They’re back….To School That Is!

First day of kindergarten to first day of college

Well, if your house is anything like ours, it's been a week of excitement, anticipation, denial, and procrastination (yup at least one of my kids went to class today with just a pencil and a piece of notebook paper. My minimalist!)

Whether you are sending your last off to college (that… Read More

To Bed, To Bed, To Bed

House Beautiful

So, every night about this time of year, I am lulled off to sleep by the gentle dance of the leafy trees, the breeze tickling my eyelashes and the hypnotic dance of crickets and cicadas. I rock gently in my porch bed, dreaming of, well sleeping in a porch bed.

Some day I will make my sleeping porch… Read More

Red, White, and Blue! Who Knew!

With less than a week before we celebrate our nations independence, we couldn't think of a better time to explore some fabulous color combinations featuring our country's symbolic color palette.

photo courtesy of Contemporary Home Decoration

 

First a little history lesson into the meaning of these iconic colors...

White signifies Purity and Innocence

Red signifies Hardiness and Valor

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Three’s a Charm~ Yellows Summer Sweetness

photo courtesy of Dreams Time

 

So, they say if you see, hear or speak something three separate times, it's probably a good idea to pay attention to it. When it comes to color, it's not hard to get my attention!

 

Yellow Chain Tree

From cheerful doors, to dramatic trees, playful furniture and wallpaper, and even a honey colored… Read More

Cheers Dad! Father’s Day Gift Guide

So, truth be known, Father's Day is not the easiest of holidays now that the kids are grown.Time was a tie cake or a minor league baseball game was a sure thing, now Time at all is a precious gift.

my gang circa 1998

As a design family any member is bound to be gifted a book on 1001 Chairs… Read More

We are a Decked out!

Decks by Kiefer

 

We are in high outdoor gear here at Mandeville Canyon Designs. This summer includes a fabulous pool, some whimsical gardens and great new decks all around.

Now that it is unofficially officially summer, what could be better than enjoying a day of lounging around a new deck grilling and hanging out with friends, or curling… Read More

Divine dining room design!

When it comes to dining rooms, I think there are 2 types of homeowners: those that love having a formal dining room for hosting family gatherings and large parties, and those who will maybe use the dining room table once or twice a year and spend the remainder of the year wondering what to do with that space so that… Read More

The Forecast Calls for Comfort and Style

I was recently asked to offer some design insights for the year to come. Now, typical forecasting projects years into the future. Tricky stuff, at best. Instead I sort of like the ground troops approach, meaning what are my clients doing right now and what are they asking for? What makes sense for them now and years into the future. So, here are a few things we are working on for the coming year and hope to see continue into 2016...

~ We are seeing a trend in unplugging and going back to a Comfort- Style

A good friend who is a designer recently showed me her design boards for her brand new home. I couldn't hide the look on my face that said, "On purpose? Isn't this what we are trying to move away from?"

Before I could say anything, thankfully, she chimed in with enthusiasm, "It's just like my grandmother's house!"

"You say that like it's a good thing", I thought.

And then she did that magic thing that designers do, when they weave a tale that brings it all together.

She was hearkening back to a simpler time. White washed kitchens and warm brass knobs. Bold peonies and lattice on the walls, creamy bowls of white light and not a hand held device in sight

Courtesy of ESNY

It really was a brilliant plan. You would always walk in with a sense of belonging. Instant comfort.

Big bold patterns in wallpaper and gentle colors are gracing walls. Hand worn hues of gold are returning to lighting and hardware. Even Formica is in on the movement, but back with a whole new array of colors and styles.

Thibault Wallpaper

~We are seeing continued strength with white kitchens that are not truly white upon closer examination. Ben Moore's color of the year, Simply White, is a great example of a white hint of something else.

Mandeville Canyon Designs fea. Karen Grant

 

Right now we are installing a new kitchen, with PK Surroundings, in California Paint Crisp Muslin. It's white with a purpose.

 

It still reads fresh and comforting, but with it's own personality.

~ Quartz countertops continue to be strong for their ease of use and unending array of mesmerizing palettes. We are using Cambria's, Brittanicca, on that same white kitchen.

 

Courtesy of www.interiorsbystudiom.com

 

The dramatic ribbons of gray, black and bone allow great range of movement without overwhelming the space. Other great companies include Pental, Caesarstone and Silestone, just to name a few. Alternative materials like IceStone and Richlite, made out of paper are also durable and stylish choices with a great environmental backbone.

~Mixed metals are thankfully on the rise. I love the permission to mix up your metals in a space.

Anthropologie

Gone is the idea that every knob in your house has to be brushed nickel. There are so many fabulous metal finishes out there (the finishes from Brizo are warm and delicious),

Brizo, RSVP

 

 

 

 

 

 

starting with the long awaited rearrival of brass. With so many finishes to choose from, there is bound to be something that delights everyone of us.

