How to Mix Styles at Home

Friday, May 22, 2015

image via Nicole LaMotta
Mixing and matching styles can be challenging, especially when we're talking about design.  Furniture isn't cheap, and mixing styles can be intimidating if you're not sure about how it will all turn out.  Here are a few of my tips to mix and match styles at home like a pro:

Create synergies: Make the pieces in your room talk to one another.  The brass chest complements the brass lamp, while the pillow combo picks up the pink in the rug without being too matchy matchy.

Choose timeless pieces: When mixing styles, it's important to choose pieces that aren't going to go out of style any time soon.  Timeless styles like mid-century modern are timeless for a reason: they have clean lines and simple designs that you'll never get tired of.  Pieces that are classic and simple will easily blend with other styles rather than fight them.  

Incorporate vintage: Authentic pieces are so important to a rooms overall look and feel - vintage pieces give a room soul, and add intrigue.  Flea markets are a great source for vintage, and online, you can find great stuff with resources like Etsy, Craigslist, Ebay, and Chairish (my personal favorite; with a concept like Craigslist but with a much more curated collection, and great photos of their products).

In big pieces, go for neutrals: Larger pieces command more attention in a room, so mixing a bunch of different styles with say, a kelley green sofa can be more challenging.  By sticking to a neutral color for bigger items, you'll be able to create a more cohesive look when paired with other styles.

If you love it, it will work: Style, in any form, is an expression of your true self.  I've got a mix of styles in my home, modern, mid century, bohemian, vintage; and the reason they all work together is because I love each piece.  I couldn't imagine sticking to only one style, because that doesn't express who I am and what I like.  My golden rule is that if you truly love a piece, go for it.

Kitchen Trends

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


image via Apartment Therapy
Lately I've been day dreaming a lot more about my future non-apartment dream home.  Some days it feels like I may never live in my dream home, but I figure the more time I spend dreaming, the quicker I'll be able to make game time design decisions when I finally DO live in a house.  For me, the kitchen will probably be the most important room, so here's a look at whats hot in kitchen design right now:

Rugs: I go back and forth on this one.  On the one hand, cooking with a nice turkish kilim rug right under the stove seems like disaster could strike, but on the other hand, a rug in the kitchen really warms up a space where you may not have much control over the look and feel of the room.  I think this also depends on your layout, a narrow aisle would do well with a rug, but if you have more of an open kitchen a rug under the sink might be the better bet for you.
via Door Sixteen
Globe pendant lights: For whatever reason, the beautiful circular shape looks beautiful in the kitchen.  The light and airy globe pendant adds a certain symmetry to a room that is typically very linear with lots of corners.  It's a great companion in the kitchen, adding to the aesthetic without being heavy or taking away from the main stand out elements.
via House Tweaking
Open shelving: I'm not totally sure that I could live with only open shelving, but I love the idea of incorporating it to showcase your most beautiful pieces, while still being able to hide away unsightly things like blenders behind closed doors.
via Veneer Designs
Subway tile: The trend towards subway tile is really about making a space bright and shiny.  White grout and slick tile make it easy to clean, and it looks great with a wide variety of materials like wood and marble (also trendy right now in the kitchen).
via Our House
Farmhouse sinks: These over-sized sinks are true workhorses in the kitchen.  Their large size makes dishes a breeze, and the porcelain is easy to clean itself.
via Lonny Magazine
Marble counter tops:  I feel like marble is the creme de la creme of kitchen counter top materials.  It's beautiful, sophisticated, and everything anyone could ever want of their surfaces in the kitchen.
via One Kin Design
Brass hardware: Brass has made the biggest come back in home decor, and it looks particularly brassy and beautiful used as kitchen hardware for pulls, faucets, etc.  This gorgeous kitchen also uses brass combined with marble for the back splash.  I love how the brass really pops against the navy, and the brass faucet is such a standout detail.  If there's ever an opportunity to have more brass in your life, the answer should always be yes.
via Style by Emily Henderson
Two-tone cabinets: I absolutely love this kitchen.  The shade of green is beautiful and plays so well off the brass, white, and marble details.  Two-tone cabinets work so well in bright spaces - notice how the white cabinets kind of melt into the light and really allow the green to take center stage.
kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuel
via Smitten Studio
Concrete: In the kitchen, concrete tends to invoke more of a stream-lined, industrial feel.  A decidedly unique material to use, its no-fuss clean look and feel can be very beautiful.  It can also be warmed up by pairing with wood (see below) for a more rustic aesthetic.
via The Design Files
Wood: I think I would love to have a wood and concrete kitchen in my future second lake-front home.  Wood accents can be incorporated in many ways, in the bones of a kitchen as cabinets and drawers, or in a smaller scale as open shelving.
via The Style Files
What are your favorite kitchen trends?

California Cool: House by Amber Interiors

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I've long admired the work of Amber Lewis, and when I came across this gorgeous house designed by her I had to share it with you.  The style is so quintessentially Southern California, with modern lines, layered textures, and bohemian touches that all come together in such a collected, comfortable, and cohesive look.  I'm ready to move in!  All photos by Tessa Neustadt via Amber Interior Design.















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