December 7, 2012

1015Um, YES PLEASE!  do you love this sconce as much as I do?

William Haines designed the original “Ice Crystals” Sconces for the May house in 1953, using faceted pieces of acrylic material. This limited edition is offered as an exact opposing pair. Reflecting the sparkling glamour of Hollywood , the sconces are a brilliant accessory to traditional or contemporary interiors.  As modern as they were in the 50’s these would look amazing in a urban loft, organic beach house or a traditional home.  That speaks to the quality of design and the timelessness of these beautiful lights.

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Designed for the Haines studio in 1951, the Bel-Air sofa exemplifies the essence of the Haines look – restrained modernism and glamorous scale. The back supports and legs are wrapped in leather and frame the deeply tufted upholstery. Originally made ten feet wide, the sofa is available in custom sizes.  I love that the sofa has both the glam of hollywood in its heyday and the quintessential details of a mid-century piece.  

William Haines Designs, located in Los Angeles, California is carrying on the Haines legacy by faithfully reproducing the original Haines furniture designs with great accuracy and penchant for this style known as Hollywood Glamour. Peter Schifando and J. Jonathan Joseph are extending the Haines aesthetic with painstaking accuracy and fulfilling the current demand for Hollywood Regency design. With an A-List clientele, which includes Nancy Reagan and Betsy Bloomingdale, it is only befitting that these iconic, classic designs from William Haines grace their homes.

The Elbow Chair, the Brentwood Chair, Conference Chair and Pull Up Chair are among the glamorous classics that comprise the William Haines Collection. These are authentically produced by the same California manufacturer for the last fifty years. The current Haines furniture collection are re-issued Haines Originals. They are available through William Haines Designs and select dealers throughout the United States.

William Haines Designs

Heaven

December 6, 2012

I believe in some sort of heaven.  I don’t know what it’s like… how could I? I’m still alive! …and the jury is still out on whether they will let me in when it’s my turn to depart this life, but I sure hope it resembles something close to this: make-your-bed-designDon’t you just want to put on freshly laundered PJ’s and climb into something that feels the way this bed looks?  I do!

I have studied this image and tried to imagine how I would ask my upholsterer to make something that looks like this.  A boxed frame with knife-edge bedskirt-like layers filled with down attached up the sides, like shingles?  I think the illusion of stacked duvets would be lost if there were splits at the corners where side pieces met the foot board pieces.  Maybe it’s more like a coverlet that simply has a multilayered edge that goes over the box spring but not the mattress and then several more make up the top layers?  that would be the easiest and most cost-effective I’m guessing but how would you ever clean it?  OK, OK … I’ve got it:

lay a duvet (or three) on the floor, set the box spring over it/them… add two or three more duvet covers, add a mattress and then add more duvets… Voila!  That’s a lot of duvets, maybe I should google “discounted duvets” or “duvets-for-less” I’m beginning to doubt this will ever happen for me or a client in this lifetime, so I’ll just have to keep wishing that this is what heaven looks like.

Get On The BEIGE Train!

December 5, 2012

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Tan, Taupe, Beige, Camel, Khaki, Sand, Grey WHATEVER…

There is no better (easier) way to create a calm zen like room than by sticking with neutrals.  A room nearly void of colorful patterns and bold colors allows the eye to see texture, form and shade.  This look is far from boring if you employ interesting shapes, strong accents and rich textures.  Dark pieces are a great way to give the eye something to find. A basket, a side table a table lamp… just a few small additions to a creamy tonal beige room add punctuation.   I promise, it’s a sophisticated look.

I get the look isn’t for everyone, but if you’re drawn to the idea… try it.  You can always layer in color if you just can’t handle the abyss of beige.

