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.

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

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{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.}

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

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

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{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.}

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{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.

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{Photography by Victoria Pearson for House Beautiful}

Hotel Urso: A Chic New Hotel in Madrid

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If you have been reading La Dolce Vita for a while now, chances are, you know how special Spain is to me. I am completely enamored with everything about my ancestral country– the culture, language, people, art, history, architecture, music, design– I could go on and on. I have been fortunate to visit Barcelona along with Madrid and several towns in the Castilla y Leon region such as Salamanca, Avila, and Segovia a few different times. The other day, Fabian and I were talking about the places we would like to go on vacation and where our work will likely take us in 2015. We would love to go back to Italy, but I would especially love to visit Madrid again for work. I always feel completely enchanted and inspired when I am in Spain. Design inspiration abounds everywhere you turn from the elegant boulevards and palaces to tile work and architectural details. Not to mention, many of my favorite interior designers hail from Spain.

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{The Chic Lobby at the Hotel Urso}

Of course, Madrid has plenty of beautiful hotels including the recently opened Hotel Urso. Housed in an elegant palacio, or residential palace from the early 19th century between the Chamberi and Chueca neighborhoods, the hotel’s design pays tribute to the building’s neoclassical roots while providing all the earthly comforts experienced travelers have come to expect in luxury accommodations. Designed by Pablo Obrador, the accomplished Spanish designer behind such projects as the stunning Cap Rocat in Mallorca, the mission for the building was to restore as many of its beautiful original details as possible. Artisans and craftsmen were brought in to restore the building’s facade, ironwork, and plaster details. In addition, you’ll notice the use of gorgeous Chinoiserie wallpaper panels used in several spaces throughout the hotel. It is a reproduction of an original paper found in a neighboring palace. The hotel also features a full service spa and The Table– an innovative dining concept with rotating pop-up restaurants housed at the Hotel Urso throughout the year.

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{Pretty Details}

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 {The hotel’s dining room features a vertical garden. The wallpaper and lush greenery give it such an airy feel in combination with the glass ceiling. It’s worth a visit to the Hotel Urso’s website to see this particular photo in a larger size. This room is so lovely!}

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{A Close-Up of the Stunning Chinoiserie Panels}

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{The guest rooms are well-appointed in neutral palettes.}

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{Sitting Area in a Guest Room}

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{A Suite’s Sunny Terrace}

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{Original Details can be Found throughout the Property}

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{Beautiful Plasterwork Inlaid with Azulejos, or Hand-Painted Blue and White Tiles}

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{The Charming Hotel Urso}

I would love to go back to Madrid in 2015 and experience the city through my perspective as an interior designer as opposed to just seeing it as a tourist. Where would you like to travel in the new year?

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Project Reveal: A Glamorous Before and After Part 2

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 {After: The Dining Room}

Thank you for all of your sweet comments on Part 1 of this project reveal last week! Today, I’ll be sharing more of the first floor of the house, including the dining room, entry, living room, and two powder bathrooms. You’ll see in the before photos that we were dealing with a lot of the same issues that we had in the kitchen, breakfast room, and family room that I showed you last time– dated colors and finishes, too many gimmicks, an inappropriate use of scale, and an overall lack of warmth and cohesion. Let’s begin the tour, shall we?

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 {Before: The Dining Room– This space is rather large in scale and feels even larger because it is open onto the entry and formal living room, so again, we were faced with adjoining rooms that actually felt quite disjointed in their previous iteration.}

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{After: The dining room features extensive and heavy millwork, including big pediment archways on two sides, dentil moulding, tall baseboards, and a tray ceiling, so I wanted something that would make the room feel lighter and more airy. My client had mentioned that she was open to doing a patterned wallpaper in this room and we found just the thing in Farrow & Ball’s Silvergate wallpaper, a classic damask pattern. My client had also come to me knowing that she wanted this specific type of dining chair. Since the rest of the room is so feminine and glamorous, I paired it with a large, trestle-style table to temper the femininity and ground the space. You’ll notice that we didn’t use a rug or curtains in this room and that was intentional in order to make it feel lighter and less imposing. The scale of the room looks so much better now. Before, everything felt a little too small. The crystal and iron Adrianna chandelier is more appropriate in size and you’ll notice we also used a rather large Venetian mirror and substantial mercury glass hurricane-style table lamps atop the buffet.}

