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1 texture Whether smooth and minimal or rich and detailed, texture plays a huge role in interior design. These are some of the designers who’ve really got the touch.

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Flying Colors A California color scheme and a focus on fun make this home near Wall Street the perfect pad for a big family



f the playful, ultravibrant interiors of this five-bedroom apartment look more like California than Manhattan, that’s kind of the point. Mom in the family of seven that calls this Battery Park City pad home grew up in sunny Santa Cruz, California. She loves New York, but she also wanted her kids to experience a bit of the colorful beach vibe that she had in her hometown. Enter Incorporated, the New Yorkbased multidisciplinary architecture and design studio brought on to combine two adjacent units into one 4,700-square-foot dream home that blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor experiences. That means real birch tree trunks and reclaimed barn wood alongside a custom “tree house” for the kids surrounded by birch forest wallpaper. “Her goal with this renovation was to recreate the front and back yard she grew up with for her whole family, but in an urban context,” says Incorporated partner Drew Stuart.

And, of course, there’s dazzling use of color. “Anyone who is familiar with the playfulness of California design culture or has walked the Santa Cruz boardwalk will understand the influences here,” says Stuart. “Bright greens, azure blues, weathered surfaces, and vintage wall coverings all evoke a Southern California halcyon childhood.”


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Leran Pendant lamps from Ikea hang above custom cabinets by S. Donadic, Inc. The Mah Jong sofa by Roche Bobois adds color and texture to the comfortable, kid-friendly living space.


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Woods - Contemporary II Collection wallpaper by Cole & Son surrounds the kids’ custom “tree house.”


Paint Werks Interiors, Inc. For better or worse, painting alone is capable of completely transforming the mood of a home. In order to find the perfect finishes for this New York home, Incorporated worked closely with New York-based professional painting company Paint Werks Interiors. “This project entailed painting a unique array of colors throughout the apartment that really made it pop without feeling overwhelming,” says owner Philip Vuletic. “We have at our disposal a variety of innovative painting techniques to go well beyond the client’s expectations.”

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A set of antique doors found by the owner form the bed’s headboard. The Belgian Linen Provence Stripe bedding is from Restoration Hardware and the Beacon Pendant Lamp from Tech Lighting. Opposite: A Lindsey Adelman 9-Globe Branching Bubble chandelier hangs above the Wheel dining table and bench by Alessandro La Spada for Environment. Kalinda’s Chair by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.



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The custom glass kitchen backsplash fabricated by Bendheim incorporates Just Scandinavian’s Teheran, White fabric. Opposite: Daydream (Blue) wallpaper by Hygge & West. Custom sink stand by Lennie Construction Co. with Brooklyn faucet set by Incorporated for Watermark.


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Multi Stem wallpaper by Orla Kiely and painted inset bookcases add a colorful complement to the Rhys chair and ottoman from Anthropologie and the Excel Floor Lamp by Roll & Hill.


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Treasure Chest A couple of chicks transform a Vancouver condo from boring Barcelona-chair minimalism into eclectic vintage-chic



he owner of this 800-square-foot condo in the trendy Yaletown neighborhood of downtown Vancouver purchased it as a display unit, complete with minimalist modern furnishings like a Barcelona chair and chrome arc floor lamp. So not her style. “It was a fab look for some, but it left this client’s inner stylista screaming for something much more,” says Jennifer Scott, founder of design firm A Good Chick To Know. “It was important to showcase many cool finds and treasures that displayed our client’s personality, yet we had little floor space to work with.” To create a stylish storage and display solution, the designers had a custom industrial shelving unit built by ShopWrong Collective and used a vintage metal cabinet from The Found & The Freed as the base. Shelves were created with metal and reclaimed wood. Throughout the home, vintage pieces form focal points and finishing details while new finds from traditional retailers keep the space grounded. “We created a space that played with lots of color, texture, and a mix of aesthetics,” says AGCTK designer Megan Baker. “We’ve created a signature look for ourselves that relies heavily on the blend of vintage with new to create a classically eclectic aesthetic for each client,” says Scott.

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The tangerine and emerald throw from BoConcept, atop a gray velvet couch from CB2, “offered a more organic element to an otherwise linear and graphic room,� says Scott. A trio of

photographs from local artist Robert Fougere, suspended by brass clips in oversize frames with no glass, anchor the wall space. Next page: A custom shelving unit atop a vintage metal cabinet.


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Below: AGCTK and ShopWrong Collective suspended unique cage lights with colored cords from Ikea on reclaimed wood to create a custom light fixture. Bottom: Rubber grates add a feminine touch to the concrete wall. Retro lamps from ReFind in Vancouver.

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Left: Cage lights from CB2. Below: Vintage school desks form a unique TV stand. Unsewn panels of fabric add the “grandeur� of full-height drapery. AGCTK replaced the original leather buttons on the tufted leather chairs with gold coin buttons. Rug from Ikea.

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new school pinterest, etsy, and twitter are big parts of designer kyla bidgood’s toolkit, helping her inject a fresh, young vibe into this tech startup’s office in isolated victoria, canada By Kate Chiu


Earth Sea Warrior “Kyla and I speak a similar design language, which sparked a kismet nocturnal workaholic collaboration,” says Ursula Manaf, owner of the Brooklyn-based “archaeological boutique” Earth Sea Warrior. Carrying oddly endearing home decor and unique design solutions inspired by nature and various found objects, the Etsy store provided “a little dose of color to Kyla’s already bright and beautiful vision,” says Manaf.


nterior designer Kyla Bidgood is the epitome of fresh young design persevering where you’d least expect to find it—on small, historic Vancouver Island. With the big cities of Vancouver and Seattle accessible only by boat, Kyla takes to the Internet not just to source inspiration, but also to find the unique vintage pieces she likes to recycle into her spaces. Take for example the giant, beat-up, red letter ‘M’ hanging in her new office for tech startup MediaCore—it’s an upturned ‘W’ that Kyla snagged from a Safeway grocery store demolition. We chat with Kyla about client relations, vintage pickings, and Pinterest.

KC: What were your clients looking for in this space? Kyla Bidgood: The CEO of this company is 30; they’re a very young group. And they want to attract the young up-andcomers in their industry, so they needed a space that’s very functional, yet has a certain vibe that will attract people. We’re also on a very limited budget, and the space is just under 3,000 square feet, so we had to get really creative. KC: How do you describe the look you ended up with? KB: I took an ‘outdoors’ approach. We cladded the outside of the boardroom with wood. Fir is a local wood here, and sustainability was a huge thing. We used carpet tiles that have recycled content and are recyclable, biodegradable linoleum in their break room, and a lot of fun, vintage, reclaimed pieces in the bathrooms. Media-

Core is like a privatized YouTube marketed toward education, so I got them a bank of vintage lockers and old-school clocks set to different time zones. KC: You’re on Pinterest and Twitter, and a lot of your suppliers are on Etsy. What impact have social media and networking sites had on your process? KB: I love Pinterest: I’m probably on it at least every day cataloging things. And I started to do a lot of sourcing on Etsy— that’s how I found the colorful cords for our lighting feature in the meeting room, through Earth Sea Warrior on Etsy. A lot of clients have never been through the construction or design process before, so I start with a page of inspiration images— different types of lighting, furniture, spaces—to communicate the feel and scene I’m walking toward.

“The CEO said, ‘I don’t care where I live, I just want to have a bright red door with a lion door knocker on it one day,’” says Bidgood. She sourced one on Etsy for the door to his private office.


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Opposite: Bidgood found a bank of vintage lockers for the break room. Below: The boardroom is clad in fir, the dominant local wood. A big ‘W’ from a Safeway store sign (flipped for the M in MediaCore) is one of many cool repurposed finds. Bidgood sourced the Factory Overhead Chandelier from Barn Light Electric.


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What cool decor items are you liking these days?

“One of my favorite blogs, Remodelista. com, has been focusing on the bedroom this week so I’ve been dreaming of oversized sheepskin bed spreads and Moroccan wedding blankets in white. Then I guess I’ll need the Riki Alarm Clock by Riki Watanabe.” —Nicole Hollis, Nicole Hollis Interior Design

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“African baskets used as pendant lampshades. I saw this at my neighborhood library in Washington, D.C., the Francis Gregory Library, where Tanzanianborn architect David Adjaye used African baskets for pendant lampshades in a reading room of the library— awesome!” —Sherry Ways, Kreative Ways & Solutions

“Anything Lucite, anything raw steel, anything shredded and torn, anything tribal and primitive, anything sparkly or reflective. Andy Fleishman concrete tiles at Ann Sacks, customized printed fabrics from Opuzen, wall coverings from Black Crow Studios and Bettinger. And I’m obsessed with The Find in Chicago—a great spot for unique found objects and vintage furnishings.”

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“I’m always on the lookout for great mirrors. I love using interesting shapes, especially with powder baths. Some favorites are the Sapphire Mirror by Bunny Williams for Mirror Image Home and the Regina Andrew Décor Round Sun gold antique mirror. I also am loving live-edge wood furniture. Any time I can bring some natural elements into an interior space, I’m happy.” —Carla Aston, Aston Design Studio

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“I look for items that have a sculptural quality, classic lines, and a slight glamorous edge. I am currently in love with Regina Andrew’s soft silver orbit table because it embodies all of these so well.” —Claire Bell, Chic Abode Interiors

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Playing Dirty A New York penthouse gets a lived-in look

The client at this Gramercy penthouse in Manhattan had an unusual request: Keep it dirty. Interior designer Jennifer Rusch, president of New York-based Ways2design, was happy to oblige. “The client requested everything in his home to be absent of color and already dirty, meaning already worked in so he didn’t have to worry about the upkeep,” she says. Rusch and architect Stuart Narofsky had a concrete floor poured early in the project and left it unprotected during construction, then sealed it to lock in the dirt and stains from the build-out. Rough-andtumble Corteccia slate walls connect the concrete to the exposed ceiling, which was opened to reveal the existing wood beams, and custom millwork throughout the home was made from reclaimed wood to complete the lived-in look. “We coined the phrase ‘pretty ugly’ for his project,” says Rusch. But it looks pretty awesome to us.



Texture Open beam ceilings let in natural light. A Cassina sofa (background) is the refined foil to the wood Hendrix bench from Chista and rough custom rock sofas, created with uncut buffalo hide and memory foam.


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Texture Opposite: Ways2design created a custom coffee table shaped like a guitar pick to complement the

Viccarbe sofa in black leather. The Corteccia slate walls are featured throughout the house.


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Opposite: A custom metal bed frame by JP Decorators and Metal Dimensions sits atop the owner’s cowhide rug. The wall treatment is a leather stacked rug from Lepere, Brick by Limited Edition. The Artelano red lacquer and black leather chair is also from Lepere. Below: Thicket black resin doors by 3Form.


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Slow Down A daredevil couple gets a smooth space to calm down


ichael Garcia and Farid Tamjidi, principals in Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design, knew their clients were daredevils. The couple, motorcycle racing enthusiasts who each hold landspeed records, needed a clutter-free sense of calm apart from that highoctane world (and plenty of space to store their gear). Garcia and Tamjidi responded with a sparse, smoothly textured look that amplifies the abundant natural light in their San Francisco condo. “It takes some courage for a client to want that kind of space,” says Tamjidi. “It is a challenge to furnish a space like this and it can’t be done as an afterthought.” Since the owners entertained very little, an abundance of furniture was unnecessary.


“We have a hard time defining our aesthetic,” Garcia says. “Beauty isn’t a primary concern, appropriateness and simplicity is. We tend to strip away as much as we can until we’re left with just the essential. We could be called minimalists, but we avoid labeling ourselves.”

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“The apartment has enormous windows,” says Garcia, “so we did all we could to take advantage of that. The calming effect is one of the delightful byproducts of using light colors and forms.“ The space had to be large and open enough for the motorcycle enthusiasts to store their gear.


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Opposite: Bathrooms were designed with lots of glass to borrow natural light. Darker materials create a counterpoint to the lightness of the rest of the space, as well as make the space seem larger, says Tamjidi.

Boffi products, including the Sabbia sink and Liquid faucet, were used in the master bath. Below: Blanco’s Super Single sink was used with a Vela by MGS faucet. The oven/range is by Miele.


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Left: Furnishings throughout the home are kept deliberately sparse. For minimal spaces like this, Garcia Tamjidi is often asked to create custom furniture, such as this curvaceous piece in the meditation area.


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Making the Most of Minimalism

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Designer Marie Flanigan shares the Dos and Don’ts of creating minimalist interiors

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Do… *Consider new ways of

using space creatively and expanding functionality of design elements

*Select only items that are

important and add value to the decor

*Use an innovative mix of

lighting throughout the space to increase drama, ambience, and functionality

*Highlight the richness of

materials in a space by simplifying lines and detailing

*Be daring with your design choices

Don’t… *Sacrifice function for form.


*Be afraid of void or empty

space. Beauty and visual interest can be created within negative areas and can be as important, or even more important, than the design elements themselves.

*Over-accessorize. Edit your

choices on accent items and furnishings.

*Feel like you need to stick

to a black-and-white color palette. Bold choices in color can create stunning minimalist environments and have the power to completely change the mood of an interior.

*Forget to use texture.

Layering texture throughout the space creates visual depth within an interior and gives a tactile presence.


he young family moving into this new-construction home in Houston’s West University was looking for black-and-white minimalism infused with bright pops of color, and they got it from Marie Flanigan Interiors. “Minimalist does not need to be synonymous with ‘cold’ and ‘uncomfortable,’” says Flanigan. “Minimalist design uses ideas of extreme functionality. Even with a lack of color, textures can be utilized to create warmth and layering in a space.” The Houston-based designer shares some advice on how to create statement-making minimalist interiors.

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Color Therapy A dark bachelor pad gets a colorful yet masculine makeover

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Choosing Colors 1. You cannot specify color from the tiny swatches you get in a paint store. Buy the $5 sample can and paint up large poster board squares with two coats. 2. Do not paint a million swatches of quickly painted squares on your walls and compare them. You will only overwhelm yourself with too many choices. 3. Stay away from the dreaded “accent wall.” Or at least think about what you are accenting. If you pick a wall with nothing interesting to highlight, why would you accent it? If you like a color, paint the whole room! 4. Don’t just willy-nilly paint every room a different color. Think about how your rooms relate to each other and tell a color story. 5. By all means, use lots of color, but make sure you ground it with quiet hues such as white, beige, gray, black, or brown. The eye needs a place to rest.

esigner Hannah Dee knew just what this two-bedroom bachelor pad in the Washington Square West area of Philadelphia needed: a good shot of color. “How many of us have walked into the ‘bachelor pad’ full of leftover furniture and nothing else but a giant TV?” says Dee, who studied under Maria Killam to become a certified True Color Expert. “He wanted to make it attractive, comfortable, functional… ‘chick-worthy!’” The designer shares her secrets to creating spaces that make both the guys and gals feel at home.

DB: Where do you look for inspiration when thinking about color schemes? Hannah Dee: As with many designers, I look to the client and to inspiration from the existing elements of a space, whether it’s art or a rug. I notice how the client dresses and what car they drive. What color is it? Bright red, or silver? Do they like muscle cars, sedans, Corvettes, or classic roadsters? What toys or collections do they have? DB: What shape was this space in when you started? HD: It was a time capsule of worn-out bachelor furniture, the ubiquitous brown leather sofas, a dated, dark rug, a ginormous television, and one hideous uplight in the corner—you know the kind with the bowl on top? What he did have was the biggest collection of martini glasses I had ever seen—they gave me my first color cue. DB: Where are the best places to integrate pops of color in order to liven up a bland living space? HD: Accents are always a good place— pillows, decorative accessories, and inexpensive art. These can be updated easily when you tire of them; by keeping the rest of the room neutral you can change the whole feel.

DB: How do you balance traditionally ‘masculine’ pieces with more lively or delicate pieces? HD: Every room needs yin and yang, old and new, high and low, feminine and masculine. If all the furniture were big, chunky and espresso brown, there would be no tension, no interest. I like to use lots of wood tones in a room. I like a room to have texture and movement, shiny, rough and smooth, glass and wood, wavy and straight. Otherwise it looks like it came straight off a showroom floor. DB: Any bachelor pad faux pas to avoid? HD: By all means, display your sports memorabilia and toys, but do it in an organized fashion. Put your collections together, make a gallery wall, and frame photos nicely. Pick some to display and put others away; rotate them so that they’ll feel new again. I will plead to the guys out there not to use the ugly TV carts that you find in all the big box stores. And please don’t hang your TV over the fireplace if you don’t have to. I can’t tell you how many homes I walk into with a giant TV hanging over the fireplace like a bird of prey waiting to swoop down.


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True Colors Paige Loczi looks to her client’s Indian heritage to design a colorful, personal interior By Jenny Wilson


Photos by Bryan Alberstat,


ost interior designers will agree that their concept for a space begins with cues from their clients. For Paige Loczi of Bay Area firm LOCZI Design, capturing her client Vineet’s Indian heritage really was the inspiration for his home in Noe Valley, San Francisco. We chat with the designer about how her use of color, texture, shape, and a little feng shui create the perfect environment. JW: What was your inspiration when you started? Paige Loczi: We started with what Vineet wanted to manifest in his life… cooking, adventure, and intellectual challenge. Vineet spent most of his 20s incapacitated by a debilitating disease. His vitality these days is a direct reflection of his joy for his physicality and intellectual prowess. He is complex and refined and his space reflects that.

JW: What qualities do specific colors bring to this interior design? PL: Vineet is a modern Indian man, and color translates so easily as it’s both modern and in this case, also ethnic. Using a bagua map, we identified key areas in the house and how they relate to the ancient practice of feng shui. The red in the living room is a direct reflection of Vineet’s vitality. The plum and fuchsia in the office are because that part of the house is in the ‘relationship’ corner. We used blues and purples in the bedrooms to create a sense of calm and spirituality. JW: Did you start this project with a color or a specific item? PL: We started with the red plaster wall and the Chabada chairs from Roche Bobois. We found a few key pieces early in the design process. The Gabriel Scott chandelier and the Tod Von Mertens bed were showstoppers. The color tones are our modern interpretation of an Indian sari. JW: Tell me a little about the art in the space. Are there particular pieces that really convey both the design aesthetic and Vineet’s spirit? PL: Art is automatically personal and carries the intention from the creator. The two commissioned pieces really complete the space. The geometric patterning is a predominant theme echoed throughout. The Tina Sedonne sculpture highlights strength and fluidity. Tahiti Pehrson’s 10-by-4-foot cut paper also echoes the negative space created by both the coffee table and the steel chandelier. Even without the intention, the pieces graphically complete the space, creating rhythms in geometry.

Level 5 Design To produce the high-chroma red Venetian plaster accent wall in the main living area, Loczi worked with paint and plaster expert Rye Hudak, founder of Level 5 Design. Hudak employed his knowledge of fine art and design to give the room a design statement that embodies, as Hudak puts it, “intensity, vitality, friendship, and romance.�


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Party Time Wood looks good in designer Bruce Palmer’s beach house project

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No seashells. That was the mandate from the lucky family of four who calls this 10,000-square-foot beauty on Delaware’s Rehoboth Beach their holiday home. Interior designer Bruce Palmer had a blank slate to work with inside the new-construction house by Bernardon Haber Holloway Architects, and after creating the traditional interiors in the family’s primary residence, he was happy to let it all loose in the home they’d be using for their Gatsbysized summer parties. “Nothing was set for the architectural details on the inside,” says Palmer. “I had complete freedom to add whatever I thought was necessary. I was able to get in early while the plans were still being developed and come up with the fireplace, hearth, beamed ceiling, brick wall, all the tile and stone, staircase, paneled foyer, lighting, plumbing… pretty much everything on the inside.” With a material palette of richly textured Macassar ebony, zebrawood, pecky cypress salvaged from a Florida swamp,


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and even faux-crocodile embossed vinyl fabric, Palmer followed a natural, organic theme throughout the home. He used trees and birds as a recurring motif in everything from the door hardware to the pillows. Lashed-up logs form the unique light fixture over the pool table, an immense slab of claro walnut was custom-designed by Palmer for the dining room table, and an elegantly gnarled piece of driftwood hangs above the fireplace. “Texture plays a huge role in every project—it adds dimension to a space,” says Palmer. “But I think there is definitely a fine line between too much and just the right amount. I think having the same color and interesting texture helps keep things related, unified, and elegant.”


