Month: October 2018

Tahoe Ridge House

The name Tahoe Ridge House concisely sums up exactly what the layout from David S. Wilson of WA Design is really all about. It is located in Tahoe, California, on a large plot of land near the world-famous lake — a place that prompted Wilson to tap into the area’s industrial vernacular. And the home sits partially on a ridge, whose high point captures distant mountain views. Here we take a tour of the home to see how the the landscape combined to shape the home.

WA Design Architects

The entry to the home is from the east. On this elevation, we see the garage clad in corrugated metal on the left, a wrought iron gable volume covered in wood to the right, and the front door in the end of a covered porch with a few wood columns.

From here we can see the basic layout of the home, which can be an H-shaped plan with the living space extending from the front door, a hallway moving perpendicular up the ridge in the space, and another wood-covered gable volume atop the ridge that houses the master bedroom.

Before we head indoors let’s look at other perspectives of the home.

WA Design Architects

Now we are on the other side of the home, the west elevation; note the hallway moving up the ridge in the left. At this end is the main living room and its own chimney. A scaled-down version of the entry canopy is located on this side, providing access to the patio.

WA Design Architects

Heading to the right of the prior photo, we come to the south elevation. The second-floor”sleeping perch” is the tall fundamental volume whose window looks towards the distant mountains. Bear in mind that the living part of the home is lower compared to the master bedroom up on the ridge, so a little extra vertical push is needed to grab some perspectives from here.

WA Design Architects

On the other side of the home, we are currently taking a look at the north elevation, what Wilson calls”a compilation of vernacular forms.” The vernacular he is referring to would be the”old mining buildings in the Tahoe area,” such as the Kentucky Mine stamp mill.

WA Design Architects

Here we are looking out of the master bedroom towards the north side of the living portion of the home. Wilson points out that”virtually no grading involved in the building. The home plan adheres to the present topography.”

WA Design Architects

Heading back to the entrance door and its own covered walk encouraged by recycled cedar posts, the diagonal bracing hints at a few of the whimsy that can be located inside.

WA Design Architects

After walking across the long entrance hall that ascends a few brief flights of steps — strengthening the method by which in which the home follows the site’s topography — we all come to the large living room with its dining room and living area. The open space sits below an open gable roof with exposed beams and metal bracing.

WA Design Architects

Looking in the opposite direction from the living area, we could see the stairs that lead to a few bedrooms. In the foreground is a loft and a perpendicular stair that ascends to the sleeping perch to the right.

WA Design Architects

Heading up the stair and then turning around, the scale of the living room is evident. As well we can see the first of many custom touches: the attic’s guardrails ripple as they proceed across the edge of the ground.

WA Design Architects

“We made the custom made light fixtures in a big scale to match the space,” says Wilson.

WA Design Architects

Back downstairs we get another perspective of the dining room and the table that Wilson and company intended for the space.

WA Design Architects

Adjacent to the dining room is the kitchen, and it is a more intimate space, owing to the lower ceiling. A few more custom touches are obvious: the faceted stove hood and the wood cabinets on both sides of the stove.

WA Design Architects

Looking at the kitchen from the dining room, we could see that the faceted stove hood is echoed in the face of the sink . The edge of the island’s lower surface is tough, a hewn granite that contrasts with the smooth and faceted surfaces. A closer look in more custom light fixtures shows that they fit the loft guardrails, a metallic mesh that matches the light.

WA Design Architects

Walking the hallway that climbs up towards the ridge as well as the master bedroom, we all come to an opening that”has the colours and transparencies of glacial ice,” according to Wilson. In the space is the master bedroombehind us is the study.

WA Design Architects

Within the master bedroom, we all could see how the exposed gable and bracing is a motif that runs across the home. Tall windows do a fantastic job of framing the outside scenery.

WA Design Architects

Glancing right, we see some custom touches that are located everywhere: the faceted flue over the fireplace, the wood casework, and the hewn granite hearth.

WA Design Architects

The baths have some idiosyncratic touches, particularly the double bowls that project past the cabinet fronts in the master bathroom.

WA Design Architects

But the double bowls have nothing over the custom made concrete”kayak sink” that serves the other bedrooms.

WA Design Architects

The previous couple of photos show the home in a snowstorm, making apparent how vernacular forms have their reasons. Note how little snow is about the wood gables versus the shallower entrance canopy.

