Fabulous Room 10.21.16


I love finding and connecting with people whose style I admire on Instagram. A few months ago, I came across Shelley Johnstone‘s profile @shelleyjohnstonedesign and connected with her updated traditional aesthetic. The spaces she designs are beautiful and are usually filled with unexpected finishes and details that make them truly special. One such space, which coincidentally, I spotted on Instagram,  is the trellis room at her home in Lake Forest, Illinois. Orange is Shelley’s favorite color, so she lacquered the ceiling in the vibrant hue, which really pops against the treillaged walls. A simple, armless orange velvet settee and a pair of Empire-style leather chairs, along with a Chinoiserie table and tole lantern round out the jewel box space. I am not certain where  in the house the room is situated, but given that the stairs seem to be directly behind it and the dining room is just off of it, I would assume it would be near an entrance. The room certainly makes a wonderful impression!



I will be in High Point until Monday, so be sure to follow me on Instagram for glimpses into my favorite finds at Market! Have a wonderful weekend!


Designer to Watch: David Kaihoi


If you have yet to hear of David Kaihoi, I am certain you will be seeing much more from him soon. David started his career as a fine artist and moved to New York for his wife to pursue her career in fashion. While working as an art installer, he met Miles Redd, who eventually offered him a job and became his mentor in the world of interior design. After nearly ten years of working with Miles, David has stepped out on his own establishing his eponymous design firm. You may remember his stunningly beautiful–and tiny 390 square foot apartment which appeared in House Beautiful back in 2010. More recently, the apartment David designed for Town & Country‘s style director, Whitney Robinson was featured in Metropolitan Home back in the spring.

Not only am I looking forward to seeing more work from this talented designer, I am also excited to use the chic new fabrics from the collection he recently launched with Schumacher in client projects. The collection features fresh patterns with a hint of ethnic influences executed through a modern point of view. The color palette is crisp and vibrant, ensuring its versatility. It’s always special to see the evolution of new generations of designers. Miles Redd worked for Bunny Williams, whose influence is evident in his work, though their aesthetics vary quite a bit. David Kaihoi and Nick Olsen worked for Miles Redd and you can certainly see a bit of Miles in the younger two’s work– the saturated color, the bold statements, and the moxie to mix modern and traditional. While the influence from the former carries into the latter, they each have their own unique perspective and in David’s case (all of them really!), he is certainly making a name for his himself in the design world.

Whitney Robinson’s Apartment featured in Metropolitan Home




David Kaihoi’s 390 Square Foot Apartment featured in House Beautiful





David Kaihoi’s Collection for Schumacher


{David and Miles}




LDV Loves: Loeffler Randall F/W ’16


{Loeffler Randall Ambassador Jamie Beck @annstreetstudio}

Loeffler Randall is known for its great accessories, and cool, downtown girl vibe. Their shoe collection over the past few seasons has been increasingly great, and I have found that for Fall/Winter 2016, I have quite a few pairs on my wish list. From pretty suede sandals with ankle ties to smart oxfords with a great tassel detail, you could have an instant fall shoe wardrobe with a few pairs from this collection. I also love the way the brand reached out to some of their ambassadors and shows us how these stylish girls are wearing their shoes. Loeffler Randall’s Friends and Family Sale is currently happening and you can save 25% off site wide through tomorrow, October 20th using code LRFF25.


{Nicole Najafi of Industry Standard}


{Kee Edwards of Loup Charmant}


{Stephanie Danler author of Sweetbitter and Carly De Castro of Pressed Juicery}



On My Radar: Christopher Spitzmiller for Visual Comfort & Co.


Beloved for his hand-crafted lamps, potter extraordinaire, Christopher Spitzmiller is expanding his reach with an exciting new collection for Visual Comfort & Co. Since opening the doors to his studio in 1996, Spitzmiller has designed lamps which have achieved icon status, thanks to their beautiful, hand-thrown quality and their exquisite glazes and colors. Spitzmiller lamps are beloved by just about every top interior designer in the country. We love them at Paloma Contreras Design, but because they are essentially works of art, they don’t always work for the budget on every project.

Spitzmiller’s partnership with Visual Comfort will make his beautiful lamps accessible to a much broader audience. Visual Comfort is the top lighting manufacturer in the industry, known for its unparalleled level of design and beautiful finishes and details, so the partnership is a natural match. In regard to how the Visual Comfort collection will differ from his original one, Spitzmiller says “This line is more modern and contemporary that what we regularly produce though there is a strong aesthetic connection between the two lines. Our clients will have more options with different styles and finishes that are available at a more approachable price point than I am able to offer for pieces produced at my New York City studio.”


The partnership signifies new territory for forward-thinking Visual Comfort as well, with Spitzmiller being the first of its design partners to specialize specifically on ceramic lamps. President and Founder of Visual Comfort, Andy Singer is looking forward to presenting the new collection to his company’s loyal customers at High Point Market this weekend, stating “We are pleased to bring Christopher’s beautiful works to life in a production environment while keeping with his signature styling and a new, fresh palette of finishes. Visual Comfort’s customers will now be able to select from a wonderful array of shapes and finishes that Christopher has created which will be part of our significant in stock assortment. Partnering with Christopher Spitzmiller who is regarded as an icon in his field once again reinforces Visual Comfort’s mission to be the premier resource for signature designer lighting.” The collection encompasses seven design families composed of ceramic table lamps and tole pendant lights in a variety of finishes including Aged Celadon, Black Pearl,  Red Orange,  Aqua Crackle, Burnt Gold, Mississippi Mud, Porous White, Avocado, Dark Honey, Rustic Bronze, Light Rose, Wild Lime, Flowing Blue, and Matte Black Metallic.


{A Sneak Peek of the Chambers Lamp, One of Six Exclusive Silhouettes debuting in the Christopher Spitzmiller for Visual Comfort Collection at High Point}

To see the new Christopher Spitzmiller Collection along with the rest of Visual Comfort’s latest design introductions, visit them in the Commerce & Design Building, Showroom 2G at High Point Market.