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Natural Wonder Designer Kathy Hansel draws from the nature all around her to create richly textured interiors By Lucia Ziyuan Wang


LW: The Buttermilk Residence interiors show a great connection to its surroundings. Tell us about your own home in the Aspen Valley. Kathy Hansel: I live in an 8,000-square-foot house in the mountains. When I moved here, my studio was a bunkhouse and my husband’s ceramics studio used to be two horse’s stalls.


rowing up between the U.S. and Sweden, Colorado-based designer Kathy Hansel developed a lifelong fascination with the ways people live and express themselves in different cultures. Whether it’s designing jewelry or home interiors, Hansel draws inspiration from her love of Nordic culture, the American West, and people’s relationship with nature and indigenous cultures. These influences are evident in her interior designs for the Buttermilk Residence, a Tuscan-inspired, stone-heavy home outside of Aspen by architect Tom Schutz. We chat with the designer about how her surroundings influence her aesthetic.

LW: How has that influenced your interior design sensibilities? KH: Everywhere I look every day, there is nothing but texture—on the trees, snow, ice. You see very sleek beautiful rocks covered in scrub oaks, and beautiful ice and snow next to dogwood trees. What I really like is the contrast between shiny and rough textures, like a rough-cut stone next to a gilded bowl. LW: What role has your Scandinavian heritage and reverence for Native American art played in shaping your aesthetics? KH: The Nordic people used to be much more isolated and self-reliant. Almost everything was from nature. There weren’t the refined finishes we have now. The northern culture is also very appreciative of home art. I think it’s because the winter is

so long. Native American work fascinates me for their use of everything found in nature. It’s very honest and imperfect, but that imperfection is perfect to me because you can see somebody’s hand in it. LW: Are your two careers as interior designer and jewelry designer interrelated? KH: The reason I started doing jewelry design is because I had cancer. I went through five years of therapy and couldn’t work as an interior designer at all. That changed my outlook on life and design. But my interior design does carry over into jewelry design. They both are about composition, scale, color, and materials selections. Texture is very important. Imperfect texture makes interiors much more interesting and tactile.


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Look Studio Inspired by “the spirit of the West and the color palette of the sunsets, mountains, and skies,” Look Studio’s Gayle C. Waterman provides interior designers and buyers with original pieces of art and decor using special methods of digital photography. “K.B. Hansel Interiors draws from the Alpine environment all around,” says Waterman. “Together, we have created compatible works that complement her tastes and provide a comfortable aesthetic for her clients. We know each other’s preferences and tastes.”

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“I would say the style of the design is one of classic contemporary mountain with some Italian architecture influence,” says Hansel of the Buttermilk Residence she designed. The entry hall gallery (above) features limestone floors, custom chandeliers, and wall sconces fabricated by Flying Dog Forge in Carbondale, Colorado. The table, and the Balinese goddess stone carving atop it, is an antique.

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sociates’ interior design work is both soothing and striking; there is a unique modernity that runs through all of the firm’s designs.

Arizona State of Mind Tucson-based interior designer Lori Carroll brings the colors and textures of the desert indoors By Katie Tandy

“The majority of my clients are drawn to the clean, understated aesthetic that characterizes my style of design,” says Carroll, who carefully couples the “innate appeal of the Southwest’s colorful vistas” with the “fascinating textures” she finds in the natural environment—from sand and stone to cacti and cows.


or a designer whose 30year career has spanned everything from residences and commercial projects to custom product design, Lori Carroll’s aesthetic is incredibly focused. Highlighting intricate layers of textures amid somber, Arizonainspired hues, Lori Carroll & As-

Most of Carroll’s residential clients have already embraced the arid environment and the muted palette that accompanies it; they want their homes to reflect that location and celebrate the earth, but also echo their own personality. Carroll prides herself on deftly straddling both desires. “Many have chosen to build in (continued…) the outlying


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In the living and dining rooms a glinting geometric metal fireplace rubs elbows with cream-colored armchairs, a modern wingback sofa, and dueling round coffee tables shiny as obsidian. They look like a smooth geode split in half. The kitchen and bath echo a similar style; wooden cutout chairs with a zigzag pattern pop against brown stone columns, while in the bath backlit mirrors shine against a wavetextured wall covering.


areas of the city to embrace the serenity of the desert, breathtaking sunsets, rugged mountains, and the mystifying flora and fauna of this unique setting,” says Carroll. “It naturally influences the tones and textures I use. The desert is ever-changing, and so are my designs.”


Carroll recently completed the interior design for a 4,500-squarefoot Tucson, Arizona residence for a couple in their 60s, creating a sleek and supple look to showcase the clients’ extensive art collection. She achieved equal elements of grandeur and intimacy with tenacious textures throughout the entire home. There is an intricate layering of shape and tangible sensations; the mélange of creams and browns tie everything together while echoing the sweeping architecture spearheaded by Robinette Architects, Inc. “I love the challenge of designing spaces that include some unexpected surprises,” Carroll says. “Since many of my designs are tone

on tone, using different textures adds a dramatic twist to balance the visual and tactile appeal of a room. Sometimes a client doesn’t fully understand the multilayered concept during our initial consultation; however, when they begin to see the project come together they have a greater appreciation for the level of detail I have incorporated into each space.”

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studio MK27 House and garden become one in this contemporary masterpiece in S達o Paulo. Led by architect Marcio Kogan and interior designers Diana Radomysler and Renata Furlanetto, the home seamlessly blends timeless mid-century furnishings into the organic interior environments.

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When it comes to inspiration, location plays one of the biggest roles in interior design. A good designer draws from the outside when creating the environment inside. Whether influenced by the old-world architecture of New Orleans’ French Quarter or the myriad muses to be found in New York City, these projects make the most of their locations.

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Make Yourself a Home If a designer’s own home is a reflection of her work, Jessica De Kler’s is clearly awesome By Katie Tandy



t’s not every day you get to peer into the mind of an interior designer—but with all those color wheels, antiques, and lighting concepts tumbling around their brains, it might be too cluttered to catch sight of their often brilliant inner workings anyway. Perhaps an even better insight is peering into the home of an interior designer. Jessica De Kler founded Deakins Design Group after cutting her teeth with design heavyweight Thom Filicia. Her own airy loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is a testament to her creativity and signature style.

First built in 1906, the building housed a paper manufacturer until the late 1980s and the loft still boasts a raw industrial vibe with exposed beams and sprinklers, 15-foot ceilings and detailed replicas of the original hopper windows. Drawing inspiration directly from the surrounding neighborhood as well the aesthetic whimsy of bygone days, De Kler coupled together the inherently urban look of Brooklyn with more delicate pieces hailing from thrift stores, flea markets, and even the street itself. “I knew that I wanted to keep the living room as light and as open as possible,” De Kler says. “When you open the door, I want your eye to go to that view of the city beyond. While things like stark Edison bulbs or the old Brooklyn elevated line influenced my design, I also didn’t want the space to feel cold or more industrial because we already have that element in the architecture.” De Kler’s 1,500-square-foot home is decidedly eclectic, brimming with local treasures she has discovered. “I’m constantly finding and bringing things home,” she says. “I found the mirror in my office on the street.”

De Kler favors an intricate use of layered patterns and textures, drawing together unusual elements that an untrained eye wouldn’t necessarily couple together; in her foyer alone, guests are greeted by a stark duo-chromatic painting, graphic butterfly wallpaper, and an oversize owl as an umbrella holder. In the bedroom, an ethereal pink kimono hangs over the bed and a periwinkle blue wall serves as an ideal foil for both the whimsy of Japanese cloth and the clean lines of the sleek white nightstands. The main living room is largely white, offset by bolder pieces that pop against the soothing backdrop. Navy blue cushions, a Danish mid-century armchair, patterned pillows, modern photography, and a wooden entertainment unit all make an appearance. The result is crisp yet cozy, bohemian yet chic. “With the exception of fringe and chintz or a more ‘traditional’ aesthetic, I love it all,” De Kler says. “And I have fun.”

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Tamara Eaton Design

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Brooklyn’s finest Tamara Eaton brings a historic Brooklyn mansion into the 21st century by drawing inspiration from its 19th-century origins



ne of the best things about Brooklyn? The beautifully preserved architecture. Interior designer Tamara Eaton had one such beauty to work with—a Montrose Morrisdesigned mansion built in 1899 on the border of Prospect Park. After hosting renovations that were inconsistent with the original architecture (and a celebrity power couple who previously owned it), the house was bought by a young couple with a growing family. “They were interested in having a modern, practical space while restoring the unique historical elements of the home,” says Eaton. She and architect Ben Fuqua set out to strip away ’80s elements like black granite in the kitchen and gold swan fittings in the bathroom. Eaton tells us about the new look.

DB: Did the clients have a specific design scheme in mind from the beginning, or did you set the tone for them? Tamara Eaton: The property is stunning on its own and when you walk through the house it’s easy to fall in love with—all the wood columns, fireplaces, coffered ceilings, and wood trim were original. They felt strongly about keeping the furnishings contextual. I wanted to bring the house back to a state where it felt regal but not in a time capsule. DB: The parlor really illustrates this—can you tell us about some of the furnishings in this room? TE: The Tom Dixon wingback chairs are covered in winecolored mohair. Paired with them are custom tufted felted wool ottomans. The sofa is a custom Wormley for Dunbar piece upholstered in cotton velvet. A canopy chair in the corner has a hard outer shell of gray ostrich and a sumptuous red silk interior. The biggest hurdle was the rug, which started out as an Aubusson reproduction designed to mirror the ceiling plaster detailing, but I ended up finding a quietly patterned rug in beige

and mauve because it didn’t compete with the ceiling. It was so important to let the architecture speak for itself. DB: What about the kitchen? It sure doesn’t look ’80s anymore (in a good way, of course). TE: The kitchen was gutrenovated. The china cabinet at the back of the kitchen was the very first purchase we made, from Old Goode Things. The unit was originally a tobacco cabinet, but we added lights and refinished it. One of my favorite adornments in this room is the Bubble Chandelier from Lindsey Adelman. The antique brass finish picks up on the hardware elsewhere in the kitchen. Lindsey added gold flecks to some globes to give the chandelier a glittering elegance.


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Left: The stunning original architectural detail in the parlor is complemented by Tom Dixon

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Anne Chessin Designs

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Opening Up A Tribeca loft in a 1920s rubber factory gets a major face-lift


ow do you turn a home that housed a family with four children into a stylish loft for a bachelor? “We gutted the entire apartment and rebuilt it,” says interior designer Anne Chessin. Out went the outdated finishes—and the walls dividing rooms in the 2,300-square-foot space. We chat with Chessin about the new space. 81 DB: Tribeca is a very chic neighborhood with an industrial past—did this influence the interior design? Anne Chessin: Some of the existing interior elements influenced the space. The large windows were an architectural detail that I wanted to embrace, so I did a minimal solar shade in a shade pocket. Some of the original mushroom columns were uncovered during the renovation and to preserve the original character of the space, we decided to restore them and keep them as a distinct feature. DB: Some apartments in dense NYC get poor natural light—did this influence your color and lighting selections? AC: Only one wall has windows so keeping the space as open as possible was very important. I kept the walls and ceiling white but punched up the trim and moldings by painting them in a dark gray. I added a lot of lights throughout the apartment—it’s a critical feature. DB: The fireplace really gives this urban space a cozy, homey feel—was it your idea or the clients to have a statement fireplace with a mantel? AC: The apartment was sold with a working fireplace but

once we looked into it, it was apparent it had not worked in years, which devastated my client. So I found a wonderful ventless fireplace line called EcoSmart. The original fireplace had no detail, no mantel. It was my idea to make the fireplace a focal point of the apartment. We couldn’t cart in a 2,000-pound limestone mantel, but mantel company Francois & Co. informed me of a product called Scagliola, which gives you the look of carved limestone but is actually made from limestone powder and poured into a mold.

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Meryl Santopietro Interiors

Designing Double Meryl Santopietro takes on two full-floor condos in a new Upper West Side luxury building

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ne is elegant and formal, traditional in style but highlighting nontraditional colors. The other has a serene, California feel with neutral tones and natural fabrics. Different looks, different feelings. But the kicker? They’re twins! The identical units—one spanning the entire 34th floor and the other the 38th in luxury condo building The Rushmore—were both designed by Meryl Santopietro Interiors. “The design differences highlight the limitless possibilities available to clients today,” says Meryl Santopietro. “Great design is about creating your client’s vision.”

Their aesthetics may be different, but the common bond (other than identical layouts) is the units’ phenomenal views of the Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge, and the Manhattan skyline. “The main living areas are surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that absolutely shaped the design aesthetic in each unit because both clients wanted to highlight the view and increase the ‘wow’ factor,” says Santopietro. Crown moldings were added in the more traditional unit, while architectural details such as wood veneer panels, wainscoting, and an alcohol-burning fireplace with a limestone tile surrounding wall enhance the sleek, modern design of the other. The traditional unit

features furniture by Dessin Fournir, Michael Taylor, Donghia, Nancy Corzine, and Julia Gray, while designers such as A. Rudin, Ralph Lauren, Lars Bolander, and Pindler & Pindler define the other. “All of the interior furnishings came through our sources in New York City,” says Santopietro, “at the D & D Building, Barneys New York, Bergdorf, 200 Lexington Avenue, and the A & D Building.”

Total Home Improvement Services Total Home Improvement Services (THIS) is a New York City-based general purpose contractor and interior customization specialist with more than 30 years of experience on distinctive, high-profile projects. For this prominent Manhattan highrise, the company worked with Santopietro to achieve a design that makes the most of the space according to the client’s specifications. While THIS works directly with many highly sought after designers, they are also well versed when it comes to independent interior design projects. The company’s Total Home team of more than 80 leading professionals in the field consistently works with top developers and major businesses in the city—Extell, Ascend, and Sotheby’s Realty to name a few—to renovate, remodel, and completely personalize some of the most luxurious residences in Manhattan. THIS CEO Reuven Feldman believes that the company’s many years of experience on high-profile projects and strict regard for “white glove” customer service have made the company one of the most trusted in the industry.

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Silk Garden and Trees Santopietro added splashes of color using custom-designed silk flowers and plants by Silk Garden and Trees. In 1995 the New York-based company received a distinctive commission to landscape the outdoor Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center with silk foliage. “It was so lifelike that the birds returned early that year,� says company president Nacho Moreno.




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Vanessa Deleon Associates

Across the Hudson Bigger spaces mean bigger style in New Jersey


ith offices on both sides of the Hudson River, interior designer Vanessa DeLeon has worked on homes in New York and New Jersey, but while Manhattanites may consider themselves superior style-wise, DeLeon doesn’t see too much of a difference. We ask her about two new projects—one in Hoboken, the other in Edgewater, New Jersey. 87 building, so I wanted the colors of the lobby and corridors to transition nicely into the apartment. The Edgewater home has a great view of New York City, so keeping the space open and clean was very important. 

Serious Audio Video With the exception of frat houses and “man caves,” residential spaces shouldn’t resemble sports bars. For interior designers, integrating electronic equipment seamlessly into a home’s design can be a major challenge. That’s why New Jersey-based Serious Audio Video specializes in custom residential and commercial multimedia systems design that accommodates all aspects of technology. The company worked with DeLeon on the Hoboken project to come up with innovative electronic design solutions that easily fit into the space without interrupting the overall aesthetic. They find the most unobtrusive look for the electronics within each room and then figure out how to make the designs a reality. “Each space is treated as its own unique canvas,” says president Casey Johnston. “We don’t have a few brands or designs that we keep recycling—we are always working with new manufacturers to ensure the equipment is just as stunning as the interior that it complements.”

DB: We’re looking at two projects in New Jersey that have a style that some might associate more with Manhattan than with New Jersey. Is there a different look that clients in NJ want versus clients in NY? Vanessa DeLeon: The only difference between designing a space in New York and New Jersey is the amount of space that we are working with. City clients tend to have more of an issue regarding space, so storage space and units are an important part. In most of New Jersey home space is not really an issue—there are more rooms and more solutions. DB: How did you approach each of these projects—did the location influence the designs? VD: The Hoboken project was a younger client and a new

DB: What specific needs did each of the clients have in terms of lifestyle and how the space needed to function? VD: Both clients are young and entertain so I wanted each space to have a very open feel. Both spaces have functional pieces for entertaining such as the L-shaped sofa and accent chairs. There is a great flow throughout both of the spaces. DB: Where are some of your favorite places to find furnishings and decor? Does much of it come from New York, or do you look for pieces elsewhere? VD: I find a lot of my favorite pieces in New York, or trade shows in Las Vegas and North Carolina. Some of the products used in these two homes were from Design Within Reach. A product I loved in the Edgewater home was the stand-alone fireplaces from Planika Fires. A piece that stands out in the Hoboken home was a custommade dining table by EndGrain Furniture & Design.

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A vibrant living space in Vanessa DeLeon Associates’ Edgewater, New Jersey project. Previous page: DeLeon’s Hoboken project.


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remaking history One of New York’s most famous architects brings new life to one of its most historic buildings


onverting a landmark building at the intersection of three of New York’s oldest and most diverse neighborhoods is no small order, but any historic property is in good hands with famed architect Winka Dubbeldam of Archi-Tectonics.


Skyline Windows Skyline Windows is pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Archi-Tectonics on the renovation and conversion of this 19thcentury manufacturing and commercial building into upscale residences. One of the more significant challenges presented by the architect’s design was to bring horizontality to otherwise vertically oriented window openings. Stacked combinations of Skyline’s Series 90 awning and fixed windows were specified to promote the architect’s modernist design intentions while being reminiscent of historic steel projecting windows that were common in buildings of a similar vintage. Narrow sightlines and sloped exterior profiles simulate the look of puttyglazed windows, but with all the modern conveniences of double weather-stripping and insulating glass to comply with the state’s energy codes.

The Brewster Carriage House building, now proudly lording over its corner at the convergence of Little Italy, SoHo, and Chinatown, and already host to some celeb owners, was gut-renovated to house lofts on the upper floors and retail and restaurant space (a must in these parts) on the lower. For developer Little Red House, Archi-Techtonics installed a new steel staircase and elevator core, serendipitously creating unique V-shaped hallways with private entries on the upper levels. Two penthouses benefit from sharp crystalline glass

stair bulkheads that deposit the lucky residents onto a green roof—part of Archi-Tectonics’ sustainable building strategy. But best of all is the architect’s reverence for the history of the building. Built in 1856 as the Brewster & Co. of Broome St. carriage factory, it was the innovative heart of America’s luxury carriage building industry. Contrasting beautifully with the modern European kitchens and bathrooms, the interiors feature deeply textured wood salvaged from the existing beams of the building.

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Beach Muse Nadia Designs drew inspiration for a spacious new home from the idyllic Laguna Beach landscape By Margot Brody


estled between the azure waters of the Pacific coastline and Southern California’s picturesque hillside, the sundrenched resort town of Laguna Beach has been a source of inspiration for generations of artists since the early 1900s. But landscape paintings and dreamy photos aren’t the only testaments to Laguna’s tranquil beauty. When interior designer Nadia Elgrably was asked to tackle the interiors for a new 9,500-squarefoot residence in the pristine Emerald Bay community, she immediately knew that the locale’s serene, organic environment would be her creative muse.

“The home is built into the hillside with spectacular western views of the ocean from almost everywhere in the house,” says Elgrably. “We embraced the natural surroundings as our main focal points, and allowed them to set the tone for the design.” The home is split into four levels with the street level housing the main family gathering areas. Similar colors and materials are employed throughout the residence for simplicity and cohesiveness between the many interior and exterior spaces. “The end result is a completely blended, emotionally blissful space,” she says. As the formal dining room faces east with a large window view to the outside entryway, Elgrably enhanced the front walkway area with a “tranquility garden” and stepping stone path floating atop a koi pond. “The custom-made dining room table and hanging chandelier of hand-blown glass bubbles

emulate the calming exterior water feature,” she says. In order to ensure that every aspect of the residence came together harmoniously, Elgrably worked closely with the homeowners and the contractor from the planning stages of construction through the completion of the interior. The designer called upon various local craftsmen and scoured numerous small shops and boutiques in Laguna Beach for furnishings and decor. And, fittingly, one of the owners is an artist herself, so Elgrably used several of her works as well. “We wanted the design to correspond to the location as much as possible, so we looked for artisan-crafted products that were made of reclaimed woods, natural fabrics, and LEED materials,” Elgrably says.


