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Kitchen Remodel

We’ve been in our house for over a year now and there’s still so much work to be done until I feel it really captures our style (okay, mostly mine but The Husband’s totally okay with all my cutesy decor as long as I make sure to include some baseball stuff. And I have, voluntarily.) and feels more updated.

The biggest eyesore is our 1950s kitchen enveloped in knotty pine. It couldn’t be more outdated than if I were taking a horse and carriage to work.

Check out Interior Designer, Erinn Valencich’s Kitchen. (I also discussed Erinn here).

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We both live in the same area and her kitchen layout was identical to mine until she made some changes.

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Sometimes people have a difficult time envisioning what our kitchen would look like sanding away the knotty pine, but these images should help a ton.

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So much brighter and cheerier. If you look closer you can see the before picture up on the top right.

And to find out how Erinn approached this remodel, visit her blog here.

 

xx,

Irene

 

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Esquire House 2010. And Then Some

I’ve been meaning to discuss Interior Designer Annette English for some time now.  She was the first Interior Designer I interned for and though this was several years ago, I still like to check back and see what new projects she’s completed. Unlike the excess of snobs I’ve encountered in this industry, Annette was always super sweet and delightful to work for. I was always a nervous wreck coming into the office and her friendly smile made me feel a tad more at ease.

Just last night, The Husband handed me his most recent issue of Esquire. Without a specific page open, my first thought was, “What am I looking at?” Ahhh, it’s the Esquire House issue. I said, “Oh, I think Annette was a part of this one year.” And bam, I turned the page and there was her friendly smile looking back at me once again.

Annette English and Associates designed the master bedroom of the ultimate bachelor pad for the Esquire House 2010, inspired by the fashion house, Salvatore Ferragamo.

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Annette traveled all the way to Florence to visit the Ferragamo Museum to grasp the true essence of the brand’s history.

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The result is a space full of rich textures, unexpected materials and handmade pieces, each representing the craftsmanship of Ferragamo products. A sense of luxury and quality is also evident in this room, a traditional/modern hybrid.

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Not too shabby, huh?

Here’s a look at some of her other projects.

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I Like Your stILe: Katie Fine

Katie Fine is an LA based Interior Designer, and I need to meet her.  She designed Rashida Jones’ house and I bet if the three of us hung out we’d make people jealous have a really good time.

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Her firm, Katie Fine Design, specializes in residential and commercial spaces. Not only do I like her stile because she uses two of my current favorite colors, but also because she’s not afraid to use bold wallpaper and incorporate stand out pieces (I’m looking at you gold settee and savonarola-esque chair) to make a space truly unique. She believes that, “No matter what look her clients are after, she can always deliver with her personal mix of edge and sophistication.” And that, Katie, proves why you are indeed Fine.

-Irene

images via Morgan Lyn

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Let’s Take a Trip to the Upper East Side

So the other day (Friday October 1st at 11:53 AM, if you’re detail oriented) a reader contacted me. Yes, a reader! And not any friends or family who read this because I’d give them a guilt trip if they didn’t. But an actual reader. I’m like legit now. Anyway, so a reader contacted to tell me quote Love Love Love your  blog. Don’t mean to brag but the L, O, V and E were ALL capitalized. She also let me in on her New York-based design company’s latest project – an Upper East Side Apartment. Take a gander at the work of Decor by Guillaume Gentet Inc.

I would’ve posted them immediately after she sent them but I had to play it cool and not look too obvious, obviously.

Foyer

The previous granite flooring was replaced with this scissor stone pattern with mother-of-pearl inlay. The early 20th century impressionist painting is from an auction.

Faux cerused oak treatment went into this den, along with custom drapes and an amazing chandelier from Oly.

Powder Room

Take a close look at the hand-painted de Gourney wallpaper and hand-drawn mosaic flooring. Impressed yet?

Custom daybed and sofa share the extra sitting area with commercially available furniture.

Here’s a view from a different angle. Notice how the orange brings a contemporary feel to the otherwise more traditional space. Don’t forget to take a look at the piano as well.

