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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Peek into High Gloss on Curbed National


I was thrilled and honored that Curbed National editor, Sarah Firshein asked to interview me about High Gloss. The interview just went up and the entire High Gloss team is so excited for you to learn a little more about our magazine. We also included a never before seen photograph from one of the interior design spreads in our first issue! You can check out the interview and the full photo here.

Monday, November 29, 2010

My Dream Home

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

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

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

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{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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{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!}

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{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.}

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{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}

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Fabulous Room Friday 11.26.10

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This week’s fabulous room comes from one of my favorite designers, Windsor Smith as featured in the latest issue of Rue.  This living room is absolutely spectacular! I am not usually the biggest fan of cool blue and grey hues, this room is truly stunning. I love that there are multiple, clearly-defined seating areas. There is also a palpable sense of glamour reminiscent of Hollywood’s Golden Age. The lines of the furniture, the textiles, and accessories are all so unabashedly feminine…and I love it!

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{A Beautiful Tufted Chair in the Prettiest Shade of Silver}

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{Yet Another Beautiful, Tufted Piece.

How amazing is the hand-painted wallpaper? So gorgeous!}

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Giving Thanks + Setting a Pretty Table

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Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends! As I reflect on what I am thankful for, all of my wonderful readers and your amazing outpouring of support for High Gloss immediately come to mind. I feel so blessed to be able to follow my dreams and to have so many incredibly supportive people cheering me on along the way. 

I am always striving to share more personal things with you all, so I thought I’d share a few snaps of my Thanksgiving table. I haven’t finished setting it just yet, but I am super excited about venturing outside of the typical Thanksgiving color scheme this year. It all started with these Pomegranate ikat placemats in pink, purple, and red that I ordered from One Kings Lane. I decided to build upon that theme, but wanted to pull in a bit of fall, so I added pink and orange roses (a la High Gloss) in my Moroccan tea glasses for an added ethnic flare to go with the ikat. The glittered pumpkins give it a much needed dose of fall, otherwise this table setting could have applied to any other occasion. I still need to add the rest of the glassware, silverware, napkins, and place cards, but you get the idea. I hope you all have a fabulous holiday and thank you again from the bottom of my heart for all of your support over the years!

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{Did someone say turkey?}


{Image Credit: Paloma Contreras for La Dolce Vita}

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

My “Ramblings” on Kelley Moore’s Blog

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The uber stylish and talented, Kelley Moore, lifestyle expert and blogger extraordinaire is featuring me on her lovely blog today. I was honored when Kelley asked to interview me for her engaging “Ramblings” series. Come on over and see what we dished about!

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{Images of Kelley’s Amazing Workspace from Rue’s Second Issue}