Dissecting the Details: Shaun Smith

Hello lovely LDV readers! Nancy of Marcus Design blog here, sharing a Dissecting the Details post with you today. I’ve been coveting the sophisticated style of Shaun Smith for some time now, every room he puts together is lust-worthy. I’m focusing in on his bathroom designs for today, sharing 3 key elements he utilizes to create stand-out spaces. Let’s take a look:


You can’t deny the walls in these bathrooms are simply captivating! I love Shaun’s use of tile glistening over the entire wall, or wallcoverings literally enveloping a room by extending over the ceiling. It’s luxe and it’s anything but boring.


While all over pattern and color are part of Shaun’s signature style, he surely knows how to put together the most soft and soothing ensuite as well. Use of luxury hardware and marble, soft whites and stand-alone tubs make for a boutique-hotel like feel. And you can never go wrong with such timeless finishes. 


I sincerely think this last element might be the best example of Shaun’s expertise and range as a designer. He is truly the best at working with what an old space already has. In each of the examples shared, the original tiles or in some cases cabinetry/counter finishes are kept and incorporated beautifully. You’ll be in awe when you see the befores …


The perfect coordination of the blue original tiles makes it look as though the wallpaper and hard finishes were chosen and installed at the same time! In this last photo below you can see the ceiling drop-down and cabinet could not be removed in this pool bath; but with fabric and wallpaper, Shaun has camouflaged it all and it looks as though it was in the design plan all along.

And there you have it, three fantastic ways Shaun Smith creates memorable and stunning bathroom spaces. To see more of his work be sure to follow him on Instagram, and check out his website. Thank you for having me!


Dissecting the Details: Beth Webb

Hello wonderful LDV readers! Nancy of Marcus Design blog here and I’m thrilled to be sharing a Dissecting the Details post with you today. With the recent release of her first book, An Eye for Beauty, Beth Webb has shown us how important beauty and comfort are to our everyday living. She has such a keen eye for mixing patterns, soft hues, eras of furnishings, all while creating an overall calming effect. What better room to dissect than the bedrooms by Beth, where serenity & calm are paramount! Let’s look at 4 key features to Beth’s bedroom designs:


The textures and patterns of the textiles used in Beth’s rooms are so inviting, they have the viewer wishing to reach out and touch them. The mixture of soft linens, quilts, and knits create interest and depth. The ikat and Otomi prints seen above may be thought of as busy patterns – but on the contrary, look at the calming effect they have in the overall space!


I love this one, because there is nothing more unabashedly feminine than a makeup counter. And Beth adds this element with ease and interest by using stunning desks, sculptural chairs, and vintage pieces to adorn the tabletop. To me this is a luxurious touch that beckons another era.


If you’ve been reading the Dissecting the Details posts for some time, you know I often mention this element in a bedroom. I love the idea of a room with ample space for a nook with a pair of chairs or a sofa & reading table. But notice that in the examples above, even if you’re space is a little tight, you can get the luxe look with just one tailored chair or an upholstered bench at the end of the bed.


I have to say that when I started to pay attention to the night tables, I noticed every room Beth designs includes stand out pieces with a collected-over-time look. It’s a good reminder not to rush into purchases just to fill the space, but rather to be mindful of how carefully selected pieces will stand out and stand the test of time. And speaking of tables, just look at that darling little tray table for breakfast in bed! Simply stunning.

What element was your favorite? Any others you see? You can find the details of Beth’s book here, and hop over to see more of her beautiful and extensive portfolio here. Thank you for having me!


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:


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. 

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.


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

(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.



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.

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.
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. 
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.
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?

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

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.


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