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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Colors That Bring Hearts Pleasures

 

Time flies so fast. After we finished several projects, shockingily, it’s June.  Summer is here. I am truly in the mood for some bold colors since the recent projects we did all have sort of   restraint color schemes.    So,  let’s have some fun moment.

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Fresh, bold , passionate yet elegant!
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The accent piece and the artwork are great was to transfer the bold fashion colors to home.
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Yellow, Pink, and Stripes in fashion
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Yellow, Pink, and Stripes at home
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Elegant yet unexpected in fashion
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Elegant yet unexpected at home
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Resort style in fashion
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Resort style at home

Hope you enjoy all of them.

 

Happy Saturday

 

5 Ways to Bring Florals to Home

One of the trends in the recent years is that people more prefer the modern interiors with soften touches. These can be  soften color palettes,  silk or velvet fabric choices or floral patterns on textiles, decor objects or surfaces.  The floral patterns can work as an magic wand for any interiors.  They light up the home with a touch of elegancy.  The keys to make them look fresh are 1)just use right amounts of the patterns; 2) have a contrast with surroundings; 3) with a modern twist.

In case you are in the process to bring more spring cheers to home, there are 5 ways to bring  florals to home:

  1. Upholster an accent chair with floral-patterned fabric to live up any rather darkened spaces.
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An floral patterned chair always make us feel moody and romantic.

2. Yes, a floral tablecloth please.

 

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A floral tablecloth instantly light up this corner. A spring party is ready.

3. A floral daybed drape.

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Ladies, this is how we pamper ourselves—a  cozy den, a floral drape and fresh flowers.  what else can we expect?

4.  Floral Wallpaper.

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In case, you are tired of white walls…

5. Artworks themed with flowers.

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A moody moment. 

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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

An Art Afternoon I

It is one of the typical SoCal Spring afternoons in March—warm, breezy and a lot of sunshines.  After Building Symposium, we think it might be a good idea to stroll around the West Hollywood neighborhood. We found this cutie gallery, M +B,  a hiding gem among greeneries.  The sign on the door says: Please Use the Side-door.

 

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It turns out that today is the last day for solo exhibition of Mishan Kahn’s  whimsical “Just Around the Bend”. And several workers are busy with setting up the new show.

 

The gallery room is all white—neat and clean, a perfect backdrop to showcase the unique artworks.

 

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It’s a wonderland for a big party.

As you can see from the above video, Mishan Kahn’s artworks are about furniture and  sculpture design.  The art objects he creates  are unusual assemblage of various of materials, usually an interplay between the handmade and the technological.

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Such a beautiful jewel-tone sofa framed in steel and wood, upholstered in cashmere. Don’t you just love this adorable color palette—light purple, dark red, bright red, pink, yellow and orange… so pleasing the eye and mind.
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When patterns meet colors and forms…  I think I am ready for a fun party.

 

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A work desk or a vanity top in brass?
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A pop of bright yellow! Love it! Yes, this mirror design is awesome!
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When furniture becomes art—framed in steel and wood, upholstered in cashmere. Again, love this color palette and fun form!

To read more about Mishan’s “Just around Bend”, please click here

5 Trends From Boutique Hotels to Home

Wouldn’t you agree with me If life is about to open curiosity of cabinetry, life will be more fun. I guess that might be the reason that I enjoy design career so much.

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I recently went to BD West —-a boutique hotel design show in the west coast to check out what’s new & trendy in hospitality design industry and also would like to get some fresh ideas that I am  able to apply for home or whatever the projects  in the future.

Here are some pretty cool trends I got from the show:

  1. It’s about luxury experiences:
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Luxury Experience #1—Comfy with a touch of luxury.  This black velvet upholstered club chair is light, stylish and super comfortable.  Love, love the sheen on the black velvet—such a luxury!

2. It’s about having fun:

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Luxury Experience #2—a fun atmosphere.   Duo chandeliers, the gourmet cocktails, the stylish bar setup and moody candles—these all set up a good mood for a chill-out  and cocktail party.  And similarly,  kitchen island area is also the most popular spot at home. So embrace some cool components and make this area a drama!

 

3. Play with patterns and forms

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Love love this black striped garden chair with this cute form.

4. Of course, Pantone color of the year 2019

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The more I look at Pantone color of the year 2019, the more I like it. It is fresh, warm and inviting. Of course the color here is a lighter version of Pantone Color of the year 2019. I love how their pair the color with brass and the artwork with a lot of black—it’s kind of cool. 