WA Design Architects

The west elevation in the snow is like a postcard, with dreams of warming up from the fireplace.

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Oh Deer! Antler-Inspired Décor for your Holidays and More

Among my favourite things about living in the woods in the Pacific Northwest is the joy of spotting deer as I go to and from my home. There’s something relaxing for me in seeing their grace and beauty. As I am writing this, it is the holiday season, so reindeer images are creating their traditional contribution to vacation decorating everywhere. However, I think all-things-deer add a beautiful touch to your home any time of year. My personal taste is very anti-taxidermy, so I have found lots of ways that you can delight in the beauty of the beautiful creatures with no guns involved.

Grace Home Design

I will start with artwork as a wonderful way to bring deer in your home, without becoming all of their little hoof prints on your carpet. This home reminds me of a winter resort lodge with its massive wood beams. Rustic or mountain-lodge-style homes simply have to have some deer, in my opinion.

Momoko Morton

Is your location more contemporary than cabin? Not to worry! These hot-pink-and-white pictures offer you a contemporary spin on the bull.

Virginia Burney

Holiday décor just would not be complete for me without some reindeer. This group of classic reindeer in hot tones makes me think of my great-grandparents’ home, where we all gathered for Christmas.

These sleek silver decorations are fantastic for contemporary holiday decorating. They make me think of ice and snow along with a snowy Christmas.

Cosmetic Outburst

This selection of little deer sculptures and birds has been arranged in a creative manner. The miniature herd beneath bird-filled branches seem to be wandering in the woods. It’s very fun, and it works all year.

Janell Beals – House of Fifty

If you adore the look of a deer head on the wall however, like me, you simply cried overly long and hard when Bambi’s mother got shot, then try a gorgeous wood or resin sculpture. All the attractiveness with none of the youth traumatic memories.

Judith Balis Interiors

I really like the arrangement of this circular frame round the deer-head sculpture in this eclectic living area. A cool idea!

Jamie Laubhan-Oliver

The black stylized silhouette of the deer-head wall sculpture is a very strong visual in this black-and-white arrangement. Also having the artificial deer head alongside a human target is one of those things which cause you to say”hmmmm.”

Supon Phornirunlit / Naked Decor

Each one the creatures on the wall are sculpture — maybe not taxidermy. Quite a crazy collection! If you can tear your eyes away from your artificial trophy head collection, you are going to realize the great throw cushions with bull pictures on them. They offer you a softer and more cuddly way to get antlers in your home.

Jamie Laubhan-Oliver

Because deer antlers are shed naturally every year, you may use them without a second thought — well, unless you have them from your uncle Joe who can’t wait for hunting season. So, what I am saying this is that if cruelty-free items are important for you, then assess your origin to be sure they’re only using naturally shed antlers.

There are also excellent resin or metal castings of antlers available, so that you can invite all of your vegan friends over and not get any flack whatsoever. I own several resin deer antlers and utilize them shelves or on tablescapes. Their shape is so attractive that even just one completely”leaves” the arrangement on this fireplace mantel.

Nancy Clendaniel

I can’t get over how beautiful these baskets are using antlers due to their own handles. The baskets are created by an artist in the Pacific Northwest. These look lovely on this particular pine table and would be nice filled with nuts and fruits — or left bare as beautiful objects in their own right.

Nancy Clendaniel

Thought you’d enjoy a closeup. Locate them at O Deer Baskets.

Jennifer Grey Interiors Design & Color Specialist

Place a single antler in addition to books for casual display on a coffee table. Nothing could be easier.

Dana Wolter

It just never ceases to amaze me how much just a single deer antler can add to an arrangement of accessories. This little one curves round the sculpture like a caress.

Etsy

Single Naturally Shed Deer Antler – $30

Still another fantastic idea for using antlers in your decor. What a cool alternative to dried florals or branches!

Lawson Glass

42′ Crystal Antler Chandelier – Bone End

No Ideabook on using antlers in decoration would be complete with no antler chandelier. Hands down, this is the most stunning antler chandelier I have ever seen. It is created from bronze and glass. It’s a little hard to see in the photograph, but there’s also a wall mounted sconce in precisely the same style. I want a castle in the Bavarian Alps, and once I get one, this is actually the chandelier I am putting in the grand entrance hall.

