Colors that Make you Calmer

From fashion to automobile, yes, we see a lot of cream, almond, vanilla colors in 2019. The other day, I just unintentionly picked up a cream hat for myself . It looks so good with almost everything.

 

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Those warm almond/cream colors are classical, soft and timeless. Now, the trend comes to the interiors too. These almond colors truly never go out of style and they do the wonder in the room.

1. DIMITY, FARROW & BALL
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It’s soft, elegant and warm, perfect applied on the trims and also rich enough to stand alone on the walls and ceilings.

“This paint color makes it into a lot of our residential projects. It is the perfect trim color when the walls are deep classic hues but it is also rich enough to stand alone on walls and ceilings themselves. I used Dimity in my bedroom when I moved into my Manhattan home six years ago and I’m still impressed by the softness and elegance years later.” — Anna Beeber

2.NATURAL WICKER, BENJAMIN MOORE

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This is a quite special shade,  not too white, not too yellow, and it looks great with anything.  It is the color of a Marcona almond. IIt will look super elegant snd chic paired with leafy green or the glossiest chocolate brown.

 

3.OXFORD STONE, FARROW & BALL

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This classic dark taupe was inspired by the cottages found in the pretty Cotswold villages of Oxfordshire. It Brimming with warmth and an unmatchable depth, the subtle richness of Oxford Stone creates an earthy and uplifting finish from top to bottom, sweeping across woodwork and walls.

It’s perfect for an English country kitchen while still feeling current and fresh.

 

4.CHINA WHITE, BENJAMIN MOORE

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China white is both cool and warm at the same time. The subtle creamy depth of the color is perfect to harmonize with both vintage elements and contemporary details.

5.NAVAJO WHITE, BENJAMIN MOORE

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Its almondy richness makes it the perfect neutral. Sometimes, if a room does not have good natural light, a sharp white can go a bit gray. This ensures a warmness.

 

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A Beautiful Tabletop

It’s middle of the week again. I hope you are all doing very well. I have couple of design projects going on simultaneously. I feel a little bit overwhelming and look for some inspiration to  just keep myself going.  I started to organize the photos for the events I have been to recently. I found something that really lights up my day—yes, a beautiful tabletop.  I guess color and fresh flowers always stimulate my brain to release more endorphin and make me feel happy. I hope you feel the same way too.

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A cheerful welcoming. Orange, red and dark pink with greenery gives every space a upscale look.
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Green hydrogen—it’s Spring time!
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Eye-candy!
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Eye-candy!

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

A New New York Vintage Restaurant in Vegas

Whenever I go to Vegas, I always love to schedule some time to check out the new restaurants.  Ken Fulk is one of my favorites designers based in New York and I follow his Instagram. He recently posted this awesome restaurant he designed —Sadelle’s ,  Bellagio.   It is kind of  vintage New York vibe, very chic.  I really like the color palette–pink, green, blue and gold— he used for the restaurant and decided to visit this time for my KBIS trip.

 

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This is the shot from Bellagio Botanic Garden. Love all pale-blue ceilings and wall panels.  The first impression—very un-Vegas but Paris-inspired instead.

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Animal-print on the chairs

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love how he plays drapery panels
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Open air yet still inviting and intimate thanks to the elegant to-the-floor drapery panels.
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Overview the Botanica garden
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Lounge area with a lot of curves. 
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seating area—love the emerald green couch and flower pink chairs

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 Pleated brass wall scones—classic vibes

I think the main successes  for this restaurant project:

  1. Vintage and classic color palette;
  2. Drapes and upholstery soften the 10,000 square foot space
  3.  Intimate lighting complements soft furnishings, wood tables, brass accents, mirrored walls and coffered ceilings.

 

What about food–“a breakfast-centric morning, power lunch spot mid-day, and a dinner experience at night right in front of the resort’s Conservatory and Botanical Garden as the backdrop” Click here and see reviews from foodies

Coastal Maximalism

Every time when people talk about California coastal interiors, it is always kind of either white, cream or blueish color palettes with signature California lay-back vibes. But not for this one.  It is located right at Corona Del Mar , So Cal and has a perfect polished modern classical style with maximalism in mind. The home is owned by Jerrod Blandino and Jeremy Johnson, the co-founders of the California-based cosmetics brand Too Faced. Then, I guess you expect some big wows!

 

Interior designer Mary MacDonald create such wonderful color palettes for each room:

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Feminine hot pink pops up from cream, white and grey background with masculine architectural elements.
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The entry hall staircase is so French featured  with gilded rails, hand-painted wallpaper, marble stairs.  White, gold and black create such a modern classic tone for t5he whole house
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Love this teal color in the library
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Grey, white, gold again create classic atmosphere in the master bath and wooden ottoman add a touch of warmth to this all marble-covered space.
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Love this pink guest bathroom. Pink, black and strong geometric patterns balance off each other.

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Instagram’s New Favorite

It’s February.  I am really looking for some colors.   I  scrolled  through Instagram for inspiration and found this new beauty—-a recently repainted colorful Saguaro Hotel, Palm Spring.   New York based architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat originally designed the hotel with the vision of matching the fourteen hues to fourteen local plants and wildflowers native to California’s Colorado desert.

