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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Home Tour: Pattern & Print

Roberta Freymann launched the Roller Rabbit fashion, and textile line in 2003 because of her passion for global textiles. For many years she spent time in Argentina, India and other far-flung locales, so, naturally, her 1900s apartment in Manhattan mirrors her charismatic globe-hopping personality. The dwelling explodes with color, objects garnered from her and her husband's travels, and breathtaking vintage and Roller Rabbit fabrics, making it one of the most beautiful of home tours.

Freymann's living room has brilliantly hued, Bangkok silk, orange, ceiling to floor curtains, and purple upholstered club chairs on either side of a small antique writing-table. She covered the throw pillows, on the green, tufted, sofa, in colorful tapestry materials.

She likes to paint her dining rooms an interesting color because Freymann feels walls must entertain her guests as they dine. Her dining area table has above it an elegant antique Baccarat chandelier. Roberta says she has more paintings than walls as evidenced in the dining room particularly. The bright walls also give the couples' antique furniture pieces a more contemporary flair.

The home's office underlines the fact that Roberta is in love with all things colorful. The poppy-red lacquer walls received several coats which make them take on an energy of their own. The mirror over the fireplace and the mirror on the adjacent wall make the walls sparkle even brighter.

The guest room is the only area that is completely adorned with Roller Rabbit's signature block print fabrics. Even the stenciled walls and door echo the patterns of the textiles.
Roberta Freymann's love of and courage to experiment with color and prints is a perfect tutorial for those who are hesitant when it comes to bold shades. Her motto is: 
"I don't think there is a problem with mixing prints as long as there's a harmony."

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Say Goodbye to Boring Rooms: How to Add Character to Your Home

Wouldn't it be nice to wake up in a Pinterest-worthy home, loaded with unique style and finishing touches that set it apart from your neighbors' houses? When you're stuck with builder-grade decor, it can seem impossible to make your home feel special. We're here to help! Get inspired with these ideas about how to overcome a lackluster space and add character to your home.

Add Picture Frame Molding

To add instant elegance to your home, try installing picture frame molding along your walls. Molding dresses up a room with beautiful architectural detail, and you can choose to go as simple or elaborate as you like. Paint molding to match your walls for subtle style, or make a statement by contrasting colors and textures. 

Highlight a Wall With Shiplap

Painting or wallpapering an accent wall is an easy way to amp up a room's style, but why not take a more structural approach? Cover a wall in shiplap boards to add a timeless feature to your space. Stained wooden boards provide warmth and texture, while clean, white shiplap replaces a tile backsplash in this casually elegant bathroom

Paint Your Interior Doors

White goes with everything, but it tends to make doors look generic and bland. Luckily, a quick coat of paint can transform the entryway to any room. Try glossy black for a posh look, or a bright hue to liven up your space.

Get Creative With Door Hardware

Once your doors are freshly painted, give them an extra dose of character by upgrading the hardware. Swap out your boring doorknobs for jewelry-like crystal pulls to add sophistication.  Or, hunt for antique hardware for one-of-a-kind style.

Turn an Alcove Into an Accent Space

A well-decorated home shouldn't have any wasted space. Turn an unused closet or fireplace alcove into a useful cubbyhole. Add bookshelves and a bench for a cozy reading nook, or use built-in cabinets as the base for a chic bar.
Whatever you choose, these finishing details are guaranteed to give your home character and style!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Home Tours from the Annals of California Home Design

The 2017 Design Award winner for interiors of less than 3,000 square feet was given to Jennifer Robin Interiors and Ani Wade of Wade Design Architects for a breathtakingly lovely guest house adjacent to a larger home on the same property. The idea was to design a smaller structure that had the same feel and tone as the original structure, but with a warm and inviting appeal. 

The designers focused on creating a space that brought the outdoors in and vice versa. Wide glass case openings slide to allow the forest to become part of the decor.

The A-frame house has reclaimed wooden ceiling and walls with exposed beams. A loft bedroom is accessible using a ladder. The surrounding redwoods inspired the muted color palette, while the high windows brighten the guest room and transform the space into a treehouse-like alcove.

The house contains furniture created specifically for the get-away by designer Jen McDonald herself. She wanted to ensure that each piece was utilitarian and adaptable to each guest's sensibilities.

Her flexible creations include:
  • twin beds in the loft push together to make a king bed or swivel to create a couch
  • a dining area that is also a sleeping nook for naps or extra guests
  • ottomans that double as dining chairs

This project was one of McDonald's favorites and she named it "the jewel box" which in architectural circles denotes a project that included precise attention to detail and the use of quality materials.

The occasional touches of copper and amethyst tones in the rooms make this retreat feel valuable and special while retaining a woodsy, rustic flavor.
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