Lawson Glass

Crystal Antler Chandelier – $27,500

This is a closeup… simply because I was not done looking at it however.

This white resin antler chandelier is perfect for this contemporary space. Producing the chandelier in most white provides the antlers a little of an abstract quality.

Lumens

Superordinate Antler Chandelier – 12 Antlers – $6,100

Here is a product link to the headboard in the previous photo. I think I just may have to get one. This would work for your home I reside in now –no need to wait around for this Bavarian Castle.

Antique Building Materials, Inc..

A more traditional chandelier created from actual elk antlers is the perfect complement to the reclaimed wood beams. Both the headboard and the beams create a nice contrast with the contemporary windows.

Luck Stone Center

This is really a conversation piece! I don’t think I have ever seen a turquoise antler chandelier before. By the way, it’s simple to paint natural antlers, if you are so inclined. What color do you use?

Locati Architects

The distinctive form of deer antlers seems to have the ability to embellish an endless number of accessories. This mirror frame is perfect for the rustic design of the powder room.

Etsy

Felt Stag’s Head Plaque from TwoBirdsTextiles on Etsy – $85

The whole deer theme is not just for grand entryways or castles. This fun fabric sculpture would be great for a kid’s room.

This simple cut-out from woodgrain-patterned decorative paper applied to a white board or canvas is a pretty cute idea for deer-themed artwork. Although I must say, this individual is much better using an exacto knife than I am!

Urrutia Design

I believe that you may include things like deer antlers in absolutely any décor. These cast aluminum antlers fit right in with this eclectic mix of mid-century modern, traditional and contemporary pieces.

2Modern

Erich Ginder – Ghost Antler – $272

I will wrap up with some product links just if I have inspired you’re on the search for deer accessories. You can use this wall-mounted pair of antlers as a coat hook, or maybe even for hanging towels in your bathroom.

GI Designs

Aluminum Antler Lamp Bases With Wood Veneer Shades

The base on these table lamps actually creates a strong design statement. One idea that comes to mind is to utilize this in a man’s office to the desk or credenza.

Forma Living

Bronze Antler Candlesticks – $62

These are my favourite candle holders. They are available in dark silver or bronze and look great if a décor is contemporary, traditional, transitional, eclectic, lodge design, Western, Danish modern… okay you get the notion. Versatile!

UncommonGoods

Cardboard Animal Heads – $28

Cardboard trophy heads are fantastic for children or wherever you want a small amount of whimsy.

Rustic Home Decor – $249.95

One beautiful and graceful version of a pristine white stylized deer head. White lacquered resin is indeed thoroughly modern. I would put this mind on a deep charcoal wall in a home with pale all-natural wood floors — in other words, mine.

So what exactly do you think? Are you ready to go shopping to get an antler chandelier or take a stroll in the woods looking for shed antlers?

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Guest Groups: Whites and Woods

Although I’m a fan of colour, I have been drawn to a lot of woods and whites — particularly white ceramics. There is something relaxing about the mix of the two. If you are in need of a couple of well-designed items that calm the soul, look no further. — Jennifer from I Art U

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Ferm Living Stem Vases – $50.25

These log bowls are equally versatile and beautiful. I’d use them as candle holders, as newspaper clip organizers, for floral arrangements (as shown) or as a key holder so I would not have to look about for them before I leave the house. The choices are limitless, really.

Pigeon Toe

Pleated String Lights – $225

I am floored by these handmade Pleated String Lights. They work both inside and out, you choose! I can see it now: a charming backyard party with these lights lined up and shining.

Etsy

Ash and Porcelain Desk Catchall by Fashioned By – $65

I’m a nut when it has been organized around my workspace. A pad of paper and a sweet bowl to hold gold paper clips? Yes, please!

Etsy

Set of 3 Porcelain and Leather Hanging Containers by Fashioned By – $120

I feel like these beauties do not need any excuse. I thrive and operate when there are live greens round. Additionally, the white porcelain, natural leather and reside greens make perfection to me. I’d hang these babies in my studio.

Architectural Pottery

Walnut Wooden Stand – $190

I love everything about this planter: the shape, the colors and the timber and white combination, of course. This would move perfectly in my living room next to the TV, and it might add an enjoyable pop of texture and green.

