Wednesday, January 15, 2014


One important thing I've learned as an interior designer, when communicating with a new potential client, is to let them show you what their style is. We always encourage our clients to gather magazine clippings or create a Pinterest board of things they are attracted to with images of what they would want their home to look like. 
I worked for a designer who worked on an entire concept for her client who simply described (verbally, with no images) that she desired a home that was simply, clean with a rustic feel. So, for days my boss collected fabrics and selected furniture based on her description, once presentation day came around the client had a disappointed look on her face, she finally whipped out her latest issue of Elle Decor to say THIS is what I was hoping for.. only to show us a spread of J. Lo's glamorous NYC apartment. One's persons "rustic" description may be someone else's description on blingy crystal chandelier. Save a lot of time and confusion by going through inspiration images together. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


I was looking through the October 2013 issue of Lonny the other day when I came across this industrial oasis. It belongs to the design duo, Kristan Cunningham and Scott Jarrell, of Hammer and Spear in Los Angeles. I could only think to myself how refreshing it was to see such a well designed home that didn't look like you couldn't touch anything! The best of both worlds. Seriously though, a lot of times i see very contrived industrial design, but this felt really organic to me, more collected than overly modern. It has character and history, which gives it such a homey feel. Worn-in yet refined.

And then after crushing on this home I cross paths with Possum Belly 
Pipe Bookshelves by Stella Blue DesignsOkay so maybe it's kind of typical of the industrial look, but I think the Edison bulb lighting factor 
makes a fun addition.

I'm really digging this corner piece too.
And at around $200-$500 for some major character, 
they don't hurt your wallet either.