There is something I love about a rugged country look. I feel that it is always nice to get away from the city and enjoy the outdoors at a ranch in Arizona or Montana where you dress up and not down. A great pair of Levi jeans are a staple in any wardrobe, both for men and women. Today’s filter, Denim Dudes, is for all of those cowboys and cowgirls who want a rustic and classic look for their home.
For this filter, obviously, one of the main color choices is a dark blue denim. Fabrics should be textured. Leathers look great in this space. I love the idea of a big leather, dark brown couch over a cowhide rug. A wooden dresser is a great way to balance out the navy blue tones of this filter. For artwork, having landscape photography is great. Antlers on the wall are also a cool look for this space. Denim might be an unusual choice to make for your home, but if done right it can look sophisticated with just the right about of edge. And after all, be cool, dude.
Before plaid saw its day in the spotlight, all we had was a plain-woven fabric known as Gingham. The beauty of this fabric, texture, and design, is in its simplicity and quality. Gingham was imported into Europe in the 17th century, and back in those days, was striped. Nowadays, gingham pattern is distinguished by its beautiful checkered pattern. This pattern is getting us back to the basics with today’s style, Gingham Girl.
Gingham Girl will bring a fresh perspective to any space with its checkered pattern complemented by a neutral aesthetic. So as to not overpower the space with a look that is so patterned, I limited the gingham style checkered look predominately to the accent pieces around the room. Throw pillows, floor length curtains, and an area rug all in gingham patterned chocolate and white style bring the space a tough of sophistication. I’ve thrown in plenty of bright green plants for a pop of color and soft white flowers to add the splash of femininity the room needs.
Danish style came into its popularity in the 1920s, and emulates principals of the Bauhaus design: a minimalist style with clean lines, toned down color palettes, and monochromatic accents. After developing an obsession with this style of interior design, I thought it might be a promising venture to attempt coupling Danish with Bohemian as both styles emulate a laid back, monochromatic, clean line look.
As a foundation, I went for a toned down color palette utilizing whites, beiges, and grays. From there, I took from the Danish style of design’s usage of clean lines to fill the space with some geometric furniture; like the gorgeous slate gray, pyramid shaped side table. I’ve also opted for white linen ceiling to floor curtains: a staple in the Danish design aesthetic. Now to add the Bohemian look, green plant accent pieces are peppered around the space to add a pop of color and that outdoorsy vibe. Striped rugs and patterned wall decor pay homage to the Moroccan style often embellishing the Bohemian spaces.
Ah, minimalism. I’ve seen this trend embraced in several different ways: color palettes, furniture styles, donations, storage, etc. Most recently, however, I’ve given a lot of thought on how to embellish a space with the bare minimum, as well as how to have the outdoors be an accessory to a space all on its own. Today’s filter, Open Air incorporates new ways to bring the outdoors in with minimal furniture, maximum views of the outdoors, and plenty of artwork to create nature in the city.
This look is so open and light, even the shadows have room to breathe and take up space in the room. Leaving room around big windows provides an “outdoors inside” feel and creates a decluttered feel that allows the few pieces within the room to be showcased. Soft grays, whites, and beiges, alongside the occasional pop of mustard yellow (my favorite accent color), create a color palette that is simplistic without being too starkly white. Artwork adorning the walls are all depictions of my favorite outdoor things: sunsets, mountains, trees, and snow. I’ve also made a point of furnishing with pieces that spark those outdoorsy vibes: sandy woods, crates repurposed as end tables, and—one of my favorites—this chest of drawers which closely resembles a stack of firewood.
I can’t get enough of the amazing California coast and all the beauty it exudes. From the sandy beaches, to the blue skies, to the swaying palm trees, this coast is definitely an aesthetic all on its own. Today’s filter is an exploration of this magnificent place I get to call home.
Most of the furniture pieces in this look are sandy, reclaimed wood which are reminiscent of driftwood or sand on a beach. I’ve peppered in plenty of bright green foliage to act as a statement color of sorts and to further emphasize that summery, west coast vibe we all love. From there, I’ve opted for a toned down color palette so as to not overwhelm the space and remain true to that toned-down, laid back vibe. My favorite element under this black and white umbrella (no pun intended), is the beachy art work on the wall. Photos of sunsets, palm trees, seagulls leave the room’s theme to no stretch of the imagination. From there, rugs, throw pillows, and a cubic ottoman all are displaying toned down geometric patterns that add a splash of patterns and leading lines that create a fun layer to the space.
Is there anything more perfect than two scoops of ice cream on a waffle cone on a hot summer day? I think not. One of my favorite shops to frequent is Van Leeuwen Ice Cream. The chain was started as a buttery yellow truck in Greenpoint, Brooklyn serving only natural flavors made with the best ingredients. Luckily for those of us in SoCal, they recently opened up shops in the City of Angels. I was lucky enough to speak with Pete Van Leeuwen; see below a snippet of our conversation:
How would you describe the brand / the Van Leeuwin aesthetic?