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How did the house you grew up in influence your work as an interior designer?

“The aesthetic reflected the early ’70s: wall-towall carpet in every room, and every wall covered with wall coverings, wall paneling, cedar shingles, or brick. What, they didn’t make paint in the ’70s? Perhaps this explains my fondness for mid-century modern design, but I would hesitate to put my childhood home in that category.” —Tanya Schoenroth, Tanya Schoenroth Design p. 255

“I grew up in an extremely organized, monochromatic, ‘matchy’ home. If the trend color was peach, then every accent, accessory, or even wallpaper choice was peach. Then it was ‘dusty rose,’ and so went the swap. I’m pretty sure that it was rebellion to this that formed my eclectic style and love for mismatched vintage finds.” —Jennifer Scott, A Good Chick To Know

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“My parents were busy professionals raising four kids, so the interior of our home was never a real priority. They had a lot of ideas but nothing ever solidified. It was a smorgasbord of Asian, Art Deco, leftover furniture from the ’70s, and some bad choices from the ’80s. I wish I could say it was ‘eclectic’ but nothing really flowed with intention. Now much of my design stems from the need for everything to have a place and for surfaces to look clean and organized.” —Anne Chessin, Anne Chessin Designs

“I grew up in Anchorage, but my home wasn’t particularly Alaskan—whatever that means. No ice block walls. My mom decorated it in a folksy ’70s-chic style. Alaska influenced me tremendously by giving me a cellular connection to nature. My parents influenced my appreciation for having a ‘thought about’ decorative environment. Things didn’t just show up, they were well thought out.” —Andra Martens, Andra Martens Design Studio p. 149

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“I moved a great deal as a child, living in everything from an old adobe house on a sheep ranch in New Mexico— it even had narrow slots for windows so it was more difficult to shoot arrows through them—to large ‘mahogany country club style’ homes in Westchester. Much of my love of interior design was inspired by loving parts of places and allowing myself the freedom to recombine styles into new combinations.” —Tyler Tinsworth, Tyler Tinsworth Ltd.

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Green in Style, Green in Design One home in northern California takes being green to an extreme By Kathryn Freeman Rathbone


he term “green design” fits this San Mateo, California, home to a T. Aptly named “For the Love of Nature” by designer Johnny Moallempour, the house features numerous ecofriendly features and shades of green that run the full spectrum from pale moss tones to punchy jades. It even sits in San Mateo’s verdant valley, known for its year-round vegetation.

ASID Design Distinction Award nominee Moallempour, the principal of San Francisco-based MJM Interior Design and lead designer for bedding company Crane and Canopy, took great care to integrate green into every level of the home, starting with its functional basics. “The features in this home were designed to accommodate my client’s needs of having a house that is free of hazardous chemicals and products,” he says. “Due to the fact that she is a chemical engineer, she was able to provide great insight into which products were safe to use.” The designer chose natural materials where he could, and also incorporated innovative design features like venting skylights and radiant heating to reduce the home’s energy footprint. And unlike most homes, the San Mateo house relies on a built-in central vacuum system to remove particulates from the home. It’s Moallempour’s favorite structural feature. “This unit not only saves a significant amount of energy, but it removes dust and allergens by directly moving them into a bin that’s placed in the garage, bypassing anything inside the living space.” The central vacuum is a simple idea, but it vastly improves the home’s overall health impact. Aesthetically, Moallempour stuck to the green theme by incorporating the color into many of the house’s main spaces. He painted the first floor a neutral

shade of green that looks either taupe or sage, depending on the day’s natural light. For the great room, he commissioned local artist Carol R. Moore to paint a custom piece of bright green reeds, a reminder of his client’s love of travel. “It’s my client’s favorite. She loves the colors because they remind her of her trips to Africa and the jungles of the Amazon,” Moallempour says. It’s a fitting piece for the home’s most prominent space, emphasizing that at its core, this house truly is a green space.

97 Gaul Searson Ltd., Loggia Showroom, Lee Jofa, Modern Fever, Carol R. Moore, and A.V. Construction worked with MJM Interior Design to complete the For the Love of Nature project.

av builders, Inc. Moallempour worked closely with AV Builders, Inc. to create the San Mateo home’s open and expansive feel. Andrew Vanni, the company’s owner, says that Moallempour was “the man for the job.” Under his direction, they executed coffered and vaulted ceilings, trimming them with hidden LED strips that illuminate the tall ceilings at night. The contractor and interior designer met with their client as often as weekly—and, says Vanni, “the outcome couldn’t please the owners more.”

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Alana Homesley Interior Design

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A family with four young children had been living in their Manhattan Beach dream home for about a year when they received a surprise bid to buy it—one that would double their investment in the property. Would they be able to sell?

Design Support, Inc. California-based custom cabinetry company Design Support, Inc. worked with Homesley on this project and a number of others, including her own home. Owner Bruce Moler believes that working with the best has made Design Support the best at what they do. “The designers we work with are always looking for unique looks, so our materials library is very deep,” Moler says.

It would come as a surprise to Alana Homesley, the Los Angeles-based designer who worked with them on the home’s covetable interiors. “My client was my biggest inspiration on this job,” says Homesley. “I worked mostly with the wife. She had a great narrative that she gave to the architect [Grant Kirkpatrick of KAA Design Group] and myself. It had a lot of buzz words for what she envisioned the house to be. ‘Bohemian’ was on the list. In the end, I don’t think I gave her bohemian. I gave her casual with organic touches, but probably not bohemian.” Part of that organic—but well coordinated—feeling throughout the home comes in the interaction between Homesley’s interiors and architecture that always encourages you to get outside. “In Southern California design, it is common to have a strong connection with the outdoors,” says Homesley, who worked for several architecture firms before founding her

eponymous design firm. “The architect used large sliding door systems on the rooms facing the pool and yard, so the house really opens up to the exterior.” Her interiors follow the lead. Interior stone floors travel over the thresholds of the doors and are used outside to blur the line between the interior and exterior. For the extensive millwork (all designed by Homesley), she used riftcut walnut in the kitchen, dark-stained Douglas fir for the ceilings, and mahoganystained windows and doors. The ground level floors are walnut travertine stone. So after four years designing and building the perfect space with Kirkpatrick and Homesley, the owners’ big question suddenly and inescapably arose: To sell, or not to sell? Eventually, Homesley says, her clients made the tough decision to sell. But that’s where the fun begins again. “They’re currently looking for a lot on which they plan on building their next dream home,” Homesley says. “On their next project, I will strive for bohemian.”

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High Design in the Hoosier State An unexpected pop of style in the middle of a down-to-earth Midwest city By Margot Brody


he owners of this 5,500-square-foot residence in Indianapolis wanted an interior that evokes the uncomplicated yet spirited character of Middle America. But this superstylish pad isn’t exactly what you’d visualize while listening to a John Mellencamp song. 101 Indianapolis-based designer Chip Kalleen took the interior to a whole new level by drawing inspiration from its unique location: Floor-to-ceiling windows offer a panoramic view of what many consider to be the most animated part of the city. “The Harkness Residence occupies the 5th and 6th floor of a building that is situated in the heart of a very unique city,” says Kalleen. “The constant activity is so close by that it carries a kinetic energy throughout the residence, so the urban environment is the main focal point.” After working on the first round of designs in 2009 with Lohr Design, Inc., Kalleen was asked to take over as the sole designer of an additional area of the house for entertaining. “The clients often host meetings, benefits, and other events, so I wanted the home to be relaxing but also highlight the location’s lively character,” says Kalleen. “It was important that nothing in the house obstructed or took away from the views,” he says. While Kalleen’s design included a few strong statement pieces—the large antique rug in the dining room, the bright red glass chandelier in the atrium, or the pops of color in the

kitchen and bathroom mosaic tiling—the overall style of the home is relatively reserved. Like Indianapolis itself, the key concept at play seems to be urban livability. “I consider it to be soft-modern. It’s all about clean, simple lines and elegant comfort,” says Kalleen. The designer managed to symbolically incorporate the city into some aspects of the home as well. “The shape of the chair backs on the dining room table and the orange rug and thick, wooden coffee table in one of the raised sitting areas mirrors that of the Circle,” he says. Leading up to another sitting area are custom glass stairs embossed with mathematical equations that stand for coordinates of places throughout the city of personal significance to the clients. “The residence was very much designed with Indianapolis in mind,” says Kalleen. “The space can be casual or dressy, and it never feels too big or too small.”

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or Dennis Burgener, principal of McWilliams Burgener Architecture in Chicago, one chance meeting had a ripple effect. When Burgener put his lakefront condo on the market, a couple was taken with the building—and with his designs. While they ultimately opted for a unit a few floors up, they hired Burgener to design the interiors for their new home, which was gutted and became a blank canvas for the architect. “Many of the rooms were closed off,” he says. “Our goal was to open up the home to the views and colors of Lake Michigan.”

Lake Effect A unique location at the curve of Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive inspired this condo’s aqua-centric interiors


To improve sight lines to the outdoors, Burgener altered the floor plan, opening up the foyer and kitchen to give both lake views. Now, the owners can see the water from multiple vantage points. Burgener and interior designer John Summers brought the outdoors in through thoughtful furnishings, materials, and finishes that complement the natural landscape. “The lake is reflected in the colors, textures, shapes, and

materials. We incorporated teak, which you would find in marine environments,” Burgener says. Custom teak panels, cabinets, millwork, and furnishings add warmth to the water-inspired gray color palette found on the walls and area rugs. The wood is not only a reference to nature, it is also a visual cue: The teak’s pronounced horizontal detailing draws the eye out to the lake. Burgener’s dedication to giving the lake center stage went down to the last detail. In the teak-paneled living room wall, mother-of-pearl inlays echo the water’s color and reflectivity. Even the bones of the living room were restructured to show the space’s architectural significance. Employing what he calls a “sleight of hand,” Burgener stepped down the living room ceiling edge and slightly lowered the ceilings in the adjacent rooms. The effect creates a sense of higher volume and greater importance as you approach the view, he says. “It’s intensely detailed but with subtle strokes that all work together to give the owners a home rich in its relationship to place.”

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Mountain High Henredon & Schoener draws inspiration from the Pacific Northwest for a lakefront home in the mountains

enredon & Schoener just about does it all. And the Bellevue, Washington-based furniture upholstery, interior design, and retail sales firm has done it just about everywhere. “Our company has successfully completed fantastic projects in California, Arizona, Alaska, Texas, Hawaii, and the Caribbean, and successfully shipped containers of products after ‘blueprint’ design consultations to Nigeria, Taiwan, Ethiopia, and Dubai,” says company president Linda Schoener. But there’s no place like the Pacific Northwest, she says, and the inspiration she draws from the area is especially evident in one recent project: Schoener’s own vacation home.

On the shores of Lake Kachess in the Cascade Mountains, bordered on all sides by protected

national forest land, Schoener and her family firm built a 3,800-square-foot vacation home with a rustic-chic interior perfect for entertaining guests. “The dining table is a 72-inch round that accommodates up to 10 people, so it is perfect for a dinner setting,” says vice president Brian Schoener. “The family room is outfitted with four Ralph Lauren Colorado Club Chairs, and the sofa is a Ralph Lauren made to measure that is 8 feet long.” But the high-style home they love was born out of tragedy. “We originally had another home in the area,” says Linda. “Sadly in 2007 it had a catastrophic propane leak that caused the house to literally explode and burn to the ground. One of our clients had earlier purchased a lakefront lot, but had never actually started construction. We purchased it and rebuilt our home on the lake.”









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Left: The French Quarter Residence showcases the owners’ art collection. Above and following page: Exposed beams in the French Market Loft


olks from The Big Easy know what it takes to entertain. This is certainly true of New Orleans-based interior designer and architect Lee Ledbetter, who transformed two historic French Quarter residences into modern homes well suited for hosting guests and good times. Fortunately, neither home incorporates a Mardi Gras-inspired aesthetic, but Ledbetter did make it a point to design each distinctive space with the unique spirit of the city in mind. Originally built in 1850, the French Quarter Residence is situated in the heart of one of the oldest areas in New Orleans. “This was a never-before-reno-

vated Greek Revival townhouse in pristine condition,” says Ledbetter. “It’s rare to find a building like this that has not been renovated in a way that I would want to undo.” Still, Ledbetter needed to make various structural changes to provide the common rooms with a more natural flow, but he also wanted to preserve the home’s original character. “Several of the rooms were opened up to bring light in from the 19thcentury courtyard,” he says. “Wherever we modified the interior architecture, we carefully copied the authentic moldings around doorways, ceilings, and baseboards.” To showcase the owner’s sizable contemporary

art collection, Ledbetter chose to employ neutral colors and the clean, simple lines of midcentury modern furniture. Another project, the French Market Loft, necessitated a subtly different modern style. The unit occupies a late 19thcentury warehouse building that originally served the city’s French Market along the riverfront. “It has an abundance of natural light and great views of the market and of the Mississippi River,” says Ledbetter. “At the time it was constructed, heavy timber beams and brick walls were typical of the area’s industrial buildings.” Deciding to work with these existing structural materials, Ledbetter chose a warm color palette for the furniture to complement the earthy tones of the exposed brick and wood. He renovated the architecture of the kitchen to facilitate easy entertaining, and added the chandeliers as accent pieces to soften the industrial space with “a touch of Hollywood glamour.” Fitting for such a cinematic property.

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What is your biggest source of inspiration as a designer?

“My biggest source of inspiration comes from traveling. How utterly cliché. An occupational hazard of design is that each new space is a party for my eyes—whenever I walk into a new space, I am always thinking about how I can redesign a design element for a current project.” —Jennifer A. Banks, Bella Maison Interior Design p. 240

“I still love curling up with a design magazine or a favorite designer’s coffee table book. I recently read Darryl Carter’s The Collected Home and I’m looking forward to reading Shelton, Mindel & Associates’ book coming out soon. On the web, has endless furnishings, jewelry, and art from all eras that can spark my imagination.” —Heidi core, Heidi Core Interior Design p. 176

“Hands down it’s movies, especially classic movies. I am constantly snapping photos of something I see on the screen in a movie. It could be anything—from a single accessory or lamp to an entire room, even a detail on a dress.” —Hannah Dee, Hannah Dee Interiors

“I love to stare at details either small or large. I get excited when I see forms within a wall, a ceiling, a piece of furniture, or art. Sometimes I turn magazines upside down or sideways to view the pictures—I enjoy the balance of the forms and colors rather than looking at the pages as they are made to be viewed. If it makes me smile, I like it.” —Lita Dirks, Lita Dirks & Co.

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“I’m inspired by new places and how people interact with museums, airports, or an average city street. I’m incredibly curious about how people use space. And I’m a hard-core people-watcher. Germans move differently through airports than Italians. The Japanese experience retail differently than the French. Design informs culture and vice versa.” —Cheryl Durst, International Interior Design Association p. 256

3 new life One of the most creative things an interior designer can do is to renovate. To see an existing space, to take in all that’s good and all that’s bad, and to turn it into something new. Sometimes that’s more challenging than starting with a blank canvas. And sometimes it’s more rewarding. These are some of the designers who breathed exciting new life into old spaces.

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AH Design

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Tree House Modern Architect Anja Henche seizes on cinematic surroundings for a West Vancouver rehab

Old World Kitchens The small but very visible kitchen needed to fit seamlessly with the rest of the home. AH Design called on Old World Kitchens for custom, high-end cabinetry for this project, as well as 11 others since 2009. “The room was tight, but we achieved a kitchen that feels larger than it is,” says sales and design consultant Steve Hildebrand.



f this West Vancouver house looks fit for the movies, it should come as no surprise. Anja Henche, the architect and designer behind Canada’s AH Design who recently renovated the 1970s-built house, once worked as a production designer for films in her native Germany. “I like houses that have unique open layout potential,” Henche says. “Houses that can be transformed from a rather conservative look into a very open, modern look by changing layout, material, and color scheme.”

Built on a steep site high up on rock (it took four attempts before a crane truck carrying the 36-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator made it up the incline to the house), the home looks out over trees and sky. “I was fascinated by the ‘tree house effect,’” says Henche. “No neighbors can see in, so no window coverings are needed. I like the very open inside-outside connection with lots of glass.” Henche opened up the kitchen area and chose the white oak flooring and white walls to blend well with the surrounding landscape.

“I tend to keep the walls very natural and add some strong color with single furniture pieces or a rug,” she says. And where does she turn to find furnishings that pop? “I try to find pieces in Vancouver,” she says, “but my favorite modern furniture and lighting pieces come from Europe.”


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Investigative design Turning houses into restaurants and department stores into condo buildings… it’s all in a day’s work for New Orleans design firm Nano By Lesley Stanley

From left: The exposed transom beams and brick walls at 7887 Main; custom woodwork in the bar and dining room at Dominique’s; a custom bookcase in a Nano home

wall that separated the two residences. The original chimneys were purposely included not only because they are structurally integrated into the establishment, but also since they serve as historical remnants. Their brick design was then mapped on the wall that flows into the private dining area to continue the pattern and alignment where shelving supports artwork.


“We don’t approach a project with a preconceived aesthetic or decorative idea in mind,” says Ian. “We allow the process of investigation.”


an Dreyer and Terri Hogan Dreyer admit at times even they have a difficult time defining themselves. And not for a lack of identity— they know exactly who they are—but because of the wide range of expertise they possess. As architects, and interior and furniture designers, at their New Orleans-based firm Nano, LLC, the husband-and-wife team’s focus is put directly on the process of design.

“Our emphasis is on joint and structure,” says Ian. “We take the idea of the joint or matrix and put that process into the overall design that will ripple and echo throughout the entire design—our motto is detail at every scale.” “A critical part of that process includes absorbing the inherent character of each individual space,” says Terri. With their renovation of restaurant Dominique’s on Magazine, the designers transformed a “double shotgun” house into a single restaurant by removing the main

There was plenty to investigate in Nano’s renovation of the nationally registered landmark Heyman Building in Houma. Converting the former department store into the 7887 Main condo development, Nano allowed the historical nature of the site to inform the interior aesthetics. The Dreyers turned the challenges of the full architectural rehabilitation into opportunities, keeping original transom beams and brick walls exposed, and adding a contemporary flair to the ornate central stairway by encasing it in a glass firewall. “When doing historic buildings, the infusion of the new must be cohesive with the preservation of the old,” says Terri. “Designers and architects are not here to repeat what has already been created. We attempt to renew and rejuvenate with a modern, more forward-thinking approach while preserving the past.”

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or a pair of professional travelers, the best hotel is the one with their name on the mailbox. The couple, an airline pilot and a flight attendant, has traveled across the globe for work and stayed in some of the chicest hotels along the way. So when it came time to remodel their townhouse in the Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta, they expected nothing less than the convenience and sophistication of high-end hospitality in their very own home. “The clean lines and reflective finishes give the home that glamorous, cosmopolitan edge often found in upscale boutique hotels,” says interior designer Claire Bell of Atlanta’s Chic Abode Interiors. At the same time, the homeowners wanted the space to double as a retreat. “We used a color palette of cool blues and grays to create a sense of calm and

Hotel at Home Atlanta’s Chic Abode Interiors gives a pair of professional travelers an interior to rival the high-end hotels they frequent

make the home feel like a Zenlike getaway,” she adds. One part sleek urban lounge and one part soothing spa, the interior design for the home combines elements typical of both locales. Bell played hard against soft, pairing polished details like mirrored furnishings, glossy surfaces, and metallic accents with soft, neutral upholstery and fabric wall coverings. “The cool color palette is really relaxing, while the reflective elements and strong lighting plan bring a luminous edge to the space,” she says. “It’s the perfect juxtaposition of hardness and softness.” And, for this jet-setting couple, the perfect hotel at home.

