Monthly Archives: October 2016

A Sparkling Home In Beverly Hills

Jeff Andrews knows how to make a house feel like a home. The designer, whose client list ranges from Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting to Kourtney Kardashian, is one of the most sought after celebrity interior designers in LA, designing homes with that special blend of luxurious elegance and warmth. It’s that aesthetic that Andrews brings to each project, including this fabulous Beverly Hills home. Having worked with client on a few homes over the last decade, this was a special project for this celebrity designer. The interior is an ode to colorful SoCal living, infused with hues of yellow, purple and a forest green that run through each room. It’s the mix of vibrant hues and Andrews unmistakeable mastery of the metallic mix that makes this Beverly Hills pad really shine. 

Each room in this Los Angeles home feels so warm and inviting. The living room is home to a vibrant mix of shades, including mimosa, citron green and touches of gold. Our favorite statement piece in this living room – a wall of gold starburst mirrors that adds to the springtime feel of this interior.

Forest green chairs extend the color story in this picture-perfect living room. The cozy side chairs create a reading nook for guests to sit and relax in front of the fireplace.

Andrews has imprinted each room in this home with a unique color palette all its own. In the dining room, a deep shade of eggplant becomes the perfect backdrop to family dinners at a table that easily seats 10.

Dining Room Sideboards and Buffets

The decor style of a room is defined by a number of things – the colors, the patterns, the era and style of the accessories, and more. But the room itself is mostly defined by the furniture that we choose to put in it. Sofas, coffee tables and love seats make a living room, beds make a bedroom, and dining furniture makes a dining room. More often than not dining room furniture will consist of a table, chairs, and a buffet or sideboard.

Depending on the size of the room there can be more pieces, but very rarely is there less. Buying the right dining room furniture is a big part of getting the look that you want and the functionality that you need. And a big part of your dining room set is going to be getting the right buffet or sideboard.

The purpose of a buffet or sideboard is to provide storage for extra dishes, flatware and linens, and also to serve as a surface area for placing dishes of food and/or decorative accents. There are any number of shapes, styles and, most importantly, eras to choose from when picking this type of furniture. Whether it’s the large and ornately carved pieces of the Victorian era or the streamlined, minimalist shapes that defined the mid-century modern period, when it comes to sideboards and buffet furniture, there’s no end to your options. Here’s a few things to consider when looking for your next dining room find:

Buffet and Sideboard Styles

Buffets and sideboards (the two terms are often used interchangeably because they’re basically the same thing) are available in a huge variety of styles.

From French country, to classic Georgian, to urban contemporary, no matter what your style you’ll be able to find a piece to suit. Just be sure to get something that will fulfill your needs, whether it’s a particular style, a certain amount of storage, or some other criteria.

Keep in mind that you can also use a different piece of furniture in place of a traditional sideboard or buffet.

If you have a chest of drawers or console table that looks good and serves your needs don’t be afraid to use it.

Open vs. Closed Storage

Many people err on the side of formal when it comes to dining room furniture, and if this is the case it might be a better idea to go with closed storage (meaning a piece with solid doors). Closed storage is also easier because you don’t have to worry about displaying the items within nicely. You can leave it a mess and close the doors.

A sideboard or buffet that consists of open shelving is airier and has a lighter feeling than a heavy, closed piece, but should you choose to use one keep in mind that you’ll have to keep the things stored on the shelves looking nice. Given that people’s formal china and linens are often very nice, this isn’t necessarily a tough thing to do, but just keep it in mind when shopping.

If you’re having a tough time deciding between the two you might want to consider a piece with glass doors. They’re not as visually heavy as solid doors, and they still cover some of the items inside so you kind of get the best of both worlds.