Fabulous Room Friday 07.16.10

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{Left: The striking statue of the Winged Victory of Samothrace looks as if she has just flown into the room. Can you think of a more dramatic piece to add to a room? Right: Dhong swathed the elegant room in beautiful array of blues and greys.}

This week’s Fabulous Room comes to us from interior designer, Benjamin Dhong. The tower attic was designed by Dhong for this year’s San Francisco Decorators Showcase house and was greatly inspired by Parisian style. Dhong wanted to maximize the views of the Golden Gate Bridge and aimed to make the room feel like a “sexy and escape”. I’d say he definitely accomplished his goal. The room has a very elegant aura and the shades of grey and blue are very reminiscent of Paris. The cool tones and luxurious textures within the room would be perfectly at home in a chic Parisian apartment or a grand hotel in the City of Lights.

ben dhong3 {How is this for ingenious? Dhong took an Arne Jacobson Egg Chair and had it reupholstered in a Manuel Canovas cut velvet fabric, which he paired with a Fortuny pillow. Dhong added the zebra rug because “the room was too ‘polite’ and needed a bit of edge”.}

ben dhong4 {A Silver Giacommeti Lamp topped with a French Blue Silk Shade rests atop a table skirted in a Sumptuous Velvet with Greek Key Trim}


All Images Courtesy of Benjamin Dhong

Double Take: David Jimenez’s Carriage House

David Jimenez’s Kansas City Carriage House
David Jimenez is by far, one of my favorite interior designers. His exquisite style feels current, yet classic. Perhaps because his work is never overtly trendy and is always sublimely tasteful. He excels at accessorizing and layering rooms perfectly. Each room seems to tell a story.

Jimenez, splits his time between his homes in San Francisco, Palm Springs, and his main residence in Kansas City, one of my favorite spaces ever. David’s carriage house alone is enough to send my heart aflutter. Most of you will probably recognize the modern take on the carriage house, but this year, David updated it in a more classic style. Take a look at both takes below. Which do you like best?

Take One: Modern Styling

Modern Living Room

Modern Bedroom

Modern Dining Room
Modern Kitchen

Modern Office

Take Two: Classic Styling

Classic Living Room

The Classic Living Room from a Different Angle

Modern Bedroom

Classic Dining Room

Classic Kitchen
Classic Office

All Images via David Jimenez

High Style: Woodson & Rummerfield

Designers Ron Woodson & Jaime Rummerfield

When Los Angeles-based designers, Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield decided to join forces and merge their interior design firms, they probably did not anticipate just how successful their union would be. In addition to designing the homes of high-profile clients like Tori Spelling, the pair also have a very successful boutique consisting of “pedigreed decorative arts, tailored and noteworthy furniture, graphic wallpapers, unique lighting, and accessories for the home”. The well-curated showroom also serves as a source of inspiration for Woodson and Rummerfield’s clients.

The duo have coined the term “MODAGE”. Not sure what that means? The designers explain it as such: “…Fancy entering the home of your great aunt you have always admired. She had impeccable taste and she traveled all over the world. Her home décor has exquisite furniture, art, and decorative arts. In a way, she was a bit mad in the head, but all the objets d’artes and interesting decoratives worked so well it became a place of wonder.” So, Modage is in fact a chic, whimsical, collected look that is eclectic, but very L.A. at its core.

Woodson and Rummerfield have expanded their empire to include an online store, WRLust.com, as well as a storefront on 1stDibs. Both sites feature the pair’s own furniture and wallpaper lines which feature an amazing selection. In order to share their expertise, the two designers have penned a book, appropriately titled High Style, which is available through their website.

Both Woodson and Rummerfield were recognized on House Beautiful’s list of “America’s Top 25 Young Designers” in 2005 and have consistently proven that they are someone to watch. Their work has been featured in such publications as Domino, Traditional Home, Lucky, People, Western Interiors, and Metropolitan Home. While Hollywood Regency is certainly prevalent among their designs, these Woodson and Rummerfield are quite versatile and have an incredible eye for detail. Their look is young, hip, and exquisitely layered.

