miles redd // fearless with color

Miles Redd House Beautiful November 2014, Miles Redd Daring by Design

Sometimes, when I think I'm going crazy and have gone overboard with color or prints, I look to Miles Redd. His bold, beautiful designs make me feel like everything is right in the world. In this month's House Beautiful he said, "Every color combination there is, nature has done it before me. Truthfully, color makes me happy."

Preach Miles. 

All white rooms are fine for someone else, but not for me. (See what I did there? I referenced my girl Amy's advice from yesterday). If you haven't gotten a chance to pick up the November issue of House Beautiful yet, hop to it! It also featured this bachelor pad and while I try not to regurgitate content from magazine's here, but both of these spaces deserve to be shared.

So, let's discuss...

Modern artwork looks amazing on top of more traditional wallpaper. And that green leather chair? It's from Ikea (custom covered of course).

Miles Redd House Beautiful November 2014, Miles Redd Daring by Design
Miles Redd House Beautiful November 2014, Miles Redd Daring by Design
In the bathroom he uses a more traditional color combination of black, white and red. While the foyer seamlessly blends purple, red and green with a graphic black and white floor. Can you imagine what trick-or-treaters must think?

Miles Redd House Beautiful November 2014, Miles Redd Daring by Design
Miles Redd House Beautiful November 2014, Miles Redd Daring by Design
Bold wallpaper camouflages the closet doors.  



This lacquered green library is a jewel box. Every house that's big enough (I won't put this pressure on a studio apartment) should have a small room with bold colored walls.

Miles Redd House Beautiful November 2014, Miles Redd Daring by Design
Miles Redd House Beautiful November 2014, Miles Redd Daring by Design

I'm obsessed with the faux bois wallpaper in this family room. It adds texture without being heavy. On a scale of 1-10 how inviting is this couch? 12? 14? 25? It's the perfect place to curl up with a book, or to sit and admire your fabulous coffee table. Which, by the way, looks like a giant jewelry store display case.

Miles Redd House Beautiful November 2014, Miles Redd Daring by Design

One of the best parts about this apartment was that Miles had already decorated their previous home. When they decided to move he used most of the furniture in new ways. I would love to see the old place next to this one.

xo
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the beauty of the bachelor pad

bachelor pad, Home designed by Nathan Turner for the Modern Family Star, Eric Stonestreet

Have you guys seen this month's House Beautiful

It is so, so good. So good in fact that I have every intention of reposting two of the homes featured this month. 

First up? This bachelor pad designed by Nathan Turner for the Modern Family Star, Eric Stonestreet.

I'm not sure if you know this, but I have a secret obsession with designing homes for men. I took an interior design class last fall and for our final project we designed a one-bedroom apartment for a pretend client. Of course, I chose a bachelor. (Thanks to the magic of the internet, you can see that entire project here). I just loved working with the leathers, suiting fabric and industrial materials that tend to feel more at home in a man's space. Don't get me wrong, I love a feminine room. But as someone whose apartment can also function as a sports bar, I appreciate the fact that a room designed for football watching can also be beautiful. 

bachelor pad


pendelton blankets, bachelor pad

The crisp white of the fireplace pops against the dark wood and bricks. The oversize lanterns are super chic. I have some from Target that I love. The Pendelton blankets remind me of my grandparents.

bachelor pad, football viewing room
















A room designed for sports viewing. Proof that pretty handsome can also be practical. 

outdoor grill, bachelor pad
bachelor pad, guest room,

This is one of those outdoor grills that makes me sad we live in a city, and a gorgeous bedroom with a custom headboard and Serena and Lily bedding

xo
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A quick tip about light blubs

A few months ago, I bought new lamps for our end tables. However, I was extremely disappointed to discover that when I put in our light bulbs, the shades took on a weird yellowish hue. 

And this slowly ate away at my soul. 

Like any normal person.

Yesterday however, I'd had enough. I headed to Gracious Home and was thrilled to find the simplest solution! GE Daylight light bulbs. According to the sales person at Gracious Home, they glow with a "bluer" light. I was delighted to see the results for myself...

GE Daylight Light Bulb

Normal Light Bulb

Do you see the difference? It's really noticeable in person. Everything in the room seems to maintain it's "true" color as opposed to looking a little yellow. 

Hopefully this helps those of you suffering from light bulb depression.

xo
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SPOTLIGHT ON // MELANIE TURNER INTERIORS

Melanie Turner Interior Design

Happy Tuesday my friends! I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend. 

Here's a little eye candy from Melanie Turner Interiors to get your week started.

I stumbled upon Melanie's work on Pinterest (of course) and was instantly smitten with her bold use of colors and patterns. The mix of the chairs + the curtains + the walls + the ottomans in this top photo really stole my heart.



Normally paneled wood walls would send me running and screaming in the other direction, but here they are perfection. 

More of my favorite room. I would really like to attempt some sort of grasscloth wallpaper in our living room. However, we have old walls and wallpapering a huge room in a rental is kind of like putting all of your money in a pile and lighting it on fire. I'm considering trying these speciality Ralph Lauren paints that can give you a similar effect.



There is something so charming about wood in walls isn't there?

The more I look at this room, the more I love it. Let's play I Spy with all of the great details Melanie uses here.

1. Hedwig and his brother in the fireplace.
2. The turtle shell above the fireplace.
3. My favorite library lamps flanking the couch. (here is a great inexpensive version).

Melanie Turner Interior Design

Melanie Turner Interior Design

Be sure to check out Melanie's entire portfolio here.

xo