Color is the Key

As any homeowner would agree, a true home is one-of-a-kind. But how exactly can you differentiate your home from the white-walled apartment next door that has the exact same layout? The easiest and most effective way to express your personality within you home is to use color! Although many people find it frightening to start rolling the walls with bright hues, here are some ideas to help you create a truly bespoke home using color.

Have a color you always gravitate towards? Say your favorite lipstick or your favorite jacket? Try incorporating that color into your home. Use layers of different hues of the same color to bring depth and richness. Many of today’s top-notch interiors incorporate themes from the runways and the streets. So, need some inspiration? Flip through a fashion magazine!

If you are feeling a little bit shy about going “all in” with your favorite color, try a neutral palette with a pop of one color. This will create a focal point and helps distinguish your home from the masses.

Don’t simply focus on the living room. Remember the small areas such as the bathroom. Use a punchy color or even temporary wallpaper to create a designer look (try http://www.tempaperdesigns.com ).

Lastly, mix your use of metals. Gone are the days where you could simply use brass or chrome alone. Think the use of picture frames, coffee tables, etc. Done correctly, this can create a very curated and sophisticated look.

Here are some of my favorite examples. Do you have a favorite way to incorporate color?

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Use of mixed metals and color in Ashley Stark’s living room for Elle Decor

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Bright, punchy wallpaper takes this bland white bathroom to a designer level

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Wallpaper, a punch of green, and a painted ceiling make this powder room a true jewel box.

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Take an old piece of furniture and refinish it in a bright color. Not only will you have a bespoke piece of furniture, but you will have focal point to your room.

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Add a bold accent color to an otherwise neutral palette such as these emerald colored draperies.

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Jennifer-Name

Upper East Side Bachelor Pad

Happy Monday! Today’s post is somewhat of a personal one. Over the past few months, I have had the pleasure of working with a client who has also become a friend. He was introduced to me in need of a revamp of his apartment. It took some convincing to get him to part with his beloved brown leather reclining sofas, but once he did, I think the end product turned out great! We wanted a clean, sophisticated and masculine feel with an emphasis on usability and comfort. Take a look at some of the photos that were shot last week by the awesome Meg Miller of Meg Miller Photography!

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2014-05-12_0003I am in love with the custom Eames Chair from Design Within Reach

 

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2014-05-12_0009The custom etched and burnished metal coffee table is one of my favorite pieces in this project!

 

2014-05-12_0010Custom cast concrete and glass dining table by 910 Castings.

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2014-05-12_0007The custom wine bar with an antiqued mirror will be perfect when my client entertains friends.

All photography credit goes to Meg Miller Photography! Check out her website

http://www.megmillerphotography.com/

xo,

Jennifer-Name

Model Apartment Design

I am very excited to be asked to design the model apartment in a new high rise building in Brooklyn. The building is an urban chic oasis and the design concept that I am contemplating is “industrial chic.” Here is a preview of the design concept for the living area of the apartment. I am not set on the gorilla art, but I do like the gray with pops of bright color. What do you think?

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xo,

Jennifer-Name

How to Bring Out Your Home’s Character With Trim

Ombré Obsession

Ombré is a French word meaning shaded, but has become ubiquitous in our culture for that faded look. Ombré has become super popular over the past few years in everything from baked goods to interior design. My first foray into ombré was three years ago when my super trendy roommate decided to “ombré” her hair, now that look is seen on almost every fashionable celebrity.  So, what are your thoughts? Love it or leave it?

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xo,

Jennifer-Name