Faux Sho-House: Library/Home Office Edition!

A home office or library can mean a lot of different things to different people. For me it is an escape. A place where MY stuff belongs. No  kid toys, plenty of storage, a surface to draw, write, paint, or work on the computer, and a comfortable seating area are key for my home office. I am excited to showcase what my ideal office space would provide. Not shown in these images would be built-in floor to ceiling cabinetry across from this desk wall. Enjoy!

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Theo chair by Angela Adams is a cozy spot to snuggle up with a good book on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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This round side table with tree legs is so great I NEED one! Available through BHD.

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I happen to love most things from Anthropologie. This Ettore bench with custom cushion (fabric: Robert Allen, Road Bump) would be a functional piece in almost any room you choose to place it in.

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On that Anthropologie note, both this beautiful rug and bookshelf are from  their exciting collection of  home goods. The rug is the Doily rug and the bookshelf is the Kansai bookshelf.

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All of the cubbies in this desk excite me! I know, I’m a dork, I just love organization! This desk is called the Dockery Work Table and is from Currey and Company. This sweet little desk chair is made by Zentique and is called the Louis Side Chair.

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Fun accessories make the space unique and feel like home.

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Aldo Vase, Yuma Vases, Marbled Vase, Cartwright Mirror, Ronan Hinged Box, all available through BHD

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Lighting is  usually forgotten until the end of a project, when your budget is shot. Good lighting will make a great space spectacular and have a major impact on the design. Bad lighting can ruin an entire design. Both of these amazing lighting elements are available through BHD.

9What is important to you in your home office? Stay tuned for more exciting spaces next week!

By |August 28th, 2013|Accessories, Bookcases, Decorating, Design Elements, Desks, Faux-Sho House, Hannah, Organization|Comments Off on Faux Sho-House: Library/Home Office Edition!|

Faux Sho-House: Master Bathroom Edition!

The Master Bathroom plays an integral part in our daily lives.  It cannot be avoided.  It is the place we go to prepare ourselves for the day, to relax, to wake up, to comfort ourselves, possibly to hide from the kids, and then finally, when the day is done, we go there to settle ourselves for a much earned long evening of slumber.   The bathroom should be a far off place, somewhat of a retreat.  It ought to present itself with a sense of being somewhere else other than just, “the bathroom”.  I wanted to design my Faux Sho-House master bathroom as that.  Somewhere different, a room that is inspiring to become more like a destination.

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Let’s start with the finishes of the room.  This room takes a beating, so we need finishes that will last.  But if you are traveling the distance, don’t you want where you land to be pretty?  I know I do!  On the floor is Pro-Venza’s Re-Use Bianco Ossigeno both in large tile and mosaic for the shower.  For the walls we have Elitis’s, Azzurro Vulcano.  This extremely durable wallpaper  is embossed with wide stripes of tribal patterns that nod towards natural raffia grass-cloths; it is the backdrop of our destination.   For the shower walls I chose Heath Ceramic’s Chalk tile in Gunmetal Glaze.  The glaze on these tiles are twice layered which creates wonderful depth and texture.

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Knowing hands-on how wonderful Hansgrohe’s plumbing systems are, I couldn't imagine choosing anything else to get the job done!  I love their simple lines and designer collaborations.  For the lavatory, I chose the wall mounted Metris. In the shower is a Croma 100 Green Showerpipe.  And then the tub, an Axor design by Patricia Urquiola paired with Jean-Marie Massand’s Axor tub filler.  Because in my mind, every tub needs a built in towel rack and every tub filler must have a shelf!

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Vanities are always center stage, as they should be!  I’ve outfitted this one with a glass mosaic backdrop from New Ravenna Mosaics.  The cut of their Pandora pattern gives the glass an unexpected dimensional quality.  Unlike a typical basin out of porcelain, I chose Ammonitum’s wooden Vela Washbasin.  It gives the room a natural warmth that is rarely felt in bathrooms.   This beauty sits on top of a Cambria quartz, color Windermere, countertop with painted cabinetry below in Benjamin Moore’s new Colonial Williamsburg Collection, color Nelson Blue. Finish it off with Anthropolgie’s Lulu knob for a fun, artistic statement!

