Book Review: Making House | Designers At Home

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

You all know I love design books.  I am constantly checking my favorite book publishers websites to see what new books are being released throughout the year.  Getting a new book feels like Christmas morning so you can only imagine how thrilled I was when I received some happy mail recently.  The great folks over at Rizzoli sent me a copy of the recently published Making House- Designers At Home to check out.

When it comes to design books, there are a few ways I can tell if a book is good or not.  The first is from the cover image.  I knew immediately that the simple chair vignette on the cover  meant that the images and content in the book was going to be good.

The second way I can tell if a book is good is by quickly flipping through the pages.  If the images capture my attention and make me want to dive into the book, its a winner.  The images in Making House–Desgners At Home did just that.

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

 Miles Redd

Written by Dominic Bradbury and photographed by Richard Powers, this book showcases the personal homes of some of the worlds best-known designers such as Jonathan Adler, Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent, Miles Redd and Neisha Crosland.   The book gives you a look into their design process and the personal spaces in which they live and create.

All of the spaces in the book were photographed specifically for this book so the view into the lives and style of these designers is fresh and new.

 As the story of each designers’ home unfolded, I found myself captivated and inspiring. I jotted down design ideas and took to heart the words written by this group of amazing designers.  I especially loved this quote by Miles Redd…

“If you have a keen eye, then it doesn’t matter where you are buying–you can get great stuff anywhere. I am not a provenance snob at all, and if you are, then you miss out. 

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brant

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Neisha Crosland, London

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Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Frederic Mechiche,  Morocco

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

 Jean-Louis Deniot, Chantilly, France


Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Kelly Wearstler

Book Review:  Making House--Designers At Home

Steephen Sills, NY

If you’re in the design industry or just have a love for design then you’ll definitely want to add this book to your collection.  The book makes for an inspiring read and is a wonderful source for design ideas that you can use to create your own personal oasis.

You can purchase your copy of Making House–Designer At Home here {affiliate link}.

 

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew Design

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

The list of interior designers that I admire is a long one.  It includes nationally recognized designers as well as designers just starting out and making a name for themselves.

One of the designers that I admire greatly is Sarah Bartholomew.  Sarah launched her design business in 2010 and her work has appeared in publications like House Beautiful and Southern Living. With a design aesthetic described as a ‘fresh take on classic design’, many of the spaces she creates reflect my personal style. The rooms are filled with personality and interest as well as a mix of textures and materials.

In studying Sarah’s work you’ll recognize that she is a master of color and pattern mixing. And she has a flair for accessorizing. I also love her use of chinoiserie decor, antique pieces and natural elements.  Let’s take a tour through the Sarah Bartholomew Design portfolio. Enjoy!

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 SARAH BARTHOLOMEW

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Classic color palettes, chinoiserie designs and an artful mix of textures and patterns

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Modern elements combined with traditional details create spaces the feels fresh and timeless

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Crisp white backgrounds allow the details in the furniture, fabrics and decor to stand out

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Attention to every detail including the fixtures, hardware and finishes

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Accessories arranged to capture your attention and draw you into the room

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Bold pattern statements that add drama and impact to utilitarian spaces

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Variation in colors and texture combined to create visual interest

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Design details that add style and personality

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Pattern mixing that creates energy and vibrancy

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A masterful mix of materials and finishes that work together to define a space

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There’s so much to love about the work of Sarah Bartholomew’s work and I’m hoping that one day she publishes a book to showcase her designs.

In addition to loving Sarah’s design work, I’m smitten with her blog, Sarah’s Studio.   Each blog post is short and sweet and gives you a glimpse into her design life and what’s inspiring her.

Design Profile: Sarah Bartholomew

Images via Sarah Bartholomew Design | For more of Sarah’s work,  follow her on Instagram @sarahbartholomewdesign

Design Details | Rooms I’m Loving From My Favorite Designers

Hi friends.  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I took the hubby on a little adventure on Sunday.  I learned about a wildlife safari from my friend Yuni and knew my hubby would love it.  The safari is about an hour ways from Atlanta and gives you up close and personal interaction with the animals.

Now that the weekend is over, I’ve got a busy week of design work ahead and I’m looking for some fresh inspiration to inspire me.

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Behind The Blog: Cheryl Luckett & Dwell By Cheryl


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I’m so excited to share this interior designer and blogger with you as part of my Behind The Blog series.

Cheryl Luckett is a Charlotte, North Carolina based interior designer that juggles a full-time Human Resources career with a blossoming interior design business.  I first came to know Cheryl through her design blog, Dwell By Cheryl and was captivated by the beautiful and budget-friendly spaces we creates for her clients.  And she is one of my thrifting soul-mates finding the most amazing pieces at thrift stores, flea markets and Habitat for Humanity.

