Friday, April 24, 2015

Designer Profile | J.K. Kling

This week I was over at La Dolce Vita blog for my regular series 'Dissecting the Details,' sharing the bedroom designs of J.K. Kling Associates. This mother-daughter team has such a stunning portfolio that I had to share a few more of my favorite spaces with you:

Pretty stunning work isn't it? I think what attracts me most is the traditional vibe in these spaces, the light and bright feel and stunning furnishings and art throughout. To see more from J.K. Kling, hop over to their portfolio, and head to LDV to read about 4 key elements that they utilize in their bedroom designs! Have a fantastic weekend and thank you for popping by to visit me here :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Taking 'To The Trade' Out Of Wallcoverings

If you’ve ever researched designer wallpapers or wall coverings, your hopes were quickly dashed when you saw the words “to the trade only”. High end fabric and wallpaper designers such as Schumacher, Cole & Son, and Scalamandre are considered to the trade only – but what about the average customer who doesn’t want  to hire a designer for a full room makeover, but has found just the perfect wallpaper? Now there's hope if you happen to love extraordinary, artisanal wallpapers and aren't in the trade.

DecoratorsBest is a source I just recently used to order wallpaper and I wanted to share my experience & a ‘how to’ with all of you. The company bases their service on the principle that everyone deserves a beautiful home, and I couldn’t agree more. We all have access to some of the best wallpaper designers from around the world now! Whether you know exactly what you are looking for or not, the website is extremely user friendly to navigate. You can search by brand, color, or even design style; and although I was searching for wallpaper, I should also mention they carry fabrics, pillows, and rugs. I loved that I could easily create a “wishlist” that I could save and come back to.
Shipping was free over $200, my order arrived in days, and when I enquired about the product by email I got an instant response; in all honesty my experience was fantastic and I know I paid a fraction of the original price. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still not completely inexpensive, BUT you are purchasing the finest papers out there and to me that is well worth it.

You can order samples (typically $5 each). I chose a lot of patterns to showcase here because it makes for a more visually fun post - I love bright colors, playful patterns, and interesting textures - but the site contains so many lovely and simple designs as well. Hop over to their site to see their full selection.

I can’t wait to show you which paper I ordered and for which room, but for now I kind of want to keep you guessing J … any guesses? We’ll finally get possession of our new house in a couple of weeks, eek! Do follow along via Instagram for some soon-to-come sneak peeks!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Designer Q&A | Veranda Interiors

Today I am thrilled to share the portfolio of one of my favorite interior designers, Calgary-based Melissa Hryszko of Veranda Interiors.

Her design aesthetic is one that really captivates me and she honestly creates the most luxurious bathrooms and kitchens I've laid eyes on. Melissa perfectly balances textures and shape, masterfully mixes traditional and contemporary design, and utilizes the most stunning monochromatic color palettes. I am a lover of classic finishes like herringbone flooring, marble & millwork; all aspects that Melissa utilizes so well. I recently had the opportunity to interview Melissa and I am excited to share it with you in today's installment of Designer Q&A:

Nancy Marcus: How would you describe your personal style?
Melissa Hryszko: I would say the best way to describe my personal style would be livable elegance. I want our home and every home we build to be inviting and comfortable with a touch of glamour that sets it apart from others around Calgary which can be very cookie cutter and vanilla. 

NM: What do you love most about your career?
MH: For sure the best part of my career so far are the amazing people that I have met through it. I tend to develop strong relationships with all of our clients, we work hand in hand for so long creating their dream home, it really allows people to open up and allow me into the way they live and interact as a family unit or as individuals. On the other side there are some phenomenal designers that I have developed close relationships with through social media. Since I work independently these relationships give me so much personally and professionally, from being able to bounce ideas off of them to being able to vent and complain about that one tiny detail that didn't turn out the way I envisioned...they get it, they get me and vice versa. 

NM: Who has been your greatest professional influence?
MH: Meredith Heron hands down, she is my long lost sassy sister. When I'm having a tough go at something or if I'm doubting what I'm doing she is always there to lend an ear or piece of advise. I value her talent & honesty so much...I know I'm going to get a straight answer and there won't be any sugar coating, plus the banter back and forth via text is always entertaining and a great way to slack off when I should be working. 

NM: Is there a consistent ‘starting point’ you have for each of your rooms, or do you approach every room differently?

MH: Essentially every home starts with the property. On the homes we build on spec, without clients, I can see the home that will be there before I've put  a pencil to paper. That is most likely why my husband, Rob, will not tell me about properties before we have a firm deal on them. 

Once the home is designed and we are ready to start the interiors my first stop is our marble & stone supplier for the countertops. There are only so many slabs available at one time, so I work off the kitchen selection first and build from there with the paint, stain, and other material selections.

NM:  What project are you most proud of?

MH: I think I would have to say one of our current projects, Elbow Park {12th}. A lot of our homes are labeled 'transitional' in style, and this home is no different, however I've pushed the envelope with materials and the way I'm combing traditional and more contemporary style. I'll admit that Rob & I haven't been seeing eye to eye on my selections but I know once he sees the whole picture he will love it as much as I do.

NM: What is your next design venture?
MH: We currently have 3 homes under construction at various phases and two additional homes under design development...but we are always looking for the next perfect location for another Veranda home, so there might be another added any day. It is going to be a busy 2015 and 2016 which is very exciting! 

Thank you so much to Melissa for joining us over here today! To see more from her stunning portfolio click through to her website here, and do be sure to follow along on all the behind-the-scenes action on her projects on her Instagram account.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Art In Hollywood Glamour

I'm always attracted to elegant, classic, photography of movie stars of days gone by, especially in black and white! These frame images really add an instant glamorous touch to any space. Here are some great examples I found:


left via Windsor Smith; right via Melissa Warner
With clean modern lines, glamorous frames, and with restraint, the results are quite stunning! One great source for these types of prints is, hop over to take a look. Happy mid-week!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

House Tour | Lauren Ranes

A lovely house tour in store for you today ... this one from the talented San Francisco-based interior designer Lauren Ranes. She's created a serene yet memorable space in this Presidio Heights home:

Just look at that centered oversized doorknob on that stunning ebony-painted door!

With panelled grey grasscloth in the Master bedroom, Lauren has achieved a luxe boutique hotel feel:

Ok - a built in coffee machine and a shelf of ready-to-go mugs takes morning luxuries to another level!

Now this last amenity really takes the cake - a stunning retractable glass skylight that literally takes you from indoors to the incredible outdoor rooftop deck seamlessly.

Pretty incredible home isn't it? I would move in without changing a thing! To see more from Lauren Rane Interior Design, click here.
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