Show N' Tell — Suite Escape

Show N' Tell — Suite Escape

When we approached Emily Jackson of Ivory Lane about her dream bedroom, she had one request: "I want it to feel like a spa." As designers, we put our minds together to create a calm, inviting space where Emily could relax (especially with twins on the way!). We designed the room to make it feel like an outfit Emily would wear—refined silhouettes, sophisticated color palettes, traditional with a modern twist.

We've fallen head over heels for this master suite ... but can you blame us?

One of the ALID designers on the project recently spilled the beans on our design process for Emily's room, including the challenges we encountered and some favorite aspects of the space. Read more below!

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Show N' Tell — Historic Avenues Art Scene

Love it or leave it? After seventeen years of living in their 1895 two-story Avenues home, owners Dean and Tiffani Peterson faced this dilemma. “I’ve lived in the Avenues for thirty years,” says Dean, CEO of Harmon’s Neighborhood Grocer. “I love that it’s close to the city and in a walkable neighborhood. At first, Tiffani and I thought, maybe we should fix up the house to sell. Then, we concluded: ‘No, let’s fix it up to stay.’”

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Finding the Right Paint Color

Every once in a while, we feel the need to change up the colors in our home. Painting is one of the most fun ways to add something new to an existing space! But then the questions come: How do I choose the right color? What is the best way to test them out? How do I make sure my paint color doesn't pull the wrong accent colors?

Well, today we met with Kim—one of our amazing designers—to get some answers. Here's what she said:

1. When you are looking at paint colors in a store, always remember to take them home before choosing! Paint colors can look different based on lighting and accessories, so it's a good idea to take home two or three.

Kim even suggested that rather than getting a gradient sample from the store with small squares of color, you can order a large paint swatch (about 8 1/2" x 11") of a single color to hang on your walls. It will be big enough to give you a real idea of what the paint will look like in your space.

2. If you decide to sample colors by taking paint home and putting it directly onto your wall, always prime—even just for a sample! Remember to let it dry fully, then add your color on top. Giving the primer and the color time to dry can completely change how a color looks (and your opinion of it)!

3. To avoid pulling the wrong colors in your room, Kim says it's important to have a good understanding of both warm and cool colors. Warm colors are generally made with yellows, oranges and reds; cool colors are generally made with greens, blues and purples. (We admit that this can get tricky, so if you have any questions or would like help, please get in contact with our awesome design center!)

Make sure you choose a color that matches with the warmth or coolness of what is already in your space.

4. Kim also reminded us that if you use paint as an accent to your room, use it across the entire space. Don't be afraid of going bold. Just make sure to use accessories that will match the feel you are going for!

Painting walls may seem like a lot of work, but by putting in the time to make sure you have the right colors, it can completely transform your home without having to buy all new furniture and accessories!

And again, if you've got questions or want help finding the right paint color, we would love to help you!

 

The Breakdown of Fabrics

We love incorporating different types of fabrics into our designs, so today we met with Lauren from our design team to learn a little bit about our favorite fabrics! Lauren reminded us that it is so important to consider durability and clean-ability before deciding on a fabric for your space. These are major factors on whether or not your furniture will last! She told us about some of the best fabrics that she uses when she's designing.

Crypton

You may have seen crypton before in hospital waiting rooms - that rough, kind of ugly fabric covering the chairs. Well, now crypton is being repurposed and used in homes! It is now soft, in beautiful neutrals, and has great patterns. We love using this for furniture because it's hydrophobic, so it completely repels moisture! (Seriously, you can spill a Diet Coke on it and it won't stain - or even get wet!)

Polyester

This isn't the polyester of your grandma's bell bottoms. This stuff is perfect for furniture! We love using this synthetic fabric for its durability. Because it is man-made, it doesn't break down like the natural fibers in linens and cotton do. Polyester also comes in a lot of different styles, like velvets, linen look-alikes, tons of colors, and lots of patterns.

Leather & Hides

As Jessica, our design principal says, with leather, we make sure to get some skin in the game! We love leather for its beautiful texture and durability, not to mention how easy it is to clean.