“Chic Retreat in Laurel Canyon”
(I am almost certain this is a blogger’s home, but can’t remember whose it is. Any ideas?)

“11th Street Santa Monica”

“Micheltorena Silver Lake”

“Versace in Beverly Ridge”

All images via Woodson and Rummerfield

Preston Lee’s Posh Home

Update: It has come to my attention that this home does not belong to Preston, but rather his design partner, Jen Dyer, who designed it. Click here for the full update.

Preston Lee’s super swank design style earned him a place amongst the last three designers standing in the finale of Top Design last week. By now, you probably know that Nathan walked away with top honors, but I certainly believe that Preston’s work deserves an honorable mention.

Preston’s design aesthetic is a total reflection of who he is: young, sexy, hip, and very L.A., which makes him appeal to a broad audience. The Top Design judges consistently lauded Preston on his ability to pull a room together through the use of color and texture and often compared his look to that of a swanky boutique hotel.The pictures I have gathered here are from Preston’s personal residence in Los Angeles.

The charming entrance to Preston’s “chateau”
Preston plays with scale in his foyer.
Mix Master: Preston’s living room exudes a very eclectic, Hollywood Regency vibe. I love his use of color and “I die” over that rug!

Preston seems to have pulled back a little in the breakfast room, where he chose to use a more muted palette of soft yellows, browns, and taupes. I think the mix of pillows is fantastic, the chandelier is amazing, and I love the idea of the banquette in place of chairs.

Preston cranks the volume back up in his dining room where he mixes colors and textures yet again. Picture this room lit only by candlelight on a Saturday night. It’s a fabulous backdrop for a sexy cocktail party.

I just love everything about this bedroom! I like that it feels serene, yet there are many fun elements present and the colors he used are fabulous. It feels classic and eclectic all at once.

Images via Bravo TV and
Preston Lee’s Portfolio

Amanda Nisbet: She’s No Wallflower

Geometric shapes meet bold patterns and bright colors in this lovely living room.

New York Interior Designer, Amanda Nisbet sure knows how to make a statement. Known for her use of bold patterns and vivid colors, her designs are not for the faint of heart. Don’t call on Amanda if you want to blend in with everyone else. Amanda’s designs are distinctive and fun. It’s evident that she doesn’t take herself too seriously and her sense of humor is reflected in her work. I love that a certain joie de vivre is present in each room Amanda designs.

Although Amanda is based out of Manhattan, she has designed projects throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe. “Untethered by design rules, Amanda brings a fresh, energetic approach to a traditional sense of luxury. Colour, texture, and form blend to create her trademark comfortable elegance. Her work seamlessly balances function and style, Classicism and Modernism, in surprising ways.” Her work has been featured in such publications as Elle Décor, House and Garden, House Beautiful, Town and Country, O at Home, Traditional Home, and The New York Times.

Amanda enjoys Starbucks in a gilded dining room of her design.

A lime and chocolate bedroom featuring gorgeous bedding and a show-stopping chandelier

A cool living room dressed in soothing shades of green

Citrus colors and garden sculptures add an unexpected punch to this otherwise very formal room.

Neutral fabrics mimicking burlap join unique shapes in this living room which is tame by Nisbet standards.

Beautiful, horizontal striped wallpaper and a chubby gourd lamp provide a warm welcome in this foyer.

A sunny breakfast room in which a traditional table mingles with modern lucite chairs

I love the colors in this casual, yet elegant room.

I love this grey baroque wallpaper. If the wallpaper alone wasn’t bold enough for you, Nisbet made sure to add a lime green shower curtain and a framed print that seems to be an ode to Salvador Dalí.

Ornate chairs, gilded lighting fixtures, citrine walls…What else could you ask for?

If this is not the girliest room I’ve ever seen, I don’t know what is. This would be so lovely in a little boutique.

Amanda mixes colors, patterns, and textures so nicely in this very Domino-esque bedroom.

I heart the Greek key drapes in this room.

Lovely Lilac: Masculine / Feminine, Modern / Traditional, Yin/Yang

This outdoor vignette makes me long for a summer day on the coast of Maine.

All images via Amanda Nisbet Design