San Franciscan Caitlin Moran is an interior designer who "balances a certain timeless grace with an unquestionably modern sensibility". I love classic shapes mixed with modern colours and patterns. It's such an eye-catching melange that is so pleasing to the eye. And might I add that she was once employed by design legend Vicente Wolf. Yes, Caitlin Moran has it going on. (Do I ever need that closet in a bad way).
A great eye, loads of experience and I'm sure an address book full of secret sources. It takes a lot to be an interior stylist. You can't just hang up your shingle. It takes talent and an inherent feel for what is now or more importantly what is next. Katie Seller is a fabulous interior stylist! Interiors, still life and houses, you'll find so much inspiration in her portfolio.
Joel Robare of JR Studio wanted to share his latest project with us - an 870 sq ft Chicago condo remodel. The concept was "Luxe Living in Intimate Scale. This project maximizes living using detailing and furnishings that are both luxurious and functional - keeping an eclectic aesthetic that incorporates interior, skyline and color in sophisticated harmony. Low furniture was selected to emphasize the ceiling heights, reflective materials move the abundant natural light around the rooms, the dark wood floors run across the condo and up the back wall enlarging the sight lines. Playing on a modern interpretation of a traditional Chicago brownstone, vintage furnishings were recovered in restyled plaids, paisleys and otherwise rethought conservative patterns." Fantastic project, and I am loving the vintage/mid-century vibe of the spaces. (Photos by Nathan Kirkham)
Since that was just a little taste of what this firm can do, here's a bit more to really get you going.
Sometimes a photo screams "Look at me! Look at me!" Bold, brash and in your face. Fab but fleeting. Other times it's a light bulb moment. "Yes, oh yes I get it. Brilliant!" and an image is saved in the inspiration folder. Daniel Hertzell switches my lights on. It's what a truly talented photographer should do. Capture your imagination.
It's our last reader's makeover as guest blogger and interior designer Jason Martin helps Mariana with the finishing touches to what is an amazing Brazilian build. Mariana is is afraid that things are just a little too white and cold. It's our last chance to eavesdrop on these designer/client conversations. Jason has now helped 5 of our readers with their homes and I've been inspired by them all. Thank you so much Jason. I know how much time and creative energy goes into all of these e-consultations. You have been very generous! Now it's on to Mariana's home. Remember Mariana does the "DIY" after Jason adds the "+".
I´ve been inspired by Desire to Inspire since my house began to be projected. Now, in the finishing process,I feel comfortable to ask for some help.
My dad developed this project according to his dream-house: a integrated place, where all the family could spend time together in the same living, involved by a green area. In comparison to other places in Brazil, this house is placed in a chilling area (top of the hill). As my dad owns a metallurgy industry, he developed a metal roof supported by a metal tower. We always imagined a clean place, however, we think it´s everything too white and pale. We are asking for some tips and ideas of colours!
A prior need is to hide these bedroom doors. We thought about doing it with a wood panel, which should also be used to place the television (inside the tower). Wood will also be used on the floor!
Also, we don't have an idea to the external surface, as the house is jammed in green vegetation.
Can you give me the overall dimensions for the space?
What are the top three things you want to address in the space?
Mariana's top three things:
- Colors (walls, stairs, rail, doors…) – my dad tried some pale green on the upstairs walls and it seems fine.
- How to get some privacy to both bedroom doors and what to do with the tower (TV or fireplace).
- Pieces of furniture (table, chairs, sofa …).
I think you have a great space to build from and would look to some of the amazing architects that are working in Brazil for inspiration. You can find beautiful spaces similar to yours by one of my favorites, Isay Weinfeld.
Without knowing what wood/finish you are using on the floor I am going to give you two different color palettes to work from.
As for the tower – I would think a fireplace is a better anchor for the room than a television.
Inspirations for cool tones