I LOVE shelter magazines, and I realized last night that we've never plugged Elle Decoration SA's blog before. I adore Elle Decoration (British and French versions) and would love to get my hands on a copy of a South African version. They showcase fabulous eclectic homes and I found the following photos of such homes on their blog, which, what do you know, is also fabulous (and co-written by Heather Moore of Skinny Laminx).
We received an email yesterday about interior designer John Barman and his home in the Hamptons that will be on the Kips Bay and Architectural Digest House Tour this weekend (the first half of the photos above and below are of his home). His designs are captivating, and he can knock out a contemporary, classic or eclectic space like no one's business. Talk about versatile..."striking perfect balance between the sumptuous and the seriously hip. Barman is known for his clear-cut, sophisticated style, bold new ideas, and a strong point of view. He favors handsome, crisp lines; the unrestrained use of strong, resonant color; new uses for traditional materials; and the successful marriage of functionality and fine detailing." Yeah baby! (If anyone wants details on the house tour, email Stacy or Mary).
Allison Hanes is a Los Angeles based interior designer who takes her inspiration not only from her clients but from the perfection found in natures' organic design. As her profile says, "Creating classic and richly textured interiors with a contemporary twist, Allison Hanes infuses color and light with a mix of styles, cultures and periods of design, while articulating casual elegance." Couldn't have said it better! Beautiful rooms! (Love that powder room.)
I was so pleased to receive an email from Summer Thornton the other day, because she is an interior designer from Chicago who has a fantastic portfolio I was dying to post photos from. Her firm, Summer Thornton Design, was "established to make the design process unpretentious, fun and fresh. Mixing high and low, rough and polished, classic and irreverent, her designs utilize contrast to engage the senses." The majority of her work is focused on urban condos with moderate budgets. She tries to take a relaxed approach to design that is simple but still has elements of luxury. That ideal makes such incredibly appealing spaces.