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Lamp by: Visual Comfort

Table by: oomph

 

Here the secret…  Here’s the reason that people hire a designer/decorator: Interior Design is more than getting a sofa and a few chairs to be the right size for the room, to coordinate with other furnishings, to be delivered on time and on budget and to suit the clients lifestyle… that’s what’s tangible, you can put all of that on a spread sheet.  Trust me thats hard enough, but what you can’t see and what most clients seem to lack is understanding the vibe.  Every choice creates mood, ambiance if you prefer that term.  You can’t just pick drapery hardware, you must decide what material; metal or wood or ? then you pick color; Dark or light or ? and then you have to decide size, finial, and even shiny or matte or ?  That level of detail is what a designer is faced with EVERY time someone asks “what do you think?” and the truth is some clients don’t really wait for the full answer. “Brown wood” is not really an answer, it’s a starting point.  Is the space modern? Do we want the drapery rod smooth, shiny and slim to set the right mood or vibe… YES.

It’s important that the casters on the table leg match the metal light fixtures mounted on the wall, that’s “good decorating”. Mixing metals and doing it with style and panache is “great decorating”.  Mixing it all up and having the room give off the right tone or mood, is simply put, why people pay to have someone else tell them what to buy.  Now I’m not trying to imply that decorating is easy.  Take more than one opinion, a budget and a ticking clock and that’s a recipe for not only stress, but for a very bumpy ride darlings.  A good (great) designer has to understand the emotions involved in design work, handle clients and the budget appropriately and listen a lot.  A great designer also has to know how and when to put his or her foot down and make a point when the project is going off the path to greatness.  It’s going out on a limb, I don’t like to do it, but forced to I will.  It’s not a sales pitch… there are a thousand million sofas in the world, find another.  It’s about the look, the vibe the mood of the room, my job is to see that in the end, the details speak to glamor, or to modernity or to rustic beach chic or what ever the end result has been targeted for.  that’s what designers do, that’s what I do.  Thats my job, I love my job.

the BARCELONA CHAIR

October 15, 2012

The Barcelona chair was exclusively designed for the German Pavilion, that country’s entry for the International Exposition of 1929, which was hosted by Barcelona, Spain by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.  A German-American architect, he is commonly referred to, and was addressed, as Mies, his surname. Along with Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto and Frank Lloyd Wright, he is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture.  Pictured above in what I personally think is his masterpiece, Farnsworth House, the Barcelona Chair has become an icon of mid-century style and the Bauhaus movement.


Mies, like many of his post-World War I contemporaries, sought to establish a new architectural style that could represent modern times just as Classical and Gothic did for their own eras. He created an influential twentieth century architectural style, stated with extreme clarity and simplicity. His mature buildings made use of modern materials such as industrial steel and plate-glass to define interior spaces. He strived towards an architecture with a minimal framework of structural order balanced against the implied freedom of free-flowing open space. He called his buildings “skin and bones” architecture. He sought a rational approach that would guide the creative process of architectural design. He is often associated with the aphorisms “less is more”.

But this is about the Barcelona chair, not just its designer.  The frame was initially designed to be bolted together, but was redesigned in 1950 using stainless steel, which allowed the frame to be formed by a seamless piece of metal, giving it a smoother appearance. Bovine leather replaced the ivory-colored pigskin which was used for the original pieces.

The functional design and elements of it that were patented by Mies in Germany, Spain and the United States in the 1930s have since expired. The Barcelona chair was manufactured in the US and Europe in limited production from the 1930s to the 1950s. In 1953 van der Rohe ceded his rights and his name on the design to Knoll, knowing that his design patents were expired. This collaboration then renewed popularity in the design.  Since 1953 Knoll Inc has manufactured the chair. They make the frame in two different steel configurations, chrome and stainless. The chair is almost completely hand-laboured, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s signature is stamped into each chair. Unauthorized reproductions proliferate worldwide and are sold under different marketing names.

The source of the majority of this information was taken from Wikipedia

LA STYLE

October 7, 2012

I thought about it on the plane and realized that I hadn’t been to Los Angeles for seven years, that’s a long time… But after being here just one day I’ve realized that while shops, clubs and restaurants have come and gone and others have taken their place the city is largely the same. It still has beautiful weather, beautiful people wearing carefully crafted outfits, there is beautiful architecture – both old and new – and yes, still lots of glam if you know where to look.20121007-074445.jpg
This first image is part of Chateau Marmont – a haunt of the rich and famous and now me.  The old world glamour is really perfect, modeled after an infamous royal residence in France’s Loire Valley, it is a fantastical folly in the land of make believe.  The bungalows, pool area and hotel are all well perserved and are a total throwback to the glam days of Hollywood. I had a delicious lunch in the outdoor courtyard with great great friends, had a star sighting: Toby Mcguire, and loved walking the grounds and pool.

