Formal and Comfort DO Work

“Good afternoon everyone, my name is Chana, people call me Dr. Design, I’m a designer & I make people feel better about themselves. Join me as I blog my way through Monday.”

(I took the above quote from a mildly well known plastic surgeon whose wife was my client for this lovely job.)

We all love make overs because they’re the best. You get to watch ugly rooms turn into beautiful rooms. You get to watch rooms reach their full potential and it’s magical. I will admit I live vicariously through my rooms. If one of my rooms is living up to its potential, I feel like I am living up to my potential but then I look down and realize I’m wearing leggings & sneakers and haven’t worked out in weeks, oopsy. While I’m sharing with you, I will say when transforming a space for a client I feel like I am breathing new life into their space and as a result into them. They now feel more content about the space they live in and are happier. Some people have called me a savior but I feel like that’s probably a stretch. I would say I’m more like a Messiah, delivering people from internal misery through design. But I don’t like to restrict myself with labels so let’s stick with designer who also provides a spiritual experience, or something like that.

So a while back I posted part of this home and you can find that over here.  Be prepared to gain a lot of knowledge and insight.

So let’s get started

A lot of people think having a formal space in their home is not a real option if you want the space to also feel comfortable and to them I say a big,  trump “wrong.” A beautiful,  more sophisticated room can and should be comfortable as well.  The trick to achieving this is choosing pieces that are durable (leathers,  polyester based fabrics) and more seating less accessories.  When creating a formal room that also needs to function with kids I tell clients to focus their attention on interesting furniture pieces.  For example,  invest in a beautiful floor plant rather than throw pillows. Invest in pretty pictures or art rather than cute vases. Invest in a rug over beautiful table lamps. That way you’re creating a space that feels more “adult” and is still kid friendly, kind of.

My two most important tips are

  • Choose a strong wall color that will make an impression.
  • All fabrics are ok as long as you treat /scotch guard them before any small hands get anywhere near them. And when splurging on velvet- get a polyester based velvet because almost anything can be taken out of a polyester velvet.

Look I gave you three tips , not two. I’m amazing.

This was the starting point, I just want to point out, I’m including “before” pictures to get more compliments on my work and for no other reason.

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This space is the official formal living room used mostly over the weekend when entertaining and a room that is only slightly welcoming to kids. It’s welcoming to kids the same way my husband listens to me talking. He’ll nod and say “right” over and over again but hes’s refreshed his phone so many times, his own thumb stopped scrolling, looked at him and said “really man?”

Goals for the room:

  • Add Color
  • Add more seating
  • Update the style- more modern, fresh
  • Find a better way to showcase art
  • New window treatments
  • Area Rug
  • Want the space to feel more welcoming over all

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Here’s where I started

Take One-

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I loved this color color/ style combination. I wanted the space to feel more alive without being overwhelming. However for the client this felt too edgy, it was in the right direction but the emerald green was a lot riskier than she wanted.

Take Two-

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We both loved this one. This felt updated while also being traditional. The client felt like it properly expressed her style and what she wanted, in the end we only made slight changes,

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I switched in the emerald green for the mint green. I was in love with the color combination of blues + greens, the client was ok with it (I’m completely kidding, my one and only priority is always the client) – did that sound convincing?

In the end, the dark grey, mint green and pops of blues were the perfect combination and really elevated the whole room.

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The plan was originally to put the wallpaper on this wall behind the mirror to  make this wall the one big WOW moment. Once the mirror was up and wallpaper came in, the wallpaper was just way too busy & distracting for this wall so instead we found another solution. Before plastering it all over the wall, we changed our course and found a new spot for this wallpaper.

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I am so happy with the way it all turned out. Even though I didn’t plan for it, I am so thrilled with the way it looks combined with the blue gallery wall. Sometimes planning for something, waiting for it to be delivered, seeing that it doesn’t work, calling your husband while having a panic attack, pretending you have it under control in front of the client, and then coming up with a new plan is so awesome.