Etsy

Scan Birdhouse by Pigeon Toe – $120

This would seem perfect with the string lights near. I love wildlife, and when this pleasant-looking birdhouse would bring birdies to my backyard, then I’m game. I’m all about design and practicality.

Etsy

Faceted Votives 2-Candle Gift Set by Pigeon Toe – $58

Candles are one of my vices, particularly during the winter months when there is less light throughout the day. The manner candlelight brightens a room can not be replicated, in my opinion. I’m a fan of the comfy, warm glow, how about you?

Terrain

Little Ash Wood Cutting Board – $18

I can say this cutting board is a stone. I had been gifted this attractiveness for Christmas, and now it’s hard to utilize my other plain plastic cutting boards. I exhibit this one from the kitchen as it’s artwork; it’s so pretty and earthy.

Clayton Gray Home

Sabine Floor Lamp – $880

How awesome is this quilt? Unique lighting hits home for me, which would be great next to my couch to offer light for reading. I wouldn’t ever wish to turn off it.

Etsy

Wooden Mountain Range Stacker by Imagination Kids – $25

That can be on my wish list for the upcoming kid’s bedroom. I love the natural wood grain and the separate pieces that make 3-D decor. I would like my children to grow up enjoying nature, which would be a fantastic start by instructing them about mountains.

Etsy

Records by Andrew Le – $26

This would be a fun print to hang over my record player. I love the juxtaposition of this skies and the earth, and this reminds me of just that.

Etsy

Small Domed Cloche Screen by AMradio

I have seen quite a few of these around, but I have never seen one such as this. I love the miniature factor! I’d use it exactly as imagined to keep a fairly air plant. I could envision this attractiveness leaping around from room to room in my home.

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Place of 4 Eucalyptus Wooded Slice Coasters Wood – $14.99

Coasters always come in handy in my location. I love using a range of them in the living area for visiting guests. It is always a bonus when they are conversation starters, and that I feel these could strike up some of them.

Etsy

Vu de L’extérieur Printing by Fieldguided – $30

I adore the notion of supporting independent musicians. This print is by Anabela of Fieldguided, and it’s the best print for the bedroom. It is calming and beautiful, and I love the typography.

Etsy

Ash and Brass Pencil Cup by Fashioned By – $80

Here is some more tasty desk organization. These remind me of these old fashioned straw or comb holders in traditional barber shops. They’re so mod and great looking. I’d store my pencils and pens in these beauties.

West Elm

Shane Powers Ceramic Wall Planters – $19

I can not have enough green inside (or outside) of my house. I love the flexibility of these planters, and I am a major fan of dwelling walls. The various shapes and sizes in addition to the textures of different plants would result in great artwork on my walls.

West Elm

White Ceramic Juicer – $9

This is another gorgeous example of practical and pretty. I use lemon juice often in recipes, which might look great in my kitchen on an open shelf.

Terrain

You & Me Pencils – $14

Surround yourself with beauty. I take that saying to heart, particularly in my studio. The ease and uniqueness of these pencils is enchanting. I love writing with pens, and these would be great in my desk.

Terrain

Wood Grain Pitcher – $58

This pitcher combines the beauty of forests and whites — the subject of this ideabook! I am a large fan of faux bois, and that I envision myself with this pitcher filled with lemons and water in a dinner party.

Terrain

Tube Birdhouse – $28

I could not have too many bird feeders in my yard; I love seeing wildlife beyond the kitchen window. This bird feeder is particularly cool as it might blend in with the trees outside. It would be awesome to observe birds build their homes within this attractiveness.

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Celebrating a Classic: Spool-Turned Furniture

Ever since Victorian-era woodworkers discovered how much fun they could have with a lathe, spool-turned furniture (so called because it looks like spools stacked together) has cycled in and out of fashion. These days, it has transcended trends and secured a spot among America’s style icons. Jenny Lind beds are most likely the most famous examples, but spool-turning crops up in all kinds of bits and blends nicely with classic, contemporary and cabin interiors. Have a peek.

Janelle Steinberg Interior Design

This night table drops right in line with the bedroom cabin feel. The black finish keeps it from being overly sweet.

Rachel Reider Interiors

Spooling + bergère-style seat + animal print = pure awesomeness. The flipped detail adds yet another layer to this texture-filled space.