Marble tiles were used for this Master Bath.

Master Bedroom

A part of the apartment I know I would spend lots of time in, the tasting room.

Hope you enjoyed the tour. And thank you reader (she has a real name) for sharing.  Feel free to check out the company’s blog as well.

xx,

Irene


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Let's Take a Trip to the Upper East Side

So the other day (Friday October 1st at 11:53 AM, if you’re detail oriented) a reader contacted me. Yes, a reader! And not any friends or family who read this because I’d give them a guilt trip if they didn’t. But an actual reader. I’m like legit now. Anyway, so a reader contacted to tell me quote Love Love Love your  blog. Don’t mean to brag but the L, O, V and E were ALL capitalized. She also let me in on her New York-based design company’s latest project – an Upper East Side Apartment. Take a gander at the work of Decor by Guillaume Gentet Inc.

I would’ve posted them immediately after she sent them but I had to play it cool and not look too obvious, obviously.

Foyer

The previous granite flooring was replaced with this scissor stone pattern with mother-of-pearl inlay. The early 20th century impressionist painting is from an auction.

Faux cerused oak treatment went into this den, along with custom drapes and an amazing chandelier from Oly.

Powder Room

Take a close look at the hand-painted de Gourney wallpaper and hand-drawn mosaic flooring. Impressed yet?

Custom daybed and sofa share the extra sitting area with commercially available furniture.

Here’s a view from a different angle. Notice how the orange brings a contemporary feel to the otherwise more traditional space. Don’t forget to take a look at the piano as well.

Marble tiles were used for this Master Bath.

Master Bedroom

A part of the apartment I know I would spend lots of time in, the tasting room.

Hope you enjoyed the tour. And thank you reader (she has a real name) for sharing.  Feel free to check out the company’s blog as well.

xx,

Irene


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I Like Your stILe: Brittany (literal) Stiles

After a year of contemplating whether or not to start a blog, I bit the bullet and started designstILes. Short, sweet, personal and representative of what I’d feature. Best of all, the I and the L signify my initials. Feeling clever, the next big step was to start a Twitter account. All the other cool blogs were doing it and felt it was the right move to monopolize on my clever name. Turns out it was already taken. Whaaaaaa? {Talking to the Twitter sign-up page} You mean someone was clever before me? But my I and L are capitalized? That’s got to count for something, right? Let me try again. Username has already been taken. BY WHO? Why would anyone want it? It’s long, ugly, sounds dumb and makes zero sense. Defeated my own name, I chose second best: IdesignstILes. But not without scoping out this so-called clever person who stole my name first. Brittany Stiles.  A true, legitimate Interior Designer. Her last name is really Stiles and didn’t try to get all cute with it by making up her own spelling. Damn.

Sure enough, her work is awesome. I’ve been following her blog since and recently realized she added me to her blogroll, which is like major props in the blog world. Thanks Brit, Brit (we’re cool like that, no?) Without further ado, I share with you the real Stiles.

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A bird’s-eye view of the previous photo. The warm tones are inviting and comfortable and make it look a bit vintage-y. And that pendant really hits the spot.

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Pretty distinct from the previous room, I love that she’s able to show a less feminine side while still mixing design styles.

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And she does events too! Call me, I can help you.

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You should follow me on Twitter. You’ll love it.

Irene Lovett

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I Like Your stILe: Krista Ewart

I love how bright and playful this beach house, designed by Krista Ewart, is in the latest issue of House Beautiful. A true representation of her Southern California roots and evident that she’s not afraid of bold patterns and a girlie approach.

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I noticed Krista left walls white, which works really well with the amount of color she brings into each room.

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Love the way the black pops against the bright white and soft pink (right photo). The stripes on the pendants are repeated again on the towels. Intentional? Also, Notice the snail vase? Ka-yoot.

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Wonder if The Husband would mind if I swapped out our refrigerator for a pink one.

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Now if only July would finally be as bright as this Cheerful Beach House.

-Irene Lovett

images via House Beautiful

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