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Every bathroom deserves some jewelry!  And why not make it the pieces you always look towards? Recycled glass and natural burlap sconces flank a shapely decorative mirror.  Long gone are the days of glass sconces and rectangle framed mirrors!  Both sconce and mirror are available through BHD.

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Sometimes overlooked,  every bathroom needs a place to sit. Every bathroom also needs art. So I combined the two!  I chose Phillip Stark’s Masters Chair to use at the vanity.  And Reinalso Sanguino’s  gorgeous ceramic stool for the shower.  Never miss an opportunity to sit and enjoy art!

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I hope you have loved touring our Faux Sho-House master bathroom!  Has it possibly inspired you to think differently about your destination?   Stay tuned for our last few rooms; you won't want to miss them!

By |August 27th, 2013|Bathrooms, Decorating, Design Elements, Design Trends, Faux-Sho House, Inspiration, Jennefer|Comments Off on Faux Sho-House: Master Bathroom Edition!|

Faux Sho-House: Master Bedroom Edition!

The act of sleeping is very curious to me.  What really happens in the world while we are off in dream land?  And what could be more fascinating than dreams and their meanings?  I wanted to ignite and fuel this spark of curiosity with my Faux Sho-Master Bedroom.  In my opinion, bedrooms should be comfortable, well worn, and dimly lit.  They should be relaxed, not fussy and just a bit….curious…

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Let’s start with the reason why we are here: to sleep.  I selected this  19th C. Keyhole Metal Arch Bed from Restoration Hardware because it has a timeless look and is extremely durable.  Unlike a wooden bed, it won’t scratch or show wear on the finish.  And unlike an upholstered bed, it will not become dingy or need reupholstering when the fabric becomes out of date.  It’s a good, sturdy, back drop to the bedding.  For the bedding, we’ve got graphic Euro Shams, available through BHD, and  organic cotton bedding from ABC Carpet & Home.  I never miss an opportunity to display art, so why not on kidney pillows?  This water colored landscape pillow was from Crate and Barrel and it reminds me of a far-off dream-scape.

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To set the mood of the room, I have selected Benjamin Moore’s Sea Pine for the walls.  It’s a perfect unsaturated blue-grey that creates a cave-like feeling without being too dark or too dramatic.  For treatments at the windows, I’m thinking long simple panels of Marimekko’s cotton Mehilaipsesa fabric.  Mehilaipsesa is Finnish for beehive;  I find nothing more curious than a beehive!

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Bedrooms should have versatility in storage.  Yes there are closets for clothes, but what about extra blankets, pillows, and books?  I love the mystery that comes with any antique piece.  Who had it, and for how long?  How many different hands have touched it and how many different items did it store?  I found a great old armoire with a beautifully worn patina and paired it with Blu Dot’s Shale Dresser.  I love mixing old with new, drawers with doors and  complementing wood tones.

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Lighting is key to any space and the bedroom is no exception.  When the sun goes down, I want small areas of warm light to give the room a subtle glow.  A small lamp on the dresser, available through BHD, with Julian Chichester’s Soho Lamp flanking each side of the bed is perfect!  I love that these lamps are wall mounted, and swing.  There is no loss of surface on the bedside tables and they can be adjusted as need for reading.

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Cannot forget about art!  The bedroom is one of the best places to put art because you get the most opportunity to enjoy it.  I chose an original painting by April Street because it evokes a dreamy feeling in me.  It's inspiring and calm all at the same time.   April’s work is available through The Art’s Company.

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Also, on the floor, I selected Kyle Bunting’s Layla cowhide rug.  Each one of his designs are meticulously executed and each deserve to be considered a work of art!

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And because sometimes lounging doesn’t feel like being in the bed, I selected Ralph Pucci’s day bed.  I love how it is sculptural and it has adjustable arms! How perfect are those for a head pillow as well!  I can definitely picture myself lounging on this with a great book in hand.

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I hope our Faux Sho-House has been fun so far.  And is possibly sparking up some interest for you?!  Are you curious to see what we will dream up next? Stay tuned!!

By |August 23rd, 2013|Antiques, Beds, Decorating, Design Elements, Design Musings, Fabrics, Faux-Sho House, Inspiration, Jennefer, Lighting, Recharge|Comments Off on Faux Sho-House: Master Bedroom Edition!|