It’s Friday. We thought it might be a good idea to tour a home with some beautiful colors. This historic home in Charlotte, North Carolina is graceful, feminine, warm, and timeless with a modern flair. we love the artisan wallpapers, textiles, old-world charming furnishings and locally crafted fine furniture used through the house. Here are the highlights of our favorites.
What makes a house home often is the coziness and warmth that we are feeling. Mid-century modern and stark minimalism have dominated our home furnishing market for a long, long time. When we pay attention to the details of these styles, the interiors usually ,from floor to ceiling, to walls , most of furniture are often hard-surfaced. They inevitably give us a very cold feeling. All of the hard-surface can hardly absorb the sounds. But textiles just do the opposite. So if we would like to create a soothing and quiet home, make sure you use different textile applications for our home. Today, we are going to talk about 7 benefits of using textiles at home.
1. They bring in fresh colors, textures and patterns. By doing so, they give depth, dimension and interest to any space. They simply make us feel excited.
After another busy week packed with endless Instagram Lives, IGTVs, Zoom meetings, designing and reading,…etc., we feel we kind of need some relaxing time in a super soothing master bath. So, what does your dream master bath look like? A relaxing color palette, a good lighting deign, natural light and some soft touches like clean-lined silky drapery panels and roman shades with elegant trims … We have it all in the below master bath we designed for the Client.
One of fun things for us to do an interior design project is to customize a piece of furniture that not only fits into client’s space, satisfies client’s needs, but also brings in intricate sophistication by focusing on details. Yes, small details truly matter and they are the final touches to create a dream home with sophisticated interiors you have being desired for many years. Those details can be if your LED chandelier is warm-dimmable, or your home office chair gives your options to recline with comfort, or the sizes of your sofa is long enough and deep enough for you and your family chill out on it or the structure and cushion of the sofa support ultimate comfort and durability.
Here is an example how we focus on the details of a lounge chair we customized for the client for her home office. The client wanted a super stylish chair she was able to seat on and relax during her stay there. And the challenge is that only space that is available is a small corner and the office door is pretty narrow for any large scale of furniture to get in. In order to satisfy client’s needs, we decided to do our own design from scratch and customized the pieces locally. There are a lot of behind-of-door work and one thing I can share here is all of the trims and piping we used on the chair, ottoman and pillow to delivery that glamorous designer-look.
We are continuing our 5 Celebrities’ Styles at Home series today to start a whole new week. Today will be our episode 2—Tony Burch at Home. You can click here to read episode I.
Tory Burch at Home
Tory Burch (néeRobinson; born June 17, 1966) is an American fashion designer, businesswoman and philanthropist. She is the Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of her own brand, Tory Burch LLC. She was listed as the 73rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes in 2015.
And here is a little bit more info about her on Forbes.
Fashion mogul Tory Burch’s preppy-chic lifestyle brand brings in $1.5 billion in sales from apparel, footwear, watches, accessories, and fragrances.
The art history grad worked with designers Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang before opening a boutique in New York City’s Nolita neighborhood in 2004.
In December 2018, Burch became executive chairman and chief creative officer of the $1.5 billion (est. revenue) fashion company that bears her name.
Pierre-Yves Roussel, a former LVMH executive and Burch’s husband, took over the CEO position.
In March 2019, Bank of America committed $100 million to her decade-old charitable foundation that has been helping women entrepreneurs since 2014.
New York Apartment
Artfully layered furnishings, each in vibrant shades of red, orange or green, sit by opulent wallpaper or deco-style monochrome walls. Prints—of flora and fauna, geometric, all ebullient—are recurring fixtures. So are artworks, both large and small, Chinese pottery and old collectables. The overall effect is a luxurious riot of bright hues and patterns. “It’s eclectic,” says Burch, “and very much me.”
