Dissecting the Details: Kevin Walsh

Hello LDV readers, Nancy of Marcus Design here, happy to share a Dissecting the Details post with you! I’m focussing on the work of Kevin Walsh, owner of the sought-after Bear Hill Interiors design firm and store. He has a penchant for tailored sophistication with a nod to timeless traditional design, so it makes complete sense to learn that he was named one of Trad Home’s 10 New Trads of 2016. Today, I’m dissecting four of the factors Kevin utilizes in his serene and classic living room designs. They are truly rooms you wouldn’t ever want to leave, and here’s why:

CALM COHESIVE COLOR PALETTE

There is nothing more relaxing and inviting that a soothing palette. I personally am particularly drawn to his use of all shades of blue, though any color scheme he selects seems to give the same sophisticated calming effect. 
 
ONE MAIN FOCAL POINT

Whether it’s a armoire flanked by artwork, a dresser or a gorgeous fireplace, Kevin expertly draws you into the room with a clear and creative focal point. The other elements in the room are situated to enhance this, and the overall affect gives those within the space a perfect vignette for their eyes to rest on.

FURNISHINGS IN PAIRS

Nothing says traditional better that bilateral symmetry; and repeating occasional or upholstered chairs, stools, or benches in pairs gives that dramatic timeless look.

ORIGINAL ART
(Kevin’s own home with his sweet dogs perfectly perched atop dreamy blue upholstery)
 

Original and captivating artwork is one of the ingredients that must be mentioned in Kevin’s recipe for a successful living room design. I love his preference for abstract art, which keep the rooms very fresh and mixes eras and styles.  And if you look back at the photos throughout this post, you will notice that whether the focal point is a fireplace or a stately dresser, the art displayed above them helps to draw the eye into the space and reinforce the focal point.

So there you have it, 4 key elements that Kevin Walsh uses to create luxe living spaces that combine a modern and traditional sensibility. Hop to Kevin’s website at Bear Hill Interiors to see more of his stunning portfolio here, and don’t forget to follow him on his lovely & inspiring Instagram feed here.

 

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Dissecting the Details: Timothy Whealon

Hello LDV readers, it’s Nancy of Marcus Design blog here sharing an installment of Dissecting the Details with you today! I’m analyzing the work of NY-based high-end interior designer Timothy Whealon. Specifically, I thought it would be interesting to look at his layouts, use of space, and vignette design in entry ways and hallways. The entry is of all-importance as it’s the first impression of the home, and transition spaces and hallways must also be considered and maximized to create memorable moments. Let’s look at four defining features Timothy utilizes when designing these spaces.

ONE KEY FOCAL POINT
 
 
 
Within a hallway or passage way, Timothy creates interest by drawing you into the space and pulling you to move towards a key focal point. In the examples above, this focal point can be as simple as an inviting vignette including seating, or a mirror at the end of a hall, or even repetition of light fixtures down the hall as you see in the example directly above.
 
THOUGHTFUL PLACEMENT OF ART
 
 
 
 
 
Whether one large piece or a carefully curated grouping of artwork, this is a feature that is always immediately impactful. It’s a bonus if the artwork you display in these vignettes is of personal meaning to you and others that live in your home. As seen in the examples above, the art’s placement also enhances the furnishings placed with it. 
 
STATEMENT-MAKING FURNISHINGS
 
 
 
 
I love Timothy’s keen eye and use of contemporary and antique pieces in entries and hallways. Each is carefully selected and leaves a very lasting impression in a space that guests might literally not spend more than two minutes passing through. Who could forget the amazing fabric on the settee above? Also note that each vignette displays bilaterally symmetry for greater impact.
 
SPECIAL WALL TREATMENTS 
 
 
 
 
  
Grid paneling and millwork, textured grasscloth wallcoverings, and hand-painted chinoiserie treatments – I think it’s impossible to pick a favorite among these! One thing is for certain, each wall treatment creates a perfect and lasting first impression in a home. It’s often said that if the bones or the backdrop of the space is right, you can’t go wrong building from there, and in each of the cases above, I think that holds true!
 
There you have it, four key features implemented in Timothy Whealon’s entry and hallway spaces. I love to gleen wisdom like this from the seasoned designers I respect so much, so that I can try to bring some of what I love about their designs into my own home. Which feature is your favorite here?
  
