door!  Yellow umbrella!

What color is the dashing uncles room?  Blue!!!

But then it takes a turn.........Tell me these are not the ugliest bedrooms you have ever seen.  I love architectural salvage, but this is too much.

 Stoker - Mother's bedroom (aka a set from the Blade Trilogy)

Stoker - Mother's bedroom (aka a set from the Blade Trilogy)

 Stoker - Daughter's bedroom (aka jaundice)

Stoker - Daughter's bedroom (aka jaundice)

And the bedrooms are not the most offensive rooms in the house.....

The piano room could double as the lobby for a 90's boutique hotel.  It hits all the key notes (pun!): re-purposed Roman column, ornate corner chandelier, pooling curtains, etc.

But I have to hand it to the Set Decorator.  He or she managed to fill this room with plants, with out resorting to a fiddle leaf fig:

A Sexy Office for Masters

The first half of the second season of Masters of Sex have Masters and Johnson floating from hospital to hospital, unable to find a permanent place to conduct their sex study.  Then, all of a sudden, FLASH-FORWARD!  The show jumps a few years into the future, and we find our protagonists working in the sweetest office on on TV.

Even though they are still struggling financially, they have taken up residence in an unsavory part of town, thus can afford more square footage.  Masters is pretty vain, so it would make sense that he would spend his last nickle on cutting edge design.  

Behold:

 Masters of Sex: Season 2, Episode 8 - A slick new office for the good (more like grouchy) doctor.

Masters of Sex: Season 2, Episode 8 - A slick new office for the good (more like grouchy) doctor.

As you can see, the office is shaped like a doughnut with offices surrounding a sunken waiting/reception area.   The decor masterfully combines glass, wood, stainless steel, black metal, brass, rich drapery and leather.

 Aren't the door handles stunning?

Aren't the door handles stunning?

What I find most striking is how there is so much yellow beige, but it still looks clean and modern.  

For example, if the walls were shades of of blue, it would be so easily modern, but they achieved the same effect with variations on mustard.  Simply incredible.  

Windsor Benches

In my post about Matte Black, I posted this picture of a Windsor Bench:

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There is something about this image that keeps pulling me back.  It's the matte black, and the large art, and that gosh darn bench.  It's not my style at all, but I want one.  

O&G Studio sells this bench, but there isn't a price on the website, which means it's a million dollars.   

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I was about to write that I like the O&G bench because of it's low flat back, but then I found this one (which is probably also a million dollars) by Peter Kramer:

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My new conclusion is that it's the simplicity and the color of all three of these benches that makes them so lovely.  

When the same bench is in a pale oak, or has too many turned spokes, it begins to feel like it belongs in a 90's entryway.  Case in point:

Matte Black Magic

When shiny black is used in decor, you run the risk of coming off as goth or glam or too modern or american psycho.  But the same doesn't go for matte black.  When that shiny surface is stripped away, you are left with something warm and velvety.

Check out how it is used on doors, walls, furniture, tile, hardware...Sky's the limit!

  Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living

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 Jenna Lyons' old bedroom from  Living Etc

Jenna Lyons' old bedroom from Living Etc

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 John Pawson Staircase

John Pawson Staircase

 Chair by Gonçalo Arcalo

Chair by Gonçalo Arcalo

  Danish home of architect Kasper Ronn and his wife Julie

Danish home of architect Kasper Ronn and his wife Julie

 Wythe Hotel, New York City

Wythe Hotel, New York City

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  Danish home of architect Kasper Ronn and his wife Julie

Danish home of architect Kasper Ronn and his wife Julie

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  Rast IKEA hack

Rast IKEA hack

 Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson

And here is a great article that backs me up:  Is Black the New White?

 Storage from Minanda Studio - WIRT

Storage from Minanda Studio - WIRT

American Horror Heaven

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I have wanted to write about the Coven House in American Horror Story for quite some times, but what can be said of perfection?  

There are many sites that help "get the look" (Domain Home, Design Sponge, etc.), but what are the design principle?  

As far as I can see they are:

--Start with an ornate space (moldings galore) and then paint everything white on white on white.  

--Throw in some light grey, beige, tan, pale wood, etc. - just enough to make the white base feel layered and effortless.

--Select a few moments of dark wood to slash through the space.

--Bare minimum of furnishings (this is not a home of collectors).  Keep the furniture spindly, classic, and feminine.

--Hang some old paintings on the wall in thick gilded frames to remind everyone that the home is old-school and classy-as-hell. 

--Voila! Wear black at all times so you stand out in every room.

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Malachite: Just putting it in writing

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I am not the first person to say MALACHITE IS AMAZING, and I won't be the last.......because it's amazing.   

Malachite is a green mineral, often banded in appearance.  This patter has been reproduced in fabric, wallpaper, DYI hand painting, vinyl, and anything else you can think off.  The bold color is unmistakably decadent  and the application of this pattern produces out of this world results.   

