Easy on the Fifth

 Timothy Whealon had an incredible spread on the pages of Veranda Magazine  for October 2010.  It will certainly grace the pages of this blog shortly.  But in the meantime, I couldn't help but share with you another one of his pristine interiors from his portfolio.  This Fifth avenue apartment was features in Elle Decor, (back in 2003)  

 It's another prefect example of a warm white interior.  It is filled with a fine selection of outstanding furnishings and architectural detailing.  It is layered with softness, and warmer tones for balance and interest.  Some of the highlights include that fabulous area rug, the wonderful entrance table, with it's delicately ornate legs, the trim detailing throughout, the wonderful use of light, and I always love a little scattering of antique tables..

The picture below was also in his portfolio, but it appears to be the same room styled somewhat differently.  Do you have any preference of this room, versus the one styled above? 

Rue Magazine: My top pics

Last week was a very exciting week for the team over at Rue Magazine.   Crystaland Anne who led an army to create the debut issue of Rue magazine did a fantastic job.  I am already anticipating the next issue.   Here are my top pics from the online Magazine.    

1. (Above) Founder Crystal Gentilello's Chicagoo Bachelorette Apartment. 

2. ( Above)  Julia Edelmann's Chicago based home that mixes old world charm for modern life.

3.  (2 above and Below) The Dallas based home of a creative duo, Jamie and Larry Oliver.  Their home is filled with beautiful surprises. 

Elegant and Easy Kitchen

I really do love a modern kitchen.  I love a clean and simplistic, clutter free space that will allow me to focus on being a creative cook.  It requires a large work surface to feed a hungry crowd on the go, or entertain in an relaxed setting. This one, featured in House Beautiful some time back, has me ready to take a sledge hammer to my current culinary situation.  It has everything I want and all I can dream of.   The extra long counter space, all that gorgeous marble, (that would be Calcutta Gold) , seamless cabinets, 6 burner professional oven,  the farmhouse sink, a fireplace (stop it!), built in china cabinet, and all the vintage hardware details.  It's elegant and easy, and it's utterly fabulous.

Warm white and blue

 I can't help but love the warm combination of creams and pale blues.   Whether it's in the bedroom, living room, or dining room, the palette always seems to evoke comfort and calm. I especially love it paired with natural wood. floors or furnishings.   Here are a few designers that I think have really mastered the look.  Tricia Foley created a feature wall of whites with built in cabinets and simple white china.  In an adjacent room she reversed the look, with blue on the walls and creamy white upholstery.  In the bedroom, Samantha Pynn, has layered various cream and linen textures, and pairs it with patterns of blue in the headboard and club chairs.  Barbara Barry, below, plays with light in a room with oversize windows.  In the large room, she pairs it down with statement furniture, that adds colour and pattern.  And way below, a picture from the Mrs Howard Shop, where the look is pulled together in their showroom.


Colonial Comfort

A recent post from the lovely Holly over at Things That Inspire introduced me to this beautiful kitchen by Gwyn Duggan Associates.  I wasted no time.  I had to explore  the rest of the home featured in Atlanta Home Magazine, and it certainly does not disappoint!  There is an exquisite mix of refined and rustic furnishings.

 The homeowners took special care in building a home that would fit into the Peachtree Battle neighbourhood of Atlanta.  The interior certainly complements the incredible attention to detail that went into building this Dutch Colonial.  It's an open concept for a young family, that as a huge kitchen that overlooks a massive dining table and leads to the family area.  I have always been a huge fan of exercising restraint in design, and this home really seems to do that well, allowing for luxury that is a little less formal.  Open Spaces, with simple fabrics and impeccable details

It's hard to believe it's a new build when you see it form here.  They used Fieldstone for the front facade, and  huge porch for a most peaceful change of scenery. 

The Calm Space: The Place to Breathe

It’s September, and this is my time of year. This summer was perfect, warm and sunny, and truly relaxing. Yet, I am grateful for the cool breeze that has swept in. This is my season, autumn. I start to anticipate it’s arrival in the first week of August, and I have to remind myself to enjoy every moment summer has to offer because our winters are so long. I have always said that September feels more like the New Year to me than that icy night after Christmas. This is the season I find myself most inspired, by nature, art, fashion and design. This is when I spend the most time outdoors, walking, hiking, strolling the city streets, or sitting outside a local cafe. This is when I feel energized and excited as I reset my goals. It’s when I take the time to breathe...MORE

I am over at The Calm Space this week shaing my thoughts on this amazing time of year and taking the time to just breahe..

Relaxed Retreat

  Designed with entertaining in mind, this North Carolina cottage is very relaxed and comfortable, but manages to keep many of the classic luxury details.   It's open and inviting, and has a soft palette to really capture the calm that beach life brings.   The master bedroom is easy going, while the master bath is a little indulgent.    It maybe a acottage,but i has year-round style.  Well planned and beautifully designed by Herlong & Associates..

Glamorous LIfe

Dara Caponigro's first issue of Veranda as Editor in Chief did not disappoint. September 2010 is a fabulous issue, and I couldn't resist featuring this very French inspired home.  It belongs to Atlanta based designer, Melanie Turner, and it is a true reflection of life on the glamorous sized.  Very polished, but relaxed and inviting. 

The image above made the front cover and it's not surprise,  The dining room chairs are brilliantly covered in white, with  exception of the back that is covered in yellow velvet.  The chairs are Suzanne Kasler, (of course, that is why I love them)  The yellow colour scheme is carried through the kitchen and to an adjacent sitting room. 

Hickory Chair Velvet Sofa, and this great side table by Oly.


Melanie Turner's home is filled with contrasts of modern and antique, light and dark (especially with dark stained floors and white walls) and glamorous and  ultra comfort. 


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