House Beautiful’s Next Wave

Paloma Contreras House Beautiful Next Wave

I am absolutely thrilled, honored, and incredibly grateful to be featured as the “Next Wave” designer in the November issue of House Beautiful. I have read the magazine faithfully each month for as long as I can remember, so being profiled in such an iconic feature within the magazine is an absolute dream come true. While I was in High Point last week, I attended a panel discussion moderated by Shax Rigler from House Beautiful featuring three of their recent “Next Wave” designers, Sara Gilbane, Jon Call, and Patrick Mele. During the presentation, Shax went over the many phases of the “Next Wave” since its inception in 1998 along with many of the people who have been recognized in the feature over the years including Jeffrey Bilhuber, Victoria Hagan, Thomas O’Brien, Barbara Barry, Thom Filicia, Michael and Alexandra Misczynski of Atelier AM, along with many of my contemporaries in more recent years. To say that I am completely humbled would be a major understatement. It is surreal to be grouped with such talent and receiving this honor will only serve as a catalyst for me to continue pushing myself to do the best work that I can. A huge thank you to the entire team at House Beautiful!

The November issue is on newsstands now and it is fantastic! There are several gorgeous homes featured this month, so you should definitely check it out. To view my feature online and read about my design essentials, click here.

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Designing Windows: Paloma Contreras Design at Memorial Antiques & Interiors

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Memorial Antiques & Interiors, one of my favorite design destinations here in Houston as well as a sponsor on LDV, recently asked me to participate in their “Designing Windows” series. Since the beginning of the year, local designers have been invited to design the windows at MAI’s Building 1 and Building 2 for a month at a time. I was honored to be asked and was quite excited to design the windows at Building 2 because I love designing vignettes or “moments” within larger spaces and felt that this was an opportunity to make a big visual impact in a small space. I’m always up for a challenge and I knew that designing the windows for August would be quite a fun one!

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 I knew going in that I wanted to incorporate certain elements that I often use in my design work– white lacquer, gilt, beautiful lighting, a touch of Greek Key, great mirrors and art, and of course, a mix of modern and traditional pieces. Then, I decided that I wanted to show two versions of a similar concept– a vignette that could work just as well in a living room, dining room, or entryway and that featured several of the same elements, but done in two styles. For the left window, I decided to develop a modern, fresh vignette. I had the walls painted in one of my go-to colors– Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy and paired a beautiful white buffet with a Louis XVI-style chair in a fun graphic pattern, modern lamps, a bold abstract painting in shades of pink and orange, along with pops of blue and white from antique Chinese pottery.

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 {Left Window}

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 {Left Window}

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 For the right window, I opted for a lot of the same elements– a beautiful console, classic Louis XVI-style chairs, a gilt mirror, and sumptuous Scalamandre silk tiger velvet pillows with the intention of creating a more formal vignette. I love that the color palette is tight and pulled together. The composition in this window is pretty similar to the composition in the other one and you’ll notice a few of the same elements repeated, but my goal was to show how versatile these classic pieces can be and the fact that when you stick with the classics, you can make them work in a traditional or modern setting with bold pops of color or with a minimal, mostly neutral color palette.

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 {Right Window}

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 {My window designs will be on display at Memorial Antiques and Interiors Building 2 through the end of August. If you live in Houston, I would love for you to check them out. I posted a sneak peek of each window on Instagram while I was installing them on Friday and the more modern window on the left received more likes. Which of the two windows do you like best?}

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Endless Summer at Home

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{Alessandra Branca via Lonny}

I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend! It’s funny- the Fourth always seems to signal that summer is officially here and somehow, already halfway gone. I have totally been in summer mode lately, forcing myself to disconnect from work on the weekends and even spending more time outdoors. With summer firmly on my mind, I have been really drawn to beach houses as of late, probably because I am secretly craving a beach vacation. There are elements that are tailor-made for beach houses and outdoor use– wicker, rattan, and other natural fibers, bamboo and coral details, weathered wood, crisp white director’s chairs, stripes and ethnic fabrics and colors like red, white, and blue, of course. The beauty of these elements is that they really work anywhere and at anytime of year. It’s like having an endless summer at home no matter where you are.

 

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{The Blue and White Pool House at Blue Ridge Farm in Albemarle County, Virgina via The Pink Pagoda}

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{Bunny Williams}

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{Casa Tua in Miami via Domino}

india hicks chairs

{No one does British Colonial Tropical Style quite like India Hicks}

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{India Hicks}

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{Alan Wanzenberg}

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{Jeffrey Alan Marks}

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{Nathan Turner}

ralph lauren

{Ralph Lauren}

max and co

{Phoebe Howard’s Max & Company}

sig bergamin

{Sig Bergamin via ELLE DECOR}

saint barths

{A Villa in St. Barth’s}

tim barber

{Tim Barber}

tim clarke

{Tim Clarke}

tom scheerer

{I seriously considered making this post strictly about Tom Scheerer’s work since it is the epitome of beachside chic even when an ocean isn’t remotely nearby.}

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{Tom Scheerer}

tom scheerer hats

{Tom Scheerer}

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{Tom Scheerer}

tom scheerer patio

{Tom Scheerer}

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{Tom Scheerer}

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{Tom Scheerer}

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