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What is your towel doing for you

We all have them and use them daily. The good, the bad, the old, the new – when it comes to towels, we need & use them in abundance. In the past I have under estimated the power of a good absorbent towel, towels are all the same right?  No Chana, you’ve had it wrong this whole time (followed by 2 days of self hatred.)

Putting aside the practical side of a good towel for a moment, a good towel can really elevate a bathroom or bedroom space. I know in the past whenever I’ve hosted guests, giving them old towels I inherited from my husbands first apartment, took away from their enjoyment of simple every day pleasures – like taking a shower. And no as a result they didn’t have a shorter stay.

I recently got myself some new towels and I’ve been loving them. They’re big, luxurious and super absorbent. So throughout the week I just snapped a few pictures here and there to show how even in every day  messy living, a luxurious towel still pulls it off.

A picture of the towels on the my couch after bring used –

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I forgot, I have two munchkins running around the house, so here’s the other towel draped somewhere he deemed logical –

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We used the beach towels recently on a trip to the pool –

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All towels shown are from @thetowelfactory, check them out if you haven’t already done so (live under a rock much?) I’m sorry, that was low.

 

 

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Nam Dang Mitchell

Nam Dang Mitchell – if you haven’t heard of her let me give you the run down. She’s this beautiful, awesome interior designer who kills every room she designs. Her rooms are strong, simple, modern and interesting. I gave her a shout out back in the day and the best part was that she actually responded to me (best day ever) you can check it out here or skip it and continue reading.

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This is her lounging around in her studio uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, could she be any cooler? Maybe if George Clooney was in the shot and even then it’s debatable.

 

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A living space she designed and then hung around to take pictures in, so now anyone who sits in that living space will forever feel unworthy and less of a person because of that. I know one of the many reasons you come and read my blog is for my upbeat and positive perspective. Don’t think it’s not appreciated.

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A kitchen she recently finished (featured in House & home) I don’t need to describe this picture.

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This entry way vignette is perfect. There’s varying heights and finishes to keep things alive. The reason I love it so much is because that console table is from Crate and Barrel and I used that console table in one of my projects 3 years ago. I chose the same console table as one of my favorite designers so we’re basically the same person so I basically just inherited all her success – go me.

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You see? The same, we’re basically the same.

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I’m going to end off with this picture because it perfectly sums up Nam Dang Mitchell and why I love her. Check her out here. And every time you get any happiness or inspiration from her work, reach out and thank me. Yes every time.

Hello Modern Traditional

Before I start the ‘make over’ post, I would like to say that I have loved this job from the beginning to now (it’s not over yet). The client has been a pleasure, giving me her trust to completely change everything in her house. I know that’s really hard for people to do, to let go and let someone take control of their intimate space that they call home; having said that you all should let me take control because I promise its worth it in the end. I do an amazing job and I do mean to sound conceited.

When I walked into this home, my first thought was “wow there’s so much potential.” The house has a ton of natural light, tall ceilings & it just needed a new updated look without losing its roots. And what I mean by that is I wanted the space to feel more modern without losing its tradition.

The family room; the room everyone hangs out in, where all the lounging happens, talking happens, eating happens, chewing too loudly happens (this is a very real and common problem and it needs to stop), the general space where people act like people (yuck) so this room needed to be first and foremost – comfortable and durable.

So here was my starting point for the family room;

So we’ve seen the starting point, and because I like this client, I’m not going to spend too much time on what doesn’t work and what is borderline offensive. We’re going to move along to what I needed to do to give the space some style that felt family friendly, modern and hold the test of time (that’s the scariest one for a me as a designer. I want my client to be able to live in a space I created for as long as they desire – so that would be forever).

Five Areas to Improve;

  • Replace sectional with another sectional or just another couch
  • Coffee table to anchor the room
  • New lighting new lighting new lighting, did I mention new lighting?
  • Add shades for texture- and yay it also happens to be practical
  • Area rug

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This is a mood board I created for the new direction of the family room. The base is neutral with pops of grey, wood and blue. The secret for me is to have loads of texture, I need a space to literally feel very inviting. A good space is a space people never want to leave and you achieve this by adding lots and lots of texture. I do this through the rug, throw pillows, woven/ textured blinds, wood finishes etc. I like to constantly mix different materials – and yes you can absolutely mix gold with silver.

