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Design Crush: The Sexy, Minimalist Interiors of Joseph Dirand

If you’re familiar with my design work you know that I love color! Whether it’s bold pops or brightly painted walls, I believe that when executed well, the use of color can completely energize a room. But as much as I love color I also appreciate elegant spaces with neutral palettes that are thoughtful and come alive with interesting textures and materials. I came across a recent project by French Architect Joseph Dirand that perfectly illustrates this idea in context and it moved me to explore his work a bit further. Now I’ve developed a total design crush! Dirand’s work …


A Peek Inside the Obama Family’s Private White House Residence

As President Barack Obama’s final days in office are coming to an end, I thought it would be fitting to honor his legacy here on the blog by sharing a peek inside the private quarters of the White House. These photos were originally featured in the Jan issue of Architectural Digest. It’s common practice for each incoming first family to hire an interior designer to redecorate the White House private quarters upon taking office and in 2008 the Obamas enlisted A-list designer Michael S. Smith to give their new home at the White House a refresh. Smith incorporated modern touches …


Sparrows Lodge

Recently I headed down to Palm Springs to celebrate my birthday and this time around I tried a newish hotel that I’d been hearing lots of buzz about called Sparrow’s Lodge. Whenever I go to Palm Springs I go to simply getaway, sit by a pool and relax. While other hotels in town can sometimes be a bit of a scene, this quiet little retreat in the desert is the perfect low-key alternative. First, it only allows guests who are 21+, so no children and no worries of underage party kids. Secondly, the experience the hotel offers is something …

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Luxe Studio Apartment Makeover – The Bedroom Alcove

Last week I shared a peek at the living space in an alcove studio model apartment I designed recently and now I’m excited to share a peek into the bedroom. Whenever I’m designing any space, I love to layer on the texture and pattern. Here, I kept the space neutral because it was a model apartment and needed to have a wide appeal but with the addition of a few key elements such as the geometric patterned wallpaper, boldly colored bed and a statement lamp, the space feels colorful and packed with personality. The textures were very important here as …

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Luxe Studio Apartment Makeover – Entry & Living Room

For anyone who thinks you can’t live well in a small space, here’s a look at one of my latest design projects that proves that theory all wrong! I recently finished up a series of model apartments for a new development in NYC and this is the smallest of the bunch – a 484 square foot alcove studio that’s packed with style and shows how even in a small space you can live large and luxurious! I’m excited to share a tour of this space with you plus show you how to get the look, starting with the entryway and …

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Tour The Beach Lodge aka the Most Perfect Airbnb Beach Rental

I recently stumbled across the most adorable Airbnb beach rental on Instagram and decided this hidden gem was way too cute not to share! The classic A-Frame house from the 70s is located on Hollywood beach, nestled just between Malibu and Santa Barbara in Southern California. This eclectic abode was recently renovated and features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and an airy, open floor plan. The interiors reflect a mix of ethnic textiles married with mid-century furniture for a boho chic vibe. There’s also an outdoor lounge and a balcony with unobstructed views of the ocean. The fresh ocean breeze is …