Interiors of Gloria Vanderbilt’s Family Homes

Fashion icon, socialite, and artist and interior designer  Gloria Vanderbilt has died at the age of 95.  Inspired by her quote on home decor :”Decorating is autobiography,” and quote on art:”Art brings a message into a room. It should make us perceive in a new way—either through color, form or narrative content—something we had not perceived before. And perhaps reveal something to you about yourself.”, today, I would like to share some of my favorite interiors by her and, of course her styles:

 

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Chic and classical

 

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A women living by her own term.

 

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 Elegant and Timeless

 

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a well-lived life

 

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a statement on sophitication

 

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Anderson Cooper, Wyatt Cooper, Carter Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt in their Manhattan apartment, June 1972. A pink checkered sofa set a happy and relaxing tone for a happy family.

 

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Gloria Vanderbilt in her dressing room–a vivid chic boho style

 

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Bedroom of Gloria Vanderbilt, 1970–it requires a lot of savvy skills and good eye on art to create such a grand pattern-on-pattern room.

 

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Dining room in the Long Island home of Gloria Vanderbilt and Wyatt Cooper–Modern,  yet classic

 

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Gloria Vanderbilt sits in her Manhattan living room–a large floor portrait makes such a statement.

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Like every creative person, throughout the years, she was constantly changing, painting, embellishing, and reconfiguring her houses in New York City and Long Island. It was like therapy for her from time to time.   Visit her instagram to see her legendary life

 

Hope you enjoy all of these!

 

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5 Ways to Create an Indoor Garden

Happy Friday! I love spend the time in my backyard garden on Friday afternoon simply enjoying some warm late-afternoon sunshines and catching up the readings from design magazine. Specially, at this season, with our lemon tree producing a lot of fruits and roses in full bloom, it is just one of the most beautiful moments when summer just starts.  How about you? Do you also enjoy your backyard on this beautiful Friday afternoon.

Then, of course, we want to bring all of these beautiful flowers and greeneries indoor to create an indoor oasis.  If you are like me and obsessed with indoor-outdoor living, here are 5 ways to create an indoor garden:

  1. Yes, hang a flower wreath right in your front door.

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2. Pick up blooms and greeneries from your backyard and casually put them everywhere–in the dining room, on the counter, by the bed, yes, everywhere and a lot of them.

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Sweet roses by the bed guarantee a sweet nap.
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Roses in the bath light up the mood.
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fresh roses with a lot of vintage piev=ves on the fireplace.
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greeneries in the dining area
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fresh cream roses in the library

3. Intently create a separate garden space for a group of potted plants by the stairs or under the skylights.

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4. Bring outdoor garden in by using floor-to-ceiling windows.

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5. Grow herbs in your kitchen.

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a WallyGro greens wall with automatic watering and lighting integration. The family uses the greens and herbs in their meals. Click here to learn this kitchen 

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Happy Friday

 

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4 Ways to Restyle Your Kitchen in an Artsy way

 

 

Last Saturday was a beautiful day—sunshine, nice breezes and full-blooms everywhere.  I was invited to an open house by a Japanese Gifu craft showroom in west LA.  Since I need to  find some unique kitchenwares for couple of projects. I decided to take a little road trip.

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As you can see, I always love to stop and small flowers specially when it is spring season.
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By entering the showroom, OMG, I was just amazed by how they arranged these beautiful organic kitchenwares with a little touch of ikebana–subtle, calming yet elegant.

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What I hold is a mini donabe condiment bowl.  It is just so cute.  Donabe is a kind of Japanese traditional earth-ware(clay pot). You can see how we open these little donabe from the following video.

 

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These little bowels for sure put me in a good appetite.

 

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We found this cool middle-size clay smoker  with various kinds of charcoal choices.
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And look, this lid also serves ads a bowel.What a genius idea!
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Tradition Japanese Hoba miso in Gifu–grill miso over dried magnolia leaf for an unique aroma.