20121007-074511.jpgWest Hollywood doesn’t suck either.  West Hollywood is bordered on the north by the Hollywood Hills, on the east by the Hollywood district, on the south by the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, and on the west by the city of Beverly Hills… so its a great location and the walkable neighborhood is a great mix of residential & commercial.  The architecture is largely extreme Art Deco, Spanish Colonial Revival, Monterey Revival, elaborate Italianate monsters – and fountains and statues, hidden gardens and fantastic ironwork and detailing.  The most famous building in the general area is the Art Deco Sunset Tower Hotel up there on the Sunset Strip (8358 Sunset Boulevard), back to its original name after being the Argyle for a bit – 1929, architect Leland A. Bryant. It’s very famous, in a good number of films, and once home to Howard Hughes, John Wayne, Paulette Goddard, Zasu Pitts, and that famous gangster with the great name, Bugsy Siegel. It seems everyone lived there. If you’re really in the know – or if you’re lucky enough to have close friends in the know – the SOHO house is a private club on the top two floors of the 14-story, 9200 Sunset Boulevard.  Opened in spring 2010, Soho House West Hollywood has a bar and dining room that offers spectacular views LA.  The terrace garden dining area is lined with olive trees and covered by a retractable roof. There is also a comfortable sitting room and a private dining and bar area for members’ events and screenings.  Devine!

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Red velvet club chairs in the screening room, whats not to love?

So I mentioned in my last post that I enjoy poking though the antique store in my area on my day off… I often will buy things with clients in mind, hoping they might like what I’ve found and secretly hoping I’ll be forced to keep it if they don’t share my vision.  Well this week I found a few things I – they – couldn’t live without, and many things I wanted to buy, but left behind…  I’m wondering if there isn’t some web-based business where I could post the things I didn’t buy and offer to buy them for someone should they want it, and deliver or ship it to them.  That business model probably already exists but I’m thinking it could be a slow winter project – assuming I’ll have time over the winter… it’s already shaping up to be quite busy.  Anyway, here are the things I let slip by…

9 plus feet long, $400.00… I know it’s a crazy deal, I just don’t have a need for it.

Orange and White, great condition… $875 for the pair.

I might go back for these… $500 for the pair!  Crazy right?!?

Black glass, needs shade (duh) but it was $59.00 Wish there were two.

If I had that G.D. summer house I could install these in the showers… forget how much, but they were pricy.

So I guess it’s been awhile since I posted product.  I mostly focus on the overall aesthetic of a room so today I’m going to post a few of my favorite pieces from vendors I use with some regularity…  Starting with the Farm House Wing Chair from Hickory Chair. It’s got great style and its a comfortable sit, it looks good in traditional and modern settings and you can order it from 28 inches wide up to 120 inches wide!  I’ve seen it upholstered with a “racing stripe” down the middle and that is a great look, breaking tradition further and adding to its modern sensibility.

Random I know, it’s a mixed bag today… but I’m just loving the Vincent table from Oly.  Inside or outside I love this table in pairs, flanking french doors, a fireplace or a sofa.  Available in several finishes the organic look of the faux-wood table adds interest to a space, plays well with traditional furniture and the dash of whimsy isn’t “too cute”… the table has sophisticated polish.  A great foyer piece too, I like it in white with a mirror above it.

This is the Cabrillo Nailhead Chest from Bernhart.  It’s gotten a lot of attention since it’s debut, and why not? It’s a stunner and Bernhart is known for good – not great, but good – pricing.  This chest probably isn’t “cheap” but well worth the cost, just look at the detail.  The chest is linen wrapped and the decorative nailhead details are most likely applied by hand, that’s some serious labor.  The piece itself is a show stopper.  I’d love this chest of drawers as night stands in a big bedroom against a dark wall. POP!

