Bold and Beautiful

Bold and Beautiful | Nathan Turner | DeGournay Wallpaper | Chinoiserie

This past Sunday, I allowed myself to indulge in a lazy afternoon catching up on some of my favorite magazines. I pored through the September issues of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Town & Country, and House Beautiful and also spent a good while entrenched in some old issues of American House & Garden. This morning, I am feeling inspired and recharged! One of my favorite stories from my weekend reading was this beautiful home in Bel-Air, designed by my sweet and talented friend, Nathan Turner and featured in the September issue of House Beautiful. The house is a triumph.

Nathan was fearless in his use of color and pattern throughout his young clients’ home and the result is chic and inspiring. The resplendent, 1930s Regency style home features hand-painted deGournay wallpaper in the dining room pictured above. Nathan felt the Chinoiserie wallpaper was appropriate for the style of the house, but wanted the room to feel inviting and relaxed, so he brought in a plaster chandelier and white rattan chairs by McGuire to balance things out.


{The library is what Nathan calls “French Lavender” and features a show-stopping, vintage brass and Lucite desk from the 1960s.}


{The jewel box powder bath features a stunning treillage application by Accents of France painted in Dix Blue by Farrow & Ball. Notice the lovely pagoda lantern by Charles Edwards hanging overhead.}


{This little girl’s room features Vanautu Twilight Wallpaper from Anthropologie, custom headboards in fabric by Peter Dunham, and bedding from Leontine Linens.}


{The master bedroom also includes Leontine Linens, naturally! The walls and headboard are upholstered in Jasper’s Indian Flower.}


{It’s difficult to pick a favorite room in this house, but for me, I think it is a tie between the dining room and this glorious guest bedroom which features textiles by Muriel Brandolini and a plethora of antiques.}



{The red-bricked patio chairs plays host to Malawi chairs by Jeffrey Alan Marks for Palecek along with some pillows made from vintage African textiles.}

Which room is your favorite in this beautiful home? Be sure to click on the images to see them in their full glory.


{Photography by Victoria Pearson for House Beautiful}

Seeing Red

red violet grey

{Violet Grey on Melrose Place}

While I only wear red from time to time and don’t have a stitch of it in my home’s decor, I have been seeing red lately! Known to symbolize love, passion, courage, success, and even rage, red certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. Perhaps it is because red is so inextricably linked with the Christmas season or because I have been feeling ultra-motivated lately, but like a moth to a flame, I can’t help but be drawn to this powerful color.

red luis bustamante

 {Luis Bustamante}

red lily cole tom ford{Lily Cole in Tom Ford}

red yves klein

{Yves Klein}

red miles redd

{Miles Redd}

red madame gres

{Vintage Madame Gres Gowns}

red matisse

{Henri Matisse}

red entry

{Source Unknown}

red valentino


red rothko

{Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1954 via the RISD Museum}

red brooke shields

{Brooke Shields’s Dining Room as featured in Architectural Digest}

red dree hemigway dujour

{Dree Hemingway and Spanish Matador, Jose Maria Manzanares in DuJour Magazine}

red spin


red room



{Lauren Santo Domingo}

red twombly2

{Cy Twombly}

red miles redd2

{Miles Redd}

red tom ford

{Tom Ford}

red basquiat

{Jean-Michel Basquiat}

red beverly field

{Beverly Field}

red olivia aquazzura

{Olivia Palermo in Aquazzura Sandals}

red joan miro

{Joan Miro}

red tory burch dining room

{Tory Burch in her Sumptuous Red Lacquered Dining Room}

red shoes

red rothko2

{Mark Rothko}

redd palmer weiss

{Palmer Weiss}

red valentino2


red twombly

{Cy Twombly}

red mary mcdonald bar

{Mary McDonald’s Chic, Red-Lined Bar Cabinet in House Beautiful}

red oscar de la renta

{Oscar de la Renta}

red matisse2


Are you seeing red, too? What are your thoughts on the color? Do you use it much in your home and wardrobe?


Two Styles, One Room: Sleek meets Plush

Hello LDV Readers! It’s Rebecca and Paula from Sea Island Drive. We’re back with another great room where two styles come together effortlessly…Two Styles. One Room.

Photo via New England Home

Sleek and minimal interiors are becoming more desired, but so many clients are afraid that this style won’t feel plush or livable for their family. This inviting living room proves you can have both! A sleek room doesn’t have to be hard and cold feeling, it can feel as warm as any rustic interior out there.

All of the big pieces that are in the Living Room have simple sleek, clean lines. The details layered in add that plush and luxe feeling without getting fussy. A tailored sofa in a nubby chenille. Knife edged pillows in luxurious velvet. A simple blanket in a soft faux fur. Everything is screaming, “Curl up on me with a glass of wine and forget your day.”

We are not ones to fight that feeling, so next time you see us this is where we will be.

