Archive for August, 2014

Home Tour: 90210 Spanish Style Home

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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I love the classic Spanish style home, especially if it has all the charm and character of one from the 1920′s.  The exterior of a this type of home is one of my favorites, but the original Spanish style interiors are often dark with lots of wood and iron.  I actually love it when a home has a traditional exterior, but the inside is modern and unexpected.  This home’s facade has the look that I love (all the age and character that anyone could ask for), but the interior is also a delight!  To my surprise, the dark wood and traditional Spanish style decor is no where to be found–just a bright, clean and modern home that makes me want to move right in!  In fact, this Beverly Hills, CA home is for sale–check out the home details plus more pictures, here!

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Room To Outfit Inspiration: Global Brights to Serene Pastels

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Since I love fashion almost as much as I love interiors, I decided to put together a group of room and outfit “looks” that I’m currently loving.

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Global inspired home decor and clothing

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Classic black and white with an edge

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Luxurious fabrics in deep shades of orange and green

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Pastels and prints with a modern twist

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Pastels and Prints Room/Outfit

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Tuesday’s Treasure: Chairish’s Fabulous Finds

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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Canopy King Bed / Green Velvet Bench / Art / Dorothy Draper Chest / Ceramic Bust

B&W Hexagonal Mirror / Faux Malachite Console / Sciolari Chandelier / Knoll Style Tulip Table

Tension Pole Lamp / Mid-Century Dining Chairs / 1940′s Mahal Rug

It wasn’t long ago when I stumbled upon the website Chairish. I am now addicted to browsing this site that features pre-owned treasures for your home that are carefully selected by the company. It’s a place where design lovers can buy and sell home decor to one another! I have put together a list of my favorite items currently for sale on the website. Visit Chairish to see more of their amazing furnishings–there’s no doubt you will find something fabulous to add to your home!

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Dining Room Lighting Ideas…

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Over the last week or so I’ve been playing around with different ideas for lighting in my new “formal” dining room.  The room details so far include: Philip Jeffries’ Glazed Abaca grasschloth, an antique wood refractory table, 6 slipcovered chairs in natural color, 2 tan leather chairs for the heads of the table and a sisal rug (not pictured).  Even though this room is considered to be a more formal space than our other eating areas, it still has a lot of natural light and a casual feel to it.  I’m not sure how fancy I will go on the lighting above the table, but I’ve been playing around with some ideas to see what will look best–modern or transitional? Which look is your favorite?

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Designer Highlight: Mili Suleman of Kufri Life Fabrics

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

I’m really excited today to share my interview with Mili Suleman of Kufri Life!  Over the past month, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Mili and her work when she asked me to help style her showroom.  I’m very impressed with Mili’s talent and kindness.  Kufri Life uses handcrafted techniques like hand loom weaving, block printing, and hand screen printing to create one-of-a-kind pieces.  And they’re a dream for interior designers because all of the fabrics can be custom made to fit any client’s needs.  The textiles look so effortless when mixed together and create an elegant, eclectic feel.  You’re sure to see more of Kufri Life fabrics everywhere!  So, now let’s learn more about Mili and Kufri Life!

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Mili Suleman

Tell us about Kufri Life and how it started.

My mom lives in Oman (in the Middle East) and I really wanted a way to connect with her through something more creative, so I dreamt up Kufri Life! I also wanted a new medium for my graphic design, and a life that’s more connected with people in general, which includes traveling. Kufri Life just came together as a result… it’s my authentic life. It reminds me everyday that living authentically is important.

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A few of Kufri Life fabric pillows

Who has been your greatest professional or personal influence?

My parents have been my greatest personal and professional influences without a doubt. They were first generation immigrants from India to Oman, and taught me that hard work, thought, patience and honesty will get you places, even if it’s the long route.

Even though we didn’t have a ton of money to travel around back then, my parents exposed me to a TON of amazing things from all over the world… my dad used to get “Top of the Pops” videos, which were british music videos. They spent their money on encyclopedias and amazing books, which kept me entertained endlessly. They sent me to Indian classical dance and oil painting classes… they made sure I had an open-minded upbringing. And that has been the greatest gift and the influencing reason for me being curious and creative today.

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Tablescape using Kufri Life Fabrics

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

All over. From the souks back home to old Japanese artwork. It’s really a mixture of travel, books, music, culture, history, textiles.

What is your favorite thing about being a graphic/textile designer?

The fact that it’s never boring. If I have a few dead days, I use it to dream up the next collection, which may or may not come to fruition, but I never allow myself to be bored too long. I also meet some amazingly creative people from time to time, and that’s pretty cool, too.

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Mili’s creative space:  her office

Do you have a favorite project that you’ve worked on?

Graphic design- I love packaging projects… packaging for Zevlin, Shea Touch, Taste Elevated… I can go on. Hard to pick a favorite.
Textiles- I love the research part because that’s where I exercise the most creativity.

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One of Mili’s favorite packaging projects

How would you describe your style?

Very eclectic. My dream home would be a mix of modern easy living + coastal + global + antiques + art deco + victorian… lol… you get the point. I’d mix an old kilim rug with a sofa with clean lines, then throw in things I have collected from around the world and estate sales.

What is your favorite room in your home?

I loved the living area the most. It was comfortable, lived in without being too messy and I could sit anywhere and see my favorite art pieces.

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A shot from the Kufri Life showroom with more fabrics, pillows and rug

What is one item you can’t live without?

A beautiful wood, large table. I’d use it for eating, writing, work… multi-purpose.

What three things are you currently loving?

Lipstick Queen’s lipsticks!! The “sinner” ones are matte and 90% pigmented
Anything beautiful that’s indigo color.
Antique kilim rugs stop me in my tracks too.

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1. Outfit: vintage-style easy everyday dresses in colorful unusual prints (african wax prints, indian ikats and block prints)
2. Meal: spicy chicken curry with naan
3. Color: indigo, off-white and coral (pictured above Kufri Life fabrics Zohra, Leeds and White Dots in Navy)
4. Drink of choice: ginger ale and killer craft cocktails
5. Your go-to item for entertaining: hummus in beautiful patterned bowls
6. Flower: bird of paradise
7. Destination: Oregon (all of it!)
8. Guilty Pleasure: Drop Dead Diva

Follow along with Mili on Instagram @kufrilife as well as her amazing blog, here.  Thanks for the interview, Mili!

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