 

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So, if you are in the process to re-organize or re-style your kitchen for spring cleaning here are several tips to make the task fun and easier:

  1. Kitchenwares are one of the major components in the kitchen. So, find something that is  Love in the first sight. When you have something you truly like and enjoy, you probably won’t feel it is not really that  boring  to do any chore in the kitchen.
  2. Have some fresh flowers or greenery in your kitchen no matter how small and how simple your kitchen is. I guarantee those little beauties will brighten up your everyday-life.
  3. Have the habit of collecting  inspiring menus that talk to you. That way, you know how you are going to use your kitchen and how you would like to arrange and display your kitchenwares.
  4. It will be a good idea to  have couple pieces of earth wares–they are natural, organic and  artsy, and always remind you of your mom’s kitchen. So at the end of the day, you may find kitchen is your favorite place to wind down and reconnect with the family.

 

 

Happy Monday

 

KHKD

 

 

 

3 simple ways to Bring Spring to Your Home

I love visiting artists’ studios. Often, I am just so amazed how they make the spaces so livable with simple creative ideas and great cares.   There are always fresh flowers and plants in their studio making guests feel so inviting and fresh.   Of course, we can learn from them too.  Here are 3 simple ways to bring spring indoors.

  1. Having fresh flowers and greenery everywhere in your home. You can just pick them from your backyard–it is touch of nature.
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Fresh flowers always make me smile!

 

2. Hosting a spring party in your garden with fresh-cut flowers , home-made organic cocktail and cozy seating , and  your party venue  become part of spring memory.

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Moody!
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Love this outdoor bench!
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Love blue & purple!

3. And Spring color palette:

 

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Yes, a touch of green and spring is here!

Happy Thursday

 

KHKD

LA Street Style I

Spring is here. The warmer weather and blooms magically  put everyone  in a very cheerful mood.  So, we took the opportunity and wander around LA street to immerse ourselves in the season and get inspired.

 

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I always have a thing about bicycles. I love purple and flowers in this picture! It’s a dream if I can just ride a bicycle with full blooms in a small quiet beach town.  If you happen to plan some make-over for your home, lilac is one of the good choices. I specially like lilac in matte finish.  And also, remember have some fresh flowers at home!   They will make you feel much happier!
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It’s a late afternoon. I like how the sun shines on the industrial building creating interesting shadows. This hot pink minimalism bench is such a eye candy in  contrast with the grayish industrial surroundings. Spring finally broke through the coldness and is here with a little bit surprise and cheer. Take -away— for your interiors, don’t just pile things up,  rather intentionly  layer different things through creating interesting contrast!
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Graffiti on LA street is always my inspiration.  Take-away for interiors: please always have some artworks for your home. They are the soul for each space. They make your lifestyle much deeper.
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Wood just brings the warmth for this high-ceiling modern space with a lot of whites.
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Cool rope lighting in this sun-lit cozy Japanese restaurant. I always love the room with a lot of natural lights

 

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An outdoor space with a lot of greeneries, wicker peacock chairs and pink antique rug.

Happy Tuesday

KHKD

An AmazingGlassworks Demo at DTLA

DTLA has being experienced huge changes in the past several years from new apartment condos, office buildings, luxury hotels, to shopping venues, one-of-the-kind eat-in kitchens, cool restaurants to  booming art scenes and designs. We are just literally amazed by the creative new things everyday by different artists.

For today’s design world, we cherish hand-made, craftsmanship, organic materials and their applications in a noble ways.  It is always so amusing when seeing how a  group of designers, engineers, fabricators and artists  work together to create an amazing project or piece of art.

We were recently invited to a glassworks demo by Neptune Glassworks  All of the glass materials they use are from labs and recyclable. We were just pretty blown away by how they put up such a stylish party in a totally industrial warehouse and offered such an intricate demo. Their creation of piece of sculpture is just more than amazing.

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An array of lit candles welcomes guests at the entry of the warehouse.  Guys, don’t you love this vibe!
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Such a romantic setup at the warehouse! What a warm hospitality!
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Glass Artist —@SIBELLEY at demo
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It’s a team work-@SIBELLEY @NETPUEGLASS
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Wow, here is the finished piece! It’s more than amazing!

