Monday, November 29, 2010

My Dream Home

exterior commune design hollywood

I’ve spent years blogging about beautiful spaces and saving all types of rooms to my files for the dream home I will surely build one day. I’m sure many of you do the same, keeping images of beautiful homes that inspire you to make changes in your own space or that make you dream of what could be. The other day, I was thumbing through the current issue of House Beautiful and I came across a home designed by Commune Design in Los Angeles. I wanted to see more of their work, so I visited their website in order to check out their profile. The second that I saw this gorgeous house, I thought “that is my dream home! That house is so me!”. Granted, their work is a little too hip and eclectic for my taste, so I thought, what the heck, I’ll take the the house itself and “redesign” the interior. Seeing this gorgeous exterior inspired me to put together some images and create what would ultimately be my dream home. Keep in mind that there are discrepancies here and there. After all, these pictures aren’t from one house, rather they would serve as the inspiration for my dream house.

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domino yael aflalo

If this amazing home looks familiar, you most likely recognize it from when the exterior and grounds were featured in Domino a couple of years back. It belonged to LA fashion designer, Yael Alflalo who has since sold the property. Sadly, I was not the buyer.

The gorgeous grounds were designed by Art Luna.


{I can picture Tate posing on these steps next to the gorgeous quartz crystals.}

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estudio lazaro2

{When I visited Lázaro Rosa Violán’s amazing apartment in Barcelona this summer, I fell in love with virtually every room. The kitchen is massive, features original chevron wood floors, and an amazing gilded screen. What else could a girl need?}

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estudio lazaro

{This dining room is a glamorous study in contrasts, which I absolutely love.}

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domino klj5

{I’ve blogged about my love of Katie Lee Joel’s Nate Berkus designed townhouse many times and her kitchen was such a strong contender for my “dream kitchen”. However, I will settle for her amazing breakfast nook. Aren’t the windows beautiful?}

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jkf seating

{The JK Florence has been one of my favorite hotel spaces since I first blogged about it a couple of years ago. I adore the clean, black and white palette as well as the sensuous shapes of the furniture, and the touch of zebra. If the living room were one large space, the image above would be one half of the room, while the image below would be the other half.}


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{I contemplated selecting a dark, high-gloss study for this room, but I need light in order to feel creative. I love the simplicity of this study along with the fact that there are books for days.}

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{The rest of my dream house has a decidedly more formal, glamorous feel, but the family room should be a place to relax, be comfortable, and enjoy the company of family and friends. Deborah Needleman’s family room definitely fits the bill!}

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nuevo estilo thomas urquijo

{I am constantly going back to gaze at this amazing bedroom designed by Spanish designer, Thomas Urquijo. I love the crisp linens, abstract art, geometric patterns, and gilded touch. To me, this room is supremely chic and it is neither too masculine nor too feminine. It is sheer perfection.}

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{This bathroom by Martensen Jones is glamorous, beautiful, and has so many special touches, like the beautiful sconces and mirrored closet doors. For the sake of my dream house, let’s pretend the mirrored doors are for my husband’s closet…}

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ellen rakieten2

{…and this spectacular dressing room by Nate Berkus and Anne Coyle would be ideal as my closet!}

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domino miles redd bed

{This iconic bedroom by Miles Redd is one of my all-time favorites. I think it would make a very lovely guest bedroom.}

olatz schnabel hb

{Having this gorgeous room as a guest bedroom in my dream home would give me an excuse for being unabashedly feminine with the décor in a room. I will say, the Julian Schnabel art keeps the room balanced.}

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steven gambrel elle decor

{I’ve been in love with this Steven Gambrel-designed bathroom for quite some time. From the turquoise subway tile to the gallery wall, it is gorgeous!}

bath splendid willow

{This bathroom is at once serene, timeless, and chic.}

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{I had to include a child’s room in my dream home and my favorite in recent memory is this lovely little girl’s room by Melissa Warner of Massuco Warner Miller. The colors combination is perfect, the toile adds graphic punch, and it all feels at once classic and fresh.}

bath domino venetian

{What little girl (or grown woman for that matter) wouldn’t love this pretty bathroom?}


So, what did you think? Was I able to capture my taste adequately? If ever I’ve put my design sensibility into a nutshell, I think this would be it. Would you like to see this type of post made into a series featuring some of your favorite bloggers?