Kate Jackson Design

These seats are a little more demure, but strong enough to anchor their side of this room.

A smart, loosely turned cocktail table doubles as practical sculpture.

John Kraemer & Sons

Spool-turned legs are typical in kitchen islands, yet this oversize version is a riff on traditional style. The ample curves echo that swooping, swirly chandelier.

Casart Coverings

When’s the last time you watched a kelly-green bed frame? A coat of paint transforms this classic headboard and footboard into something unexpected.

Here is another peppy take on a very traditional bed shape. The vivid red makes it look fresh and fun.

Chr DAUER Architects

Subtle turned railings include far more image interest than plain ones.

Niche Interiors

The spool-turned legs of this console table and seat help soften the modern room with a stylish, conservative note.

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Saved from Thailand

This large and beautiful home graces the family-friendly suburb of Pinecrest close Miami, Florida. The Martinelli family enlisted the talents of Miami designer Fernando Sanchez of Pineapple Designs to soften the contemporary lines of the home using an exotic and tropical aesthetic. They asked Sanchez to pay tribute to the family’s love of nature, and gave him carte blanche with respect to the design. Sanchez even followed the homeowners on a visit to Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand, to accumulate their décor. Sanchez scoured antique stores, warehouses and flea markets to find rare and gorgeous building materials for your family’s expansive 5,300 square foot home.

at a Glance
Who lives here: Dillan, Elysse, Lucas, Miranda and Richard Martinelli
Location: Pinecrest, Florida
Size: Approx. 5,300 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 3 baths
Constructed in: 1978

Maria Teresa Durr

The dining area features raffia fina background, also utilized at the master bedroom and living area. Sanchez found the clean-lined wall and furniture sculpture in an antique store in Thailand. The table centerpiece is a beautifully arranged bowl of shells and other natural elements.

Maria Teresa Durr

Upon entering the home, you are greeted with one of their family’s treasures, artwork from their Thailand shopping expedition.

Sanchez knew Thailand so nicely, “It made our trip super efficient as the leg job was already done,” Elysse states. “Thailand is hot and humid like Miami but the Thai people were very hospitable, greeting you with a glass of water since you walked in to their shops. The Thai people understand exporting really nicely. Even in the flea markets, they understand what to do about transport.”

Maria Teresa Durr

The entry hall showcases exquisite large wooden sconces and a pair of antique Thai cabinets which provide appreciable storage for their seasonal décor.

Maria Teresa Durr

Their living area combines exotic, contemporary and traditional styles. An antique dining table is an unexpected element next to the contemporary leather couch and chairs.

Leather sofa and chairs: Design Depot

Maria Teresa Durr

Fernando utilized symmetry in designing the media area of the living room. The homeowners have two separate living spaces with TVs, which come in handy if their teenaged children want to do some entertaining of the own. The vibrant painting above the tv was done by Colombian artist Patricia Farinaz.

Maria Teresa Durr

The master bedroom is expansive and features vaulted ceilings. The bedframe was purchased in their visit to Thailand and is flanked by dressers custom-built in Miami. The carpets across the home were also purchased in Thailand and are made of water hyacinth that are soft to the touch. The beautiful baskets at the base of the bed were a Thailand flea market find.

Maria Teresa Durr

Dillan and Elysse integrated an office area into their master bedroom suite. The desk and bookcase hutch were built in Thailand to Fernando’s specifications and sent over. A notebook is generally on the desk, and also this area functions as a quiet and private area for your couple.

Maria Teresa Durr

The family room off the kitchen leads to the large enclosed patio.

Maria Teresa Durr

The huge scale furnishings exude warmth and relaxation. The color palette is neutral yet infused with pops of color.

Carved pair of lamps on networking console: Jalan Jalan at Miami, Fla..

Maria Teresa Durr

The kitchen is at the center of the home, where there is generally a flurry of action. Elysse enjoys using her Kitchenaid appliances, and the rich wood tone of this island presents a beautiful contrast to the custom-built cabinetry.

Maria Teresa Durr

Welcome into the kitchen, the breakfast nook features a custom created banquette and chairs from Elysse’s childhood home.

Maria Teresa Durr

The bedroom which belongs to their son Richard features a gorgeous wood wall remedy as the headboard. Richard is now in elementary school, and the bedroom is intended to develop with him over time with just a few minor changes.