Schoolhouse Electric

 

Right now we are using a beautiful collection of lighting from Hubbardton Forge that speaks to this concept perfectly. We are combining the soft gold finish (give us more in 2016, please!) with bronze for the Cosmo and then reinforcing the bronze with the Exos Collection.

 

From the Cosmo Collection, Hubbardton Forge

~Follow that up with another design trend, textured wallpaper, and you have an elegant, grounded and earthy vibe that works in both casual and sophisticated settings.

Maya Romanoff Weathered Metals II

Phillip Jeffries Rivet

 

We are using Maya Romanoff's Weathered Metals II collection as well as Philip Jeffries Rivet collection. The trend is toward textural and tactile. The kind that begs you to reach out and touch.

 

 

 

 

And if that's not enough how about some jewelry for the walls. Maya also offers a stunning collection of beaded wallpaper called Beadazzled.

Maya Romanoff Beadazzled

 

 

 

 

 

And even if you are renting, no worries, there are great new repositionable wallpapers that let everyone get in on the fun.

 

~Color palettes are continuing to mimic nature and also provide hits of high contrast.

Like mixing metals, do be afraid to mix your sheen as well. We are just about to install a grasscloth wallpaper combined with a high gloss chocolate ceiling to help reflect light as well as act as a conversation piece. Nature constantly combines shiny and matte. Why let it have all the fun!

 

Courtesy of New England Home

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Playing with Patterns

Have you ever walked into a room and were blown away by the mix of colors and/or patterns? When done correctly, a mix of patterns makes your room look like it's been designed by a professional. So how do designers mix patterns so well? There are a few tried and true tricks that will help you pull of a well… Read More

Don’t let your plants get stuck out in the cold!

I love when I have the opportunity to work on a clients' landscape design. Partly because I love nature and incorporating as much of the surroundings as I can, but also because it's amazing to see how it all transforms month after month, year after year.

Seasons are a beautiful thing. There's nothing like seeing the outdoors come to life… Read More

Move over pumpkin!

It dawned on me recently that fall is a long season of décor. While I love to warm up my home with layers of snuggly blankets, pops of orange, pumpkins and hay bales; after a while I grow tired of it all. After all, I think the stores had the Halloween decorations and candy out some time in August!

So… Read More

Shorter days, longer nights. It’s time to get ready for fall!

With each season there comes an opportunity to clean and organize. Just as in the days of long ago, it's still necessary to prepare our homes for the upcoming change in weather. We're all familiar with spring cleaning, especially those of us who endure long winters and can't wait to open the windows and get outside. But what about the… Read More

Bigger is NOT always better.

I'm at it once again...downsizing! And it feels so good! We once had a house full of kids, toys, animals, friends...to name a few! But as time has gone on, my babies have spread their wings and left the nest, taking all things associated with them. I'm left with the animals...! Well, that's not exactly true. I still have my… Read More

How ’bout a switch, or two?

Picture this: You've spent countless hours researching and designing your beautiful new kitchen with a stunning tile backsplash. You're ready for the final touches. And your electrician installs the typical white, plastic outlet and switch plates.

It's like the music stopped and you're thinking to yourself, "What's wrong with this picture? Something doesn't look right."

I'll tell you what… Read More

Voted “Coolest Room on Campus”!

There's no denying it...back to school is right around the corner. In these last few weeks of summer you simply can't avoid it! My mailbox is filled with back to school catalogs from every store in the nation! Walk into a retail store...bam! Back to school promotions everywhere!

While I refuse to accept that school is fast approaching, I do… Read More

Dining under the stars

If you are loving these long summer days as much as I am, then you will love these pretty design ideas for a perfect evening dining al fresco! There is nothing better than ending your day with the stars above and the grass tickling your toes. That's why I love to take dinner outside! Although, come to think… Read More

Ready for some fun with color?

One of the most daunting tasks for my clients is choosing a color palette. It's one of the first questions I ask, and it often leaves people speechless! That's ok! In fact, it can actually be a really good thing because it allows me to present some ideas and color combinations that my clients may not have even dreamed of!… Read More

“I’m in a New York state of mind!”

Who goes to NYC to relax?! Well....me!! Last weekend I hopped on the train and headed for the Big Apple in hopes to recharge my batteries with color and shapes. I can't imagine a better city to max out your visual cortex!

One of my "go-tos" for inspiration is always Jonathan Adler. Trained as a potter,… Read More

Backyard fun & function!

If you have kids, no matter what their age, then surely at some point along the way you bought a big swing set, complete with a climbing wall, slide and perhaps a clubhouse. And now that big wooden structure is the focal point of your backyard. It can go weeks without anyone playing on it other than the squirrels. But… Read More