Monday, January 15, 2018

Designer Profile | Hallie Henley Design

Houston-based designer Hallie Henley Sims of Hallie Henley Design very regularly captures my attention on instagram. And in a digital age when we are so accustomed to flipping so quickly through 1000's of images, it says a lot if you notice yourself lingering to look at a photo, perhaps saving it, and often coming back for more! That's when you know a designers work resonates with your personal style. Hallie is one to follow, she has amazing taste and a very keen eye for color, fabric, and wallpaper. Her use of fabrics and wallpaper constantly inspires me, have a peek:

Sumptuous velvets and grasscloth in a Master Bedroom:

A vignette at the HHD office:

Hallie's own new lovely family room she shares with her husband and young daughter; I adore the swivel chairs (my family room desperately needs a pair), and those Christopher Spitzmiller lamps.

And honestly more often, it's just the little vignettes or furniture and wallpaper progress shots, the 'sneak peeks' that leave me swooning! Like this room below with it's grasscloth going up and the perfect glossy crown and baseboard to match. I've been itching to do something like this in my own home, I am LOVING painted out trim:

This daybed in a nursery, with it's contrast piping, can you even imagine?

Oh, and I can't complete this post without making sure you know Hallie is the Queen of powder rooms:

Custom painted lampshades compliment the fantastic wallcovering:

And maybe my favorite for last, complete with a BEFORE:

And AFTER, I've seen this lovely Jasper Peony paper at a Tory Burch boutique and it is even more stunning in real life:

Fantastic! If you find these images as inspiring as I do, be sure to follow Hallie here, and check her website for more portfolio projects here.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Four Fantastic Kitchens With Ideas To Steal

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are beginning to feel back into the swing of things. I'm feeling refreshed after spending some much-needed time with family & friends over Christmas and New Years, and somewhere in between there we celebrated little Marky's second birthday. It was busy but amazing!

I've got a post filled with kitchen-goodness for you today. I've come across 4 kitchens recently in my instagram travels that had me swooning and I thought I would not only share photos but also the reasons why I feel in love with what I fell in love with. Here goes!

photography by Jessica Sample

#4. The Goop Lab kitchen: Gwenyth Paltrow collaborated with Roman and Williams and Waterworks for Goop's first ever permanent retail location. This kitchen was designed to look like a residential kitchen, and I love the style of open shelving that ends in curved brackets, combined with the brass hardware, and stylish enamel Lacanche range. BUT the major lust factor - I never knew I could fall in love with blush colored kitchen cabinetry! If someone asked me, 'hey have you seen that pink Goop kitchen?' I would have thought they were crazy had I not seen these images. 

#3. The Fox Group's Cottonwoods project: I discovered Fox Group Construction via social media and I really loved finding one of their fantastic kitchens complete with herringbone flooring and combined cabinetry finishes. My most-loved element in this space is the metal & glass open shelving against a backdrop of marble! (You may remember I blogged about glass shelving in kitchens here).

Hey, you even get your own indoor pizza oven in this fully-equipped kitchen!

#2. Philip Mitchell's Nova Scotia Cottage kitchen: Philip Mitchell has long been one of my favourite Canadian designers, and I think his previous tiny Toronto condo kitchen was the first to prove to me you could have insanely stunning results in a very small space (you can see images of that kitchen here). He's begun to share sneak peeks of his new cottage kitchen, and I am crossing my fingers and toes that this home will be published soon so that we can see more!!

There are too many things to love, but if I had to name just a few: The built in banquet and sconces, the upper cabinetry with glass panels wrapping around the sides, the antique display case with all of that lettuce ware!! 

I also love Philip's collection of dishware, and you can see in this last shot that the island displays a mix of wood finishes with stunning hardware. Look at those turn-spindle details along the edges!

#1. Alison Pickart's House Beautiful-featured kitchen: This last kitchen was my favourite Christmas/entertaining feature of 2017. If you caught the space in HB you saw it decked out for the holidays with stunning garland wrapping the windows two-storey's high. Designer Alison Pickart recently shared a before photo on her instagram account and I couldn't believe it!

photography by Aaron Leitz

Wow! What a transformation. I love the height and grandeur of this room, and that gorgeous stone flooring. Which of these four kitchens was your favourite? And elements I missed mentioning?

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