Ahhh… McGuire.  a San Francisco based company  that has been around forever, just keeps putting out chic product that feels fresh and holds up to the test of time (never trendy, always timeless).  The Barbara Barry designed Caned Lounge Chair is designed for comfort. The square back offers a delicate pattern of square mesh caning framed in rattan and accented by the collection’s signature half-oval, cutout detail… and it looks good too!  Click over to McGuire to see more.

And finally, I would be remiss if i did not include a rug from my favorite rug vendor Asmara.  This rug in particular is so elegant and so beautiful and so easy to design around and live with.  Silk, cotton, linen, leather… Eveything looks good with this rug.  I work on many coastal homes and the pale color palette is perfect to compliment beautiful views and maintain a balance between whats going on indoors and out.  Using ancient French Savonnerie dyeing and weaving methods and fine hand spun wool yarns, this hand-knotted Oushak pile rug has subtle shade and texture variations rivalling the best antique Oushak rugs.  If you want the best, start with Asmara.

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So I posted this from my iPhone and regrettably, not all of the copy made it onto the blog… only the last paragraph to be more exact… but here is what I had tried to say:  I love a white sofa.  They are like a design chameleon in that they can take on what ever you decide to pair with them, bright pillows, a patterned chair, a fur throw, whatever.  They can go romantic, country, modern and traditional and they look good doing it.  Now I appreciate that not all lifestyles support the practicality of a white sofa, but you can choose a chenille that would be very forgiving, or a cotton slip-cover that’s washable or you could teach the beloved dog not to jump on the livingroom sofa…  When I thought about writing this post I considered going back and looking to see how many times I’ve posted about white sofas, but I decided not to because I’m sure it’s a pretty big number and everyone knows decorators aren’t too good at counting that high.  For me a white sofa is truly a blank canvas.  You can still go any direction with a room and what I think I like best is that a sofa is typically your largest piece of furniture in a given room, it’s really a good idea to keep it neutral so that it doesn’t become the “elephant” in the room – no offense to elephants.  I have found that clients get excited about patterns and colors more so than a tonal or neutral scheme, this makes sense there is just more visually to see and fall in love with, but once you have lived with a white ( or neutral ) sofa and/or room you understand how great they are to live with.

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I was at a wedding this weekend at a clients home – the one we designed and built the pergola for – and was chatting with a family friend.  He asked about the business and assumed that the very first thing I did to find direction was to consult the client.  Without hesitation I quickly informed him that was the third thing I did, after considering the architecture of the home and forming my own opinion as to scale of furniture, furniture placement, general color palette and the like.  Only then would I discuss with the client what it is they would hope for the space and we would begin the negotiation from there.  Don’t get me wrong, I give my clients what they want, but they choose from options that I have given them so It’s important to have a strong conviction and a strong vision to help guide the client to furnishings that will suit their lifestyle, budget and still give them the look they want and achieve a look I can be proud of as well.    What I have learned is: put the personality in the smaller pieces and the accessories.  Chairs and sofas should be able to stand up to your changing tastes, trends and any remodel or move.  Good furniture lasts a long time, choose carefully, and put your wild colors and patterns on your pillows.  20120917-064006.jpg
The last thing I’d like to say today is that it is not easy for me to create a room without pattern and with little to no color. It takes restraint, big time! Do you know how many beautiful prints and patterns there are? And how many more are being produced constantly? I LOVE the look in the three images posted today but the reality is it takes major control to create, clients don’t usually get very excited about cream, beige and tan color schemes and more people than not want color and pattern. That being said, this is a look I’m very comfortable in. Left to my own this is the aesthetic I would create for clients but the truth is the client wins more often than I do and that’s ok. I really do care more about making someone happy than flexing my design muscle and in the end I have my own home to decorate as I wish, white sofa and all!

the LINEN SOFA

August 13, 2012

 

I guess I’m a sucker for a neutral linen sofa.  Search it on this site and almost every post will come up… and here I am posting another living room with a creamy linen sofa as the centerpiece.  Whats not to like?  When you’re going classic and by that I mean picking a sofa that needs to last through trends and your moods think about getting the best fabric possible.  A plain sofa with average fabric can always be disguised with pillows and a throw but by putting the prettiest and highest quality fabric on a piece you keep simple and neutral without sacrificing a specialness.  It’s a large piece and often the most obvious in a room, you’re sitting – sometimes lying on it – so but something nice on it.