My guy Willie transforming the walls from blah to the perfect grey with hints of purple, we all know that’s the best and most flattering gray.

My thought process behind painting the ceiling was pretty simple, I thought “that would look awesome!” Going beyond that, I did it to achieve a space that’s a little more intimate and cozy in an otherwise very light and open room. So I decided on a deeper color for the feature on the ceiling. It also plays as a good back drop for the light fixture.

The first progress snapshot is always exciting, I can breath a small sigh of relief knowing that it’s all coming together, looks good and I’m not just crazy. This was taken after the paint was done on the walls and ceiling, the couch was in and lighting installed.

At this point I make my way to West Elm because they’re my fail proof way for accessorizing any room. I cannot contain my happiness when I’m in this store, everything is sooo pretty and if I could I would buy every item for myself and proceed to mark the items up by 100%  if a client should ever need something thus guaranteeing myself all rights to everything West Elm. Even as I’m typing it, I feel like I sound reasonable.

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So the blinds are in and they are perfect. They’re clean and functional for the space. The coffee table arrived and it’s beautiful- everything is finished except for this one thing>

The bookshelf, it’s still here, it hasn’t gone anywhere. It hasn’t gotten the memo that it is very much UN welcome in this new space. I brought someone in to custom make a bookshelf and stain it the same color as the walls to lighten everything up; so my client and I were anxiously awaiting the day for it to be installed… that day finally arrived on a breezy morning here in Miami, mid February.

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Do you remember this guy rocking the khaki shorts? I wanted to give him a second feature.

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This is me taking pictures while they installed the shelves- which were AWESOME- what a relief. It’s never a good thing when a client trusts you to make the right decision for their home and then you don’t, so this was turning out to be a good day.

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So this is it, so beautiful and perfect yet still not finished. They need to come back to install the doors at the bottom (for those of you who felt like it was a little overwhelming to have so many shelves- good eye and I hope you don’t pursue a career in design because that’s my jam and I’m terrible at sharing.) The plan from the start was to have cabinets at the bottom for games, blankets and other miscellaneous things that are not books and don’t look pretty- like most things we all have. They will be ready in about a week and I’m really excited about it because  I ordered these pulls that honestly might not make their way to the client.

I wanted to wait to post this make over until the bookshelves were completely done but it’s taking a little longer than expected and I also just really want to share it with you all. So while reading all my informative, funny content and looking at all the beautiful, well taken photos have in mind there’s still some more to come and that thought alone should lull you to sleep peacefully tonight.

A slideshow of the makeover to refresh your memory because this was a really long post;

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Welcome to Surfside

We moved into a home this past April and it’s been as exciting as you would think it would be. It’s a privilege in ones life to buy a home and I feel honored and Blessed to experience it. The process has been enjoyable, except for the time my handyman told me I can’t replace the load bearing pillars with gold. Those moments haven’t been so fun for me.
I wanted to share this experience and transformation with you all because what kind of designer would I be if not?
The happy trio making their into the new place.

 

This picture was taken a few minutes after I received the keys to our new house, I waited until the realtor and agent left before I took this selfie. For those who spend a lot of time with me, now you know I can make this face.

 

The first two weeks in the house looked like this;

I know, I told myself to breathe in before, during and after I took this picture. On the one hand I wanted to take my time with unpacking to make sure I was putting everything in the right place but on the other hand my mindfulness with unpacking quickly turned into me idly standing around like Leonardo DiCaprio at the Oscars. Did I just say that? Every decision started to make my head hurt. I needed someone to physically come over, take things out of boxes and saying “Chana, I think milk belongs in the fridge.” And this someone knows who she is- thank you!

