This past weekend there was a giant pool party called “Splash House” in Palm Springs. I wasn’t able to go, but the pictures looked like a blast. Fun pool floats, summer cocktails, striped bikinis, live DJ’s—all with beautiful Palm Springs in the background! Sounds like a dream, right? Our next filter is inspired by an eclectic pool party. Think Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights” meets The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. Cool, collected, and eclectic. This is Eclectic Splash.
To me, this filter has some ’70s style vibes, which I love. Like this orange velvet couch. I love that you can pair this with something more unique—perhaps a multi-colored Moroccan shag rug? We are talking eclectic here. For the walls, I love a piece of artwork that really draws attention: maybe a Slim Aaron’s photograph from the ’70s or an Andy Warhol print of Elizabeth Taylor. The choice is up to you, just make sure it has a little funk!
Go ahead and pretend you’re doing a cannonball into a pool in Palm Springs and check out our new filter, Eclectic Splash.
There is a small bar on a romantic street in West Village called Bar and Books. On an autumn day, when the leaves are turning and the air is crisp, it’s the perfect place to duck inside as it gets dark. The interior of the bar is decorated with rich colors and feels very old school, like old Manhattan when being polite was cool and ghosting was not a thing. On the walls of the bar there are tons of books—hence the name. All of the waitresses wear matching pearl necklaces and the best drink there is a Dark ’n’ Stormy. Our next filter is inspired by both this bar and the drink. The bar has dark and sultry corners where you can get a little naughty if you want. And the drink of choice is refreshing to wash down those sins. Welcome to our next Hutch filter, Dark and Stormy. Sinfully delicious, we might say.
The decor for this filter is filled with a lot of dark woods and limited color. I love dark wood in a space because it is very elegant and adds a lot of richness to a room. To lighten up the space I would recommend using a color like forest green—perhaps a velvet couch! The artwork should be sexy but understated: a dimly lit photograph of a hotel lobby with two people getting a cocktail or the back of a naked woman. Furniture with gold accents add to the old school motif and elegance of the room, which should feel sensual and put together.
Allow the Dark & Stormy filter to let your dark side come out—because we all know that is when the fun begins.
Bright lights, big city. That’s a saying, right? What about bright lights, bright bedroom?
This new filter is all about being bold, bold, BOLD. This one is for those who are always the life of the party. They have a fantastic energy, are not afraid to take risks, and wouldn’t be caught dead wearing beige. Our new filter, Neon Princess, will have you feeling like Ryan Gosling in Drive (but not as sad). Now, to help you achieve the look / feeling of the Neon Princess I’m going to give you some pointers:
Buy a lava lamp—yes, they are cool. No, they aren’t only meant for college dorm rooms.
Always have Britney Spears’ “Toxic” playing in the background.
The bigger you go with this filter, the better. Perhaps a duvet cover that is bright neon pink matched with some bright neon blue fur pillows? Again, go big or go home (literally).
Make sure to have at least three ’80s bomber jackets hanging in your closet.
Metals go great with neon, so I recommend metal accents for the rooms. A side table is beyond chic.
A flamingo neon light on a side table is always a good idea.
Speaking of neon lights, I think you should have multiple neon light signs. Perhaps a glowing purple one that says, “Stay Wild,” or a bright white sign that says, “Good Vibes Only.”
Always have a couple of glow sticks on hand. You never know when they will be needed.
This filter calls for an accented wall. I love doing a silver wall to make the neon really pop.
Sometimes the best solution for home design is to get back to the basics. For me, summer is a great time to hit the reset and refresh button. The weather is warmer and shedding unnecessary items is liberating. The Scandinavians have mastered the art of simple and back-to-basic design. Our next filter is “Scandinavian Summer,” and it is going to make your apartment feel light and fresh.
Speaking of summer, I want to share with you a place that is on the top of my bucket list for a summer retreat and a big source of inspiration for this filter! It is a small cottage on a lake in Finland. The space is called Kekkilä Garden and what was supposed to be a place to store tools instead became a perfect summer sanctuary.
As you can see, the use of space here is absolutely stunning, and the simplicity of the design allows for the natural beauty to fully resonate. A comfortable bed and a few house plants here proves that less really can be more. Disclaimer: you must bring your own reading material.
Scandinavian Summer is all about form and function. Furniture is modern but welcoming. Space is often utilized very well to make the room feel more spacious and open. Hanging white shelves are great for this! The tones of this design are very neutral. Beiges, whites, blacks and browns are combined to create a calm and serene environment. If you are going to use a pop of color, I would recommend something like a pale blue or pink. Warm textures, like a thick white wool blanket draped over a reading chair, are great for this space as well. After all, summer doesn’t last long in Scandinavia! There should be a lot of light woods and metals to complement the neutral colors of the space and to give the home that slight bit of edge.
