Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Style your Nest & Win a Trip to the Southern Living Idea House!

{Check out my tips for how to "Style your Nest" in the May 2014 issue of Southern Living}

A lot of exciting things have been happening for La Dolce Vita and Paloma Contreras Design this season. Most recently, I have teamed up with Southern Living and Nest in giving readers tips for how to "Style your Nest" across the seasons. If you aren't familiar with Nest, it is an innovative company that blends style with functionality in essential products for the home, including their amazing Nest Thermostat and their new Nest Protect Smoke + CO Alarm
The Nest Thermostat learns your schedule and preferences, programs itself, and can be controlled directly from your smart phone. It doesn't hurt that it is sleek and so much more attractive than any other thermostat out there! Nest Protect is intuitive and does so much more than send out annoying, ear-piercing beeps. Instead, it speaks to you to let you know what's going on, it can be silenced with the wave of your hand, and works with the Nest Thermostat to keep you and your family safe, automatically turning off your gas furnace (a possible source of carbon monoxide leaks) in the event of an issue. Fabian installed both products in our house and we are loving them both. Luckily, the smoke alarm hasn't gone off yet, but the Nest Thermostat makes keeping our house cool a breeze. My favorite feature is being able to adjust the temperature from my iPhone, which will come in handy this summer, if we're running around in the Houston heat and want to ensure that the house is nice and cool when we get home. 

Southern Living and Nest have teamed up for a fantastic sweepstakes! Visit www.southernliving.com/nest and simply tell us how you style your nest and upload a photo of your favorite space in your home. The winner will receive a suite of Nest products, plus a fantastic, all-inclusive prize package for 2 including :

o   Hotel accommodations for a three-night stay at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a Southern Living Hotel Collection property and site of the 2014 Idea House
o   Roundtrip airfare
o   Rental car
o   All meals included
o   Invitation to attend the Idea House VIP Party
o   Trip dates:  June 12-15, 2014 

Good luck! Have you tried any of the Nest products? 

{This post is sponsored by Southern Living Magazine and Nest. All opinions are genuinely my own.}

Dissecting the Details: Elizabeth Kimberly Design

Hello lovely LDV readers! Nancy of Marcus Design here, and I'm happy to be back with another Dissecting the Details. Today I'm looking at a few lovely bathrooms designed by the fabulous duo behind Elizabeth Kimberly Design. Here are 3 important elements they utilize in their bathroom spaces:

I adore the overhead chandeliers in combination with a pair of fabulous sconces. Embed the sconces right into the mirror or surrounding millwork, and the glam factor skyrockets!

Sink inlay, monogrammed towels, sculptural free-standing tubs, and hardware from heaven is the stuff dreams are made of. These fine details are what really elevate a space to something special.

I think you'll probably agree that slathering a bathroom space in marble can only be a good thing. Bordering details on marble flooring, and rounded details on the backsplash above make the marble sing. The lightness of the stone also helps to keep the spaces appearing light and clean.

There are so many things to love about these spaces, they are truly classic & refined rooms! To see more of work of Elizabeth Kimberly Design hop over to their portfolio.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Legends of La Cienega 2014

I am thrilled to be an ambassador for the sixth annual Legends of La Cienega event in Los Angeles May 7th-9th. If you've been to L.A., chances are you've been to the amazing La Cienega Design Quarter spanning La Cienega Boulevard, and Melrose Avenue and know that it offers some of the best design resources in the country. For over 60 years, La Cienega has been the go-to design destination for scions of design like Tony Duquette, Elsie de Wolf, William Haines, and Frances Elkins. Today, it continues to be a must for discerning designers and design lovers from all over the world and it always tops my list of places to visit anytime I am in Los Angeles. In my opinion, L.A. has the most vibrant and exciting design community in the country, so I couldn't be happier to participate in this year's Legends event.

{A Lovely Luncheon at Lee Stanton for the 2013 Legends of La Cienega Event]

"Legends is a 3-day celebration of design that brings together the top editors of the nation's prized shelter magazines with VIPs and tastemakers from the worlds of interior design, architecture, decor, art, and fashion for keynote panel discussions, cocktail parties, exhibitions, book signings, personal appearances, and receptions."  In other words, it is an incredible opportunity to mix and mingle with the top talents in the industry and to see what is new and next in the world of design. Each year, the Legends event has a central theme and top interior designers are selected to decorate the windows of the shops that dot La Cienega and Melrose. This year's theme is "Novel Interiors: Storytelling by Design" and the window designers include Diane von Furstenberg, Madeline Stuart, Mark D. Sikes, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, and Timothy Corrigan among many other leading design talents.

{A Panel Discussion at Last Year's Legends Event}

Keynote discussions include "Don't Hate, Collaborate" with panelists Jeffrey Alan Marks, Kathryn Ireland, Nathan Turner, and Martyn Lawrence Bullard, "The Power of Authenticity" lead by Veranda editor-in-chief Clinton Smith,  and "Smoke and Mirrors: Hollywood's Public/Private Residences among several other exciting keynotes. From power lunches, panel discussions, and book signings to special appearances and cocktail parties, Legends promises to be a fabulous and valuable 3-day experience for anyone in the world of design.  It is rare to have so many top designers and editors in one place, so don't miss out on this unique opportunity. For a full schedule of events and to register, click here. I hope to see you there!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Fabulous Room Friday 04.11.14


It’s only fitting that this week’s “Fabulous Room” would be by Celerie Kemble since I enjoyed her collection so much in High Point and her stunning home in the Dominican Republic is featured in this month’s Vogue (yes, the one with Kimye on the cover). She shared some of the story of how this magical place came to be while we were visiting with her in the Henredon showroom. No detail was spared and the result, particularly in Celerie’s bedroom is spectacular. The bed was custom-made after a bed from Celerie’s childhood home. Paired with simple, delicate Belino linens and pillows by D.Porthault, the look is quite special. The intricate, transom, carved wood paneling, known as tragaluz, or “swallow the light” in Spanish, forms an integral part of the architecture throughout the property. I don’t know that I would opt for something so whimsical for the day to day, but this bedroom is perfect for the storybook setting.

Have a wonderful weekend!