 

  Emily Henderson Design, Elle Decor

Emily Henderson Design, Elle Decor

  Amanda Nisbet Design

Amanda Nisbet Design

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  Sally Wheat Design

Sally Wheat Design

  Nate Berkus Design

Nate Berkus Design

  Hillary Thomas

Hillary Thomas

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  Hillary Thomas -  Malachite Lamp Finial  $75

Hillary Thomas - Malachite Lamp Finial $75

  Hillary Thomas -  Malachite Bowls

Hillary Thomas - Malachite Bowls

I think this room is a little all-over-the-place, but I felt like I needed to include it because of the ceiling.  Not only is it hand painted malachite, but I am all about patterned ceilings in general. 

  Interior designer Shelley Johnstone Paschke designed the lounge and powder room for the 15th biennial Lake Forest Showhouse

Interior designer Shelley Johnstone Paschke designed the lounge and powder room for the 15th biennial Lake Forest Showhouse

Calling it: Brushstrokes

 Ross Cassidy

Ross Cassidy

One of the stand out rooms in the second season of Million Dollar Decorators (a.k.a. best show ever made for planet earth), was the bedroom and sitting room for Amber Valetta.  The room was designed by Ross Cassidy, the right hand man at JAM.  

It's way too pink for my taste but the brushstroke ceiling is fabulous.  It makes the room.  I just wish I could have found a better picture of it.  

 Amber Valetta's bedroom designed by JAM

Amber Valetta's bedroom designed by JAM

I didn't know this was a trend until I saw a post on Chinoiserie Chic which featured burshstroke walls. 

I adore this Kelly Wearstler room.  But maybe I'm biased because I think I could live the rest of my life in only Kelly Wearstler rooms and be happy.    

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But wait, there's more:

 Bunny Williams lamp

Bunny Williams lamp

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 Julian Schanbel's Gramercy Park Hotel

Julian Schanbel's Gramercy Park Hotel

In theory, you could turn this concept into a DIY project, but if you have lots of disposable cash, you could have your very own brushstrokes walls curtsy of Amanda Nisbet.   

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Posh Plants: Davidia

Of course the office set for Larissa, the head style editor of Interview Magazine on The Carrie Diaries, would have fabulous wallpaper.  The moment I saw it I just knew I had seen it before.   That green is magic.

 The Carrie Diaries: Season 1, Episode 11

The Carrie Diaries: Season 1, Episode 11

And I was right!  The wall paper is called Davidia by Osborne & Little.  

I decided to keep traveling down the worm hole by googling Davidia.  

It turns out the Davidia, a.k.a. The Handkerchief Tree, is native to China.  It now can be found in posh gardens thanks to Ernest Wilson, who went on an adventure to find the one known specimen in 1899.  He sent seeds back to England, blah blah blah, stuff stuff stuff, and in conclusion, I will one day have a powder room covered in this wall paper.  Thanks Ernie! 

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French Blues

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Blue is by far and away my favorite color; and no one does it like the French. I love Navy and smokey blues that are almost a cornerstone of Americana, but they always feel like a choice, not an impulse. The French bleed blue. The last time I was in Paris, I (half) unwittingly photographed nearly every blue door I saw and came away with a great souvenir- a collective pallet of blues, with hues and patinas a fan deck could never replicate.

Is the video too much?  

Nope, just right.

LAX: Unexpected Terrazzo

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When I was at the LAX International Terminal two weeks ago, I snapped this picture of the floor.  It was a jewel tone terrazzo, and something about it really grabbed me.  

I would love to use it as a subtle accent color somewhere.  Maybe someplace with white walls and lots of natural materials (wood, fiber, etc).  If it was paired with colorful walls and furniture, the whole thing could go in a bad direction (i.e. 90's arcade )

Terrazzo  is a composite material, poured in place or precast. It consists of marble/quartz/granite/glass/etc and mixed with something cement-like. Terrazzo is cured and then ground and polished to a smooth surface.  It is extremely durable, and that is why it can be found in airports and malls, but it also looks great.  

Hillary and I first got into terrazzo when we visited the Virginia Robinson House and Gardens in Beverly Hills.  There is a terrazzo veranda. The home is one of the original homes of Beverly Hills and has an incredible garden.  The tours are free with a reservation.

 

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This is exactly why the room is wrong

I am going to use this post to paraphrase/plagiarize an Emily Henderson post that I thought was pure genius. 

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Everyone has been in rooms exactly like this one, and it is so obviously an American- livable-adult-mess, but why??!!

Well... 

1.  The furniture doesn't go together!  The furniture is almost TOO close to each other in style and color, therefore looking accidental.

2. These pieces fall in the “contemporary” range, which means they don’t really hearken to a particular style or period and aren’t particularly modern either. And they are too big and bulky.

3. The furniture is obviously left over “starter furniture,” which 10 years later is not exactly awesome.

4. Not knowing where to start. Rug first? Sofa first? Total style paralysis.

Emily Henderson (with some help from West Elm) totally over hauled and mega-styled the room.  TA DA! 

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