Just in case you would like to enjoy the whole process in a continuous way, here is the youtube link

Kristi @khkdesigns

Tuesday House Tour— Fashion Designer, Ralph Lauren’s Home and Office

It’s Tuesday house tour time.  We will take a look  inside designer Ralph Lauren’s  Bedford, New York house, Colorado ranch, and Manhattan office.  Lauren is the first fashion designer to offer a comprehensive home-furnishings line, which he crafts around themed lifestyle collections.

 

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At Lauren’s residence in Bedford, New York, a 19th-century Dutch chandelier presides over the entrance hall.  Love the airy and sophisticated vibes at the entry.
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In the living room, matching 19th-century Louis XV–style wing chairs flank an 18th-century Chinese carved low table; pillows made from antique textiles accent the sofa, and the throw in the foreground is a 19th-century Kashmiri paisley.   The space is full collection of  art, hand-crafted objects, fine home goods…
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Ralph Lauren Home fabrics cover the sofa and pillows in the poolhouse, which features 16th-century Belgian pine ceiling beams and a 17th-century French limestone mantel; the lamps are made from 18th-century Chinese vessels.  I love the open and tranquil feel in this room.  And of course, blue-and-whites.
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The breakfast room’s tableware is by Ralph Lauren Home, as are the fabrics used for the tablecloth and the cushions on the 19th-century English armchairs; the painting is 17th-century Dutch.  This is one of my rooms.  I always have a thing with layered table-cloth—it’s elegant, relaxing and fun.
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A vintage French bistro mirror hangs above the antique pedestal sink in the poolhouse bath.  Love this vintage mirror with a clean–line modern flair.
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A circa-1774 portrait by Pompeo Girolamo Batoni is displayed between the library’s French doors, which are curtained with a Ralph Lauren Home velvet; the two-arm Argand lamp is 19th century, and the pillows are made of antique fabrics.  This is truly Lauren’s signature style—dark and rich color palettes, brass elements, wood panelings, checkered fabric…

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Happy Tuesday

 

 

Interiors by KHK Designs

Home is the backdrop of life.  As we evolve, our homes should too.  Aerian Lauder says” I’v always been inspired by beautiful interiors.”

Sit back , have sip a coffee and enjoy!

 

Long-Weekend Vibes

Wouldn’t be nice we have this long weekend holiday and it’s in May.  It’s such a beautiful season to pamper ourselves with all of Spring beauties. My favorite are always about blue-and-whites, greenery, pink blooms, gardens, sunshine, fresh air… How about you?  How are you going to celebrate MemorialLong-weekend?

 

7 Kitchen Remodeling Trends

If you are planning a kitchen  remodeling this year, you probably would like to know what’s in at the current moment.  Who doesn’t want to have the newest and best materials, products and design options for their home remodeling projects.  Plus, to get to know the trends always help you a lot on how to decide to invest your money wisely in terms of the resale values.  Here are 7 most popular trends in kitchen & bath modeling projects:

 

  1.  The most popular feature to upgrade in a renovated kitchen was the countertop, followed by the sink and backsplash, according to the survey. Faucets, wall finishes, lighting fixtures and cabinets were next on the upgrade list. kitchentrends1quartz-stone-kitchen-countertops-worktops-bench-tops-solid-surface-stone-for-kitchen-countertops
  2. The most popular kitchen countertop material is engineered quartz. White and multicolored countertops top the list.
  3. Wood floors are the top choice for kitchen flooring replacement. and wood tone is the most popular color.       kitchentrends2beautiful-white-kitchen-design-ideas-grey-metal-pendant-lighting-stainless-steel-double-door-refrigerator-freezer-brown-wooden-laminate-flooring-tile-ceramic-backsplash
  4. Shaker is the most popular cabinet style by far. The most popular cabinet style among those upgrading their cabinets was Shaker, followed by flat-panel (also known as slab).  kitchentrends3nice-white-shaker-style-cabinet-doors-best-25-white-shaker-kitchen-cabinets-ideas-on-pinterest-shaker.jpg
  5. White cabinets continue to rule kitchen cabinet upgrading followed by wood cabinets.  kitchen24.jpg
  6. The most popular kitchen backsplash is white.
  7. The most popular wall color is gray.

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Happy Wednesday

 

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