Maria Teresa Durr

Here, the calm and serene bedroom belonging to their high school age daughter Miranda has amazing tropical art above the bed that was also brought from Thailand.

Maria Teresa Durr

Dillan and Elysse frequently use their expansive covered and screened patio to amuse — some of the parties have had more than 200 people. Sanchez added exotic components to their current patio furniture to create a space that invites relaxation and calmness.

Maria Teresa Durr

Natural components are evident in their terrace with all the wood carved sculpture and the natural coffee table. When they amuse, the homeowners fill out the space with lovely orchids and wood stained serving pieces to boost the enchanting ambiance.

Maria Teresa Durr

Their pool area and gazebo is an inviting area amidst lovely landscaping. Dillan and Elysse made landscaping a priority after they bought the home. Sanchez, a collector of rare plants, lined the pool with some of his potted plants. The umbrellas at the distance are held by Thai elephant figurines bought in Thailand after Elysse spotted them at the resort they were staying at.

Maria Teresa Durr

The home is located on more than an acre of land. This beautiful Thai edition of a canoe takes a prominent place on the home.

Maria Teresa Durr

Lush landscaping and massive pots from Thailand create an inviting and inviting extrance.

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Elegant and Playful in New York

A soothing neutral color palette, luxurious upholstered furniture, and diverse accessories and art specify the design of Sue De Chiara’s house. This magnificent house is located in Westchester County, New York — a suburb of New York City — where De Chiara resides with her husband and three kids.

De Chiara, a design writer and owner of Zhush, hired designer Lauren Muse of Muse Interiors to redecorate her living area. De Chiara loved the area so much she hired Muse to assist with the pool home, offices, mudroom and master bathroom. “I always say that you can’t design a great space without a great customer, and Sue was fantastic,” Muse says. “She pushed my imagination, and motivated me to greater heights.”

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Remodeling the living area involved tripling the size in addition to decorate the space. The living area and its abundance of space was pretty overwhelming, so De Chiara reached out to Muse to get assistance. “She wanted the new layout to work for large groups when entertaining,” Muse says. “But she wanted it to be more intimate enough for regular use.”

Drapery Fabric: Farm Fresh, Robert Allen
Large Pair of Sofas (Fabric): Skye Linen, Osborne & Little
Big Sofa Pillows: Mirella, Echo by Kravet
Painting above Mantel: Amanda Talley

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“I think the living area has the ideal balance of sophistication and approachability,” says Muse. The color palette was based off a paint color De Chiara had already picked out for the walls. This neutral backdrop inspired all the textile and accent options.

Slipper Chair Fabric: Ikat Diamond, Kravet
Carpet: Dante Strie, Stark
Interior color: Benjamin Moore Cape Hatteras Sand

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Muse began with these great cut-velvet pillows in dusty gray-blue and taupe, and worked on the color scheme from there. “For me, fabrics are usually the springboards to my own layouts,” she says.

Lamb pillow cover: West Elm

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The mudroom off the main entrance hall was carefully crafted to organize the odds and ends the household collects each day.

Many of the rooms in De Chiara’s house were motivated by the protector magazines she reads voraciously, as well as ideas from friends’ houses and resort rooms she enjoys.

Basket Liner Fabric: Continuum,
Kravet
Lantern: Sorenson 18 Lantern, Remains

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Clear plastic and chrome stools dress up the more customary poolhouse pub. De Chiara and Muse accented the space with an easy white framed mirror and George Nelson Ball Pendant. “The internet is obviously my first step when searching for home decor projects,” says De Chiara. “I am a Google fanatic.”

Barstools: Vapor Stool, CB2
Mirror: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Roman Shade Fabric: Groundworks by Lee Jofa

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Muse and De Chiara worked closely with each other to create the perfect house for De Chiara and her family. “The colors, the artwork, and the accessories all convey a very lighthearted approach to decor and fashion generally,” De Chiara says. “I don’t take myself too seriously, and I don’t want my home to.”

The master bathroom is a soothing and elegant space. Muse added a little bit of play by covering the walls with a contemporary wallpaper in a neutral colorway. Isn’t the tub almost begging to be full of a bubble bath? It’s the ideal place to unwind after a week.