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Successful Switch Indianapolis-based interior designer Cynthia Walker shares advice on how to prevent design shell shock while redesigning your home from one style to another By Lesley Stanley

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LS: What’s a good starting point when easing clients into a new style of design? Cynthia Walker: You start with the basics of design. You have to show and talk clients through the different elements—furnishings, fabrics, lighting, colors, and textures—so they get comfortable with the changes; you don’t want any surprises. Walking clients through their home, especially if they are moving into a new house, and noting the architecture design and flow, helps them envision themselves in the space. It’s important to ask yourself if the design makes you feel healthy. As you age, you want to feel good every day, and you want to be rejuvenated in your home. LS: What part of the process is particularly difficult for clients? How do you help them through it? CW: Getting clients into what I call ‘dumpster’ mode is probably the biggest mental transition. Homeowners have to get rid of items, especially if you’re moving into a new home with less square footage. As a designer, you have to raise a hard question, but you have to keep them on track to the lifestyle they are trying

Thomas J. Pearson “We collaborated to meet the owner’s vision for a functional, fun, and inviting space,” says Thomas J. Pearson, owner of an eponymous construction company for new homes, major home remodels, and unique architectural projects. One of the more challenging aspects of the project involved removing a load-bearing wall. “We installed a steel beam to achieve the open design,” he says.

to achieve. Showing a client in practical terms what they can keep by maneuvering around the space and thinking about how much storage is available helps them come to grips. LS: How do you incorporate familiar items without compromising a new design? CW: Look at the functionality of sentimental pieces. They may blend into the new design by changing up the finish or repainting them to match tones. Good design is about sustainability and keeping good pieces.


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Feng Shui Fabulous A one-of-a-kind design group puts major energy (literally) into a home renovation By Jenny Wilson Bourne Landscape For this project, it was important to KISMET that all spaces on the property flowed freely, both inside and out. Bourne Landscape was hired to implement changes to the outdoor space according to the carefully considered “spirit of the land and the energy of the space,” says owner Matthew Bourne. “For this reason, there are no 90-degree angles, no sharp edges, and no abrupt changes in the landscape,” he says.


Hamrock, who received a graduate degree in Asian studies following a career in banking with posts in Asia and Europe, saw that the rehab was guided by the principles of feng shui. The ancient practice is a specialty of KISMET, who counts among its one-of-a-kind team feng shui expert Doris Ingber and earth energy practitioner Paul Knoll, whose holistic methods help his clients “remove the energetic, emotional, and spiritual clutter” that gathers in their home or workplace.


o say that Tamson Hamrock loves where she lives is an understatement. As the principal of Maine-based design group KISMET, she recently renovated a space closest to her heart—her own post and beam house on the coast of Maine. But this was no ordinary rehab. As the name of her firm suggests, Hamrock places home design (whether it’s her own or a client’s) on a higher plane. “I don’t call what we do ‘interior design,’” says Hamrock. “It’s more about infusing spirit and energy into our client’s homes. Which, at the core, is what design is about anyway.”

A critical part of Ingber’s feng shui process is a four pillars astrology analysis on all of the occupants of the home. She incorporates this with a comprehensive study of her clients’ goals and intentions, the location and history of the land, and a detailed understanding of the floor plans. “The scope of feng shui extends far beyond the boundaries of a home,” says Ingber. “The proper alignment of the individuals, the environment, and the land is the key to energetic balance and successful design.” “In order to balance the energy, several environmental factors had to be taken into consideration,” says Hamrock. “The waterfront location and nearby power plant

meant that the home would need extra protection. The front door was weak, so we had a new door constructed out of sipo wood to protect from the water. To counteract the negative effects of the power plant, black tourmaline was worked into the design of the fireplace. We removed eight walls and added windows to open the space and expose the stunning views of Casco Bay.” The beautiful open staircase at the center of the home—with opaque resin risers of birch twigs, sipo wood treads, and fir beam stringers—made for a unique focal point, but Hamrock says, “It also created the problem of cutting chi, sending arrows of energy shooting through the house every time the front door opened. To fix this problem, we used resin risers embedded with birch twigs, and then added quartz crystals to send the energy up, not out.” An open gallery wraps around the second floor showcasing the owners’ art collection accumulated in their years of living abroad, complemented throughout the home by colors and furnishings that have a warm, organic feel. Talk about intelligent design.

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Designing In Step Petra Adelfang draws on her professional dance background to choreograph inspiring interiors By Aryn Beitz



hen it comes to precise lines and beautiful angles, former pro ballerina turned interior designer Petra Adelfang has geometry nailed.

The suburban Chicago designer taps into her former life—as an acclaimed principal dancer with Ballet Chicago and Chicago City Ballet—when approaching new projects. “My background as a dancer has probably attributed to my meticulous observation of objects and space and has influenced the way I think about how we move through space in our lives,” says Adelfang. “As a dancer, I was always trying to achieve the purest form of line and movement—it was a constant analytical process of observation.”

Above: Adelfang’s childhood summers in Sweden influenced the sleek, Scandinavian aesthetics of this new construction project in Lake Forest, Illinois. Right and following page: The mid-century look at Adelfang’s rehab in Glencoe, Illinois, incorporates pops of color, contemporary art, and the owner’s guitar collection.

But dance isn’t her only influence. Adelfang, born in New York City and raised by a Swedish mother and American father, spent summers in Gotland, Sweden, during her formative years. “Spending so much time in Sweden growing up has influenced me tremendously,” Adelfang says. “The appreciation of natural materials, the care that is taken in each piece of furniture, and the way a room is

put together so that, as beautiful and pleasing to the eye as something may be, it is always a function of living.” During her many walks through the town of Visby on Gotland island as a teenager, the designer became mesmerized by how the medieval town melded so seamlessly with the new. “There is an appreciation and respect for the past, but it never interferes with being able to create new and fresh ideas of building and moving forward,” (continued…) Adelfang says.

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The influence is apparent in two of Adelfang’s projects—the clean, mid-century look that melds seamlessly with pops of color, contemporary art, and even a prominently displayed guitar collection in a gut rehab of a home in Glencoe, and in the sleek, Scandinavian aesthetics of a new construction project in Lake Forest.


Adelfang’s portfolio ranges from urban remodels to new construction large-acre estate homes, but whatever the project, the designer is constantly working to achieve clarity and simplicity in form of all of her work— just as she did as a dancer. “Whereas with a gut rehab you have parameters that are already set and you work from the inside out, new construction is more of a creative process of collaboration between the client, architect, builders, and the various sub-contractors involved,“ says Adelfang. “You could use the analogy of gut rehab versus new construction to learning a role in an existing piece of choreography versus working with a choreographer in creating a new piece of choreography—both are inspiring in different ways.” Regardless of the project scope, Adelfang’s focus remains the same—to analyze the interior workings and functions and to clarify the form of the spaces and materials. “Being able to juggle all the inevitable aspects that come with and are inherent to construction and remodeling, without sacrificing the goal of harmony and the task set forward by the client, is the ultimate goal as a designer,” says Adelfang. “Like dancing, design is a constant and fluid process.”


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Starting From Scratch A Toronto design firm brings a turn-of-the-century house into the present By Kate Chiu

Caliber Group Ltd. When it comes to renovating a space, the success of a designer’s vision relies on the people who help execute it. That’s why Palmerston Design Consultants has chosen the renovation contracting services of Caliber Group Ltd. for 10 projects and counting. “With this project, we took particular pride in the way we were able to blend this century-old historical Toronto home with a clean, contemporary look,” says owner Nuno Teixeira.


some of the architectural features that would have existed when the house was built at the turn of the last century. It’s also a tight space. The back is less than 10 feet wide, so it becomes important to pick furnishings that suit it. My client found the dining room chairs at a vintage store, and we reupholstered and stabilized them.


almerston Design Consultants principal Kirsten Marshall encountered a few surprises while gutting this old Victorian rooming house in the historic South Annex district of Toronto. As with any renovation project, she had to roll with whatever quirky punches the home threw at her. Marshall’s four-woman design team, with their consideration for space and history, delivered an interior in line with their design philosophy: “never, ever cookie-cutter.”

KC: What state was the space in when you started? Kirsten Marshall: When the clients bought the house, all of its integrity had been ripped out. There was nothing left. We had to level the entire ceiling and the house is built on a boulder—literally, the foundation is a rock. I joked we could turn it into a grotto and put wine bottles in it. We had to firm up the joints, redo the HVAC, and put in a brand-new staircase. KC: What inspired the renovation? KM: The idea was to create a contemporary space, and to add back

KC: One thing that stands out is the amount of white. KM: We wanted the contrast to live in the texture of the architecture features. We have the white textured wallpaper and the crown molding and fairly chunky white baseboards and casing. In the dining room by the bubble light, there’s a large white rosette. If we changed the wall color or had things be a subtle gray or off-white… we didn’t want that sort of contrast. KC: What’s your favorite piece? KM: I was the most pleased by this very contemporary vinyl white wallpaper in the kitchen. The client said, ‘Well I can’t put this up, if someone’s in the kitchen and some red wine gets on it…’ But it’s completely washable. After it went up, I was like, OK, now we’re good, it’s all done. We don’t need to do anything more.

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What’s your favorite room to design?

“I really love to design a special room for the man in the house. With couples women usually have the strongest input when it comes to the design of a home, and some men are happy with just a comfortable chair. But I feel that they all deserve a space that is their own retreat, decidedly masculine, and reflects their passions. Somewhere they can welcome their male friends. Why don’t we call it a man’s club?” —Claudia Juestel, Adeeni Design Group

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“Powder rooms. I think you have the most opportunity to create something truly unique in a small space, and it can set the tone for what the rest of the house is going to look like.” —Bruce Palmer, Bruce Palmer Design Studio p. 56

“The kitchen is the most important room in the home. In my experience it is where the family congregates and where you entertain company. As a designer it is important I remember I am impacting my clients’ lives when working on a space in their home.” —Dana Ricciardi, Dana Ricciardi Designs p. 144

“The entry is so important. It sets the palette for the whole interior and introduces the mood for what’s to come.” —Dustin Door and John Wooden, John Wooden Interiors

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“If it’s a New York type apartment, every single square inch counts. The social areas of the apartment, wherever you entertain guests, such as the living room, dining room, or the kitchen— those spaces should be comfortable and reflect your personality.” —Mauricio Lopez, ML Studio p. 248

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Every home is a collection of rooms that should flow together in well-planned harmony. But every room should have its own identity, too. From a lovey-dovey master bedroom to a seriously tricked-out basement, spa-like baths to high-class kids rooms, and a whole lot of kitchens that will leave guests drooling, these designers are creating singular spaces that are well worth spotlighting.

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Young Nomad With only clothes, her grandmother’s art, and a beloved Shih Tzu in tow, one Seattleite challenged her designer to make her space feel like home By Delia Cai

Talk about working from a small palette. To flesh out the interiors of the NW Marshall Loft for her light-packing client, Jennifer Guggenheim from Portland-based Fig Studio delved into the client’s itinerant lifestyle, corporatemeets-Anthropologie fashion sense, and even Pinterest. “We had very little constraint when it came to the design,” Guggenheim says. “She was very open to fun colors and didn’t really have any preconceptions of what she wanted.” For the bright, comfy living room, Fig Studio sourced many items locally and from custom vendors to create a unique, truly memorable space. “The idea behind this was that she could really have objects that stay with her for a long period of time,” Guggenheim says. “It’s not a temporary type of design. It’s something that she’ll be attached to for quite a while.”

Guggenheim furnished this Portland apartment with a couch custom-made by Perch, a coral ottoman custom-made by Perch with fabric by Kelly Wearstler for Kravet, pillows custom-made with Kravet fabric, a Starburst mirror from Crate & Barrel, a black rug from West Elm, a Jonathan Adler lamp, and a painting found at a flea market.


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Special Delivery A Texas couple gets their spa-inspired bathroom just in time for a new baby

For an expecting young couple in Spring, Texas, the outdated bathroom in their house just wasn’t going to cut it. “It had been built with inexpensive finishes and fixtures that were falling apart,” says Carla Aston, the Woodlands, Texas-based interior designer brought on to revamp the space. “They could not use the shower because of a missing glass panel. The windows were not insulated and you could hear the neighbor’s dogs barking like they were right outside the window. Not very peaceful!” Knowing they’d need a refuge of calm after the baby arrived, Aston designed a bright, airy, contemporary space with riftcut oak cabinets custom-built by the contractor, 12-by-24-inch porcelain tiles from Daltile, a


large rectangular tub, and mirrors and sconces that, funnily enough, Aston had just removed from another bathroom remodel. Then there was the glass mosaic from Arizona tile: “That gave the room sparkle, color, and a real custom look,” Aston says. For such a stylish new space, Aston says the most important factor they considered was practicality. “Without function, style is nothing,” says Aston. “You have to satisfy storage needs, bathing needs, quality needs... checking all those off the list while applying style and making the bathroom more spa-like was the challenge.” And they met it just in time: Just a couple days after they wrapped construction, the happy baby arrived.

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Love Nest Designer Dana Ricciardi brings some TLC to a Chicago bedroom

“As a designer, nothing is more important to me than my clients being in love with what I create,” says Chicago-based interior designer Dana Ricciardi. If any room in the house should make someone feel in love, it’s the bedroom. She describes the style she brought to the spacious master in this new-construction Lincoln Park home as “modern-chic with traditional elements that also have a contemporary feel.” We chat bedrooms with the designer. DB: Bedrooms aren’t always the most well designed rooms in a home; do you think it’s because guests don’t typically spend a lot of time in them? Dana Ricciardi: Actually, I find the opposite to be true. In my experience, the bedroom is many

times the first space my clients want to decorate. The bedroom is unique in the sense that it is your sanctuary, and I have found that many clients place the biggest emphasis and are most particular when designing this room. DB: In designing a bedroom, is there a fine line between style and functionality? You want it to look good, but shouldn’t it also be the most comfortable room in the house? How do you strike a balance? DR: It is crucial that the bedroom functions well and fits my clients’ personality and lifestyle. In many ways, the bedroom is the most important room in a home.

Ricciardi furnished this Chicago bedroom with a mohair rug from Peerless Imported Rugs, bench from Julia Gray, fur pillows from Bedside Manor, nightstand from Horchow, lamp from Uttermost, Catena bedcover by Lisa Galimberti Finest Italian Linens, wallcovering by Cipriani on metal leaf and pewter from Area International Showroom, and chandelier from Jayson Home.

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Game On Archer & Buchanan Architecture move heaven and earth to build the ultimate entertainment space

The basement of this home in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania started out looking like most “finished” basements: painted concrete floors, thin plywood wall paneling, and acoustical ceilings accented with fluorescent lighting. “The homeowners were originally only using it for laundry and storage,” says Peter C. Archer, partner in Archer & Buchanan Architecture, “but they wanted a space to entertain guests. Archer & Buchanan presented the idea to them at our first design meeting, and two years later, here it is!” After the firm’s extensive renovation, the entertainment options in this basement rival most malls—there’s a bowling alley, bar, and home theater, but

it didn’t come easy. Several steel structural beams were moved to organize the space for the theater. New concrete was poured for stadium seating. To satisfy the owners’ wish for a two-lane bowling alley as well as Archer & Buchanan’s design, general contractors M. Kline Co. had to dig a giant hole, support a wing of the house while a new basement area was excavated beneath, and then replace the backyard. Technology firm Hoishik and Callaghan Interior Design worked closely with Archer & Buchanan to bring serious style to the basement. “With the bowling alley being carved out of the earth, the owners were inspired to create the environment of a mine shaft,” says Archer & Bu-

Callaghan Interior Design It’s not often that an interior designer gets to work on a residence with a bowling alley. Pennsylvania-based firm Callaghan Interior Design jumped at the chance to add it to their 30-year resume. “It was important for us to be attuned to both the client’s needs and Archer & Buchanan’s aesthetic,” says founder Celeste Callaghan.

chanan project manager Jessica Fogle. “Almost everything was custom designed and fabricated for the space or sourced locally within Pennsylvania,” says Archer. The homeowners even purchased the bowling alley stools at a local auction. Antique barn board wood planks, warm

stone walls with flecks of gold sparkle, and walnut floors make it the coziest and most comfortable “mine shaft” ever. Custom lighting modes for movie nights and parties—all controlled by a Crestron home automation system via an iPad—make it the smartest, too.

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Chocolate Factory Denise Wenacur delivers a fun family space with a little inspiration from a 13-year-old

Wenacur worked with contractor Meadowbrook Builders to realize built-ins she designed for the 15-foot entertainment center and the children’s desk area. “One of my favorite finds for this project was handmade original nesting tables created by Arms & Barnes Design,” says Wenacur. The soft chenille fabric of the custom sectional sofa was dipped in a Teflon coating to ward off spills.

Empty. Believe it or not this 750-square-foot room sat empty and unused before a young family of five brought on Denise Wenacur of DW Design & Decor (based in Croton-onHudson, New York) to turn it into an entertainment area they could all enjoy. Wenacur’s first challenge? Massive ceiling angles that followed the home’s roofline. “We turned this detail into a huge positive by incorporating built-in furniture directly into the ceiling angles,” says Wenacur. “The contrast of the dark faux paint on these angles with the furniture colors all against the light ceiling added drama and interest. I could not imagine this room completed with the same

fantastic result if the ceiling angles were not there.” The unique hand-rubbed leather technique on the walls came courtesy of faux painter Julia Vosler at Interior Creations, and the rich brown colors came from an unexpected little source. “My first big inspiration was from one of the boys who was telling me how much he loved chocolate, and that he would be thrilled if I could give him chocolate walls!” says Wenacur.


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the stairway to the gallery had a skimpy handrail and skinny pedestrian balusters, the walls were all large windows, and the room was divided by a wooden seating area with a cushion.” “It had been added onto without any concern for symmetry or balance. The wife has a highly sensitive eye and an acute sense of harmony and balance, but their new house offered little of either.” That’s where Tinsworth came in.

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The great room in this Greenwich, Connecticut house was a mess before interior designer Tyler Tinsworth got a hold of it. “It was disquieting in the extreme,” says Tinsworth of the key family gathering space in the house she helped revive. “There were two different floor surfaces,

“The project began to take life with the redesign of the great room. I immediately suggested we remove the ugly dividing piece of furniture, rip up the flooring, and replace the handrail, newel posts, and balusters with those of more dimension and beauty,” says Tinsworth. She brought Paul Hopper Architects on board for the renovation, and in the end only the roof beams went untouched. Many of the clients’ old furnishings were repurposed, but the room’s feeling of warmth and country elegance was styled from scratch.

In Brooklyn, Tinsworth found a master craftsman from Lebanon, Maik Fayad (, to create hand-turned woodwork for the staircase. She designed custom-made furniture covered in Edelman leather and sourced the customsized mahogany table from a special purveyor located on the island of Lamu off the coast of Africa ( “The wall color was settled on by going directly to the paint store with a brick of French butter and a loaf of French bread and custom mixing the color to be a combination of the two,” says Tinsworth.

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Play Time Fun for the kids, stylish for the parents. Sherry Ways brings the best of both to her awesome playrooms By Lucia Ziyuan Wang

More thought goes into childrearing these days than ever before. So shouldn’t some care go into designing the room where your youngsters will be most creative? For Sherry Ways, principal designer at D.C.-based Kreative Ways & Solutions, nature is the alltime muse for artistic inspiration. Her distinctive kids room designs are deeply rooted in her respect for natural elements such as ecofriendly products and feng shui. A prime example of Ways’ creative power to fuse her clients’ interest with her own artistic instincts, the playroom she designed for a family in Kensington, Maryland, features stylish and eco-friendly materials. The naturally textured pattern of the bamboo plank flooring makes the most immediate

statement, and wall sconces in the windowless room emit a warm glow that complements Ways’ soothing color scheme “for therapeutic effect,” Ways says. Built-in daybeds, designed by Ways and reupholstered with eco-friendly fabric from Pindler & Pindler double as single beds for guests, and grass cloth wall coverings by Wolf-Gordon provide their background. Despite a roomful of vibrant objects, Ways’ smart planning makes the interior feel open and uncluttered. Although she considers herself an artist at heart, she never takes practical details lightly. “I always keep function in mind when designing a room,” she says, “and this is never more important than with children.”