 

My mornings were not easy for me because this is what the route to my coffee looked like. I don’t do well before my coffee when I’m vacationing so this was a challenge for me.

Now lets go through the process of finding the color scheme/vibe for the house. I wanted it to feel comfortable and inviting, at the same time I wanted to enhance the mid century bones the house already had. I consider myself so lucky to have found a space that really speaks my language. I love the warmth of mid century design, I’ve always been drawn to that era’s shapes and style. As a designer, I use this process for my clients and never really thought I would use it for myself. As it turns out, designer or not, we all need a guide.

My process of inspiration;

 

 

 

I love muted colors, organic shapes and lots and lots of textures. As I started to capture what inspired me it became much easier to start putting it all together.

Then came the inspiration board;

And so started the paint process, you know the fun part of painting when you spend tons of money and time on itty bitty samples of paint. But there’s a goal and it’s to find your perfect color, which I did.

How can I not include this picture, it’s so attractive. I know this part of the paint process might scare people because it’s so hard to look at, but you need to do it. Paint looks completely different on the wall than it does on the chip. It also looks different on the wall during the day and during the night. Furniture, lighting and art are all things to take into account when finding the perfect color. Getting paint samples is a must!!

One of the big questions when we moved in was to “paint the brick or not paint the brick.” I was on the “paint the brick” train from the start but I waited until we were moved in for 2 weeks to pull the trigger. I don’t think in every case brick should be painted, in my case I felt very strongly about connecting the house through colors so for me, painting the brick felt right.

Now it’s time to welcome you all in as I will  show you the before’s and after’s of the house.

(Disclaimer, there’s still a lot of changes I would like to make to the house so please take that into considerationwhen looking at these pictures. If I waited for it to be perfect, I would never post.)

Here’s the entrance untouched, this is one of the better shots because my hunk of a son in the shot.

 

First came the paint
Then came the metallics and greenery

 

This is the first living area in the house, it’s full of character and space.

The after

Some not so flattering features of the house- we all have our flaws and this one’s made of green textured glass ‘Ew’ -said like Jimmy Fallon.

Temporary solution for the all the green-ness was bookshelves in front. And there’s no space of mine without a cowhide. It adds so much texture and it works ANYWHERE.

In order to create two spaces in one area, I divided the room. The office area on one side and the TV area on the other; by creating separate zones, the space feels bigger and functions more efficiently.

 

The wood wall that had me at hello, I talk to walls when they’re made of wood.

 

Turned it into backdrop for a gallery wall.

A space needs to evoke all senses in order for you to truly experience a room; I like to make my candles feel very cozy.

Another view of the same room

I added sheer curtains to give it some depth without taking away the light.

 

 

The dining room is more of a big area off the kitchen that can also double over as another living space. The lighting in this room is perfect during the day because of all the windows and then at night we have this pineapple shaped chandelier that keeps us smiling.

 

The other side

 

The after, I know the after looks a lot like the before because we’ve only added drapes and a table, but we’ll get there.

 

 

I wanted this area to feel light open as well as inviting. I did that by sticking to strong neutrals and lots of layering to get that lived in feel.
With most good things, it’s usually coupled with a little sadness. We said good bye to the apartment that gave us so many good moments and memories. It will always hold a special place in our hearts, Eliana and Noam both took their first steps here, they both also had their first tantrums here. Thank you for the beautiful times, we will never forget you, although I’m not promising anything.
On to the next chapter,

Interpret Style

For those of you worried that I stopped blogging, you can stop because I am still here. I figured since I officially have two followers the lack of posts wouldn’t cause too much distress. Before I post about my recent projects, yes that’s projects with an ‘s’- there has been more than one, I wanted to go back to a classic- which is interpreting the style of awesome ladies into interior spaces.

 

I don’t want to focus on her bony chest but I definitely want to point it out……………………… I love the soft pink cashmere sweater paired with the loose, white skirt- that also has pom poms. This is an easy outfit that’s free and organic. The gold bracelet is the only thing that has form and sharp edges so I think it’s a perfect accessory for this outfit. And those sunglasses are very cool, they tell us she’s the type who can go to an Ultra concert but knows the difference between a human and a tree.