Wallpaper: Mimosa, Cole & Son
Garden Stool: Lillian August
Embroidered Towels: Leontine Linens
Cabinet: Cartwright Cabinet, Restoration Hardware

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De Chiara’s home office is her favorite room in the home. “It’s little, it’s cozy, and it is the only room that’s really all mine,” she says. Muse made this room more womanly than the rest of the home and played gentle purples and greens to give it a distinctive touch.

Rug: Diamond Sprout, Dash and Albert
Roman Shade Fabric: Ming, Manuel Canovas
Chair Fabric: Petite Zig Zag, China Seas
Negative Table: West Elm Faceted Mirror Side Table

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De Chiara’s husband’s office is a more decorative area, with wood paneled walls that remember the feel of an old-fashioned library. “It’s really a treasure hunt to create and locate the ideal balance of new and found objects,” says Muse.

Sofa: Custom
Sofa Pillows: Dovecote
Roman Shade: Arlon Check in Camel, Hinson
Coffee Table: Noguchi Table
Carpet: Hexagon House II, Stark
Chair Pillows: Madeline Weinrib

Next: More pictures of this home, accepted by Sue De Chiara.

Zhush LLC

One of those matters that De Chiara enjoys most about her house is the flow of the home as you walk from room to room. Before renovating, she and her husband believed moving, but no additional home had the same open flow as this one.

The shot above is of the entryway once you first walk in the home. Silhouettes line the stairwell, and a quirky mix of chinoiserie and zebra cloths accent a little sitting area.

Zhush LLC

This vintage-styled bench sits in the back hallway outside the kitchen. The artwork on the right is by De Chiara’s 11-year-old daughter, and the rest was completed by her grandmother years back.

Zhush LLC

This turquoise and lime green bedroom belongs to De Chiara’s 11-year-old — a job they worked together, and just finished recently.

Zhush LLC

This staircase leads up to a space located over the garage, which holds De Chiara’s home gym along with the Zhush headquarters. The stairs were given a special touch with hand painted amounts along with an easy rope bannister.

Watch more decorated stair risers

Stylist: Karin Lidbeck Brent
Photography: John Bessler and Sue De Chiara

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Design Mix: Contemporary Cottage

It’s time to update the cottage, so what exactly do you do first? This may be a painful question especially if your ideas about cottage design are stuck in custom.

Your preference is modern. So, again what exactly do you do? The solution is simple: You muster up the guts to go against convention and make what you love.

Blend your attachment for simple forms with organic components. Blend stainless steel with driftwood, woven baskets with modern art — frankly, there are no hard-and-fast rules. To get the ultimate advantage of combining styles, just stay consistent with two layout styles. This ideabook concentrates on the modern cottage that marries ultramodern design with Mother Nature’s bounty. Let’s take a look.

Duncan Consultants

Vaulted ceilings offer ample space to highlight the expansive stacked-stone fireplace and welcome the disturbance of an oversize, hammered-metal pendant lighting. Slipcovered furniture, even though compact, allows the cottage to honor its hot, comfortable roots.

Masterson Studio

Clean lines and a two-toned wood mix modernizes this quaint cottage bedroom. Accessories featuring concentric circles from the modern artwork along with the overhead drum pendant mix with woven baskets in the same shape.

Woodmeister Master Builders

Clapboard cottage walls are calmed by ethereal blue paint and soft neutral squares. Like fine jewelry, the wall sconce and pendant chandelier are showstopping accents. A conventional whirlpool bathtub is replaced with a state-of-the-art soaking bathtub.

Woodmeister Master Builders

Cozy mid-century furnishings provide an update in this seaside living room. Natural elements like driftwood and rock soften the look of the electronics and allows the tv to feel integrated.

Woodmeister Master Builders

Bamboo cabinetry, aluminum tiles, and stainless steel appliances change this cottage from shabby-chic into metro-sleek. Exposed wire track lights provide an artistic contrast to the elegant crystal chandelier over the table.

Woodmeister Master Builders

Boi-glass green countertops take color cues from seaglass, a coastal treasure, and converts natural components into modern forms.

Richard Bubnowski Design LLC

Woven accents in the barstools and roman shades maintain the cottage aesthetic while the shiny metallic pendant lights insert an industrial element reserved for much more modern spaces.

Duncan Consultants

A partial-floating staircase is a remarkable architectural feature in this cottage as makes excellent use of space to get a handy office nook.

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