“I’m not a big collector, not compared to them at least. What I have always liked about my parents is how they used to gather things together, and in the house, not because of their value but because of their style and beauty. I try to do the same with the items I purchase. I just love mixing pieces from different periods. The old with the new.”
Chelsea Handler’s Bel Air home has a good location with a beautiful lush hillside landscape. Chelsea Handler bought this home 10 years ago. And she took a lot of efforts to modernize this home, bright it up by using a lot of light colors, and at the same time, make it warm, inviting and cozy enough to entertain her friends and family here. We are totally obsessed with the breath-taking California vibe she has crafted throughout the years–soft, bright, airy, modern and relaxing indoor-outdoor style. She has a lot of artworks in her house either she purchased by herself over the years or the gifts from her friends. And she said she usually doesn’t have any idea about those artwork until several years later. Isn’t that cute?
We summarize several design highlights we really like about her home below. So get ready for a cup of coffee, tea or glass of wine, sit back and enjoy.
1. Replace some of the walls with floor-to-the-ceiling glass windowpanes to bring in more nature light to create that typical California indoor-and-outdoor vibe.
Thom Filicia is best known for an Emmy Award–winning television personality on shows like the original 2003 Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and 2018’s Get a Room with Carson & Thom, both on Bravo. Eight years ago, Filicia decided to sell the SoHo apartment where he had resided for a decade and move to a neighborhood with a bit more breathing room. A floor-through unit in a modern building designed by the South African architect Lindy Roy caught his eye, thanks to a layout with a strong separation between social and personal spaces. After spending four months in construction redoing floors, bathrooms, lights, and counters, Filicia set about decorating the 1,800-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment. The rooms include a mix of his own pieces, both from his Thom Filicia Home Collection and his to-the-trade New York showroom Sedgwick & Brattle, along with vintage furnishings and the artwork he has collected over the years. “I’m a single guy, so I wanted it to be timely and timeless, sophisticated yet inviting,” he explains, adding that he loves to entertain.
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We came cross one of Jane Showers’ Dallas projects this morning and amazed how she was able to use mixing-and-matching approach to bring in freshness and interest while still keeping her signature style—classical, elegant, feminine and modern.
Preston Hollow Estate
10,000 sq. ft.
J. Wilson Fuqua
Here are several highlights which really drew us in:
At this strange time, it is important to find joy in any moment. So, we decided to have a casual family picnic in our backyard last Saturday. It is spring and the weather is nice.
So under our lush lemon tree, we set up this picnic area. Yes, we want to use pink as base color since it will nicely contrasts with lush greenery and pastel spring blooms. And yes, we threw in a lot of plush pillows just to create that super comfy, chic laid-back vibes. Who wouldn’t?
And my Gosh, this is a truly heaven! And we love to mix and match different patterns of textiles just for some visual interest.
Wow, it is also such a special treat to do some reading right here. The greenery, spring blooms, lemon fragrance, sunshine,the nice breeze … etc, what could be better? Is this the best season of the year to enjoy our picnic at our backyard?
It is time to set up our cocktail table with some beautiful potted hydrangeas.
We are going to serve some home-made cocktails without sugar, rosé, Sauvignon Blanc
fresh fruits, cheese plates… Would like to join us?
And we love mix and match different patterns of textiles just for some visual interest. We also love collecting unique design of the wine bottles. We went a color palette of bright red, hot pink, pale pink, Classic Blue, light blue…. This is just such a dreamy spring color scheme that makes everyone happy.
The red on blooms is so romantic and cheerful.
Well, time to serve some wines!
So are you inspired to host your own backyard picnic or cocktail party?
Today, we are going to tour the super stylish Creative Director of VistaJet – the world’s premiere private aviation service – Nina Flohr’s London home. You can clickhere and here to read the first two episodes of our global home tours.
We love her jewel-tone warm color palettes, the mix of elegant textile patterns , sumptuous furnishing material finishes and a cozy and laid-back vibe. Let’s take a look together.