This would be where she finds solitude and gets some work done. The form of the fiddle leaf tree in the background is so beautiful and I love how the lamp mimics that shape. The black and brass chair grounds the corner with the Lucite chairs and white cowhides. Then there’s the wallpaper and light fixture. The wallpaper is awesome and I’m still not sure how I feel about that caged light bulb. A part of me thinks it’s beautiful and the other part tells me I should try and help.

I love those overalls with the leather jacket wrapped around her hips; She has a very down-to-earth tomboy vibe. The vintage camera she’s sporting tells us she likes a good mix of old and new. And anyone who likes a good mix knows good design.

 

This vignette would definitely be part of her home. Its collected, a little messy and beautifully eclectic. Anyone who has a naked sculpture of a woman in blue is either crazy or has an eye for art. I’m going with ‘an eye for art’ because that sculpture is pretty amazing. I love how this little area breaks all the ‘rules’ so perfectly.

 

 

What’s worse than one awesomely dressed woman?Yes, two of them. Although I have to admit I like the woman on the left with the sweatshirt and blue and white pants. She looks more effortless and comfortable. Her friend looks cool, a little house on the prairie for me but I still like it. These two women combine classic, traditional with modern ease.

This is what their shared space would look like. This room is very traditional for the most part but feels current because of the color choices. The neoclassic chair, the skirted ottoman and plush chairs would usually feel dated in other surroundings but with the chandelier and the dark painted side room this space feels modern.

This woman is bohemian, grungy, minimal, chic and all of the above. I love the way she looks. I even like how easy going she is about hailing a cab. Is it just me or does the woman behind her on the left look really annoyed? Nobody asked her to put on a Parker puff jacket…..

This would be her space because it’s all of the above. It’s sophisticated, laid back, modern and has a little boho spirit. All the color is coming from flowers, art or lemons. The foundation of the room is minimal and timeless- just the way I like it. The light fixture is also just the way I like it, grouped together in different sizes and at different lengths. #failproof.

Stay tuned for upcoming posts on beautiful transformations. I’m excited. Even when I’m excited I don’t use exclamation marks, it’s too much of a commitment.

Men are from Mars, Women are Better

Once upon a time a man and woman fell in love and decided to live together forever under the same roof. One day, the woman came home and found a small mountain of nail clippings on the coffee table and asked herself, “Did I think I was living with a human and in reality he’s an ape?” The man later explained he intended to throw the nails away when the play-offs were over. And so begins the wonderful journey…..
For any space it’s important to create the right balance between colors and shapes; even more so when working with a couple. When men and women join parties it’s a difficult task to show both perspectives in their shared space. He wants a fish tank that runs across the whole wall and she wants lots of frames with pictures where she looks good and he looks really cute (fat.) A tip for the ladies: it’s best to let him think he’s part of the design process like when he comes up with the idea of built in cup holders in the arm rests, nod your head in agreement and then do the exact opposite.

Here are some examples of a spaces working for couples living together;

This space blends both interests together seamlessly. The color palette is neutral and soft, the shapes are varied from severe to curved and it’s not over accessorized. Had those womb chairs been darker it would have felt more grounded and masculine. The drapes in the background also add softness.

Again this is a more neutral color palette but the neutrals are darker. The sofa and arm chair are very masculine in their shape so the throw and pillows tossed around work well to soften it. The different sized bowls and flowers on the coffee table bring in femininity and so does the rug; it’s a strong pattern with a very soft texture. The core pieces in this room are very dominant so accessorizing becomes the balance of the room.

This is another example of a balanced space, it does lean a little more to the feminine side with the zebra ottoman and that sculpture light fixture. With the rug, walnut wood chair, muted colors and simple architecture, the room works nicely together.