5. Last but not the least—-customization, customization and customization.

It’s good to know even in hospitality industry, owners try to develop their own brands and customize whatever possible.  It looks like nobody like cookie-cutters. And one of the things they do customization is using unique decor by hiring local artists.

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

Lee Radziwill’s Chic Paris’s Pied-à-terre

Couple of days ago, i wrote about Lee Radzwill’s (March 3rd 1933–Feb. 15th 2019)New York apartment.   You can click here to read the story.    Lee Radzwill is a former European princess and actress, socialite, interior decorator, sister of the late Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (1994).  She  owned properties in New York, London and Paris.  Each home really reflects her personalities as a style icon.  Today, I am going to show you her Paris pied-à-terre, her love at first sight.   Overlooking  Avenue Montaigne with a view of the Eiffel Tower, the home was originally decorated by Christian Liaigre,  it is perhaps one of the most iconic Parisian abodes of the 20th century.  Her Paris home was featured three times on magazines, Vogue in 2003,  ELLE Decor in 2009 and Times in 2013 and it had being evolved each time.

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Lee Radziwill in her Paris apartment.
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Elle Decor, 2009

We can see the style in her Paris apartment is very different from her New York home. As herself said of her New York apartment :” but it’s extremely full. So it’s wonderful to have the contrast [in Paris] of having it totally Zen, totally peaceful. In what other city do you find doves outside your window…”   All of the furniture in her Paris home is clean-lined, yet there are gilded antique mirrors, gilded coffee tables, floral upholstery ,tons of artworks and books and a lot of detailed soft touches.  Her interiors are just like the way she dressed—modern , elegant and chic, yes American chic.

 

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Elle Decor 2013. Don’t you love these chinoiserie patterned fabric?  This is her favorite Chinoiserie Le Manach fabric which brings the soul, feminity and elegance to the room.
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This is the real-estate photo when the house was put on sale several years ago.
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Another real-estate photo when the house was put on sale several years ago.
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Obviously, pink is her favorite color.  With a large amount of creams and whites in the back ground,  mixed patterns of stripes, chinoiserie played off with pink on the sofa..  It is just such an elegant and peaceful place you want to wind down.
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Again, pink, stripe pattern, plant artworks, florals, neutrals for the  background and the sunshines… I would love to just sit here for the whole day watching doves flying by.
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Chic, chic, chic…
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A true style icon.

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A Stylish Tabletop from an Art Opening

Guys, it’s middle of the week.  We probably all need a little bit refreshing break from the busy week. I recently went to an art opening reception and was really amazed by how they styled the table with all natural ingredients and beautiful spring colors. Of course, the food was just beyond fresh and delicious.  Everything  was made from scratch. So they are local and very Los Angeles. Here are some photos and a video I would love to share with you:

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It’s a relaxed vibe. Spring is here. Everything is so fresh and just out of the garden.  Don’t you just love these spring colors? They look yummy!
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The spicy Tofu rolls are gone but I just love these beautiful leaves.
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Yes. Rapeseed is in full bloom in Los Angeles.  I love how they style rapeseed flowers  together with pomegranate seeds–so spring!
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Here are the spicy tofu rolls. They goes very fast!
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a moody moment

In case, you are interested  in learning their story, here is the link.  I hope you get some inspirations for your backyard spring parties.  Life is about celebrating the moments.

Lee Radziwill’s Glamorous New York Apartment

Several days ago, when I browsed through my Instagram and I read the news of Lee Radziwill.  — an legendary international socialite and fashion icon, the little sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is now with Jackie forever.

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I have always been obsessed by her  fashion and interior decorating styles—artsy, chic, elegant and with touch of surprises . She owned homes in New York, Paris and London.  Today I would like to share some of her New York apartment photos which was published by Architect Digest in 1975

The highlight for this New York apartment is really that red-velvet upholstered wall in her living room—it’s  sumptuous, luxury, feminine, warm and inviting.  It’s enliven the antique, artworks and old furnishings in the space. She mentioned that the reason she wanted vivid colors because she just experienced  the “white period” and want something different.

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I always feel that red color makes regency furniture look good and alive.
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Love the artworks and antiques.
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I love how she played red with lemon green.
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Each living room needs a fireplace.