Make a stately statement. Pared-down styling transforms a typically highly ornamental piece into one grounded and subdued. Natural linen upholstery on an exposed natural oak frame give this sofa an elegant form and visual interest… Neutral doesn’t have to be boring.  This piece is $2400 from Global Home – globalhomeny.com

 

Sleek and modern can benefit from the quality of a well woven natural fiber like linen.  Often a bit cold looking modern or contemporary lines often look even better with the softness of a linen cover.  There is a bit of topography and an ease to the fabric that plays nicely with straight, simple lines.  This sofa is from zinhome.com and runs about $2400.00

 

Can leave out all the big box retailers so I’m going to include this sofa from Crate & Barrel.  It’s a transitional piece if you ask me, somewhere between classic and modern.  It would live well with antiques but could go the way of concrete floors, repurposed coffee table and exposed vent work easily.  At only $1600.00 its a great price – albeit perhaps not as well made as other options – from Crate & Barrel
And last but not least, I would be remiss if I didn’t include one of my favorite and best upholstery lines Lee Industries in this write-up.  Lee has been in business for many, many years, their sofas are hand crafted with kiln dried wood, 8 way hand tied springs, cushions are available with down-wrap or all down options and the number of styles available will astound you!  p.s. their lead time runs about 4 weeks!  …and you can’t complain about that.

 

 

 

Dark & Stormy

July 22, 2012

It’s the height of summer, and I’m thinking about Dark and Stormy.  Not the Rum and soda concoction, the graphite to black boldness that turns a neutral, tonal space into a more edgy, more urban (and it up’s the chic factor if you ask me) space.  What dark needs is lots of light around it.  That’s the key to making dark work.  Dark sofas? White walls!

It’s about the positive and negative spaces.  Dark, light, open… closed.  Love the ying/yang of this kitchen.  Check out the closed, open, closed wall cabinets around the window and the half-open half closed island… cool!  NOTE: floors, walls & ceiling = Light.

Dark sofa? Light pillows!  it’s that simple.  bring the wall color into the room via the coffee table, pillows and other upholstered items (and the rug?!).

Dark and Stomry-ish.  Here is a safe version of what adding depth to a room looks like.  The commitment is  minimal but imagine this room without the black in it… quite a different look.  Not all that dark but a statement none the less.

 

 

perfection.

July 12, 2012

This is what perfection looks like because it’s not perfect, but it is.  One great thing about this room is it feels like it happened, not as if it were planned.  There is a great balance between light and dark, delicate thin dark accents and wide swathes of whites and creams…  Dark floor grounds it all.

A new good friend told me say less, so I’m leaving it at that today…

July 9, 2012

Just met with a young client who has a wedding coming up in a year or so who has bought a beautiful waterfront lot along with a home that is in need of some up-dating.  Our first meeting went really well and we seemed to like each others ideas and the rooms are a good scale so I’m excited to begin the process with she and her fiance.  The major requests are tonal, natural, chic, comfortable, easy and no florals.  Easy enough!  It’s basically my dream home, but for her… I’m good with that at least I get to help create it.  I posted these pictures with the post because I think they all have something we could borrow for the living room in my clients house.    

Sisals will be laid, un-dyed linen covered sofas filled with down on top of wide plank floors and under a coffered ceiling.  White accents and white orchids everywhere.  I wonder if she’d go for a cowhide rug under the coffee table(s)?