Being environmentally responsible and carefully curating colors is one thing, but Ways puts equal effort into making the room fun. Working closely with the client, she made sure that playful furniture like puffy chairs, a chalkboard wall, and a colorful clock are safe to interact with.

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Heaven’s Kitchen Andra Martens designs a space fit for a pro

There were a lot of mouths to feed in this family of five’s house in Belvedere, California, so a primo kitchen was of utmost importance. Luckily owner Andra Martens is also an interior designer. “We entertain a lot, usually with everyone in the family invited, and we also both cook,” Martens says. “The kitchen needed to allow us to talk while cooking and pull people into the process when possible.” The new-construction house by Mill Valley’s Sutton Suzuki Architects devotes 450 square feet to the kitchen and breakfast nook, which sports a Saarinen table and chairs from Design Within Reach. Martens doesn’t waste an inch. “There are two Miele Incognito dishwashers, 36-inch side-byside Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, a 60-inch-wide Wolf gas range top with a Vent-a-Hood and convection/electric ovens, a Sharp microwave drawer in the island, a Wolf warming drawer, a Sub-Zero under-counter wine fridge, and a built-in and plumbed Dacor coffee maker in the butler’s pantry,” Martens says. Sheesh. With all that hardware, the space could easily have felt oppressive or over-the-top, but Martens delivered a pleasantly warm look that unified the kitchen with the rest of the interiors she designed for the home. “That goes back to the concept of the home,” she says. “The design was to express the feeling of a California Coastal Spa. Wood brings the outdoors in and neutralizes the cold presence of the stainless steel while allowing the house to reflect its modern roots.

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Ernsdorf Design Martens hired Los Angeles-based concrete company Ernsdorf Design to cast a fire table with sculptural beauty for the outdoor seating area. The table was so heavy that Martens had to get a forklift to unload the piece. “Although there is lightweight concrete, we prefer the presence that ‘regular’ concrete provides,” says project manager John Ernsdorf.

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The Most Important Room in the House Understanding what makes a family unique helps Barbara Vaughn design the perfect kitchen By Jenny Wilson

With a room as important—and, with built-in cabinetry, appliances, and a wide array of finishes, as expensive—as the kitchen, there’s no reason to skimp on the design. “The kitchen is the hub of the home,” says Barbara Vaughn, of award-winning San Jose, California firm Almaden Interiors. For Vaughn, building the perfect kitchen begins with building a close relationship with her client. Getting to know them and understanding how they live in their space means she can create a new, unique vision for each homeowner, taking into account space planning, storage efficiency,


lighting, budget requirements, and anything else that may come up. Vaughn knows what it feels like to be both the designer and the client. “My family needed an open space with a timeless design that would be efficient for cooking yet comfortable for entertaining,” she says, so she transformed her own kitchen from a long and narrow galley to a dramatic and inviting space that screams “social life!” She designed two double-sink stations for multiple cooks and an island large enough to conceal Sub-Zero refrigeration drawers, an ice maker, storage for utensils, and a recycling center. A Viking gas cooktop with a double grill accommodates their big family breakfasts, and custom cabinetry, says Vaughn, gives them “specific areas for specific things and also contributed to the overall ‘wow factor’ of the room.”

She may not know the Smith family as well as she knows her own, but when Vaughn was brought on to redesign their home she took the same getting-to-know-you approach to the kitchen. “The Smith family knew they wanted an open, functional kitchen that would give a nod to the new modern Craftsman style home they were building,” says Vaughn. She planned custom cabinetry and selected appliances that would be practical for Mrs. Smith’s frequent baking and decorating

while still creating beauty and drama for entertaining guests.

Above: A skylight in the Smith kitchen brings natural light into the room while the contrast of light maple and dark brown cabinets adds texture. Vaughn gave the family an innovative lighting plan by mixing task lighting, ambient lighting, and colorrendering LED lights.

“Planning the perfect kitchen can be overwhelming,” she says. “It requires constant decision-making, time management, and budget balancing.” And let’s not forget an interior designer who understands what a family needs.

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redesigning a kitchen,” says Allied president Bill Feinberg. The couple behind this Fort Lauderdale kitchen wanted a space that was open enough for a lot of people to gather in, and Allied responded with a contemporary space highlighted by knockout Macassar Ebony finish cabinets. “I like to work with natural and unique products,” says Feinberg, “and quality materials like stone, glass, and quartz counters.”

Form and Function Florida’s Allied Kitchen & Bath gives us the details on two stunning spaces

They’re two of the most important and most functional rooms in the house, so Fort Lauderdale-based Allied Kitchen & Bath makes sure they get extra design attention. “Space planning is the most important factor to consider when

That love of unique materials led to the distinctive mosaic tile in this bathroom rehab for a couple in Coconut Creek, Florida. Allied installed products from Marble Systems, Glazzio tile, MasterBrand cabinetry, Hansgrohe PuraVida fixtures, a freestanding Hydro Systems Picasso tub, marble sinks from Stone Forest, and dark wood cabinetry with matching crown and base molding to contrast the white marble flooring. To accommodate the couple’s height difference, they built a taller vanity for his side and a shorter one for hers. “We created more of an environment that is spa-like and relaxing,” says Feinberg.

MasterBrand Cabinets When designing kitchens and bathrooms, cabinets are an important factor. Since 1995, Allied has been going to MasterBrand Cabinets for its wide range of established brands and custom-designed options. “Even though we are the largest cabinet company in North America, we take input from individual designers,” says representative Michael Ervolina.

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Crystal Clear Kitchen Kitchen guru Mick De Giulio lends his style to a space in the Kohler Design Center

Mick De Giulio wrote the book on kitchen design… literally (Kitchen Centric, $65, Balcony Press). The Chicago designer behind De Giulio Kitchen Design has brought his high-end style to both homes and commercial showrooms like this space (entitled “Crystal Clear”) for the Kohler Design Center in Kohler, Wisconsin. “I set about to create something that addressed the needs of what happens all around the space,” says De Giulio. “I looked at the room from every angle, offering a range of options that address the surrounding environment and specific culinary needs.”

Boy custom cabinetry with a eucalyptus exterior and silver liner. De Giulio sourced Iceberg Quartzite with a distinctive rectilinear pattern to border part of the space, and Ann Sacks Nero Marquina marble countertops surround a Kohler Trough sink. “I wanted to incorporate all that I love about kitchen design and make functional beautiful,” says De Giulio.

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Room to Cook An Abbott Moon Design renovation keeps a California kitchen from bursting at the seams

Kevin Tohill & Associates During the construction phase of this project, the rich history of the house slowly revealed itself. Home design specialists Kevin Tohill & Associates worked closely with Abbott Moon to design a home that respected regulations. “We made a coherent design that responded to the existing historic structure,” says Tohill.

It was obvious: The Brown Residence needed a new kitchen. “The existing kitchen was incredibly cramped and crowded,” says Carol Abbott, partner with Murphy Moon in L.A. interior architectural design firm Abbott Moon. “It was bursting at the seams with the client’s cooking gear.” The owner of the house in Woodland Hills, California, a busy executive with two kids, was motivated to renovate by her passion for cooking and entertaining. Abbott Moon’s solution? Fold three separate rooms into a spacious new kitchen and top it with a stunning new vaulted ceiling. “The renovation needed to add an element of spaciousness and ease to their lives,” says Moon. “This prompted the idea to open the kitchen up to the adjacent

family room, and the family room to the new outdoor space.“ The resulting spaciousness and verticality create a surprising contrast within the traditional ranch-style home, which Abbott and Moon seized on by adding crisp black-and-white detailing and hanging vintage-looking lanterns in oil-rubbed bronze to provide an element of history. “The lanterns in the kitchen took the longest time to find,” says Abbott. “The client had a very specific idea of what she wanted. We finally found the most amazing pair of vintage lanterns at a local shop in L.A., but they were way too big! We were able to have them reproduced at the right size, and the resulting lanterns are perfect.” Patience, it seems, pays off.

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vogel interiors Designer Victoria Vogel’s cosmopolitan touch elevates the interiors of this London townhouse to a work of art— with an edge. Educated all over Europe, and inspired by the high fashion she used to model, the New Yorkbased designer channels her diverse cultural influences into awesome interiors.

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Heads Up Yetta Starr’s floating ceilings are turning heads at a new building supply showroom

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t Consolidated Gypsum’s new showroom in Ellerslie, Alberta, all eyes are looking up—and that’s just how interior designer Yetta Starr planned it. “The owner wanted to wow visitors, including tradespeople, designers, and do-it-yourself mavericks, with its ceiling products and integrated ceiling systems,” she says. Using the building supply company’s own products, the founder and creative director of Chicago-based Starr Design made ceilings the star of the showroom. Suspended from an open plenum, large expanses of floating finished ceilings hover above the showroom floor. “These dramatic ceiling systems are strategically positioned and illuminated to highlight the showroom’s circulation and bring a dimensional component to the distinct, functional areas below,” Starr says. Integrated lighting, from radial light bars to adjustable accents, helps to orient customers and illuminates the goods below. The ceilings don’t just direct customers to product displays; they are product displays. More than 20 of the latest ceiling products and systems, including grids, trims, and lighting, are shown in the floating ceilings on the showroom level. On the second floor, which is currently an event space, oversize copper and silver acoustic tiles, reminiscent of antique tin ceilings, are displayed in an open-grid configuration.


Other building materials are likewise displayed in action. With her team of Danielle Clarke, Joseph H. Bryant, and Barbara Siegel Ryan, and contractors/ materials suppliers Action Electrical, Burke Interior Systems, Cormode & Dickson, Curved Walls, Jasper Millwork, Source Display, and CGC, Starr lined the walls of heavily trafficked areas with Consolidated Gypsum’s aggregate wall finishes to demonstrate their durability. In the entry vestibules, this exteriorgrade product protects walls against moisture and low temperatures common during the winter months. After de-icing themselves, visitors are treated to free coffee and doughnuts at the beverage station, where another product—a water-resistant wall finish—was used to showcase its washability. Even the most functional piece of showroom furniture does double duty as a brand ambassador. “There is a deliberate connection between the interior product displays and the [adjacent] exterior warehouse,” Starr says. “Recalling the massive [warehouse] storage racks, open-grid shelving units in Consolidated Gypsum brand blue hold precision tools and related contractor supplies.” It’s a touch that Starr says harks back to the company’s identity, which “exemplifies organized efficiency, ease of buying, and cleanliness.”

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At Home in a Showroom Crystal Jarrett’s New York showroom shows off her furniture and design sensibilities in their natural habitat

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fter operating her interior design business from her apartment for roughly a year, Crystal Jarrett of CLJ Design decided it was time to showcase her colorful style and grow her brand in a more visible storefront space. We chat with the designer about how she styled her West Village furniture store and design studio to resemble a chic Manhattan apartment. DB: What are the essential design elements at work within this space? Crystal Jarrett: A neutral palette in the showroom allows for the furniture, art, and accessories to take center stage. Unique light fixtures as well as great vintage and new furniture pieces draw in crowds: In a city where you can find almost anything, it’s important to have one-of-a-kind pieces that customers can’t live without. DB: What are the perks of having a combined showroom/office? CJ: It allows me to sell some of my pieces in the store to my interior design clients, and the general public is also able to see my style. My work isn’t limited to what you see in the store, but it gives you a sense of what could be.


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DB: Has the location surprised you in any ways? CJ: I think a lot of people doubted my decision to open my store here [at 700 Washington Street] because it’s in a pretty quiet area. But I actually get a lot of foot traffic, and the many people living around here are all potential clients. Many of them are in need of anything from a simple candle to a new sofa, which then exposes them to our design services. DB: What main design details should a showroom incorporate in order to win over clients? CJ: In addition to your personal style, it should have plenty of light. It’s also imperative that it has something to give it a little life, whether that means colorful art, music, or flowers.

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In Dramatic Fashion Nicole Hollis adds some unexpected design elements to a warm and edgy women’s boutique

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nterior designer Nicole Hollis had only 530 square feet to make a statement at the Ruti Clothing Boutique in San Francisco. After designing the first Ruti shop in Palo Alto, she and owner Ruti Zisser had already bonded over a shared aesthetic. “The vibe is very serene, a little edgy, warm, and unexpected,” says Hollis. “It makes you want to come back.” We talk with the designer about the choices that make this space—conceived and built in only three months—stand out. DB: Can you tell us about some of the unique custom design elements in the boutique? Nicole Hollis: The Printer Paper Table was made up of reams of white office paper that were stacked and capped with a clear fiberglass top. The Wall Meteor was created by artist Yedda Morrison. I wanted something of visual interest that also referenced the textures, colors, and materials of the clothing. It’s made of wool, silk, linen, leather, and lengths of chain. For the wrap desk I wanted a clean, contemporary surface, but I also wanted it to have a sense of history and whimsy, so we used white New York subway tile.

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DB: The theater lights are awesome—how did you decide to use these? NH: I thought the space could use some drama, some theater… this is fashion after all. Theater lights are great because they instantly give that sense of glamour and excitement. They are sleek and stagey and a fun contrast to the rustic wood. DB: The interiors and the merchandise look like they belong together—is this something you had to work hard to accomplish or did it happen organically? NH: It’s something I thought a lot about but in the end it came together pretty seamlessly. The owners contacted me after seeing my interiors at Calafia Café and Market A-Go-Go in Palo Alto, so they were familiar with my material preferences and design approach. Ultimately the space is about the clothes, about fashion, not about interior design. I wanted the interior to offer a unique and memorable retail experience—to complement but never compete with the clothing.

DB: Where did the salvaged wood come from? NH: From an old barn in the Midwest. It has such a beautiful weathered color and feel to it. I think it complements the clothing palette perfectly. I use reclaimed or repurposed materials a lot in my projects.


Voila! Gallery The Los Angelesbased decor and furniture studio Voila! Gallery worked with Nicole Hollis to custom-design a display table and other decor items used in the boutique. “The warm wood and minimalist yet industrial style of the table complements the space,” says Voila! Gallery owner/ designer Katrien Van der Schueren. “I used to import and sell European vintage pieces, so I draw inspiration from everything that has passed through my hands over the years.”

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inety-one thousand square feet. More than 400 employees. Monika Nessbach knew she had a big job ahead of her when she was brought on to design the employee common areas at the headquarters of Continental Tire in Fort Mill, South Carolina. “The former employee cafeteria was super-institutional,” says Nessbach, owner of Charlotte-based firm Designbar. “It was all white and light gray vinyl tile flooring, bright white fluorescent lights, old tables and chairs. For the most part, employees went out to lunch.” We chat with Nessbach about how she built the brand into spaces where the workers would actually want to hang around.

DB: What influence did the company’s product have in the design of their office space? Monika Nessbach: I definitely wanted to personalize the space and include dramatic statements. There are many tire manufacturers out there, so I had to find a way to make the product stand out for them. Each tire has a patented tread pattern that is unique to the manufacturer. I worked with the company’s graphic designer to incorporate the different patterns into the custom designed floors inside and the large zinc planters on the patio outside.

DB: It looks like the tread theme is used on the walls, too. MN: I used a custom tread pattern stencil for the cafeteria accent walls that were painted in the client’s corporate colors. I added a dramatic 60-foot modular wall and worked with a custom sign company who created the clients oversized logo that is LED backlit in the same corporate color that was used for the accent walls. The opposite walls are all glass windows so the logo can be seen from the outside and adds a nice effect, especially at night. DB: What designers did you use for the furnishings? MN: For the ceiling, I added super cool futuristic chandeliers from Fine Art Lamps and 3Form Varia Ecoresin acoustical panels that have an industrial look to them. The furniture I selected consisted of modern tables by Segis and a mixture of the classic white and orange Verner Panton chairs. For the exterior patio space, I incorporated modern sectional lounge seating by Janus et Cie with river stone shaped outdoor patina coffee tables by The Phillips Collection. And the oversized ceiling fans give the area a Southern feel, customary to the Carolinas.


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Bank Run “ in Beverly Hills Anne Sneed deposits high style in a high-visibility bank branch

everly Hills is really just another quirky small town,” says Anne Sneed, principal of Del Mar, California’s Anne Sneed Architectural Interiors. If there’s a high-profile heart of this particular quirky small town, it’s the Golden Triangle, home to Rodeo Drive and one of the most affluent shopping districts in the world. So when Sneed signed on to design the interiors for Torrey Pines Bank in a former Chase branch, she knew a lot of very wealthy eyes would be watching. DB: Banks aren’t necessarily known for having outstanding design—did you strive to create something memorable? Anne Sneed: I love having Torrey Pines Bank as a client. They are creative idea people in their business practices and expect creative ideas for their spaces. But let’s not kid ourselves, they are bankers first. By nature, they are extremely conservative. Security and functionality are the top priorities, but the furnishings are fun and provide entertaining talking points.

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DB: Did you have a lot of creative freedom on this one? It is a bank, after all. AS: We spent a lot of effort making sure the space was a true Torrey Pines Bank space and not a gussied up Chase bank. The space needed to be well designed but not ostentatious. It would be a tall order to out-bling Rodeo Drive, so we took a different approach—we decided to be a contrast to, rather than compete with, the sparkle of Beverly Hills. The bank is designed to be like a gallery, with stark white walls and dark reclaimed fishtail oak wood floors. The furniture all has a very sculptural quality: the Jane Hamley Wells Splinter Chairs, the Stingray Rockers, the Eames stools. We left the loud sparkle for the neighbors and used calm texture to stand out.

DB: Fun in a bank? AS: Yeah, the big [Thomas Pedersen] Stingray Lounge Rocking Chairs were added to encourage clients to hang out and have a bit of fun. They are large and swoopy. Kathleen Chapman, a rock star young banker, has mentioned they have needed to help clients out of them on occasion.


Jane Hamley Wells “We all strive to surround ourselves with beautiful things, but those things should also have meaning,” says Jane Humzy, whose high-end furniture company worked with Anne Sneed on the Torrey Pines project. Craftsmanship is key to Jane Hamley Wells’ highly durable contractgrade pieces, but the company also focuses on artistic integrity. “Drawing inspiration from everyday objects, concepts, and feelings, we strive to create pieces that are clever interpretations of form and function,” Humzy says.

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Redefining the Dentist’s Office Heidi Core can’t make the drill disappear, but her designs do make dental offices more palatable

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irmingham, Alabama-based Heidi Core Interior Design has transformed 15 of the state’s practices into upscale spaces that blend the equipment into the interiors to produce a comfortable “at-home” environment. Core shares how she took dental design from clinical to chic.

DB: Dentists’ offices are usually associated with some not-so-pleasant experiences like anxiety and pain. Do your designs address this? Heidi Core: The dental team and our interiors team make changes that promote relaxation. For instance, we started placing X-ray buttons on the walls opposite the treatment room entries. This simple change allows us to place art, sconces, and trim on the most visible walls so the patients don’t notice the buttons. We develop an art collection that is unique to each dentist and showcases his or her hobbies, heritage, or life experiences. This usually sparks an interest among patients and, again, helps to take their minds off of why they are there. DB: What about the dreaded drills? HC: Fortunately, the dental casework of today does a great job of hiding all the intimidating tools associated with dentistry, but we also try to provide extra amenities like beverage centers, gaming stations for kids, and TV monitors at the dental chairs.


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DB: If you could design the ideal patient experience, what would it be like? HC: I want patients to feel at ease and relaxed in a streamlined, uncluttered space. I also like our interiors to be a ‘mood lifter,’ so to speak. Lighting can help to set the mood. We place soothing indirect lighting above the dental chairs so patients are not staring at glaring fluorescent tubes during their treatments, and add pendants, wall sconces, and art accent lighting so that the environment is not so cold and static.

The soothing spaces at Chace Lake Dentistry and TigerTown Family Dentistry exemplify Heidi Core’s stylish approach to dental offices. “There has to be a careful meshing of our interiors with the dental equipment,” Core says.

