Michael Diamond, better known as Mike D of the American hip hop band The Beastie Boys, and his partner Tamara Davis, a filmmaker, renovated a beautiful 3,200 square foot brownstone which was originally built in 1853 in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill. The renovation took six months to complete with a budget of $500,000, Mike D has dubbed the home “the suburban dream in Brooklyn.”The home features lighting by Tom Dixon, Design Within Reach and Tord Boontje as well as custom pieces by Olek and Bec Brittain. The sofa in the living room was found on eBay and recovered in black ultra-suede, it’s paired with a Missoni pouf from Target, a chair by Patricia Urquiola and features a lamp by David Weeks. Mike D worked with Vincent J. Ficarra of Revolver New York and Flavor Paper to create a modern day take...
Thinking about revamping your living room, here are a few things to consider when trying to achieve a functional and versatile floor plan.1. Consider the look and feel you want to achieve – modern, contemporary, rustic, traditional …2. Ask yourself these two questions, 1. What will the space be used for? 2. Who will be enjoying it? Design your layout for flexibility, consider multi-functional furniture pieces.3. Assess your needs. What is working in your current plan and what isn’t?4. Asses the amount of natural night and provide ample artificial lighting, if needed. Lighting is an integral part of design. 5. Make note of the locations of all electrical outlets, light switches, vents and thermostats before you start placing your furniture.6. Prior to making any changes to your space, ma...
American singer songwriter John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen purchased their first home in Los Angeles, a low slung 1960s home in Beverly Hills. They worked with designer Don Stewart, the principal of Desiderata Design, whose portfolio includes many celebrity homes, to renovate their home and turn it into what Architectural Digest can only describe as a “West Coast Vision of domestic bliss”. “Our style is chic and tailored but also earthy and casual,” offers Legend in an interview with Architectural Digest, “Since this is our first home in Los Angeles, we wanted it to feel right not only for us but also for this city.The 2200 square foot home was completely renovated to achieve an open loft-like living environment featuring a seamless transition to an outdoor living space. ...
For over twenty years supermodel Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber have been close friends and business partners with the legendary George Clooney, the trio decided to purchase property together in Los Cabos, located on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula and build neighbouring homes. Crawford and Gerber lead the design and worked closely with the established architecture firm Legorreta & Legoretta to create their side by side Mexican Villas, which were designed and built in tandem. The name of the compound is called “Casamigos” which means, house of friends. Although the homes are two separate structures the homes are often enjoyed as one.The group of friends wanted to create a home away from home, “They wanted houses that were elegant and almost like art pieces, ...
Western Living magazine and its esteemed panel of judges have named Vancouver’s own Robert Bailey, Designer of the Year. Robert is just as dapper and put together in person as the spaces and environments he designs, he is the principal of Robert Bailey Interiors and has been designing for nearly thirty five years. His portfolio includes well-known commercial and residential projects such as the Penthouse at the Vancouver Fairmont Pacific Rim, which recently sold for twenty five million dollars and is one of Canada’s most expensive condominiums. The 6000 square foot penthouse features a calming and tranquil décor inspired by Mother Nature, beautiful custom furnishings and sweeping views of Vancouver. Other notable projects include the Dundarave residence, an 8000 square foot home ...
Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, announced the fall 2013 color palette shortly after New York’s Fall/Winter 2013 Fashion Week last February. Pantone has been attending New York Fashion Week for over twenty years and predicting each season’s color trends. “The fall 2013 palette allows for versatility and experimentation,” said Leatrice Eiseman. This season’s color palette is made up of bright and dynamic shades and it appears to be reflective of the lively colors present within the autumn season. Blues and greens have a dominant presence in the fall palette.1. Emerald, Pantone 17-5641, 2013, is a sophisticated green, which Pantone also declared as color of the year2. Mykonos Blue, Pantone 18-4434, is a Greek inspired blue hue3. Linden Green, Pantone 15...
Internationally renowned supermodel Elle Macpherson has recently taken residence in the luxurious English countryside development, at the Lakes by Yoo in the Cotswolds. The Lakes by Yoo is a joint venture between the award winning developer the Raven Group and the highly acclaimed design experts that make up the Yoo team. The gated community offers you the opportunity to purchase land on their water front property. Once the purchase of the land is complete, you have the option of designing your own home or working with the Yoo team to create your dream house. The Yoo team is made up of some of the most influential designers of today, Philippe Starck, Kelly Wearstler, Jade Jagger, Kelly Hoppen and Marcel Wanders.“Dock House” is a beautiful result of the efforts and creative minds of the ...
Brazilian supermodel Giselle Bündchen and her husband Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots along with their two children, live in a custom built, eco-friendly home in Brentwood California. The 22, 000 square foot home was designed by architect Richard Landry from Landry Design Group and interior designer Joan Behnke of Joan Behnke & Associates. “We knew Richard and Joan could take us where we wanted to go without imposing a signature look. They understood that we wanted a comfortable house, not a style statement,” said Brady to Architectural Digest during an interview.The home boasts a koi stoked moat, stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, a loggia and furnishings and finishes from Exquisite Surfaces, Gregorius Pineao, and Dennis & Leen among others. “I like s...
de-light-ful – adjGiving great pleasure or delight; highly pleasing; a delightful surpriseDelightfull, a lighting design company from Portugal, lives up to their name with their wide range of one of a kind light fixtures are a delightful surprise in any space, adding personality, ambiance and style.A few of the fixtures pay homage to iconic legends like Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Neil Armstrong, Tina Turner and Amy Winehouse to name a few.A few words from Delightfull, “Delightfull’s world is about ambiance, history, moments that stay forever through lighting designs created by our artisans with wisdom and passion for craftsmanship. It is know-how culture combining the past Heritage of handwork with attention to emerging needs of the future. Each piece shows our intense passion for ligh...
When American actress Lake Bell opened up her West Hollywood home to the stylish editors at Vogue, we learned that it was Lake’s mother, Robin Bell, an interior designer, who helped Lake design this thoughtful, eclectic, lived in home. “She is to blame for helping me stylishly collide this amalgamation of collected objects, furniture, and textiles,” jokes Bell when Vogue asked her about her home.The 1930s home is filled with unique pieces, each with their own unique story of how they came to be, many pieces are vintage flea market finds and items picked up while traveling. The white dinosaur that sits atop Lake’s fireplace mantle is actually a dog’s chew toy, however Robin saw its hidden potential and inner beauty and placed it amongst the other treasures. The farm table in the dining r...
- The Suburban Dream in Brooklyn
- Space Planning Your Living Room
- At home with John Legend and Chrissy Teigen
- “Casamigos”: House of Friends
- Designer of the Year
- Pantone’s fall 2013 palette
- Dock House, Elle Macphersons Cotswolds Home
- The Brady Bunch, at home with Giselle Bündchen and Tom Brady
- Lake Bell’s House