Lauren Conrad’s chic and colorful Beverly Hills penthouse was recently featured in InStyle magazine. Pictured above Lauren sits in her home office on a punchy orange tufted sofa and an area rug seen on the floor made from recycled silk saris.


Continuing with puncy colors is a custom rounded banquette in her breakfast nook complemented by an Eero Saarinen table.


Her high ceiling living room with graphics and a black and white theme is remiscent of an airy New York loft, which she wanted the room to have a feel for.


To add visual interest to the living room, she added moulding and brick veneer, then had it white washed to look more aged!


Her dark mirrored bar includes a black laquered ceiling.


The dining room table and chairs are vintage complemented by a contemporary light fixture.


A classic looking kitchen in all white with open shelves for stacking white dishes.


And the grand finale! Her dressing room closet: A full walk-in wardrobe.

All images via InStyle


Supermodel Karlie Kloss shares her first NYC apartment, located in the West Village, on a quiet street just a few blocks from the Hudson River. She enlisted interior designer Nate Berkus to help her create the chic look go her very first home.


The goal was to create a look that reflects her style, in relating to fashion, to mix and match the same way she does with clothes.




One of her favorite spots, she says, is the kitchen – where she has a passion for baking cookies. I love the multi-level / stairs to kitchen with the paned glass and tiny dining banquette.

All images via Vogue.com



Thought I would share some finds from a recent concept board I put together for an entry + living room in a California coastal home. Light furniture, warm woods, a play on patterns…perfect for a small sitting room.


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The Orb Chandelier from Ballard Designs.


Slipcovered loveseat from Restoration Hardware (*different but similar version shown above).

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Concrete round coffee table.

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Club chair from Ballard Designs, shown in a different fabric than above – with many more options to choose from.

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Coral Needlepoint Bench, shown in red (additional colors available).

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Cowhide Patchwork Rug

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Rustic Wood Mirror.

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Floor Lamp from here.


A floral arrangement (as seen on coffee table).

For more room looks & concept boards, view here.

The Pool is in the House

Posted By materialgirls | Apr 07, 2013 | 1 Comment | Category: Design Inspiration, Home Exteriors, Living Rooms, Trends


It seems a bit fantasy, yet an architectural delight: having a pool in the house! Not a generic indoor pool, but a dramatic scape to a living room, bedroom, or bathroom. Common it may be to have an interior courtyard pool, yet many flow right into the house and beyond…


Right in the middle of a living room! (This one is actually situated between a living room, dining room, and staircase – guess there’s never not an excuse for a dip in the pool when it’s that accessible!) Image via Coco + Kelley’s “Room of the Week Feature”


In the bathroom, like a moat to the tub…I would definitely love this set up!


The indoor/outdoor room, with the convenience of having part of the inside of the house.


An interior wading pool creates a symmetry to exterior double endless pools.


Indoor/outdoor living is a luxury in some climates, having the privacy of a courtyard pool and a living room that completely opens up to a pool is pure bliss.


This is producer Jerry Weintraub’s bedroom that was featured in Architectural Digest magazine. Doesn’t seem safe to have a pool this close to a bed, but the architectural elements are intriguing.


Still loving the concept of a pool in a bathroom, this one extends beyond to the outside.


And another…


Perhaps a tropical vacation house could not be without the indoor / outdoor pool concept.


While it’s mainly an outdoor pool, a courtyard pool that is completely open to the interiors is truly an extension of the home.


When I was in design school, one of the design studio projects was to create a 1,000 sq ft home – this is the house I designed with the concept of indoor/outdoor living as an extension of the home. I included the idea of a lap pool jutting into the side of the house, side by side with the fireplace in the living room. The idea reminds me a bit of the very first image I posted (the pool merging with the interiors of the house).

All images via Pinterest.

Room Love!

Posted By materialgirls | Jul 24, 2012 | 6 Comments | Category: Decorating, Design Inspiration, Furniture, Living Rooms

Tie-dye decor!

{image via Pinterest}

Love the look of tie dye in fabric and furnishings! Saw much of this at High Point Market last Spring, such as in the console (below) from Drexel Heritage.

Love seeing elements of it mixed in, like the living room above!

Pink + Yellow

Posted By materialgirls | Aug 14, 2011 | 3 Comments | Category: Color, Decorating, Design Inspiration, Living Rooms

Pink + Yellow = love this color combo!

Originally featured on Apartment Therapy Los Angeles.

For more pics, view here.

Just Living!

Posted By materialgirls | Jul 19, 2010 | 2 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Living Rooms, Magazines

Just browsing the website of UK magazine Living Etc in search of some inspirational living rooms (they always feature some great galleries of room designs).

Thought I would share a few finds…

Light My Fire!

Posted By materialgirls | Feb 17, 2009 | 1 Comment | Category: Living Rooms

Here are some interesting fireplaces to keep you warm until Spring arrives!

Direct Vent Six Foot from Spark Modern Fires.

Fireorb suspended fireplace from Fireorb.

Balance modular stove system from Conmoto.

Zeta from Eco Smart Fire

Inspiring Living Rooms

Posted By materialgirls | Dec 10, 2008 | 3 Comments | Category: Design Inspiration, Living Rooms

I am very excited to be taking on this month’s design challenge. For those of you who are planning to submit your living room for a free space plan solution, please submit your entries! We are still accepting submissions, and I am enjoying the opportunity to review each and everyone one of yours individually. As the entries come in, I will acknowledge your emails and reply with any questions I may have.

As every designer looks to inspiration to find their solutions, I’ve scoured a few inspiring living rooms (below) to point out a few ideas that work for each room – as well as perhaps your rooms too! There are so many ways to layout a living room – but here a few of the infinite possibilities.

In this modern Miami living room, modular furniture is used to provide flexibility for entertaining. I often incorporate modular seating into other rooms, such as family rooms, especially for active families.

Small scale furniture with restrained colors are just fitting for this more traditional and elegant living room

High ceilings, a low sectional sofa, and some glam elements such as the chandelier and sheer curtains add some drama to this room. Love how the translucent drapery is concealing one piece of artwork behind with two other pieces of artwork in the forefront.

Some rooms just call out for symmetry, as this living room does. I always explore options in providing my clients with space planning layouts – whether it be symmetry or not (see below). In any case, I love how balanced this room is.

I think in large boxy spaces, it’s great to create a juxtaposition of furniture, thus creating different seating groupings with a bit of flexibility.

In this room, I love the simplicity and formality of the room. The niche is beautiful – and how great not to fear putting a piece of furniture in front of a niche!

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