Thursday, April 25, 2013

Leather & Lace

Leather and lace, to me, are all about the masculine and feminine energies, and I love them both when it comes to fashion at home and fashion apparel.

When I see a picture I'm drawn to I immediately tear it out of a magazine or scan it from a book. Those pictures usually become catalysts for mood boards, like this picture of Marion Cotillard in the perfect lace dress. I love the vintage 1940s look this image exudes. 

Marion Cotillard in Vogue July 2010

The sofa she's sitting on reminds me of one that I designed based on a vintage piece. I like the channeling in the sofa back but you should only do that when planning to use a solid color fabric. I wanted to use an Osborne and Little damask with a lace pattern on my Harper sofa so I opted for a flat back to show off the lacy design.

Harper Sofa from Pal + Smith

Departures Magazine 

There is so much crossover in fabrics for fashion and for upholstery. I'm dying to use this lace Lacroix fabric that Designers Guild launched during Maison and Objet in 2012.

Macarena by Christian Lacroix on Designers Guild

Kyle Bunting uses the same positive negative space of a lace pattern in his Butterfly hide rug. 

Butterfly Rug by Kyle Bunting

Leather can give an interior a weightier, masculine feel. I like the woven leather stand of Bottega Veneta's first lighting collection introduced last year. At Bottega Veneta, 877-362-1715.

Departures Magazine
Desk Lamp from Bottega Veneta at Da Vinci Home

Kyle Bunting once again champions the male aesthetic in his amazing collections of leather rugs, pillows and upholstery. This pillow is fun and trendy. It's design by Geoffrey Bradfield.

 Louis in Extremis by Geoffrey Bradfield for Kyle Bunting

This is such a pretty room. Though on first look the room has a masculine vibe, the pattern in the rug reminds me of lace and the coffee table is delicate. It's definitely got both yin and yang -- and a lot of style. LOOK!

Kyle Bunting Interior

Next week, you'll get my view on animal prints!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Flower Power

Floral motifs have always been a favorite of mine in design, and they are really a trend in fashion this year. These Dior ads are particularly eye-catching.

Christian Dior, Spring Summer 2013

Christian Dior, Spring Summer 2013

A traditional designer whose sense of color I relate to, Katie Ridder, puts the flowers on the walls rather than in the upholstery. I like that the seating and even the rug is all solid colors. The decoration is in the wallpaper.

Katie Ridder Rooms by Heather Smith MacIsaac

This classic De Gournay wallpaper with birds on branches looks like a painting.

Luxe magazine, Winter 2013

I adore Designers Guild. The coloration is perfect. I'm a Southern California girl, and it's interesting that one of my favorite colorists, Tricia Guild, is British. 

 Pandora Peony cushion from Designers Guild

Tricia Guild's exaggerated sense of scale is so dramatic.

Pavonia Cobalt Cushion from Designers Guild

Here's a pillow I designed using Osborne & Little fabric with a floral design in the same large scale.
Akemi Decorative Pillow from Pal + Smith

Stylized floral patterns usually are what I gravitate to, but this traditional Designers Guild wallcovering really caught my eye. I love it with the black background just as much as the white, which usually is my preference.

Rugosa Garden wallcovering from Designers Guild

Rugosa Garden wallcovering from Designers Guild

Rugosa Large Scented Candle from Designers Guild

So you get that I like floral patterns that are larger than life? Well, look at this rug I designed. The flowers and leaves look big, right? Now look at the picture below it of the room where I placed the rug, and you can see how huge the flowers are. Pretty dramatic!

Azore rug from Pal + Smith

Pal + Smith interior design of a living room, with Azore rug, Akemi table, Shoji floor lamps and Chelsea sofa designed by Pal + Smith creative director Melissa Palazzo

If you would like to utilize my interior design services to bring more color and life into your home, please contact me through the Pal + Smith website, where you can see a small sampling of the interiors we have created for clients as well as our boutique furniture collection.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Coral: The New Red

Coral is a great alternative to red. Although it is not necessarily a spring color it reminds me of Spring/Summer. It looks great with black and white or even charcoal. I like how Jamie Drake used it in this bedroom. The coral gives the serene palette a punch of color.

Architectural Digest, April 2013, Jamie Drake

Hutton Wilkinson's quote in the latest House Beautiful is perfect: "Coral is my idea of beige." 


But while Hutton Wilkinson might do entire rooms in coral, like the one above, I like using coral as a strong accent, like how Katie Ridder designed the frame of this staircase. Gorgeous!

From the book Katie Ridder Rooms (Vendome, Nov. 2011)

Baker Furniture's Marsan Chair from The Tony Duquette Collection

It is typical to associate coral with the beach, but I see it being used in a more sophisticated way. I love it on furniture and on doors (the wallpaper and door below are by Katie Ridder).

Coral pairs so beautifully with charcoal, doesn't it? The combination and the texture in this Mokum fabric is so appealing.

Mokum fabric Mauritius 121 Coral

We used this coral Cirque lantern from Urban Electric in a modern beach home.

Coral birdhouse, House Beautiful, April 2013

Stut X-Large Table from Blu Dot

I would use coral in every project if I could. There is so much product available in coral.

If you would like to utilize my interior design services to bring more color and life into your home, please contact me through the Pal + Smith website, where you can see a small sampling of the interiors we have created for clients as well as our boutique furniture collection.