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The Saguaro Hotel and its sister hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona became instant Instagram favorites.

 

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Hope you find inspiration too.

 

Happy Tuesday

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Spring House Tour—April

 

Fresh flowers, jewel tones, pastel color palette, floral patterns are the elements that make spring decor exciting, fresh and chic.  Here is the design project we did to perfect illustrate spring theme.  It’s feline, glamor, classical yet modern and well balanced off with masculine energy.

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the lavender floral wallpaper perfectly plays with black-and-white checkered flooring.  It’s formal yet elegant with some drama.  Perfect for hallway design.
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Red velvet upholstered dining chairs truly make a bold and passionate statement for this French-flair dining room.  The blush curved settee lends a hand of casual elegance to this dining room.  The whole design scene reminds us that it’s spring and it’s party time.
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We all want a serene corner at home where we can read and simply chill out.  This design vignette features gilded black lacquered console, artworks and an light lavender upholster reading chair.  The blue side table is an antique.
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The lavender color continues to the kitchen which features subway tiles, black vintage range hood, white cabinetry and open shelves.

 

 

Happy Thursday

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Chinoiserie through the Looking Glass

Moon Festival, which is also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is a traditional Chinese Celebration that dates back to the Tang Dynasty. It is celebrated every year on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month in the Chinese calendar when the moon is at its fullest and brightest of the year. Click here to know the details .  To reflect the impact of enchanting Chinese aesthetic on Western fashion and interior design, we put together some beautiful chinoiserie photos on fashion and home decorating based on the trends within past 3 years in this blog. Sit back, relax and enjoy!

On Fashion

Chinoiserie has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries.

镜花水月中的东方韵味。

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inspired by blue- and- white porcelain
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gold Phoenix print
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imperial yellow
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classic pattern

 

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Above photos are from Vogue.

On Interior Design

“When you have a home that reflects you and your family, you create spaces that last a lifetime” “当你拥有一个可以反映你及你家人的房子时,你便创造了一个永不过时的空间”
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Old photos always show where you are from.

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oriental hand-crafted pieces

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chinoiserie wallpaper backdrop

 

 

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chinoiserie wallpaper and fabric

 

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elegant wallpaper

 

 

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Chinoiserie wallpaper makes a statement

 

 

I hope you enjoy going through these beautiful photos and designs! By the way, don’t forget to have some delicious moon cakes today!

中秋快乐!

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Anna Wintour’s Chic Office

NY Fashion Week is happening now.  Perhaps no one knows the ins and outs of Fashion Week better than Anna Wintour, longtime editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine since 1988 and artistic director at Conde Nast. Donning her trademark black Chanel sunglasses and perfectly styled bob, Wintour has been a fashion-show fixture for decades.   So, what does her office look like?

As seen in a “73 Questions” segment produced by Vogue, Wintour’s office in the old Conde Nast Building was tastefully decorated with a wide variety of pieces.

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It’s open, airy and has  chic mix-and-match of industrial, vintage classical styles. Fresh floral arrangements and French console by the doors lend the hand of ladylikeness  and whimsicalness.

 

 

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Desk and seating area

Love how seating area is arranged  with unique vintage French chaise, chair and ottoman in cream and taupe linen.   Love the cream roman shades with the black trims—a touch of fashion contour.   The antique area rug with subtle red patterns pick up the red color of roses on the desk, adding a little bit of visual excitement in the office.

 

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Love how the artworks and objects are arranged in her office —artsy and neat.  The low bench just beneath the window is such a good idea to display the decor objects—it makes the space interesting and organized.

 

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Close look of the chaise

The floral pink pillows are just an elegant and  warm  touch for this neutral color-dominated seating area.  Love Anna’s personal collections—Clarice Cliff Art Deco pottery.

Here are 5 take-aways from Anna Winter’s chic office

 

  1. Warm-tone neutral palette with pops of color. 暖色调的中性背景色, 点缀瑰丽色。
  2. Trimmed roman shades always give an office an upscale looking. 迁边的罗马窗帘提升整个空间的格调。
  3. Mix industrial and traditional  to make it light and fun. 工业化与传统的结合,更显得富有趣而富有创造性。
  4. Artworks show the high taste. 艺术画常常代表高尚品味。
  5. Pillows and flower bouquets make the office feminine. 装饰枕头与大鲜花束富有女性魅力。

Hallway in Pantone Sharkskin

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The inspiration for Fall 2016 color palette is led by the desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism.  The top ten colors begin with the introduction of a neutral: the cool and restful  gray, PANTONE 17-3914 Sharkskin (new).  It’s edgy yet dependable, can be paired with  any of the fall colors.

 

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For the hallway project, we painted sharkskin grey on the accent wall to create calm yet fresh  backdrop for classic furniture–warm-tone mahogany console and gilded mirror.  The application of this gray shade also adds a touch of modern flair in the space.  It’s truly timeless.  The vignette is just like a classic still-life painting, making you want to stop and be present with the moment.