Here are examples of spaces working for just the women:

This room is really pretty, warm, layered and welcoming; to most people besides men. There are way too many blush tones in this room for a man to feel comfortable with. It would take one time for the guy to stand up from the couch and knock his head into that petite dollhouse-like chandelier.
For a guy to live in this room, it would be like him saying he likes it when women wear harem pants;

Ladies think this is the hottest coolest thing right now, the men on the other hand think we should keep these pants in the Disney movie ‘Aladdin’ where they belong.

I love this little vignette, it’s almost like a period piece. This delicate corner has everything on the feminine check list;
-the floral wallpaper
-the crystal chandelier
-the vintage shaped mirror, that’s hanging from a ribbon
-the ‘flea-market-feel’ chair and table
-framed butterflies
This vignette leaves women lingering and men running.

Here are some spaces that work well for the men:

I think a man should be scared to bring a woman into this room, within days there would be an area rug, the pillows would slowly become smaller and fluffier and there would be a bunch of little things on the coffee table leaving no room for anything practical.

I happen to appreciate the simplicity of this bedroom but I don’t know if other women would share my opinion. Maybe it’s the lack of color or the vastly empty brick wall, but this bedroom needs a little TLC from a woman.

This bedroom is done really well. The blues, camels and light greys are all more masculine but with all the fabric and textures it brings in the feminine. The walls are padded, there’s wall to wall carpeting, the drapes are full, the throw on the bed looks luxurious and the stools outside with the white pendant by the bed bring in all the softness the room needs for a perfect coupling. Jeff Andrews was the creator of this room. He is one of my favorite designers, if you request it, I can write a whole post on him 🙂
Just make a request in one of the many comments you plan on writing…. yes that’s a hint.

 

Let’s Interpret Style

It’s that time of the month again…. for those ladies who have more of a connection with that statement, I’m sorry and there’s no such thing as too much chocolate or alcohol or Bridget Jones. It’s time to interpret the style of cool people wherever I find them.

“Hello I’m the girl who looks like a cross between Megan Fox and Dakota Fannings younger sister, Elle Fanning.” She’s dark, mysterious and has a beautiful butterfly collection.

The woods in the space create warmth and grounding for all the light coming into the room. It’s simple and natural and sends the message that less is more. Any time a space sends that message it’s very alluring.

I love this color combination; white, grey and that tan. This would be good with gold or silver and it’s so easy.

This space is so sculptural and beautiful. There’s not a ton of color in this room, just neutrals and different finishes that add interest. Like the woman looking for her keys, this room has a very strong core. Those room dividers are out of this world. I dream of imitating them in my own home one day in the near future. I hope that doesn’t put too much pressure on my husband.

She’s wearing a beautiful, simple, slightly masculine outfit. This trench dress isn’t messing around, it’s a strong piece that doesn’t need anything else to speak for it. It has the perfect effortless drape.

This room makes a very strong impression. It’s very straight forward and to the point- much like a man. Like a man, this room doesn’t want to be drowned with throw pillows that have no purpose or poster prints that read “Keep Calm and Carry on”or framed pictures of people pouting to accentuate their cheekbones or the word “like.”

I like this little peek-a-boo outfit, it’s so cute and sporty. After having a baby I would never be able to pull this off, it would look like my stomach was sticking its tongue out at you. If you thought that joke was funny, you should start following my blog, you would love it!

This space is airy, unpretentious and happy. I love the greenery and the creams, it reallyopens everything up. This space is a good translation for the sporty girl above because it’s minimal with good statement pieces and no frills. Those floor lamps are awesome andthey’re from West Elm.

Is she sad because she’s lost in a field? Is she sad because her bangs are in her eyes? Maybe she’s just bummed about the Office being over after nine great years…

The canopy bed would be a good transition for her coming in from the outside. I love the rustic wood beams with the linen fabric hanging down. It’s soft, feminine and organic. I don’t think she can be unhappy in this bedroom.

I love her, I don’t know her but I love her. Her jacket is killer and paired with the tank top and leggings is so chic. The whole look tells me she is not easy going when the person working at starbucks puts sugar in her coffee. This is where she will end up at the end of her long day of coffee and music.

