Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Dissecting the Details | Kevin Isbell

A stunning Gracie mural adorns this living room

I've got another Dissecting the Details post on La Dolce Vita blog, I love contributing to Paloma's blog because I get to do my favorite thing - share the work of interior designers that deserve recognition! Today you can hop over to see the work of one of my current favorite designers, Kevin Isbell.  His firm, Kevin Isbell Interiors, is based in both New York and Los Angeles. What draws me to his work is the compelling combination of old world, culturally distinct, yet fresh and inviting design. Here's a little teaser, but see the entire post for all the details:

photography by Don Freeman

photography by Jonny Valiant

To see more from Kevin Isbell Interiors and his impressively extensive portfolio, hop here to his site. And don't forget to follow along with his current projects on Instagram here, he really is one of my favorites to follow!


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Textbook Tuesday | Island Hopping

Another week brings another gorgeous fall book review! There are SO many amazing new design titles being released, particularly from publisher Vendome Press; I've got a few that I'm going to progressively add to my library and I will share them with you as I do. Island Hopping by designer Amanda Lindroth collides the relaxed Carribean lifestyle with the polished colonial vibe of the Southern states (photography by Tria Giovan and illustrations by Aldous Bertram). This large-scale hardcover book is stunningly wrapped in a faux raffia cover on front and back, the perfect dose of texture for your coffee table styling! And we all know the cover is as important as what is on the inside when it comes to design books:

One of the main reasons I wanted to add this specific book to my collection was the fact that Amanda's design firm has been based in Nassau since 2010, and my husband and I visited the island as well as the neighboring island of Exuma in 2014 and fell in love with it! The Caribbean is truly a beautiful place, a place I hope to return to sooner than later.

Amanda's extensive portfolio proves she's making the islands even MORE beautiful with her stunning work. I remember first laying eyes on the room below as published in House Beautiful, what a stunner with it's hand painted trompe l'oeil wall murals (done by the same artist, Aldous Bertram, who was commissioned for the book illustrations. He has a PhD from Cambridge in the influence of CHina on English garden design and architecture - that's impressive to say the least!).

Stunning illustration by Aldous Bertram

There are 25 projects featured, and all of the spaces presented in this tome show off Amanda's airy, relaxed, indoor-outdoor aesthetic:

I love that these projects lend to a colorful relaxed island vibe, but somehow at the same time Amanda accomplishes a tailored and 'put-together' look that could be just as at home in a city apartment:

Not only is Amanda the go-to designer of island dwellers, she has a second studio and shop in Palm Beach and has recently launched the Amanda Lindroth Collection, a line of raffia and rattan housewares, totes, and furniture. It really is a visual equivalent of a Caribbean getaway! You can see more of Amanda's porfolio here, and purchase your copy of Island Hopping here.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wallpaper Wednesday | Jasper Peony

 Jasper Peony in the Barley colorway at Tory Burch

It's mid-week and I'm setting a personal record of blogging more than once this week! :) Truth is that I am off of work and on maternity leave now, but baby has yet to arrive so I've got a tiny bit of time to myself. It's been a restful few days and when baby makes his debut I will be sure to fill you in. For today - an indulgent look into another favorite wallpaper, Jasper Peony. Designed by decorative artist Adam Calkin, this large scale modern Chinoiserie print is perfectly pretty (Carleton V Ltd. in the USA and Lewis & Wood in the UK).

I fell madly in love with this wallcovering after seeing it in person last year at our Vancouver Tory Burch boutique (you may have seen me post a hidden jib door covered in it on my instagram!). Since then I take notice every time I see it installed, and in every colorway it's beautiful:

Mocha colorway at Tory Burch

Michelle Nussbaumer (Black Pearl)

LOVE the linen fabric!

I am a tad bit obsessed, do you love it too? I keep dreaming up places I could use it! What colorway would you choose if you could only choose one?? See more product details for Jasper Peony here.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Textbook Tuesday | Brian Gluckstein | The Art of Home

Internationally renowned designer Brian Gluckstein has given us a printed collection of his work, and I couldn't be more excited to dive into this one as my first book review for fall. Growing up in Canada, there was little media attention on interior design - but Brian was a constant influence and being exposed to his work through television and other means helped me realize my own love for design at a young age. The Art of Home showcases so many of those mind-shaping projects of which I poured over every tiny detail, and so you can imagine how happy I am to have them all in one place now!

The book features luxe yet liveable spaces that I think you will agree are exceptionally timeless. Each chapter focuses in on a project, from a 'tailored beach house' to a 'historic manse' to the designers own home (truly my favorite part of the book!). In the introduction, we even get a peek at the exterior and interiors of the Toronto-based office of Gluckstein Design located in a 19th century Georgian former printing house.

In each project we see how Brian melds contemporary design with traditional. My favorite mix. And it's truly showcased the best in his own stunning home:

This would really be a perfect gift for any design-lover on your list. I was so happy to read through and find that it's also a practical, informative guide on how to transform and style your own home. 