Scandinavian Summer is all about simplicity and bare bone aesthetic. Like a great slice of cheese pizza, sometimes extras are just not needed.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not the kind of girl who likes to sit still. Running a business, a long-distance marriage, having a new dog, and living in LA are what keep me moving at all times. If I can ever block out some time, I find it very calming to go to an art museum and stare at the art. I’m particularly a big fan of modern art, so the Broad Museum in DTLA is my go to. The mixed material, bright colors, abstract shapes, and patterns of these artists transport me to another place.The Broad is one of the many places in Los Angeles to draw inspiration from. Another favorite of mine is The Eames House house in The Pacific Palisades.
Most famously, this design duo (and husband and wife) is known for the Eames Lounge Chair–if you ever watched Mad Men you most definitely would recognize this iconic design! The Eames House (also known as Case Study House # 8) was constructed by Charles and Ray in 1949 and is a staple of mid-20th century modern architecture.
The modern design of the house is very open to allow the natural light of Los Angeles to seek in. The Eames were very deliberate in their use of color–it was applied strategically and not by chance. The perfect example in this house is their use of primary colors on the windows on the outside of the house. The windows resemble the famous cubism paintings of Piet Mondrian, where he uses blue, yellow and red to contrast with the black and white. This was a major influence for Acrylic Primes.
More often than not, I’m drawn to minimalist style furniture mixed with loud statement art. For this filter, we did the opposite: bright colors and bold furniture make Acrylic Primes. If you need to give these bold reds, bright blues, and luscious yellows some room to breathe, bring in some ghost furniture—remember that amazing trend from the ‘90s? Whether you go for bold primes or softer acrylics, I love the versatility of this style. Tone it up or tone it down with softer and bolder styles, and throw in a mixture of ghost and solid furniture.
For a more modern take on the Acrylic design I look no further than to Alexandra Von Fusternburg. She is the epitome of chic and her store on Melrose is like walking through a white treasure box full pops of neon color. Often her furniture pieces exhibit clear Lucite with bright neon finishes. If you aren’t ready to go full acrylic in your home just yet, AVF offers the perfect in between. She has swoon-worthy accents to give your home a taste: between bright pink picture frames to a rainbow set of acrylic place-mats I’m sure you can find a perfect match for your home.
Take a breather from the minimalist wagon and try on some brighter acrylics.
If you live in Southern California like me, you’re aware that our winter time lasts about six minutes. But all of us SoCal sweethearts know that there’s that one magical time of year where we get a mock winter (even if it doesn’t drop below 65°). That’s right: June.
It’s known here as June Gloom. A fleeting time in LA where it’s overcast all day, everyday. Don’t get me wrong, I love the perpetual sun that we are lucky to get year round, but sometimes it’s nice to have a change. It allows me to break out that vintage leather jacket just one more time. 😉 Right on schedule, the gloom started over a week ago. So, of course, I’m inspired to break out a new Hutch filter that mirrors the small touch of coolness that breaks up our blue skies and sun.
I adore the soft grays of this look coupled with the minimalistic white aesthetic. It’s such a crisp and bright look, toned down with this overlay gray tone. I love the versatility of it. I avoided heavy grey tones by balancing them with the black and white to add contrast, which diversifies the overall look and fits right into the aesthetic we’re seeking.
So let’s enjoy these few weeks of June gloom with a soft grey aesthetic to match.
Have you ever opened the front cover of an old leather-bound book, listened to the soft crackle of the binding, and taken a deep inhale as you flip through the pages? Have you ever done that over and over again with first editions of your favorite classics? If this is something that tickles your fancy, I can’t recommend a visit to the Rare Book Room at The Strand in NYC highly enough. Not only is it brimming with overwhelming amounts of historically acclaimed first editions, the design is breathtaking and has an air that beckons forth the academic with its dark woods and leathers.
Since I live in LA, I can’t always make it to the rare book room. However, there is another magical place where I can feel like Belle in her giant library with also a classic cocktail in hand–so really, the best of two worlds. This place of wonder is The Library Bar located in downtown Los Angeles. I love the collegiate and classic aesthetic of this downtown watering hole, so I’ve done my best to replicate it in this week’s Hutch filter: “Smoky Library”.
I’ve gone for dark chocolate leathers and woods to replicate the intimate booths in The Library Bar where one can enjoy cocktails with odes to the classics–a Hemingway Daiquiri or a Tequila Mockingbird. I love that you can read by candlelight and there are dark corners for lascivious conversations at The Library Bar (traditions I highly recommend bringing back to your own space).
