Today’s “Dream Home” comes from stylish Dallasite, Haley Schultheis of Nonsense and Sensibility. Haley’s signature sense of style is reflected in each of the beautiful rooms she selected for her dream home. Enjoy!
Obviously, being a Gemini (through and through), it is often difficult for me to make decisions. And, when Paloma invited me to contribute to her “Dream Home” series, I said yes before I even thought twice (who wouldn’t)! So, when actually faced with the project, I created a neat little folder called “HOME” on my desktop. I was sure as I perused my favorite homes again I’d come up with the absolute perfect combination of all of my favorites. Uh-hem. Well, let’s just say when you find yourself fancying a farmhouse in the English countryside, a historical home in Charleston, a brownstone in NYC’s West Village, a ranch in Aspen, and a lake house in Austin – things can get a little bit tricky. Lucky for me, I was able to somewhat refine my tastes and stick to something more sensible – even if it’s just a bit over the top and wholly impractical for a single writer and her dog.
I chose the home above because of it’s clean lines and stateliness. It’s classical without being over the top and I love the window arches and double fireplaces. One can never have too many fireplaces! And, aren’t the shutters a nice touch?
I’ve always loved the spread on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Hamptons home ever since I purchased that issue of House & Garden when I saw her on the cover. I still have it and still flip through it from time to time. I absolutely love her kitchen. I really could re-post that entire spread as my dream home, but I’m forcing myself to be a bit more creative (*don’t worry- I also promise not to show Jenna Lyon’s bathroom or dressing room- as difficult as that is)! I love the mix of modern pieces with traditional patterns in both of these images. I love the traditional wallpaper in a light gray paired with the modern light fixtures in the entry hall. And, as for the lucite dresser above and its magnificent hardware? No words. What an incredible piece! I would love to have this in my room and neatly arrange my brightest sweaters inside of the drawers – how fun!
I’ve always loved Alexis and Trevor Traina’s home that was featured in Elle Decor. I think what I love most about the room above, is the success of combining the printed wallpaper with the printed sofa in such closely matched red hues. It somewhat reminds me of a MUCH toned down modern day interpretation of the late Diana Vreeland’s red sitting room in some ways. Maybe that’s why it amuses me so? And, I love the picture of The Queen above the sofa – the polka dot chair is great too.
Ok, so as of late- I’ve had a serious obsession for silver and gold OR anything sterling and brass. There is something about the mix of the two kinds of metals that just kills me. It’s fresh and clean- but old and elegant at the same time. I can’t wait to have my gray cabinets with brass hardware, my farmhouse sink, and chic brass lighting in my kitchen someday! And, it’s also great mixed with the subway tiles and Carrera marble. So, gray cabinets with gold hardware asap? Yes, please! As for the breakfast room, I can’t imagine a better place to read the morning paper and drink my coffee. It’s bright, inviting, and so cheery with those peacocks. How could you not start your day off right?
I love all three of these rooms for different reasons, but all seem to offer a refined old-world elegance with a modern twist. In my dream dining room, I love the old wood paneling mixed with the gilded mirror and modern chairs. It would be like waking up to Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette each morning. The living room, Fruzsina Keehn’s, has always been one of my favorites. The classical body form sketches on the wall paired with the light gray paint and fabric and zebra rug is impeccable. Again, that mixture of silver and gold has caught me! As for the entertainment room, it’s posh and comfy. This is a place where you (hopefully) wouldn’t care too much if the little ones were coloring on the couch (or at least on the floor right beside it). This is the movie room, cozy and inviting!
For the master bedroom, I love the focus on the gorgeous comfortable bed and plush carpet in the room. This space is very 60s luxe and oh-so-chic. It’s definitely cozy and elegant at the same time. As for the dressing room, I adore the zig zag wallpaper paired with the mirrored dresser! It’s the perfect place for a vanity. Mary McDonald always get things right. As for the master bath, I am drawn to the light and open airiness of the space. Ialso like that there is a freestanding tub. My dream home absolutely must have one of those and of course, the marble is absolutely gorgeous.
I absolutely love the nursery above paired with this bathroom. Seriously, the flamingos and the painted vintage tub are fantastic. And, again, the giant Elizabeth Taylor painting on the wall? How much better can life get!
This beautiful NYC terrace would probably be more of a courtyard for me, but I love the space nonetheless. The only thing I think I would add, is a gorgeous intricately carved outdoor stone fireplace for chilly nights and maybe a big tufted sectional covered in a weather friendly fabric.
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