There was much discussion around what patterns if any will be used.  Geometrics and trellis is ok, vine, floral, seashell motif are all out.  Can’t wait to have our next meeting, I already have a file bulging with clips and ideas.  Stay tuned for some “before pictures” I plan on taking them next time I’m there.

50 Shades of Grey

June 19, 2012

Nope, I haven’t read the book that is making its way though the mommy circuit (and countless teenagers hands as well).  Back in my day the book was Flowers For Algernon, yep that got passed around, and around and around… but I digress.

Yep, that color we all loved in the 80’s is back – Grey.   It’s cool and sleek, it’s dark and sexy, and it plays well with others.  Go get yourself some grey!


I’m Working On It

June 17, 2012

So this is an image I took over the shoulder of the professional photographer, but I couldn’t wait to share it with you.  I know his will be much better but here are my snapshots.  With this house the clients were really great to work with, they were so receptive  to my vision of something modern but soft, beachy yet crisp.  We stayed on message for the most part, a few times we were seduced by something Asian, or a painting the client had to have, we worked together quite well. I really do love the home we have created and thrilled to have it photographed.

Thank you all for stopping by as much as you do.  I am so flattered that so many of you keep coming back to see what I’m going on about.  I hope you all have a great Father’s Day Sunday!  See you tomorrow.

And just for fun they put me in front of the camera for one or two shots… here I am.  Yes, I know I may have only posted my picture on the blog once or twice before in 3 years!  But, I figured it was about time.  This screened-in porch is completely open to the dining and living rooms thanks to folding glass doors.  I love the soft palette that mimics the living room.

How did I miss yesterday?  It was a busy day, but that’s no excuse…  Here are the pictures I found at plastolux.com that I mentioned on Thursday.  Cool space right?  it’s random and very undesigned but it’s edited and curated and each individual piece is worthy of being in the room.  Of course the room itself has serious “bones”, who wouldn’t want that big open space to hang out in (it almost doesn’t matter that there seems to be no windows).

Different home (I think) sameish look. I’m going to call it undecorated – even though it is decorated, and styled and tweeked to look just so – it’s stylish without feeling planned or “decorated”.  colors don’t match, stripes are mixed, but don’t be fooled, it’s high style.  And, speaking of high style…

no words need be written, aside from… YUMMY!

That’s what this look is referred to as by many, coastal sophisticated.  Why would I bring it up today you may ask, well today I’m having one of my recent projects shot by a professional photographer and the look is, well… costal sophisticated.  It’s a mix of transitional furnishings, some modern some tradtional, all in a warm earthy palette of neutrals and blues ( think sand and sky ).  To me the coastal  look embodies a casual relaxed vibe and little rustic or textural.  Color palettes can be all over the map but think sunny days and cocktails on the screened porch at sunset.

These sectional sofas have all be styled differently and they range in style… from track arm to english arm to rolled arm.  A few of these sofas have T cushions ( where the seat cushion wraps in from of the arm) others do not, but all are casual in their fabric and comfortable looking pieces.  Interesting none are skirted,  sofas (and chairs) all have exposed legs to keep the look light and fresh.

I think all of the rooms in this blog are well done and suit the coastal look quite well.  Ottomans as coffee tables seems to be a strong trend running though most of the pictures. There are few patterns, no prints or florals, wide stripes and texture are the look here.

 I have to get to the store early and pull accessories and a few extra pillows to fluff the room were shooting.   Typically clients love this day because it really is the icing on the cake day.  They get to see the room go from being done to finished, if you know what I mean.  Accessories are really what set the mood and finish a space, I like to make sure they speak to the clients and who they are but they also have to be right for the house and room.

Hopefully I’ll have a proof in the next few days to share with you all.  Thanks – as always – for stopping by and checking out BILLblog.  Have a great day!