This room is by David Hicks, a truly great designer. This room is sophisticated not intimidating and feels low-key. The woman above needs a space to feel easy, she doesn’t look like the type who can be busy with details or able to lift heavy objects. The abstract artis a big impact but it doesn’t feel stiff. I love the color scheme and textures of this room. David Hicks people, look him up.

 

She’s cool, edgy, a little traditional and youthful. The Alexander Wang bag tells me she has a true understanding of style and rocks it. I know that because I actually have someone very close to me in my life who has an Alex Wang bag and she is the coolest person I know.(If you’re reading this you know who you are, you keep on rockin on 😉 I’m going to get a phone call from my mother telling me “I don’t have a Alexander Wang bag, it’s LouisVuitton.” It’s going to be tough bursting that bubble.

This area has a really good mix. There are strong pieces like the mirrored table and lamp that say ‘chic and fresh’ and then there’s pieces that say the same thing the plaid skirt says:’fearless of traditional (irish influenced prints).’ We see that with the rug and rustic patio chair. Overall this space is a mix of trendy and traditional which is the best kind of mix. Check out that awesome magazine rack under the desk.

 

How ruggedly awesome is she? Her hair is perfectly messy with that scarf. The loose tee with the light layering makes it look like there was absolutely no time spent getting ready on her behalf. What I like about her is that she also feels a little boho which is always nice.

This space feels boho, comfortable and loungy. The area rug is soft enough for people to sit on and relax. Nothing in this space needs to be touched up, the pillows and couch are soft and casual. I love those light installations, they’re so vintage. The beads in the background remind me of my childhood. I used to have those in my bedroom and then Igot rid of them because they are probably the most inconvenient way to enter into a room ever.

On that note, I wish you all a good weekend 🙂

Thrift Shop

“I’m gonna pop some tags; Only got twenty dollars in my pocket” (awesome song)

Lincoln Road every other Sunday is a vintage dream. It’s full of furniture pieces and artwith tons of character and potential. I needed to be there at 9am because it was the last show til October so naturally I woke up at 630 so I can have my three 16 ounce cups of coffee. I had really high hopes for the day that were later crushed by my crying baby who thinks throwing cheerios in my eyes is the same as just telling me no.

So let’s start with wholesalers, Micheal and Judy. They have an awesome collection of vintage furniture, “Strictly Modern Gallery,” and I always find something (except this time.)

Those red chairs were $350 for both, yes you heard right, for both.

Look at that beautiful bad ass leather rocking chair. The crystal lamp behind the chair was$300.

I wanted this vignette for my home, but I would have to add literal space to my apartment to find a place for that. The upholstery was freshly done by the dealers, love it.

I love this bookshelf so much. I convinced myself it would be perfect for books and bought it, then later returned it because the seller specifically told me the glass shelves can’t hold more than 10 pounds and books would kill these shelves anyway. I want to give a shout out to my husband, thank you for your constant support in favor of not buying this bookshelf. And by constant support I mean literally constantly telling me “Chana you should not buy that.”

The seller of this bookshelf is Tony of Acme Mantiques. He is a really nice guy who can pretty much do anything to wood for anyone asking.

This lamp is also from Acme Mantiques and is so much better in person. It’s so graphic, big and beautiful.

When you’re thrift shopping there are treasures and then there are things like this:

It will never matter how cheap you got this stone dragon/gargoyle piece, it will always be a bad purchase and one you should deeply regret.

You think this would be too much for a candy jar?

 

While I find these two pictures intriguing I knew they were a cue for me to start heading home.

I think this fish that’s attached to a wooden board was targeted for really eccentric Jewswho are looking for a centerpiece on Rosh Hashana- and that’s a stretch.

Pre-owned trolls….. It might seem cute and nostalgic at first but the reality will set in and you’ll be left with a troll.

 

I like this water painting a lot. It’s mysterious and soft and exotic, I would love this in a den. The framing is nice too.