I had the pleasure of meeting Cheryl a few years ago at the Design Bloggers Conference and I have to tell you that she is a true Southern Belle with an engaging and warm spirit about her.  Sit back and enjoy my conversation with Cheryl…

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Cheryl, you have done what many aspiring designers want to do and that is build your design business while working full-time in another career? Can you share a few tips for anyone wanting to turn their ‘day’  job into their dream job?

My best advice would be to simply “DO IT!” I receive countless inquiries from folks wanting to know how I balance my business, school and my current career, but honestly I don’t have a good answer. All I can really say is that I committed to doing it and I did it. Often what separates those who succeed and those who don’t is the ability to keep going. I made the sacrifices, I put in the time and I stuck with it. The fact that I’m single without children certainly adds to the flexibility that I have, but like everyone, I have responsibilities as well. It hasn’t been easy. I will say that I began my business as if it were my sole source of income not as if it were my “side hustle”. This meant making investments in learning, photography, networking, branding, marketing, etc. very early on. This helped to create a professional image and put me in the ranks of those working full-time in design even if I wasn’t at the time.

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In addition to your design business, you write your blog, Dwell by Cheryl. Tell us about the blog and what readers can expect from your posts.

My blog began as a way for me to get my name out. It focused on projects I completed in my own home and inspiration and ideas for creating a beautiful home on a modest budget. Lately however, the blog has become more of an extension of my business. It’s a way to see the behind the scenes work that I do to pull a client project together from start to finish. It still occasionally features my own home improvement projects but, for the most part, it’s focused on design trends and client work.

***you are view Cheryl’s website & blog at www.dwellbycheryl.com

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What do you love most about being an interior designer?

I love helping my clients love and better utilize their homes. I absolutely love coming home each day. There’s a sense of comfort that I feel when I open the door. My goal is to create that same sense for my clients. It’s extremely rewarding when that happens.

 

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I’d love to learn more about your design philosophy so tell us what three design elements you think every home needs?

(1.) Layers – I’m in no way a minimalist. I think that a home should envelop you. Layers help to achieve this. From drapery to rugs, to art and accessories, it’s the details that make a house a home. (2.) Something old– I’m known for my love of vintage furnishings and décor. I think they add history to a space. I also love them because they can help stretch the budget. Everything old is new again and many vintage items are totally on-trend today. Utilizing the originals in your design can provide better quality without sacrificing of-the-moment style. (3.) Pattern– I’ve become a bit of a pattern junkie. I love the way patterns play with one another to add visual interest to a space. There’s something so “designer” about a space that has a great mix of pattern. It’s not always easy to do, but when done well, it totally makes a space.

 

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When it comes to decorating with color, I believe every designer has a favorite color palette.  What’s colors do you love to incorporate in your projects and why? 

I love incorporating neutrals as my backdrop. I love taupe. It’s one of those colors that walks the fine line between gray and beige. It also works so well with so many other colors. While I love neutrals as the foundation for a color scheme, I’m obsessed with pops of color. They add life to a space.

 

Cheryl Luckett--Dwell By Cheryl

 

Where do you find your design inspiration?

I love studying other designers work. I comb through Houzz in the evenings, soaking in every detail. It’s a great place for inspiration. I also love textiles. When I experience a creative block I’ll take a trip to a fabric retailer or wholesaler to get inspired by the patterns and color options available.

 

Cheryl Luckett--Dwell By Cheryl

 

Like me, you are an avid thrift store and vintage shopper. What items are always on your shopping list?

Interesting framed art, mirrors, brass planters and animal figurines are among my favorites. I essentially built my business on my ability to stretch a dollar until it hollers. Thrifting with a great eye for the “good stuff” is one way I’m able to create spaces for my clients, even if they have modest budgets.

How would you describe your personal design style?

My style is definitely transitional. I love traditional elements mixed with more modern pieces. You can also expect to ALWAYS see a bit of vintage in my projects.

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If you could lunch with any famous woman, who would it be and what burning question would you want to ask them?

I’m obsessed with Canadian designer Sarah Richardson. I’d love to pick her brain on how she approaches the design process. Her interiors are beyond beautiful and I’d take any pearls of wisdom from her.

What’s your favorite way to unwind?

I’m a wine lover, so a good glass of red on my front porch swing flipping through the latest issue of a shelter magazine is heaven to me.

 

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I always like to throw a quirky question into the mix so tell us about your favorite things…

Favorite Paint Color: SW Balanced Beige
Favorite Decorative Accessory: Brass animals make me happy. : )
Favorite Design Magazine: House Beautiful
Favorite Styling Tip: Greenery adds so much life to an interior space.
Favorite Vacation Destination: Wine country. (Any of them)

Personally and professionally, share a few items on your bucket list?

I will own a mountain home!
I’m dying to go to Rome. It’s likely this Art History class that has me itching to go.
Well, if I’m honest, getting married would be nice. : )

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Didn’t I tell you Cheryl’s spirit (and design work) was captivating?  Thank you Cheryl for sharing your projects, inspiration and dreams with us.  I can’t wait to see what amazing things will unfold for you and your business in the years ahead.