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{After: Details on the Buffet}

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{Before: The Entry– You can see more of the pediments and millwork I mentioned above in regard to the dining room and this gives you a better feel for how everything is laid out. The dining room is on the left, the formal living room is straight ahead, and the study is to the right.}

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{After: You can really see the detail of the ebony floors we laid throughout the house. We used various sized planks to add interest and you’ll notice that I had the quarter round trim painted white instead of matching the wood. I find this to look much cleaner and more polished. We kept it pretty simple in the entry with a pretty chandelier overhead, an antique  mirrored console table, crystal lamp, and series of framed artwork to greet guests as they make their way into the home.}

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{After: A Detailed Shot of the Pieces in the Entry}

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{Before: As we move on to the formal living room, you’ll notice that scale continued to be an issue. Everything was too small and the furniture was pushed out to the extremities of the space.}

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{Before: An Additional View of the Room to Give you a feel for the Space.}

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{After: We used the same wall color as we did in the areas of the house from Part 1 of the reveal, which are to the left on the other side of the wall. You’ll notice we had the black granite fireplace surround replaced with white carrara marble so that it was cohesive with the nearby kitchen. My client was really open to the idea of navy blue velvet roll arm sofas, so we did a pair of them parallel to one another on either side of the room. Notice that we didn’t put anything right up against the walls. We also brought in a new chandelier, lamps, a pretty coffee table, and a pair of antique Louis XVI-style armchairs. I wanted this room to feel a little more formal and to use fabrics that were rich and sumptuous to give my client the element of glamour that she craved while ensuring that the room was comfortable for hosting guests. Everyone has a place to set their drink!}

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{After: Looking towards the Dining Room from the Living Room– the chairs and martini table usually rest atop the rug, but full disclosure– we moved them out a bit because the perspective in the photograph looked better.}

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{After: Mirrored Obelisks and a Gilded Sunburst Mirror bring Glamour to the Fireplace in the Living Room}

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{Before: I’m calling this the Navy Powder Bath and you’ll see why soon. This room is actually pretty large for a powder bathroom, but it felt so chopped up before between the long mirror hung horizontally and the huge bookshelf over the toilet. I never really understood why that was there. The slate color on the walls didn’t really do much for me or my client either and you might recognize the same black and tan granite that was also in the kitchen before.}

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{After: I knew that I wanted rich, deep navy walls for this room and my client was totally up for it! Other than that, we brought in some of the glamorous elements seen in the rest of the house — beautiful lighting, a Venetian mirror, polished nickel fixtures and hardware, new honed black granite countertops, and a beautiful polished marble basketweave floor. We also added a simple roman shade with navy tape trim to tie everything together and soften the space a bit. You’ll notice we ripped out the bookshelf over the toilet! It feels like the room can breathe now. Sometimes, less really is more.}

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{After: Pretty, Classic Details}

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{Before: It’s hard for me to decide which of the powder bathrooms received the most dramatic facelift since I think they both look drastically different than they did before. I think this one, the Silver Powder Bath may be the winner. Before, there was a busy gold and brown wallpaper, another ornate, horizontal mirror, a random alcove (I wish builders would stop doing this. What’s the point?),  and a very heavy wood and dark marble sink cabinet with a bright white porcelain sink with a bronze faucet, and dated lighting overhead.}

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{After: We simplified the room tremendously! I had sheetrock put over the old alcove and had the walls covered in a grayish/silver Phillip Jeffries metallic grasscloth. We got rid of the old sink and replaced it with a classic polished nickel and marble washstand, pairing it with a tall, narrow mirror which works with the height of the room. We added a pretty new chandelier, and sconces, continued the black and white marble basket weave flooring, and added some framed art over the toilet. The result feels fresh, pretty, and timeless.}

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{After: I just love the way this powder bathroom turned out and my client couldn’t be happier.}

I hope you’ve enjoyed Part 2 of the tour and would love to hear your thoughts on the changes we made. I was really so very lucky to have a client who was so open to change and willing to trust that my design decisions would give her the results she was looking for in the end. I will share the third and final part of the tour early next week. Happy Monday!

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{“After” Images by Max Burkhalter}