Large ceramic grapes are one of the coolest and most flexible decorative objects you can ask for. They can be placed or draped on almost anything and they always look good.

Are these dressers amazing? Yes they most certainly are. I wanted these dressers for myselfbut unfortunately I already purchased two dressers from IKEA. It was a lucky day for someone else (bastard.)

Happy thrifting. I hope you were able to walk away with some knowledge from my many, many tips.

We’re Interpreting Style

I decided to start doing monthly installments of the post “interpreting style,” for those of you who haven’t read that post, click here. Every 4 weeks or so I’m going to put together a postbased on the original due to popular demand (and by popular demand I mean I heard someone say the word “style” last week.) The reason I decided to do this is because I feel like this type of post best represents what this blog is all about; design, style and observations.
So let’s begin the challenge of finding the homes of these stylish people;

Here’s a woman who looks cool and laid back. I love her round sunglasses and the colorpalette. She looks like a modern yoko ono only instead of being a bad influence on theBeatles she has no influence on the Beatles. This is where she lives:

This living space feels stripped and exposed in a good way with the concrete floor, thefireplace and the exposed brick wall. This room has the same message as the modern yoko, “I exude style minimally.”

 

The first thing we see about this woman is that it doesn’t seem like she’s wearing a bra. The second thing we know is that she likes to wear multiple earrings in each ear. The third thing we know is she’s pure chic. She’s wearing just a t shirt, sunglasses with her hair pulled and looks like she could be attending a fashion show for Celine. When she does head back home, this is probably where she will end up:

This feels fresh, simple, uplifting, natural and crisp. I love this space. This is a good exampleof editing at its best; knowing when to stop. The bra-less woman and this interior have restraint but not severity in common.

 

This woman is about textures, shapes and being naturally amazing. Let’s guess which room she belongs to:

Close, but no. This dining room is sophisticated and has edge with all the brass but itdoesn’t belong to her, it belongs to her:

Ah yes, the glamorous, goth-like, boho, lady like, sleek woman. She’s bold and delicate, like the dining room with high gloss black walls and a crystal chandelier.

So the woman in the killer leather jacket lives here:

This bedroom is perfection, it’s designed by Nam Dang Mitchell. It has a masculine feel with sturdy grounding furniture pieces. I love the form of the two arm sconce (Serge Mouille). This is a really good combination.

 

 

Who do we think is waiting behind this door?

Not her,

This woman is waiting for a sandwich….

No no not her, she’s behind these doors:

These are amazing brass and steel doors; Doesn’t get much better than this.

So who is waiting behind that burnt orange door?

She’s relaxed and a little boho. I love that necklace and the earth tones of this outfit. Although I do feel like it may be a challenge for her to see anything.

Where has this woman escaped from? Maybe she’s running away from Tim Allen in ‘Jungle 2 Jungle.’

I think that’s a safe assumption.

This is where she’ll find refuge from Tim Allen. It’s peaceful, full of nature and light.

Hmm… she seems interesting. I wonder where she lives…

She lives in a fantasy ti pee in the corner of her brownstone apartment in Brooklyn; very native.

Oops, I forgot I don’t want to know where she spends her time, moving on.

 

Wow.. this woman looks incredible and she also looks very angry, she probably hasn’t sniffed a carbohydrate in ten years.

 

This kitchen is by Jean Louis Deniot, one of my favorite french designers. This is a prefect kitchen for someone who’s goal is to not eat.

I love this jacket with the leather arms, shows the importance of detail. She pulls off that gray wool hat really well. I like this Annie Hall feel that’s going on here…..

 

This space by Sally Wheat is so perfect. It’s an effortless mix of styles and feels classic. The floor lamp, the graffiti painting, the wood panels on the wall all equal classic edge.
The perfect way to end a perfect post…….. ok, a nearly perfect post……. a great post? How about, a perfect way to end a mediocre post? Sounds accurate.

Feel free to leave suggestions of rooms or people you would like me to pair up (again I’m just trying to encourage you to leave comments 🙂