The entry we designed features with a statement-made timeless metal console, a playful artwork with a vivid green hue and whimsical butterfly wall sculptures, an ornate Baroque-style oversized wall mirror hand-carved from mango wood in matte white, which brings a vintage aesthetic. A pair of green velvet upholstered chairs flanking the console add a touch of softness and sophistication to the space.Continue reading
We have developed an appetite for tone-on-tone neutral palettes in the past year. We firmly believe that all these neutrals help create a soothing and relaxing home—the ultimate sanctuary for most of us under the current situation. We find out that if we do it right, the tone-on-tone color scheme will make home interiors high style and timeless. The challenge is often on how to create a monochromatic home that has a depth, dimensions and warmth. We came across this urban Chicago home and fell in love with its aesthetic. Yes, it has varied shades of grays and subtle pops of jewel tones— a perfect case study for a monochromatic home that is fresh, clean, modern yet elegant and sophiticated.
The entry is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Cape May Cobblestone which sets the tone of a crisp, monochromatic palette for the rest of the home. The gray leather on the seats add textures while the dark brown wood flooring evokes a warm feeling. The brass details on the console lamp and the mirror above elevate the entry with a touch of glam. And of course, the loose floral arrangement enlivens the space. You can click here for more ideas on entry design.Continue reading
We came across this beautifully designed modern California home on the internet and fell in love with its drama. And yes, it is not a typical Cali mid-century modern house. It is a house with color, texture , art and elegant details. It is a house with full of personality.
The minimalism architectural form of the house provides a perfect backdrop for the fabulous art collections by the owner. The chic and glam creamy console table with brass hardware at the entry sets the tone of elegant vibe for this house, not even mentioned the top-notch wall sculpture installation above the console and through the house.Continue reading
We love this California home thanks to its refined yet comfy vibe.
The house is modernized with a classical silhouette. And the symmetry design of the house gives it a grandeur feel.Continue reading
One of the tricks to modernize a classical home is to tone down its color palette. We have a great example here today.
We love the neutral color palette with gilding highlights which showcase the great classical design in a quiet way. The simple lined sculptural furniture nicely contrasts with tradition ornament details for a fresh and playful atmosphere.Continue reading
We came across this beautifully designed Victorian-era house in Melbourne on Vogue Living today and quite fascinated how modern and fresh the house looks.
Victorian-era houses normally have a quite impressive asymmetrical facade. Different from other Victorian-era houses, the facade of this one in Melbourne actually is clean, open and quite airy. We love the intricate metalwork on the ceiling and the flooring tiles. The toner color palette of grey, black and white truly gives the house a modern feel.Continue reading
Today we are going to tour a charming London townhouse. It’s a modern house with classical bones and a bit of British humor.
We like the grey and pearl color palette with a subtle pop of blue here in the entry. The feeling here is open, airy yet inviting and grounded thanks to a striking spiral staircase design, abundance of natural light, soft velvet fabric on the round settee and a traditional wood flooring.Continue reading
If you are not into Marie Kondo’s way to organize your home, we have something special for you today. We are going to tour a Manhattan apartment filled with traveling finds from the world.
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The color of blue has been huge in the year of 2020. As matter of the fact, the color of blue has been always one of the most likeable colors by people globally. The magic often lies in how to play with pattern and texture to create a sophisticated and layered look in the sea of blue that is not only calm, soothing but also rich, warm and inviting, the way that we want our home to feel. Mark D. Sikies is one of the masters to often use blue-and-white palette to create a modern classic beauty in people’s life. Today we are going to tour his latest project for fashion designer Karen Kane . Mark Sikies re-imagined Karen’s dark and dated 1980 home in Pacific Palisades, California and transformed it into a relaxed and gracious Provençal estate with a vivid dance of blues and aged artisanal finishes. Here are some of our favorites.
Custom wrought-iron lanterns light the arched limestone entrance. From here, we are able to peek the sweeping staircase with a touch of blue.Continue reading
Talking about a typical dreamy Paris Pied-à-Terre, we often think of the elegant French furniture and luxury fabric with fashion-forward colors. And there is always a playfulness and surprise. Today we are going to tour a San Francisco–based couple’s dream Pied-A-Terrie in Paris with stunning views of both the Invalides and the Eiffel Tower. Here are our favorites.
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