Every Monday night, The Library Bar has a night called ‘Trip Digital: Soul and Hip Hop” where the bar spins the best in rare soul, eclectic soul, funk and old school hip hop. This vibe screams old school cool, and it’s my hope that our newest filter will as well. For your home, unfortunately we cannot provide the vintage record player. I will, however, recommend getting a Sam Cooke record for those cozy nights in and a Dr. Dre album for those nights you when you paint the down red. And speaking of red, deep red wine colors in the rugs and curtains pair well with a Merlot and a first edition of Jack Kerouac’s, “On The Road”.
This filter is like a stiff old fashion with a twist. You’re more than welcome to judge this Smoky Library look by its cover.
Miami will always have a big place in my heart. I spent a lot of my childhood in Miami, my husband is Cuban and also from Miami. I don’t get down there as much as I’d like to, so when I do visit, I make sure to make the most of my experience. I also eat as many croquettes (a famous Cuban dish) my stomach can handle, but that’s beside the point. Miami, naturally, was a big inspiration for our next filter.
I’ve always considered Miami to be a very colorful and sexy city. The ocean is such a perfect turquoise blue, the humidity is intoxicating, and the diversity of it’s inhabitants is inspiring. There are so many bright colored Art Deco buildings in Miami Beach—color is everywhere! It all feels very glamorous and very tropical.
Our next filter is Tropic Glam, baby. And we can guarantee that this filter will make you feel sexy. This filter is the Samantha Jones of filters. Think bright colors, neon signs, flamingos and bold prints.
Your living room with this filter can be extra daring. You know that Palm Tree covered couch you wanted but didn’t buy because it was ‘too extra’? We say, go for it! Pair it with some pink Mongolian fur pillows for an extra glamorous touch. Ask yourself the question: What would Samantha do?
Cheers to hot summer nights, music that makes you feel something, sexy dresses that show just the right amount of cleavage, and a lively apartment to come home to.
You only live once, and honestly, why would we want the party to stop?
The time has come for my husband, Alex, to start his residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Yale. This past weekend, we packed up our house in Philly (where he was finishing medical school at Penn) and headed for New Haven.
What do a new city and school mean? A new apartment to design! The gothic architecture at Yale transported me back to another time. I was enthralled by the history mixed with the collegiate vibe and overall preppy aesthetic that embraces every nook and cranny of the city. The sprawling architecture and new-school-year energy inspired me to dive right into the design of his apartment and, of course, a new Hutch filter!
I decided it was best to draw from the surroundings, which meant deep browns and dark leathers—similar to the furnishings spotted in the study spaces scattered throughout the campus. I coupled dark navy blues with masculine and muted tones—to complement the bright white snow that is set to arrive later this year—and chose antique accessories to keep up with the New England vibe.
I personally love the versatility of this style. It’s masculine without being overbearing—it’s the type of home that I know both men and women would be happy to live in. I like to consider this filter to be classically collegiate with a twist of sophistication. A place that screams “an academic lives here,” while still feeling light and fun; it’s almost as if a sense of cool confidence is permeating the air.
Not only am I brimming with pride over my husband’s accomplishments, but I am also chomping at the bit to finish decorating his new home at one of the most beautiful campuses in the world.
The SoCal glamour of the Beverly Hills Hotel has attracted such famous guests as Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Humphrey Bogart, and, most notably: yours truly. Okay, so I don’t have quite the clout of Miss Kelly and Miss Monroe, but I do enjoy taking a break from my daily hustle with a good visit to one of my favorite spots. The Beverly Hills Hotel is not only one of the most aesthetically inspiring hotels in the Los Angeles area, but also one of the most historically rich; it actually predates the city itself! In its 105th year of existence (it was founded in 1912), the hotel has a style that is both funky and sophisticated. Though the look is transitional, elegant, and somewhat reserved, it also screams whimsy. The sophisticated color scheme, paired with bold patterns and a unique use of textures, creates the perfect combination of grace and frivolity.
The hotel, with its gorgeous aqua and white signage, surrounded by palm trees and hot pink bougainvillea, is undoubtedly worthy of a visit from John Wayne and Lauren Bacall; it’s even more worthy of its own Hutch filter. And so I bring you: Beverly Hills Hotel. With this look, hunter greens, bright reds, and soft whites combine with the less conservative aspects of the hotel’s design – plenty of bold, vertical stripes, chandeliers, and deep greens that bring in an Old Hollywood vibe; patterned accents and sleek furniture add a splash of modernity. Whether you’re on the other side of the country, or meandering down Sunset Blvd, let Beverly Hills Hotel turn your home into a five star oasis reminiscent of Hollywood starlets, crisp hotel linens, and a decadent SoCal vibe.