I love small spaces so was very excited to see House Beautiful's annual issue of the best in pint-size design. I was extra happy to see Peter Dunham's new 550 square-foot home in LA included. After splitting up with his partner, the designer wanted to start anew and this small space allowed him to edit everything he didn't need (from his 3,500 square feet house) and start over. Dunham is amazing at mixing patterns and color to create rooms that are gorgeous and memorable. And those pink walls. Genius. Who doesn't look good against pink?
"I walked into this little compound of eight Tudor-style units built around a garden of palms and fruit trees, and everything about it felt safe and comforting. I thought, You know, I can make this wee place work." - Peter Dunham.
"One trick that works well (in a small space) is to put as many large scale pieces of furniture in the room as you can to create a feeling of luxury. I feel like I'm living big in a small space." - P.D.
"I wake up every morning in my little bedroom and lie there looking out at the palms and think how incredibly lucky I am. I'm in heaven." - P.D.
"Maybe we're a bit like dogs. They love the coziness and security of their crates, their little doghouses."- P.D.
See Dunham work the Brimfield flea market with One Kings Lane here.
The gorgeous weather over July 4th weekend made me wish I had a sleeping porch like the one belonging to photographer William Abranowicz (above), which is featured in the latest issue of Elle Decor. According to Abranowicz, he and his wife start spending the night out here in early spring and stay until it's too cold to hold a book in bed. How romantic is that! Love it.
Get the point across. Street signs (7 5/8" x 25 5/8") are fun and personable. Ship free and come with a black frame ready to hang. Create your own using maximum 14 letters. Enter Shed in the promo area and take 10% off today and tomorrow only. Sale $94.50 / reg $105. Great house warming gift or hang in a kitchen, mudroom, bathroom, you name it. Check them out here.
I didn't realize until we got Henry how much a dog can get under your skin. I was very happy to find these dog prints with typical breed features scripted around the silhouette (not that anything about a dog is "typical"). Today and tomorrow only take 10% off when you enter Shed at checkout. Fabulous gifts for those tough to buy for (13 1/2" x 17 1/2"). Special $108/ Regularly $120. Check them out HERE.
Check out this very funny post from my friend's blog, Carpool Candy about getting her first dog HERE.
Just about a year ago we were guests at a dinner party in Summit hosted by our friends Chris and Christina. They had just finished remodeling their living room and Chris's office. I was blown away. They worked with interior designer Donna Sirianni, to completely overhaul the rooms and ended up with a fresh, contemporary look and wonderfully functional layout. I asked if I could share some photos here on the blog. Thrilled they said yes. The pictures do not do the space justice, but you can get a feel for it. Click individual photos to enlarge.
Nude prints above the sofa are from The Muddy Boot in Summit.
I've spent a ridiculous amount of time thinking about these pink mohair chairs. Ostrich feather pillows are from Shed. Available online HERE.
Vintage stools covered in hide were found at Trouvaille in Summit.
Perfume bottles, like the one above, were favors they gave guests at their wedding. How fun is that.
This low wood table was a bold and fabulous move Sirianni encouraged them to do. Another piece I keep thinking about. So great. Check it out at West Elm HERE.
The painting above the mantle is by Dannielle Mick and was purchased at CSM Art & Frame in Chatham.
Christina bought Chris the little French antique bar cart at Trouvaille as a Christmas gift. Love it!
This photo hanging in Chris's office is of a parking lot his grandmother owned in Fort Lee in the 60's. There she is standing at the far end of the lot. Such a fabulous keepsake.
I was re-reading an old issue of LivingEtc today and looked again at this fun London flat belonging to journalist/ blogger Kate Watson-Smyth and her family. While Smyth writes about interiors for a living she is not a designer, yet she decorated this house...... beautifully. So much so that House of Locations (an agency that seeks out properties to use for photo shoots) contacted her about using it for assignments. Their photographer took these pictures. Easy to imagine these rooms used as a backdrop for any occasion.
Love this bathroom!
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