Often times, getting that chic, edited look you see online and in magazines isn’t as hard as you think. Just don’t overthink small opportunities. For example, this little niche in the corner of the apartment wasn’t built out into an elaborate cubby system to create extra storage, the homeowner simply added ONE bar and three hooks painted out to match the wall color. An elegant solution, now the coats and accessories feel like part of the décor. Their beauty and texture really pop in such a pared down environment.
Here, a sitting area sits underneath a window in front of some exposed brick. To the right, a built-in set of steel bookshelves houses books, magazines and pieces of Antonio Martins' collections. A modern, wood chair sits to the front right of this space, complemented by a set of modern coffee tables in the center of the area. A colorful chair sits to the left of the space, while an elegant brown sofa provides the space with more seating. To the immediate left of this space, two 17th Century Portuguese paintings hang, giving the space more personality.
The multi-purpose design of the Mimico Storage Ottoman from Gus* Modern allows you to use this flexible piece of furniture as a bench, coffee table or ottoman in an entryway, bedroom or living room. It includes an upholstered top for comfortable seating, a hard surface top for resting items like sunglasses, and an open cubby for display storage of books and magazines.
While you are hosting your staycation, be sure to enjoy a few moments to yourself. This alone time is when you should read your latest magazine or get inspiration for a new dinner recipe with a vintage cookbook like the one pictured here. To engage your guests, request that each of them bring their favorite cookbooks, each from a different region of the country or their hometowns. You can learn more about your friends and explore new recipes, and take a food tour trip without leaving your house.
This living room features distinct design, incorporating the homeowners' lifestyle and the places they've traveled. Patterns in the rug and throw pillows add pizzazz to the space, making it not only personalized, but stylish as well.
You’ve seen them in magazines and on TV, no doubt — built-in coffee bars complete with a sink, fridge and lighted shelving, like this one that Lisa Robazza designed “to utilize an awkward space under a stair in a small kitchen for a client who entertains often.” All those pricey perks are nice, for sure, but you can get the same effect for free. Just reorganize a corner of your kitchen (ideally a spot near your sink) so that all your coffee-making supplies are together: The machine on the counter, mugs or cups in a cabinet above, and filters, pods or grounds in a drawer underneath.
Open through October 7, the Pinewood Forest Idea Home sponsored by Atlanta magazine is nestled in a community of design-forward homes situated close to the motion picture studio Pinewood Studios, half an hour from Atlanta. Focused on eco-friendly construction and a blend of old and new that mixes European home styles, Pinewood Forest is a 234-acre New Urbanism community that will eventually include 600 single family homes. The Atlanta area is already home to countless Hollywood film shoots and locally-shot TV shows (including Ozark, Stranger Things, Atlanta and The Walking Dead) and its rumored that at least one TV star is already calling Pinewood Forest home.
This formal living room is likely Angela's favorite place to get inspired, primarily because she's always wanted a pink room (Sherwin Williams, Lotus Flower). Her design books, magazines and some of her most prized vintage finds are housed in this space. I love that this angle of the room is perfectly balanced and there is a relationship between each of the pieces. The vintage print framed by the pair of lamps, compliments the chairs flanking the console, which is grounded by the ottoman. Angela’s use of black and white in this room and throughout the house adds a dose of classic design in spaces with unconventional wall colors and bold abstract artwork.
Once the center of the American slave trade, Charleston is a city always contending with the good and bad of its history even as it has transformed into a food-centric and sophisticated Southern city where wealthy New Yorkers and Hollywood types flock for the easygoing pace and refined lifestyle and have scooped up homes at a ravenous pace that has threatened to price-out locals. Charleston is consistently named one of the country's top cities by glossy travel magazines and websites beguiled by its idiosyncratic beauty and charm. Homes, gardens and the people of Charleston are exceptionally gracious (especially so considering the 7 million tourists who flock to the city each year), furnishings lean toward the traditional but there is experimentation galore when it comes to the arts and food. There are endless options in high-end lodgings from the nouveau luxe Hotel Bennett to the bespoke, chic Zero George whose epic porches are the local answer to Prozac.