Host Chairs

June 12, 2012

There is nothing like a host chair at either end of a dining room table.  It’s the perfect place to add a pop of color if the room needs it.  The architecture of a chair with more visual weight frames the table and creates a book-end aesthetic that cozies up a sometimes lean room (meaning there is typically less fabric and fewer accessories).  And, of course a comfortable chair is always in high demand for long nights around the table with friends and wine.  I like a tall host chair that gives some height at the ends of the table, for me the visual of that extra height helps the middle of the room for not feeling so flat.  If you entertain and seating is sometimes short in the living room, host chairs are the perfect pull-in chair, typically smaller in scale but comfortable (esp. with arms) and light enough to move around easily.

a favorite of mine right now, from Lee Industries… it looks great with and without arms.

Bunk Beds Seven Ways

June 11, 2012

I guess I’m a kid at heart.  I love the idea of bunk beds.  Wouldn’t mind having them for a guest room, wouldn’t mind sleeping in one for a weekend away, and visually I really like the way they look… Cozy.  The one featured above is from Oeuf – out of Brooklyn and Germany – and is part of their perch collection.  Isn’t it cool and modern without being to tricky?  Sort of Michael Graves like, or Philippe Stark esque and I mean those comparisons to both be a compliment.

I’m guessing this house was designed to have these beds built-in from the get-go.  How else would they have been so lucky to have the windows so perfectly placed.  This set-up is very sophisticated, and although it has whimsy and the stylist had to put in the stuffed animal, I would be proud to present this room as my guest room in my summer-house.  The color palette is grown up, the curtains add privacy and… and… AND I’m a little jealous.  There, I said it.

It’s an equal opportunity blog today! This one is for all the modern purists.  How cool is this set up?  Granted, low man is basically on the floor, to get three guest beds in this small amount of space feels a bit Japanese by way of the space being so well used.  I don’t know where this photo was taken, but I’d like to visit.

No shortage on style with these beds they are the Armani or Christian Liaigre of bunk beds… Sleek, dark, minimal.  Again with the perfectly placed windows, Love it.

two girls one bedroom? No problem… Build them bunk beds.  Lavender is HOT this spring and summer, jump on the band wagon before you blink and everyone is painting, decorating and sewing their way to a new trend color.  The mix of the taupey grey with the lavender is really, really good.  White would have been too sweet.  This is very well done, the niche they made for bedside storage is a great detail.

The best part of this picture?  They are someone elses children ( just kidding, not really, no really I’m kidding, not really).  The best part of this set-up is the built-in stairs.  Interesting that we don’t get to see the full wall, I wonder if the wall was just the right size or maybe it was longer than they needed.  In any case, this is a good looking double bunk bed wall if I ever saw one.

You didn’t think I’d write this much about bunk beds and not include one in “my personal style” did you ?  No, I didn’t design this casual summer-house bunk bed situation… But I’d have it in a heart beat in my coastal cottage for friends to crash in when it’s too late ( that’s code for when they are over served) for them to make it home.  Which is your favorite?

JANGEORGe Sag Harbor

June 6, 2012

My friend Richard turned me on to this great pair of designers turned shopkeepers a while back after he returned from Key West where Jan and George have their interior design shop.  Both have worked over a decade as Interior Designers and now with JANGEORGe Sag Harbor open their empire expands!  Besides Interior Design services, JANGEORGe Interior Design offers an exclusive mix of modern, contemporary European furniture, combined with antiques, lighting, art, fabrics and accessories.  Not only all of that, but a curated and edited version of it, so well-chosen you could shop with your eyes closed.  Located in an 18th century whalers home in the historic village of Sag Harbor NY, the furniture, furnishings and accessories all have a time-worn patina, a tonal vibe that is easy to live with and a chic factor that is off the charts.

What you’ll find there:

Furniture

JANGEORGe by FrigerioBonacinaEmecoFlexformKirch & CoMeridiani,  Moooi and Moroso.

Beds

JANGEORGe by FrigerioFlexform,GervasoniIvano Redaelli and Meridiani

Rugs

GT DesignIvano RedaelliMangasMerida Meridian

Lighting

PrandinaLuminaFlosOluce, Luceplan, Moooi

…just to name a few of the amazing vendors they are working with.   Here is a link to their beautiful portfolio of work: www.jangeorge.com be sure to stop in if you find yourself in Sag Harbor (or Key West) and tell them Billblog sent you!

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