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Dissecting the Details: Mark Sikes

We’ve come to know and love Mark D. Sikes for everything he does so masterfully, and creating luxurious bedroom retreats is one of those things. Nancy of Marcus Design here with you today, showing you some of the gorgeous details that make Mark’s bedroom projects into spaces we would never want to leave. Let’s dissect 3 key features Mark implements in these rooms:

via Mark’s instagram
 
BLUE & WHITE + PATTERN
 
 

Though Mark’s work extends into many hues, we’ve come to recognize him for what he creates with classic blue & white. This is a palette that has stood the test of time, and he masterfully mixes varying shades, textures, and maybe most importantly – patterns. On his favorite wall color option Mark explains, “Farrow & Ball Skylight is probably my ultimate color for any room, and that’s a pale blue.” The overall effect is likely the most soothing color combination one could choose for a restful retreat.

ANTIQUE PIECES
 

We’ve often said that each room needs at least one antique piece to bring soul and history to the space. Mark selects the most stand out furnishings that will surely be treasured for generations. The warmth of the wood in the specific examples above also adds texture and a sense of things collected over time.

 
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, there is nothing more luxurious in the bedroom than an over the top canopy bed. Whether a detailed floral pattern, or a sleek tape-trimmed solid fabric, the look is chic and everlasting! The height is so dramatic and the overall look is timeless. 
 
And there you have it, 3 key features of Mark’s fantastic bedrooms; hop to his portfolio to see more and of course get a closer look via his book Beautiful
 
 
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Dissecting the Details: Phoebe Howard

Hello lovely LDV readers, Nancy of Marcus Design here to share another installment of the Dissecting the Details column with you today! I’m always drawn to very classic design in the bedroom, and Phoebe Howard knows exactly how to create a timeless and effortlessly chic bedroom space. Let’s take a closer peek into four key elements that Phoebe uses to accomplish this look:

SOFT BLUES

Whether its an obvious all-over hue or an ever so subtle touch of pillows and lamps, the overall look is as soothing as the sea itself. I think blue has to be my all-time favorite color for the bedroom, so it’s definitely something I am drawn to in Phoebe’s designs.

A FEW ANTIQUES

The above examples show antique or antique style furniture, lighting, and artwork throughout. The warm wood hues of the antique desks, spindle beds, and dressers add so much to these overall light and airy spaces. The mirrors and artwork framed in substantial antique gold frames are stand-outs in each space.

SUMPTUOUS SEATING AREAS

Every space featured has a seating area, no matter how large or small the room. Even in the smallest of bedroom, I think one occassional or slipper chair brings so much comfort and charm to the bedroom.

THE CLASSIC CANOPY
 

One of my all-time favorites, the canopy bed could not be more perfectly suited to Phoebe’s spaces. The old-world charm and luxury can’t be beat. Truthfully I think these beds can make the ceiling appear higher and the space seem larger. And fabric always serves to warm a space!

Which of the four features is your favorite? Would you implement these in your own bedroom space? To see more from Phoebe’s stunning and extensive portfolio hop here.

 
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Dissecting the Details: Alyssa Kapito Interiors

Hello LDV readers, Nancy of Marcus Design here, happy to be bringing you another Dissecting the Details installment. I’ve been awfully drawn towards the work of Alyssa Kapito Interiors, as Alyssa’s style incorporates stunning clean lines, with sculptural and natural elements throughout. Let’s take a closer look at four design elements she consistently uses in her living room spaces:

NATURAL ELEMENTS

Through bespoke wooden furnishings, chunky jute rugs, woven baskets, and natural additions through an abundance of plants, Alyssa creates a magical mixture of textures. Truthfully, this magic is only heightened by being juxtaposed against man-made objects such as the lucite tables and metal or mirror surfaces.

STAND OUT ARTWORK

Particularly stunning black and white abstract pieces, each of these gorgeous living rooms contains artwork that truly makes the room. The artwork anchors the entire space and is often the first element your eye is drawn to. Another principle that definitely applies here – go big or go home.

SOFT PALETTES

Whites, creams, and beige’s never looked so good! The softest of palettes create such a classic feel to these living rooms. Even when color is injected (as in the first photo here), it is in the most subtle and restrained ways.

VIGNETTE MOMENTS

The vignettes created above are like little opportunities for creating an added layer of modifiable art. Through piles of books, plants, sculptures and trinkets, special moments are made that capture one’s attention and has you wanting to take a second look.

There you have it, four key features that Alyssa utilizes in her design and decoration of living spaces. Expect to see more from her recent projects soon, and follow along with Alyssa’s sneak peaks on her stunning IG account and via her website.

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