Furs & Hides

We love furs and hides for smaller pieces, like pillows and rugs! They add a lot of interest and new dimension to spaces because of their wonderful textures.

And last but not least, Cottons & Linens

We love cottons and linens...but only for smaller pieces! Because they are all natural, they will break down more easily, so they are great for bedding, pillows, and pretty things, but not so much for furniture.

So remember, next time you're trying to choose the perfect fabric make sure you keep in mind its durability and clean-ability. That way you'll get amazing pieces that will last and you won't have to replace every time something spills!

Springtime Bow Tie Pasta Recipe

Forget scalloped potatoes and corn pudding, this pasta recipe will take your Easter brunch — or a simple spring Saturday — to a whole new level.

Serves 5 - 7 

1 lb. bowtie pasta

1 cup chopped fresh basil

1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1/2 cup roasted pinenuts

1 bag mixed greens and arugula

1 container grape tomatoes (cut in half)

1 cup yellow pear tomatoes (cut in half)

Red pepper flakes, to taste

Sauce

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

1 garlic clove

3/4 cup olive oil

Mix the sauce in a blender and pour over the pasta. Chill for one hour before serving.

And don't forget: shop the dishware featured here in our Spring Collection today! 

Spring 2017 Collection!

We are so excited to announce the launch of our Spring 2017 Collection! We think you'll really love what we have to show you. We drew inspiration from so many places, but here are just a few of the ideas we loved.

We fell in love with the bright contrasts and muted pastels  from this Tsumori Chisato image.

We couldn't help but become O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with this bright—and sexy— Céline chartreuse!

We knew embracing fun textures was the only way to go.

And we decided to bring in lots of mid-century silhouettes and design ideas!

Now we know you're curious to see how Jess Bennett incorporated all these ideas into her home. Here are a few of the highlights.

For the front porch, Jessica made sure to include plenty of pretty Greenery and neutral colors to keep things looking natural.

In the entry way, she used plenty of the pastel colors you saw from our inspiration ideas! We love the pinks and the natural wood tones. The table echoes some of the mid-century silhouettes you saw above.

In the kitchen, she made sure to keep things bright and beautiful with lots of natural, contrasting colors.

With plenty of light in the space—and lots of fun textures—we think the kitchen is a delight!

Spring is such a happy and rejuvenating time, especially for decorating your home. We are so excited to bring the items you see in our photos to our store and online shop!

Happy spring shopping, everyone!

Legendary Designers

If you haven't seen yet, our design principal Jessica Bennett was featured in the most recent issue of Western Art and Architecture! You can see our post about it on Instagram here. She talks about the beginnings of her career and some of the designers who have inspired her the most. As a master mixer of design styles herself, it's no wonder Jessica talked about designers like Thomas O'Brien and Kelly Wearstler!

Design by Aero Studios.

Thomas O'Brien, principal of Aero Studios, has a very traveled look. He is an expert at blending traditional and modern styles! His work is timeless.

Design by Aero Studios.

He mainly pairs creamy neutral colors with darker woods - curating the perfect balance. He creates spaces that are inviting and comfortable, but oh-so stylish! We just love how classic his looks are.

Design by Kelly Wearstler.

Kelly Wearstler's designs are bold and unapologetic. Her spaces are so energetic and upbeat. Her work is full of color and soul. We are definitely crushing on her style!

Design by Kelly Wearstler.

She can take furniture from different periods and blend them together in the same room. She can blend any design styles together and make them look good. Talk about talent!

Design by Jean-Louis Deniot.

We also draw inspiration from Jean-Louis Deniot! His clean designs are open and balanced, and the perfect mix of old and new.

Design by Jean-Louis Deniot.

We love his use subtle colors and tones, and that the lighting in his spaces is always impeccable! Not to mention his perfect placement of accessories. We love the details!

These are just a few of our favorite legendary designers. We hope they inspire you as much as they do us!

Featured Image by Aero Studios.

Runways to Rooms: Romantic Valentino

We love this romantic look in Valentino's spring collection. The pink is so dreamy, and we can't get over the subtle metallic hints in this dress! Here's how you can turn this look into the perfect bedroom!