In New York, we didn’t necessarily design the store. We did work with people, but different designers helped us. It was quite a departure when we came here. Someone has designed all 3 shops in the stores. There are arches and tiles that mimic the shape of an ice cream cone. But I do feel like you can still see the similarities between the stores in California and New York. You know it is the same business.
How did you decide what the trucks were going to look like and and would you say those designs play into the stores?
I do think there is still reference to the first truck’s design in the store. The earlier trucks were pretty much a buttery-yellow that we found and loved. We wanted a timeless ‘40s-‘50s era ice cream truck with hubcaps. An old school and classic ice cream look.
What’s your favorite flavor?
Pistachio has been one of my favorites and remains a favorite. Chocolate is a close second, but pistachio is still my favorite.
Todays’ filter was inspired by the original buttery yellow truck, pastel color walls in the ice-cream shop in Culver City, and the woods of Pete’s home—I got to visit and have incorporated the photos into this post. The colors of this filter are cool pastels: pale pink (strawberry ), buttery light green (Sicilian pistachio), and a creamy yellow (lemon meringue yogurt tart). I love the idea of ice-cream flavored walls and light woods in a space. This design is minimalist with a lot of color flare.
One of my favorite parts of the Sunset Strip in Hollywood is all of the music venues on the street. With the Roxy Theater and The Viper Room, there are plenty of places to listen to some rock music and pretend like you are back in 1975. Whisky A Go-Go, another famous bar in the music world, featured the likes of The Who, The Kinks, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin back in the day. I got to thinking about classic rockstars and how their apartments would be designed. Today’s filter, Leather Staple, is how I would design it for them.
You don’t have to be a rock-star to rock this apartment look. I would suggest a black leather couch to start and set the scene. I also really love the two sitting chairs in this filter with the metal accents. The color scheme of this apartment is a bit more masculine with a lot of dark tone reds, browns, and yellows. Adding in some white modern furniture can really balance out this space so it’s not too edgy. And lastly, if you do happen to own some guitars, I definitely suggest hanging them on the walls for some authentic artwork.
As many of you know, Los Angeles is a main spot for outdoor movie watching events during the summer—it is essentially a modern day drive in movie theater. Recently, there was a screening of The Graduate, a classic film, on a Hollywood rooftop. I thought about the attendees watching the film in an outdoor space that overlooked the city while listening to the sounds through personal high tech headphones—something the original viewers of the film (it came out in 1967). It led me to reflect on how this vintage film fit so well in such a modern environment. Today’s filter, Vintage Meets Modern, is a prime example of how the old and the new combined can end up being something much more beautiful than each style standing alone.
Combining both the worlds of vintage and modern can make your home feel chic. The trick to making this look work is to have select pieces that work as vintage pieces. Some examples are a vintage mirror, rug or bed frame and mixing these with modern pieces. I would suggest adding in a stark-white dresser or a sophisticated modern couch. The color palette for this filter is soft and romantic featuring colors like beige, light pink, and gold to give an authentic vintage feeling. The furniture lines should try to be clean cut to give a more modern feel. I’m a huge fan of vintage, but adding in a modern flare allows a home to be more versatile—like wearing a vintage Chanel jacket with a great pair of brand new jeans.
We are in the thick of summer, and all I ever want to do on a hot day is lounge in the water on a Float Naked pool float with an ice cold drink in my hand. Water brings out the inner kid in all of us and Float Naked’s floats are meant to be cute and enjoyable. It’s summer after all, so it’s time to have some fun! I had the opportunity to speak with Float Naked’s founder, Cooper Waterman, and was able to gain a better understanding of the inner workings of Float Naked as well as some inspiration for my own work:
How would you describe the brand / the Float Naked vibe?
I wanted to make something that was Instagrammable. I looked for something beautiful and for patterns that I loved. Beverly Hills wallpaper is a great example as it has always been something that has had a special place in my heart.
How is your space designed? What is your ideal style in interiors?
The office design is very simple. It is a West Hollywood apartment and it is sunny with a lot of restoration furniture. The apartment itself is very traditional West Hollywood—Spanish style duplex, but the interior is a little less Hollywood and a little more beach house. Beach Hollywood.
This filter is all about bright colors and fun prints. When asked about where he goes to gain inspiration, he mentioned one of his favorite places to be is the Santa Barbara area in California. He sent over photos of the view from the deck, which I am now sharing with you. I decided to incorporate both the energy of the loud float prints and the serenity of this beach haven into the design because both pieces make up the whole story of Float Naked.
The minimalist trend is taking the world by storm with masses of people cleaning out their closet, donating possessions to a thrift store, and draping their space in bright whites in every corner. Hide Hangout brings a fresh perspective on the minimalist trend by blending it with a bohemian bungalow look that I absolutely adore.
The base of this look is essential minimalism: plenty of whites, neutral furniture, and very few wall adornments or embellishments. Soft grays, sandy beiges, eggshell whites, and some black peppered around the room help the look take on a more relaxed, bohemian style characteristic of the ultimate at-home hangout. The coffee color, deep leather chairs add a masculine tone to the room that balances the femininity exuded from the softer elements of the color palette. The eggshell draped curtains and reclaimed wood furniture pieces further articulate the relaxed “hideaway” theme in the space.