Speaking of Lonny articles that I kept meaning to share, let’s take a look at this one.
Last July, Summer Thornton was featured in Lonny for her stunning and colorful design of this Chicago apartment. At the time, I had never heard of Summer and was quickly swallowed into the rabbit hole of her gorgeous portfolio. I even created a folder on my desktop entitled “Summer Thornton” and put all the pictures there to share with you and never posted it.
Thanks to Lonny’s “best of” email, I was reminded of this gorgeous apartment and figured, well, better late than never.
Before we take a look at the rest of her portfolio, let’s check out the Lonny apartment that started it all (or started it all for me).
Summer is a color-mixing, pattern-pairing mastermind. The living room alone has hues of navy, light blue, kelly green, apricot, lavender and tomato red all layered together beautifully to create a bright and happy space.
But how does lavender live harmoniously with tomato you ask? Well, the piping on the banquette picks up the color in the sofa, while the stripes on the sofa pillows highlight the lavender on the banquette. Every choice in the room is carefully considered so that when you look at the room you think “Bright! Pretty! Colors!” It doesn’t look like someone labored over each and every choice (sneaky!) but they did and the result is one of the happiest looking apartments I’ve ever seen.
I’ve found myself gravitating toward these lamps with trays (above) lately. I mean, what’s better than a book and a drink?
Bonus points if you spied the blue stove.
It takes a special client to let you wallpaper a room like this. Most people these days would cover their eyes and run (especially in the mid-century crazed years we’re living in) but the beauty of this paper is that you’ll never look at this room and say “Designed in 2014.” That paper could have been there since the owner was a child (and I know I know, that’s exactly what makes some people afraid of it) but the result a timelessness, cozy space that won’t look dated in four years.
Ok, on to the rest of her portfolio. This my friends, is a doctor’s office. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been to a doctor’s office where I wanted to spend more than five minutes let alone move in.
Another thing I love about Summer’s portfolio is that she includes a little summary of the project below the photos. She talks about the inspiration, the clients, what they did and what they love about the room. Such a fun take on the portfolio and a unique peek into her process.
Not every project is as colorful as the Chicago apartment, but each one maintains that studied mix of materials and textures. The floors in this home are to-die-for.
I love the mix of the woods, marble, leather, fabric and concrete in this room.
Gotta love a teeny-tiny drink table!
You can view Summer's entire portfolio (and there's a lot of good stuff in there) here.