Lighten Up!

Posted By Jill-LA | Jan 28, 2012 | 12 Comments | Category: Decorating, Design Inspiration, Paint

Occasionally it’s refreshing to see interiors that are airy, light, and bright. While dark colors can be exciting and dramatic, lighter colors tend to be more soothing. Often times, clients request warm colors for the sake of having some richness to their rooms. Yet, this past week I did a paint color consultation for a client’s new home where we went with “barely there colors” – paint colors almost devoid of anything but a hint of color.  Sometimes it’s nice to “lighten up!”

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Tone on tone, whites and creams.

Benjamin Moore Elmira White HC-84

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A crisp white, bright entry!

Benjamin Moore Decorator White 1-04

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Light with a subtle hint of pink.

Benjamin Moore Mirage White 2116-70

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Cool blues and grays.

Benjamin Moore Wales Gray 1585

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Off-whites and grays.

Benjamin Moore Owl Gray 2137-60

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Cabinets painted in greige with a soft white contrast.

Benjamin Moore Ozark Shadow AC-26

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A tone on tone affect with a hint of warmth.

Benjamin Moore Lancaster Whitewash HC-174

{*for E., for giving me the great quote}

Stylish Closets

Posted By Jill-LA | Jan 21, 2012 | 16 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Small Spaces

This past week I was researching inspiration for closets and built-ins for a client project that currently requires renovating two bedrooms. The closets in both rooms may be visible to the room itself, so the most ideal way to make them presentable is to make them look good! That means built-in drawers and cabinetry, nice hardware and lighting, and other decorative elements to create a stylish closet space.

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An attic space turned closet with gold and metallic accents, wallpapered ceilings.

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Small and narrow, but every inch accounted for.

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Everything is neatly concealed behind paneled doors, with a stunning entry door.

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A full length mirror makes a narrow space appear larger.

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A dramatic high gloss black painted dressing room.

Hotel Bel Air

Posted By Jill-LA | Jan 15, 2012 | 13 Comments | Category: Commercial Spaces, Designers

The Hotel Bel Air (located here in Los Angeles) recently reopened after undergoing an extensive two year renovation. Interior Designer Alexandra Champalimaud was hired to recreate  a new reception and boutique, new lobby lounge, all the guestrooms, suites, & twelve hillside villas along with the spa and guest lofts. Rockwell Group was commissioned to design the dining venues, for which chef Wolfgang Puck oversees all the food and beverage operations for the hotel.  Throughout the process, insightful feedback from past guests was taken into consideration when implementing many of the hotel’s design changes. It was important to bring the hotel up to date, while retaining much of the character of the original hotel and the glamour of the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s.

The exterior facade and signage, which retains the hotel’s original buildings.

The famous round pool of the legendary Hotel Bel Air.

Outdoor dining at the newly designed Hotel Bel Air restaurant.

A hotel room suite living room (Bel-Air Suite Living Room).

A hotel room suite bedroom (Bel-Air Suite Bedroom).

A deluxe room with private patio.

For more info, visit Hotel Bel Air.

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There is something about a white kitchen that screams “classic, clean, and timeless.” While it may not be an appropriate look for every home it is often a request for many of my clients. With the right mix of finishes, there are a lot of variations on the classic white kitchen.

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The bright accents of yellow make this otherwise all white kitchen fun!

{Hicks Pendant by Thomas O’Brien, available through Circa Lighting}

Globe pendants are stunning above a kitchen island!

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Black countertops are a great contrast to white Shaker style cabinets.

Absolute Noir from CaesarStone.

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Can’t quite give this kitchen credit for being all white, but it still remains classic as being black and white – and I love it!

{Carrara Keystone, available through Waterworks}

A Carrra backsplash is undeniably classic.

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Varying from traditional Carrara marble countertops is this more unique stone, Biano Macabus Quartize – stunning! (Read about it here)

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A more modern classic white kitchen, always looks sharp when paired with stainless steel appliances.

Subzero-Wolf stainless integrated wine cooler.

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A warm wood flooring, contrasting countertops, and bronze hardware give this all white kitchen characteristic (& the beadboard wall of the pantry too!)

Pulls from Restoration Hardware.

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Mixing countertop materials, such as in this kitchen with a butcher block island creates visual interest.

Butcher block countertops, available at Lumber Liquidators.

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Last but not least, if you are going to play it safe with classic white cabinets – why not go a bit dramatic with the floors!

(Which can be achieved through staining, read here for the how to.)

Playful Playrooms

Posted By Jill-LA | Jan 07, 2012 | 9 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Kids

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It’s always fun to see creative and imaginative playrooms. Here are some fun rooms for both kid’s rooms & playrooms!

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Modern and minimal…but that teepee sure says “let’s play.”

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Lots of room for books and storage, and a cozy built-in window seat.

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The most ethereal playroom I’ve yet to see…

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Side by side beds leave plenty of floor space for play.

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Love this bold and graphic playroom with the chalkboard walls! (I actually blogged about this room awhile back in my post, “These Walls Are Made for Chalkin‘”)

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A colorful playroom with just the right balance a white backdrop.

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Fun striped walls and a multi-purpose window seat.

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A very spacious attic space turned playroom.

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For the sophisticated boy…

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Congrats to Katie & Jane for starting off the new year with their January 2012 issue of Matchbook Magazine – which went live online today and marks their one year anniversary! Keep on the good work and look forward to future issues of Matchbook! Check it out here!