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.

Easy way for Assemble Furniture

We heart companies that make beautiful yet affordable furniture, whether it be from an online retailer or everyone’s favorite Swedish flat-pack furniture retailer. Truthfully though, putting together flat-packed finds can be hard– not to mention time-consuming.

 

Thankfully, a startup furniture company called Greycork, based in Rhode Island, aims to take the hassle out of assembling furniture. Everything they sell takes minutes to put together, and just as amazing–no tools are required.

 

And here’s the frosting on the cake: Greycork sells a living room set called Felix, which includes a sofa with a chaise, coffee table, end table and bookshelf, all for less than $2000. You can also purchase each item separately. 

Greycork’s co-founder and CEO, John Humphrey worked the assembly line in his family’s furniture factory. His experience helped to inspire his decision to create a collection of living room furniture that was easy to ship, and just as necessary, a cinch to assemble.

 

Shown here is Greycork’s flat packed sofa. The frame is warp resistant MDF, and the legs and the back frame are ash — that’s the same wood used to make baseball bats.

Greycork recently launched their online store thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com. You can shop here.

Designs Her Salt Lake City Home

There’s something truly beautiful about textiles. They are the pieces of fabric that work to give our home an identity. The perfect pillow, a beautiful throw, a handmade blanket. Each of these pieces has a story behind it. Each textile has a history to it, a level of artisanship and thought-provoking design. And each can be used to tell our own individual story at home, highlighting a color, pattern or place that we love. Many times it’s the textiles that truly make a house feel like a home.

 

Kera Thompson, the founder of Interwoven, has a focus on bringing handmade textiles from around the globe to all of our homes. This textile maven’s Salt Lake City home is a nod to her well-traveled life. From room to room you can spot an array of pieces she’s discovered during her travels. Vintage kilims, colorful kantha quilts, and Hmong pillows, are woven seamlessly into the interior. With a focus on highlighting our world’s global connection, through textiles, Thompson hopes to highlight just how interconnected we all truly are. 

 

“From my travels and experiences as a designer, mother, and model, I have realized how interwoven we are as a world community, and cherish the beauty that comes as we become aware and embrace the good around us,” remarks Thompson. “Each piece in my collection is just a small reflection of that beauty.”

Tips To Create A Beautiful Home

The right feng shui use of colors can do wonders for your home. We are all in love with color, and we all respond to color in more or less predictable ways. Feng shui takes the use of color to the next level, where each color brings the desired feng shui energies to your home in order to create harmony and balance.

 

From vibrant red to soothing aqua blue and fresh white – which color is best feng shui for your living room or for the home office? How about your kitchen feng shui? Would green color create good feng shui in the bedroom? And if not, then why?

 

Let’s start our exploration of the feng shui power of color; it will help you create a home that is happy, vibrant, and beautiful.

The feng shui color of sunlight, cheerful and uplifting yellow always brightens any home or office. Yellow color also creates cozy, welcoming feng shui energy in your kitchen, living room or children’s rooms. From hot sunflower yellow to pale buttery yellow color tones – there are many options to choose from when you are planning to re-decorate your home.

Red color is the strongest feng shui color representation of the fire feng shui element. Vibrant red color brings into your home the energy of joy, excitement, and invigorates the sexual desire. Red is the Chinese color of luck and happiness, the marriage color in India, and the symbolic color of love and romance, courage, and passion in the West.

Green is the feng shui color of renewal, fresh energy, and regeneration. Green color is very nourishing to your health as it balances the whole body by bringing healing feng shui vibrations from nature. When working with green color, it is important to have at least several different shades in order to maximize the feng shui energy effects.

 

Get Your Color Scheme Right

A color scheme is the foundation of all of your home decorating projects. Creating the right color scheme gives you a roadmap to choosing the right decor and furnishings. It’s so much easier to choose the right surfaces and accessories if you already have a color palette to work with.

 

Color Scheme vs. Color Palette

You might see the terms colors scheme and color palette used interchangeably, which is fine.

Technically, there is a little difference between a scheme and a palette, and knowing this can make decorating much easier. Your color scheme is the very basic plan for how you’ll be putting colors together for your home. Using color theory, you could easily create a monochromatic color scheme using neutral colors, or maybe another simple scheme, but the precise colors won’t be defined just yet.

Knowing which type of color scheme you’ll be putting together is your starting point to creating a color palette. Your home’s color palette will have the specific colors you plan to use in your home. By fine-tuning your color palette you can choose paint, fabric, and decor, with confidence.  So, when you think of your color scheme as just a reference for all of your future decorating projects, it’s a much easier task to create one. The real fun comes when you are able to refine your color choices into paint samples and swatches for your home makeover.

 

How to Get Your Color Scheme Right This Time

If you feel as though your attempts at creating a new color scheme have fallen short, here are the ways that you may have gone wrong in the past, (and how to fix them!)

 

Maybe You Just Don’t Know Where to Start

If you’re starting with an envelope filled with paint samples and fabric swatches and absolutely no plan, your color scheme is going to go off-track pretty quickly.

 The best color schemes for your home aren’t created by inspiration alone. Because your color scheme is the basis for so many future decorating decisions, you’ll want to take the time to choose the right type. You don’t have to memorize complicated rules, but if you learn the basics of the color wheel it can open up so many color scheme options.

Identify the type of color scheme that appeals to you, then you can personalize it with the colors you love. Once you know the basic colors you’ll want in your home, you can turn to inspiration to create a color palette with those colors. Taking the time to start with a defined color scheme actually frees you up to be more creative and allows you to get the colors right.

The Right Choice for a Small Space

White may seem like the perfect paint color for a small room because it can brighten up dark corners and reflect light all around.  The dated idea that small rooms should only be to be painted white thankfully has been replaced with an unlimited palette of colors.

White paint in a small room can actually make it look boxy and bland. Though white is supposed to make your room look light and bright, it can actually do the opposite when it shows every shadow or dark corner. White can still be a stunning choice a small space, but it works best as an accent or trim color. Try a soft pewter gray like interior designer Olga Adler did in this small dining space. The silvery gray paint adds elegance and light, framed by white accents for a beautiful space.

Neutral paint colors are wonderful for small spaces. While you’re not limited to using neutrals, you’ll find that the right neutral color can make a small room look more spacious because of its simplicity.

Don’t assume that any neutral color paint color will work in your small space. A neutral color that is too muted is going to make your room look small and dark. Look for warm neutral colors that reflect light around the room, and pair them with crisp white trim and accents for an open and airy ​style. A trick to make your neutral space look more spacious is to choose neutral furnishings, drapes, or linens, to match your wall color. 

Knowing which hues work well in a small space is just the starting point of your search for the best paint color. Don’t be tempted to choose a color just because it makes your room look larger. Your goal is to find a paint color that makes your small space look awesome. That is the most important thing to remember as you look through paint color possibilities.

It’s true that a color you love may make not be the best choice for creating a spacious appearance, but if you aren’t excited by the color when you walk in the room it won’t matter how large it looks. If you have a favorite paint color in mind you may need to adjust the shade to suit your room, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on it completely. If you can’t find any way to use the paint color you really love, try neutral walls with your favorite color used generously as an accent.