The beautifully photographed projects are complimented throughout with anecdotes from the designer, inspiring quotes and design tips to take away from. Truly an inspirational body of work from Canada's best, I highly recommend this one as a must-add to your design library! If you've already grabbed a copy I'd love to hear what you think, and if you haven't you can order here


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Wallpaper Wednesday | Sandberg Raphael

It's become an iconic pattern; Sandberg's Raphael wallpaper has that perfect mix between modernity and traditional design. For several years now we've seen this paper rise to fame, and I think it's beauty makes it an obvious choice for many designers. I love all the colorways and it turns out that the pattern is available as a fabric as well, but only in the green colorway.  I've gathered up some of my favorite recent examples of uses of Raphael, starting up top with probably my most favorite - Marianne Simon's powder room mixed with brass and the perfect dose of marble.

Amy Meier Design (photography by Karyn Millet

It's so good in every installation! You can purchase Sandberg Rapahel wallpapaer through Wallpaper Direct here, and if you are afraid to commit to a bold wallcovering I'd definitely suggest trying a powder room or small area like the butler's pantry directly above. Paired with coordinating trim or cabinetry, it's a match made in heaven!


Thursday, August 9, 2018

8 Fall Design Books to Preorder Now

Fall comes with a long list of fantastic design and art book releases, and it feels like this coming season has an even more extensive line-up than usual. Truly I could have easily included some 20 or so new releases, but I've kept my list to a short 'Top-8 Must Haves' to help you narrow down (in each case you can click the book title to pre-order now). Starting with 2 books that make me oh so happy because I've followed these ladies and their blogs for years and have watched them grow into forces in the design industry:

1. Dream Design Live | Paloma Contreras | Sept 4, 2018

Paloma Contreras of La Dolce Vita, one of my most beloved blogs which I have had the honor to contribute to regularly, sets out to show readers how to live beautifully in Dream Design Live. This manual of design is divided into three sections, as the title suggests, and takes readers through stunning photography mixed with accessible tips and lifestyle advice. Design-authority Architectural Digest hails the book as "a great read for design professionals and enthusiasts alike." Be sure to check in on Paloma's social media to see sneak peeks like the powder room above before the actual release date.

2. Inspired Design: The 100 Most Important Interior Designers of the Past 100 Years | Jennifer Boles | Oct 2, 2018

One of the first design bloggers on the scene, Jennifer Boles was one to follow with her design history knowledge and know-how on The Peak of Chic. As the title suggests, this book will give readers all the names you should know in the last 100 years of interior design. For each designer featured we learn what we can take from their work, and how they changed the industry forever.

3. Sophisticated Simplicity | Suzanne Kasler | Sept 11, 2018

Suzanne Kasler's books have always been a wealth of original ideas and a wonderful reference, so I had to include her latest installment as another must-have for any design-enthusiasts library. We know we will get an incredible display of timeless sophistication and traditional pretty palettes with stunning photography of her work in this newest volume.

4. The Gardens of Bunny Mellon | Linda Jane Holden | Oct, 2018 

Bunny Mellon maintained homes celebrated for their style and refinement, however her greatest love was truly landscape and garden design. Linda Jane Holden, the author of this latest book dedicated to Bunny, had the chance to interview Mellon extensively before her death in 2014 and has been given access to her journals, photographs and sketches. This one will be a history lesson indeed!

5. The Power of Pattern | Susanna Salk | Sept 11, 2018

Best-selling author and our favorite video host of Quintessence's At Home With series, Susanna Salk does it again with this pattern collection and resource guide. This will be a practical manual with tips on how to use patterns to your advantage in a space, and chapters are divided based on categories such as 'Toile', 'Chinoiserie', 'Stripes', and 'Ikat.' (Entry vignette above by Mallory Mathison).

6. Perspective | Steven Gambrel | Oct 9, 2018

For his second book, Steven Gambrel gives the reader insight into his latest projects including his own 19th century townhouse in NY City's West Village, a Bridgehampton beach house, a luxurious Astor Suite in Manhattan's famed Plaza Hotel, and a sea captain's house in Sag Harbour. If that isn't an impressive line-up, I'm not sure what is! These dream residences will be sure to inspire design aficionados.

7. Design & Style: A Constant Thread | Carolyn Roehm | Sept 25, 2018

Carolyn for the first time opens up about her own life story, her influences and her experiences working under mentor Oscar de la Renta. She tells the story of her own fashion line, and the growth of her creativity through her gardening, entertaining, and décor - all having a 'common thread.'

8. The Art of Home | Brian Gluckstein | Sept 10, 2018

Renowned Canadian designer Brian Gluckstein, whom I have loved to follow for years, is releasing his first book with, The Art of Home. You may know his name because of his extensive product lines, however one quick glance at his extensive portfolio will have you hooked. This will be a stunning compilation of his work for any one who loves his refined and tailored style, and it includes projects from New York to Aspen and everywhere in between.

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