Walking into a Decorator Showhouse is always a wild experience. Each room, done by a different interior designer, can often feel like it has a million bits of intrigue crammed into its corners. Sometimes it can feel nearly overwhelming to take it all in, but there are always interesting new ideas to absorb. Here are my favorites (more…)
Each summer, one of the highlights of my time on the East Coast is checking out the Hamptons Designer Showhouse. It is always enthralling, over-the-top, and inspiring. This year’s house was no exception.
I wanted to start my tour of the house with my favorite room: the master bathroom. Designed by Elsa R. Soyars Interiors, it was full of unexpected touches and ideas worth replicating. First: its colors. The emerald green accents are so striking as you walk into the room. Though it’s not a color I normally think of when decorating, I love its use in this room. It adds a bold (more…)
This weekend the New York Times Magazine ran the top photo of Vera Wang’s breathtaking home in L.A. and I was newly smitten (the home was featured in Harpers Bazaar earlier this year). The clean lines, glass walls, and modern minimalism has me swooning and imagining life in such a space. Though surely with my two young children, the house wouldn’t stay immaculate for long, I love day dreaming about my life there nonetheless. How fabulous is this home? Maybe we could all just (more…)
The Serena & Lily catalog is full of interesting finds for your home– from cool rugs and printed pillows to interesting bedding (for adults and children) and great furniture. I have a bunch of pieces of theirs in my home (like this metallic rug and these chairs in my kids’ rooms– they were perfect to rock them to sleep in when they were babies, and now they’re great to snuggle in during book time). But their new store in Wainscott, New York (in Long Island’s Hamptons) was truly a surprise. It is full of beautiful items for the home, as well as cool accessories and finds for the beach (many of which are only available at the store). Even from the outside of the store, you can tell it’s a special spot– the design is gorgeous, with its open doors, potted plants, and striped awning.
But inside, all sorts of wonders await. The crisp white setting (from ceiling to floor) is the perfect (more…)
Wouldn’t you love to see inside the homes of interior designers? I, for one, would (and do), and the gorgeous new book Designers At Home allows us to do just that.
This past weekend at the lovely San Francisco home goods store Hudson Grace, there was a book signing with the author of this behind-the-scenes tome, Ronda Rice Carman. She could not have been sweeter, and her book is full of so much inspiration. It takes you into the personal homes of fifty admired interior designers and explores their ideas about design as well as their favorite items and design elements. It’s a lush book, full of gorgeous photos and insightful text (not to mention a Forward by Martha Stewart!).
Designers At Home is a beautiful book full of ideas and inspiration. It’s also a wonderful gift for someone in your life, including your mother, with Mother’s Day on the horizon. I have a feeling you (and mom) will find yourselves coming back to it for years to come.