Last week we unveiled the homes of some of the web’s most beloved design bloggers, and this week we continue on with our blogger home tour.
Here are more homes from the ladies who love design as much as we do. Enjoy!
VELVET AND LINEN
Brooke Giannetti, a Los Angeles based interior designer, puts to practice what she preaches on her popular design blog, Velvet and Linen. She teams up on projects with her architect husband, Steve, and the result of each project is nothing short of phenomenal. Below is a design of hers that is “close to home”- literally. It’s her own beautiful home that I have just been drooling over ever since she emailed it to me. I’d live here in a heartbeat!
Our house has a very open floor plan. This is our family room, where we spend 90% of our time. Because all of the rooms flow into each other, we used a calming, neutral color palette.
When we built our home, Steve and I really wanted to design a space where we could hang out as a family, even if we were all doing different activities.
To achieve this, we created several different seating and task areas, like this cozy window seat…
this desk area behind the couch,
and this computer nook.
The carpet is made of jute. I love the golden color, and it’s much softer than sisal and sea grass. The big burlap ottoman is perfect for the kids. It’s really durable and doesn’t show stains!
We use an old bread board as a tray for snacks.
The sunroom used to be our back porch. There are usually at least 6 teenage boys eating here!
Our kitchen opens up to the family room, which suits our casual lifestyle. We bought the stools from a medical supply store.
JACKIE BLUE HOME
Jackie Von Tobel of the Jackie Blue Home blog is another one of those bloggers that you look at and think- “how do they do it all?” Jackie has written two design books (both of which, she hand drew and rendered all of the featured illustrations), is a fabric and product designer, and is also an interior designer. Whew!
What baffles me the most is that among all of her busy projects, she manages to keep her office so organized! Not only is this office incredibly tidy, but its design is also very attractive. I think I’d look forward to Mondays, if I had an office this spacious and charming to work in!
Karen Olivia, of the well known design blog, Alkemie, resides in San Francisco and never fails to inspire us with some of the best posts in the blogosphere. Alkemie is always filled with the most gorgeous room photos, fun design polls, and great recommended design resources. The eye catching photograph that poses as her blog header, is actually her own sleek and chic living room. I’m sure you will fall in love, just as I did, with her tufts, lucite, velvet, sheepskin, and silk!
The room was complete unplanned in the way it was put together. I didn’t even realize the wall color and sofa color matched until after I got the sofa in. As you can see, I can’t seem to commit to one style of well…anything. So my tastes are very eclectic. I have everything from Indian Saris as window treatments to vintage tufted velvet chairs and sofa, lucite and mirrored tables and a sheepskin rug.
The Material Girls love Willow Decor, a blog written by Gina, from New England. Her blog is inspired by the years that she lived in Europe. This girl really does have exquisite taste, which you can tell through her own recent home renovation of her breakfast room, kitchen, butler’s pantry, and family room. *Be sure to enter her latest blog giveaway of an antique vellum book!*
Before- Butler’s Pantry
The first photos are the Butler’s Pantry. My home is 1930′s Royal Barry Wills Colonial and we wanted to recreate the office into a real old fashioned Pantry. But, as a busy Mom I needed to have a workspace. One side of the Pantry has hidden file drawers, a place for the hard drive and printer and the other side has space for a kitchen aid mixer, serving platters and a microwave. We also wanted to house my antique china. We really accomplished everything we hoped for. Here is the link that explains this in detail.
After- Butler’s Pantry
Breakfast Room Before
The second renovation was the Kitchen area – we wanted to get rid of the upper cabinets that blocked the view between the two rooms and also create a center island. We removed the upper cabinets, added beadboard to the recess ceiling and removed four bottom cabinets to create a center island eating area. We also replaced the corian with soapstone and created a spice niche box out behind the stove area. We also changed the upper cabinets by the stove to glass front and added beadboard in the back. Here is the link that explains everything in more detail.
Breakfast Room After
Family Room Before
The final renovation (or part three), was the addition of an all glass breakfast room and revamp of the TV cabinet space to a gas fireplace with TV over mantel. We needed a bigger eating area and wanted a fireplace and larger tv. Addition included another window and a slate roof to match the existing house. Here is the link that explains that in more detail. Table is Belgian and chandelier is Niermann Weeks.
Family Room After
MATTERS OF STYLE
Last week we featured Sarah’s home, of the Matters of Style blog. This week, we are featuring her co-blogger, Allison’s home. Both of these gals know how to give a room that stylish and fresh look. Here is Allison’s room, complete with graphic fabrics and rugs, bold punches of color, great accessories, with a little bit of glam thrown into the mix!