Color is the Key

As any homeowner would agree, a true home is one-of-a-kind. But how exactly can you differentiate your home from the white-walled apartment next door that has the exact same layout? The easiest and most effective way to express your personality within you home is to use color! Although many people find it frightening to start rolling the walls with bright hues, here are some ideas to help you create a truly bespoke home using color.

Have a color you always gravitate towards? Say your favorite lipstick or your favorite jacket? Try incorporating that color into your home. Use layers of different hues of the same color to bring depth and richness. Many of today’s top-notch interiors incorporate themes from the runways and the streets. So, need some inspiration? Flip through a fashion magazine!

If you are feeling a little bit shy about going “all in” with your favorite color, try a neutral palette with a pop of one color. This will create a focal point and helps distinguish your home from the masses.

Don’t simply focus on the living room. Remember the small areas such as the bathroom. Use a punchy color or even temporary wallpaper to create a designer look (try ).

Lastly, mix your use of metals. Gone are the days where you could simply use brass or chrome alone. Think the use of picture frames, coffee tables, etc. Done correctly, this can create a very curated and sophisticated look.

Here are some of my favorite examples. Do you have a favorite way to incorporate color?

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Use of mixed metals and color in Ashley Stark’s living room for Elle Decor

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Bright, punchy wallpaper takes this bland white bathroom to a designer level

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Wallpaper, a punch of green, and a painted ceiling make this powder room a true jewel box.

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Take an old piece of furniture and refinish it in a bright color. Not only will you have a bespoke piece of furniture, but you will have focal point to your room.

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Add a bold accent color to an otherwise neutral palette such as these emerald colored draperies.

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Upper East Side Bachelor Pad

Happy Monday! Today’s post is somewhat of a personal one. Over the past few months, I have had the pleasure of working with a client who has also become a friend. He was introduced to me in need of a revamp of his apartment. It took some convincing to get him to part with his beloved brown leather reclining sofas, but once he did, I think the end product turned out great! We wanted a clean, sophisticated and masculine feel with an emphasis on usability and comfort. Take a look at some of the photos that were shot last week by the awesome Meg Miller of Meg Miller Photography!



2014-05-12_0003I am in love with the custom Eames Chair from Design Within Reach




2014-05-12_0009The custom etched and burnished metal coffee table is one of my favorite pieces in this project!


2014-05-12_0010Custom cast concrete and glass dining table by 910 Castings.



2014-05-12_0007The custom wine bar with an antiqued mirror will be perfect when my client entertains friends.

All photography credit goes to Meg Miller Photography! Check out her website



Model Apartment Design

I am very excited to be asked to design the model apartment in a new high rise building in Brooklyn. The building is an urban chic oasis and the design concept that I am contemplating is “industrial chic.” Here is a preview of the design concept for the living area of the apartment. I am not set on the gorilla art, but I do like the gray with pops of bright color. What do you think?

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How to Bring Out Your Home’s Character With Trim

Ombré Obsession

Ombré is a French word meaning shaded, but has become ubiquitous in our culture for that faded look. Ombré has become super popular over the past few years in everything from baked goods to interior design. My first foray into ombré was three years ago when my super trendy roommate decided to “ombré” her hair, now that look is seen on almost every fashionable celebrity.  So, what are your thoughts? Love it or leave it?
















A New Take on Traditional

Traditional style furniture can, at times, seem old, heavy and a bit outdated. However, traditional style furniture pieces typically have great lines and can easily be spruced up to exude a more transitional appearance. A coat of paint or a change of fabric can completely change the style of the piece. How about even adding modern style nailheads or adding metallic leaf? Check out of some these uber cool traditional turned trendy pieces..



























Contemporary Luxe Design

Good morning! I have been a little off the radar the past couple days, so today is my first blog post since last Friday! Anyhow, going through my morning emails, I came across this design using Williams Sonoma Home products. This design exudes sophistication and is not too feminine or masculine. I love the monochromatic look and straight lines paired with luxe accents such as tortoise shell and mirror.











Painted Floors

After reading a recent post in House Beautiful, I decided to do a little research on painted floors. At first, the idea of painted floors seemed cheesy and cheap to me and conjured up ideas of a painted garage floor. However, it seemed interesting to me how many well respected designers were using this technique. I must admit, my initial reaction was completely wrong and unfounded as there are some beautiful floors in chevron patterns, faux stone, and stencil – just to name a few. Check out these impressive floors. What are your thoughts?

Alex Papachristidis'A handpainted finish can create the look of inlay. (Alex Papachristidis via Elle Decor)

nick olsen hbA bold graphic pattern completely changed this formerly drab space. (Nick Olsen via House Beautiful)

miles reddThe color king creates a graphic pattern the resembles marble. (Miles Redd via Elle Decor)

Bunny Williams - HBBunny Williams via House Beautiful

celerie kemble hbCelerie Kemble via Elle Decor

Jeffrey Bilhuber elle decorJeffrey Bilhuber via Elle Decor