Ingrid Bed

Julien Champagne Duvet

Shortwool Pillow

Gold Foil Pillow

Hampton Big Cream Pillow

Darlene End Table

Anderson Lamp

Dynasty Leaves & Blossom Ginger Jar (For a little splash of blue!)

Blush Emergence Art

And tie the room all together with the Constellation Vintage Rug!

Runways to Rooms: Dior Drama

Sometimes it's fun to play with a minimal amount of colors, like Christian Dior. This dramatic navy and black look will work perfectly your living room! Here's how we styled it.

We took our Janelle Sofa . . .

and paired it with the Haven Rug . . .

the Navy Stud Pillow . . .

the Gradient Stitch Pillow . . .

and the Ibiza Pillow.

We used the Oxford Coffee Table (because no living room is complete without a coffee table!) . . .

and added the Antwerp Floor Lamp for some light.

 

And last but not least, we used the fabulous Large Cutting Edge Mirror!

You can find all of these pieces in our Online Store!

Pin of the Week: Inspiring Home Offices

Haven't you heard that offices can be functional and beautiful? Then why not have one in your home! We love the natural light that streams into the space. It's so beautiful and bright! The clean lines of the woodwork and hardware make the space feel organized while the cabinetry actually keeps it that way! It's just what you need in an office. What a perfect place to get inspired and get to work!

Pin on our Home Office Board

3 Trends We Hope Make a Comeback!

Today we talked with one of our amazing designers, Kristina, about some of the trends she hopes make a big comeback this year. We're super excited to tell you all about them!

The 90s

Kristina said she has been seeing hints of the 90s everywhere. But don't worry, it's not the 90s you remember from when you were a kid! This time around, there is a refreshing and modern twist that we love, especially in the colors. We're seeing lots of pinks, pastels, bold colors, and even silver!

We're obsessed with the pale pinks and pastel blues in this room.

Design by Jean-Louis Deniot via Instagram

Check out the use of a bold blue and silver! (But don't worry, gold lovers! Gold isn't going anywhere soon. We're hoping for more use of gold and silver together!)

Design by Alice Lane

Mid-Century Silhouettes

The next concept we're hoping to see is an increase in mid-century silhouettes. Mid-century furniture so modern and sophisticated, but it never loses its class! It can fit into any room, any design, any time. We're wanting to add more of it to the timeless looks we love creating.

Check out the iconic Womb Chair. It fits perfectly in the timeless feel of this bedroom!

Design by Vicente Wolf

We loved using this sleek swivel recliner!

Design by Alice Lane

The Ocean

Last but not least, we talked about bringing back the ocean. Remember when it used to be all the rage to glue little shells onto picture frames to bring the beach inside your home? Well, now we have a little bit classier option!

We love coastal-inspired design and the organic feel it can bring into a space. We can use blues, earthy colors, and even pieces of coral (but not glued to anything!) to bring in the ocean-feel we're really going for.

We love the use of shells and coral surrounding this bath, and that the wall sconces match the feel of the coral!

Design found at Architectural Digest

Cross you fingers and keep your eye out for these awesome trends to make a comeback!

Featured image design by Tori McBrien

Runways to Rooms: Rosie Assoulin Dining Room

We love all of Rosie Assoulin's looks for this spring, especially this sunny yellow ensemble. Here's how you can brighten up your dining area using this outfit as your inspo!

Monroe Dining Table

Brattle Road Side Chairs

Pompom Runner

Dauville Platters

Dauville Gold Coasters

Lorrain Blush Rug

Sorbet Hued Floral Orb Painting

And for the final dash of red, the Red Geordi Sculpture for the table!

 

Pin of the Week: It's All in the Details

Something that really sets great design apart is attention to the little things. We love this ceiling and how the light fixture echoes the little golden stars all across the ceiling. It would have been so easy to leave the ceiling white...or to put a regular old light fixture against that wallpaper. But putting them together adds something so special to the space! Great design is all in the details! For more detail inspo, check out our Details & Styling Board on Pinterest.