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P.S.  Just a few days ago, Cheryl received some amazing news and learned that her home office space was one of the rooms featured in the new design book, Southern Space for Beautiful Living.  You’ll definitely want to add a copy of the book to your shelves.

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all images except book cover via Cheryl Luckett

Portfolio Review: Interior Designer Mark D. Sikes

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After sharing the room image above in Saturday’s post, I spent some time going through the portfolio of the designer that created this space.  If you’re not familiar with the work of Mark. D. Sikes, I’m going to share more of his work with you today.

Mark D. Sikes started his career in visual merchandising and marketing and honed his skill of creating spaces that are filled with beautiful details, classic design elements and a mix of modern and European furnishings.  In 2011 he started his own design firm and has been soaring ever since with numerous magazine features and show house designs under his belt.

What I love most about Mark’s work is the mix.  I mention the “mix” a lot here on the blog because of think it is one of the more important design aspects of any room.  The mix comes through variety–a variety of textures, colors, finishes and styles.  Mark is a master of the MIX!

As you look through the images of his work below, take note of how each room is styled and how items are layered to create a distinctive look for each space.

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This colorful and eclectic space below is showcased in the September 2016 issue of House Beautiful. The Asian art and the eclectic mix of accessories are my favorite details.

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It’s clear from Mark’s work that chinoiserie and bold color are part of his signature style. Many of his spaces include a chinoiserie design garden stool (one of my favorite accent pieces).

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You have to love a designer that’s not afraid of pattern mixing.

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In addition to residential projects and show houses, Mark designed Reese Witherspoon’s Nashville store, Draper James.  He created a space that exudes southern charm and style representative of Reese.

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Inside the Draper James flagship in Nashville.

In just a few weeks, you’ll be able to enjoy Mark’s work in his first design book, Beautiful.  The book will be released mid-September and I can’t wait to add it to my design collection.

To subscribe to and follow Mark’s beautifully curated blog head here and check out his full portfolio here.

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On The Bookshelf: New Design & Entertaining Books

The Atlanta Gift and Home Furnishings market is just a few weeks away and that always signals new design books in my mind.  During market, I always make it point to  visit my favorite book publishers to see the new releases in persona.  Here are just a few of the new titles I can’t wait to get a look at.

NEW DESIGN & ENTERTAINING BOOKS, 2016

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Beautiful by Mark D. Sikes

The first book from interior designer Mark D. Sikes is a celebration of American style today, showcasing chic and accessible ideas for every home.  Release date Sept. 20th.

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Domino–Your Guide To A Stylish Home

Your Guide to a Stylish Home provides a trusted filter, using the friendly and authoritative voice of domino to teach readers about attainable, stylish design and how to make it uniquely your own. Release date Nov. 15th

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Life Unstyled 

Life Unstyled is about taking inspiration from real homes that are beautiful, creative and inspiring but at the same time a little rough around the edges, with signs of everyday life evident throughout.  Release date Sept. 8th

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Vern Yip Design Wise

Vern introduces his “design by the numbers” approach, revealing the optimal measurements that are integral to making a room feel “right.  Whether it’s a laid-back Florida cottage, a small Manhattan apartment, or a traditional family home in Atlanta, Vern’s key design principles will make any house a true home. Release date Sept. 13th

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A House by The Sea–Bunny Williams

Her new book invites readers to explore La Colina, Williams’s lovely Caribbean retreat tucked into lush, tropical gardens by the sea. The book explores every facet of the property—from outdoor rooms and garden plantings and design to the delightful, island-living luxury of the villa’s interiors, furnishings, and collections. Releases date Sept. 13th

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Decorate for a Party

A unique collaboration between international bestselling interiors author Holly Becker of the decor8 blog and Leslie Shewring of acreativemint.com, this book is packed full of ideas for all types of parties, gatherings and events. Release date Sept. 13th

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Kathryn At Home:  A Guide to Simple Entertaining

In an elegant scrapbook style, she shares her notes and advice on entertaining, particularly outdoors. Join Kathryn and her talented friend Ithaka for a breakfast, lunchtime picnics, a candlelight dinner, afternoon tea, a barbecue, and a wedding―all interlaced with signature Kathryn M. Ireland fabrics. Release date July 19th

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Christmas At Designers’ Homes Across America

This treasure trove showcases one-of-a-kind holiday ideas from some of the nation’s most talented interior designers, who share not only their aesthetic tastes but also family holiday rituals and favorite Christmas traditions. Release date Sept. 28th

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Southern Spaces For Beautiful Living

From kitchens to living areas to master suites, you’ll find a range of looks that embrace the region’s signature stylings, as well as savvy ideas from experts and homeowners, to make the most of every space in your home. Release date Sept. 8th

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 Which of the new books will you be adding to your bookshelf?

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