The Breslin

I stopped in at the Breslin during my last visit to NY and I loved loved loved the interior. The Breslin is the restaurant inside the Ace Hotel, alongside Stumptown Coffee, both of which I am also a fan. All the interior work was done by Roman and Williams, a comprehensive design firm based in New York City, and I’ll just say they are very good at their job. The restaurant design is very dark, masculine, and campy, all of which made my mac ‘n cheese even more enjoyable. And you gotta love all the lacquered woodwork! The surrounding neighborhood is a little dodgy, but I suggest stopping into this diamond in the rough.

It’s (Not That) Complicated

There was a lull in movies at our local cinema, so the bf and I decided to go see It’s Complicated for a night of mindless entertainment, and I have to say I was pleasantly entertained. Besides Alec Baldwin’s comedic acting, I was even more entertained by the set design…I can’t stop daydreaming about Meryl Streep’s house and kitchen! The kitchen itself is pretty subtle and understated, but it’s very bright and light, cozy and comforting. I want it! And can someone please open up a bakery just like Meryl’s in my neighborhood?? Please and thank you.

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The Big Five

My favorite, and only, nephew turned the big five last weekend and I thought it would be a great present to re-decorate his bedroom at baba’s (aka grandma’s) house. Let’s just say that he was a little less than thrilled when he opened up my inspiration board, but luckily, I had also bought him a Lego Star Wars battleship so he was still a fan of Aunt Susie. Although, my nephew took no interest in the fabric swatches and paint chips (I’m sure of this because I watched him toss the design board to the side to move on to the next present), I am very excited to re-do his room. I think the little guy will be more excited when he sees the end result.

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Spruce Up Your Bath

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Spring is almost in the air and I’ve been motivated to do some sprucing up around the house, along with some hardcore spring cleaning (I really mean it this year!). I’m going to start with the powder room and bathroom, adding a few new accessories here and there. Although, I would LOVE for my bathroom to look like the above photo (who could pass up those navy cabinets and marble coutertop?), I, unfortunately, don’t have the budget to do a total overhaul, but adding little, thoughtful touches can bring a room a long way. Check back for some of my Target finds this week to help spruce up your bath.

(image: m. design interiors)

Naples Residence

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Above is my inspiration board for a project I’m working on in Naples, Long Beach. I’m vamping up the living room, dining room and master bedroom for my lovely clients and it has been a very fun project. My clients are a young creative couple who have a great appreciation for design, already owning a few unique vintage pieces and family heirlooms that we are mixing into the design of the rooms. They wanted each space to be a mix of modern and vintage, but also have an organic feel…we’re calling it bohemian chic. I scored an awesome mid-century style sofa, which we are giving much love to, and an amazing set of vintage Italian dining chairs in the style of Ico Parisi, which we are giving even more love to. I’m still searching for the perfect bed to set the tone for the master. I can’t wait to see these spaces come together!

Oldies But Goodies

I’m finally getting around to organizing everything on my computer and came across some old photos of projects I worked on for the firm I currently freelance for. These are from back in the dizzay when business was bangin’ and production homes were poppin’ up left and right. I really loved doing kids rooms. Crazy times…now on to the next! Happy friday everyone!

A Single House

Although it was not nominated for best movie, Tom Ford’s A Single Man did nab one Oscar nomination for Best Actor: Colin Firth. Not sure how many of you have seen the movie, and if you have, please let me know what you think…but story and acting aside, I was in love with George Falconer’s (Firth) house. I was melting over all the wood paneled walls, brick, glass, concrete…and all those wood slats…forgetaboutit! The house I’m speaking of is of course John Lautner’s Schaffer House.

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In complete contrast to Falconer’s modernist and minimalist home, I was also dying over Charlotte’s (Moore) interiors. I’m still a fan Hollywood Regency…
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This was probably one of the most visually orgasmic films I’ve seen…from the vintage mercedes, Falconer’s perfectly tailored wardrobe, Charlotte’s hair, make-up and dress…style over substance? I’ll let you be the judge. I say, not bad Mr. Ford.

Upward and Onward

I think it’s great when designers are able to use their talent to help other people in need. Upward Bound House recently opened up an emergency shelter for homeless families in Culver City and a team of interior designers donated their services to beautify the converted motel rooms. With a limited budget, donated items, and a quick turnaround, these designers definitely had to get creative and I think each designer was able to apply their unique flair to each space. Here’s a peek at some of the rooms…

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above: crafty sharpie pen table

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above: feelin’ the wallpaper/applied molding headboard…i have a similar treatment as the backdrop to my living room 🙂

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above: i know it’s a little blurry, but j’ adore the gold chairs! i am a fan of bling here and there

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above: i need this light fixture…imagine a big cluster of these guys

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above: faux or real, i kinda like the wood paneling

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above: this chalkboard is a great welcome home

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above: i want to do this treatment somewhere…so cute!

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