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What’s one place in the world where you feel interior design is really spectacular?

“I have such a weakness for Moroccan design. I love the simplicity of the buildings juxtaposed with the elaborate colors and patterns of the tiles, rugs, and textiles. I am happy it is fairly mainstream now and that Moroccan rugs are found within many different styles of interiors.” —Alana Homesley, Alana Homesley Interior Design p. 98

“As crazy as it sounds, Las Vegas is amazing for the food design experience. Their restaurant buildout budgets are insane, and the execution of the experiences in their restaurants is amazing.” —sue genty, Sue Genty Interior Design p. 185

“I have an appreciation for the design aesthetic of the Philippines since working with a family originally from there. Their home incorporates design elements from their roots such as sisal, linen and cotton blends, ebony wood, and dark stains. Views of trees and flowers, a soothing neutral color palette with splashes of bright ‘tropical’ color, and a prayer room translates the peaceful and gentle nature of the Philippines into their home.” —Denise Wenacur, DW Design & Decor

“I was able to visit a friend in Shanghai about a year ago and I was super surprised by the modern and cutting-edge design and architecture. It was great to see that the Asian influence still was intact and that both old and new were very much in harmony.” —Monika Nessbach, Designbar p. 172

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“Urban centers that have experienced unrestrained social change in the last two decades are hotbeds of creative expression. Places like Budapest, Prague, Istanbul, Barcelona, and major cities in Latin America come to mind. These are metropolitan hubs with a rich heritage of varied architectural influence and superb craftsmanship combined with new urban cross-cultural vitality.” —Yetta Starr, Starr Design Associates p. 164

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Vintage Blend Adeeni Design Group creates a coffee and wine bar interior worth some buzz

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he owners of San Francisco’s Mavelous Coffee and Wine Bar were looking for a big-time revamp at the prime Civic Center location that had previously been home to a sandwich shop for 30 years. Claudia Juestel of San Fran’s Adeeni Design Group tells us about filling this tall order.

DB: You’ve concentrated more on residential work than commercial—what do you need to take into consideration when you’re designing a café instead of a house? Claudia Juestel: For a public space you need to think on a larger scale, lay it out even more efficiently and consider the significantly greater wear and tear. Hospitality projects are more conceptual with the goal of appealing to a larger audience, which makes them an intriguing creative challenge.

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The War Memorial Opera House, the San Francisco Ballet, Davies Symphony Hall, the Art Institute… many more, all are within walking distance. DB: It’s tough to make a coffee bar or a wine bar feel distinctive anymore, but everything we see here stands out. How’d you do it? CJ: The clients are very passionate about coffee, and I based the palette on the rich colors that coffee offers, from the green fruit maturing into a golden yellow and then into a bright red, and the dark espresso of the roasted beans. They wanted us to approach the project in the most sustainable fashion possible, so we limited our selection to vintage furnishings and manufacturers that produce their goods with consideration for the environment.

DB: What was the concept for the design of the Mavelous Coffee and Wine Bar? CJ: The inspiration was the neighborhood itself, the Civic Center, and its proximity to the arts. It is home to government buildings but also very rich in culture:


Frank and Julie’s Gallery Some artist-designer collaborations are a perfect match. For the Mavelous project, designer Claudia Juestel contacted artist Julie Ditto of Frank and Julie’s Gallery with a proposal to use one of Ditto’s paintings on the lampshades in the back lounge. “I used bright yellow as a counterpoint for the dark, coffeecolored interior,” says Ditto.

A pair of vintage barber chairs relate to the new custom red faux crocodile banquettes at Mavelous Coffee and Wine Bar. Distinctive partitions were made from orange Lucite panels lasercut by Lightwave Laser with a design by local artist Alan Quiros.

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A Restaurant Worth Repeating Sue Genty Interior Design creates the hot model for a blooming restaurant franchise

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ue the Cheers theme song. When interior designer Sue Genty originated the design for Washington state’s gourmet burger bar franchise Blazing Onion, she knew she had to create a space that would make diners feel comfortable and could easily be replicated in future restaurants in the chain. We chat with the designer behind numerous restaurant, bar, and commercial projects big (like, McDonald’s big) and small. DB: What is your approach to originating a look and feel for a restaurant that has the potential to become a nationwide franchise? Sue Genty: We look for a cutting-edge look that offers the client a new experience. Someplace you can call yours and come back to because it feels good. It also has to be something that construction crews can own and replicate.

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DB: You’ve designed several McDonald’s restaurants, too—how is creating a Blazing Onion different from designing for an iconic brand? SG: The McDonald’s concepts are a core design developed in conjunction with their corporate designer and market strategists. We implement their key elements, a ‘kit of parts’ that can metamorphose depending on the franchisee and the market. By playing with colors, locations, and balances, you can bend it to urban contemporary or rural contemporary to fit their clientele. DB: Do you try to put a sense of the location into your interiors? SG: Absolutely. If there is one thing the rainy experience of the Pacific Northwest has shared with the nation, it’s the warmth, coziness, and comforting need of the human experience. Everyone that I have ever had in to visit immediately says, ‘Wow, everything is so green!’ and ‘It’s so cozy here.’

DB: What are some of the design details included in Blazing Onion that create a brand identity? SG: The curved bar with its overhead soffit and radiused beams is one of their signature elements. The steel look of the bar die, the stone on the walls, and the action shots in the artwork are all part of their signature look. The demographics we target like the comfort level of blue jeans and friendship and good food and drink to go with it. We achieve this with an integrated play of color and texture to support the warmth of sharing an experience.


DP Incorporated After 20 years in commercial building, the Seattle-based construction company DP Incorporated wasn’t put off by any challenges that could crop up with the Blazing Onion project. “We had a hand in customizing the lighting layout to meet energy codes,” says senior project manager Quinn Anderson. “Our team understands how to anticipate and avoid complications.”

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A Top Chef’s Big Catch Breckinridge Taylor designs a sea-inspired Dallas restaurant for a TV star chef

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hen you’ve got a James Beard Award nominee and Top Chef vet helming your restaurant, it better look camera-ready. Dallas design firm Breckinridge Taylor was hired to create the interiors for Spoon, a local high-end restaurant from chef John Tesar. We chat with Charles Taylor, creative director of Breckinridge Taylor alongside Breck Woolsey, about the sea-inspired interiors.

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DB: Where did you find the playful floor tiles? CT: They actually aren’t floor tiles. We had the floor scored to look like extra large tiles. We made a few different templates off of the classic mid-century ‘off-circle’ design and had those painted on the floor and sealed. The whole concept of the restaurant started with the floor. John loved the idea and we built it from there.

DB: How did John Tesar’s seasonal seafood menu shape the design and the cool color scheme? Charles Taylor: We wanted to create a Europeaninspired modern interpretation of a seafood restaurant with some Greek elements, some deco-ish elements, some 20th-century elements. We also wanted it to feel like you were dining somewhere besides Dallas, like a little vacation near the water. John loved the blue colors and we felt it went along with the seaside concept without being theme-y. DB: What components were added to the space or custom built? CT: We designed and built 95 percent of what you see in the restaurant. We custom-built a version of the classic klismos chair and turned it into counter and bar stools to match. The booths and tables were custom as well. We even drew up and built the chandeliers… it was a lot of fun.


JDH Upholstery “Breckinridge Taylor are fabulous designers that have a very good perception of what their clients are trying to achieve,” says James D. Holloway, whose company JDH Upholstery worked to help make the designers’ vision for the restaurant a reality. “The majority of our work is custom with competitive pricing, and we make it a point to get to know everyone involved in each project,” he says. “That’s why we have so many repeat customers.”

Custom chandeliers add ambience. “We wanted it nice and dim in there for dinner,” says Taylor, “but we wanted you to be able to see your food.”


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Américas Inspiration Designer Jordan Mozer takes a multicultural approach to a one-of-a-kind restaurant By Amber Gibson

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o best communicate with chef and restaurateur Michael Cordúa in designing the Américas restaurant in Houston, Texas, Chicago-based designer Jordan Mozer started a twoperson book club with his client.

“By reading, I started to understand the culture he grew up in,” Mozer says. “He’s more verbal, and I interpret it visually.” A native of Nicaragua, chef Cordúa recommended Mozer read such classics as 1491 by Charles Mann and Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy to get a better sense of his culture and its history. “[Chef] Michael said, ‘America isn’t just North America. It’s North and South and Central America.’ He changed the way I thought about what America means.” The ideas in the books helped Mozer acquire a new respect for various Native American cultures, and helped with his task: to build a 347-seat restaurant for the Central American James Beard Award winner. Mozer used some of the philosophies from these books to guide his design. “Indians see the world magically and Westerners have a hard line between what’s real and not real,” says Mozer. “Our whole philosophy about design is based on magical realism.” It’s this magic that invokes Mozer’s signature Dr. Seuss-like whimsy, with graceful lines and shapes forming abstract characters.


These elements include a creature table inspired by contemporary graffiti in Rio de Janeiro and ancient gold Inca statues, and the bronze steel building façade based on pre-Columbian artwork. Two-headed llamas, chinchillas, the Andes Mountains, and the Amazon River all appear as motifs in the restaurant.

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In the women’s bathrooms, light vestibules are etched with patterns from a Colt six-gun. Pitcher plant lamps in the main dining room are based on an endangered carnivorous South American plant. Indigenous foods from the Americas are woven into the restaurant’s design, too. “Hugging” loveseats are upholstered with rich brown leather that represents cacao and coffee. Popcorn bowls literally pop off the walls while “the three sisters”—corn, squash, and beans—are all used in the decor, along with asparagus columns and potato sack-inspired burlap walls. Riveted felt chandeliers and Rastafarian handblown glass lamps hang above the tables with a dreadlock-like design. A raised private dining room is separated by a sound-absorbing moveable partition made from cowboy-hat material, thick red wool felt. Mozer’s use of felt is a nod to the Native Americans’ brilliant use of woven textiles in both tensile bridges and artwork. In the years since partnering with Cordúa on the first Américas restaurant, Mozer says the story has evolved. It’s on the blue wall of the boardroom where Mozer’s newfound understanding of America is clear. He created a New American flag to hang, with a graphic of a Northern heart and a Southern heart embracing near Nicaragua, the chef’s birthplace. “Being American means being a hybrid,” Moser says. “Our society is enormously heterogeneous. I believe that’s our strength.”

“We’re more artists than architects,” Mozer says. “Cordúa appreciates the fact that we’re making things from scratch.” Mozer and his sevenemployee firm make every piece, from light fixtures and sofas to entire walls, by hand in Chicago.


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If you could design a home for any celebrity who ever lived, who would it be?

“Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Jackie O had exquisite fashion taste— it would be really interesting to see our styles at work together.” —Vanessa Deleon, Vanessa DeLeon Associates p. 87

“Marlene Dietrich—she’s a very strong, open, and sexy woman. I would love to design a house for her that reflects her personality and taste.” —Anja Henche, AH Design p. 116

“Absolutely, Coco Chanel. I spent a period of time living in France, where I was fortunate to be immersed in that specific type of chic only possessed by the French. Coco classically and beautifully embodied an incredible sense of strong femininity like no other. Pretty things and golds mixed with structure and clean lines—perfect!” —Megan Baker, A Good Chick To Know

“Georgia O’Keeffe. Wouldn’t she be the client you never forget? She is such a largerthan-life woman. I have great respect for her work and for her as a woman.” —Kathy Hansel, K.B. Hansel Interiors

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“Meryl Streep. She is a chameleon actress, but I think she displays a much simpler and normal persona at home. I would see her home with comfortable furnishings, clean, crisp lines, a spareness of detail, and a muted palette— the perfect backdrop to showcase the bold contemporary sculpture work that her husband, Don Gummer, creates.” —chip Kalleen, Kalleen & Company

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Her name is synonymous with the decadent interiors that represent amped-up Hollywood glam, but superstar designer Kelly Wearstler never paints herself into a corner. Aly Daly’s big break in interior design was really big—working with fashion moguls Max and Lubov Azria to turn a palatial mid-century mansion into their ultra-luxe party pad. No stranger to high-profile projects, designer Lauren Rottet looks back on the silver-screen inspiration behind her first gig as head of her own studio, The Surrey hotel in New York.

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Kelly Wearstler With a collection of high-wattage hotels to her name and an empire that’s grown to include luxury fashion apparel, the reigning interiors queen among Hollywood’s glam set is always adding to her design vocabulary By Laura Neilson



don’t even know if this is West Coast,” says Kelly Wearstler, waving out toward her West Hollywood studio. For the designer who has become synonymous with the decadent and colorful, amped-up interiors that vividly represent California and the stylistic revival of Hollywood Regency, this is perhaps the boldest statement she could make. And yet, given how visibly defining her work has been in the emergence of Los Angeles’ maximalist style—a rebuttal to “shabbychic” and stark minimalism, two polar opposite trends of the ’90s—it’s easy to see how someone, Wearstler included, might shun the pigeonhole of regional references. She regards her style simply as her own. For more than a decade Wearstler has been a head-turning figure in the design world, not only through her work on hotels and residences, but also her multiple books, lavish pictorials that remain fixtures on marble coffee tables as much as style bibles for the trade’s aspiring neophytes. In 2007 the interior designer made her way into even

more American homes as a judge on Bravo’s reality series, the competition-based Top Design. And with a newly published retrospective tome, Rhapsody (Rizzoli, $55), and a brand-new hotel project on the horizon, it’s clear there’s no such thing as “enough” for the doyenne of maximalism. Before hearing her soft Southern drawl when she speaks, it may come as a surprise to many that Wearstler spent most of her formative years on the East Coast (perhaps another reason she demurs from associating her own deeply instilled aesthetic with any particular Californian movement), first in South Carolina, and later in Bos- (continued…)

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A commanding resin-fractured table stands out in a Wearstler-designed living room that is the very definition of maximalism. (Photo by Grey Crawford)

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ton, where she attended the Massachusetts College of Art. (…continued)

The style of her childhood home, she remembers, couldn’t have been more divergent from her own tastes. “It was country-style—so different,” she says. “Stuff was everywhere. The powder room off the living room was filled with tins and baskets and all this stuff. It was crazy.” Fortunately for Wearstler, her mother, who also worked in interior design, gave her and her sister creative freedom over their own rooms. “We could pick our own wallpaper, and we could paint it any color we wanted to. I always gravitated towards color—something that was cool, colorful, a little more modern. That’s always been my vibe.”

A seating area in a New York City loft (left) shows off Wearstler’s use of curved forms to tie together a composition while a bedroom (above) displays her fondness for patterns created by powerful contrasting color lines.

But it was also her mother’s penchant for flea markets and vintage auctions that informed much of Wearstler’s love of classical furniture pieces—chairs, especially—no doubt a valuable primer for the characteristic neoclassical elements of Hollywood Regency decor. In art school she familiarized herself with figureheads of European design like Giò Ponti, the Italian neoclassicist Piero Fornasetti, the French firm Maison Jansen, and British designer David Hicks. Her fluency in the various languages and cultures of the design world was honed through stints with Boston-based multidisciplinary architecture and design firm Cambridge Seven, and later at Milton Glaser’s design studio in New York, yet there was no single designer who influenced her personal aesthetic more than the others. “It’s about being aware and knowing the importance of everything,” she says. It was the late ’90s, after she headed westward to pursue set decoration, when Wearstler found her calling—not on film sets, but real-life projects. The irony of course being that many Los Angeles dwellings, with their oversize statures and celebrity inhabitants, are prone to resemble something straight out of a movie. Her first project, the home of real estate developer Brad Korzen, was perhaps the most pivotal of her career and her life (even if not the most publicly exposed). When he later purchased the ’40s–era Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills, Korzen enlisted Wearstler to oversee the redesign. The hotel, a luxe, high-wattage homage to the midcentury, reopened in 1999. A few years later, the pair married.

Wearstler’s favorite shopping for one-of-a-kind pieces Paris’ multiple markets, Alfies Antique Market in London, JF Chen in Los Angeles, Mantiques Modern in New York, and 1stDibs (1stdibs. com) for online finds

Wearstler and Korzen’s designer/hotelier partnership has since continued with Maison 140, also in Beverly Hills; the Viceroy hotels in Santa Monica, Palm Springs, Miami, and Anguilla; and the Tides in South Beach, each a large-scale medium for the designer to showcase what was fast becoming her hallmark: bursting colors, metallic accents, sculptural—even sexy—forms and lines, and ornate, over-the-top renderings of neoclassical objects. Indeed, if hotels were Hollywood archetypes, then a Wearstler hotel would be the bombshell. There are differences among the properties, of course, most notably in the Anguilla Viceroy, a stripped-down, modernist oceanfront property that Wearstler describes as “very raw and cool-looking.” (continued…)


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Wearstler’s favorite design cities “I love Miami, New York, of course, and Chicago—my husband’s from Chicago and there’s great shopping there. San Francisco has a style of its own. Los Angeles is another. Parma in Italy has incredible modernist pieces. Of course Paris is amazing, and also London is one of my favorites.”


Right and opposite: Inside Wearstler’s West Hollywood office and studio

(…continued) “I look at the person staying in the hotel, or the person living in the house. And then I look at things like the typography, the architecture, everything from what’s outside the window—because whatever’s on the inside is interacting with it,” she says.

Currently, Wearstler is working on a hotel for a new brand in San Francisco. It’s both an opportunity for her to bring her trademark flair to a new market, and a chance to exercise her fluency outside her mostly L.A.-based comfort zone. “Northern California is so different from L.A.,” she says. “It’s the epicenter of where technology is, so that’s going to be a huge inspiration for the hotel. It’s a new brand, so it’s going to have its own heart and soul.”

Less public, though no less spectacular, many of Wearstler’s home projects get their share of exposure in her best-selling books such as Modern Glamour and Domicilium Decoratus. These days Wearstler’s inimitable stamp can be seen not only on a fashionable room and the objects that fill it (she has rug, fine china, and fabric collections all in the works), but on the stylish woman inhabiting that room, too. In 2011, she launched a line of upscale L.A.chic womenswear and accessories, a pursuit that’s equal parts labor and love, she says. “I’ve always loved fashion, and it was always such an inspiration for my interiors,” she adds. “I think the most im- (continued…)

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portant thing is, it has its voice and it feels like the work that goes on here in the studio.” (…continued)

It’s another creative departure that she describes as “learning another language.” By this point, ‘multilingual’ doesn’t begin to describe Wearstler. An artist to the core, there’s no knowing where her creative tendencies may lead. “I just knew that I loved being creative,” smiles Wearstler. “Art class was the only class that flew by. Everything else was torturous.”

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Left: A red alligator Kelly Wearstler chair atop diagonal ivory and ebony walnut floors. Below: The flooring pattern goes zigzag in the elegant bedroom.



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Coming Into Fashion Aly Daly’s big break as an interior designer was really big— a 60-room mansion for none other than fashion-world royalty Max and Lubov Azria By Laura Neilson


fter more than a decade working in visual merchandising and interior design with reputable fashion labels such as Perry Ellis, Gianni Versace, and Calvin Klein, Aly Daly had her big break in residential design in 2009 when Max and Lubov Azria, the husband and wife duo behind BCBG and Hervé Léger, enlisted her to help transform their newly purchased Los Angeles home. And by “big,” we mean big. The palatial, 60-room mid-century mansion, sprawled out over 35,000 square feet in posh Holmby Hills, is the kind of oncein-a-lifetime project most interior designers dream of. Even better, Daly’s clients were hardly opposed to taking design risks. “Aly and I worked together for years prior to the house project,” says Lubov Azria, with whom Daly collaborated the most closely. “She worked with BCBG doing the interiors for our stores. So I knew she understood my sensibility.” The result? A spectacular collection of eclectic, statement-making

rooms, not to mention a fabulous venue for the Azria’s now-famous weekly parties. Years later, the house still stands out as an exciting example of modern design, its lasting impression achieved by more than just bold looks. “It’s really more about evoking a feeling than anything else,” says Daly of her design process. Here, she tells us about having a vision beyond just the visual. LN: A notable number of your previous job titles include the word ‘visual.’ Would you say that’s always been the most important sense for you? (continued…)


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(…continued) Aly Daly: I think always being around people who had an appreciation for beauty that appealed to all the senses was a formative opportunity for me. My mother was a painter and an art teacher. My dad was a musician, and I was always involved in the arts. As long as I can remember my mom had my hands in paint, in clay—there was always something for me to create.