{Image Credits: 1 Commune Design, 2-5 Domino, 6-7 AD España, 8 Domino, 9-10 JK Florence, 11 Lonny, 12 Domino, 13 Nuevo Estilo, 14 Martensen-Jones Interiors, 15 ELLE DÉCOR, 16 Domino, 17 House Beautiful, 18 ELLE DÉCOR, 19 Splendid Willow, 20 Massuco Warner Miller, 21 Absolutely Beautiful Things}


Rachael said...

Wow, these rooms are amazing!!! Definitly worth dreaming about. Love the breakfast room and the closet!

Shirry Dolgin said...

Such a lovely home...really beautiful spaces and gorgeous place to raise a family!

Anonymous said...

love this post! so powerful to, i have many of the same images in my favorites file. great eye-candy!

*** said...

What a beautiful home yoru dream house is! I wouldn't mind vsiting and staying in that ultra feminine guest room or the Miles Red bedroom for that matter ... they are all gorgeous .. I would love to see this idea turned into a guest series. I immediately started thinking what are some of my favorite rooms and what my dream home would look like.

Have a lovely week!


Unknown said...

too funny - i totally have a folder where i put all my DREAM images of how i would piece together my DREAM HOME - i'm sure it'll alway be a dream - but atleast it'll be MY dream :o)

Anonymous said...

I would love to see this type of
post made into a series.

Sarah M. Winchester said...

OMG. Seriously gorgeous!!!! Love it all.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

My oh my what a swank pad this would be.
All these spaces rank high on my lust list and I remember thinking that that daringly simple black and white garden with the crystal rock action was out of this monde!
Here's hoping you build your dream home someday ;)

Unknown said...

Gorgeous! What a fun post :)

chateaudelille said...

Isn't it such fun to put together dream homes. I like to do it for trips also. I hope you get to realize your dreams.It certainly is beautiful.Fiona

Karen Davis said...


Yahnay said...

Such a great post. It is so interesting to see how people would put a house together. Plus you dream big when you do it like this. I would definitely love to see more.

Anonymous said...

AMAZING!!! Funny..I have been wanting to do a post just like this. I am obsessed with the exterior shots!!! Great picks! xoxo E

paula said...


karlee said...

I really liked this post. I did the same thing for fun a while ago, but never posted it on my blog. You may have just inspired me, Miss Paloma:)

Lisa Stevens said...

Great post!!!! You should totally ask guests to do this, it's a good challenge and is very revealing.

style and grace said...

Love this post!!! And I love all of your choices. You picked a few of my all time favorite images.

Jennifer S. said...

that house is amazing!!! the closet had me at hello, I am big enough to have a desk...


quintessence said...

Fun post! I think many of us do this - whether we officially put rooms together like this in a post or on paper, we are all thinking of what kind of dream house we would create if we could. I did this when renovating my last house which I featured earlier this fall and some rooms were actually realized. Hopefully I'll have the opportunity to do it some day again!

The Iconic said...

Such a gorgeous and inspiring post!x

mrsplainjane said...

So- is this house going to be in Newport? When can I come over? There's just too much to even begin to post about. There are several images in there that are in my "save" file as Katie Lee Joel's home in general, and I'll take the closet, bathroom and chevron floors- not to mention the exterior- it's SO you. :) Cheers to inspiration files! They will serve you well in the future I'm sure. xoxo

Jacqueline Corea said...

There are so many things about the rooms in your dream home that I love, but the one thing that especially caught my eye were the quartz pieces on the columns outside. How imaginative and beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing these images. I can tell your dream home will be stunning!

LiveLikeYou said...

You got yourself a really great home there. One day...

Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

I would TOTALLY come visit you here!

RG _ into the studio said...

Hi Paloma,

I want send good wishes to you! Hope that one day you can get your perfect house! That house is going to be a PERFECT beautiful house!
Good luck!

Unknown said...

I've been slowly building my dream home file from pictures of other people's homes too- so fun and really shows what you love about design. Your created home is spectacular- have many of the same rooms in my dream house file- the pink bathroom with the venetian mirror is an all time favourite and I adore the family room from Domino- Great post!! xo

Unknown said...

Love it all - and I may just bookmark this whole post for my files as I can never seem to find the tear sheets I've saved when I need them!!!

I would definitely move right in!
xo Elizabeth

martinealison said...

Je me suis agréablement promenée dans votre blog.