black walls

October 14, 2012

I’ve been wanting to paint my bedroom black for a while now.  It most likely won’t happen, I don’t live alone and get to make these kind of choices unilaterally.  I’ll probably settle for a charcoal chalkboard wall in the kitchen.

I love a black room though.  I’ve actually always dreamed of having a shingle style bungalow home to paint black.  I can picture the verdant green landscape popping in front of the deep dark velvety blackness and the light glowing through the windows at night.  In the black of night, a black house appears not even to be there, only the soft glow of the windows like beacons in the night.

What do you think of a black room?  I’d love to hear your comments…

kappe house

October 8, 2012

I had the privilege of being invited to a salon at the home of architect Ray Kappe and his wife last month.  It was pretty exciting for me as I have worked on 2 Kappe homes and am a huge fan.

Nestled in the Santa Monica Canyon, I have driven past the home a few times.  I have even stopped in the road and stared at the house in admiration a couple times wondering how many have done the same, and if the Kappe’s must think we are all nuts…

They love their house, I’m sure they understand and appreciate that we do too.

The sunken living room.

Standing in the dining room looking across the living room (middle, below) to the lounge.

Standing in the lounge looking back across to the dining room and kitchen above that.

The lounge (above), the office (below).  The living room falls somewhere in between.

Interior/exterior detail.

Master Bath.  I LOVE the ladder towel racks, poured into the concrete as an architectural yet functional element.

Guest Bath.

LOVE this window seat!!!

Exterior steps leading up to the pool and rooftop deck.

The end.

I really like this…

September 29, 2012

I’ve been working so much that I haven’t had a chance to post about anything.  I have been scouring the internets looking for inspiration and other such items though.  Here is one that I love right now…


wallpaper cabinet, finally!!!

September 20, 2012

The wallpaper cabinet that I had made was finished over a month ago and I finally had a chance to take a few snapshots…

I’m really happy with the result, remember when it looked like this?

What do you think?  You like?!?!?!?

The room is still a work in progress, a new light fixture over the dining table and art for the back wall are next…


September 13, 2012

I have been working on a post and beam house in one of the canyons in Bel Air.  It was built in 1964 on top on an old (1920’s) stone house, and the prior owners had not cared for it well at all.

Recently, I’ve been working on fixing the front of the house up to give it more curb appeal as well as added security and privacy.

It’s coming along…

The front entrance was completely redone with a new Mangaris Mahogany deck leading up to the house, the trim color was changed to Benjamin Moore Sharkskin, new house numbers from WestOn Letters, and the railing in the lower right hand corner of the photo was built to match the railing shown on the left side of the deck, much landscaping has been done as well… I wish that you had seen it before.

A close up of the new Mangaris deck.  The house color is being changed to a warm light gray/beige.

A little peek at the side yard as seen from the front walk as you approach the front door…

subway tile

September 8, 2012

Subway tile is a tried and true choice for kitchens and bathrooms.  It’s kind of a classic.

Still, there are plenty of times where I just don’t want to go with the status quo…

I love a classic white brick subway tile, but sometimes its fun to color outside the lines.

What do you think of these alternative subway tile options???

classic white brick subway tile

a beachy opalescent alternative

break it up and add interest with a change of scale

large scale modern & matte

contrasting grout, so good!


August 26, 2012

I am loving this Metallic Suede & Hemp Rug from Serena an Lily.  It is so versatile and textured and good.

more werk

August 22, 2012

I’ve been working on this mid-century architectural home and my client really wants the items we select to feel period.  She is also drawn to really modern objects and furnishings.

We have approached her home with the perspective that we will be respectful of the period in which the home was built (1964), but with modern updates.

I had this gorgeous Nina Campbell wallpaper installed and it couldn’t have been more perfect.  The pattern in the paper feels so 1960’s, but the hand drawn flowers outlined in black make it feel more modern and updated.

Paired with a 1960’s danish modern rocker upholstered in Knoll fabric with a cushion in a China Seas linen, a custom night table, a custom bed also in Knoll fabric and vintage lamp and you have the perfect mix of modern and vintage all in one.

It was so good, I didn’t want to leave…

new bedding

August 20, 2012

I just got some new bedding.  I was ready for a change and we really needed new sheets.  I was getting tired of the all white and I have this black and white ikat duvet cover that I got at West Elm a while back, but I’ve still just been using my white sheets.

Today I went bold for me and mixed and matched some blue bedding from Roberta Roller Rabbit.

I’ve also been loving this Bruschwig & Fils Dzhambul fabric and have been thinking I would make 3 euro shams for my bed but I haven’t been able to make up my mind…

Here are my multiple bedding options, I was feeling like I wanted to change the wall color behind my bed, but now I’m thinking maybe no, just go for the Dzhambul istead.

What do you think, do I do the Dzhambul, do I paint the wall, do I do both, nothing??? Decorating for myself is such a challenge!!!

Here is the new fitted sheet and blue shams, bold move for me as my bed is usually all white.

Here it is paired with the Dzhambul fabric that I like…I’ll still have my white duvet which will mostly cover the busy sheet.  What do you think?

When I want a change of pace, here is my black and white ikat bedding.  I know, my duvet cover needs a serious ironing, tell it to my 2 year old and 5 1/2 year old…

nurseries avec wallpaper

August 19, 2012

I’ve had a lot of nurseries and kids rooms come my way lately.  Something I love to put in a baby’s room is wallpaper.

Parents spend a lot of time in their children’s rooms.  Wallpaper can make a child’s room feel a little more sophisticated, a little more grown up.

who doesn’t want a star wallpaper ceiling!?!?!