LN: Where did you grow up? What was your own childhood house like? AD: My house was very untraditional. I grew up way in the northwestern corner of Connecticut. My mom and dad found this really cool house in an architectural magazine in 1967, and my dad recreated the house for himself. It was sort of like a large cube on top of a small cube with decks all over the place, and huge-paned windows and sliding doors all over the place. Very post-modern. LN: Did that inform your own aesthetic at all? AD: Not necessarily the house’s design, but I think what it did do, especially compared to my friends who lived in traditional New England houses, was open my eyes to different styles of architecture and design. I’ve always been interested in creating the unexpected, which is exactly what my dad did. LN: With regards to ‘the unexpected,’ are there any design trends that you try to avoid? AD: I guess most people don’t really operate this way, but I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to what other designers are doing. I really try to respect the architecture of a space. For me it’s more about going into a space, whether it’s an empty store or an empty house, and looking for things that should have attention drawn to them. Even if it’s an old abandoned house, there’s something that’s going be interesting in there—either an architectural element or light coming through a window a certain way. (continued…)

“I don’t pay attention to what other designers are doing. I try to respect the architecture of a space,” daly says.

Right: Max Azria’s office features a vintage chandelier hanging from a gold leaf ceiling and an Up 2000 chair and ottoman by Gaetano Pesce for B&B Italia. Above: The 25-foot-tall chandelier in the foyer, and Max and Lubov Azria

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(…continued) LN: In terms of looking for something preexisting in a space to call out to you, what was it in this particular project? AD: It’s about 35,000 square feet, and 26 or 27 bathrooms on the property—it’s big [laughing]. One example, in Max’s office, there was a very traditional, massive marble mantelpiece in there. It was such a beautiful mantelpiece that I didn’t want to take it out, despite the fact that his office is very modern. So what we did was inlay the mouth of the fireplace with little 1-by-1 gold tiles, to add a modern treatment around this very traditional fixture.

LN: What was it like working with fashion designers on the level of the Azrias on a home? AD: The interior design really does reflect their personalities. They’re designers, not accountants. Every Friday night they entertain anywhere from 40 to 100 people. The house really is used for entertaining. They have beautiful, amazing parties there. Also, a lot of the fabrics that we used are more apparel-grade fabrics than necessarily home fabrics, because obviously they’re in the apparel industry and they have an appreciation for finer apparel. A lot of the fabric on the upholstery is leather, wool, cashmere. Again, for me, design is something that appeals to all the senses, and they touch and

feel everything they come into contact with. LN: What has stayed with you the most about this project? AD: The dining room table, I’m proud of—that’s a cool piece that I designed. It’s made from a 9- or 10-foot door that was salvaged from a building in Belgium, and we recessed it onto mirror inside a glass box. Also the chandelier in the foyer, which is 25 feet long. It’s a cylindrical colander, and before any of the crystals were placed on the concentric links surrounding that cylinder, we were on scaffolding for about a week and a half with tweezers pulling tiny little hairs of fiber optics through every single hole on that colander, so that whole cylinder of crystals lights up with white fiber optics at night. It’s pretty magical. LN: Was cost a non-issue? AD: The cool thing about the room with all the sun mirrors is that some of the mirrors on the walls are $5,000 and some are $50 dollars. For Lubov and me both, if we love something and we’re moved by it, cost is not so relevant. For me, what makes me proud about this house, is when we tell people where some of the pieces came from—like the Rose Bowl Flea Market—in a million years they’d never believe it.

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Opposite page: Jonathan Adler pillows complement Lubov’s collection of starburst mirrors in the living room, and a Tord Boontje for Swarovski chandelier hangs over Daly’s own customdesigned table in the dining room. This page: Floral metal garland speaks to the Miss Lacy chairs by Philippe Starck for Driade below.


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The spa and a tranquil outdoor space (opposite page) on the 35,000-square-foot estate. “They’re designers, not accountants,” says Daly. “Every Friday night they entertain anywhere from 40 to 100 people. The house really is used for entertaining.”

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Leading Lady With a career spanning more than 25 years and projects running the gamut from hotels and hospitals to showrooms, offices, and residences, Lauren Rottet has become synonymous with arresting architecture and interior design, reimagining the way we interact with our built environments. We revisit one of her most high-profile projects, The Surrey hotel in New York By Katie Tandy



auren Rottet entered the University of Texas not knowing exactly what she wanted “to do.”

Originally an art and pre-med student, she knew at least that medical illustration was not her true career path. “It was boring, boring, boring!” she recalls. Her then-boyfriend (and now husband) suggested she switch her major to architecture, reminding her that all she loved to draw and paint were buildings, bridges, highways, and houses. “I did it,” says Rottet. “I switched, and I can’t imagine doing anything else.” After cutting her teeth on the Olympic Tower in New York City—a sweeping Fifth Avenue high-rise she designed with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill—Rottet headed DMJM Rottet for 14 years (an interior architecture and design extension of SOM). She finally launched her own company, Rottet Studio, in 2008. And she came in like a lion, landing luxurious Upper East Side boutique hotel The Surrey for the new company’s first hotel project. Originally built in 1926, the 190-room hotel underwent a $60 million restoration under Rottet Studio and reopened in 2009 boasting a celebration of its Beaux Arts history infused with a contemporary edge. The

Surrey developers reached out to her after seeing her work on a Parisian restoration project. They were looking for something that could rival The Carlyle and The Mark, something traditional, but “with a twist.” The overhaul—and the location, a stone’s throw from Central Park—was cinematic to say the least. Permeating all of Rottet’s work is a cross-pollination of disciplines (especially film, theater, and psychology) that inform her design and the immersive environments she creates. With hotels, Rottet keeps in mind the property’s clientele, market sector, and immediate competitor, but she approaches the space largely as set design. Rottet says she makes herself a kind of film director, writing a short script and a movie in her mind’s eye, which serves as the lynchpin of her design. “I think of a particular character and then create a backdrop with a particular mood and ambience,” she says. “This allows me to divorce the design from my personal taste and into whatever bests sup- (continued…)

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The Bar Pleiades at The Surrey hotel is one of Rottet’s favorite places to watch people interact with her interior design.



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Rottet used a monochromatic palette of black, white, cream, and gray to echo the cinematic circa-1925 building’s past, but infused the space with contemporary art such as the striking Jenny Holzer “You Are My Own” photograph behind the reception desk.

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port this storyline.” From furniture and lighting to materials and layout, Rottet parses out each detail to serve her cinematic vision. The Surrey was one of her most successful silver-screen design manifestations. Her imagined star? Coco Chanel.


Rottet is the first to admit that The Surrey was a decided departure from much of her work, offering a new opportunity to immerse herself in a historic context and aesthetic. “It was a whole new game for us,” she says. “If you look at my background, I do very contemporary architecture, very purist with minimal details.”

Rottet says that overseeing every aspect of her company, toggling between big picture aesthetics and day-to-day operations, remains an ongoing trial. “In creative fields, the trick is always changing your mindset,” she says. “You’re trying to think your head into a conceptual design and the next moment you’re looking at year-end financials or which Internet company to use.”

Armed with E.B. White’s book Here Is New York and visions of “beautiful and absolutely classic” Coco Chanel, Rottet began her revision of The Surrey. One of the design mandates, she says, was to stay true to the building’s history; a monochromatic palette of black, white, cream, and gray echoes the romance of bygone days, coupled with lush materials like mohair, high-sheen lacquer, silk, and stone. “Originally the lobby was going to be bigger, but in my mind it was too meandering. If it was actually 1925, the lobby would have been beautiful, but tiny, a kind of pied-àterre,” says Rottet. “We used tiger beige limestone and instead of an oriental rug, we have a stone mosaic, which creates an instant perception of that fashion. It’s all brand-new, but is a virtual recreation of what it might have been like.” The guest rooms feature sumptuous but structured elements like silk brocade pillows, hand-painted wardrobes and sleek, silver-riveted armchairs. More tongue-incheek elements find their way into the lobby, restaurant, and Bar Pleiades, celebrating Rottet’s personal penchant for contemporary art. From a huge tapestry of Kate Moss and a graffiti-strewn cabinet by Jimmie Martin, to a wool-felt relief piece by Helen Amy Murray and the striking Jenny Holzer “You Are My Own” photograph behind the reception desk, The Surrey offers sophistication with a dash of avant-garde sass. Contemporary art isn’t the only dialogue among the projects in Rottet’s deep portfolio. “If you look closely from project to project, you‘ll see a consistency,” says Rottet. “I’m always working with the manipulation of light, planes, volumes, mirrors, and reflections. I like things to feel like they don’t end. I’m very claustrophobic myself and hate the feeling of being shut in.”

Left: Two hallmarks of Rottet’s aesthetic: contemporary art, in this case a graffitistrewn cabinet by Jimmie Martin, and reflective surfaces designed to make spaces feel endless

Rottet has returned to The Surrey since her redesign, exploring the space as a kind of social spy to gauge the success of her work there. “I’ve watched everyone interact in the little Bar Pleiades, for example, when no one knows I designed it. I had these people in mind, how they looked and where they would sit. They’re flirting and dressed up. It looks the way I thought it would,” she says. “It’s fascinating.”


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What are your favorite places to source furnishings?

“The vendors I keep going back to are usually artists with a small collection of bespoke furniture. Some of them include Lindsey Adelman, Lawson Fenning, Ochre, and Jonah Takagi, among many others. I recently met the girls behind Egg Collective, and every single piece of their furniture blew me away. I love when that happens.” —Tamara Eaton, Tamara Eaton Design

“I love Ralph Lauren as the original creator of living a lifestyle. Other favorites are Barbara Barry for her beautiful elegance, Christopher Guy for his love of the female figure that is a part of all of his designs, and the Van Teal family for their development in recreating antiques and a casual lifestyle.” —Linda Schoener, Henredon & Schoener

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“Victoria is a really small city, so we don’t have fabric showrooms, or a lot of the resources they have in bigger cities. The Internet is, obviously, a starting point for me. I’m probably on Pinterest every day cataloging things, and I started to do a lot of sourcing on Etsy. I can spend half the time flipping through online shops and putting together a package of all the elements I’m looking for, and source them from there.” —Kyla Bidgood, Kyla Bidgood Interior Design

“I love to use Jane Hamley Wells outdoor pieces inside; Mimi London solid wood tables (though I don’t love moving them…); Herman Miller for classics; Reggie Araya of Salman Furniture for great priced, beautifully designed desks; Holly Hunt for special pieces; Arteriors for incredibly designed, affordable pieces.” —Anne Sneed, Anne Sneed Architectural Interiors

“Independent design studios. Those artisans lead the direction of furniture design and the product is always unique and topquality. I may not always have clients who are willing to purchase outside the major vendors, but I always present project-appropriate options from my favorite independent designers first.” —Jessica De Kler, Deakins Design Group

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Antoni Associates In the suburb of Houghton outside Johannesburg, interior design firm Antoni Associates teamed with Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects to create a breathtaking home marked by interplay between the strong, linear architecture and dramatically textured furnishings.

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7 behind the scenes Interior design, as more than one designer has told us, is about “more than picking out pillows.” From the angle of the lights in a museum display to the memory points in model housing units, design professionals are considering every aspect of our interior environments—including the business behind creating them. It’s all part of the dynamic, interconnected, ever-growing, and ultimately inspiring world of interior design.

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Common People Kohn Shnier Architects turns a drab condo amenity space into a fresh and timeless gathering spot By margot brody

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n order to compete with a recent blitz of new rental spaces in midtown Toronto, the developers of the condo building at 45 Balliol hired Kohn Shnier Architects to revamp the dilapidated amenity space of the residential building. Originally constructed as part of an extensive development project in the area during the ’60s and ’70s, the building was in need of serious updates, as well as a new aesthetic with mass appeal and enduring functionality. We spoke with partner John Shnier (continued…) about creating common spaces that last.


venture construction Kohn Shnier had many ICI (industrial-commercialinstitutional) contractors bidding for this lofty project. In the end, the firm chose to work with Venture Construction of Toronto, a company that takes a cooperative approach to building. “45 Balliol required careful planning and an even more critical execution to pull off the beautiful end result,” says Venture’s Linzi Rinkel.

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DB: What were the existing conditions of 45 Balliol when you came to the project? John Shnier: The building was in a state of deterioration and quite outdated in terms of both the amenities and the design. We extensively augmented the facilities to create an overall new ambience while respecting the existing building. DB: In what ways did the function of the building influence the design? JS: Maintenance was an important feature, so it was important that we use robust and serviceable materials. Mosaic porcelain tiles are a time-tested choice, and in developing the ‘cascade’ effect in variations of blue, we enhanced the overall nurturing feeling of the pool facilities. We created a fresh expression of the travertine, taking it further than just being nostalgic. DB: How did you manage to use a range of textures and materials while maintaining a clean, modern aesthetic? JS: Our design philosophy compels us to use a limited range of the best products our budget can afford, and then distribute them evenly throughout. We also try to avoid trends and overly articulated or stylized motifs. DB: How would you summarize the mood or tone of the finished product? JS: The design is of its time, yet timeless in its appeal—contemporary yet classic.

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Re-envisioned Residential Living Project Interiors’ Aimee Wertepny brings an outdated Chicago apartment building up to date with a bang



he lobby at this Chicago apartment building, built as an elegant hotel in 1933, was “in sad shape,” says Aimee Wertepny, founder of Chicago’s Project Interiors. “It was dark, dreary, musty, dingy, with lots of heavy, dark wood paneling on the walls, typical terrazzo flooring throughout, and dark lighting. Very uninviting.” For its rebrand-

ing as Reside at Belmont Harbor, the Project team overhauled all common areas including the lobby, cyber café, management office, and fitness center, drawing inspiration from nearby Lake Michigan in nautical nods like the bubbled Lucite porthole and repurposed sailcloth upholstered chairs. Wertepny gives us details of the redesign.

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Left: The lobby entry features a bubbled Lucite and steel porthole set into a walnut panel. “We love the porthole,” says Wertepny. “A lot of the design was created around this element.” Other features include white chiseled quartzite ledgestone, nautical-style sconces by Ralph Lauren, and porcelain floor tiles by Porcelanosa.

Top right: A custom vintage manual crank glass and steel garage door leads from the lobby to the cyber café, which features native faux hide vinyl wall covering from Elitis, custom recycled leather lounge chairs, custom steel and black mirror cocktail tables, custom sofas with natural walnut slab arms and back, and reclaimed wood desks.

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To create movement, Banks paired a high-back sofa (her own design) with Hudson Furniture’s Atlantis chandelier.


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place needs to announce itself,” says Chicago-based interior designer Jennifer A. Banks.

Step into the lobby at Parc Huron, a 21-floor residential high-rise in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, and Banks’ maxim resonates loud and clear. With its floor-to-ceiling beveled glass mirrored wall, porcelain herringbone tile flooring, and quaint sitting area, the area welcomes residents with a whimsical charm and subtle modern flair. “Designing

the lobby was the most pressure I ever felt in design,” says Banks, president of Bella Maison Interior Design. “I’m a big fan of creating a dramatic sense of arrival.” Known—partly through her gig designing a home for celebrity couple Giuliana and Bill Rancic on their Style Network reality TV (continued…) show—for mixing

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traditional and contemporary styles, Banks says taking on the 221-unit building and its common amenities was the project she has been striving for her entire career. It’s especially sweet since it allowed her the opportunity to collaborate with longtime client and friend Anthony Rossi Sr., president of M&R Development, who along with business partner Thomas Moran, owns the luxury apartment complex. (…continued)

“We wanted to make the design special,” says Banks. “From the beginning, I made sure I took my time, and that every decision resonated deep in me. You have to understand the demographics for homeowners and potential owners—really think about who lives here and how they want to live.” When designing common areas, Banks says she aims to create a cohesive, seamless

flow from one room to the next while also giving each room personal treatment. In the multifunctional cyber café, the ultra-modern, wave-like blue Snaidero cabinets contrast with, yet complement, the classic Emeco polished steel chairs; their espresso wood seats add a twist to the traditional design favorite. “I like to do a juxtaposition of old and new styles and materials,” says Banks. Dramatic full-height mosaic tile, imported from Italy, adds sheen to a media wall striped with televisions and computers mounted on silver poles. Banks says one of the most challenging tasks was transforming the building’s basement into a sophisticated and relaxing spa. “It had to be drop dead gorgeous, and we spent a lot of time coming up with the design,” she says. Glowing light and the pale ming green marble tiled wall in the

Top: Banks created a sophisticated spa environment in the building’s basement. Right: Blue Snaidero cabinets and Emeco polished steel chairs highlight the cyber café in the building, managed by RMK Management Corp.

lounge help create a calming environment. Trickling water down the black stone wall at the base of the hot tub adds to the effect. Overall, Banks says she wanted to create inviting designs that evoke emotion and bring happiness. “The whole building was a risk, but the better you know yourself, the risks aren’t quite as risky,” says Banks.

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Lita’s tips for furnishing model homes that bring in buyers * Remember the first seven seconds can make or break a sale * Create memory points throughout the home to make the model stand out * Know who your buyer is and design toward their lifestyle and dream * Show off positive features and make negatives in the home into positives * Always design with the potential buyer’s budget in mind. If you over-design or underdesign you might turn off or scare away your buyer


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pecializing in model home merchandising, Colorado-based interior designer Lita Dirks knows a thing or two about making a model home look its best—so much so that the builder moved into the penthouse model she designed at the Manhattan Condominiums in Atlanta. “The experience of viewing a well-merchandised model instills confidence as it shows off the value and appeal of the home, the unique design attributes, and the builder’s attention to detail,” says Dirks. The designer lets us in on her tricks of the trade.

DB: How do you approach designing a model home— something that will be used primarily as a sales tool— differently knowing that no one will ever actually live in it? Lita Dirks: We first look at each room separately to create ways to highlight the positives and ways to make the negatives into positives while tying all of the spaces together in a tight theme of color, style, and personality. A model home needs to be easily distinguished and remembered from competitive product. Keeping color and furniture style throughout the model consistent rather than diverse helps to make a single model home a single memory. The first impression… the first seven seconds can make or break a sale. DB: Are you ever tempted to forget about functionality and come up with a really far-out design?

LD: Yes, always. We have to create memory points. Function is important but we need to create the dream. It’s usually a unique detail, color, art piece, or built-in that stays with the person looking at a model home. Thinking out of the box is vital; however, we can never be too trendy or too far-out. People need to find themselves and their lifestyle in a model, not a future too ‘farout’ to believe. DB: Was there a theme or a buyer demographic in mind for this model? LD: The theme and potential buyer were thought to be more modern in style, not fussy or traditional. The idea was to assume a professional athlete might live in the penthouse— simple lines a little more on the masculine side. Our goal was to design a home for someone who enjoyed socializing and sharing their home with friends.


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n interactive museum celebrating one of Europe’s most prestigious football clubs sounds awesome enough, but add a dynamic and evocative interior lighting design from Montreal-based Lightemotion and you’ve really got a “gooooaaaallll!”


“We have tried to capture the romance of the game and the inspiration behind the cuttingedge techniques of the club [Dutch team Ajax FC] in our work,” says Francois Roupinian, founder of Lightemotion, whose lighting design projects around the globe have included performing arts, museum exhibitions, casinos, and hotels. “We want to create an atmosphere that is dynamic and celebratory, inspirational and exciting, just like Ajax FC.” Mirroring the innovative training methods of the club, the Ajax Experience includes a number of imaginative lighting techniques, such as metal halide light sources installed on structural columns to provide discreet cross-lighting, LED fixtures bathing inclined ceiling planes in red, LED and halogen lamps illuminating showcase displays from within, and ceiling-mounted fixtures putting the spotlight on the visitor—literally—as he travels through the exhibition. “Our challenge was to create a dynamic solution for the Ajax Experience amidst many different installations and spaces,” says Roupinian. “The key to the success of our design was using only a narrow range of product types— Luminergy, iGuzzini, and Philips Selecon—but concentrating on high quality light sources and accessories along with extremely good control of the lighting.”