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Summer Style Refresh with Janet Kain

I have been familiar with Janet Kain For the Home since I ordered one of their beautiful throws as a hostess gift when I visited a friend over a year ago. Janet Kain, who attended the New York School of Interior Design founded her company several years ago when she realized that the market was missing something– a line of beautiful, handmade throw pillows in designer fabrics with the Palm Beach meets Park Avenue attitude that she wasn’t able to find in New York– think “Urban Coastal” as Janet likes to describe it. The beauty of Janet Kain’s pillows is that they are generously sized– usually 22″ squares and come with down inserts and the designer fabric on both sides. Even better is the fact that Janet Kain’s site is beautifully merchandised by style/color which takes the guesswork out of finding patterns and colors to pair together. The company eventually expanded beyond pillows and they now carry a chic assortment of throws and trays to complete any room. I was thrilled when the lovely team at Janet Kain offered to send me a few pieces for a little summer refresh around my house. Do you all change up your decor from one season to the next? I like to make little changes, mostly through accessories, so this was right up my alley!



{I used Janet Kain’s sumptuous Natural and Cream Greek Key Throw in my formal living room where the neutral colors fit the color scheme beautifully! If you’ve read LDV long enough, then chances are that you know how much I love Greek Key. It is my favorite classic design motif and I love the modern interpretation in this soft cotton throw. While it isn’t exactly cool in Houston during the summer, I am always cold while we watch TV in the evenings, so I have been getting very good use out of this throw and the soft cotton keeps it from being too warm. It’s just right!}

janet kain quadrille

 {In the guest bedroom, I currently have Biscuit’s Katie Bedding and I’ve found that a tiny black and white swiss dot print is basically a neutral, so I wanted to bring in some fun, colorful pillows that would really beckon summer into the room. The headboard is navy, so I opted for a pair of pillows in Quadrille’s Periwinkle Nitik pattern. I love the scale of the pattern and find that it complements the swiss dots and big Greek Key lumbar pillow rather well. The look evokes a bit of a Santorini vibe now.}

If you are currently in the market for new, high-quality designer pillows or throws, you should definitely check out Janet Kain. They have so many chic patterns, that it is impossible to go wrong! These are just a few of my favorite patterns from Janet Kain:








{1.White Aruba Pillow | 2. Navy Greek Key Throw | 3. Blue Bali Hai Pillow | 4. Blue Belgian Linen Batik Pillow | 5. Imperial Blue Honeycomb Pillow | 6. Navy and Natural Reversible Trestle Throw | 7. Navy Mustique Pillow | 8. Blue Moroc Pillow | 9. Aqua Volpi Pillow | 10. Turquoise Paradise Pillow | 11. Aqua Sevilla Damask Pillow  | 12. Blue Persepolis Pillow | 13. Yellow Leopard Pillow | 14. Terracotta Mustard Kazak Pillow | 15. Celadon Bullseye Pillow | 16. Red Arbre de Matisse Pillow | 17. Creme Veneto Pillow | 18. Cognac Leather Tray | 19. Sand Pom Pom Throw | 20. Tan Agua Pillow | 21. Brown Lyford Pillow | 22. Ivory Aga Pillow | 23. Brown Ziggurat Pillow | 24. Bark Kruger Pillow}


{This post is sponsored by Janet Kain for the Home. All opinions are genuinely my own.}

The Style Files: Celerie Kemble


Anytime I am asked who my favorite interior designers are, I immediately think of those who have been the most influential to me and who have achieved the great feat of carving out a unique, inimitable place in the design world. Celerie Kemble ranks among my top favorite interior designers for several reasons. The first and most obvious reason is that I love her aesthetic. Having grown up in Palm Beach, Florida, Celerie (nee Cecilia) has a true appreciation and command of a style that is rooted in tradition, with a touch of whimsy and a major dose of glamour. Celerie’s mother, legendary designer, Mimi McMakin founded Kemble Interiors in 1982, but Celerie didn’t fall into the family business right away. She graduated from Harvard and worked in film production for some time before ” succumbing to what she calls a compulsion for design and the creation of thoughtful interiors that put the person in the place.”

Over the years, Kemble Interiors has grown to have offices in Palm Beach, New York, and London. Celerie has completed projects all over the world and has created a design empire with a line of fabrics and wall coverings for Schumacher that I use for my own projects all the time, floor coverings for Merida, furniture for Henredon, and accessories and lighting for Maitland-Smith. I find Celerie to be endlessly inspiring for her fearless approach to design, the way in which she has created an identifiable and unique look and brand, and for the fact that in spite of a schedule and docket of professional commitments that would be exhausting for anyone, family is her first priority. I’ve met Celerie on a few occasions now and have always been impressed with how down-to-earth and truly disarming she is. We recently had a conversation about design, the endless search for inspiration, and some exciting new projects she has in the works. I think you’ll find her answers inspiring, real, and refreshing.


Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Celerie Kemble: I like things pretty – with quirk – and this can be achieved in a variety of vernaculars so I don’t really anchor on a particular style.

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{This room exemplifies the Palm Beach-Meets-Park Avenue look for which Celerie is known and loved.}

PC: Your firm, Kemble Interiors has offices in New York, Palm Beach, and London. Do you find that clients in different cities have different needs or goals? How would you compare the design scene stateside to the design scene in Europe?

CK: I think goals and needs are usually more related to personality type and background, then region. For instance, my most recent client in London is American and from the South but she’s quite fashionable. So, the continent proves irrelevant – but that she’s Southern Traditional with a lot of fashion explains it all for me.

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 {A Chic Living Room by Kemble Interiors}

PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

CK: The work of my peers – thank god for good editorial spreads, books, and now Pinterest. I also get lost on Tumblr and can dig deep into about 15 years of travel and shopping moments on my iPhone. It makes me feel somehow saner in this business of constant eye-catching beauty and new material when I find I still like what I liked years ago.

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 {Celerie, Looking Super Glamorous in her Office Surrounded by Countless Design Books}

PC: Who are your personal style icons?

CK: I have a few friends who turn anything in their proximity more beautiful by some magic, and through their eyes or lenses or voice I also learn to see the world differently:

Sara Ruffin Costello – writer

Amanda Brooks – fashion writer, best friend from infancy

Lucia Engstrom – photographer

Gin Cambre – photographer

I like to keep my icons to people I have seen in their bathrobes – because to admire people I’ve only seen photos of seems a path to misery.

amanda brooks

{Celerie’s Dear Friend, Amanda Brooks}

PC: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement thus far?

CK: Most of my friends are old friends – even the ex-boyfriends – I think life’s achievements are in the relationships you hold.


{A Pretty Vignette in a Space by Kemble Interiors}

PC: Who has been your greatest professional influence?

CK: My mom. She taught me to work hard, be flexible, and she set the framework for my comfort level being a working mother.


{Celerie’s Beautiful, Chic Mother, Mimi McMakin Photographed in Jamaica when she was in her Early 30s | Photo via Kemble Interiors’ Instagram}

PC: Finish this sentence: “Before I die, I’d like to…”

CK: Get very, very OLD.

Hampton Designer Showhouse

{A Showhouse featuring Many of Celerie’s Designs from her Various Product Lines}

PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

CK: Red wine – I don’t really feel guilty about that, I just know I should have a third glass less frequently.


{A Photo I Snapped at the Henredon Showroom at High Point Market in April Showcasing some of my Favorite Pieces from Celerie’s Furniture Collection}

PC: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

CK: Having a great view, seeing lots of sunsets, and having the time to enjoy them.


 {The stunning beachside resort Celerie recently designed an helped develop, Playa Grande in the Dominican Republic was recently featured in Vogue.}

PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

CK: Building more great cottages and houses at Playa Grande, a resort I have been working on for 10 years – please check it out– A line of outdoor furniture this fall with Lane Venture, new fabrics with Schumacher, new rugs with Merida, and a line of curtain hardware. I am always adding to my furniture and accessories collection with Henredon and Maitland-Smith – they are on the floor at HD Buttercup in LA or online at


{Another Photo of Celerie’s Chic Designs for Henredon}



Go-To Outfit: Lela Rose dress, heels in my vintage backpack and flops or Toms because my feet don’t like the heels.

Style Mantra: Please let messy be okay.

Scent: Orange Blossom by Jo Malone

Piece of Jewelry: Chunky Vintage Necklace

Color I Never Tire Of: Green

Flower: Anemone

Indispensible Design Element: An Imagination

Era for Design: 30s/40s

Fabric/Textile: Bamboo, Sisals, Grasscloths, and Wicker

Design Book: Floor to ceiling shelf of them in my office and Bronson Van Wyck’s even taller, deeper shelf next door.

Hostess Gift: I never give them. I can’t get my act together.

Meal: A Creamy Pasta

Drink: Spicy Margarita– Must be on the rocks, non-discriminating about the tequila

Celerie Favorites

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: I take a bath with my kids.

3 Things I love about New York: Airlift, Good Food… I can’t get to three.

Weekend Destination: Palm Beach and Playa Grande

Hotel: So decadent, but Amans. My favorite is Aman Wana in Indonesia.

City: Hong Kong

Museum: Harvard Museum of Natural History– I love the glass flowers exhibit.

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: I still love my high school songs– Suzanne Vega and Stevie Nicks.

Actor/Actress: Crazy girl crush on Kristen Scott Thomas, Jane Lynch, Tina Fey, and Christina Hendricks

Risk Worth Taking: Most of them– but now I have to think my kids might read this someday

Greatest Extravagance: Travel