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 …
2010 was quite a year in the world of interior design and shelter media. From the retirement of America’s preeminent interior designer and the rise of digital shelter publications to the magazine masthead changes that rocked the design community, these were the industry’s biggest stories that made headlines in 2010.
1. The Legendary Albert Hadley Retires
After 60 some years working as an interior designer, Albert Hadley, also known as “The Dean of American Decorating”, retired in the Fall leaving behind a lasting legacy in the design world.
2. Stephen Drucker Leaves House Beautiful to Helm Town & Country…
A home designed by Martin Lawrence Bullard
Since I’m fresh from vacation and still have the beach on the brain, a post on beach houses seems in order! I always say that one day I will own a beach house of my own. I love everything about the beach…the sun, the sand, the surf…there’s just something about a being near a beach setting that puts me at ease. If I were lucky enough to live right on the ocean I’d want to design my home to include lots of floor-to-ceiling windows which allow me to enjoy the sweeping oceanview vistas …
A Peter Dunham Designed room featuring fabrics from his signature line.
I absolutely love ethnic inspired textiles, particularly prints and patterns that are emblematic of Central Asian countries like India, Turkey, Uzbekistan, etc. I especially have a thing for Indian paisleys and florals. Here are some of my favorites:
Indian Pear, Robert Kime
Rajmata, Peter Dunham
Kashmir Paisley, Peter Dunham
Samarkand, Peter Dunham
Dotted Leaf, Suzanne Rheinstein/Hollyhock for Lee Jofa
Indian Flower, Michael S. Smith/Jasper
Indian Flower, Michael S. Smith/ Jasper
Mimosa Vine, Carolina Irving Textiles
Desert Rose, Carolina Irving Textiles
Jaipur, Peter Fasano
And despite the common feeling …
Photo: Via Gil Schafer, GP Schafer Architect
There’s something quite charming about the presence of pot racks in a kitchen. I think many kitchens that I see photographed often appear sterile and you’d never know the kitchen was ever actually utilized. But whenever I see a kitchen with a pot rack, it suggests to me that this is a real kitchen…where people cook, eat, gather, etc. It somehow makes the kitchen space instantly feel lived in. Pot racks are a beautiful way to showcase your cookware, especially if you have a serious collection. And although they’re a lovely decorative …