Tag Archives: Front Hall

J. Lo’s Gorgeous California Home

Jennifer Lopez’s house featured by Veranda is stunning.  Surprisingly so.  It has an amazingly understated glamour and elegance. 

I start with this image because it’s the entrance to the home, although it’s not my favorite part of the house.  I love the wide runner on the curved staircase and the light blue couch, but I would do away with the fluffy wheat sheaves/feathery things next to the couch and add a more impactful piece of art
at the top of the steps.

I love this serene kitchen with the beautiful soft blue cabinets, pristine marble counters and gooseneck faucets.

The unexpected light fixture is perfect.  Great table and nailhead trim on the chairs.  Oh, and I love the styling — cupcakes, yes please!

The furniture placement in the family room is brilliant.  I love the use of chaises with those gorgeous mink pillows.  I would enjoy a punch of color in this room, maybe magenta or even a brighter blue like turquoise or teal.

This dining room is perfection: the luxurious wallpaper, the tufted chairs, the glamorous crystal chandelier, the pop of red and green from the calla lilies and peonies (?), and the ethereal window panels.  Ooooh and aaaaah.

Below is my favorite image — I love the whimsy of the flamingoes, the simple art  layered on top of that amazing wallpaper and the pretty styling of the lucite console. 

Can you believe that this is J.Lo’s house?  It’s a far cry from what I would expect to see from her on MTV’s Cribs (remember that show?).  Don’t be fooled by the rocks that she’s got, she’s still, she’s still Jenny from the Block….

Chocolate and Vanilla Eye Candy

Autumn has arrived in Virginia and it has got me thinking about all things warm and cozy.  The contrast of brown with white is such a classic and timeless color combination that looks fabulous everywhere. 

So, indulge with me in some delicious (but calorie-free!) goodies….

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This last bedroom is my favorite — which one is your dessert of choice?  😉

[Images are courtesy of: 1) Decorpad, 2)  MSN Lifestyle, 3) Domino Magazine via Under a Paper Moon, 4) Decorpad, 5) Kelly Wearstler via Fabulously Finished, 6)  House Beautiful, 7) House Beautiful, 8)  Decorpad, 9) The House Itch, 10) House Beautiful, 11) Decorpad]

An Inpsired Home

Bravo to Southern Living for their fabulously designed 2009 Idea House!  Set in the mountains in Dahlonega, Georgia, this home is right up my alley in so many ways.  I have shared some of my favorite rooms:

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Welcome!  This gorgeous front hall is a mere preview of this stylish home.  I love the modern wallpaper and the shape of the mirror.  The console table is the perfect size for the space.  I like the symmetry that the Italianate lamps provide.  Lovely!

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A near perfect dining room, in my opinion.  Of course, I love the white walls, and the neutral seagrass rug.   White walls and a neutral rug provide the perfect setting for beautiful design.  The use of the pretty red and white chinoiserie fabric on the seat cushions and the panels is provides just the right amount of  color and pop!  I am surprised at how much I like the wood stained Chippendale chairs with the white table.  I usually would not mix the wood stained chairs with the white table, but it works and looks great!  And I love the blue China place settings.  The wall of windows and view of the mountains doesn’t hurt either.

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Along the same lines, I love the use of a neutral background in this bedroom to focus the eye on the gorgeous fabric.  The very light sea foam blue walls, neutral rug and the mostly white matelasse cover on the bed draw your attention to the beautifully upholstered headboard and matching sham.  The use of the patterned fabric is just right – it does not overwhelm the room.  The accessories are lovely — delicate chandelier, rich benches at the foot of the bed, tailored and understated window treatments and soft blue gourd lamps on either side of the bed. 

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I adore this little writing desk to the right of the bed.  The delicate proportion is perfect for placement in front of the windows because it does not detract from the view, but provides a functional space that could serve as a desk or a vanity table.  I applaud the minimal amount of furniture in this bedroom – it’s not too crowded, not too spartan and every piece has a function.  Divine!

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{Swoon!!!}  Let me count the ways that I love this bathroom….  First of all, I am coveting these tall, beautifully crafted vanities with lots of storage space.  And I love the contrast between the sage blue grass cloth walls, thick white trim and dark wood floors.  The large windows and mirrors fill the space with lots of natural light.  Sign me up!

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Don’t you love these banisters with the custom “cut out” spindles?  I especially like the contrast between the dark railings and floors, with the white walls and spindles. 

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Be my guest!  What a lovely second bedroom.  The light green damask wallpaper provides a scrumptious backdrop for the crisp and clean white headboard, bed linens and lamp shades.  Nothing better than crawling into sumptuous white sheets at the end of the day!  I wish that I could see more of that chandelier because it looks fab too!

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This children’s room is the perfect mix of bedroom and playroom.  The daybed can be used for seating by day and sleeping by night.  The stripes on the walls are furring strips, which provide both texture and stripes to the walls.  I love the whimsical canopy and (of course) the mod lucite table.  Not sure how long that white, scalloped bed cover would last in our house, but it’s lovely!  

Kudos to Southern Living and their design team on a job very well done!

[All images courtesy of Southern Living]