I continue to be awestruck by the creative genius of Frances Merrill and her firm Reath Design. You will be hard-pressed to find anyone who is willing to go this bold with colour and pattern. Each room is a wilder than the next. SO MUCH FUN! You can read more about it in this Architectural Digest feature. Photos by Laure Joliet.
This landscaping is everything landscaping should be. Considerate of the colour scheme of the home (purple/magenta in this case), a mix of wood and concrete to keep it from being too harsh, terraced to easily create zones, includes a water feature, integrated lighting…. We transformed this garden from a weed-covered dirt hill into a beautiful living space with the use of terracing. Our goal for any garden is to make it functional, and this design utilizes every inch of space with an outdoor office, a vegetable/cutting garden, a dining deck, fire pit, and barbecue with seating area. These clients like to entertain, and can open their kitchen doors to connect directly with the garden. Built in wood and concrete benches add sculptural interest and the concrete bench absorbs warmth when the fire feature is lit. By Growsgreen.
Photos: Caitlin Atkinson and Growsgreen
This house could not be more invigorating and whimsical. It all starts at the apple green front door. Wallpaper and vibrant upholstery and patterns unite to create a super fun home. Her Latin roots, fondness for Southern hospitality, and penchant for parties were the overarching parameters for this gradual home makeover. The kitchen got a major facelift, but the original cabinets were preserved and a few doors removed to showcase her collection of vintage dinnerware and serving pieces. Paisley wallpaper, watercolor print curtains, and lime-painted entryway are evidence of her passion for mixing happy color and bold pattern. The medley of new and salvaged furniture includes a dining table rescued from an abandoned house, an 80s sidebar, the daughter’s handed-down vintage desk and a super-long velvet banquette that turns the sunroom into a hangout. In the master bedroom, refinished finds cozy up to a custom canopy bed with leather inserts. Designed by Toledo Geller.
If you’re stuck going in to the office on a Sunday, it would be no sweat if it was as cool as the Oakland, CA office of Black Girls CODE (an inspiring organization trying to increase the number of women of color in the digital technology space by introducing girls 7-17 to CS – which I LOVE. 20 years ago when I was in the computer science program at a local college, I was one of maybe 5 women, and that included my twin sister. And we 5 were white or Asian). Designer Kīyonda Powell used such stunning, jewel tones in this space, and lots of fun patterns in fabrics and wallpaper.
Photos: Sen Creative Photography
I wanted to share another very intriguing project by Studio Sven. In this case it’s quite a traditional style home that is given quite unexpected lashings of jewel-toned colours. At first I was a bit taken aback but the more I devoured these photos the more I like what I see (I’m still uncertain about that blue ceiling – not a fan of blue). It’s an inexpensive and very impactful way of modernizing a home.