Hello and happy Friday! I hope that you have some fun weekend plans coming up (I’ll be packing and writing!) but first, it’s time to get inspired to decorate! Oh do I love nicely pulled together rooms! Take these below, for example, from designers Ali Vanderpool and Ariana Villalta from The Elegant Abode.W hat a perfect way to kick off a weekend with a little “real” interiors inspiration!
(Above: Sink = perfection. I love farmhouse sinks and old wooden floors in the kitchen)
Ariana Villalta studied fashion and interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Her background includes furniture and hospitality design, along with high end residential project management. She currently resides in Long Island City.
Ali Vanderpool graduated from the New York School of Interior Design where she developed an enriched understanding and appreciation of all styles and periods of design. She previously worked in two different Manhattan based high-end, residential firms. She currently lives in the West Village (NYC).
(Above: lovely desk area – such a nice idea to carve out a pretty corner in your home for work.)
(Above: I’m a big fan of sisal throw rugs, they bring texture and warmth into any room – AND they are usually quite durable and affordable.)
(Above: Gorgeous brick exposure!)
(Above: Great coffee table and art arrangement on the wall.)
(Above: Really cute bar display idea for the wall, perhaps in a living room or dining room space installed above a table or dresser.)
Together, these ladies run the The Elegant Abode where they design and decorate homes in the NY area and they write the Elegant Abode blog where they share their ideas and inspirations. In this post you can see a sampling of some of their work – so approachable and pretty!
Thank you ladies for contacting me to share your work, it’s always a pleasure to shine a spotlight on such talented designers!
(images: the elegant abode)
When I was in Los Angeles, I had the honor of meeting American interior designer Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design who joined me for the Decorate Mood Board and Signing Event at Anthropologie. I was SO impressed by her – what a genuine, talented and approachable person – I expected to be completely intimidated but I wasn’t at all, she is warm and very, very sweet. Her clients must love working with her.
Betsy is a rock star in the world of designers, right up there with Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler, so I was honored to have her stand next to me speaking about her passion with all those who came out to The Grove to hear us speak. What a fun event! She spoke along with Leslie Shewring and I about how to use a mood board as a guide to tap into your own personal style. Betsy also briefly mentioned her online “e-decorating” service called Instant Space that she launched several years ago that is still strong and successful. She is the pioneer of e-decorating services and as she walked us through a recent client project that was done virtually and through snail mail with her Texas-based client, you couldn’t help but think that Instant Space is one heck of a value and service in that you get access to Betsy’s mind, finds for your home, and a completely new floor plan in one affordable package. Love it!
It was also a pleasure to meet her project manager, Max Humphrey, whom Betsy predicts is the next big thing, “a rising star in the design world”, so we’ll have to wait and see because anyone Betsy endorses has my attention! He was very sweet when we met and I was honored when he approached my table with a stack of books for me to sign. It’s nice to have that nod of approval from so many talented people in the design world, especially from Burnham Design. Thank you Betsy and Max for being at my event in LA and for sharing your time, talent and energy with all of us!
(images: burnham design)
Today begins the Spotlight On series, which will run a few times daily until I’m back from vacation. Let’s visit English designer Catherine Hammerton and her fabulous line, including the new “Flight” series, to debut at the Vintage show in London this weekend. This is a fitting name for the season since many of us will be up in the sky flying to our vacation destinations.
You may recall seeing Catherine’s lovely apartment in the April 2010 issue of Elle Decoration, you can visit this page to read and enlarge it.
In London? Don’t miss “Vintage”, a special pop up show over at the Southbank Centre from July 29-31, 2011. Catherine will be showing her new Flight collection so for more information click here.
(images: catherine hammerton)
Rosemary Milner has the most beautiful screen printed wallpaper, books and fabrics! She is a delightfully talented surface pattern designer from England who recently graduated from art school and clearly has a huge future ahead of her, evident the moment you visit her website. She loves traditional methods of printing and production and craft so she’s keen on things that most of us love — like hand stitching, hand etching, silk-screen printing and lino illustration. Rosemary’s current collections are inspired by flora and fauna with historical narratives.
Her woodland animals, British birds and botany, alongside her own fresh interpretation of them, are quite sweet and charming. There is almost a fairytale-like quality to them, they remind me classic books, picnics in the park and freshly picked daisies. Her embroidery collection and wallpapers are my person favorite. I love the tactile element – stitched fabrics and papers, vintage notions, found items and hand stitched motifs — all things that I absolutely love.
Rosemary is available for commissions and is even open to the idea of extending her designs for the mass market into linens and furnishings. I’m excited to see where she lands someday — such a great future ahead for Miss Rosemary, I’m sure.
I so like, like, like this! Quick someone, I need a like button! :)
(images: rosemary milner)