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Great lighting design shows: Comfort * Know the end users and their needs in order to provide an appropriate quality of light

Hierarchy * Create interesting moments in the space by telling a story with the way it is illuminated


Balance * Be energy-conscious and maintain harmony between the different lighting sources when it comes to color, intensity, and distribution of the light

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Seeing the Light Mauricio Lopez shows the importance of killer lighting at the Grand Hyatt Istanbul and shares his advice for making interiors light up


hether he’s capturing sunrays coming through colored glass on a project for a New York train station, or completing the complex lighting for big hotel projects like the Grand Hyatt Istanbul, lighting designer and artist Mauricio Lopez of ML

Studio knows that light makes a huge difference in interior design. “Poor lighting can be the worst enemy of interior design,” he says. “The spatial qualities of a room can be highlighted by lighting; it can create places where people pause to look at a nice detail.”

Lopez worked closely with interior designers Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects for more than a year on the hotel restaurant and meeting rooms, selecting decorative light fixtures by designers like David Weeks, Aureliano Toso – Leucos, Tobias Grau, and Axo Light. But it was after the build-out that most of the magic happened. “Before the dimming control system is programmed and the lights are aimed, things can look a bit out of purpose,” says Lopez, who was first introduced to complex lighting principles in architecture school. “But after programming the light levels and focusing the lights, the perception and mood of the room changes completely. Those final touches make the entire experience.”

Over-Designing * A well-lit space is not necessarily the brightest

Carelessness * Not taking into consideration the architecture and design elements of the space can lead to very poor lighting design

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Fixture Perfect The designers behind John Wooden Interiors share some of the light fixtures that make spaces pop


ight fixtures are critical elements to any interior design concept,” says designer John Wooden. “Not only do they provide illumination, they give space a personality, an attitude.” Laguna Beach-based John Wooden Interiors (JWI) has completed residential projects up and down the southern coast of California (they have an office in L.A., too). One thing the firm probably gets the most compliments on is lighting. Designer Dustin Dorr suggests it’s something to splurge on. “Great light fixtures don’t necessarily come cheap,” he says. “Quality of light is most important, yet a bold fixture exudes style.” We asked Wooden and Dorr to dish on some of the standout lighting in their interiors.


Far left: The custom chandelier by JWI, inspired by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti, offers some history, intimacy, and scale in a dining area and complements a Fontana Arte Chandelier 5491 (from Laguna Beach’s Lightopia) that hangs in the adjacent living area. Left: Jonathan Browning Odeon Chandeliers (via David Sutherland) in this kitchen supply an intimate glow and glamorous element to an otherwise simple, classic kitchen.

Above: The hexagonal wood fixture custom designed by JWI lends sculptural interest and soft illumination while taking up very little visual space to protect views to the outdoors.

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Photo by Raeford Dwyer,

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Getting the Best Interior Photography 1. Hire a professional.

Shoot Right Photographer Raeford Dwyer shares his tips for one of the most important ways you’ll market your design-based business


would say photography is the most important element of marketing for your business,” New York-based photographer Raeford Dwyer advises interior designers. “In a matter of seconds of arriving at your website, a potential client will make up their mind about your

talent, skill, and professionalism based on the quality of the documentation of your work.” We ask the shutterbug, who has shot everywhere from an off-grid eco-lodge in the Central American rainforest to the luxury suites at MetLife Stadium, for his expert advice.

2. Try not to have the lighting be too extreme. Brighten dark areas and diffuse direct sunlight. Pay attention to the path of the sunlight through the day, and plan your shoot accordingly. 3. Less is more. Don’t underestimate the value of clean styling. With potential clients viewing images on tiny screens and search thumbnails, overaccessorizing produces cluttered and noisy images. Bold is best. 4. Review each shot on a laptop or tablet before moving on to the next setup. Fixing errant cords or creased pillows in postproduction can get costly and time-consuming.

5. Shoot wide-angle shots and detail shots. Take lots of shots and try all the angles—you may not get another chance. 6. Using the wrong lens can make a room feel claustrophobic or distort the symmetry of clean lines. A professional photographer knows the right lens to use to show off a welldesigned extension, a tiny fixture detail, or the geometry of a sweeping staircase. 7. Correctly balancing different temperature light sources and sunlight is difficult but important for a clean interior image. 8. Budget professional photography into each project. Negotiate for volume discounts for booking multiple jobs. Search in your area through a reputable trade organization like

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In conversation with…

Randy Fiser CEO, American Society of Interior Designers

Mystery Home Designer Tanya Schoenroth shares advice on designing interiors for spec homes


f interior designer Tanya Schoenroth is doing her job well, you might not know she was in a house at all. “I’m not here to stamp my own style on a project,” says the Vancouverbased principal of Tanya Schoenroth Design. “I’m here to help define my client’s vision.” For Schoenroth, sometimes those clients are spec builders, not the homeowners who’ll eventually live with her designs.

DB: When working with a developer instead of a homeowner, where do you start? Tanya Schoenroth: Marketing. Before proceeding with a spec home, you require marketing or Realtor information for the target buyer—like age, first-time buyers versus empty nesters, and whether potential buyers are likely to be new to the neighborhood. Budget and design style vary greatly depending on the demographic. DB: Even with that information you probably can’t go too far out with the design, right? Not all empty nesters are going to have the same style. TS: Spec homes should have broad appeal and be a bit more ‘safe’ in aesthetic. Once the marketing info has helped you determine a specific style and functional requirements, you would stick to one consistent look while also creating memory points. DB: What’s a typical memory point? TS: While a private residence will have character elements

unique to that particular client, memory points might be something like a feature paint color, unique use of a bathroom accent tile, or like an ‘art frame’ mirror in the powder room. DB: Within that budget for a spec home, what do you splurge on and what can you rein in? TS: Spec budgets are usually very tight, and lighting is normally the most finicky selection for private clients. You’re unlikely to please every potential buyer with a spec home, so best not to put a lot of money into that area when the fixtures are often going to be replaced anyway. DB: What’s a good way to customize a space? TS: Regardless of aesthetic preference, built-in millwork makes any space more functional and creates a finished look. Some clients have me complete the detail drawings as the home is designed, but will hold off building until budget allows. If the millwork has been planned, it makes it easy to add it in later.

Randy Fiser joined ASID as CEO in 2012 to bring fresh leadership to the 30,000-member-strong professional community of designers, industry representatives, educators, and students. We talk about the business of interior design and where it’s heading.

DB: What have been the biggest evolutions that you’ve observed in the design world? Randy Fiser: Technology is having a tremendous impact on how design is done. We’re seeing 3-D printers and virtual modeling become part of the practice, allowing people to do exponentially more. I’ve also seen how the online environment has transformed the accessibility of designers. We’re seeing sites like Designers can show their spaces and consumers can look through those spaces, identify inspiration, and then connect with designers who work in that style. DB: How is the typical interior designer in the U.S. faring today? Are there places where interior design is more ‘recession-proof’? RF: The ASID Interior Design Billings Index tracks performance data for billings, inquiries, and product sales specific to the interior design industry. The index over the last 14 months has moved very positively, with the residential sector in the lead. We’ve found that cities that are recession-proof in general also tend to be recession-proof in terms of interior design, places like Washington, D.C., and Texas. DB: How are designers’ clients changing? RF: In the new affluent market people are very design savvy: They spend a lot of time researching design online, and they want to be known for having well-designed products. Designers need to be prepared for this new demographic and learn how to engage

with clients who are coming to them with much more information. Another thing we’re learning is that these individuals value design, but don’t necessarily have to have a certain label associated with it. For example, they’ll have an Eames chair alongside an IKEA table. They don’t care whether the items are high-end or not, as long as they’re well designed. DB: Do designers have to become more specialized to stay competitive, or broaden their areas of expertise? RF: Buildings are becoming much more sophisticated, so designers have to be as well. You’re not just thinking about paint colors, fabrics, and textures—you have to be thinking about ventilation and circulation, HVAC systems, natural light, noise quality, and so on. Designers have to understand how all those systems integrate together. Those who specialize in one segment of the marketplace—for example, health care or the aging population—are deeply engaged in the research that’s going on in that sector. Designers who do more broad-based work in a variety of sectors often utilize the membership association to network and provide expertise in areas they don’t have. Our members are communal and collegial that way. We’re also seeing a blurring of the lines between disciplines—for example, interior designers doing more work in spaces and architects stepping into interiors.


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Portrait courtesy of IIDA

In conversation with…

Cheryl Durst CEO, International Interior Design Association

Cheryl Durst has been CEO of IIDA since 1999. As head of a professional networking and educational association numbering more than 13,000 members around the world, who better to ask about global design trends?


Designers have gone from being generalists to ‘serial specialists.’ They are constantly relied upon to be experts in a wide variety of matters related to their clients’ work.

DB: What have been the biggest changes that you’ve seen in the design world during your career? Cheryl Durst: There’s been an increased importance on the role of the designer as a strategic business consultant and an expansion of the scope of services, encompassing change management, branding, identity, and more. Designers have gone from being generalists to ‘serial specialists.’ They are constantly relied upon to be experts in a wide variety of matters related to their clients’ work.

DB: What are a few of the current trends in the interior design world? Are these limited to certain countries or continents, or are there trends that cross all borders? CD: North America and Europe are increasingly focused on well-being in the workplace. We’ve moved to a conversation that was once focused on sustainability, to a deeper dedication to the health and well-being of the people who inhabit the workplace. Flexibility seems to be a worldwide trend—demanding more of our spaces to meet our needs. Libraries that can be community centers; offices that accommodate a transient mobile workplace; homes that accommodate multiple generations from elderly grandparents to college graduates who move back home, to parents who need a flexible home office. Mobility, as in the ability to work anywhere/ anytime has changed the definition of ‘workplace,’ just as a worldwide aging population combined with the affects of the recession have changed what ‘home’ means.

DB: Is there one country or part of the world that is really hot or has really cutting-edge interior design right now? CD: The Scandinavian countries are doing amazing work. They always have: It’s as if they have an innate design sense or strand of DNA! Their sense of design is all-encompassing, so that good design isn’t an element or an add-on or just great furniture, but is instead about an entire experience. Everything from customer service to cabs to how guests are greeted in hotels, restaurants, and the airport is considered design. It is rich and multilayered, and design is much more than a look, it is a feeling. DB: What interior design principles, or specific furnishings, do you think are timeless? CD: An Eames chair is indeed a work of art, a truly beautiful piece of furniture—but it also has a lot to say about practicality, usefulness, and design accessibility. It feels good to sit in it and to look at it. Bold, bright colors—from deep jewel tones to ’60s pop art pinks, oranges, and yellows—are wonderful accents. Tactile textiles, heavy velvets, rough-hewn hemp, and solid woods are wonderful and authentic. Perfect for where we are as a society. Human beings crave what is real, what is authentic—both in our design and in our experiences.

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planeta basque Owned by a top art collector, this pad at the Mandarin Oriental Boston is as much a gallery as a living space, so Boston design firm Planeta Basque lets the art lead the way. Purposeful furnishings keep visitors in a museum mindset, “immersed in the collection at hand,� says designer Patrick Planeta.

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Photos by Anton Grassl

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nps tchoban voss A German architecture firm designs a luxurious three-floor apartment that soars over Saint Petersburg. From the 10-meterhigh backlit onyx ‘palm’ in the lounge to the soft, flowing shapes in designer furnishings by Fendi, B&B Italia, Moroso, Artifort, and more, every detail adds to a stunning experience.

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resource guide inspiring interiors

resource guide

Nicole Hollis Interior Design 935 Natoma St. San Francisco, CA 94103 T: 415.278.9457

Colorado K.B. Hansel Interiors 455 Sunking Dr. Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 T: 970.945.5950

Interior Designers

Lita Dirks & Co. 5300 DTC Pkwy., Suite 150 Greenwood Village, CO 80111 T: 303.761.7225



Heidi Core Interior Design 200 28th St. South Birmingham, AL 35233 T: 205.259.8780

Arizona Lori Carroll & Associates 2496 E. River Rd., Suite 100 Tucson, AZ 85718 T: 520.886.3443

California Abbott Moon Design Los Angeles, CA T: 323.250.2919 Adeeni Design Group P.O. Box 641483 San Francisco, CA 94164 T: 415.928.4685 Alana Homesley Interior Design 4712 Heaven Ave. Woodland Hills, CA 91364 T: 818.216.1561 Almaden Interiors San Jose, CA T: 408.268.0604 Aly Daly Design Los Angeles, CA T: 310.463.1221

Andra Martens Design Studio Belvedere, CA T: 415.328.8008 Anne Sneed Architectural Interiors 4757 Sun Valley Rd. Del Mar, CA 92014 T: 858.356.9212

John Wooden Interiors 1371 Glenneyre St. Laguna Beach, CA 92651 T: 949.715.7858 Kelly Wearstler Los Angeles, CA T: 1.855.BYKelly LOCZI Design 7 Joost Ave., Suite 202 San Francisco, CA 94131 T: 415.334.6367 MJM Interior Design San Francisco, CA T: 415.452.2883

De Giulio Kitchen Design 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 121 Chicago, IL 60654 T: 312.494.9200 Jordan Mozer and Associates 320 W. Ohio St., 7th Floor Chicago, IL 60654 T: 312.397.1133

Tyler Tinsworth Ltd. 15 E. Putnam Ave. Greenwich, CT 06830 T: 914.525.2404

Bruce Palmer Design Studio Three Mill Rd., Suite 208 Wilmington, DE 19806 T: 302.654.1135

Petra Adelfang Design 896 Vernon Ave. Glencoe, IL 60022 T: 773.315.1404 PROjECT. interiors 1057 N. Honore St., Suite 1R Chicago, IL 60622 T: 773.394.1174 Starr Design, Inc. 717 W. Oakdale Ave. Chicago, IL 60657 T: 774.472.5971

Florida Allied Kitchen & Bath 616 W. Oakland Park Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311 T: 954.564.1611

Georgia Chic Abode Interiors Atlanta, GA T: 407.923.3953

Nano, LLC 523 N. Alexander St. New Orleans, LA 70119 T: 504.486.3272

Maine KISMET Yarmouth, ME T: 207.847.3120

Massachusetts McWilliams Burgener Architecture 1150 N. State St., Suite 311 Chicago, IL 60610 T: 312.255.8292


Delaware Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design 10 Lombard St., Suite 150 San Francisco, CA 94111 T: 415.788.5800

Dana Ricciardi Designs Chicago, IL T: 312.955.0710

Indiana Kalleen & Company 6928 Central Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46220 T: 317.987.4233 Walker Designs 8316 Hill Gail Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46217 T: 317.431.6240

Planeta Basque 535 Albany St., Suite 5B Boston, MA 02118 T: 617.956.0805

New York Anne Chessin Designs 552 Court St. Brooklyn, NY 11231 T: 917.656.9210 Archi-Tectonics 11 Hubert St. New York, NY 10013 T: 212.226.0303 CLJ Design 700 Washington St. New York, NY 10014 T: 646.329.5252 Deakins Design Group Brooklyn, NY DW Design & Decor P.O. Box 113 Croton, NY 10520 T: 914.907.6051


Incorporated Architecture & Design 40 W. 29th St., Suite 404 New York, NY 10001 T: 212.637.1695

Lee Ledbetter & Associates 1055 St. Charles Ave., Suite 320 New Orleans, LA 70130 T: 504.566.9669

Meryl Santopietro Interiors 188 Ludlow St., Suite 5K New York, NY 10002 T: 401.258.9798

Illinois Nadia Designs 1601 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 383 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 T: 310.892.1799

Bella Maison Interior Design 1711 W. Division St. Chicago, IL 60622 T: 312.286.1999

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Tamara Eaton Design New York, NY 10010 T: 646.644.5708 Vanessa Deleon Associates 1 Little W. 12th St. New York, NY 10014 T: 212.231.0011 Vogel Interiors 149 E. 23rd St., Suite 184 New York NY 10010 T: 305.898.6401 Ways2design 227 E. 24th St., 1st Floor New York, NY T: 212.675.2374

North Carolina Designbar 2708 Dilworth Heights Ln. Charlotte, NC 28209 T: 704.488.5389 Breckinridge Taylor 9311 Biscayne Blvd. Dallas, TX 75218 T: 214.826.8200 Marie Flanigan Interiors 2525 Driscoll St. Houston, TX 77019 T: 979.574.9686 Rottet Studio Architecture and Design Houston, TX T: 1.866.629.4284

Washington Henredon & Schoener 700 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue, WA 98004 T: 425.454.9000 Sue Genty Interior Design 12610 NE 104th St. Kirkland, WA 98033 T: 425.827.3438

Oregon Washington, D.C. Fig Studio Architecture + Interiors 925 NW 19th Ave., Suite F Portland, OR 97209 T: 503.272.1566

Kreative Ways & Solutions 1425 K. St. NW Washington, D.C. 20005 T: 1.888.280.8318



Archer & Buchanan Architecture 125 W. Miner St. West Chester, PA 19382 T: 610.692.9112

A Good Chick To Know Vancouver, BC T: 778.228.9222

Hannah Dee Interiors 401 E. Allens Ln. Philadelphia, PA 19119 T: 215.806.6452

AH Design / Anja Henche 5768 Primrose Place West Vancouver, BC V7W 2V3 T: 604.724.5543


Kohn Shnier Architects 30 Maud St., Suite 100 Toronto, ON M5V 2M5 T: 416.504.7508

Aston Design Studio 26202 Oakridge Dr., Suite A101 The Woodlands, TX 77380 T: 281.364.6633

Kyla Bidgood Interior Design Victoria, BC T: 250.589.0852

Palmerston Design Consultants 604 Huron St. Toronto, ON M5R 2R7 T: 416.924.3800 Tanya Schoenroth Design Vancouver, BC T: 604.781.0480

Lighting Lightemotion 1467 Notre-Dame St. MontrĂŠal, Quebec H8S 2E2 Canada T: 514.789.0178 ML Studio, Inc. / Mauricio Lopez New York, NY

International A21 Studio Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Antoni Associates Cape Town, South Africa Mancini Enterprises Chennai, India Mr. Mitchell Melbourne, Australia NPS Tchoban Voss Hamburg/Berlin/Dresden, Germany Studio MK27 SĂŁo Paulo, Brazil

Photography Raeford Dwyer Photography T: 718.486.5580

Professional Organizations American Society of Interior Designers 608 Massachusetts Ave. NE Washington, D.C. 20002 T: 202.546.3480 International Interior Design Association 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 567 Chicago, IL 60654 T: 888.799.4432


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featured companies

Almaden Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 American Society of Interior Designers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253 Angle Eye Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Architectural Grille. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 AV Builders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 BCCI Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Beams Custom Woodworking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Ben’s Lathing & Drywall Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236 Bentley Builders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Bourne Landscape, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Caliber Group Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Callaghan Interior Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Canadian Gypsum Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Chic Abode Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 CLJ Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Dan Luna Woodworking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250 Darin’s Creative Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Deakins Design Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Design Support, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 DP, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Earth Sea Warrior. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Ernsdorf Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Frank and Julie’s Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Giorgio Aldo Interior Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 Hannah Dee Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Heidi Core Interior Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Hunter Roberts Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236 Interior Alterations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Interior Creations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 International Interior Design Association. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 254 Jane Hamley Wells. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 JDH Upholstery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 K.B. Hansel Interiors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Kevin Tohill & Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 KISMET. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Kreative Ways & Solutions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 L&D Upholstery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Level 5 Design. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Look Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Lori Carroll & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Luminergy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245 MasterBrand Cabinets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 McWilliams Burgener Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Mega Granite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245 MJM Interior Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 ML Studio, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245 Nadia Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Nano, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 Old World Kitchens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Paint Werks Interiors, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Paul A. 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Pearson, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 Total Home Improvement Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Tyler Tinsworth Ltd.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 Venture Construction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236 Voila! Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Willow Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241

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Inspiring Interiors: Volume 1  

A Special Edition From Design Bureau 2013

Inspiring Interiors: Volume 1  

A Special Edition From Design Bureau 2013