Wednesday, August 23, 2017

House Tour | Miles Redd From Day To Night



Well, my guess is that this is not your first time to have a peek through the fabulous Mr. Miles Redd's NY Townhouse. However, when I came across some newer photos that I hadn't seen before, I decided to put a bit of a spin on this house tour and show you some of my favorite shots of his home both during the day and at night.

We equate Miles' signature style with glamour, something out of a Great Gatsby-like novel, definitely always referencing the past - perhaps New York City in the roaring 1930's. I would suggest his home truly sings in the evening, the glamour-factor is out in full force. I found images of almost every room in his home in an after dusk glow. Starting off in the dining room:


You can see in the image below that Miles applied a strip of mirror along the ceiling to up the glamour:


But then you see the strips of mirror on the ceiling during the evening glow, when the light dances and reflects off of every shiny surface, and it's quite magical. Day time almost can't compare!



Both the powder room and kitchen have purposefully been decorated in a dark scheme, which just looks fantastic at night, and I think the look is such a success because of the mirrored surfaces and the shiny black lacquer in the case of the kitchen.



I love seeing that Miles has the lamps ON in some of his interior shots - this is often a big no-no in interior photography and there will be a few of you that definitely disagree with me on this one. I just like the soft glow and the indication that someone actually LIVES here. And it's luxurious, especially when the glow bounces off lacquered walls or cabinetry like we see here:




I love these little peeks at the stair well gallery wall at night, looking into that famous red library:



Now who wouldn't want to curl up and read here?



This bedroom looks like the epitome of luxury; the chinoiserie wallcovering, silk drapes, the artwork, and the fringed lampshades:


But even more so at night with those lampshades aglow:




This last one is my favorite, Miles' imfamous bathroom and adjoining mirrored dressing room.


On one occasion, when an outdoor soiree was to be held and rain happened to disrupt the plans - Miles simply moved the party indoors - into his dressing room, of course. The mirrors just look magical with the candlelight, I don't think any one would pay attention to the bath tub just off in the distance:



And there you have it! A few new images and a fun comparison of a spectacular home during the day and at night. Truthfully I hope we start to get to see more designers homes at night, and even if it's not suited to a magazine format, I hope we'll at least see more of it through social media. I think it gives us a better glance at how people truly live, rather that the bright white and perfectly styled shots we are so used to seeing.

To see more from Miles, watch the latest video, 13 questions with Miles Redd,  hop here to his site and see more of this home tour here.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Most Luxurious Laundry Room



Several of you left messages last Friday after seeing one lovely snap shot of this luxe blue & white laundry room designed by Dina Bandman for the SF Decorator Showcase and featured in the September issue of House Beautiful. And judging by the number of pins of that photo, you wanted to see more! Well here is a detailed post of this gorgeous space, and you can get sources and descriptions from Dina's blog here.


The space comes equipped with Clive Christian custom cabinetry, a doggy wash for the pampered pooch of the house, wicker hampers, and decorative open shelves. I absolutely love the mix of the navy subway tile with the floor tile, and the hand-painted de Gournay wallcovering. And look at those shelves above the sink with the polished nickel French bistro brackets!






A dog-washing station would be a dream in my house - mainly because our dog fights us tooth and nail and ends up splashing all over & out of our small sink. This is the ultimate luxuriously loaded laundry room, but would be a hard working room with all the bells and whistles a family could need!


See Dina Bandman's fantastic portfolio for this project and many more. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday's Favorite Five



I'm putting a different spin on my 'Friday's Favorites to Follow' post - today I'm sharing 5 photos and ideas that inspired me this week, things I happened upon via social media and perhaps even saved so I can come back to later! Let's start with the first one just above, a closer shot of the stunning laundry sink in Dina Bandman's space designed for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase. See the full tour of the showhouse here.

Number 2 on the list is this action shot of a master faux finisher working on a staircase railing in a tortoiseshell pattern for a project with Anne Wagoner Interiors. Incredible! It's inspiring me to at least attempt a mirror frame to accomplish this look that I'm lusting after.


My third favorite photo of the week - this incredible hall by M and M Interior Design. I LOVE the grid panelling (reminds me of the painstaking process in our old house), and I love the combo of the antique piece, the chandelier, and the lamps. Gorgeous!


This little nook of a master bedroom with gorgeous Schumacher Acanthus stripe grasscloth is making me want to get decorating my own bedroom ... why is the bedroom usually the last space to tackle? I can only imagine how good it would feel to plop into bed in this space every night!


And finally No. 5 ... in my mind, I will one day have my stuff together and will be on the ball, organized, effortlessly hosting summer dinners al fresco for all of my family & friends. Right now I don't even have a dinning table outside, but I'll get there eventually!! THIS gorgeous fruit spread would be something I'd love to try to create when that someday comes ... (via Emily Schuman)


Okay, one more, a bonus for today -
I am sooo excited to be starting 2 weeks off of work today. I cannot lie to you, working 5 days a week lecturing my heart out to college Biology students is tiring. I LOVE my job, but I am tired. I get emails almost weekly from such wonderful readers that often ask, 'how do you do it all?' or I don't know how you work and have a son, and still manage to post on your blog ... well the truth is I'm NOT doing it so well.

It's tough and there are many days I want to go straight to bed the moment I get home, but that is not an option with a 1.5 year old. And I've been so sporadic with posting on the blog, it bothered me so much when I first had to reduce my posts per week, but now I've come to accept that it's just a reality and I can only do what's humanly possible. I hope you will still come and visit me when I do have something to share over here, because I still love doing it. It's what inspires me and keeps me using my creative brain, and I cannot let that go! As always, thank you for being on this journey with me xo

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

House Tour | Michael Bruno in Tuxedo Park



You know Michael Bruno as the founder of the largest online marketplace for antiques and rare objects - 1stdibs; so you might say, collecting desirable pieces and restoring things of historical importance are in Michael's DNA. Case in point, his own majestic Tuxedo Park, NY property which he renovated with the help of designer Windsor Smith. The house, built in 1900, was designed by architect John Russell Pope and is set on a prime 120 acres lakefront lot. Bruno, a former real estate agent, explains, "there is nothing more exciting than having the pleasure to respect a great old home and prepare it to survive for hundreds of years." (via Coldwell Banker Luxury).


You can see the original wood flooring has been stained ebony throughout, and much of the walls are Benjamin Moore's Decorators White. I fell in love with the collection of nine prints of Egypt's Great Pyramids and landmarks as seen below:



It's hard to get a sense of scale from the photo above, but just below with Michael standing in the doorway you can see that the Dutch door and vestibule have such wonderful oversized presence!


Windsor truly did an amazing job throughout this home in terms of letting Michael's special and collected pieces stand out:





I love this perfect gallery wall of drawn portraits:


The marble kitchen counters and sink are a custom design and they look incredible:







Something that I want to file away for reference is a close up detail of the windows, they are so beautiful in shape! The view is not too bad either ...



You can see more sources and details listed in the original posting via Elle Decor here, but if you have 5 minutes free I would encourage you to watch the video tour by Quintessence; there is something about the scale of a space that cannot be translated in flat pictures, the video does this home so much more justice! I may have watch it 5x over :)

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